Hideouts, harbours, and homes: how Vikings may have owed their success to their encampments

Christian Cooijmans, University of Liverpool For many years, archaeologists and historians have provided an increasingly informed insight into the dynamic world of the vikings, chipping away at the clichés of a crazed, capricious people preoccupied with beards and bloodshed. One … Continue reading Hideouts, harbours, and homes: how Vikings may have owed their success to their encampments

Modern warfare: ‘precision’ missiles will not stop civilian deaths – here’s why

Peter Lee, University of Portsmouth Modern guided missiles and bombs are capable of incredible, almost science-fiction-like precision. To research my book, Reaper Force, about the lives of drone operators, I was allowed to watch RAF MQ-9 Reaper drones in real-time … Continue reading Modern warfare: ‘precision’ missiles will not stop civilian deaths – here’s why

Most common passwords of 2021: here’s what to do if yours makes the list

Chaminda Hewage, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Elochukwu Ukwandu, Cardiff Metropolitan University If you use “123456”, “password” or “qwerty” as a password, you’re probably aware that you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to hackers. But you’re also not alone – these are three … Continue reading Most common passwords of 2021: here’s what to do if yours makes the list

Bringing people of different faiths together to solve the world’s problems is a noble goal – but it’s hard to know what it achieves

Katherine O’Lone, University of Cambridge and Julian Hargreaves, University of Cambridge An estimated 84% of the global population identifies with a religion. This is over 6.5 billion people. Among thousands of world religions, Christianity is the largest, with 2.3 billion … Continue reading Bringing people of different faiths together to solve the world’s problems is a noble goal – but it’s hard to know what it achieves

China’s retail revolution: innovations which could change the way the world shops

Mark Greeven, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) China’s dominance in manufacturing has made it the factory of the world. The subsequent economic growth enriched an ever-expanding middle class, and the country’s retail industry has quickly adapted to supply a … Continue reading China’s retail revolution: innovations which could change the way the world shops

Trauma and transformation – a psychologist on why difficult experiences can radically change us

Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University It’s human instinct to avoid suffering and try to make life as comfortable and easy as possible. But paradoxically, a great deal of research has shown that suffering and trauma can have positive long-term effects. … Continue reading Trauma and transformation – a psychologist on why difficult experiences can radically change us