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Human Rights Observatory
By Joshua Holzer, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Westminster College
Special counsels can help presidential administrations avoid the perception of bias, but they are not as independent as the independent counsels of the past.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Gabriel J. Chin, Professor of Criminal Law, Immigration, and Race and Law, University of California, Davis
Federal and state RICO charges, which target racketeering, have been applied to a wide range of crimes committed by politicians and business people over the past few decades.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Sarah Eddy, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida International University
‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills claim to use science to justify a binary definition of sex based on certain traits. But the biology of sex and gender is not so simple.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Latisha Nixon-Jones, Associate Professor of Law, Jacksonville University
An expert in disaster law explains the steps for securing aid, what to do if everything is lost and the deadlines to watch.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Rocio Quispe Agnoli, William J. Beal Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
In the Global South, a group of writers are rejecting the norms of science fiction and commenting on the future in a way that embraces Indigenous culture.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jorge L. Contreras, James T. Jensen Endowed Professor for Transactional Law and Director, Program on Intellectual Property and Technology Law, University of Utah
Dave Fagundes, Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Research Dean, University of Houston Law Center
Publishers and studios routinely pay large sums to acquire ‘life story rights.’ Two law scholars explain why the phrase is misleading.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona
Treaties meant to ensure sustainability in space don’t currently regulate private companies, and not every country has signed on to an agreement for sustainable space exploration.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Veronika Poniscjakova, Senior Teaching Fellow, Military Education, University of Portsmouth
Russia is reported to have deployed nuclear weapons in Belarus, a step that was much telegraphed earlier this year and recently confirmed by Poland. This move has caused concern in neighbouring countries and has affected security arrangements in Europe.

Russia reportedly has the world’s…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Primrose Freestone, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology, University of Leicester
You pour a chilled glass of your favourite sauvignon blanc and are about to take a sip when a fruit fly lands in it. The fly is clearly dead. But given what you know about where flies hang out, you wonder if it’s safe to drink.

Despite their salubrious sounding name, fruit flies (Drosophila species), eat food that is decaying. They inhabit rubbish bins, compost heaps or any place where food is present, including drains. Rotting food is rich in germs, any of which a fly can pick up on their body and transfer to where it next lands.

These bacteriaThe Conversation (Full Story)

By Cathryn Brown, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Central Lancashire
Things don’t always go to plan when it comes to sex. Sometimes condoms break (or are even forgotten altogether) and daily contraceptive pills can be missed. Whatever the reason, if you need to prevent an unplanned pregnancy you might decide to use emergency contraception.

There are three main options for emergency contraception: levonorgestrel tablets (known as Levonelle in the UK and Plan…The Conversation (Full Story)

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