Comment and opinion
Alien life is out there, but our theories are probably steering us away from it
Dr Peter Vickers, Associate Professor (Reader) in Philosophy, says that in the quest to find extraterrestrial life, scientists must be thoroughly open-minded.
Fighting Words: US and China clash on Free Speech
Dr Ge Chen, assistant professor in Chinese Law, explains how a tweet by the US’ national basketball association (NBA), resulted in an instant backlash by the Chinese government
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Fracking in the UK was doomed a decade ago
Jon Gluyas, Professor of Geoenergy, Carbon Capture and Storage, and Dr Magdalena Kuchler from Uppsala University, explain why they believe the UK's Conservatives have wasted precious time on a fossil fuel fantasy.
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The UK Supreme Court: A Constitutional Court in all but name?
The establishment, in 2009, of a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom was not intended to amount to a radical redesign of the United Kingdom’s constitutional architecture, says Professor Roger Masterman of Durham Law School.
Finding the remnants of a tragic end can help us uncover atrocities
The human body never truly disappears. Professor Rebecca Gowland from our Archaeology Department and Professor Tim Thompson from Teesside University, explain how human remains reveal evidence of atrocities.
Science as we know it can't explain consciousness
Professor Philip Goff from our Department of Philosophy wants to see a new science of consciousness - he explains why below.
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Why Botswana’s biggest tests are yet to come
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Dealing with the Climate Emergency
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Paul Gascoigne trial highlights why most women don't report sexual abuse or rape
Professor Nicole Westmarland explains why this recent trial underlines why the criminal justice system needs to catch up with the shift in societal understanding about sexual assault.
Would abolishing private schools really make a difference to equality?
Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Public Policy in the School of Education, considers this question.
Methane emissions spike: natural gas production, fracking and agriculture – is one the main culprit?
How Apollo is still revealing the Moon’s secrets
On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Fifty years on, the lunar samples collected by Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and subsequent Apollo astronauts still play an important part in our attempts to find out how much water exists on our near neighbour and how it reached Earth, as Dr Vincent Eke, in our Institute for Computational Cosmology, explains.
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US military's carbon bootprint is bigger than most countries
Dr Oliver Belcher (Geography) has co-authored a report with colleagues from Lancaster University, that shows the US military is the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
What I've learned by teaching prisoners to think like scientists
Dr Phil Heron from Earth Sciences reflects on his recent experience of teaching in HMP Low Newton.
Earthquakes or tiger attacks?
Dr Hanna Ruszczyk (Geography) believes that understanding what people fear most can help prevent disasters.
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Students are increasingly turning to religious leaders for mental health support
Professor Mathew Guest, Department of Theology and Religion, examines the work of university chaplains and the difference they can make to students' lives.
Fracking can cause earthquakes tens of kilometres away suggests new research
Professor Gillian Foulger (Earth Sciences) believes that earthquakes threaten to be a showstopper for fracking, and a critical problem for cleaner energy solutions too.
Upskirting is now illegal – now the normalisation of men's sexual privilege in society must be tackled
Upskirting may now be illegal but Dr Hannah Bows believes there's still a long way to go for gender equality.
Student resistance in South Africa: the SASO nine trial and Steve Biko
Anne Heffernan, Assistant Professor in the history of Southern Africa, explains how Steve Biko and SASO continue to influence student activists today.
Camera traps reveal the secret lives of Britain's mammals
PhD researcher Sian Green explains that camera traps can help us learn more about mammals and how we can help look after them in the future.
100% low-carbon energy is still a long way off for the UK
LGBT school lessons row shows homophobia is alive and well in the UK
Dr Anna Llewellyn from our School of Education believes homosexuality is still seen as a threat to family values and innocence in the UK.
The invisibility of women’s sports is damaging the next generation of female athletes
Today is International Women’s Day: a day to celebrate women’s achievements and to call for a more gender-balanced world. When it comes to this balance, thankfully we are tilting the scales to a more equal setting, but there is still a lot of work to do – especially in sport.
Teaching archaeology in care homes - older people are often the best students
Professor Charlotte Roberts (Archaeology) believes that learning isn’t the preserve of young people - giving older people a chance to learn new things can help them live more fulfilling lives.
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How did Uranus end up on its side?
Jacob Kegerreis (Physics), PhD Student, discusses the cataclysmic collision that shaped Uranus’ evolution and caused it to tilt on its axis.
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Fixing gender gaps isn't just about women
Kyle Murray, Teaching Fellow in Public Law and Human Rights explains why men will also benefit from a more equal society.
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Has the ban on 'legal highs' worked?
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When seven jobs just isn't enough
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Only a referendum on Theresa May's Brexit deal can end deadlock in parliament – what the options should be
No woman in a public place is free from the risk of upskirting
We have weaker bones than our hunter-gatherer ancestors - here's what you can do
Dr Karen Hind (Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and Professor Charlotte Roberts (Department of Archaeology) explain that bones become weak, and can fracture easily, without proper physical activity.
Combatting forced labour and in-work poverty - lessons from Brazil and India
Fracking causes earthquakes by design: can regulation keep up?
Miles Wilson, PhD Candidate, Gillian Foulger and Jon Gluyas (all Department of Earth Sciences) and Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Internationalisation, Newcastle University explain that fracking is intended to bring about the very process which results in earthquakes.
#Revolution: how the humble hashtag changed world politics
Three things we can all learn from people who don't use smartphones or social media
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The Russians who are resisting the Kremlin's crackdown on minority languages
How Donald Trump can survive Michael Cohen's decision to turn on him
Colombia’s troubled peace process and the lessons of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Dr Stefanie Kappler Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building and Dr Louis Monroy-Santander,Teaching Fellow in Defence, Development and Diplomacy from SGIA look at the challenges facing Colombia's new president Ivan Duque
Early California lawmakers also preached #resistance — but against immigration
Bribery and buying favours: why Uganda's MPs want longer terms
Now that President Yoweri Museveni has been given the legal go-ahead to run for the presidency again, what does this mean for Ugandan politics? Professor Justin Willis from Durham History and Gabrielle Lynch from University of Warwick explain.
Why Boris Johnson is wrong about the burka
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The Art of the Possible
Jane Robinson of Durham University discusses the contribution of culture and creativity to teaching, research and wider engagement.
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Will Imran Khan the prime minister necessarily look like Imran Khan the candidate?
Dr Rosita Armytage from Anthropology provides her insights on Imran Khan and continuity in Pakistani politics
Pakistani voters weigh their options ahead of the general election
Pakistan's electorate need to decide which of the three main parties will confront the way China and the military have transformed their country and vote accordingly, believes Dr Rosita Armytage from Anthropology.
Testosterone levels determined by where men grow up – new research
'Upskirting' and 'revenge porn': the need for a comprehensive law
The misleading evidence that fooled scientists for decades
We discovered that life may be billions of times more common in the multiverse
The evolving civic role of universities
Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, writes on the evolving civic role of universities.
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What each of the G7 countries wants, and what they need
The 2018 meeting of the G7 countries promises to be tense due to recent decisions on trade policy by the Trump administration. Dr Dennis Schmidt (SGIA) joins other experts to consider what Germany and other member states hope to get from the summit.