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A Solar Eruption in 5 Steps

Scientists from Durham University in the United Kingdom and NASA now propose that a universal mechanism can explain the whole spectrum of solar eruptions. They used 3-D computer simulations to demonstrate that a variety of eruptions can theoretically be thought of as the same kind of event, only in different sizes and manifested in different ways.

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Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century

Europe depicted as a queen, Sebastian Munster, 1570

Niall OddyDurham Universityexplores how the idea of Europe was forged.

(19 May 2017) » More about Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century

Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done

A football game in Zambia. Picture: Iain Lindsey

Iain LindseyDurham UniversityDavies BandaUniversity of EdinburghRuth JeanesMonash University, and Tess KayBrunel University London explore the potential of sport to change lives.

(7 Apr 2017) » More about Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done

The challenges ahead around Brexit

Durham University experts outline the challenges ahead for the UK as it starts its exit from the European Union.

(27 Mar 2017) » More about the challenges ahead around Brexit


Ushaw Lecture Series: Stonyhurst College

Joe Reed & Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst) - English Jesuit Drama 1599-1916: From Martyrs to Rum Punch. All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Hannah Thomas on or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please contact us by 9am on Friday 19 May 2017.

MyGridGB: Where does our electricity come from and how might that...

Electricity in the UK is in the midst of an evolution as the transition to low carbon energy intensifies. In 2002, less than 1% of British electricity came from renewable sources; just 15 years that has grown to over 10%. I try to chart this change through my website, which uses real data from National Grid and academics to track where electricity comes from.

Historicising anti-slavery – Decolonising anti-trafficking?

Over the last two decades, anti-trafficking – often described as an effort to combat ‘modern day slavery’ – has become ubiquitous. Questions have been raised about whether the significant resources dedicated to this issue have achieved any results, or whether these results have done more harm than good. These critiques remain salient as Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals proposes to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.’ Building on these critiques, the seminar responds to facile framings of contemporary ‘abolitionism’ as echoing earlier crusades against Trans-Atlantic slavery. Critical reflections on the geographical and historical dimensions of anti-slavery and anti-trafficking will be offered. We ask: is it possible to decolonise anti-trafficking?

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