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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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How Orange is the New Black raised the bar behind bars

Orange is the New Black has one of the most diverse casts on TV. Showcase Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth and Rob Stone, University of Birmingham The new season of Netflix hit Orange…

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Are only one in eight counter-terrorism referrals to Prevent made by Muslims?

Sameera M. Khalfey, University of Portsmouth                       We need to get the Muslim community itself to sign up to the Prevent programme. Only…

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How Tory U-turn on the antique ivory trade will threaten elephants in the wild

The tusks in these ornamental elephants are real ivory. William Warby, CC BY-SA Caroline Cox, University of Portsmouth Back in January I wrote an article for The Conversation applauding China’s announcement to close…

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Sense8 and sensibility: how a TV series is transcending geographical and gender borders

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth Almost as soon as series two of Sense8 dropped on to Netflix on May 5, eager fans were posting speculation about when series three would be ready for…

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Why the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand could be a roaring success

Mike Rayner, University of Portsmouth On Saturday June 3, the British and Irish Lions will play the first match of their 2017 rugby tour of New Zealand. It is the first of a…

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Iran is using indirect censorship methods to avoid international criticism

Omid Shams, University of Portsmouth Human rights watchdogs repeatedly shame Iran as one of the world’s worst offenders against freedom of expression, a harsh censor with little compunction about cracking down on critics…

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A lesson on the dangers of patriotism from a pacifist of World War I

Patricia Pulham, University of Portsmouth When the Battle of Arras came to an end 100 years ago on May 16 1917, there was little for British and Commonwealth troops to celebrate. Though they…

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