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More action needed to meet climate targets

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A report by researchers from UCL, including Mr Steve Pye and Professor Neil Strachan (UCL energy Institute), finds that stronger action is required to transform the UK’s energy system and reduce carbon emissions in line with 2050 targets. Read: The Engineer

Peeking into the brain's filing system

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Research led by Dr Aidan Horner and Professor Neil Burgess (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) provides the first firm evidence for "pattern completion" in the human hippocampus. Read: BBC News, More: UCL News

How common drugs affect empathy and risk taking

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Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment led by Dr Molly Crockett (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience). Read: Wired, More: UCL News

The danger virus mum can give her unborn baby

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A report by researchers from UCL, including Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity), has found that as many as 1,000 babies a year are born with cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Read: Daily Mail

Country air could be good for us because it's slightly poisonous

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) argues that being near the sea or countryside improves the regulation of our immune system. Read: New Scientist (£)

The tiny substance that continues to be the oil industry’s cholesterol

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Professor Neal Skipper (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has been researching ways to analyse asphaltene particles. Read: The National

How antiquities are funding terrorism

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Commenting on the growing trade of “blood antiques”, Dr Mark Altaweel (UCL Archaeology) said: “Demand from western collectors is very high”. Read: Financial Times

Cancer risk means drink limits ‘unsafe’

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A study carried out by Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) found that damage could be caused to the body in men drinking just three units of alcohol a day, well within the government limits. Read: Times (£), More: Mirror, Daily Mail

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