Muddy knees and climbing trees: how a summer playing outdoors can help children recharge

Pexels Avril Rowley, Liverpool John Moores University Most adults will remember spending much of their childhood playing outdoors without much parental supervision. But fears for children’s safety plus the demands of modern life mean many parents don’t allow their children the same freedoms. We live in an age where people […]

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How we found coronavirus in a cat

Feline under the weather? Viacheslav Rubel/Shutterstock Willie Weir, University of Glasgow Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the potential role of animals in catching and spreading the disease has been closely examined by scientists. This is because the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to the family of coronaviruses that […]

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UK to send emergency support to Lebanon

Following yesterday’s explosion at Beirut Port, which has left thousands injured and caused widespread destruction, the UK has today announced a package of emergency support to Lebanon. The UK has offered to immediately deploy search and rescue experts with specially trained dogs to help find those caught up in the […]

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What is ammonium nitrate, the chemical that exploded in Beirut?

Gabriel da Silva, University of Melbourne The Lebanese capital Beirut was rocked on Tuesday evening local time by an explosion that has killed at least 78 people and injured thousands more. The country’s prime minister Hassan Diab said the blast was caused by around 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored […]

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Sperm fooled scientists for 350 years – they spin not swim

Sperm actually move like a spinning top. Yurchanka Siarhei/ Shutterstock Hermes Gadêlha, University of Bristol Sperm is critical for the fertilisation of almost every living organism on our planet, including humans. To reproduce, human sperm have to swim a distance equivalent to climbing Mount Everest to find the egg. They […]

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How lockdown changed people’s feelings about drinking and going back to the pub

Emily Nicholls, University of Portsmouth and Dominic Conroy, University of East London Among the raft of changes following the UK’s coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 was the closure of pubs – an integral part of British cultural life. While the 1990s heyday of pubs is long gone, they remain unique […]

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