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How 3D printing could revolutionise medicine

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Dr Stephen Hilton (UCL School of Pharmacy) discusses his lab’s research into how 3D-printed pharmaceuticals could impact medicine. Read: The Times (Raconteur)

Brain imaging and privacy

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Professor Geraint Rees (UCL Life Sciences) discusses potential issues of mental privacy brought about by brain imaging. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Mind Reading’

We’ve been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years

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Arunas Radzvilavicius (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) writes that life on Earth originated in deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and not in a surface-level primordial soup as the dominant theory proposes. Read: The Conversation

Tom Wolfe: A man in full

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Professor Steve Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) comments on author Tom Wolfe's views on Darwinian evolution and academic linguistics. Read: The Sunday Times (£) 

The scientists who only come out at night

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Profile on Professor Kate Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and her work with bats. Read: The Guardian

Myth busting the Olympic 'cupping' craze

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A number of Olympians have large red circles on their skin caused by 'cupping' which is supposed to help the circulation of blood. Professor David Colquhoun (UCL Biosciences) explains that it is a bogus treatment that has not been properly tested. Watch: BBC News (from 2 mins 20 sec) More: BBC News, The Week, The Independent, BBC Radio 5 Live 'The Victoria Derbyshire programme'

Women who have appendix or tonsils removed are more fertile, study finds

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New research co-authored by Dr Li Wei (UCL School of Pharmacy) has found that women who have their appendix or tonsils removed are more fertile than the rest of the population. Read: The MailMore: The Telegraph

The world's first farmers were surprisingly diverse

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Farming 10,000 years ago occurred in multiple neighbouring but genetically distinct populations according to a study by Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment), Dr Garrett Hellenthal (UCL Genetics Institute) and Professor Stephen Shennan (UCL Archaeology). Read: BBC News, More: Science, Daily MailLA Times, UCL News

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

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A study led by Dr Tim Newbold (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) warns that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Reuters, UCL News

Dinosaur Extinction

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Dr Thomas Halliday (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) discusses the extinction of dinosaurs and evolution of mammals. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science'

How mammals took over the world

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A study by Dr Thomas Halliday, Professor Anjali Goswami (both UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and Professor Paul Upchurch (UCL Earth Sciences) has found that our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years. Read: Daily Mail, More: i, UCL News

Dating Extinction

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At the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, Professor Anjali Goswami (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains how we can say when a species went extinct even though there are so many gaps in the fossil record. Listen: BBC World Service ‘The Science Hour’ (from 30 mins 4 secs)

Brain drain fears after Brexit vote

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Professor David Colquhoun (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) and Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) comment on Twitter about the impact leaving the EU may have on Higher Education. Read: THE (£)

Making NHS data public is not the same as making it accessible – we can and should do better

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Dr Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) explains how the new website, Understanding Children's Heart Surgery Outcome, will help to explain hospital statistics to the parents of potential patients. Read: The Guardian, More: Lancet

Discussion on the founder of Microbiology

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Dr Nick Lane (UCL Life Sciences) discussed Antony Van Leeuwenhoek and his discovery of bacteria and the science of microbiology. Listen: Radio 5 Live (from 15.32 to 15.37)

Discussion about Radio Lab podcast

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Professor Nick Lane (UCL Life Sciences) joined in a discussion regarding the Radio Lab science podcast and who the audience and which it is aimed. Listen: Radio 5, Up All Night (from 03.44 to 03.49)

Viruses like Ebola and Zika can be predicted

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Outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola and Zika can be predicted by looking at environmental changes, according to a new study led by Professor Kate Jones and Dr David Redding (both UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment). Read: BBC News, More: The Telegraph, Reuters, ScienceUCL News

Penicillin

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Professor Steve Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains the history of penicillin. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’

Fixing the future

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Professor Steve Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) joins a panel at the Hay Festival to discuss forecasting human population growth and how we are still evolving. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘BBC Inside Science’

Beyond Botox - the future of anti-ageing

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Dr Nazif Alic (UCL Institute of Health Ageing) explains how ageing is no longer viewed as something static but as something that can potentially be altered. Read: The Telegraph

Bat Detective

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BBC Inside Science joins Professor Kate Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) on a Hampstead Heath bat watch, part of the citizen science project Bat Detective. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 21 mins 46 secs)

Gigantopithecus: The story of the greatest of the great apes

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A study co-authored by Professor Christopher Dean (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) found that the shape of Gigantopithecus’s dental root suggests it ate a diet of bamboo. Read: New Scientist (£)

Scientists sniff out genes controlling human nose shapes

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A study led by Professor Andrés Ruiz-Linares (UCL Biosciences) and Dr Kaustubh Adhikari (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has identified the genes that drive the shape of human noses. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, The Sun, Mirror, Belfast Telegraph, Newsweek, The Conversation, Washington Post, UCL News

How the timing of your routine makes products work better

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Professor Bryony Franklin (UCL School of Pharmacy) says it’s too early to conclude whether it is more effective to give flu jabs in the morning. Read: Daily Mail

When myth meets reality: fabled beasts and real-life creatures

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In an op-ed piece Professor Roger Wotton (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says that fantasy often meets reality when we try to find explanations for mythological creatures. Read: The Conversation

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