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London mayor launches "garden grab" to solve housing crisis

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Michael Edwards (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that removing density limits may also drive up land prices. Read: Daily Mail

London buses full of beans with new biofuel

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Arthur Kay, UCL alumni and founder of 'Bio-bean', says that the idea that coffee grounds could be used to power London came to him when he was designing a coffee shop during his architecture degree course at UCL. Read: Times(£)

Somaliland votes next week. Its biggest challenges come after the election

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Dr Michael Walls (UCL Development Planning Unit) writes the developmental challenges facing the new president of Somaliland. Read: Washington PostMore: Financial Times

Container Ships Use Super-Dirty Fuel. That Needs to Change

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the shipping industry’s reliance on high-carbon fuel, saying that companies have little reason to spend their time and money building a 'greener' cargo fleet.  Read: Wired 

Why Latin America is seeing a cable-car boom

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Professor Julio Davila (UCL Development Planning) comments on the landscape of Latin American countries which he believes has contributed to the rise in cable-cars. Read: The Economist

London's most influential people 2017 - Boffins: Science & Technology

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Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis), Helen Czerski (UCL Mechanical Engineering ) and Sophie Scott (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) have been listed in the Progress 1000 for London's most influential people. Read: Evening Standard 

What Is The Future Of The UK Construction Industry Post-Brexit?

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A collaborative conference organised by the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management UCL, and History & Policy sheds some light on the challenges and solutions in the construction industry. Read: Huffpost

UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) has led a study outlining how Universal Basic Services more in line with NHS principles could be delivered. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Huffington Post, Mail Online

New 'race disparity audit' means little unless we consider where people live

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Research by Professor Laura Vaughan (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) shows that it is too simplistic to associate ethnicity, race - or any sort of social situation - with hardship. Read: The Conversation

This startup is using AI to tackle rising UK energy prices

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Professor David Shipworth (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on UCL's collaboration with Eco-tech startup Verv on blockchain applications in energy. Read: City AM

Is capitalism at a crossroads?

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) discusses economic growth in terms of direction and her hope that this direction becomes more 'green' and inclusive. Read: The Guardian

Dr Hannah Fry is interviewed on flu outbreak as winter approaches 

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) is interviewed about how a flu pandemic spreads and the launch of her experiment to monitor this infectious disease. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hrs 23 mins), More: UCL News, BBC News, BBC Radio 5 Live 'Breakfast' (from 1 hr 56 mins)

AI could put a stop to electricity theft and meter misreadings

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Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (UCL Bartlett School of Enviroment, Energy & Resources) has been quoted in an article on how AI could end electricity theft and meter readings. Read: New Scientist

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says it is "looking more hopeful that we can really achieve the Paris goals" on the basis of a new analysis he contributed to. Read: Guardian, More: The Times (£), Telegraph, Independent, The Sun, Mail Online, The Australian (£)

Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on proposed cost reductions to wind energy, saying it shows that Britain's biggest renewable resource is available at reasonable cost. Read: BBC News, More: The Economist (£)

Studying mathematics is 'fantastically worth it'

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) speaks about how satisfying it is to study mathematics in the context of a difficult GCSE mathematics exam this year. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hrs 56 mins 20 secs)

Flying over the city - the urban cable car

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Professor Julio Davila (UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit) comments on cable car systems in urban environments. Watch: BBC News 'BBC World Hacks' (from 2 mins 49 secs), More: BBC World Service 'World Hacks' (from 13 mins 30 secs)

Beyond Brexit?: How to Assess the UK's Future

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Professor Janice Morphet (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) is interviewed about her book, Beyond Brexit? How to Assess the UK's Future. Listen: BBC World Service 'Business Matters' (from 26 mins 35 secs)

The billionaire space race

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) highlights the entrepreneurial role of public actors in the context of the race to space. Watch: Financial Times (£) (from 9 mins 12 secs)

How skaters make cities safer

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Professor Iain Borden (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) describes the radical design of London's Southbank Centre in the context of a discussion about skateboarding bringing urban spaces to life. Read: Guardian

How Britain fell out of love with the free market

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) comments on the 2017 Labour manifesto and is quoted extensively for her leading economics thinking and research. Read: Guardian

British Gas raises its electricity prices

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says he 'doesn't believe in total' that British Gas' decision to raise its electricity prices is wholly due to transmission and distribution costs as well as the costs of government policy. Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live 'Afternoon Edition' (from 2 hrs 11 mins 23 secs)

After off-grid electricity, what chance off-grid water?

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Imaduddin Ahmed (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) discusses emerging innovations in water condensation that could improve access to drinking water in developing countries. Read: Financial Times (£)

Grenfell: Hansford to lead industry inquiry

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Former government chief construction adviser, Professor Peter Hansford (UCL Bartlett) is to carry out an independent review into the Grenfell Tower tragedy, commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Read: Construction News

Is desk-bound work making us obese? 

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Professor Alexi Marmot (UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies) explains that public health guidance says we should do a lot less sitting and a lot more movement. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Analysis' (from 11 mins 15 secs)

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