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Jon Snow's negative experience on skunk is very understandable

“Skunk stole Snow’s soul”, “Just say no, Snow” – these were just some of the headlines this week in response to Jon Snow’s blogpost and video recounting his experience of smoking ‘skunk’-type cannabis as part of a scientific study at UCL which will be shown in a live TV programme – Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial – on Channel 4 on March 3. We wanted to answer some of the questions raised by people about the trial as well as providing some of the wider context about this study, plus its aims and rationale, writes Professor Valerie Curran (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in the Guardian.

Published: Feb 27, 2015 4:16:56 PM


Out of the loop: why lay views of science are heard but not obeyed

Public dialogue has become an integral part of the policymaking process, but those in power still pay more heed to the technocrats, says Melanie Smallman (UCL Science & Technology Studies) in Research Fortnight (£). More...

Published: Feb 26, 2015 12:30:01 PM


Powerful new climate logic

For the past few decades, the world has been worried by the prospect of running out of oil and gas. How would we fuel our cars, run our factories, make plastics? Now, says Deutsche Bank, the problem has shifted. The threat of climate change could mean we need to leave our fossil fuels in the ground, unburnt, locked away forever, writes Professor Phil O'Neill (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) in The Herald. More...

Published: Feb 25, 2015 3:05:40 PM


Sorry, Rachel, but taking a Cabinet seat then going on maternity leave is anything but feminist

Labour high-flier Rachel Reeves’s boast that, if her party wins the General Election in May, she will hold a post in Cabinet while taking maternity leave, made my jaw drop. These are two incredibly important jobs. By choosing to do them at the same time she totally negates the value of both. Her desire to ‘have it all’ trumps the well-being of the country and her own children, writes Belinda Brown (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) in the Daily Mail. More...

Published: Feb 25, 2015 2:19:46 PM

Jennifer Rohn

The hunt is on for new antibiotics – but we have to start looking outside the lab

In 1945, Alexander Fleming, the scientist who first observed the action of a new bacteria-fighting substance on a mouldy Petri dish, sounded a sober note. I imagine it may have clashed uneasily with the gala occasion: Fleming’s Nobel acceptance speech for co-discovering penicillin, writes Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) in The Guardian. More...

Published: Feb 19, 2015 10:39:45 AM