Olivia Vail

How Twitter bots interfered with the US election

Twitter was oddly quiet of US election news on 3 November. Four years of access to Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions via 280 characters over and above traditional news outlets, I found the silence on election night jarring, to say the least.  Unlike in 2016, Twitter did not appear to have...
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Posted Nov. 27, 2020

Why we often misunderstand Schrödinger’s cat

Most people are familiar with the theory of Schrödinger’s cat on a basic level: if you put a cat in a sealed box with something that can kill it (poison), nobody can know whether the cat is alive or dead so it is a ‘superposition’ in-between. This was supposed to...
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Posted Sep. 12, 2020

Were the Windrush generation failed by the government?

The river Thames makes a loop southwards and its width narrows to 730m. Here, on a mist-filled morning in June 1948, 40km downstream from London bridge lies Port Tilbury, the SS Empire Windrush sailed in to dock. 492 people from the West Indies were on board, coming to England from the...
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Posted Jul. 11, 2020

A history of police brutality in America

“I can’t breathe”. Eric Garner repeated these words on Staten Island in 2014 as a police officer held him in a choke hold. He was pronounced dead in hospital. Eric Garner was arrested on suspicion of illegally selling loose cigarettes.  “I can’t breathe”. George Floyd repeated these words as a...
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Posted Jul. 4, 2020

Girls Gone Global: female travellers and their stories

Travelling is an amazing adventure however at the same time is surrounded by many anxieties and dangers especially for women and female solo travellers. Here are some stories by female travellers who have shared their experiences and views about travelling the world as females to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay2020 with The Boar.
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Posted Mar. 8, 2020

Has one US college found the solution to student debt?

Berea College, Kentucky, is a university with around 1600 students that does not charge tuition fees. This compares to an average of $10,230 per year in tuition for US students who choose to attend a public university in their own state, and $35,830 for those attending private universities. Berea College...
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Posted Feb. 2, 2020