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Crisis and Uncertainty

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Emeritus Professor Marcus Giaquinto (UCL Philosophy) explains Bertrand Russell's paradox with a related paradox of a nun praying for all members of her convent who do not pray for themselves. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'A History of the Infinite'

Do we get enough rest?

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Dr Gemma Lewis (UCL Psychiatry) discusses research she conducted into people's resting habits and what they consider to be restful. Listen: BBC Radio London 'Nikki Bedi' (from 1 hr 35 mins 36 secs)

Warning to archaeology pupils sparks fears over cosseted generation

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A content warning is included in the syllabus of a course on the archaeologies of modern conflict addressing the possibility of a student needing to leave the room during a discussion. Read: Daily Mail

'Virtual unwrapping' used to read ancient biblical scroll reduced to charcoal

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Professor Melissa Terras (UCL Information Studies) comments on the use of a new technology to digitally unfurl a scroll that was badly burned 1,400 years ago. Read: The Guardian

Switzerland will notify citizens when they have been spied on

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Dr Lukasz Olejnik (UCL Computer Science) comments on Switzerland's new surveillance laws which will require the Swiss intelligence agency to inform citizens if they've been monitored, unless notifying them would be against the public interest, affect legal proceedings or put people at risk. Read: The Telegraph

The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today

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Professor Catherine Hall (UCL History) writes about the enduring legacy of Britain's involvement in the slave trade, and her research with the Legacies of British Slave Ownership project. Read: The Guardian

Why can't I tickle myself?

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A study by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) is featured, suggesting that tickling doesn't elicit the same response when people do it to themselves because the cerebellum tamps down the brain's response ahead of time. Read: Washington Post

Cap and trade gains global momentum

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the European Union's emissions trading system. Read: CBC

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