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Why China’s ivory ban is a mammoth step towards saving the elephant

Caroline Cox, University of Portsmouth At the end of last year, China announced a complete ban on its ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. The news, a late Christmas…

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Sherlock Holmes and the strange case of anti-intellectualism

Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth Neither Sherlock Holmes nor Donald Trump are far from the television screen at present. Trump’s latest exploits share screen time with the return of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, the…

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Why your ability to speak English could be judged on how you look

Mario Saraceni, University of Portsmouth When MPs published a set of new proposals in early January on ways to improve the integration of immigrants in the UK, one of the most controversial concerned…

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How to talk to your dog – according to science

Juliane Kaminski, University of Portsmouth Dogs are special. Every dog owner knows that. And most dog owners feel their dog understands every word they say and every move they make. Research over the…

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Connecting world’s robots will drive 2017’s technology

By Tom Garner Research Fellow, School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth If you want to make predictions for the future, you need to find the trajectory of events in the past. So to…

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PG Wodehouse shrugs off wartime controversy

Christine Berberich, University of Portsmouth The British Library’s recent announcement that it has acquired the PG Wodehouse archive is a belated recognition of one of the most beloved – and influential – of…

Dr Karen Shalev Greene: "People sometimes forget how vulnerable runaways are"

What it really feels like when a loved one goes missing

Karen Shalev Greene, University of Portsmouth Each year, more than 250,000 missing person reports are made to the police in the UK alone. The loss can have a profound emotional effect on the…

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Virtual reality may soon change gigs forever

Trudy Barber, University of Portsmouth The pop sensation that is ABBA are reportedly coming back. That’s right, in 2018 the Swedish 70s superstars are set to tour a curious performance they call a…

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Magma power might hold key to renewable energy

Pete Rowley, University of Portsmouth Iceland is about to tap into water as hot as lava. Several kilometres below ground, a drilling rig named Thor will soon penetrate the area around a magma…

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Old drug could provide cancer breakthrough

Geoff Pilkington, University of Portsmouth In 1998, I received an intriguing handwritten note. It came from David Wilkie, emeritus professor at University College London, and asked if I thought the antidepressant drug clomipramine…

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