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Renewable fossil fuel alternative made using bacteria

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In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) to generate renewable propane.

Study reveals scale of the sexual exploitation of boys

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The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than previously thought according to a landmark study released today.

UCL-JDF Summer School – reinventing the wheelchair

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UCL-JDF Summer School – reinventing the wheelchair

In July, UCL Engineering and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) teamed up with the James Dyson Foundation to create an innovative week-long summer school.

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

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Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.

Pairing old technologies with new for next generation electronic devices

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UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

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David Fish

A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

'How to Change the World' programme launched by UCL Engineering

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Professor Michael Arthur - How to Change the World programme launched by UCL Engineering

New programme brings over 500 students together to tackle global challenges from the Red Cross, World Bank and UK Government 

£10m awarded for foetal surgery research

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Surgeons will be able to use better tools, imaging techniques and therapies in future operations on unborn babies due to a £10 million award from the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop these technologies.

Watching stressful movies triggers changes to your heartbeat

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Dr Ben Hanson

Watching films with stressful scenes can trigger changes to the heart’s beating pattern, reports a new study published in the journal Circulation, Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

UCL joins call to action for greater numbers of women in technology and engineering

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Students on CEGE

Today UCL is joining with government and other educational and industry partners to commit to the Women into Technology and Engineering Call to Action. This action includes engaging with young people, and increasing the participation of women in these fields within the University.

Unique online experiments find success really does breed success

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Success really does breed success – up to a point – researchers from UCL and Stony Brook University have found, following a series of unique on-line experiments.

UCL student presents racing eight boat to University of London Boat Club

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A top-of-the-range racing eight was presented to University of London Boat Club (ULBC) last week as part of the Parmigiani Spirit Award won by UCL student and captain of the ULBC James Cook.

UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament

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SET for Britain group

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition.

First thin films of spin ice reveal cold secrets

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Spin ice film

Thin films of spin ice have been shown to demonstrate surprising properties which could help in the development of applications of magnetricity, the magnetic equivalent of electricity.

UCL Grand Challenges summer school for research students

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Grand Challenges

Applications are invited from UCL research students to participate in the inaugural UCL Grand Challenges Summer School, a cross-disciplinary research week 16–20 June 2014.

World-class orchestras judged by sight not sound

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World-class orchestras can be accurately identified by silent video footage of performances, but not through sound recordings, a UCL study has found.

UCL students complete Winter Hackathon

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Hackin' the City

UCL students were among the 32 participants of this year’s Hackin' the City Winter Hackathon, organised by the UCL Financial Industry Series.

Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: winners announced

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Muscle Fibres of the Heart

A striking image showing the spiral structure of heart muscle fibres in minute detail is the overall winner of this year’s Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition, run by the UCL Graduate School.

UCL student and alumni Haiti school project reaches crowdfunding stage

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Haiti school girls

Haiti’s education system was thrown into disarray after the 2010 earthquake displaced nearly a million people from their homes and turned tens of thousands of buildings into rubble.

Queen’s Anniversary Prize awarded to UCL Biochemical Engineering

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UCL Biochemical Engineering

In recognition of its “outstanding excellence” UCL Biochemical Engineering has been awarded a 2012-2014 Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

UCL top in research council income

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UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

Striking research images sought for UCL competition

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Does your research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal? If so, consider entering the annual ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ competition and exhibition.

Dolphins inspire new radar system

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Inspired by how dolphins hunt with bubble nets, engineers at UCL, the University of Southampton and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives.

Mistakes win prizes in new competition

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A new competition asks medical professionals, people with diabetes and members of the general public to enter a competition to share their mistakes.

Classical music competitions judged by sight, not sound

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People can reliably select the winners of classical music competitions based on silent video recordings of performances, according to new research from UCL.

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