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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…

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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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‘The day the world changed’ – a former trader on how the credit crunch kicked off

It began in earnest on August 9 2007. shutterstock.com Alexis Stenfors, University of Portsmouth When I received a phone call from a trader colleague at Merrill Lynch on August 9 2007, I was…

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What the physics of bubbles can tell us about language

Jacob Lund/Shutterstock.com James Burridge, University of Portsmouth What do the physics of bubbles have in common with the way you and I speak? Not a lot, you might think. But my recently published…

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Return of ‘The L Word’: representing lesbian desire on screen in a new era

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth LGBT social media networks were recently buzzing with news that a reboot of The L Word, the lesbian drama that ran for six series between 2004-09, is in…

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MasterCard survives £14 billion class action but more could follow

Joanne Atkinson, University of Portsmouth Convenience often comes at a cost. As consumers, many of us are resigned to seeing a surcharge or “processing fee” on goods and services when we pay by…

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Why the advertising industry should cheer new rules on gender stereotypes

duncan c/flickr, CC BY-NC Karen Middleton, University of Portsmouth Britain’s advertising watchdog is introducing tough new standards, which could ban adverts which feature potentially harmful gender stereotypes. This could not have come at…

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Rodrigo Duterte’s first year: a human rights disaster the world prefers to ignore

Tom Smith, University of Portsmouth Rodrigo Duterte’s first year as president of the Philippines should never be forgotten – for all the wrong reasons. For those directly affected by his brutal and lawless…

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Pokémon Go no longer has the hype of 2016, but a loyal fanbase remains

Lincoln Geraghty, University of Portsmouth A summer spent hunting through local neighbourhoods, parks and shops for virtual monsters is now just a hazy memory to most people who downloaded Pokémon Go. Four out…

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