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Where will nuclear power plants of the future be built?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) looks at the future of nuclear power plants. Read: The Conversation

Shell’s record adds to the anger of those opposing Arctic drilling

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Commenting on Shell receiving US Arctic drilling approval, Dr Christophe McGlade (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says that the costs and risks of Arctic reserves were too high, especially if climate regulations reduced the demand for fossil fuels in general. Read: New York Times

Tory victory a huge blow to UK green energy industry, campaigners warn

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says: “The next five years will see a fascinating exercise in how to reconcile seemingly inconsistent energy and climate policy objects”. Read: Independent

Bartlett ranked second best place in world to study architecture

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The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has been ranked second in the new QS league table of the world’s 100 best places to study architecture. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Doing the maths on a hung Parliament

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) calculates the Banzhaf power index, a mathematical tool for working out how power is distributed in a hung parliament, for some plausible electoral scenarios. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Campaign Sidebar’ (from 15 mins 18 secs)

STEM education

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) takes part in a panel discussion on how arts and culture can interplay with STEM education. Listen: BBC Radio London 94.9 ‘Robert Elms’ (from 1 hour 43 mins)

The end of poverty?

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses which policies could help reduce poverty and potentially end it within a generation. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Business Daily’ (from 9 mins 50 secs)

How the energy grid handles the surge after a solar eclipse

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Dr Catalina Spataru (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) explains how the solar eclipse may affect Europe’s electrical grids. Read: The Conversation

What should the UK do about foreign aid?

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The UK is about to pass legislation committing it to ringfencing 0.7% of gross national income for international development spending. Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) offers a personal perspective on the way forward. Read: BBC News

Forest of luxury flats rises on London’s skyline

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Commenting on the increasing number of towers being built in London, Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says such developments are “an over-commoditisation of housing and result in the creation of ghost communities”. Read: Financial Times

Global CO2 emissions

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the latest data on global carbon emissions from the International Energy Agency. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Newshour’ (from 27 mins 13 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'The World Tonight' (from 11 mins 38 secs)

Data visualisation: Science on the map

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Dr Duncan Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) and Oliver O'Brien (UCL Geography) explain how they have used customized mapping tools in their research. Read: Nature

The End of Development

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) argues that the age of development is over, and that we need to move to new ideas about how to improve human lives. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Analysis’

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe

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Professor Iain Borden (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) takes a satirical look at what is meant by architecture. Watch: BBC Two ‘Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe’ (from 26 mins 12 secs)

Why a submerged island is the perfect spot for the world’s biggest wind farm

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Dr Xavier Lemaire (UCL Energy Institute) examines why the UK government is proposing to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm on the Dogger Bank, off England’s east coast. Read: The Conversation

Building on the boundaries

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Professor Michael Hebbert (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that when constructing buildings, London boroughs frequently neglect their edges in favour of the middles. Read: Economist (£)

Maths and marriage

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) explains what maths and marriage have in common. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Science' (from 53 mins 21 secs)

London's record-high population creates real estate challenges

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Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) says London is facing a major housing crisis, due in part to the burgeoning population. Read: CBC

London's population hits 8.6m record high

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Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) explains how London’s population has changed since 1939. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 19 mins), More: London 94.9 'Robert Elms' (from 1 hour)

Looking for love in all the wrong equations

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) explains how mathematical modelling underpins everything - from the possibility of finding a partner to the number of sexual partners we have in a lifetime. Read: Guardian, More: Sunday Times (£), BBC News, Daily Mail, The Australian (£)

London needs homes, not towers of ‘safe-deposit boxes’

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) questions whether too many new properties in London are simply designed as places for the super-rich to park their cash. Read: Guardian

Derivatives

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Dr D'Maris Coffman (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) discusses the history of derivatives. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘David Baddiel Tries to Understand’ (from 3 mins 40 secs)

London boundary

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Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) says that moving the London boundary to include Dartford, and other areas in Kent, would not solve the housing or transport problems in London. Listen: BBC Radio Kent ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 10 mins)

Much of world's fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change

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A study by Dr Christophe McGlade and Professor Paul Ekins (both UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) has found that large amounts of fossil fuel reserves should remain in the ground if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target. Read: Guardian, More: BBC News, BBC News (2), Independent, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian (2), Scotsman, The Week, Reuters, New Scientist, National Geographic, The Engineer, Time, Globe & Mail, CBC News, Sydney Morning Herald, Times of India, China Post, Naked Scientists, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 49 mins 20 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 ‘Six O’Clock News’ (from 24 mins 7 secs)

Young opt for life in London microhouses

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says property developers who are building hostels and microhouses for young workers in London are following in the footsteps of landlords in earlier times. Read: Financial Times

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