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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

Humanity and milk

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Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains humanity’s genetic history with milk. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Science’ (from 25 mins 55 secs)

Five factors to consider when choosing your PhD

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Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) and Professor Kevin Fowler (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) provide some advice on what to look for in a modern PhD programme. Read: Nature

Does your brain have a filing cabinet?

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A study by Dr Freyja Ólafsdóttir and Dr Caswell Barry (both UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has found that memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest. Read: Daily Mail, More: Huffington Post, UCL News

Bat-sound library tracks biodiversity

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An international team led by scientists from UCL, University of Cambridge and the Zoological Society of London have compiled the biggest library of bat sounds to identify bats from their calls in Mexico. Read: BBC News, More: UCL News, Watch: Science, Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans' (from 2 hours 31 mins), More: BBC Radio 5 live 'Up All Night' (from 51 mins 15 secs)

Never-too-old netas?

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Professor David Gems (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says there is an “enormous variability between people in how they age”. Read: Times of India

DNA kit reveals what’s really in your dinner

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Bento Lab, a portable DNA laboratory created by UCL alumni Philipp Boeing (UCL Computer Science 2014) and Bethan Wolfenden (UCL Biochemistry 2014), has raised over £100,000 on Kickstarter and hopes to launch commercially this year. Read: Times (£)

Lithium study helps scientists unlock ageing puzzle

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A study by the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and the UCL Cancer Institute has found that fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Independent, Daily Express, Telegraph, UCL News

Oceans of the Solar System

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Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) feature on BBC Horizon to discuss how the hunt for oceans in space is marking the dawn of a new era in the search for alien life. Watch: BBC Two ‘Horizon’

Fruit flies and ageing

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Dr Jenny Regan (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains how fruit flies can be used to study gender differences in ageing. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Science’ (from 16 mins 19 secs), More: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 'Naked Scientists' (from 14 mins 41 secs)

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