Analysis

Galileo row: Brexit will bar UK from EU sat-nav programme, but Britain could build its own

ESA/P. Carril Ann Swift, University of Portsmouth How did satellites become political footballs? The UK government is considering building its own satellite navigation system after the EU announced the UK wouldn’t be allowed…

How Donald Trump’s nuclear deal withdrawal will hurt Iran’s dissenters and activists

By Omid Shams, University of Portsmouth Now the Trump administration has withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear deal, the world is yet again bracing for an all-out confrontation between Washington and Tehran. But while…

Why are Britain’s jobcentres disappearing?

Disappearing from a high street near you. www.shutterstock.com Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth The jobcentre. It used to be a staple of the British high street, where the unemployed went to sign on…

Justine Greening’s proposals are not radical enough – past generations of graduates should contribute too

Writing in the Huff Post, Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith argues if it is fair to tax future graduates to fund higher education, why is it any less fair to tax those who went…

How planning law discriminates against Travellers and Gypsies

Martin Myers, University of Portsmouth Dee (not her real name) describes herself as “100% Gypsy. 1000% English Romany Gypsy. I’m one of those last acceptable Gypsies you can be racist to all day…

Drones will soon decide who to kill

Peter Lee, University of Portsmouth The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big…

Five ivory objects that will be exempt from a proposed trade ban

Caroline Cox, University of Portsmouth When Michael Gove first called for responses from the public to his plan to ban ivory sales back in October 2017, the environment secretary said a ban would “put…

How to help the public trust NGOs again

Vincent Charles Keating, University of Southern Denmark; Angela Crack, University of Portsmouth, and Erla Thrandardottir, University of Manchester Allegations of misconduct and unethical behaviour by Oxfam staff during its response to a humanitarian…

Paradigm shift as African countries throw their weight behind ivory ban

Antique ivory – defined as pre-1947 worked ivory – is an exception and can be traded in the UK and EU. Flickr/James Picht Caroline Cox, University of Portsmouth Calls from conservation groups for…

Professor Stephen Hawking: a tribute

Members of the University’s Institute of the Cosmology and Gravitation pay tribute to Physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who died this morning. Professor David Wands Director, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation “Stephen Hawking was one of…

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