Analysis

Philippines’ dictator Duterte turns on the media that helped elect him

Tom Smith, University of Portsmouth Journalism in the Philippines has long been a dangerous trade, one that carries a very real risk of murder with little likelihood of accountability. Yet it is vitally…

Scientists have accidentally found the oldest ever butterfly or moth fossils

This article was originally published on The Conversation  by David Martill, University of Portsmouth Butterflies and moths, the Lepidoptera, are among the most beautiful of insects, familiar to almost everyone through thousands of…

Why do we need to know about prime numbers with millions of digits?

Ittay Weiss, University of Portsmouth Prime numbers are more than just numbers that can only be divided by themselves and one. They are a mathematical mystery, the secrets of which mathematicians have been…

Iran’s reformists have sided with the hardliners – and doomed their cause

Omid Shams, University of Portsmouth For a few days at the start of 2018, nationwide protests hit the streets of several Iranian cities, blindsiding the government and briefly drawing the world’s attention. The…

How new recruits are changing police culture for the better

Sarah Charman, University of Portsmouth In the aftermath of the terrorist incidents in London and Manchester in 2017, a number of police officers were heralded as heroes. But the police have also faced…

Why it’s so important that Hollywood’s powerful women are standing up for all female workers

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth It appears that 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of women working together across race and class divides to fight back against sexism and sexual…

Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

Mike Tipton, University of Portsmouth There are people who will tell you that a dip in cold water is not just exhilarating and enlivening, but good for you. They have not, they will…

Charles Dickens did not invent Christmas – but his seasonal ghosts are still relevant

Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth At this time of year, readers worldwide turn to Charles Dickens, and A Christmas Carol in particular. Such is Dickens’ association with the season that a new film has…

Anthill 20: Myths

via shutterstock.com Annabel Bligh, The Conversation; Emily Lindsay Brown, The Conversation; Gemma Ware, The Conversation, and Will de Freitas, The Conversation How do we know that ideas we hold true aren’t just myths…

Record numbers of children are now home schooled, but who’s keeping an eye on the parents?

shutterstock Martin Myers, University of Portsmouth Nearly 30,000 children in the UK were educated at home in the 2016 to 2017 academic year. This is an almost 100% increase from 2011 – when…

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