Analysis

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…

Why aid workers, particularly local ones, need better protection

Kenya Red Cross workers transport emergency relief supplies to flood victims in Tana River County. EPA-EFE/Stringer A recently published fact sheet offers an alarming overview of recent trends of violence against aid workers….

Alfonso Cuarón’s Venice Golden Lion triumph for Roma highlights innovative new Netflix approach

Dr Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, University of Portsmouth Alfonso Cuarón has won the Golden Lion at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival for Roma, his most personal film. The win highlights the importance…

Tous les hommes ont un droit fondamental à la protection de leurs données: Conversation avec le juge Srikrishna

Une carte d’identité unique et biométrique a été conçue pour les citoyens indiens, mais se pose la question du droit à la vie privée. Kannanshanmugam,shanmugamstudio,Kollam/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Leïla Choukroune, University of Portsmouth Alors…

Wearing an ill-fitting bra isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s bad for your health

Christina_summer/Shutterstock Joanna Wakefield-Scurr, University of Portsmouth Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that a lack of breast support often…

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