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'Devil's breath' aka scopolamine: can it really zombify you?

Professor Val Curran (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) explains the effects of scopolamine, a substance that has been blamed for thousands of crimes in South America. Read: Guardian More...

Published: Sep 3, 2015 10:49:25 AM

Scientists reveal there are 3tn trees in the world in latest count

Dr Simon Lewis (UCL Geography) says that a new study which estimates the number of trees in the world at 3tn is important but does not show that there are more trees than previously thought as the earlier estimate had not been peer-reviewed. Read: Guardian More...

Published: Sep 3, 2015 10:27:49 AM

Purdah explained by Prof Robert Hazell

Professor Robert Hazell (UCL Constitution Unit) explains what is meant by the term “purdah” in politics and how it could affect government "spin" and "good news stories" ahead of the vote. Listen: BBC News More...

Published: Sep 2, 2015 3:37:24 PM

Fears that antipsychotic drugs being used as 'chemical cosh' in disability care

A study led by Dr Rory Sheehan (UCL Psychiatry) has found that large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Nature, New Scientist, The Conversation More...

Published: Sep 2, 2015 9:37:22 AM