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Scientists examine DNA models in modern Neurological Research Laboratory

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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

Sugar could help repair artificial human joints

We’re working on a new sugar-containing polymer that could one day help repair artificial joint implants like hip replacements.
An x-ray of a hip replacement

Scientists call for transparency over military carbon emissions

Our researchers are part of a team calling for more transparency over the hidden carbon emissions created by countries’ armed forces.
A US military helicopter flies over a green landscape

Astronomers see white dwarf switch on and off

White dwarfs are what most stars become after burning off the hydrogen that fuels them. Now our astronomers have seen one of these galactic objects switching on and off for the first time.
Artist’s impression example of a white dwarf – in this image the white dwarf MV Lyrae – accreting as it draws in material from a companion star

Infrared light therapy might aid dementia patients

We’re working on a new infrared light therapy that might have the potential to help people with dementia.
Tracy Sloan, who took part in a trial study to test the effectiveness of the infrared light therapy helmet she is wearing.

Pioneering research of first published African American doctor revealed

We’ve found new evidence of the first known research paper to be published in a British medical journal by an African American.
A portrait of Dr James McCune Smith

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

Sugar could help repair artificial human joints

We’re working on a new sugar-containing polymer that could one day help repair artificial joint implants like hip replacements.
An x-ray of a hip replacement

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The Lost Daughter: portraying the darker sides of motherhood on the page and the screen

Dr Katrin Wehling-Giorgi, from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, explores aspects of motherhood portrayed in a recent adaptation of Elena Ferrante's The Lost Daughter.
Elafonissos Island, Lakonia, Greece

Five takeaways from the UK government’s proposal to replace the Human Rights Act

Professor Helen Fenwick, from Durham Law School, calls attention to elements of the Human Rights Act that the UK government may change now that they have opened a consultation on a new bill of rights to replace it.
Stock photo of an Immigration Enforcement van driving through central London in the United Kingdom