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The hidden stories of female Newcastle United fans

The stories of female Newcastle United fans from the 1950s have been revealed as part of a new research project by Durham University.
A group of male and female Newcastle United fans wearing black and white scarves and hats

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).
A stethoscope

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

One hundred years after his tomb was discovered, Tutankhamun’s afterlife continues

Christina Riggs is a Professor of the History of Visual Culture in our History department and an expert on the history of the Tutankhamun excavation. Here Professor Riggs discusses the enduring interest in Tutankhamun.
Image of Tutankhamun

Coronavirus conspiracy believers might be less likely to follow public health measures

Coronavirus conspiracy theories have spread rapidly during the pandemic. But does belief in such theories affect how likely someone is to follow Covid-19 public health guidelines?
Image showing a face mask

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

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

Study reveals misogynistic attitudes towards women’s sport

Openly misogynistic attitudes towards women’s sport may be common amongst male football fans, according to new research involving online message boards.
Fans with their hands in the air cheering in a sports stadium

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.
Star trails over a telescope

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