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600,000-year-old finds point to some of Britain’s earliest humans

Early humans were present in Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago, according to new research involving our Department of Geography.
Artist's impression of early humans

Chronicling over 180 years of Durham’s changing climate

A new book chronicles the weather and climate in Durham over the past 180 years from ice-skating on the River Wear to the City’s hottest day.
A man sits on a bench next to the flooded River Wear

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

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.
A tick on human skin

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.
USA flag

Encouraging writers to present an accurate view of self-harm

We’ve created new resources designed to help writers present an accurate view of people at risk of self-harm.
A couple holding hands in a comforting way

600,000-year-old finds point to some of Britain’s earliest humans

Early humans were present in Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago, according to new research involving our Department of Geography.
Artist's impression of early humans

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Roe v Wade: men benefit from abortion rights too – and should speak about them more

Stephen Burrell and Sandy Ruxton from our Department of Sociology respond to the US Supreme Court's vote to overturn abortion rights, and look at why it's important for men to recognise how much they gain from women’s right to an abortion.
A man holds a sign at a protest reading

Royal jubilees have always been surprisingly religious affairs

Professor Philip Williamson, from our Department of History, looks back at the history of royal jubilees and their connection with British religion.
Crowds of people waving Union Jack flags on Palace Green for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012