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Why have South Africans been on a looting rampage? Research offers insights

Police enter a flooded mall that had been ransacked . Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images Guy Lamb, Stellenbosch University The looting of businesses, shopping centres and warehouses in South Africa over the past week, particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, has taken place at an unprecedented scale. It has affected both poor and middle-class areas. Private as …

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Putting an end to billions in fishing subsidies could improve fish stocks and ocean health

Industrial fishing trawlers stocking up on unsustainable quantities of fish. (Shutterstock) Daniel Skerritt, University of British Columbia Global fish catches are fluctuating near the highest levels ever reported, while the fraction of fish stocks that are sustainable has never been lower. Nevertheless, governments spent US$22 billion of public money on harmful fisheries subsidies in 2018. These harmful subsidies fund the …

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Why some people switch political parties: new research

Paul Webb, University of Sussex and Tim Bale, Queen Mary University of London Why do some people switch political parties? After all, if someone is committed enough to a particular vision of politics, wouldn’t they be relatively immune to the charms of its competitors? It turns out, however, that switching parties at grassroots membership level is by no means uncommon, …

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Studying maths post-GCSEs aids brain development – should it be compulsory?

Alexei Vernitski, University of Essex and Alexander Partner, University of Essex Teenagers who stick to maths beyond the age of 16 have greater levels of certain brain chemicals that are critical for cognitive development, according to new research from the University of Oxford. The researchers, led by cognitive neuroscientist Roi Cohen Kadosh , found that students who dropped maths at …

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Pescatarians are right – why I say eating fish is more ethical than eating meat

Andreea Tudor/Shutterstock Martin Cohen, University of Hertfordshire Forget veggie burgers, fake bacon and cheese made from oats. For vegans at least, plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products have long since gone mainstream. Alt-fish – food made from plants that mimics the taste and texture of fish, or real fish tissue grown from stem cells – is the next big …

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Bitcoin alternatives could provide a green solution to energy-guzzling cryptocurrencies

24K-Production/Shutterstock Sankar Sivarajah, University of Bradford and Kamran Mahroof, University of Bradford The cryptocurrency bitcoin now uses up more electricity a year than the whole of Argentina, according to recent estimates from the University of Cambridge. That’s because the creation of a bitcoin, in a process called mining, is achieved by powerful computers that work night and day to decode …

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Are COVID-19 vaccine passports fair?

Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth At the age of 18 I very excitedly packed my bags and headed off for what turned into two years working on a charity hospital ship off the coast of West Africa. Prior to going I was given a list of vaccinations I needed, including yellow fever, hepatitis B, MMR and tetanus/diphtheria. At the time …

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