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Ministers know which masks provide the best Covid protection – why not tell the UK public?

Professor Claire Horwell, Professor of Geohealth in our Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, argues that now that we better understand how the virus spreads, increasing the use of FFP2 and FFP3 masks should be a priority.
Woman wearing face mask. Only lower half of face in shot

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.
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US prep schools held student exchanges with elite Nazi academies

Dr Helen Roche, Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History in our Department of History, looks back on exchange programmes which took place between leading American and Germans schools in the 1930s.
Nazi Germany’s elite schools used British public schools as ‘model’

Why Shell pulled out of the Cambo oilfield

Professor Gavin Bridge and Dr Tiago Alves-Teixeira, from our Department of Geography, and Dr Gisa Weszkalnys, Associate Professor of Anthropology at London School of Economics and Political Science, consider why Shell walked away from Cambo, a proposed oilfield off the Shetland Islands.
Shallow Focus Photo of Shell Gas Station

Is Facebook's 'metaverse' a version of Robert Nozick's experience machine?

Dr Peter West, from our Department of Philosophy, considers the risks of Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse.
Code Projected Over Woman

Creating safer night-time economies

Kimberley Hill, Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Northampton, and Graham Towl, Professor of Forensic Psychology here at Durham University, argue that we must work together to change the culture.
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Young Nazis: how I uncovered the close ties between British private schools and Hitler’s Germany

Dr Helen Roche, Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History in our Department of History, looks back on how Nazi Germany’s elite schools used British public schools as 'models' during the 1930s, cultivating connections with them through a series of student and staff exchanges.
Nazi Germany’s elite schools used British public schools as ‘model’

Should we be “worried about” teenage pregnancies?

Dr Kimberly Jamie, from our Department of Sociology, explores Redcar and Cleveland Council's recent performance report by its Director of Children and Families Services and considers whether we should be worried about teenage pregnancy in the North East.
Young woman with pregnancy test in hands

COP26: how the world’s militaries hide their huge carbon emissions

Dr Oliver Belcher from our School of Government and International Affairs, Doug Weir (Research and Policy Director at the Conflict and Environment Observatory and Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London) and Dr Benjamin Neimark (Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University) explore the immense contribution militaries around the world are making to the climate crisis.
US C-17 aircraft

Proposed new law criminalising cyberflashing is welcome – but has one major flaw

The proposals are an important first step but introduce hurdles that will make prosecutions extremely challenging, says Professor Clare McGlynn from Durham Law School.
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Collaboration, innovation and sustainability: creating Durham’s Energy Systems Management Programme

Dr Joanna Berry, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, talks about working with Boeing, and the development of an exciting new Masters programme to equip students with the skills to accelerate the transition to a Net Zero world.
A green leaf in soil against an industrial background