Posts for Society

UK drug deaths continue to rise – time for action

Impact Photography/Shutterstock Ian Hamilton, University of York and Alex Stevens, University of Kent Every year since 2013, the UK’s Office for National Statistics has reported an increase in drug-related deaths […]

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Operation Banner – fifty years on

This opinion piece was sent in by a reader: On August 14th 1969, at the request of the Unionist government, British troops were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland […]

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Leave your phone at home this holiday and you’ll feel better (after you feel worse)

astarot/Shutterstock Brad McKenna, University of East Anglia; Lena Waizenegger, Auckland University of Technology, and Wenjie Cai, University of Greenwich What did we do before smartphones? Our devices have become an […]

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What ‘The Lion King’ teaches us about children’s grief

It’s important to help children understand that death is part of life. Here, the father, Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones, and his son, Simba, voiced by JD McCrary, in […]

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Birth rate drops 4% in SW

The good old Office for National Statistics tells us the birth rate appears to be dropping. In the SW the rate is even lower but maybe that is because we […]

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Insurance black boxes and the surveillance state – how free are you, really?

AdamEdwards/Shutterstock.com Mike Ryder, Lancaster University Over the last few years, there’s been a noticeable rise in the number of drivers opting to fit a “black box” to their cars in […]

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‘Time travel’ as dementia care is spreading, but the future may be more powerful than the past

jax10289/Shutterstock Kellie Morrissey, Newcastle University and James Hodge, Newcastle University The village of Hogeweyk in The Netherlands has been compared with the Truman Show. It is home to 152 people […]

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How autism can be hidden from society using psychological strategies

shutterstock. Shutterstock/Rawpixel Lucy Anne Livingston, King’s College London; Francesca Happé, King’s College London, and Punit Shah, University of Bath Autism is usually identified by doctors during childhood, but a growing […]

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Learning to sew could help save the planet

To mark the day when humanity has officially used up ‘nature’s resource budget’ for the entire year, (Earth Overshoot Day), new research by sustainable fashion brand, Thought, investigates why we […]

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Pure altruism – the connection that explains why we help strangers

Shutterstock/Lightspring Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University Just over two years ago, my home city of Manchester suffered a terrorist attack. Waiting in the arena foyer after an Ariana Grande concert, […]

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