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Why do people still use fax machines?

Why do people still use fax machines?

provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation US.Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license.The fax machine is a symbol of long superseded by computer networks – but faxing is actually growing in popularity.Four years ago, I wrote a , saying my book covered “the rise and fall of the fax machine.” The end I predicted has not yet come: Millions of people, businesses and community groups send millions of faxed pages every day, from standalone fax machines, multifunction printers and computer-based fax services. It turns out that in many...

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Jonathan Coopersmith
Feb 8, 2019
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Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation CA.provides funding as a member of The Conversation CA-FR. provides funding as a member of The Conversation UK.Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license.. We learned that perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years and that it affects men and women equally.We also learned that perfectionists become more neurotic and less conscientious as time passes.Perfectionism involves striving for flawlessness and requiring perfection of oneself and others. Extremely negative...

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Martin M. Smith
Feb 8, 2019
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Russian influence operations extend into Egypt

Russian influence operations extend into Egypt

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license.One of the oldest running daily news organizations in the Arab world, Cairo-based , publishes stories from , .As part of a , Russia’s , Sputnik stories appear in Al-Ahram, the paper’s digital site, side-by-side with reporting from legitimate news agencies such as and .Unlike these news agencies, the Kremlin-controlled outlet posts a fair amount of fluff on Al-Ahram, such as a call by the Syrian Researchers network to or news about the of a former Egyptian president’s iconic 1958 Chevy.Those articles help...

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Nathaniel Greenberg
Feb 13, 2019
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Amazon trees write autobiographies – preserving human history in their wood

Amazon trees write autobiographies – preserving human history in their wood

provides funding as a member of The Conversation UK.Tropical forests are one of the world’s largest carbon stores and they help regulate the global climate. But they’re being erased at a terrifying rate. Deforestation claimed an . These habitats are often cleared to make way for and . For most forests, destruction on this scale is a fairly modern phenomenon.Tropical forest ecosystems tend to have very high biodiversity, but often in the places you’d least expect. Research has found that there is often more wildlife in areas where there is an .So how have indigenous people in tropical...

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Chris Hunt
Feb 11, 2020
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Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved

Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved

provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU.If you’re a traveller who cares about reducing your carbon footprint, are some airlines better to fly with than others?Several of the world’s major airlines have announced plans to become “carbon neutral”, while others are trialling new aviation fuels. But are any of their climate initiatives making much difference?Those were the questions we set out to answer a year ago, by analysing what the world’s largest 58 airlines – which fly 70% of the total – are doing to live up to their promises to cut their climate impact.The good news? Some...

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Susanne Becken
Feb 17, 2020
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Blacks are at higher risk for Alzheimer's, but why?

Blacks are at higher risk for Alzheimer's, but why?

provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation US.Blacks are at higher risk for several health conditions in the U.S. This is true for heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stroke, which are often chronic diseases. And it is also for Alzheimer’s disease, in which than whites.So, why do these disparities exist, especially in Alzheimer’s disease, which isn’t typically considered a chronic disease but a progressive one, or one that worsens over time?Some researchers attribute the gap to both societal and systemic factors related to . Other factors such as stress, diet,...

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Renã A.S. Robinson
Feb 25, 2020
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Evangelicals downplay religious expression when working with secular groups

Evangelicals downplay religious expression when working with secular groups

provides funding as a member of The Conversation US.White evangelicals in the United States are typically presented as united around a common set of conservative aims, such as preserving “” and in opposition to secular .Evangelicals make up roughly of the U.S. population. This percentage has remained over the past two decades, despite the persistent in the percentage of Americans who identify as religious, which has dropped from 86% to 77%.Evangelicals are known for emphasizing the country’s “,” promoting forms of ethno-religious nationalism and pursuing legislative agendas such as...

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Brad R. Fulton
Mar 4, 2020
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Social isolation linked to higher levels of inflammation – new study

Social isolation linked to higher levels of inflammation – new study

provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation UK.Being lonely or socially isolated can negatively affect your wellbeing. There is even research showing that it increase the risk of illnesses such as , and .Some researchers suggest that loneliness and social isolation lead to poorer health because they . Inflammation is when your body tells your immune system to produce chemicals to fight off infection or injury. It can also occur when you experience .Short-term, local inflammation – such as when you accidentally cut your finger – can be helpful, but having slightly elevated...

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Kimberley Smith
Mar 10, 2020
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Newborn babies weigh less today – possibly due to the increased popularity of cesarean sections and induced labor

Newborn babies weigh less today – possibly due to the increased popularity of cesarean sections and induced labor

provides funding as a member of The Conversation US.The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work.The decline in U.S. birth weight has been somewhat of a puzzle for public health researchers. Between 1990 and 2017, average from 7.36 pounds to 7.19 pounds.There was some speculation about what might explain the decline in birth weight. Some thought it might be the . Other research suggested that the might play a role.Sociologist and demographer wanted to contribute to the conversation by examining how cesarean deliveries and induction of labor might be involved.We used the...

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Mar 11, 2020
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A map that fills a 500-million year gap in Earth's history

A map that fills a 500-million year gap in Earth's history

and provide funding as members of The Conversation AU.Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license.Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around .To unravel this incredible history, scientists use a range of different techniques to determine when and where continents moved, how life evolved, how climate changed over time, when our oceans rose and fell, and how land was shaped. Tectonic plates – the huge, constantly moving slabs of rock that make up the outermost layer of the Earth, the crust – are central to...

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Alan Collins
Jul 8, 2017
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