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Arts & Culture

Four tips for learning language through film and TV

The Cast of Dix pour cent. Christophe Brachet/Netflix Neophytos Mitsigkas, University of Essex Films and TV shows can be great tools to help you become a more competent speaker of another language. By captivating your attention and arousing your curiosity, these formats can instil a positive attitude towards learning. They can also help you be a more active participant and …

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Onions, embroidery and other historical lessons could help you sleep

John Collier / Wikimedia Commons Sasha Handley, University of Manchester Most developed societies in the West are currently plagued by endemic sleep loss, falling well short of the eight hours recommended by the World Health Organisation. In particular, many children and young people are currently suffering from sleeping problems. A recent BBC documentary went so far as to label this …

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How a lost manuscript revealed the first poets of Italian literature

Six Tuscan Poets by Giorgio Vasari, 1544. Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Petrarch, Cino da Pistoia, Guittone d’Arezzo and Guido Cavalcanti are depicted in the oil painting. Wikimedia/MIA Maria Clotilde Camboni, University of Oxford Imagine a world where we knew the name of Homer, but the poetry of The Odyssey was lost to us. That was the world of the early …

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Five tips to get reading again if you’ve struggled during the pandemic

We all read much more than we give ourselves credit for. GoodStudio/Shuttertsock Alexandra Paddock, University of Oxford and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, University of Oxford Like many people, you may have resolved this New Year to read more in 2021 and spend less time on your screens. And now you may be wondering how to find the time to do it, especially …

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In the face of fear and loathing, many British Muslims feel they must play hide and seek with their identity

DrimaFilm/Shutterstock Sham Qayyum, University of Hertfordshire Islamophobia is a form of prejudice that is not well understood. Instead it is often ignored and increasingly even undermined, such as through the argument that claims of Islamophobia are a threat to free speech, or hinder the prevention of crime. Terrorism is an oft-cited example, or more recently “Asian grooming gangs”. As it …

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How football’s youth academy culture is failing youngsters who don’t make the grade

Shutterstock Mark James Carroll, University of Stirling and Hee Jung Hong, University of Stirling It’s a lamentable list of scarred young men whose lives ended following their release by clubs they hoped would turn them into professional footballers. Josh Lyons; Joel Darlington; Alex Stephens; Reece Staples; and, more recently, Jeremy Wisten all had their dreams dashed when they didn’t make …

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How elite sportswomen have suffered more than men during the pandemic

Ali Bowes, Nottingham Trent University Following an “invisible summer” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, elite women’s sport is finally returning – long after men resumed playing. Earlier this month, the women’s 15s rugby union competition for 2020-2021 kicked off, after the 2019-2020 season was cancelled in March. The new season features adapted rules to avoid the transmission of coronavirus. This …

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One skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age

Reading and writing can prevent cognitive decline. AJP/Shutterstock.com Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis When Toni Morrison died on Aug. 5, the world lost one of its most influential literary voices. But Morrison wasn’t a literary wunderkind. “The Bluest Eye,” Morrison’s first novel, wasn’t published until she was 39. And her last, “God Help the Child,” appeared when she was …

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When the line between machine and artist becomes blurred

Mario Klingemann’s ‘Neural Glitch Portrait 153552770’ was created using a generative adversarial network. Mario Klingemann, Author provided Ahmed Elgammal, Rutgers University With AI becoming incorporated into more aspects of our daily lives, from writing to driving, it’s only natural that artists would also start to experiment with artificial intelligence. In fact, Christie’s just sold its first piece of AI art …

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