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The Victorians believed that women aged faster than men – a myth that persists today

The global anti-ageing market is worth at least $250 billion – an astonishing amount, and it’s growing. Anti-ageing treatments are supposedly used to correct “premature ageing”. But what does this really mean? Surely, ageing is…

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Music festivals: how to get more women on stage (and it’s not just 50/50 quotas)

By all accounts, Kylie Minogue was fabulous at Glastonbury this year. What she wasn’t though – contrary to promotional material – was a headline act. Unlike Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure, who all topped the bill…

Japan resumes commercial whaling – researchers on how the world should respond

Japan recently left the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and has now caught the first whale in its waters since resuming commercial whaling, 33 years after a global ban came into effect. As a non-member, Japan is no…

Diving into cold water can be deadly – here’s how to survive it

Many will have read the news story about the sad death of Cameron Gosling who died from cold water shock after jumping into the River Wear on a hot summer’s day. Sadly, Cameron’s death is…

Ten times the Chernobyl television series let artistic licence get in the way of facts

Audiences have been gripped by Chernobyl, the HBO/Sky series that charts the events and aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster of April 1986. I have coordinated a number of international research…

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Dark holiday: D-Day and the growth of ‘grief tourism’

As Britain prepares for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, visitors will be travelling in huge numbers to pay their respects at the Normandy beach landing sites. Back in England, Portsmouth…

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Chinese students and workers are uniting again, 30 years after Tiananmen Square crackdown

“We will fight together, advance and retreat together,” concluded Qiu Zhanxuan in a video his comrades released on May 4, 2019. Qiu was the former leader of a Marxist student association at the…

How Muslim leaders can respond in an age of extremism

Newspaper headlines the day after the 2017 terrorist attack in Westminster, London in which Khalid Masood killed at least three people. Shutterstock Hamid Foroughi, University of Portsmouth and Harry Hutson, University of North…

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Bad economic news increases suicide rates

Negative announcements, such as high unemployment rates, rapidly rising prices, and increasing business failures can have an impact on mental well-being. shutterstock Alan Collins, Nottingham Trent University and Adam Cox, University of Portsmouth…

Cyber attacks are rewriting the ‘rules’ of modern warfare – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences

Structuresxx/Shutterstock Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, University of Portsmouth and Mark Leiser, Leiden University Governments are becoming ever more reliant on digital technology, making them more vulnerable to cyber attacks. In 2007, Estonia was attacked by…

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