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Artificial intelligence improves fine wine price prediction

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Fine wine

The price fluctuation of fine wines can now be predicted more accurately using a novel artificial intelligence approach developed by researchers at UCL. The method could be used to help fine wine investors make more informed decisions about their portfolios and encourage non-wine investors to start looking at wine in this manner and hence increase the net trade of wine. It is expected that similar techniques will be used in other ‘alternative assets’ such as classic cars.

Switching off street lights at night does not increase car crashes and crime

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Reduced street lighting in England and Wales is not associated with road traffic collisions or crime, according to research by UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

UCL digital research facility gets go-ahead

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NASA image of UK

The Government has committed to investing £4 million in a new facility at UCL to help policymakers develop ways of evening out the UK’s regional economic divides. This figure is matched by an additional £5.6 million of institutional funding.

UCL Academy students become environmental engineers

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UCL Academy students become environmental engineers

144 Year 7 students at UCL Academy have been learning about the waste-energy-food cycle as part of a six-week environmental engineering educational programme led by Dr Aiduan Borrion (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), in the first major collaboration between UCL Engineering and UCL Academy.

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

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Climate emergency

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new UCL-led Commission, published in The Lancet.

Tracking exploding Lithium-ion batteries in real-time

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What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging.

UniSA and UCL forge new partnership to ignite future industries

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Hawke building UniSA

The University of South Australia (UniSA) and UCL have today signed a partnership agreement committing the two institutions to work together to develop teaching and research in South Australia in fields that include minerals processing, advanced manufacturing, sustainable future energy production and protection, and care of the environment.

Professor Peter Kirstein wins 2015 Marconi Society Prize

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Peter Kirstein

Professor Peter Kirstein, chair of Computer Communications Systems (UCL Engineering Sciences), has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Marconi Society Prize for his ‘tireless advocacy and pioneering technical contributions to computer networking which helped establish and expand the Internet in Europe and many other parts of the world.’

HIV spreads like internet malware and should be treated earlier

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HIV-1 infected T cell (purple) interacting with an uninfected target T cell (brown) during cell-to-cell spread at the virological synapse

A new model for HIV progression finds that it spreads in a similar way to some computer worms and predicts that early treatment is key to staving off AIDS.

UCL alumna awarded Professional Achievement Award by British Council

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Tina Liu

Tina Liu (UCL Centre for Transport Studies, 2010) has been announced as the winner of this year’s Professional Achievement Award in the Education UK Alumni Awards for China run by the British Council.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

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Jason Hunt (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has been awarded the Bronze medal in Physics for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.

Yale UCL Poetry competition announces winners for 2014

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Yale-UCL Poetry winners

The winners of the 2014 Yale UCL Medical and Engineering Students’ Poetry Competition have been announced.

New technique doubles the distance of optical fibre communications

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Strand of optical fibers

A new way to process fibre optic signals has been demonstrated by UCL researchers, which could double the distance at which data travels error-free through transoceanic sub-marine cables.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

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

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Birds of a Feather by Chris Falla (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)

A striking image demonstrating the science behind a flock of starlings in flight has been announced as the winner of this year’s Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

EPICentre release new Japan Tsunami model with Willis Re & Tohoku University

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Ofunato after 2011 tsunami

Researchers at the EPICentre Research Group, a multidisciplinary research group based in UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) that investigates risk to society and infrastructure from earthquakes and other natural hazards, have released a new Japan Tsunami model to advance the industry’s understanding of catastrophic tsunami losses.

UK cities spend £23 million annually on IT

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UK Cities

A new report by UCL and Arup reveals that UK city authorities spend an average of £23 million a year each on IT, which is 6% of their total expenditure.

New i-sense collaboration to improve monitoring of UK flu hotspots

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Flu and texting

An exciting new project to help monitor the spread of flu in the UK more accurately and earlier than ever before has been funded by i-sense, an £11m EPSRC-funded collaboration led by UCL.

Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves

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Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. The scientists behind the MRC-funded study say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions including depression.

Changing London’s cycling infrastructure will improve safety

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London and other cities in Britain could be made safer for cyclists finds a study by researchers at UCL and Loughborough University. The report commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), makes recommendations which could be implemented using £913 million earmarked by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson to improve cycle safety in the capital and increase the number of cyclists four-fold by 2026, say the scientists behind the study.

Publishers address concerns on ‘total cost of ownership’ of e-resources

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UCL welcomes the news that two major academic publishers are tackling the issue of subscription costs and the level of article-processing charges (APCs).

New web privacy system could revolutionise the safety of surfing

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Scientists from UCL, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers and Mozilla Research have built a new system that protects Internet users’ privacy whilst increasing the flexibility for web developers to build web applications that combine data from different web sites, dramatically improving the safety of surfing the web.

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.

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