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5 ways for governments to better tackle foreign disinformation

5 ways for governments to better tackle foreign disinformation

Responding to foreign disinformation poses many challenges. Recent revelations about...

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How conspiracy theories polarize society and provoke violence

How conspiracy theories polarize society and provoke violence

In today’s technologically interconnected world, the ability to concoct and spread...

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Sharing that moment: can collective experiences bring people closer together? Podcast

Sharing that moment: can collective experiences bring people closer together? Podcast

Across the world, fans will soon be tuning in at all hours of the day and night...

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How to stop released prisoners reoffending: what the evidence says

How to stop released prisoners reoffending: what the evidence says

Crucially, all of this takes time and flexibility: leaving a life of crime behind...

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7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader when the news is shocking

7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader when the news is shocking

Emerging psychology research has revealed some tactics that can help protect our...

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Labelling is a popular choice as a way to control fossil fuel advertising – new study

Labelling is a popular choice as a way to control fossil fuel advertising – new study

The UN secretary-general António Guterres recently called for a ban on fossil fuel...

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‘Whatchamacallit’, ‘gizmo’ and ‘thingamajig’: what we say when we can’t find the right word – and why

‘Whatchamacallit’, ‘gizmo’ and ‘thingamajig’: what we say when we can’t find the right word – and why

While severe word-finding difficulties can be due to serious neurological issues,...

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Five common English words we don’t know the origins of – including ‘boy’ and ‘dog’

Five common English words we don’t know the origins of – including ‘boy’ and ‘dog’

The naming process, the act of naming the items of the world, is as old as the first...

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Paddleboards, swim kit and fishing gear pose a biosecurity risk – here’s why

Paddleboards, swim kit and fishing gear pose a biosecurity risk – here’s why

Visitors to the Lake District have been unwittingly spreading invasive plants, including...

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Gazans’ extreme hunger could leave its mark on subsequent generations

Gazans’ extreme hunger could leave its mark on subsequent generations

As Israel’s offensive in Gaza rages on, people across the entire Gaza Strip find...

China's megacity Shenzhen enjoys fruits of ecological conservation

China's megacity Shenzhen enjoys fruits of ecological conservation

Nestled amidst towering skyscrapers and bustling streets, the Guangdong Neilingding-Futian...

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Wars cause widespread pollution and environmental damage − here’s how to address it in peace accords

Wars cause widespread pollution and environmental damage − here’s how to address it in peace accords

Peace negotiators tend to focus on social, political and economic issues, rather...

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Euro 2024: football is a magnet for online abuse – but it is also the ideal platform to challenge it

Euro 2024: football is a magnet for online abuse – but it is also the ideal platform to challenge it

As Euro 2024 enjoys its first week of high-stakes football, thoughts will have returned...

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‘Sleep tourism’ promises the trip of your dreams. Beyond the hype plus 5 tips for a holiday at home

‘Sleep tourism’ promises the trip of your dreams. Beyond the hype plus 5 tips for a holiday at home

Imagine arriving at your hotel after a long flight and being greeted by your own...

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Is social media fuelling political polarisation?

Is social media fuelling political polarisation?

Once upon a time, newly minted graduates dreamt of creating online social media...

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Deadly border technologies are increasingly employed to violently deter migration

Deadly border technologies are increasingly employed to violently deter migration

In late May 2024, I travelled to the United States-Mexico border to study the smart-wall...

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