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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…

Slow cinema: what it is and why it’s on a fast track to the mainstream in a frenetic world

High Life: where slow cinema is concerned, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thunderbird Releasing Andrew Russell, University of Portsmouth It feels apt that Claire Denis’s new film, High Life is…

There’s a massive cybersecurity job gap – we should fill it by employing hackers

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com John McAlaney, Bournemouth University and Helen Thackray, University of Portsmouth Cybersecurity incidents are gaining an increasingly high profile. In the past, these incidents may have been perceived primarily as a somewhat distant…

#MeToo in Mexico: women finding their voice as campaign gathers force

The global #MeToo campaign seemed to have largely bypassed Mexico – until recently. There had been some activity through hashtags such as #MiPrimerAcoso (“My First Assault”), and individual cases such as actress Karla…

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan in a living room being filmed by a female camera operator.

Houses through time: some homes can reflect a century of social change

Illustration of ‘Axminster’ linoleum, in ‘Catesby’s one-piece linola squares’, Catesbys Colourful Cork Lino (1938). BADDA 181, courtesy of the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University, www.moda.mdx.ac.uk, Author provided Deborah Sugg Ryan,…

Evolution: how the theory is inspiring a new way of understanding language

Words are often seen as the building blocks of languages. But as children we don’t learn lists of words like we might in a school language class. We learn longer strings of sounds…

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