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How we plan to land on Mars in 2021

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space & Climate Physics) writes about the challenges of landing on Mars, and how his team is working with colleagues at the European Space Agency to learn from past missions to land a rover successfully on Mars in 2021. Read: The Conversation

Nuclear incident off our coast has potential to bankrupt Ireland

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that a bad nuclear incident in northwestern Europe could severely impact Ireland. Read: Irish Times

Dangerous Earth: Aurora

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Dr Colin Forsyth (UCL Space & Climate Physics) discusses the latest scientific insights into the aurora, on a programme presented by Dr Helen Czerski (UCL Mechanical Engineering). Watch: BBC Four 'Dangerous Earth'

Machines are learning to find concealed weapons in X-ray scans

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Dr Lewis Griffin (UCL Computer Science) and Thomas Rogers (UCL Security & Crime Science) comment on their work developing artificial intelligence software that uses machine learning techniques to scan x-ray images and detect anomalies, which they are testing with scans of shipping containers. Read: The Economist

15 Things People With Arthritis Want You To Know

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Professor Anisur Rahman (UCL Medicine) discusses the different forms of arthritis, and some symptoms and treatments. Read: Buzzfeed

Why the Stone Age could be when Brits first brewed beer

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Research by Dr Chris Stevens (UCL Institute of Archaeology) into a long-term shortage of cereal in Neolithic Britain, is mentioned. Read: BBC Earth

National screening programme for Alzheimer's on horizon, drugs due by 2025

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Professor Nick Fox and Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) discusses treatments for Alzheimer's disease that are in trial stages, expressing optimism that a treatment will be ready within a decade. Read: The Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, The Sun

Closure of one key station could bring Tube network to a halt, expert warns

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Dr Mirco Musolesi (UCL Geography) says London's Underground network is so busy at rush hour that closing just one key station such as King's Cross can severely slow down much of the network, showing the need for more capacity. Read: Evening Standard

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