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Four Ways John Whittingdale Could Wreck the BBC

(10) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (00:00)


Is John Whittingdale the most hostile politician ever to have responsibility for the BBC? When a senior Telegraph journalist called his appointment as culture secretary "an effective declaration of war" on the BBC, some of us thought it excessive.

But the BBC...

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Immigrant Communities Have the Same Ideas About 'Britishness' as Everyone Else

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (16:22)

By Andrew Thompson, University of Exeter

The notion of British values has been under considerable scrutiny over the past week after Michael Gove said he believed they should be taught in Britain's schools. Gove's broadside against the dangers of Islamic extremism taking a hold of our education system...

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Right-Wing Flames That Have Licked Europe Fanned by Lack of Education

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2014 | (15:48)

By Ian H Robertson, Trinity College Dublin

As Europe wakens to a wave of newly elected right-wing Members of the European Parliament, our multi-racial continent needs to understand what are the psychological roots of this movement. We have some comprehension of the economic and social origins - including a...

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Anonymity for Serious Child Criminals Is Not Fair on the Accused or the Victim

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2014 | (15:03)

By Tim Crook, Goldsmiths, University of London

A campaign is at large to secure statutory anonymity for all young people under 18 who are accused of crime. Lawyers, criminologists, judges, sociologists, academics, and politicians are in on it. It is a well-meaning plot, done with the best of...

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In a Post-Snowden World, Can We Afford to Criticise Clarkson?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (13:59)

By Ray Corrigan, The Open University

Jeremy Clarkson is in the soup again for saying the wrong thing. This time he has been accused of using deeply offensive, racist language, in a Top Gear outtake two years ago.

The usual gang of anti-Clarksonites...

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Massive Citizen-Powered Climate Simulation Links Winter Floods to Global Warming

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2014 | (16:34)

By Simon Redfern, University of Cambridge

Britain's warm, wet winter brought floods and misery to many living across southern England, with large parts of Somerset lying underwater for months. When in January rainfall was double the expected average over wide areas, many people made cautious links between such extreme...

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Pupils With Weapons Should Not Induce Moral Panic

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (15:29)

By Dennis Hayes, University of Derby

The stabbing to death by a 15-year-old pupil of Anne Maguire, a much loved teacher who had worked at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds for more than 40 years, has attracted much attention across the media. This is because such tragic...

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Revenge Porn Has Become Too Profitable to Go Away

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (15:02)

By Gordon Fletcher, University of Salford

The recent calls for legislation to prohibit revenge pornography - sexually explicit media of unwitting people shared online without their consent, often as punishment for a break up - are not surprising. Neither are the claims that this form of pornography is...

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Don't Blame Moyes for Man Utd Woes: The Buck Stops at the Top

(1) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (00:00)

By Chris Brady, University of Salford

Patience at Manchester United has run out. David Moyes has been sacked possibly sooner than was expected, but entirely predictably given the huge financial pressures that were looming if the team continued to under-perform.

As Old Trafford veteran, Ryan Giggs, steps temporarily...

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FoodSwitch Is an Addictive App to Help Find Healthier Food

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (15:16)

By Suzana Almoosawi, Newcastle University

Working out what are the healthiest options in the supermarket can be a difficult job, especially when food labels are often designed to trick you into thinking they're healthier than they are. We asked one academic to road-test a new app that claims...

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Explainer: Should You Change Your Password After Heartbleed?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (13:40)

By Andrew Smith, The Open University

If you're struggling to understand the deluge of information about the Heartbleed vulnerability, you're not alone. Some reports tell us to change all our online passwords immediately, others warn us that this could do more harm than good. There is a lot...

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Britain's Efforts to Reduce Smoking Are Becoming a Cash Cow for Big Tobacco

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (10:38)

Roll up! Roll up! Cigarette marketeers playing the long game. (Kelly Rowland, CC BY)

By Gerard Hastings, University of Stirling and Marisa de Andrade, University of Stirling

It all began so well. A decade ago a heartfelt concern about the addictiveness of nicotine, and the...

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UK Smog Cloud Is the Same Old Pollution With a Saharan Twist

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (15:29)

By Alastair Lewis, University of York

It might seem strange to some that dust from the Sahara is falling on their cars in England. Stranger still, that Saharan sand is mixing with general air pollution from both Europe and the UK to bring about the maximum possible health...

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Reaction to No Makeup Selfies Reveals How Most of Us Really Feel About Cosmetics

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (17:36)

By Alex Jones, Bangor University

What do you think the opposite sex finds attractive in you? If you're a guy, do you think that women prefer bulging muscles and washboard abs? Or, if you're a woman, maybe you think men prefer skinny girls, like the ones we see on...

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How Can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia Secure a Stable Future?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2014 | (23:00)

By Tatyana Malyarenko, Donetsk State Management University and Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham

The situation in Ukraine is still highly volatile, especially in relation to Crimea and continuing uncertainty about Russia's intentions. But there is a need to consider what a longer-term solution might...

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Crimea on the Brink: No Velvet Divorce for Polarised Peninsula

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (21:05)

By Tatyana Malyarenko, Donetsk State Management University and Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham

These are dangerous times in Crimea. While the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has exposed the division between the country's pro-Western and pro-Russian populations, another divide is more clear-cut and arguably more imminently threatening: the...

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Forcing Mothers to Breastfeed Is No Way to Help Children

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (13:11)

By Victoria Metcalf, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Breastfeeding has again been frothing up debate after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced a clause to its Child Rights law that makes it mandatory to breastfeed children for the first two years of a their life. Ahmed Al Shamsi, a...

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Fashion at Sochi:Who Wears It Best?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2014 | (08:41)

By Claudine Rousseau, University of the Arts London

So, your country is one of 88 participating in the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014. How do you get noticed? The winter games may not get as much coverage as the those in the summer, so fashion is used as a...

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London Tube Strike's £200Million Cost 'Plucked Out of Thin Air'

(3) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (23:00)

By Akshat Rathi, The Conversation and Will de Freitas, The Conversation

The estimated £50million daily cost of London's Tube strikes turns out to be based on a 2007 survey of just 315 businesses.

Since Tuesday night, London's Tube workers have been on strike and the media has repeated...

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Don't Reject the Movie Remake, Sometimes It's Worth it

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (16:35)

By Lucy Mazdon, University of Southampton

Even the briefest glance at recent cinema listings and television schedules suggests that the remake is everywhere. Currently showing in the UK is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an update of the 1947 film of the same title starring Danny...

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