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Here are some of the articles which Teesside University academics have published for The Conversation.

Nine vegetables that are healthier for you when cooked

Laura Brown

Raw food diets are a fairly recent trend, including raw veganism. The belief being that the less processed food is, the better. However, not all food is more nutritious when eaten raw.

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French Open: understanding why Russian and Belarusian tennis players are competing despite Wimbledon ban

Leon Davis

The world’s best tennis players are on court at the 2022 French Open, the first grand slam since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February. Unlike Wimbledon 2022, the French Open has decided to let Russian and Belarusian players compete.

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Nigerian police: why improving public trust has proven difficult

Tarela Juliet Ike

Policing plays a vital role in maintaining law and order in any society. Public trust and confidence in the police is a concern in many parts of the world.

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Black Pepper: Healthy or Not?

Laura Brown

Everybody knows that consuming too much salt is bad for your health. But nobody ever mentions the potential impact of the other condiment in the cruet set: black pepper. Does it have an effect on your health?

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Four reasons why children need to be more active in school playgrounds

Michael Graham

School breaktimes might be assumed to be the most active period in a child’s school day. While some children are physically active at breaktimes, for others there are a number of barriers preventing them from doing anything energetic, recent research has highlighted.

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Three reasons runners should start lifting weights

Matthew Wright | Jonathan Taylor

Millions of people worldwide make running their exercise of choice. And whether you’ve just started running and are aiming to run a 5km or are aiming to run a marathon, you’re probably looking for ways to improve.

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Changing your diet could add ten years to your life – new research

Laura Brown

Everyone wants to live longer. And we’re often told that the key to doing this is making healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising, avoiding smoking and not drinking too much alcohol. Studies have also shown that diet can increase lifespan.

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How climate change is washing away precious evidence of our distant past

Gillian Taylor

As well as threatening biodiversity, food systems and human health, climate change has another victim: ancient artefacts. At some UK sites of archaeological interest, unusually heavy rainfall is eroding layers of protective peat to damage the preserved relics that lie beneath.

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Bloody Sunday 50 years later: what it means when we commemorate trauma

Roisín Higgins

At its heart, Bloody Sunday was a devastating personal tragedy involving the deaths of 13 men and boys, six of whom were only 17 years old. The victims were taking part in a civil rights protest march against internment.

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French ski resorts are fighting for survival due to changing COVID travel restrictions

Leon Davis

Before COVID, the winter sports tourism industry was worth over €70 billion (£58.2 billion) a year globally, with ski resorts expanding across the world. The pandemic then led to a stark decrease in visitor numbers, with a major impact on revenues and livelihoods.

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram reintegration process: weaknesses and how they can be fixed

Dr Tarela Ike

n Nigeria, the advent of Boko Haram terrorism and its wanton destruction of lives and properties has led to untold hardship, especially in the country’s north-eastern region. The devastating impact of Boko Haram activities transcends Nigeria’s borders.

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Dennis the Menace lives on: the influence of this 70-year-old on everything from darts to raves

Julian Lawrence

The current Somerset House exhibition in London, Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules, revels in the joyful impudence of the 83-year-old comic magazine’s characters. A tribute to the publication’s impact seems long overdue; as curator Andy Holden says: “Beano’s irreverent sensibility is something that appeals to you as a child, but also, for some, never leaves you.”

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World Cup 2022: if Qatar can silence critics with a strong tournament, an Olympic bid could be next

Leon Davis

When FIFA picked Qatar as the first Middle Eastern country to host the men’s football World Cup in 2022, some considered it a bold gamble. Others thought it was a mistake – including former FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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Death in space: here’s what would happen to our bodies

Tim Thompson

As space travel for recreational purposes is becoming a very real possibility, there could come a time when we are travelling to other planets for holidays, or perhaps even to live.

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Disabled children still face exclusion in PE – here’s what needs to change

Tom Gibbons

Children between the ages of five and 18 should do a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise a day across the week, according to UK government recommendations.

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Sarah Everard murder: the problem with the government’s plan to make women ‘feel’ safer

Tanya Beetham

The murder of Sarah Everard has damaged public trust in the police, and has women in the UK seeking answers about their safety in public places.

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Labour party conference: the dispute around rule changes explained in brief

Christopher Massey

The Labour party has voted to amend the rules governing how it elects leaders at its 2021 party conference.

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Michael K Williams and The Wire: how the show redefined television watching

Ben Lamb

Emmy-nominated actor Michael K Williams has died aged 54, reportedly of a suspected drug overdose. Early last year the actor mused on instagram “How will I be remembered and what will be my legacy?”

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How often should we exercise to stay in shape?

Matthew Wright | Jonathan Taylor

Elite athletes – like Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who won gold for the men’s 1500m race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – train almost ten to 14 times per week, clocking up numerous hours on the track and in the gym. But for the rest of us, getting into shape does not necessarily mean such an arduous regime.

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‘Freedom day’? Removing COVID-19 restrictions will vastly reduce the freedoms of some – viewpoint

Dorothy Newbury-Birch | Andrew Divers

England has now dispensed with the remaining restrictions that were in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. No longer will there be a blanket requirement to wear face masks in public spaces or to socially distance.

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