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

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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

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

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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at 3tn is important but does not show that there are more trees than previously thought as the earlier estimate had not been peer-reviewed.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

Purdah explained by Prof Robert Hazell

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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

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

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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, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 25 mins)

A walk of one’s own

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Dr Scarlett Baron (UCL English Language & Literature) steps out in Virginia Woolf's footsteps to the river Ouse and Southease, the route she would have taken most often, to the post office. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘A Walk of One’s Own’

Britain is falling behind in solar energy while other nations surge ahead

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says "a capricious and politicised UK energy policy” could deter investment in British energy as a whole. Read: Telegraph

Creating museums of the future

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Jack Ashby (UCL Grant Museum of Zoology) explains how museums are embracing technology, including the use of 3D printing by the UCL Grant Museum to restore its quagga’s missing leg. Watch: Financial Times

Do we need to improve security in Europe?

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Following the attempted attack on a high speed train in France, Dr Hervé Borrion (UCL Security & Crime Science) explains what this might mean for European security and train travel. Listen: Deutsche Welle

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