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.
A small secondment in Hatfield College, Durham University
Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), reminisces about volunteering in Hatfield College.
Was Ireland’s 8th amendment a breach of the country’s international human rights commitments?
Dr Aisling McMahon from Durham Law School and Dr Brid Ni Ghrainne (University of Sheffield) looked closely at the amendment and explain why it violated international human rights law
How to understand one of Stephen Hawking's final papers
Warning signs: how early humans first began to paint animals
How research uses the wisdom – and funding – of the crowd
Billions of people across the world are now connected by the internet and this online crowd is regularly used to provide information and funding to projects both big and small.
Why 'upskirting' needs to be made a sex crime
The Justice Secretary David Gauke has indicated that the government could support a change to the law surrounding upskirting. Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law at Durham and University of Birmingham's Professor Erika Rackley explain why a new law against upskirting is urgently needed.
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Would Jesus have done better in politics than in the church?
Revd. Dr Peter Phillips, Research Fellow in Digital Theology & Director of CODEC Research Centre, believes that the Bible is clear, and Christ's teachings were highly politicial.
How stigma in the healthcare system is undermining efforts to reduce obesity
Claims about Cambridge Analytica's role in Africa should be taken with a pinch of salt
Durham's Professor of Modern African History, Justin Willis, Professor Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick and Professor Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham urge caution about Cambridge Analytica's assertions.
Space - the final business opportunity?
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Votes for Women
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What the Brexit deal means for EU citizens and their families
Professor of European Law, Eleanor Spaventa considers the grey areas of the deal agreed earlier this month.
We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how
After Mugabe, all eyes are on Museveni: how long can he cling to power?
Professor Justin Willis from the Department of History discusses issues around President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda with Professor Gabrielle Lynch (University of Warwick) and Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham).
Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?
Dr Andrew Russell from the Department of Anthropology and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing discusses new figures that show more than half of all teenage smokers in the north-east of England have bought illegal tobacco.
Sexual harassment - it's all part of growing up
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Trump - Rating the presidency
After a tumultuous year beset by controversy, how should we assess Donald Trump, twelve months on from his US presidential election win?
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Time to celebrate the unsung women heroes of peace mediation
While women are active and successful mediators at the grassroots level, they remain largely invisible in international peacemaking.
What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today
Why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation
Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, explains why this will result in few benefits.
A step-change in tackling sexual violence
Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) and Chair of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Group at Durham University, writes on a step-change in the higher education sector, and Durham's part in it.
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Why hunger is on the rise in the world, and what can be done about it
The United Nations reports that global hunger is on the rise for the first time in ten years - Professor Peter Atkins examines the reasons behind this increase.
How Taylor Swift has become a femme fatale - with a little help from Sylvia Plath
What new barriers can EU citizens expect in their daily lives after Brexit?
Professor Eleanor Spaventa warns that EU citizens living in Britain should prepare to present documentation whenever they interact with the state.
Primacy of the law has been asserted in Kenya – but the aftermath is unpredictable
Professor Justin Willis considers the potential impact of the decision by Kenya's Supreme Court to declare the election null and void.
A museum of Confederate statues – and how it could help end the American Civil War
Nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control
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Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of thrones
Understanding why some female teachers sexually abuse pupils
How badly implemented land reform can affect wildlife: a Zimbabwean case study
Dr Sam Williams Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology talks about land reform affecting wildlife.
Large carnivores are in decline all over the world. Threats like persecution and loss of both prey and habitat are key contributors. The planet’s top biodiversity hotspots have already lost around 90% of their primary (undisturbed) vegetation, driven by factors like growth of infrastructure, agriculture and the removal of natural resources.
Twenty years on, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers
Is there enough good evidence to inform teaching in schools?
Professor Stephen Gorard talks about the importance of using solid evidence to inform education practice.
Fact Check: is China dumping steel?
Professor Ian Greenwood and Professor Ray Hudson examine if China is dumping steel.
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What's the difference between TPIMs and control orders?
Professor Helen Fenwick from Durham Law School explains the difference between Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) and control orders.
Linking lone wolf killers to Islamic State magnifies the threat – and could inspire future attacks
Dr Alan Greene believes the way we talk about terrorist attacks can help the extremists' cause.
This election must not result in another failed NHS Experiment
Professor David Hunter, from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health explains that the election must not become an excuse for shelving much needed health system transformation.
Walking with Pride
Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, and Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, explains why the University supports the Pride movement.
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Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy
Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century
Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done
Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?
Professor Stephen Gorard takes a critical look at the Government’s case for fining parents who take their children out of school during term.
Issue of children who sexually abuse other children is not something that can be ignored
Professor Simon Hackett explains why children who sexually abuse other children should not be treated like criminals.
People have been used as bargaining chips before - by Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu
As EU citizens' rights are debated by the UK government and the House of Lords, Dr James Koranyi, Lecturer in Modern European History, sees parallels in recent Romanian history.
The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books
Do schools in the North East of England under-perform?
The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has recommended that ‘urgent attention’ must be given to improving education in the North of England. Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education looks at the evidence for the North East.
Trump's travel ban is nothing to do with national security
Durham University is key to bright future
The importance of having one of the world’s top 100 universities is central to Durham’s position as a first-class business destination – and there are dynamic plans in place to accelerate the momentum of recent years.
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