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Science Technology

Social media companies hold power to stop misinformation

“FAKE NEWS” has been shouted louder than almost anything else over the last few years. Coming to the forefront with the wild accusations of Donald Trump, fake news has stayed an issue in the Covid-19 pandemic, continuing to support dangerous behaviour. Current efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation rely on readers fact checking articles, […]

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Linguistics Science

Shifting linguistics: how we mimic those around us

Have you ever been on holiday, or been with a group of friends, or at a new workplace, and found that your accent or way of speaking has changed? Maybe you’ve started using slang terms you’d never even heard of before, or the initial words that come to your mind are something different than the […]

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Environment Science Technology

University of Iowa researchers find new way to recycle e-waste

Phones are great fun until you live near the Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex and its smouldering lake of “toxic sludge”. Rare-earth metals are the key ingredient in all the devices which connect us, but they come at a cost. Extraction and refinement processes often require a fantastic amount of energy and vast vats […]

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Health Science

Lying by omission: how graphs can shape Covid coverage

Badly presented statistics cost lives. The stakes have never been higher: over the past year, the careless misrepresentation of data has brewed uncertainty, conspiracy, and the deaths of loved ones. And so, in our quest to gain true insight into the state of the pandemic, we must be prepared to battle this statistical ineptitude, along […]

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Science Technology

RIAA’s YouTube music crackdown: make it make sense

YouTube-DL is a piece of free, open-source software which you can use to download videos from the site. This was unpopular with the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), which filed a successful takedown notice with GitHub, where the code is stored. They represent the people who create, record, mix and distribute 85 per cent […]

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Science Technology

Love in lockdown is not impossible, but how will it change?

Dating in the midst of a pandemic is difficult. No clubs and bars, jostling bodies and blacking out on the pavement. So, with cuffing season upon us once again, people are turning to online dating services to find that special match. But with the world so unfamiliar, the rules of engagement have changed. In these […]

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Science Technology

All aboard the HYPED train: the future of Hyperloop in Europe

Great man theories of science imagine innovation as something that happens mostly because of a few incredible people. This is true to the extent that it is difficult to imagine a classroom where relativity is taught, and Albert Einstein is not brought up as the mastermind behind the discovery. In reality, many talented innovators often […]

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Health Science Science

The problem with vaccine nationalism during a pandemic

For many people, the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel is a Covid vaccine. Multiple trials are underway with promising results and there have been suggestions that a vaccine could be rolled out as early as March next year. However, the problem is not just finding a vaccine which works but also distributing […]