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We still don’t know enough about species living around the UK’s coastline

St Agnes, Cornwall. Paul Nash/Shutterstock Alex Ford, University of Portsmouth The UK has a rich history of marine biology, with famous scientists such as Charles Darwin who did pioneering work in the field,…

How might sale of Wembley affect grassroots investment?

PixHound / Shutterstock.com Christina Philippou, University of Portsmouth With the World Cup a distant memory for all but the winners, France, the question of whether to sell the “home of football”, London’s Wembley…

Historical movies: why a story is more important than facts

Twentieth Century Fox Patrick Masters, University of Portsmouth Ridley Scott’s epic 2005 movie Kingdom of Heaven, about the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187, has been widely criticised by historians for its…

Curious kids: what’s it like to be a fighter pilot?

Ministry of Defence. This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children of all ages. The Conversation website is asking young people to send in questions they’d like an expert to…

FIFA has successfully developed its own private legal system – now governments must step in

Ben Sutherland / shutterstock Branislav Hock, University of Portsmouth and Suren Gomtsian, University of Leeds The World Cup was a success, especially for France, Russia – and FIFA. But the football world’s governing…

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Article by Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor. When the self-identified elite universities used to make ‘two E’ offers no-one worried that it made it easier for old school tie-based admissions. And no-one now worries…

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…

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