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Banning HFCs

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) explains the science behind HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), and why there is a worldwide push to ban them as greenhouse gases. Listen: BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 6 mins 27 secs)

Infrastructure: The Roads to Recovery?

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Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) talks about the historical context of John Maynard Keynes developing his ideas during the Great Depression, while Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) weighs in on the potential impact of Theresa May's Keynesian plan for infrastructure spending to kick-start the UK economy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'The Briefing Room'

What would happen if Donald Trump chose to challenge the US election result?

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Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) is interviewed about the possibility of Donald Trump disputing the election result if he loses, and the implications it would hold for American electoral democracy. Read: The Independent

$100 million project to make intelligence-boosting brain implant

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Professor Neil Burgess (UCL Institute of Neurology) says he doubts an ambitious project seeking to develop an intelligence-boosting implant will actually work. Read: New Scientist (£)

Would you bully a driverless car or show it respect?

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Professor David Metz (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) says the advent of driverless cars will be a longer, more gradual process than many expect. Read: BBC News

School well-being league tables: a view for and against

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Dr Jessica Deighton (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) writes that comparing schools with a league table ranking their students' mental health and well-being would be too crude a measure to be helpful. Read: The Conversation

Our ancestors chose reeds over grain when quitting nomadic life

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Professor Dorian Fuller (UCL Institute of Archaeology) comments on a study finding that residents of one of the earliest known human settlements stayed there because of the presence of reeds, a dependable, year-round food source. Read: New Scientist (£)

The Fake Laugh

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Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) comments on the complex question of why people laugh for different reasons, and how we learn to identify whether someone's laugh comes from genuine mirth. Read: New York Times

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