Prison officer pay rise won’t solve wider crisis in justice system

Aaron Pycroft, University of Portsmouth Prison officers are to receive a 1.7% pay rise in a move which effectively breaks the 1% public sector pay cap, but is far less than the 5%…


Nothing matters: how the invention of zero helped create modern mathematics

Shutterstock Ittay Weiss, University of Portsmouth A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of mathematics. The bark is actually part of…


Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4bn

Why aren’t people entitled to benefits claiming them? via Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support…


Sex, secrets and murder most foul: following the threads of the Limehouse Golem

Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994) features in two adaptations this September: Opera Philadelphia’s Elizabeth Cree, and Juan Carlos Medina’s film The Limehouse Golem….

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American Horror Story: how the cult TV show hints at real-world nightmares

Rebecca Janicker, University of Portsmouth Following months of media hype, American Horror Story (AHS) returns this September with an election theme that seems set to maintain the TV show’s tradition of inspiring controversy…


Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil. Fipronil is banned in human food…

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Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ is already a disaster – but it could get worse

Harvepino / shutterstock Ian Hendy, University of Portsmouth Each summer, a large part of the Gulf of Mexico “dies”. This year, the Gulf’s “dead zone” is the largest on record, stretching from the…


‘The day the world changed’ – a former trader on how the credit crunch kicked off

It began in earnest on August 9 2007. Alexis Stenfors, University of Portsmouth When I received a phone call from a trader colleague at Merrill Lynch on August 9 2007, I was…


What the physics of bubbles can tell us about language

Jacob Lund/ James Burridge, University of Portsmouth What do the physics of bubbles have in common with the way you and I speak? Not a lot, you might think. But my recently published…


Return of ‘The L Word’: representing lesbian desire on screen in a new era

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth LGBT social media networks were recently buzzing with news that a reboot of The L Word, the lesbian drama that ran for six series between 2004-09, is in…

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