Comment and opinion
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.
(7 Oct 2015) » More about solving the neutrino puzzle
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.
(1 Oct 2015) » More about is there life on Mars?
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.
(30 Sep 2015) » More about growing demand for cancer care
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.
(9 Sep 2015) » More about the grandmother hypothesis
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
Women-only train carriages are just another form of victim blaming
After Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn suggested opening a consultation on women-only train carriages, Postgraduate Researcher Hannah Bows, in Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences, says the discussion about how to tackle sexual violence against women in public spaces is welcome.
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
The search for 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' just got interesting
PhD student Ryan Wilkinson, Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, says we are a big step closer to tracking down what’s hiding in galaxy clusters.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. proves spy spoofs are back in business
Dr James Smith says The Man From U.N.C.L.E. captures something of the spirit of Ian Fleming’s early Bond novels
The truth about politics and cartography: mapping claims to the Arctic seabed
Professor Philip Steinberg, Director of Durham University's Centre for Borders Research (IBRU), believes the map they made of Russia’s claim to the Arctic seabed is being incorrectly used to fuel “land grab” fears.
The neglected tropical diseases
Mark Booth, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology asks why we are not doing more to combat tropical worms as they infect several billion people across the world.
(13 Aug 2015) » More about the neglected tropical diseases
The Ashaninka of Peru
Following the rescue of 20 adults and 34 children held hostage by Shining Path militants, Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti believes the Ashaninka of Peru are now at considerable risk from Peru's post-war reconstruction projects.
(12 Aug 2015) » More about the Ashaninka of Peru
The sad truth about why charities suddenly collapse
Following the collapse of children’s charity Kids Company, Simone Abram, Department of Anthropology, says the continued uncertainty around funding keeps charities in limbo and unable to plan effectively.
(11 Aug 2015) » More about the sad truth about why charities suddenly collapse
Revealed: why animals' pupils come in different shapes and sizes
Should British universities worry about a lack of Nobel Prizes in the 21st century?
The top ten list of institutions around the world which have won the most Nobel Prizes this century does not contain a single British university. The list, compiled by the Times Higher Education, is dominated by US institutions and was topped by Stanford, followed by Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Tom McLeish considers the relevance of the results for the UK.
Do humans and nonhumans experience sex in the same way?
Jamie Lawson, Anthropology, looks at the evidence which suggests many animals experience sexual pleasure in much the same way as humans, and that this aspect of sexuality is not as unique as humans may like to think.
How to value research that crosses more than one discipline
The wonders of Graphene
Karl Colman explains how folding graphene like origami, may allow us to wear sensors in our skin.
(30 Jul 2015) » More about the wonders of Graphene
Britain should reform itself before pointing the finger at Brussels
Duncan Connors looks at what the EU has done for Britain and asks "Is our economy strong enough to stand alone?"
How to respond to an allegation of sexual assault
Following publication of this week's New York Magazine, the cover of which shows 35 of the 46 women with sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, Nicole Westmarland asks "what is the best way to respond if someone does make a disclosure of sexual assault to you?"
(29 Jul 2015) » More about how to respond to an allegation of sexual assault
Rise in 'sugar babies' mirrors increase in student sex work
Judith Evans asks whether the increase in "sugar dating" among students coincides in the rise of university tuition fees.
Paris climate deal could be Cameron’s global legacy
When it comes to climate change, it’s vital that the UK government listens to the scientists. Dr Douglas Halliday is explains why.
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