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By Laurent Palka, Maître de conférences, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN)
Tardigrades are tiny animals known for their extraordinary survival skills. But are they enough to survive a space-probe crash and conditions on the Moon?The Conversation (Full Story)
By Joel Heng Hartse, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Taylor Morphett, Instructor, English, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Undergraduate writing courses are about learning to think, synthesize and judge the credibility of sources — and interact with an audience.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Ru Xie, Associate Professor in Finance, University of Bath
The Ides of March will coincide with one or two changes to the financial system that could cause problems for banks and the economy.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jas Kalra, Associate Professor of Operations & Project Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
British people are known around the world for their love of tea. This is borne out by the statistics: a staggering 50 billion cups of tea are consumed on average in the UK every year.

Most of this tea is made using black tea leaves, most of which are not produced in the UK. Thus, shipping disruption caused by attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea, through which an estimated 12%…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Leighton Andrews, Professor of Public Service Leadership, Cardiff University
There is no manual for a job at the top of government but a few golden rules are largely agreed upon by those who have experienced ministerial life.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Helen Carr, Professor in Law, University of Southampton
Carin Tunåker, Lecturer in law, University of Kent
A number of local councils in England, including Birmingham, Nottingham and Croydon, have effectively declared themselves “bankrupt” in recent years, and many more are at risk. A decade of cuts to local authority budgets and increasing demands on services such as social care are forcing councils to make difficult financial decisions. But it’s not just inner-city councils in low-income areas whose threadbare services are…The Conversation (Full Story)
By Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University
A frequent idea in sci-fi and apocalyptic films is that of an asteroid striking Earth and causing global devastation. While the probabilities of this kind of mass extinction occurring on our planet are incredibly small, they are not zero.

The results of Nasa’s Dart mission to the asteroid Dimorphos have now been published. They contain fascinating details about the composition of this asteroid and whether we can defend Earth against incoming space rocks.

The…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Stephen Hall, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics, University of Bath
Most of Vladimir Putin’s opponents are either dead, in jail or in exile. But it might just be ordinary people who can take over the battle for democracy in Russia.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Scott Cairney, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of York
Aidan Horner, Associate Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of York
We envisage a future in which sleep is a routine target for reducing or preventing symptoms of mental illness, both in psychiatric settings and people’s homesThe Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Yamato Eguchi speaking at the "hostage justice" survivor event at the Japanese National Diet, Tokyo, November 10, 2023.  © 2023 Yoshiyuki Nishi Criminal cases in Japan that go to trial have a 99.8 percent conviction rate, and the trial of Yamato Eguchi, a former lawyer who was arrested and charged in 2018 and later convicted, was no exception. Humiliated and abused through days of relentless interrogations, Eguchi brought a lawsuit against the government, demanding state redress for what he endured while in custody. The public caught a rare glimpse of Japan’s “hostage… (Full Story)
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