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By Thomas Woolley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University
Fiona Mathews, Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sussex
A silent ballet takes place above our heads at night as Britain’s bat populations leave their roosts to forage for food. Although their initial movement away from roosts is fairly well understood, until recently little was known about how they returned home.

But our new research shows how bats may use a “leap-frogging” motion to make their way home, something which could help conservationists in future.

As they flit through the darkness, bats play a crucial role in the health of our…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Tonny Raymond Kirabira, Lecturer in Law, University of East London
Much of the world already recognises Palestinian statehood. But recognition by the US and UK would be a hugely important decision.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Ed Feil, Professor of Microbial Evolution at The Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
Biological entities called obelisks have been hiding – in large numbers – inside the human mouth and gut. These microscopic entities, which were recently discovered by a team at Stanford University, are circular bits of genetic material that contain one or two genes and self-organise into a rod-like shape.

Although the study is still in preprint form, meaning that it has not been peer-reviewed, it has already been extensively written about, including in two heavyweight journals: (Full Story)

By Francis Pakes, Professor of Criminology, University of Portsmouth
In Iceland’s few open prisons, prisoners benefit from benign conditions, rural settings and internet access. This makes being imprisoned as a foreigner much easier than in other western Europen countries.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Stephen Barber, Professor of Global Affairs, University of East London
British voters might have tired of the populist experiment that has strangled politics during the past few years, but, if he wins the next election to become UK prime minister, Keir Starmer will be be tested by a fresh wave of culture war distractions internationally.

Elections in Europe and the US in 2024 seem set to be dominated by divisive, self-styled anti-establishment candidates. And that has worrying implications not only for the UK, but also for the west’s shared interests in an increasingly unstable world.

Populism is experiencing a long drawn-out death in the UK.…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Xiaohan Li, Doctoral Researcher, University of Southampton
Roughly 1m female delivery riders have had to face down a social media campaign which compounded longstanding false connections with sex work.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Eric Anderson, Professor of Masculinities, Sexualities and Sport, University of Winchester
Gary Turner, Doctoral researcher in Policy Analysis of Traumatic Brain Injury in UK Combat Sports, University of Winchester
Keith Parry, Head Of Department in Department of Sport & Event Management, Bournemouth University
The dangers of high-impact sport aren’t contentious. Medical professionals agree that sport-induced brain trauma leads to degenerative brain disease – so why are we still allowing children to play?The Conversation (Full Story)
By Paul T. Mitchell, Professor of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College
Efforts to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of Canada’s military do not need to compete with those maintaining military standards. In fact, each goal reinforces the other.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Hui-Ying Kerr, Associate Lecturer, Fashion Communication and Promotion, Nottingham Trent University
The show is divided into sections which all valiantly attempt to define “cute”. But the word is resistant to definition.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Oleg Orlov, co-chair of Memorial, Moscow, Russia, November 14, 2023. © 2023 Hannah Wagner/picture-alliance-dpa/AP Photo  Amid the Kremlin’s vicious drive to eliminate dissent, last week brought two disturbing new developments in the prosecution of Oleg Orlov, cochair of leading Russian human rights organization Memorial. The case against him, on criminal charges of “repeated discreditation” of Russia’s armed forces, had been sent for retrial last autumn. The prosecution informed Orlov and his legal team that it would soon move to trial. The team was given all of three… (Full Story)
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