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

Why David Hockney’s Bigger and Closer is an important step forward for immersive art shows

Simon McKeown

Artist David Hockney has ridden many technological waves. While his mark-making has remained resolutely painterly, he has challenged the practice of painting. He was an early adopter of computer-assisted drawing, using the iPad and iPhone.

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Shin splints: an expert explains how to avoid them

Nathan Liddle

So you’re out for a leisurely jog and everything is going great – until you start to feel pain. That distinctive, shooting pain, up your shin. Even when you stop running, every time you put weight on your foot soreness shoots up your lower leg. There’s little doubt: you’ve got shin splints.

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Winter of discontent: how similar is today’s situation?

Christopher Massey

The UK government is battening down the hatches for a wave of strikes in December and January. Railway workers, nurses, ambulance workers, civil servants and postal staff are all set to take industrial action in the coming weeks in protest at wages not keeping up with inflation, with teachers’ and firefighters’ unions also balloting their members.

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Raw vegan diet may be a risk to your health

Laura Brown

Vegan diets have become increasingly popular over the years, especially among people looking to improve their health. However, some people are taking these diets to the extreme.

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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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Weekend warrior workouts: here’s how to make the most of them

Michael Graham | Jonathan Taylor

Most of us know we need to exercise more. Yet finding the time to work out is often easier said than done. For most, the only time we have to exercise is on the weekends.

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How the Premier League’s wealth funded a revolution in training technology

Jonathan Taylor

The English Premier League (EPL) celebrates its 30th season this year, and much has changed since the league’s inception in 1992. For many long-time fans, the period may well be defined by the influx of money into the sport, with player wages ballooning, transfer records toppling, and broadcasting deals reaching into the billions of pounds.

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When do strikes work? History shows the conditions need to be right

Christopher Massey

There has been a significant decline in union-led strike action in the 21st-century UK. But with average public sector pay increasing by 1.5% between March and May 2022 (versus 7.2% in the private sector) and households facing a cost of living crisis, industrial disputes are on the rise again in the UK.

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How your brainwaves could be used in criminal trials

Michel Funicelli

Law enforcement agencies worldwide struggle with the unreliability of eyewitness identification and scarcity of physical clues at crime scenes. There is a wealth of evidence showing that mistaken eyewitness identification is a contributing factor in wrongful convictions.

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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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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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