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Dragons in the Sky

Fri 23 October 2020

In 793CE, monks recorded sightings of dragons in the skies above northern England. While the streaks of fire they witnessed were likely to be a meteor shower, they weren’t the first or the last to see dragons in the night sky. Dr Elizabeth Stanway looks at some of the other legends, myths and stories linking dragons and space.

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In defence of bad spelling

Tue 15 September 2020

English spelling is tricky to master. But the ancient hangovers, irregularities and frustrating rules of English spelling are what enables its continuity and a connection with billions of people across the globe argues Dr Christopher Strelluf, an expert in linguistics from the University of Warwick.

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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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Surviving: The future (and past) of cinemas

Wed 01 July 2020

Cinema has been through the Spanish Flu pandemic so Covid-19 is comparable to other earlier pressures on cinemas. But, this moment is historically distinctive for many other reasons explains Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright.

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The Music of the Spheres

Tue 16 June 2020

Can we explain what music is and what music does? Philosophers, mathematicians and musicians have all had a go, explains Minhyong Kim, Professor of Algebra, Geometry, and Public Understanding of Mathematics at Warwick Mathematics Institute.

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