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English votes for English laws

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Alan Trench (UCL Constitution Unit) looks at how English only votes for English only laws might be achieved. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'PM' (from 32 mins 50 secs)

Devolution in England

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Professor Robert Hazell (UCL Constitution Unit) considers if English voters will want more devolution for England following David Cameron's promises to Scottish voters. Listen: BBC Radio Wales 'Good Evening Wales' (from 1 hour 12 mins)

‘Gravitational waves’ may have been space dust

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Dr Andrew Pontzen (UCL Physics & Astronomy) says that new findings from the Planck mission cast doubt on the discovery of gravitational waves. Read: Guardian

Half of children leave reception unready for school

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A report by Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that nearly half of all five year olds in England have not reached a high enough level of intellectual, emotional and physical development to prepare them for school. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, BBC News, Yorkshire Post, Express & Star, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 34 mins)

Welsh devolution

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Alan Trench (UCL Constitution Unit) discusses the possibility of devolving more powers to the Welsh assembly. Listen: BBC Radio Wales ‘Morning Call’ (from 8 mins 54 secs)

Scotland decides

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Alan Trench (UCL Constitution Unit) joins a discussion on the impact the Scottish Referendum campaign will have on the rest of the UK. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Scotland Decides’ (from 52 mins 40 secs)

E-cigarettes give smoking a Hollywood comeback

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) says a theory is beginning to emerge that e-cigarettes can be good at substituting for cigarettes and promoting complete abstinence due to their superficial similarity to cigarettes, but for exactly the same reason may undermine quitting, particularly if abstinence is not sought. Read: Times (£)

Chink revealed in your credit card’s armour

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Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science) comments on flaws in chip and pin technology and how banks can be reluctant to accept that there may be new ways to get around the technology. Read: Sunday Times (£)

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