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Here’s How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease

Here’s How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease

Throughout antiquity, from the Mediterranean to Egypt and today’s Middle East, people believed that misfortune, including accidents, diseases, and sometimes even death, were caused by external forces. Be they gods or other types of supernatural forces (such as a daimon), people — regardless of faith — sought magical means of…

University Rankings Don’t Actually Measure the Important Things

University Rankings Don’t Actually Measure the Important Things

International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents…

Can We Use Australia’s Air Force to Bring Home Stranded Aussies Overseas?

Can We Use Australia’s Air Force to Bring Home Stranded Aussies Overseas?

Amid mounting concern about stranded Aussies overseas during COVID-19, Labor leader Anthony Albanese has offered a solution. This week, he suggested using the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) VIP aircraft to bring people home. Albanese says these could bring the estimated 25,000 Australians stuck overseas, “100 at a time”. While…