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Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Mysteries of the brain: Magnetic resonance scan of a head

We could wipe memories of drug addicts, says top Cambridge neuroscientist

In one study, the team diminished drug seeking behaviours by obstructing a brain chemical receptor linked to memory

Lord Brittan (pictured here in 2010)

Leon Brittan Exclusive: Tory peer questioned by police over rape allegation

Former home secretary accused of raping 19-year-old student in 1967
Man and machine: Alan Bond with a Sabre testbed. He believes we’ll be living on other planets within three generations

Alan Bond: The British engineer says he will revolutionise space travel – and he's building the rocket to do it

Jamie Merrill meets the man who has spent 30 years designing a reusable, hybrid 'space plane'
Working with scientists at Cornell University, researchers from Facebook tweaked the emotional content of users’ News Feeds

Facebook's dark secrets: What else is the social network up to behind your back?

If you thought Facebook’s emotion manipulation tests were bad, look at what else they are doing

Fired up: Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood

Glastonbury 2014: Lucy Rose and Royal Blood were rising stars of this year's festival

Dolly Parton may have dazzled and Metallica blew away their critics, but it was rising stars such as indie-folk singer Lucy Rose and Brighton band Royal Blood who made Glastonbury rock

Glastonbury 2014: Dolly Parton's set 'biggest attraction since Rolling Stones'

The legendary country singer's performance revived weary crowd, Jamie Merrill reports in his round-up of day 3 so far

Lead singer James Hetfield saluting the Glastonbury crowds during the band's two hour set

Glastonbury 2014: Metallica show metal and win over the festival crowds

They may not have known all the words, but there was a steady stream of festival goers popping in to check them out

Lana Del Ray makes her Glastonbury debut

Glastonbury 2014: Second night review - 'Lacklustre' Lana Del Rey fails to put a smile on rain-soaked crowd

Daytime line-up tried hard but failed to excite festival-goers with disappointing performances

Arcade Fire did just enough to put fire in the bellies of an eager festival crowd

Glastonbury 2014: First night review as 'bubblegum' Lily Allen and 'elder statesmen' Elbow perform

Arcade Fire are headlining to close Friday night's Pyramid Stage line-up

Hamish Skermer who runs the composting toilets at Glastonbury with his firm Natural Events

Glastonbury 2014: Worthy Farm says goodbye to the stinky portable loo

It’s a much a part of the Glastonbury experience as secret gigs, cider buses, mud baths and magical sunsets at the Stone Circle, but this year the horrible stench of portable plastic loos has been banished from Worthy Farm.

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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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