Previews: The Guardian Weekly – February 3, 2023

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The Guardian Weekly (February 3, 2023) – In the trenches of eastern Ukraine, much of the conflict with Russia has been frozen for several months now. But, as the northern winter moves on, that could be about to change. The initial invasion has been followed by a period of attrition, and a third phase of the war now appears imminent.

Military activity along parts of the front is increasing and it is assumed that, sooner or later, one side will try to break the deadlock. The question, as Julian Borger writes this week for the Guardian Weekly magazine’s big story, is who will strike first and where?

As Julian explains, it is likely to be “an all-out battle for decisive advantage using combined arms … to overcome fixed positions. Europe has witnessed nothing of its sort since the second world war.”

That’s not to say there aren’t signs of anxiety among Ukraine’s regional allies, though. Germany’s decision last week to send its Leopard tanks to Ukraine may yet prove critical in the coming battle, but as German journalist Jan-Philipp Hein points out, Berlin’s military support for Kyiv remains far from wholehearted.

In the UK, the sacking of Nadhim Zahawi as Tory chairman over an undeclared tax dispute while he was the chancellor (and thus in charge of tax collection) kept the pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak, political editor Pippa Crerar reports; while in Opinion, Nesrine Malik says the episode reveals much about Britain’s networks of power and influence.

Research Preview: Science Magazine- February 3, 2023


Science Magazine – February 3, 2023 issue:

Neanderthals lived in groups big enough to eat giant elephants

Meat from the butchered beasts would have fed hundreds

The Pāhala swarm of earthquakes in Hawai‘i

A magma network may feed into different volcanoes, including Mauna Loa and Kīlauea

Arid lands, imperial ambitions

Desert knowledge exchange cloaked imperial goals, argues a political geographer

The New York Review Of Books – February 23, 2023

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The New York Review of Books February 23, 2023 issue:

Buildings Come to Life

In Edward Hopper’s paintings of New York, human figures often seem outgrowths of their architectural surroundings.

Edward Hopper’s New York an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, October 19, 2022–March 5, 2023

Brazil at the Crossroads

Lula’s election comes as a relief to many Brazilians, but in this historically violent and unequal country, a void in the democratic field endures.

Very Free and Indirect

The intensity of experience that Katherine Mansfield sought in her short life is matched by the formal obliqueness she discovered in her stories.

All Sorts of Lives: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of Risking Everything by Claire Harman

Previews: The Economist Magazine- February 4, 2023



The Economist – February 4, 2023 issue:

Joe Biden’s effort to remake the economy is ambitious, risky—and selfish

But America’s plan to spend $2trn could help save the planet

Nagging questions over the Adani empire won’t go away

A short-seller’s report raises uncomfortable questions for India’s policymakers, too

Why the West’s oil sanctions on Russia are proving to be underwhelming

Another embargo comes into force on February 5th. Manage your expectations

Climate Change: Threats Of Ocean Acidification

The Economist (February 2, 2023) – As carbon emissions change the chemistry of the seas, ocean acidification threatens marine life and human livelihoods. How worried should you be about climate change’s so-called “evil twin”?

Video timeline: 00:00 The other carbon problem 00:50 How does the ocean’s deepest point reveal its past? 02:55 Why are baby oysters dying? 04:08 Is the ocean acidic? 05:21 What is causing ocean acidification? 06:01 Why are corals dissolving? / Will deep sea ecosystems survive? 08:35 A threat to human livelihoods 10:42 What are the ‘potato chips of the sea’? 12:04 What is the solution?

Technology Preview: AI Magazine February 2023


AI Magazine – February 2023 Issue:

OpenAI helps spot AI text before it gets used for cheating

OpenAI’s AI Text Classifier aims to spot content generated by AI platforms before it can be used by bad actors, but the company admits it’s not perfect

ICYMI: Microsoft’s plans for quantum and Open AI investment

A week is a long time in artificial intelligence, so here’s a round-up of the AI Magazine articles that have been starting conversations around the world

Research: New Scientist Magazine- February 4, 2023

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New Scientist – February 4, 2023 issue:

How to tell if your immune system is weak or strong

New blood tests can reveal whether your immune system is fighting fit by looking at the balance of different immune cells, but there may be a simpler way of gauging your immune health

Inside the complex and extremely violent world of warring mongooses

Banded mongooses have long been used as a model of animal cooperation. Now, researchers in Uganda are starting to get to grips with the harsh realities of their long-running and bloody battles

How genetically engineered immune cells are beating some cancers

In some cases, it is now possible to genetically engineer the immune system to banish cancers like T-cell leukaemia that were previously unresponsive to treatments

Front Page: The New York Times – February 2, 2023


The Fed Raises Rates a Quarter Point and Signals More Ahead

America’s central bank has shifted into a new phase, raising rates more slowly as inflation shows signs of moderating.


Ukraine Fears New Offensive Is Underway as Russia Masses Troops

Russia is massing hundreds of thousands of troops and stepping up its bombardment, perhaps signaling the biggest assault since the start of the war. “I think it has started,” Ukraine’s leader says.

Memphis Gathers in Grief at Tyre Nichols’s Funeral

His death after he was beaten by the police inspired anger and sorrow across the country. His family remembers him as a “beautiful soul.”

The College Board Strips Down Its A.P. Curriculum for African American Studies

The official course looks different from a previous draft: No more critical race theory, and the study of contemporary topics — like Black Lives Matter — is optional.