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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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Stan Lee: Heroes for all

Wed 14 November 2018

In the week that Stan Lee died, Julian Schmid, a doctoral researcher in Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies, looks at his legacy from a cultural and political perspective.

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Talkin’ Like a Pirate? It be a linguistic treasure trove

Tue 18 September 2018

The ideas we have about Pirate Talk have much more to do with facts about language than facts about pirates. So, pretending that pirates really existed in the Treasure Island sense, here are four rules to follow when talking like a pirate, and the linguistic facts behind those rules.

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Star Wars had it wrong about asteroids

Fri 08 December 2017

Professor Ian Stewart, a mathematician from the University of Warwick, is a self-confessed Star Wars enthusiast, but he does have one intergalactic-axe to grind. Here he explains – with maths – why one of the most iconic chases in space just couldn’t happen.

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The science of complexity and the art of control

Fri 08 September 2017

Professor Sandra Chapman knows a lot about complex systems. She is a plasma physicist working in space science and laboratory systems and is Director of the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics. She has been selected as one of two 2017/18 Lloyds of London Fulbright Scholars and this year she will be working in the USA on the impact of space weather on earth's systems.

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