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

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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Anne Boleyn: in defence of historical inaccuracy

Leanne Bibby

The Channel 5 historical drama series Anne Boleyn, directed by Lynsey Miller, stars black British actor Jodie Turner-Smith as the Tudor queen consort at the height of her power and influence, shortly before her dramatic fall and execution in May 1536.

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What Keir Starmer can learn from the history of Labour leader documentaries

Christopher Massey

The news that Keir Starmer is considering starring in a fly-on-the-wall documentary, brings back memories of similar endeavours.

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Four tips to make the most of your next gallery visit

Laura Sillars

Going to a gallery can be an escape from the everyday – an opportunity to fall into a moment of reverie in front of an artwork that you know cannot be replicated in print or online.

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Going back to the gym: how to avoid injuries after lockdown

Matthew Wright | Mark Richardson | Paul Chesterton

After months in lockdown, gyms in England reopened on April 12. Many have already eagerly returned with plans to get back to their old fitness routines.

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AI developers often ignore safety in the pursuit of a breakthrough – so how do we regulate them without blocking progress?

The Anh Han

Ever since artificial intelligence (AI) made the transition from theory to reality, research and development centres across the world have been rushing to come up with the next big AI breakthrough.

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Super shoes: Explaining athletics’ new technological arms race

Jonathan Taylor

In the 1960s, when traditional cinder athletics tracks were replaced by spongy, synthetic surfaces, endurance running experienced a revolution. Long distance runners began clocking far faster times on the synthetic tracks, smashing multiple world records in the process.

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Do genetic differences make some people more susceptible to COVID-19?

Vikki Rand | Maria O’Hanlon

Coronavirus affects people differently – some infected develop life-threatening disease, while others remain asymptomatic. And a year aftere COVID-19 emerged, it’s still unclear why.

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Scans reveal new details of how Egyptian pharaoh met a violent death

Tim Thompson

There’s something about mummies that always fascinates people. We see this from the attention given to mummies in museum exhibitions and in their frequent appearance in books, films and games.

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AI technique that predicts cell growth could someday diagnose cancer or develop new drugs

Claudio Angione

Machine learning technologies are everywhere. They’re used by search engines, social media, and even in online banking. But one area that this technology is still emerging is medicine.

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