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Doctors and nurses can have an influence on Brexit to help protect the NHS

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Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) reviews recent data suggesting that doctors and nurses are trusted far more than any of the other voices speaking about Brexit and people who are concerned about the impact of Brexit on the NHS are more likely to vote remain in any future referendum. Read: BMJ

Vapers boost smokers’ desire to quit

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A team led by Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) has found that tobacco smokers who regularly spend time with e-cigarette users are around 20% more motivated to quit. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, ITV News, Huffington Post, Metro.

Academics urge Bank of England to boost work on climate change issues

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A letter signed by academics including Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Dr Josh Ryan-Collins (both UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) and Dr Nadia Ameli (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) urges the Bank of England to continue pioneering links between financial stability and climate change. Read: FT (£)

How the 1918 Armistice influenced modern Europe 

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Professor Heather Jones (UCL History) explores the impacts of the 1918 Armistice, which continued to influence European politics well beyond the end of the First World War. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Remembering the Silence'

Poland's Palace of Culture & Science

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Dr Michal Murawski (UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies) discusses the communist legacy of one of Poland's most recognisable and iconic buildings. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week' (from 24 mins 20 secs)

Children and laughter

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Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) explains why children laugh, what makes them laugh and what function laughter serves. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Woman's Hour' (from 37 mins 40 secs)

Can sit-stand desks boost efficiency?

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Professor Vincent Walsh (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) explains recent research into sit-stand desks, which found they can boost memory, cognition and creativity. Read: Times (£).  Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Jeremy Vine' (from 1 hour 9 mins 55 secs)

How an artificial womb pregnancy might differ from a standard one

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In a discussion on fertility problems and artificial womb technology, Professor Joyce Harper (UCL Institute for Women's Health) highlights the importance of mothers’ physical movement during pregnancy. Listen: BBC World Service ‘CrowdScience’ (from 22 mins 13 secs)

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