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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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Brexit: common ground between Leave and Remain activists that could help bridge divided Britain

Nora Siklodi, University of Portsmouth The seemingly endless Brexit process has paved the way for division between Leave and Remain supporters to become the new norm in British society. Nonetheless, there are indications…

Leonardo da Vinci designed an ideal city that was centuries ahead of its time

Ferrara, Italy bears some resemblance to da Vinci’s design. hectorlo/Flickr., CC BY-NC-ND Alessandro Melis, University of Portsmouth The word “genius” is universally associated with the name of Leonardo da Vinci – a true…

Breast ironing: a harmful practice that doesn’t get sufficient attention

Mothers iron their daughters’ breasts as a way of preventing early marriage and keeping their daughters in school for longer. Shutterstock Tamsin Bradley, University of Portsmouth Recent news reports in the UK of…

How LGBTQ people are resisting Bolsonaro’s Brazil through art

Graffiti commemorating Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco who was shot dead in an apparent assassination. Emanoelle Lima/photo by Catherine McNamara, Author provided Catherine McNamara, University of Portsmouth Jair Bolsonaro was elected…

World’s most degraded marine ecosystem could be about to make a comeback

Jiang Hongyan/Shutterstock Joanne Preston, University of Portsmouth When we think of mass habitat extinction, colourful, diverse and highly visible ecosystems such as tropical rain forests and coral reefs come to mind. Approximately half…

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