The Conversation

Why (ex)Hurricane Ophelia Took A Wrong Turn Towards Ireland And Britain – And Carried All That Dust


  By Alexander Roberts in The Conversation.   Hurricane Ophelia, by then downgraded to Storm Ophelia, reached Ireland on Monday October 16. At the time of writing there had already been three deaths and countless reports of severe damage to buildings and fallen trees. Unlike other severe storms to reach Ireland and Britain, such as […]

How Healthy Is The French Health System ?


      Laurent Chambaud in The Conversation.   Among themselves the French can be highly critical of the care provided by their nation’s hospitals and doctors, yet they are always ready to defend the French health care system, considered to be one the world’s best. Indeed, in a World Health Organisation comparison of 191 different […]

Tom Petty Stood Up For Authentic Rock Music – And He Never Backed Down


    By Adam Behr in The Conversation.   The most watched video on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel – at over 46m views – is a cover version of the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The performance features an all-star cast and a famous guitar solo by Prince. Channelling George Harrison’s […]

What It’s Like To Transition On To Universal Credit

Universal Credit

By Peter Dwyer and Sharon Wright in The Conversation.   Originally designed with the intention of “making work pay” by smoothing out transitions between paid work and welfare, Universal Credit is now being widely criticised for failing to deliver on its promises. Despite calls by a group of Conservative MPs for the next phase of the welfare […]

Why Onions Make Us Cry (And Why Some Don’t)


    By Duane Mellor in The Conversation.   Mark Anthony in Shakespeare’s Cleopatra may have referred to “the tears that live in the onion”. But why do onions actually make us cry? And why do only some onions make us blub in this way when others, including related “allium” plants such as garlic, barely ever draw […]

Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories – And How To Change Their Minds


    By Mark Lorch in The Conversation.   I’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest […]

Could Snapchat’s Biggest Selling Point Now Be Its Downfall ?


    By Rebecca Merden in The Conversation.   When Snapchat launched in 2011, ephemerality was its unique selling point. Its self-destructing photo and video messages were a stark departure from established social media platforms, which encouraged users to construct and populate content-laden profiles. Disappearing “Snaps” may have gained traction initially as a discrete way of […]

Happiness Mapped: Why Work Is The Place We Feel The Worst


    By Alex Bryson and George MacKerron in The Conversation.   Are you happy while you work? The answer to that question may depend on when you’re being asked it. Significant amounts of research suggest that people are – overall – happy with their jobs and get a sense of purpose from work. But our research […]

Why Call Centre Workers Love To Use Your Name – And Why It’s Really Annoying

Call Centre

    By Anna Kristina Hultgren in The Conversation.   Most of us dread dealing with them, but call centres are hard to avoid as an increasingly ubiquitous aspect of modern life. However hard they try, it just seems that they can never quite get the right balance between friendliness and sincerity. My recent study in the […]

How A Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Brain – And Personality


  By Jakke Tamminen in The Conversation.         In 1959, Peter Tripp, a popular New York DJ, pledged to stay awake for 200 hours for charity while continuing to host his radio show. Studies into sleep deprivation were rare at the time so no one knew what to expect. This made it a major […]

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