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Web 3.0: the decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

Khakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock Edina Harbinja, Aston University and Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, University of Portsmouth Have you recently considered deleting your Facebook account, boycotting Amazon or trying to find an alternative to Google? You wouldn’t be…

Syria and Iraq: RAF killed only one civilian in airstrikes – why the discrepancy with what others report?

Bombing from aircraft in Syria and Iraq has caused thousands of deaths and woundings since 2014. The US, UK, Russia, Turkey and others have been involved in bombing Islamic State (IS) and other…

Using art to tackle air pollution: a story from a Nairobi slum

Mukuru, Nairobi. © Dennis Weche, Author provided Cressida Bowyer, University of Portsmouth and Heather Price, University of Stirling Air pollution is recognised as a major threat to human health worldwide. Nine out of…

Momo challenge shows how even experts are falling for digital hoaxes

Ollyy/Shutterstock Lisa Sugiura, University of Portsmouth and Anne Kirby, University of Portsmouth “An evil suicide game” was how one newspaper described the “Momo challenge”, a so-called game that supposedly involved children receiving a…

Big data is being reshaped thanks to 100-year-old ideas about geometry

Ittay Weiss, University of Portsmouth Your brain is made up of billions of neurons connected by trillions of synapses. And how they’re arranged gives rise to the brain’s functionality and to your personality….

Short-haired woman wearing glasses waving at camera surrounded by crowd of people.

Maria Ressa: journalists need protection in Duterte’s Philippines, but we must also heed the stories they tell

Tom Smith, University of Portsmouth There has rightly been plenty of condemnation for the arrest of journalist Maria Ressa in the Philippines on February 13. Her news organisation, Rappler – which has been…

Our Big Microplastic Survey is helping people do something about plastic pollution

Plastic pollution has become pervasive, pernicious and persistent. In 2016, global plastic production was around 335m tonnes and it continues to be released into our rivers and oceans on a catastrophic scale, despite…

Black and white whale emerging upside down from the ocean.

Marine life typically thrives in the tropics – so why do whales prefer the poles?

Alexey Suloev / shutterstock Sarah Marley, University of Portsmouth Life in the sea isn’t easy. Talk to most people about the ocean and they are likely to imagine a tropical scene with a…

How to target resources in efforts to end female genital mutilation

Tamsin Bradley, Professor in International Development Studies, University of Portsmouth A new study shows that 130 million women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) in 29 of the highest prevalence countries, many of…

Woman carrying brown paper shopping bag.

The hidden costs of online shopping – for customers and retailers

Internet shopping has grown massively, especially now that free delivery and returns, with multiple ways of making them, are the norm. You can order a number of variations of the same piece of…

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