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Captive who cannot escape her past: Natascha Kampusch was freed after 8 years

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Dr James Thompson (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) discusses the psychology and strategies that helped the survivor of an abduction and eight years in captivity. Read: The Express

Central Italy earthquake

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After the August 24 earthquake in central Italy, Dr Joanna Faure Walker and Dr Carmine Galasso (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction), Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences) and Professor Dina D’Ayala (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) share their expertise on earthquakes in the region and risk management. Watch: BBC Two ‘Newsnight,’ BBC World News, BBC News, Read: TIME, CNN, Newsweek, The Guardian, International Business Times, Sky News, MicListen: BBC World Service ‘Newshour’ (from 32 minutes), BBC Radio London (from 36 mins 40 secs)

Discovery of new planet, Proxima B

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Dr Jay Farihi (UCL Physics & Astronomy) comments on the discovery of a new exoplanet, Proxima B, which is just four light-years away and could have the right conditions to support life. Listen: BBC Radio 2 (from 2 mins 7 secs)

Mars once had a warm and wet climate that was 'more favourable' for life

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Fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of Mars, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according to research led by PhD student, Joel Davis (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: Independent, More: UCL News

Elements: Silver

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) discusses why silver is such a precious metal. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Business Daily’

Perfume traces could help to solve crimes

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Simona Gherghel (UCL Chemistry) and Dr Ruth Morgan (UCL Security & Crime Science) comment on their research into whether traces of fragrances left on clothing could be used as forensic evidence in cases involving close physical contact. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'PM' (from 48 mins 6 secs)

People will lie to robots to avoid hurting their feelings, study says

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Adriana Hamacher (UCL Interaction Centre) comments on her study finding that people prefer expressive, communicative robots, even if they’re less effective. Read: The Telegraph, Wired, Gizmodo, Mashable

Brexit Worsens U.K. Energy Supply Risk as Coal Closures Loom

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the risk that leaving the EU will adversely affect the UK’s energy market. Read: Washington Post

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