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The real Tatooine: Could there be life on other circumbinary planets?

Thu 10 September 2020

From Gallifrey to Tatooine, planets with multiple suns feature widely in science fiction, but there are currently only ten real ‘circumbinary’ planets identified by space scientists. Dr David Armstrong from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group considers what we know about planets with two stars – and asks if life could exist there.

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In defence of the census

Thu 27 February 2020

The UK’s national statistician has suggested that next year’s census could be our last. After 200 years of officially documenting Britain’s households, it may be scrapped in favour of cheaper and easier ways of collecting the data. Professor Sarah Richardson from Warwick’s Department of History explains why we should mourn the loss of the decennial census.

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Five things you need to know about the Peterloo Massacre

Wed 31 October 2018

In August 1819, 600,000 people marched peacefully to St Peters Field in central Manchester to hear a speech about electoral reform. The orator, Henry Hunt, addressed the crowd at 2pm – twenty minutes later eighteen were dead and more than six hundred injured. Here’s five things you should know...

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Shakespeare's View of the World

Thu 26 April 2018

Even 402 years after his death, Shakespeare still has much to say on modern issues. Stuart Elden is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick and is using Shakespeare’s works to further the understanding of one evergreen issue in human geography: Territory.

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Heinrich Von Kleist, Education and Violence

Mon 01 October 2012

Can education and violence ever be on the same spectrum? In this series of podcasts, Dr Seán Allan, Professor Ricarda Schmidt and Dr Steven Howe explore the life and work of Henrich von Kleist, a 'writer out of his time' whose work always courted contradiction and controversy.

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Dickens and Shakespeare

Sun 01 April 2012

One aspect of Dickens's life not especially touched on was his effort to preserve Shakespeare's memory in the playwright's home county of Warwickshire. Dr Charlotte Matheison, Professor Stanley Wells and the Rev. Dr Paul Edmondson explore Dickens's special relationship with Shakespeare's birthplace.

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