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August 26, 2016

A Copernican eye-opener

Owen Gingeric explains how writing about Copernicus helped to see this important figure through a difference lens ...

August 25, 2016

What's new in August 2016

Three new Very Short Introductions have been published online: Copernicus, Molecular Biology, and Public Administration ...

August 15, 2016

Some very short reflections on social psychology

Richard J. Crisp explores how we can use social psychology to tackle prejudice ...