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Brexit: what the UK fishing industry wants

Alan Smillie / Shutterstock.com Andy Forse, University of Portsmouth; Ben Drakeford, University of Portsmouth, and Jonathan Potts, University of Portsmouth The fishing industry constitutes a small but powerful voice when it comes to…

Lumière artificielle et plantations hors-sol, les nouvelles méthodes des agriculteurs urbains

Silvio Caputo, University of Portsmouth La popularité de l’agriculture urbaine est plus ancienne qu’on ne le pense. Son émergence date du lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale : dans un contexte de lourdes pénuries,…

First aircraft powered by silent space engine revealed

Imagine an aircraft engine that has no moving parts, produces no harmful exhaust and makes no noise. That’s what researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US have created by…

Terrorism in Tunisia – evidence of an increasingly unstable North Africa

A policeman holds a flower at the site of a bomb attack on a bus transporting Tunisian presidential guards November 25, 2015. EPA Images Omar Safi, University of Portsmouth A terrorist attack hit…

I deliberately sent myself to prison in Iceland – they didn’t even lock the cell doors ther

jonathan kho/unsplash Francis Pakes, University of Portsmouth Iceland is a small country tucked away on the edge of Europe. It has a population of only about 340,000 people. Iceland’s prisons are small too….

Jair Bolsonaro will now run into Brazil’s massive grassroots movements of resistance

  Alf Ribeiro / shutterstock In his acceptance speech, Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro said he will “change the destiny of Brazil”. He may be right. For the Amazon and its indigenous residents, things…

Scooby-dooby-doo: making sense of scat singing

  Perfect pitch: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Playbill If you go to hear a jazz singer at your local venue, you will most likely experience “scatting” or “scat”. Scat singing can be…

Iran: national teachers’ strike could herald new era of dissent

Omid Shams, University of Portsmouth Iran witnessed a nationwide strike by teachers on October 14-15. Iranian social media exploded with photos and videos of the teachers’ sit-ins at elementary and high schools across…

Phantosmia: when you smell smells that aren’t there

file404/Shutterstock.com Lorenzo Stafford, University of Portsmouth Have you ever smelled odours other people can’t smell? If you have, you may have experienced phantosmia – the medical name for a smell hallucination. Phantosmia odours…

Give-up-itis: when people just give up and die

Everett Historical/Shutterstock.com John Leach, University of Portsmouth During World War Two, when a cargo ship was torpedoed and sank in the North Sea, some of the crew managed to escape the sinking vessel….

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