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Jun 30, 2020

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the rally as a means of pranking the campaign. Similarly, the historically unprecedented scale of the

Jun 30, 2020

Who needs Wimbledon? Strawberry sales soar

When Covid-19 forced summer events like Wimbledon to be cancelled, along with all weddings, strawberry growers worried about their sales. However, a surge in demand for eating strawberries at home means sales have leapt by one-fifth this year. Video by Jeremy Howell, Nick Woolley and Sarah Corker

Jun 28, 2020

Social Security and Fighting Poverty in Tunisia

The objective of this study was to examine the role of social security in fighting poverty in Metlaoui, Tunisia, using survey data collected between July 2012 and January 2014, covering 200 poor households. We used questionnaire data, which gave a thorough analysis of the reactions, behavior, and strategies adopted by poor households as

Jun 28, 2020

Coronavirus: the future of women’s football is under threat

Women’s football has made great strides in recent years. Attendances at the women’s FA Cup final continue to set new records. One survey suggested that one-third of adults are interested in the women’s game and 69% of those believe it deserves the same profile as men’s football. However, the coronavirus pandemic has left

Jun 28, 2020

Liverpool, Premier League champions

John Williams, University of Leicester What were you doing 30 years ago? Were you even born? Let me mark your card here. Research at CERN in Switzerland by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1989-90 would eventually result in the World Wide Web, linking hypertext documents into an information system accessible from any

Jun 24, 2020

Coronavirus has brought the welfare state back

Jeevun Sandher, King’s College London and Hanna Kleider, King’s College London Governments across the developed world have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by making welfare states vastly more generous. Historical parallels suggest that this munificence may endure even as the pandemic recedes. Welfare states will only, however, become permanently more generous if voters