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Visual and Material: A Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities Lab

Announcing the Visual and Material Lab as part of the Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities at 樱花动漫.
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ChatGPT can’t think – consciousness is something entirely different to today’s AI

Dr Philip Goff from our Department of Philosophy explains the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and consciousness.
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Scientists unearth forgotten children of the past

Scientists have unearthed a harrowing story of forgotten children of the past, providing the first direct evidence of the lives of early nineteenth century 鈥榩auper apprentices鈥.
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First-of-its-kind measurement of Universe’s expansion rate

Our physicists are part of an international team that has successfully used a first-of-its-kind technique to measure the expansion of the Universe.
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Research says talking to toddlers shapes early brain development

New research reveals that talking to babies and toddlers helps shape their developing brain.
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The Centre for Catholic Studies' Newsletter, Easter Term 2023

CCS newsletter 45 is now available online.

Can a wind turbine handle hurricane speed winds? Simon Hogg comments on BBC news.

Offshore wind farm industries are increasing adopting large size wind turbines which survive hurricanes.
Wind turbine survives in hurricane

Masters students produce UK expansion strategy for electric transport company

MSc Management students have been collaborating with Einride, a Swedish transport company specialising in electric and self-driving vehicles, through consulting project engagements for the past two years.
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Strengthening our North American partnerships

In April we celebrated our long-standing partnership with the University of Notre Dame in North America.
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New interdisciplinary health research awarded £9m grant

Our cutting-edge Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) has been awarded a 拢9m Discovery Research Platform Award to develop a new Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities (DRP-MH).
Wellcome trust grant

Article published by The Cut discusses co-sleeping

"Are we all secretly co-sleeping?": article discusses opinions on co-sleeping, and the work of academics researching parent-infant sleep behaviour.
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Top 5 Ethical Transgressions in Consulting

A new study on ethical practice in business consulting has expanded the discussion by reviewing media reporting, interview transcripts and jokes made on the internet to identify five common ethical transgressions made by consultants.
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Research Impact at Durham

Read about our Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 impact case studies.

Impact Case Studies
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Global Culture

Interested in how the cultural activities of Durham's staff and student bodies enrich life worldwide? Head to the Global Culture page to find out.

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