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When Restraint can Mean Freedom

When Restraint can Mean Freedom

Legal restrictions on religious activities could actually increase religious freedom by providing a more level playing field in the competition for adherents and resources, argues legal scholar Dr Chen Jianlin

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Working Hard for a Living

Working Hard for a Living

Sex work as a job like any other is the focus of research by Dr Julie Ham in the Department of Sociology

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Flicking the Right Switch

Flicking the Right Switch

A multinational team of biological scientists has opened the door to new possibilities for fighting Alzheimer’s by discovering the switch for Neuroglobin, a gene known to play a role in protecting the human brain from neurodegenerative diseases

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Unveiling the Secret Life of Butterflies

Unveiling the Secret Life of Butterflies

In densely-populated cities public parks provide a much needed green lung for urban dwellers – and not only the human kind. Insects and butterflies make city parks their home and in recent years the importance of such areas as habitats for greater biodiversity has come to the fore

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The Social Mores of Social Media

The Social Mores of Social Media

Discussion rages daily about whether social media has in fact made us less social and more superficial. A global anthropological study has tried to dig deeper and find out how it has become woven into the fabric of our society, including that of rural Chinese communities

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