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Queen's Christmas speech is most repetitive festive programme on TV

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An analysis by Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Thomas Oléron Evans (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) found the Queen tends to repeat the same words and phrases in her yearly Christmas speech. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Times

Nuclear incident off our coast has potential to bankrupt Ireland

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that a bad nuclear incident in northwestern Europe could severely impact Ireland. Read: Irish Times

Foie gras & the politics of taste

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses how foods are part of personal and cultural identities. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' (from 12 mins 40 secs)

Brexit’s nuclear fallout: 3,000 cubic metres of Oxfordshire waste

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on concerns that the UK leaving the EU would also mean leaving Euratom, Europe’s treaty framework for the safe civilian use of nuclear energy. Read: Financial Times

Female pupils close gap in maths achievement

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) comments on research finding there are more girls achieving top marks in mathematics than in previous years. Read: Daily Mail

Home Power Storage

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Melissa Lott (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources), Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry), and Dr Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) discuss the science of electrical energy storage. Listen: BBC World Service 'CrowdScience'

Populism’s hatred of diversity will kill prosperity

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) writes about populist movements such as Donald Trump's campaign and Brexit, and how their insularity and rejection of diversity runs counter to data on the high levels of prosperity enjoyed by some of the world's most multicultural societies. Read: Huffington Post

Nuclear waste to remain at old UK plants rather than moved off-site

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) criticises the UK government's plan to keep contaminated soil and rubble at the sites of old nuclear power plants. Read: The Guardian

What will Trump mean for climate change?

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Professor Robert Lowe (UCL Energy Institute) comments on whether Donald Trump becoming president will prevent the world from achieving its global temperature targets. Read: BBC News

Britain's last coal power plants to close by 2025

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on future energy sources in the UK. Read: The Guardian

Here’s what happened at Habitat III

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Dr Vanesa Castan Broto (UCL Bartlett Developmental Planning Unit) writes a recap of Habitat III, the United Nation’s global conference on the future of cities. Read: The Conversation

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'

How can building new infrastructure benefit the economy?

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Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) discusses how investment in building new infrastructure might kick start the economy, in the light of Theresa May's announcements. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2hrs 47mins), Read: BBC News

Hinkley Point C developers will face £7.2bn cleanup bill

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on news that for the first time in the UK, the developers of a nuclear power plant will have to pay for its cleanup when it decommissions, saying the cost may be higher than predicted. Read: The Guardian

Did the working class really vote for Brexit?

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Dr D'Maris Coffman (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) is interviewed about the impact of inequality and class divides on the EU referendum. Watch: BBC Two 'Newsnight' (from 29 mins 37 secs)

Cap and trade gains global momentum

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the European Union's emissions trading system. Read: CBC

6,000-year-old fabric reveals Peruvians dyed with indigo before Egyptians

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Dr Jan Wouters (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) is featured for his contribution to research finding that a piece of striped cotton was indeed dyed by indigo more than 1,500 years before the Egyptians used indigo dye, possibly making it the earliest known example of cloth dyeing. Read: Los Angeles Times, More: PBS, International Business Times

UK government approves nuclear power station

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) expresses his concerns about Hinkley Point C, a nuclear power plant to be built in the UK and financed by France and China. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘World at One’ (from 23 mins 31 secs)More: BBC Radio London ‘Vanessa Feltz’ (from 1 hour 2 mins 10 secs)BBC Radio 5 '5 live Breakfast' (from 1 hour 7 mins 39 secs)Read: CNBC

After the Great Fire, London could have looked like Paris. Thankfully, it doesn't

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Recognising the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Professor Alan Penn, Dean of the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, writes about the master plans proposed for rebuilding the city, and how London benefited from a more pragmatic approach. Read: The Telegraph

Hinkley, the Chinese and keeping the lights on

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A letter Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute), who is subsequently quoted in further articles, about the potential implications if China invested in Hinkley power station. Read: The Times (£), More: The Guardian, The Mail, The Times (£)

Chinese Hinkley backer is accused of espionage

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Britain’s Chinese partner in the Hinkley Point power station deal is facing nuclear espionage charges in the US. Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) said that the development shows "concerns over involving China in UK critical nuclear infrastructure are clear and present". Read: The Times (£), More: The Mail, The Guardian, International Business Times, The Express

British-China relations and Hinkley Point 

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) explains the security concerns surrounding the Hinkley Point nuclear deal.  Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 53 mins)

Revealed: UCL names architects for new campus at Olympic Park

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UCL has chosen Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design the first two projects for its new UCL East campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.
Read: Architect's Journal (£), More: Building Design (£), Newham Recorder, Dezeen, UCL News

May is right to review Hinkley Point contract

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Letter by Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) about the government's position on Hinkley Point and the issues around energy provision. Read: Financial Times (£)

Nuclear fallout: Government cools on Hinkley Point after EDF approval

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) and Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) comment on plans for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. Read: City AM More: The Guardian,  Watch: BBC Newsnight (from 3 minutes, 48 secs)

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