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What's the point of theoretical physics?

Dr Alexander Lenz, Deputy director, Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, explains why you don’t have to be a scientist to get excited about breakthroughs in theoretical physics. 

(12 Feb 2016) » More about what's the point of theoretical physics?


What Islamic State speaking in an English accent tells us about the group's strategy

Dr Alan Greene, Law School lecturer, explains why the use of a British spokesperson in Islamic State videos is a deliberate, calculated choice.

(13 Jan 2016) » More about what Islamic State speaking in an English accent tells us about the group's strategy


Which Lazarus was David Bowie referring to in his mesmerising swan song?

Over the last few days, there have been many interpretations of David Bowie's song, Lazarus - Dr Peter Phillips, Research Fellow in Digital Theology - considers the options.

(13 Jan 2016) » More about which Lazarus was David Bowie referring to in his mesmerising swan song?


Breaking up is hard to do – especially when you have to fill out a government form

Professor of Law and Government, Thom Brooks, explains what happens if you break up with someone who is a non-European citizen.

(7 Jan 2016) » More about breaking up is hard to do – especially when you have to fill out a government form


True Norse – what Nordic Culture is really like

Nordic culture specialist Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (English Studies) looks at the reality behind the cultural myths. 

(16 Dec 2015) » More about true Norse – what Nordic Culture is really like


When will Britain learn how to manage floods?

Following the recent floods in Cumbria, Dr Jeff Warburton from the Department of Geography and colleagues from universities of Liverpool, Southampton and King's College London, consider the best way to manage future floods.

(15 Dec 2015) » More about when will Britain learn how to manage floods?


Climate Changed Cities

To address climate change, Professor Harriet Bulkeley (Geography) believes we need to stop thinking about the problem only as a global one but also think of climate change as a fundamentally urban issue.

(3 Dec 2015) » More about Climate Changed Cities


Why day dreaming is good for you

Dr Felicity Callard, Reader in Geography and Director of Hubbub explains the benefits of day dreaming.


(26 Nov 2015) » More about why day dreaming is good for you


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.

(25 Nov 2015) » More about it's not just the young who suffer sexual violence; older people get raped too


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. 

(18 Nov 2015) » More about arts education may be important, but the academic benefits are unproven


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. 

(18 Nov 2015) » More about while Paris mourns, opportunity knocks for Assad in Syria


 

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