La Marseillaise: has the song that unified the French republic become too divisive?

David Andress, University of Portsmouth Changes to French educational curricula rarely make headline news in Britain. However, both The Times and the Daily Telegraph felt it worth reporting on a recent decision to…

Hundreds of Mexican politicians have died in the run up to the election – but cultural leaders are fighting back

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth Mexican presidential elections are to be held on July 1. Congress members will also be elected. The front runner for president is the seasoned left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel…

Off the scale: Can forensics save the world’s most-trafficked mammal?

A pioneering new project trials fingerprinting techniques to battle pangolin poaching. Forensic fingerprinting techniques will now be used in the battle against illegal wildlife trade as new methods of lifting fingermarks from trafficked…

Social media’s effect on young to be examined

How social media helps or harms children’s mental health is to be examined by leading experts in social geography and mental health from the Universities of Portsmouth and Sheffield. Professor Liz Twigg, in…

New ‘promiscuous’ enzyme helps turn plant waste into sustainable products

A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels. The discovery was led by…

Improving life-saving blood delivery to disaster-hit areas

A Portsmouth researcher is developing a mathematical model aimed at speeding up the delivery of life-saving blood to victims of earthquakes and other disasters. Dr Xiang Song hopes her work will reduce blood…

No, mobile phones should not be banned in schools

Access to mobile technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Smart phones are used to make calls, run businesses and organise social lives. But they also raise concerns over their potential…

Women engineers support international diversity drive

The University of Portsmouth and Mary Rose Trust have supported International Women in Engineering Day (June 23) by holding an event for female engineers to discuss the future of the profession. Yesterday’s networking…

How we proved Einstein right on galactic scales – and what it means for dark energy and dark matter

Gravity may be the weakest of the fundamental forces in nature, but it is ultimately what enabled life on Earth to evolve. Thanks to its weak attractiveness over long distances, mass in the…

Einstein proved right in another galaxy

An international team of astronomers have made the most precise test of gravity outside our own solar system. By combining data taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very…

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