How Frida Kahlo became a trinket for a Conservative leader

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth Theresa May’s party leader speech at the Conservative conference on October 4 was noteworthy for all the wrong reasons. As Kenzie Bryant noted in Vanity Fair, it became…

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Confronting breast cancer is crucial to India’s economic development

Judith Fletcher-Brown, University of Portsmouth Breast cancer is a growing epidemic in India. It could kill 76,000 women a year by 2020, according to a recent study. It claimed more than 70,000 lives…


Behind the Japanese court ruling that tattoo artists need to be qualified doctors

Stephen Crabbe, University of Portsmouth A ruling by the Osaka District Court is likely to deal a major blow to the tattoo industry in a country where the stigmatisation of tattoos is already…


Prison officer pay rise won’t solve wider crisis in justice system

Aaron Pycroft, University of Portsmouth Prison officers are to receive a 1.7% pay rise in a move which effectively breaks the 1% public sector pay cap, but is far less than the 5%…


Nothing matters: how the invention of zero helped create modern mathematics

Shutterstock Ittay Weiss, University of Portsmouth A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of mathematics. The bark is actually part of…


Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4bn

Why aren’t people entitled to benefits claiming them? via Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support…


Sex, secrets and murder most foul: following the threads of the Limehouse Golem

Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994) features in two adaptations this September: Opera Philadelphia’s Elizabeth Cree, and Juan Carlos Medina’s film The Limehouse Golem….

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American Horror Story: how the cult TV show hints at real-world nightmares

Rebecca Janicker, University of Portsmouth Following months of media hype, American Horror Story (AHS) returns this September with an election theme that seems set to maintain the TV show’s tradition of inspiring controversy…


Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil. Fipronil is banned in human food…

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Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ is already a disaster – but it could get worse

Harvepino / shutterstock Ian Hendy, University of Portsmouth Each summer, a large part of the Gulf of Mexico “dies”. This year, the Gulf’s “dead zone” is the largest on record, stretching from the…

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