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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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‘Mental health first aid training’ in schools is a sticking-plaster solution

School children today face a huge amount of pressure. smolaw/Shutterstock Wendy Sims-Schouten, University of Portsmouth The UK government is making £200,000 available for “mental health first aid” training in secondary schools, according to…

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Five ways virtual reality is improving healthcare

chombosan/Shutterstock Wendy Powell, University of Portsmouth Virtual reality is much more than just a new form of entertainment, it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications, from treatments to…

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Off on holiday? Here’s the best time to book flights and hotels

Finding the best price for your holiday can be difficult. Shutterstock Giampaolo Viglia, University of Portsmouth If you’ve ever tried to get the best deal on a holiday, you will have noticed that…

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