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More fatal earthquakes to come

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Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences) explains the role climate change may play in triggering extreme geological events. Read: Newsweek

It’s time to talk about council tax

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Professor Stephen Smith (UCL Economics) argues that the UK’s Council Tax urgently needs reevaluating and that there is no better time than the first year of a five-year parliament to tackle the issue. Read: Prospect Magazine

Science will suffer after general election – no matter who wins

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) says that with neither Labour nor Conservatives pledging to protect research budgets, public-spending cuts could hit labs around the UK. Read: New Scientist

Predicted Carmageddon did not happen as global traffic appears to have stalled

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Professor Phillip Goodwin and Professor David Metz (both UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) explore whether we have reached ‘peak car’, the point at which traffic growth stops and even falls on a per capita basis. Read: South China Morning Post

Universities must reconnect with the outside world

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Professor Michael Stewart (UCL Anthropology) says universities currently suffer from three malaises: they are deadly conservative, not nearly as socially inclusive as they should be, and the research environments that they cultivate remain too enclosed. Read: THE (£)

The women saying no to breast cancer screening

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Research Department of General Surgery) says the benefits of universal breast cancer screening are exaggerated. Read: Daily Mail

Fat diabetics ‘outlive thinner ones’

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Dr Nicholas Finer (UCL Cardiovascular Science) says that the benefits of losing weight still substantially outstrips any protective effect that being overweight might have against diabetes. Read: Times (£)

Israeli soldiers cast doubt on legality of Gaza military tactics

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Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) describes the testimonies of Israeli soldiers who fought in last summer’s war in Gaza as “troubling insights into intention and method”. Read: Guardian

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