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    Trade Policy in the EU: Market Focus or Geopolitical Tool?

    Trade Policy in the EU: Market Focus or Geopolitical Tool?

    The role of EU trade policy is evolving in today's complex global landscape. Dr. Andrea Christou and Professor Chad Damro at the University of Edinburgh have studied how the EU balances traditional market-oriented goals with emerging geopolitical pressures. Their analysis explores how different EU bodies frame trade policy, highlighting the contrast between the EU's broader geopolitical strategy and its trade department's narrower approach.

    • 9 min
    How we can Improve our Science Communication to Create Climate Crisis Action

    How we can Improve our Science Communication to Create Climate Crisis Action

    We are facing a climate crisis that threatens our entire world and life as we know it. Despite this, scientists have found it difficult to engage people on the issue and inspire effective action. Dr Alan Cottey at the University of East Anglia explores the history of scientists’ climate warnings and suggests a four-register model of communication that he believes has the potential to reach people with varying degrees of scientific literacy and different lifestyles.

    • 7 min
    A Novel Immunotherapy Approach to Treat Solid Tumors

    A Novel Immunotherapy Approach to Treat Solid Tumors

    Developing therapies to effectively treat cancerous tumors is challenging, due to the hostility of the tumor microenvironment and the potential to unintentionally damage surrounding tissues. Infusions of immune cells can improve immune function and assist the body in fighting disease, although this approach increases the risk of inducing dangerous inflammatory responses. Dr. Archana Thakur and her colleagues at the Universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania have engineered a pioneering immunotherapy system that precisely targets cancerous cells. This new immunotherapy poses minimal risk of adverse reactions, and can be used against a wide range of tumor types.

    • 8 min
    Breath by Breath: Decision-Making in the Final Stages of Motor Neurone Disease

    Breath by Breath: Decision-Making in the Final Stages of Motor Neurone Disease

    Motor neurone disease is a currently incurable and progressive neurological disorder that severely impacts muscle function. As the disease progresses, individuals with motor neurone disease experience significant difficulties in movement, speech, swallowing, and breathing. Home mechanical ventilation can be used to support breathing and improve the quality of life. However, while this can alleviate symptoms and extend survival, it does not stop disease progression, and patients and caregivers must confront difficult decisions in their treatment journey. In a new UK study, Dr Eleanor Wilson of the University of Nottingham and colleagues have explored end-of-life decision-making in motor neurone disease patients using home mechanical ventilation.

    • 8 min
    Expanding Our Knowledge of Viral Evolution

    Expanding Our Knowledge of Viral Evolution

    When the pandemic forced scientists to consider remote working strategies, many groups turned to online bioinformatic research. A team led by Dr. Christopher Buck at the US National Cancer Institute turned lockdown lemons into lemonade. They reoriented away from their usual work directly discovering viruses in clinical specimens to a broader, more comprehensive search aimed at finding viruses lurking in publicly available deep sequencing datasets. The remote-work project uncovered hundreds of previously unknown virus species associated with a wide range of animals. The discoveries shed new light on the deep evolutionary roots of viruses.

    • 8 min
    What role does tourism have in peacebuilding and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians?

    What role does tourism have in peacebuilding and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians?

    Reconciliation and peace are emerging themes in tourism, with various post-conflict countries offering tours focused on peacebuilding. In the last few years, reconciliation tourism initiatives, which are defined as tourism services in which reconciliation is a major theme, have been also introduced in Israel and the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, amidst ongoing conflicts. Professor Yaniv Belhassen, of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, explores eight organizations that have offered such tours. His analysis suggests that ideas about reconciliation in these tours have shared characteristics in the way they are manifested in the travel experiences offered to tourists. In doing so, this study illuminates the symbolic role of tourism as a cultural arena with a transformative potential where ideas about peacebuilding can be imagined even in the places where conflicts are still active.

    • 9 min

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