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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.

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John Sutherland

The book is out of its cover so authors must adapt

One doubts that authors, as a class, often get enraged about anything other than the puniness of their advances, the nastiness of reviewers and the fact that Ian McEwan and Alain de Botton sell so many more books than they do. But what is certain is that writers will adapt as creatively as they always have to the book world they find themselves in, writes Professor John Sutherland (UCL English Language & Literature) in the Financial Times. More...

Published: Jun 29, 2015 2:05:36 PM

Arthur Petersen

Dutch court’s climate ruling may force other states to cut emissions – or else

A Dutch district court has ordered the Netherlands to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 25% lower than 1990 levels by 2020. This is several percentage points deeper than the 17% reduction the country had been envisaging, writes Professor Arthur Petersen (UCL STEaPP) in The Conversation.

Published: Jun 29, 2015 11:45:56 AM


How computers are learning to make human software work more efficiently

Computer scientists have a history of borrowing ideas from nature, such as evolution. When it comes to optimising computer programs, a very interesting evolutionary-based approach has emerged over the past five or six years that could bring incalculable benefits to industry and eventually consumers. We call it genetic improvement, writes Dr Justyna Petke and Dr Bill Langdon (both UCL Computer Science) in The Conversation.

Published: Jun 26, 2015 11:08:47 AM


Brazil and Venezuela’s unpopular leaders remain friends – for now

When a delegation of Brazilian senators arrived in Venezuela recently to visit Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, two Venezuelan leaders who are being held as political prisoners, they soon ran into trouble, writes Dr Marco Aponte-Moreno and Lance Lattig (both UCL Management Science & Innovation) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Jun 26, 2015 11:01:07 AM

Phiroze Vasunia

Germany and Greece can't do without each other

Not since the early years of the 19th century has Greece roused such strong feeling in the rest of Europe. At that time, the Greek War of Independence proved to be a rallying point for thousands of sympathizers who joined together to liberate Greece from the Ottomans and their empire, writes Professor Phiroze Vasunia (UCL Greek & Latin) in NDTV. More...

Published: Jun 24, 2015 10:18:25 AM