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Baby pain can have later-life effects

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Speaking at the NZ Pain Society conference, Dr Suellen Walker (UCL Institute of Child Health) said that the old belief that babies experienced pain less than adults has been disproved. Read: New Zealand Herald

Online debate erupts to ask: is science broken?

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A talk at UCL called ‘Is science broken? If so, how can we fix it?’ has sparked an online debate on how to improve the practice of science. Read: Nature

Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

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Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences) explores how modern society would fare if faced with a volcanic threat similar to the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora. Read: Guardian

The tiger at the bar: QC who helped win the fight to see Charles’s letters

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Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) comments on working with Dinah Rose QC. Read: Guardian

Parents rarely spot child obesity

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A new study by UCL, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Great Ormond Street Hospital has found that a third of parents underestimate their child’s BMI. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror, Times (£), ITV News, Huffington Post, Scotsman, Yorkshire Post, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 4 mins)

Banks undermine chip and PIN security because they see profits rise faster than fraud

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Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science) examines the financial reasons behind banks issuing chip cards which do not support PIN verification. Read: The Conversation

Excellence v equity

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Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education) says that “the tendency to growth of participation in higher education appears to have no natural limit” once a country’s GDP per person rises above $3,000. Read: The Economist

Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget

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Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: New Scientist

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