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Why day dreaming is good for you
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It's not just the young who suffer sexual violence – older people get raped too
Young women are not the only victims of sexual violence according to new research by PhD student Hannah Bows from the School of Applied Social Sciences.
Arts education may be important, but the academic benefits are unproven
Many believe that arts education is linked to academic attainment, but Beng Huat See from the School of Education has found that the evidence is unclear.
While Paris mourns, opportunity knocks for Assad in Syria
Fabrizio Longarzo from the School of Government and International Affairs considers what Bashar al-Assad plans to do next.
Mozambique needs a community-driven approach to electrification
Marcus Power, Professor of Human Geography, looks at the reasons why Mozambique has one of Africa’s lowest electrification rates and what can be done to remedy this.
There's a fly in the ointment of solar-powered LED lighting
Dr Mark Booth, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology,writes about the unintended consequence of Africa’s domestic solar energy - when the light bulbs are switched on, they can attract disease carrying bugs.
Eye drops could cure cataracts and long-sightedness
Overcoming unconscious bias
Following the Government’s announcement that candidates' names will be removed from university application forms from 2017, Dr Vikki Boliver, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy asks whether this will increase the fairness of university admissions.
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British government to fight all 'extremists'
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Iran's tentative nuclear deal may not mean an international oil boom
As Iran emerges from economic isolation, Mohammad M. Hedayati-Kakhki, Honorary Fellow and Special Advisor on Islamic Jurisprudence in Islam, Law and Modernity in Durham Law School, examines what this might mean to the global oil markets.
Grammar schools don't help social mobility
The Government has approved England’s first ‘new’ grammar school in 50 years but Durham University education expert, Stephen Gorard, questions the benefits for social mobility.
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Solving Africa's energy woes
Dr Mark Booth, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, argues that an integrated, sustainable fix is key to solving Africa's energy problems.
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Solving the neutrino puzzle
Ryan Wilkinson and Celine Boehm comment on the winners of this year's Noble prize for Physics, Arthur B McDonald (Canada) and Takaaki Kajita (Japan), who discovered that tiny, subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass.
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Family hut sharing: how Norway avoids cabin fever
Simone Abram examines the impact of the Norwegian Government's recent decision to abolish inheritence tax.
(1 Oct 2015) » More about family hut sharing: how Norway avoids cabin fever
Is there life on Mars?
Hannah Earnshaw, Mars One candidate and PhD student in extragalactic astronomy, reflects on the news from NASA that there is water on the Red Planet.
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Growing demand for cancer care
Primary care doctors are ill-prepared to deal with the growing demand for cancer care. A new report, led by Professor Greg Rubin from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, outlines the challenges and possible solutions.
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Grassroots or elite sport?
Current figures show fewer than one in five of us take part in sport three or more times a week. Dr Iain Lindsey, Lecturer in Sport Policy and Development, examines the ‘Carrot and Stick’ approach to funding and looks at the challenges the Government faces to improve sport participation.
(29 Sep 2015) » More about grassroots or elite sport?
Can community pharmacies reach places that others can’t?
Average life expectancy in England stands at 80 years for men and 83 years for women. This contrasts strongly to the early post-war period when average life expectancy across England was 65 and 70 respectively.
Getting into university isn’t all about your A-level grades
Fewer top university offers go to black and Asian students, but UCAS research doesn't explain why. Dr Vikki Boliver analyses the data behind the figures and says "The UCAS findings are not quite what they appear."
Private education is no guarantee of success in higher education
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) recently published research on degree outcomes which showed that state school students do better, on average, at degree level than their privately educated peers. Yet students from poorer families, boys and some ethnic groups are less likely to participate in higher education. Dr Vikki Boliver and Professor Stephen Gorard ask "Would it be fairer to base contextualised admissions policies on school type – and would it help to widen participation?"
Why access to computers won't automatically boost children's grades
The grandmother hypothesis
If you have a great relationship, you may want to thank your prehistoric grandmother. Anthropologist Jo Setchell explains how long term relationships evolved through the generations.
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How child sex abuse cases from the past are putting huge pressure on the police
As the number of investigations into historic child sexual abuse cases keeps rising, Graham Hill looks at how the police service are struggling to deal with the public's expectations.
Move over Milky Way, elliptical galaxies are the most habitable in the cosmos
Having built the first "cosmobiological" model mapping the galaxies in our universe, Dr Pratika Dayal,Institute for Computational Cosmology, discovers surprisingly, our own galaxy was not one of the top habitable candidates.
Bank exposure to coal projects drowning in greenwash
Professor Carol Adams looks into the role of banks in financing controversial mining practices in Australia.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about bank exposure to coal projects drowning in greenwash
Ted Shrecker and Clare Bambra look at the spread of austerity, obesity, stress and inequality in the UK population and ask "IS there an alternative to austerity?"
(20 Aug 2015) » More about Neoliberal epidemics
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