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Entries by The Conversation UK

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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What Does Google Want With DeepMind? Here Are Three Clues

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (17:05)

++THIS COULD WORK FOR HUFFPO US++

By Matthew Higgs, University College London

All eyes turned to London this week, as Google announced its latest acquisition in the form of DeepMind, a company that specialises in artificial intelligence technologies. The £400m pricetag paid by Google and the reported battle...

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Honour Holocaust Victims By Acknowledging Rise of Race Hate

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (16:53)

By Rainer Schulze, University of Essex

We rarely ask ourselves why we should remember the Holocaust. We simply assume that we should. However, if we only go through the motions uttering phrases such as "we remember" and "never again", remembering the Holocaust will quickly become a meaningless ritual.

Just...

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Shale Gas: Make Polluters Pay for the Social Cost of Fracking

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (23:00)

By Chris Hope, University of Cambridge

While the prime minister has shown unequivocal support for exploiting Britain's shale gas reserves, stating the country should "go all out for shale gas", more cautious voices point to possible effects such as minor earthquakes, contamination of water sources and...

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Trolling Stays With You, Long After the Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (18:09)

By Claire Hardaker, Lancaster University

As someone who researches online behaviours such as trolling, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking, I have, from time to time, ended up on the receiving end of abusive online behaviour myself.

Out of a wide and varied selection, I've had a well-educated "independent researcher" delivering tirades...

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Behind the Headlines, a Nation Divided Over Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (06:39)

By Robert Ford, University of Manchester

Immigration is seldom out of the news, but the past month has seen attention spike to new highs as the removal of transitional controls on migration from Romania and Bulgaria has sparked furious debate. Many headlines suggest the British public is implacably...

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Woolwich Murderers Were Killers, Not 'Soldiers of Allah'

(1) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (16:18)

By Matthew Francis, Lancaster University

The trial of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale has concluded with the jury finding them guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby. Their claims that they were, in the words of Adebolajo, "soldiers of Allah" and that the killing was an act of war...

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Pseudo-Research Pulls 385,000 Migrants Out of a Hat

(4) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (23:00)

By Scott Blinder, University of Oxford

The immigration debate isn't a great place to look for rational or factual arguments at the best of times, and new rules concerning Romania and Bulgaria have spurred a new round of evidence-free speculation. As of January 1, people from both countries...

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Are Men Better Wired to Read Maps or Is It a Tired Cliché?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (14:11)

By Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield

What about age? Education? Study doesn't say. Zoetnet

The headlines

The Guardian: Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

The Atlantic: Male and female brains really are built differently

The Independent: The hardwired...

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Hard Evidence: Is Christianity Dying in Britain?

(33) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (15:58)

By David Voas, University of Essex

Like an Old Testament prophet telling the Israelites that they were doomed, Lord Carey has been warning Anglicans for years of their possible annihilation. The Church is "one generation away from extinction," he declares. The reality is less dramatic, but the story...

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Like FGM, Cut Foreskins Should Be a Feminist Issue

(48) Comments | Posted 24 November 2013 | (23:00)

By Rebecca Steinfeld, SOAS, University of London

Making a comparison between male and female genital cutting is usually dismissed or condemned. When, for example, the Council of Europe recently passed a motion declaring both female genital cutting (FGC) and the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons "a...

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