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When Two Worlds Collide: Peruvian protest documentary shows flipside of economic growth

Dr Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti from the Department of Anthropology explains why a new documentary provides an important perspective on indigenous activism in Peru.

(21 Sep 2016) » More about When Two Worlds Collide: Peruvian protest documentary shows flipside of economic growth


We should remember HG Wells for his social predictions, not just his scientific ones

No writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His fantastic fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, flights to the moon and human beings with the powers of gods says Simon John James, Professor in the Department of English Studies 

(20 Sep 2016) » More about we should remember HG Wells for his social predictions, not just his scientific ones


Hinkley C must be the first of many new nuclear plants

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Following Government approval of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, Professor Simon Hogg, Director of the Durham Energy Institute, says a major programme of new nuclear plants is needed to ensure sufficient long term energy for the UK.

(16 Sep 2016) » More about Hinkley C must be the first of many new nuclear plants


Why sad songs say so much to some of us

Professor Tuomas Eerola from the Department of Music has discovered why some of us enjoy sad music more than others – and it’s got a lot to do with empathy.

(16 Sep 2016) » More about why sad songs say so much to some of us


Does selective schooling work anywhere in the world?

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Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education has looked at the use of selective schooling around the world to see if any result in making "schools work for everyone".

(15 Sep 2016) » More about does selective schooling work anywhere in the world?


Watching sport isn't just dumb entertainment

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Watching sport is far more than pure, dumb, entertainment, argues Stephen Mumford, Professor of Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy

(2 Sep 2016) » More about Watching sport isn't just dumb entertainment


Virtual reality robots could help teleport juries to crime scenes

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Mehzeb Chowdury, a PhD researcher in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigations in the School of Applied Sciences, explains how virtual reality robots could help teleport juries to crime scenes without them ever leaving the courtroom. 

(26 Aug 2016) » More about Virtual reality robots could help teleport juries to crime scenes


Why should cultural artefacts be more rooted than people?

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Robert Seddon, Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy, explores the changing relationships between people, nations and cultural artefacts. 

(26 Aug 2016) » More about Why should cultural artefacts be more rooted than people?


How to build confidence in maths

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Researcher and qualified primary school teacher, Stephanie Raine from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, talks about maths anxiety and the challenges for teachers.

(24 Aug 2016) » More about How to build confidence in maths


Banning the burkini

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PhD candidate Pina Sadar, from Anthropology, argues that banning the burkini reinforces a single story about Muslim women: they need saving.

(23 Aug 2016) » More about Banning the burkini


What a weaker pound means for the British economy

Dr Duncan Connors from Durham's Business School explains the impact of the fall in the pound on Britain's economy. 

(6 Jul 2016) » More about what a weaker pound means for the British economy


Why helium is vital for medicine

Professor Jon Gluyas from the Department of Earth Sciences explains why the recent discovery of a helium gas field is good news for medicine.

 

(1 Jul 2016) » More about why helium is vital for medicine


 

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