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Transforming diagnosis and treatment of skin lesions with pioneering AI systems

Dr Amir Atapour-Abarghouei from our Department of Computer Science shares his research insights in machine learning and how he is using AI systems to better diagnosis of skin lesions.
Amir Atapour

'Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom'

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, makes the case for languages education
A male, back to camera, points a pen at a screen displaying a globe and 'hello' in different languages

The science of why you can remember song lyrics from years ago

Associate Professor Kelly Jakubowski from our Department of Music explores the link between memory and song lyrics.
woman singing

Could a new Action Plan help Canada foster the self-determination of Indigenous peoples?

Giuseppe Amatulli, is an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Anthropology and a post-doctoral fellow at Carleton University, Ottawa. Here he discusses the potential benefits of an Action Plan, recently approved by the Canadian Federal Government, to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Image showing discussions with members of the Doig River First Nation

How a pioneering academic is making classics cool in schools

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded research has contributed to more young people studying ancient history and classical civilisation in secondary schools across England. Arlene Holmes-Henderson, an award-winning Associate Professor in our Department of Classics and Ancient History, has been at the forefront of widening access to the subject. Here she examines the surge in popularity of classics in education.
Arlene Holmes-Henderson MBE pictured outside the Department of Classics and Ancient History

Shared horse and human burials show how deeply the vikings cared for their animal companions

Dr Harriet Evans-Tang, a Post Doctoral Research Associate in our Department of Archaeology, and Dr Keith Ruiter from the University of Suffolk explore the connection between vikings and their horses.
viking carving

Somaliland: Berbera city’s growth is being held back by a power supply monopoly

Professor Jutta Bakonyi from our School of Government and International Affairs joins Nasir M. Ali and Ayan Yusuf Ali from the University of Hargeisa to discuss energy development in Somaliland.
people in boats on a river in somalia

If someone posts your private photos online, there has been little you can do about it – how changes in the law will finally help victims

Professor Clare McGlynn, KC (Hon), in Durham Law School, explains UK Government plans to amend the online safety bill to include significant changes to the law on the sharing and posting of intimate images.
Close up of a woman's hand operating a mobile phone

Threads: new Twitter rival looks like a shrewd move but Meta lacks credibility

Professor Mariann (Maz) Hardey from our Business School and Wasim Ahmed from the University of Stirling explore the new social media platform Threads.
women looking at a phone

From ‘girls’ to Lionesses: how newspaper coverage of women’s football has changed

Associate Professor Stacey Pope from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences explains how media coverage of women's football has changed since 2015.
women playing football

Exploring the linguistic history of chocolate

In celebration of World Chocolate Day, which is Friday 7 July, Jamie Paterno Ostmann, a PhD candidate in our Department of History, explores different theories regarding the origins of the word ‘chocolate.’
Hand with cocoa beans

Henry VIII’s notes in prayer book written by his sixth wife reveal musings on faith, sin and his deteriorating health – new discovery

Professor Alec Ryrie from our Department of Theology and Religion discusses what the notes reveal about Henry VIII's self awareness.
Henry VIII and other members of the court