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Tick saliva could ease chronic pain and itching

We’re working on a new drug based on a protein found in tick saliva that could ease chronic pain and itching in people.
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Research inspired play challenges stigma of hearing voices

Our research has inspired a new stage play about how we all live with the voices in our heads.
An actor performs a play inspired by Hearing the Voice

Information about political funding unlikely to sway voters

Greater information about who funds political campaigns is unlikely to influence how people vote, according to new research by our School of Government and International Affairs.
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Earliest report of ball lightning in England discovered

Our historians and physicists have come together to discover what appears to be the earliest known account of a rare weather phenomenon called ball lightning in England.
A drawing depicting a ball lightning event

Largest ever 3-D map of the universe created

We’re part of an international team that has helped to create the most detailed 3-D map of the universe ever.
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Take off for James Webb Space Telescope

We’ve played a key role in the development and engineering of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which has begun its journey to the stars.
Artist's impression of the James Webb Space Telescope

Give India’s bidi cigarette rollers a voice, researchers say

India’s bidi cigarette workers need to be at the heart of discussions about finding alternatives to working in the tobacco industry.
A bidi cigarette roller at work

Durham expert leads advisory group on new guidance for doctors

New duties for doctors to tackle toxic cultures are among proposals put forward for public consultation by the General Medical Council (GMC).
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As mass extinctions loom, these philosophers could help us rediscover our place among other animals

Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill from our Department of Philosophy and Dr. Rachael Wiseman from the University of Liverpool explore why it's only our imagination that stands in the way of us extending the moral concern that we have for humans to other kinds of animal.
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Wayne Couzens: Sarah Everard’s killer is appealing his whole-life sentence – what does that mean?

Professor Nicole Westmarland, from our Department of Sociology, explains the recent appeals lodged with the UK's Court of Appeal and what the difference is between a whole-life sentence and a life sentence.
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