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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final: everything you need to know

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final: everything you need to know

It’s finally here. After weeks of glitz and glamour, the final of Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing takes place this weekend. Strictly aficionados will have no doubt been glued to the show throughout its latest run. But what if you’re only in it for the extravagant and extended show that is the final? Here’s […]

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Just one single workout could save your life

Just one single workout could save your life

Dick Thijssen, Liverpool John Moores University There is plenty of evidence that being physically active can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, but when do the benefits of exercise start to pay off? You might think that it’s after a few weeks – or even months – once you’ve lost some weight and […]

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Offering vouchers to breastfeed improves breastfeeding rates

Offering vouchers to breastfeed improves breastfeeding rates

Clare Relton, Queen Mary University of London and Mary Renfrew, University of Dundee Human breast milk is perfectly constituted for human babies. Not only does it provide balanced nutrition tailored to each baby’s needs, it also strengthens the immune system through a combination of ingredients including antibodies, hormones, vitamins and carbohydrates. Yet breastfeeding rates are […]

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EU law expert: how binding is the Brexit ‘deal’?

EU law expert: how binding is the Brexit ‘deal’?

Steve Peers, University of Essex The question of whether the deal that broke the deadlock in Brexit talks is legally binding has been the subject of much discussion since the agreement was announced on December 8. Technically, the answer depends on whether you look at the question from the point of view of law or […]

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Film review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Film review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Matthew Turner ★★★★ Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a phenomenal, record-breaking hit in 2015, so it’s safe to say expectation is at an all-time high for the second film in the new trilogy. Happily, The Last Jedi is everything Star Wars fans are hoping for, a thrilling, action-packed space adventure that’s both laugh-out-loud […]

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Brexit negotiations phase two – here’s what happens next

Brexit negotiations phase two – here’s what happens next

Nieves Perez-Solorzano, University of Bristol The European Commission will advise the leaders of the 27 EU member states meeting at the European Council on December 15 to proceed with the second phase of Brexit negotiations. It judges there has been sufficient progress on the three key issues that it insisted should constitute the first phase […]

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How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

Beth Hewitt, University of Salford Every time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political organisations, charities and news websites all serve up a constant stream of eye-catching pictures, videos and articles, wherever you might go looking for information – Google, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube. But in the […]

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‘Creepy’ instrument used for cervical smears is finally redesigned – by women

‘Creepy’ instrument used for cervical smears is finally redesigned – by women

Helen King, The Open University The vaginal speculum – that creepy looking metal device used to examine the vagina and cervix – has remained largely unchanged since the 19th century. But a team of female designers in San Francisco is looking to give the unfriendly implement a new design. In an interview with Wired, the […]

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How to avoid sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

How to avoid sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

Philip Hancock, University of Essex and Melissa Tyler, University of Essex With the Christmas party season upon us, many will be dreading much more than simply the prospect of small talk over sausage rolls with their colleagues. Despite its clarion call for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, for many – women especially […]

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Fact Check: does the north of England now get as much transport spending as the south?

Fact Check: does the north of England now get as much transport spending as the south?

“When you include those centrally funded and locally delivered projects, this government is spending more per head on transport in the northwest than we are in the southeast.” Chris Grayling, Sectary of State for Transport, 21 September 2017 There is a widely held view, fuelled by the media, that the north of England is hard […]

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