Analysis

Golden prize: which Booker-winning novel is the best of them all?

Christine Berberich, University of Portsmouth The Booker Prize has been Britain’s most influential award since its inception in 1969. Following its original mission statement of awarding a prize to “the best novel in…

This man was fired by a computer – real AI could have saved him

Adrian Hopgood, University of Portsmouth Ibrahim Diallo was allegedly fired by a machine. Recent news reports relayed the escalating frustration he felt as his security pass stopped working, his computer system login was…

La Marseillaise: has the song that unified the French republic become too divisive?

David Andress, University of Portsmouth Changes to French educational curricula rarely make headline news in Britain. However, both The Times and the Daily Telegraph felt it worth reporting on a recent decision to…

Hundreds of Mexican politicians have died in the run up to the election – but cultural leaders are fighting back

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth Mexican presidential elections are to be held on July 1. Congress members will also be elected. The front runner for president is the seasoned left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel…

No, mobile phones should not be banned in schools

Access to mobile technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Smart phones are used to make calls, run businesses and organise social lives. But they also raise concerns over their potential…

How we proved Einstein right on galactic scales – and what it means for dark energy and dark matter

Gravity may be the weakest of the fundamental forces in nature, but it is ultimately what enabled life on Earth to evolve. Thanks to its weak attractiveness over long distances, mass in the…

How chemical weapons became taboo – and why they still are

German troops near the front in 1915. Wikimedia Commons Patricia Shamai, University of Portsmouth The world has witnessed two very different chemical weapons attacks in the last two months: in March, the assassination…

Galileo row: Brexit will bar UK from EU sat-nav programme, but Britain could build its own

ESA/P. Carril Ann Swift, University of Portsmouth How did satellites become political footballs? The UK government is considering building its own satellite navigation system after the EU announced the UK wouldn’t be allowed…

How Donald Trump’s nuclear deal withdrawal will hurt Iran’s dissenters and activists

By Omid Shams, University of Portsmouth Now the Trump administration has withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear deal, the world is yet again bracing for an all-out confrontation between Washington and Tehran. But while…

Why are Britain’s jobcentres disappearing?

Disappearing from a high street near you. www.shutterstock.com Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth The jobcentre. It used to be a staple of the British high street, where the unemployed went to sign on…

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