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Relaxing vaping laws would cut smoking deaths, say MPs

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MPs are calling for fewer restrictions on e-cigarettes and vaping. Professor Robert West (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) welcomes the Select Committee's report and recommendations. Read: Guardian

Why organ donations might not increase with an opt-out system

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Donors' relatives vetoed 505 potential organ donations last year. Dr Adam Harris (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) discusses why an ‘opt-out’ system might not lead to more organ donations. Listen: BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine (from 8 mins, 58 secs)

Fewer new affordable homes since ‘relaxation’ of planning regulations

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In a discussion on low-cost housing, Professor Ben Clifford (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says office block conversions create fewer affordable residences than bigger housing projects, which go through more planning processes. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'You & Yours' (from 35 mins, 54 secs), More: UCL News

Saplings vie with skyscrapers to transform London horizon

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Commenting on plans to add 40,000 trees to London's skyline, Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) said a 'massive effort' was now needed to create new urban parks. Read: Daily Mail

Pesticides linked to autism in study

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Professor Uta Frith (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) comments on a study linking autism to mothers' exposure to pesticides. Professor Frith says there is much stronger evidence for genetic links, and that practical implications cannot be drawn from the new study. Read: Newsweek

Wearable scanners to transform study of how brains work

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Researchers from the UCL Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging and the University of Nottingham have developed wearable imaging systems that are expected to transform the study of how human brains function, with potential implications in investigating conditions such as dementia and Parkinson's. Read: Financial Times (£)More: UCL News

New Human Behaviour Change Project

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Professor Susan Michie and Dr Emma Norris (UCL Centre for Behaviour Change) explain how their collaborative new AI project will help to bring about new understanding of behaviour change, key to tackling world problems such as obesity, cyber security and climate change. Read: The Conversation

The best books about the financial market

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose) writes about her favourite books for delving into the role of financial markets in the economy. Read: Guardian

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