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The forgotten scientist who paved the way for the discovery of DNA’s structure

J. Michael Creeth. University of Nottingham. Stephen Harding, University of Nottingham When James Michael Creeth finished adding acid to the sample of DNA taken from a calf’s thymus gland, he […]

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The student finance system needs shaking up – for the sake of poorer students

shutterstock. Rita Hordósy, University of Sheffield and Greg Brown, University of Sheffield Students from the poorest households in England now graduate with the highest levels of debt. On average the […]

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Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

Music and work don’t always mix. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock Nick Perham, Cardiff Metropolitan University Many of us listen to music while we work, thinking that it will help us to concentrate on […]

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Blue Planet academic consultants on the message that humanity cannot afford to ignore

BBC Miranda Dyson, The Open University and Philip Sexton, The Open University As expected, the first episode of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II has been greeted with rapturous applause. […]

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What Martin Luther’s Reformation tells us about history and memory

Ferdinand Willem Pauwels/Wikimedia Commons Peter Marshall, University of Warwick The story we tell of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago is a window on how the past […]

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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis crashed its host website – here’s what it says in simple terms

James Geach, University of Hertfordshire The PhD thesis of perhaps the world’s most famous living scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, was recently made publicly available online. It has proved so popular […]

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New research shows some children who struggle to read or write may actually have hearing problems

shutterstock Helen L Breadmore, Coventry University Ear infections are the number one reason for preschool children to visit the GP. Ear infections can be painful, cause difficulty with balance and […]

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How coping mechanisms allow autistic people to manage their condition

How coping mechanisms allow autistic people to manage their condition Lucy Livingston, King’s College London and Punit Shah, University of Bath In a recent documentary, naturalist and wildlife presenter, Chris […]

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Testing life-hacks with ‘citizen science’: do copper coins make flowers live longer?

gabor juhasz/unsplash Mark Lorch, University of Hull and Joanna Buckley, University of Sheffield How often does someone suggest a new hint, tip or hack that will supposedly make your life […]

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Feel the fear and do it anyway: why being scared can be good for you

Shutterstock Trevor Harley, University of Dundee When I was ten, my Uncle Chris took me on the ghost train at the fair. I had looked forward to that trip so […]

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