Ukraine’s military is outgunned but can still inflict a great deal of pain on Russian forces

Frank Ledwidge, University of Portsmouth Ukraine’s ramshackle military offered no resistance to the Crimean annexation in February 2014. Since then the poorly equipped but well-motivated Ukrainian Army has taken thousands of casualties while fighting separatist forces in the eastern Donbas … Continue reading Ukraine’s military is outgunned but can still inflict a great deal of pain on Russian forces

Chimpanzees rub insects on open wounds – new research suggests treating others may not be uniquely human

Alexander Piel, UCL and Fiona Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University The chimpanzees of the Rekambo community in Gabon, West Africa never fail to surprise. For a start, they are known to kill and eat tortoises, which set them apart from … Continue reading Chimpanzees rub insects on open wounds – new research suggests treating others may not be uniquely human

‘I did not see them; I saw their soul’: retreats are more about magical encounters than self-exploration

James Hodgson, University of Manchester Going on a retreat seems like the very definition of a solitary experience. You leave behind your friends, family, and colleagues, giving up everyday life, responsibilities, cares and frustrations, for some quality time on your … Continue reading ‘I did not see them; I saw their soul’: retreats are more about magical encounters than self-exploration

Experts suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here’s how the weapons work

Edl Schamiloglu, University of New Mexico Some of the cases of the mystery ailment that has afflicted U.S. embassy staff and CIA officers off and on since 2016 in Cuba, China, Russia and other countries most likely were caused by pulsed electromagnetic energy, according to a report by a panel of experts convened by national intelligence agencies. The report’s findings are similar to those of another report released by the National Academies in 2020. In that report, a committee of 19 experts in medicine and other fields concluded that directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy is the “most plausible mechanism” to explain … Continue reading Experts suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here’s how the weapons work

Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Amira Jadoon, United States Military Academy West Point, and Andrew Mines, George Washington University An overnight raid conducted by U.S. special forces in Syria has resulted in the death of the leader of the … Continue reading Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

Tatsiana Kulakevich, University of South Florida U.S. President Joe Biden said on Jan. 19, 2022, that he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine, and cautioned Russian president Vladimir Putin that he “will regret having done it,” following months of building tension. Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months. In mid-January, Russia began moving troops into Belarus, a country bordering both Russia and Ukraine, in preparation for joint military exercises in February. Putin has issued various security demands to the U.S. before he draws his military forces back. Putin’s list includes a … Continue reading 5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

Honour and masculine pride for the country: how the Bollywood sports biopic 83 furthers India’s nationalist cause

Radhika Raghav, University of Otago Contemporary Bollywood films tend to focus on stories of the Indian underdog emerging triumphant after facing adversity or a threat from an “outsider”: the triumph of the charismatic masculine Hinduised hero who fulfils his duty, … Continue reading Honour and masculine pride for the country: how the Bollywood sports biopic 83 furthers India’s nationalist cause