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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….

Forget university rankings, open days are the biggest factor in student choice

Open days are the main way students choose their future university. shutterstock The latest Times Higher University Rankings have been published. And the 2019 results reveal that the University of Oxford is the…

Curious Kids: why do things look smaller when further away and bigger when closer to me?

Shutterstock. David Franklin, University of Portsmouth This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children of all ages. The Conversation is asking young people to send in questions they’d like an…

What body language can – and can’t – tell us about Russians accused of Sergei Skripal poisoning

Samantha Mann, University of Portsmouth Despite what pop psychology articles might suggest, detecting deception via body language – or even bodily functions such as respiration, heart rate and skin conductivity, the staples of…

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