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Researchers use new laser scanning tech to 'weigh' trees

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New laser scanning technology is being used to "weigh" trees, in a project which could help more accurately assess the role forests can play in tackling climate change. UCL's Dr Mat Disney, who pioneered the approach, said that previously tree mass could only be measured by chopping it down and weighing it, which kills the tree, or estimating it manually from the ground. Read: Daily Mail

Priorities for UK Higher Education Minister Sam Gyimah

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Home Office immigration policy is absurd. It prevents employers hiring talented people when they want to and it sends hostile signals to the rest of the world, argues UCL’s Graeme Reid in article in Research in which he urges new higher education minister Sam Gyimah to stand up for science in government. Read: Research

Laser scanning reveals 'lost' ancient Mexican city had as many buildings as Manhattan

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Professor Elizabeth Graham (UCL Institute of Archaeology) comments on the discovery of an ancient city in western Mexico and the technique used to reveal it. Read: Guardian

Does the UK’s post-Brexit research future lie in Commonwealth collaborations?

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Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education) says the Commonwealth is an umbrella that fosters research collaboration. Read: THE (£)

Encouraging words

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Katharine Carruthers (UCL Institute of Education) comments on the unique opportunity of the Mandarin Excellence Program. Read: China Daily (£)

Discussion on career paths

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Belinda Brown (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) discusses why men and women often end up on different career paths and why some occupations are dominated by one gender. Watch: BBC 2 'Newsnight' (from 23 mins 8 secs)

Amyloid protein transmission through neurosurgery

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Professor Sebastian Brandner (UCL Institute of Neurology) has led research suggesting surgical implements may transmit amyloid proteins, which are linked to Alzheimer's disease. Read: New Scientist, More: The Times, TelegraphMail Online, Independent, Sun, Express, BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hrs 41 mins 54 secs)UCL News

Two-thirds are put off visiting a GP for fear of receiving bad news

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Dr Carmen Lefevre (UCL Centre for Behaviour Change) describes fear as a major psychological barrier that prevents adults from investigating health concerns. Read: Daily Mail

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