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George Orwell’s personal archive added to UNESCO register

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The Orwell Papers, housed at UCL Special Collections have been inscribed to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. The register is the archival equivalent of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Read: Guardian, More: Yahoo, UCL News

Why do we love bees and hate wasps?

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Entomologist Dr Seirian Sumner (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) led a new study looking at attitudes to bees and wasps, and argues that wasps are nature’s pest controllers and we should embrace them. Read: Daily Telegraph (£), More: Times (£), Daily Mail, Sun, BBC, Metro, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 53 mins), BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Anna Foster’ (from 3 min, 50 secs), BBC World Service ‘World Update’ (from 48 mins, 20 secs), BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Morning Reports’ (from 6 mins, 20 secs)

Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

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A new device could help doctors assess brain damage in newborns earlier and thereby tailor treatment, says Dr Gemma Bale (UCL Engineering), explaining that the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measures reflected light 'to work out whether brain cells are healthy or damaged.' Read: BBC News

Is this proof the drink drive limit must be lowered?

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Emeritus Professor Richard Allsop (UCL Transport Studies) is now calling for the drink-drive alcohol limit to be lowered by a third, in line with Scotland and most of Europe. Read: Daily Mail

Humans are inherently forgiving, study suggests

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Humans are inherently forgiving, which could explain why people stay in bad relationships and jobs, finds a study involving Dr Christoph Mathys and Dr Robb Rutledge (both UCL Institute of Neurology), and colleagues from Oxford and Yale. Read: Daily Telegraph (£), More: Daily Mail

UCL key partner in £14m cancer biotherapeutics research hub

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UCL researchers will play a leading role in a new world class hub for cancer biotherapeutics, which has been launched by Cancer Research UK. Professor Tariq Enver (UCL Cancer Institute) will lead the new Centre. Read: Evening Standard, More: BBC Radio London 'Drivetime with Eddie Nestor' (from 1hr, 23 mins, 5 secs), BBC1 'London News' (from 13 mins, 54 secs), UCL News

China reviewing its energy investments in UK

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A major chinese nuclear energy company currently reviewing its UK investments shows that nuclear power has 'become unnecessary and grown increasingly so...with every announcement of cost decreases in renewables,' commented Senior Research Associate Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute). Read: FT (£)

Affordable vaping for smokers in poor countries branded 'a human rights issue'

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Professor Martin Jarvis (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) discusses the call to reduce the cost of e-cigarettes to tackle harmful effects of smoking in the developing world. Read: Guardian

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