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Simplifying TB treatments to improve patients’ lives

Ways to simplify treatments for tuberculosis (TB) to reduce drug resistance and make it easier for patients to complete their course of treatment have been trialled by two international groups involving UCL scientists.

Published: Oct 23, 2014 10:50:00 AM

How glands expand to fight off disease

The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body looking for signs of infection also trigger the expansion of glands called lymph nodes, which are the control centres of our immune system, according to new research from UCL and Cancer Research UK.

Published: Oct 23, 2014 9:07:00 AM

UCL space film evening at Stratford Picture House

UCL presents an evening of space exploration at Stratford Picture House to mark the upcoming release of Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar. From 8pm on 28 October, a special screening of Danny Boyle’s sci-fi epic Sunshine will be accompanied with a talk from UCL solar researcher Jamie Ryan.

Published: Oct 22, 2014 3:25:59 PM

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ZAP! Spacecraft discovers Saturn’s moon Hyperion is charged

Cassini spacecraft received the equivalent of a 200 volt electric shock from the electrostatically charged surface of Saturn’s moon, Hyperion, confirming that objects in the outer Solar System can have charged surfaces, according to UCL research.

Published: Oct 16, 2014 3:14:08 PM

3D model shows survival strategies of bacteria

Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics, and scientists have unravelled the secrets of how they do this with a new 3D model. 

Published: Sep 15, 2014 9:20:10 AM

Sloths: life in the evolutionary fast lane

Today’s sloths might be known as slow, small animals, but their ancestors developed large body sizes at an amazing rate, according to an evolutionary reconstruction published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The fast rate of change suggests that factors such as environmental conditions, or competition with other species must have strongly favoured the bigger sloths, before they died out.

Published: Sep 10, 2014 9:01:23 AM