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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

Can maths combat terrorism?

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) investigates the hidden patterns behind terrorism and asks whether mathematics could be used to predict the next 9/11. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Discovery: Can Maths Combat Terrorism?’

Inside the digital 'Harry Potter' church

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A team led by Dr Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has teamed up with a church in Hackney to create a project aimed at exploring ways to communicate and share "empathy via digital means". Watch: BBC News

What Toronto can learn about transit from London’s deep dig

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Professor Michael Hebbert (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says the Crossrail development will “enable London to grow its capacity without growing physically”. Read: Globe and Mail

Why Scandinavia is not the model for global prosperity we should all pursue

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) explains that although Norway, Denmark and Sweden represent models many strive to emulate they are not the northern utopias they seem. Read: Guardian

The Bartlett wins the top RIBA students’ award

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UCL Bartlett student Nick Elias (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) has been awarded the RIBA Silver Medal for his postgraduate project entitled ‘PoohTown’. Read: Architects Journal

City’s former planning chief on why London is ‘unplannable’

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) takes a boat trip on the Thames to point out the highs and lows of the capital’s changing skyline. Watch: Financial Times

Nuclear plants closure bill to reach $100bn

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that the International Energy Agency’s $100bn estimate for closing down and cleaning up the world’s nuclear reactors is only for decommissioning and does not include the costs of permanent waste disposal. Read: Financial Times

Fracking won't cut bills and ministers 'oversold' shale gas benefits

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A report co-authored by Dr Christophe McGlade (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) warns that fracking won’t cut energy bills and ministers have “oversold” the benefits of UK shale gas exploration. Read: Telegraph, More: Guardian, Northern Echo

IPCC report

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the latest IPCC report on climate change. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Sunday Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 18 mins)

Supplies of rare earth materials are still far from secure

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Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says: “Materials essential for technology products such as electric vehicles, wind turbines or hard disks, known as rare earth elements, aren’t becoming any less rare, or any less crucial”. Read: The Conversation

London ranks poorly for small businesses to make a living

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Dr Jessica Ferm (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that if conversions from office space into housing continue at their current rate, businesses moving away from the centre of London due to price increases will have fewer relocation options. Read: Financial Times

How the world of work runs on networks and networking

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Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) discusses how traditional network structures are beneficial in leveraging the weak ties between people but an ideal network wouldn't be discriminatory or exclusive. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Networking Nation' (from 5 mins 12 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'Nation of Networkers' (from 3 mins 13 secs)

Europe needs gas and Russia needs cash, so expect an energy-fuelled reconciliation

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Dr Catalina Spataru and Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) looks at whether Europe’s reliance on Russia for gas and Russia’s reliance on Europe for revenue could draw them back together despite the political rhetoric. Read: The Conversation

Ecotricity considers legal challenge over EU go-ahead for Hinkley Point C

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the European commission’s decision to give approval to Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. Read: Guardian

Maps, apps and technology to make city life more fun

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Technology is being used to make city navigation more fun, including a helmet designed by Panos Mavros (UCL CASA) which helps establish which routes in London are the least stressful for those whose vision is impaired and humanising technology by Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith (UCL CASA). Read: BBC News

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