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A Solar Eruption in 5 Steps

Scientists from Durham University in the United Kingdom and NASA now propose that a universal mechanism can explain the whole spectrum of solar eruptions. They used 3-D computer simulations to demonstrate that a variety of eruptions can theoretically be thought of as the same kind of event, only in different sizes and manifested in different ways.

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Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century

Europe depicted as a queen, Sebastian Munster, 1570

Niall OddyDurham Universityexplores how the idea of Europe was forged.

(19 May 2017) » More about Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century

Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done

A football game in Zambia. Picture: Iain Lindsey

Iain LindseyDurham UniversityDavies BandaUniversity of EdinburghRuth JeanesMonash University, and Tess KayBrunel University London explore the potential of sport to change lives.

(7 Apr 2017) » More about Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done

The challenges ahead around Brexit

Durham University experts outline the challenges ahead for the UK as it starts its exit from the European Union.

(27 Mar 2017) » More about the challenges ahead around Brexit


MyGridGB: Where does our electricity come from and how might that...

Electricity in the UK is in the midst of an evolution as the transition to low carbon energy intensifies. In 2002, less than 1% of British electricity came from renewable sources; just 15 years that has grown to over 10%. I try to chart this change through my website, which uses real data from National Grid and academics to track where electricity comes from.

Historicising anti-slavery – Decolonising anti-trafficking?

Over the last two decades, anti-trafficking – often described as an effort to combat ‘modern day slavery’ – has become ubiquitous. Questions have been raised about whether the significant resources dedicated to this issue have achieved any results, or whether these results have done more harm than good. These critiques remain salient as Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals proposes to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.’ Building on these critiques, the seminar responds to facile framings of contemporary ‘abolitionism’ as echoing earlier crusades against Trans-Atlantic slavery. Critical reflections on the geographical and historical dimensions of anti-slavery and anti-trafficking will be offered. We ask: is it possible to decolonise anti-trafficking?

Resolving the Unresolvable? Mediation and ethics in divided...

The Cundy Christian Unity Lecture There is no shortage of conflict – Syria, Yemen, Brexit, the Church and human sexuality, to name a few. But what does it all mean? Is conflict an inevitable and proper assertion of difference, or a failure of dialogue and connection? What are the limits of compromise? And what is the role of the Church in all this – problem or peace-maker? In this year’s Cundy lecture, Bill Marsh will offer thoughts from the coalface of conflict, and explore the realities of trying to build peace.

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