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Mars once had a warm and wet climate that was 'more favourable' for life

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Fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of Mars, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according to research led by PhD student, Joel Davis (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: Independent, More: UCL News

Elements: Silver

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) discusses why silver is such a precious metal. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Business Daily’

Perfume traces could help to solve crimes

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Simona Gherghel (UCL Chemistry) and Dr Ruth Morgan (UCL Security & Crime Science) comment on their research into whether traces of fragrances left on clothing could be used as forensic evidence in cases involving close physical contact. Read: BBC News

People will lie to robots to avoid hurting their feelings, study says

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Adriana Hamacher (UCL Interaction Centre) comments on her study finding that people prefer expressive, communicative robots, even if they’re less effective. Read: The Telegraph

Brexit Worsens U.K. Energy Supply Risk as Coal Closures Loom

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the risk that leaving the EU will adversely affect the UK’s energy market. Read: Washington Post

UCL scientists create painless prostate cancer test

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Dr Andrew Feber (UCL Cancer Biology) comments on his project developing a blood test for prostate cancer that could save hundreds of thousands of men per year from undergoing painful biopsies. Read: Evening Standard

The power of coming out: forging an identity through adversity

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Professor Michael King (UCL Psychiatry) is cited in a column on the mental resilience of gay men and lesbians as a product of survival strategies in the face of prejudice. Read: The Guardian

The Supervet Bionic Specials

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Dr Gordon Blunn (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) is featured on ‘The Supervet’ for growing cartilage cells in his lab for an operation to repair a dog’s shoulder. Watch: Channel 4 ‘The Supervet’

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