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‘AI’ is being used to profile people from their head vibrations – but is there enough evidence to support it?

Does technology more about us than we know about ourselves? Trismegist san/Shutterstock James Wright, Alan Turing Institute Digital video surveillance systems can’t just identify who someone is. They can also work out how someone is feeling and what kind of personality they have. They can even tell how they might behave in the future. And the key to unlocking this …

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Coronavirus: so many variants, but vaccines are still effective

Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin Viruses are constantly changing. This is because errors sometimes occur when they copy their genetic material. Some errors have no effect at all. Some might make the virus less viable. Some make it more benign, which means it can survive but doesn’t cause disease. The errors to watch for are those that might make the …

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Nagorno-Karabakh: in the aftermath of war, Armenia faces an unpalatable choice

Armenian troops suffered a crushing defeat in the Second Karabakh War in 2020. Bumble Dee via Shutterstock Kevork Oskanian, University of Birmingham More than six months have passed since the “second Karabakh war”, as it is now called, came to an abrupt end last year with Armenia all but defeated. The ceasefire hastily signed on November 9 – after Azerbaijan …

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Why do I need anything other than Google to answer a question?

Scholars can be more reliable than search engines. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Cody Behles, University of Memphis Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do I need a scholar to answer a question if there is Google? – Harrison F., age 13, …

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Pobreza, sequía y cambio climático: no olvidemos por qué los menores huyen de África

Shutterstock /amskad Gloria Fernández- Pacheco Alises, Universidad Loyola Andalucía Las imágenes de la pasada semana en Ceuta de menores perseguidos por agentes de la Policía Nacional o por militares nos han sorprendido. Es una clara manifestación de un juego político entre España y Marruecos, en el que se utiliza como peones a menores de edad marroquíes. No obstante, estas acciones …

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Belarus kidnapping: what international law says about capture of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, University of Liverpool and Arman Sarvarian, University of Surrey Here’s what we know: the Ryanair aircraft carrying dissident Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich was scheduled to fly from Athens in Greece to Vilnius in Lithuania on May 23. While in Belarusian airspace, the pilot was ordered to divert from its course and to land in Minsk. On the ground, …

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Mushrooms on Mars? Five unproven claims that alien life exists

Mushroom-like structures on Mars. Nasa Gareth Dorrian, University of Birmingham A recent study claims to have found evidence for mushroom-like life forms on the surface of Mars. As it happens, these particular features are well known and were discovered by cameras aboard Nasa’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shortly after it landed in 2004. They are not, in fact, living organisms …

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We’re a step closer to figuring out why mosquitoes bite some people and not others

Samimfocus/Shutterstock Madelien Wooding, University of Pretoria and Yvette Naudé, University of Pretoria Mosquitoes contribute to the transmission of life-threatening diseases that include Zika, dengue, chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and malaria. Of these, malaria carries the most risk accounting for 229 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths in 2019. Africa accounted for 67% (274 000) of all malaria deaths worldwide. …

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