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The hidden costs of online shopping – for customers and retailers

Internet shopping has grown massively, especially now that free delivery and returns, with multiple ways of making them, are the norm. You can order a number of variations of the same piece of…

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There’s no such thing as a free return

A new study, led by the University of Portsmouth, has found that returns from online sales, particularly returns to store, are seriously impacting company profits. Many retailers aspire to be ‘omnichannel’ – integrating…

Free public transport is great news for the environment but it’s no silver bullet

When Luxembourg announced recently that all public transport in the country will be free from next year, this radical move was received with astonishment. After all, most nations would surely shy away from…

Retiring from elite sport? Consider seeing a psychologist – Andy Murray did

Andy Murray’s announcement that he is contemplating retirement from professional tennis is sad news – as it always is when one of tennis’ greats prepares to leave the game. The reason for his…

Trailblazer shortlisted for contribution to education

A talented leader in her field and a passionate advocate for women in education, Dr Sarah Turnbull, from the University of Portsmouth, has been shortlisted for an international award. Dr Turnbull has been…

A Hubble Space Telescope image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300, located 61 million light years away. Credit: HST / NASA / ESA

Portsmouth astronomers honoured by Royal Astronomical Society

Cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth have been honoured by The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in its 2019 Awards. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics…

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New materials could help improve the performance of solar cells

New research could lead to the design of new materials to help improve the performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Perovskite solar cells are an emerging photovoltaic technology that has seen a remarkable…

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Stadiums aren’t fated to disrepair and disuse – history shows they can change with the city

Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Songquan Deng/Shutterstock. Alessandro Melis, University of Portsmouth Stadiums are among the oldest forms of urban architecture: from Olympia to Rome, stadiums were at the centre of the Western…

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Creative industry pioneers come together to shape how audiences experience live performance

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth are part of a unique team of international creative industry specialists who will pool their expertise to discover the next stage of immersive performance experiences for audiences…

Volunteers needed to sniff out untold stories of those who kept Britain running

Long ago, steam trains ruled Britain’s railways. Railways, many of them small, were the driving force behind Britain’s industrial revolution, keeping docks, factories, mines and quarries humming with activity, and serving villages and…

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