Psychedelics and psychiatry: using magic mushrooms to treat depression

Image description: psychedelic graffiti showing a bright mushroom and abstract colourful painting Meaning “mind-manifesting” in Ancient Greek, psychedelic drugs such as LSD, MDMA and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are well-known for their hallucinogenic and psychotropic effects. Despite their reputation as party drugs,  scientists have been trying to harness their mind-bending properties to […]

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Insect farming: new food on a global scale

Image description: a brown grasshopper. Large-scale insect breeding for human consumption is thought to represent a sustainable solution for growing food demand. With climate change, loss of biodiversity, and rising pressure on resources posing a threat to current food supply chains, new systems are needed to ‘future-proof’ meals and address food inequity. In order to […]

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COVID-19 vaccine equity: a global failure?

Image description: a Hawaiian newspaper with the headline “Mass vaccinations begin” As vaccination proceeds apace in the UK and amongst high-income countries around the world, there are growing concerns over vaccine inequity in a global context. Countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas have begun vaccination campaigns, delivering more than 175 million doses since December […]

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