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Archive of Media headlines

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Bogus academic claims tarnish Serbia’s ivory tower

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Dr Eric Gordy (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) comments on the Stefanovic affair, saying that the scandal underscores systemic failings in Serbia’s higher education. Read: The Australian (£), More: Arab News

The War That Changed the World: Nationalism and the First World War

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Dr Bojan Aleksov (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) joins a panel at the Sarajevo War Theatre (SARTR) to discuss the drive for nationhood during World War One and its impact on nationalism to this day. Listen: BBC World Service ‘The War That Changed the World’

Gelotophobia: living a life in fear of laughter

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Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) explains how being gelotophobic could be an index of people's social problems or personality traits rather than laughter. Read: BBC News

Nuclear blind man's buff

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Professor John Finney (UCL Physics & Astronomy) explains a new means of verifying that nuclear warheads to be dismantled are genuine items and its implications for arms-control policy. Read: Nature, Listen: Nature podcast

David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker

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Dr Christine Reh (UCL Political Science) comments on David Cameron’s opposition to the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission. Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Breakfast’ (from 2 hours 2 mins)

Blood test could give early warning of breast cancer

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A study led by Professor Martin Widschwendter (UCL Institute for Women's Health) has identified an epigenetic signature in the blood of women predisposed for breast cancer owing to an inherited genetic mutation of the BRCA1 gene. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times (£), Express, MetroBBC News, The Herald, Belfast Telegraph, Shropshire Star, Dundee Courier, Herald Sun, UCL News

Chilcot report into 2003 Iraq conflict delayed further

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Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) comments on the delay of the Chilcot report, which was due to be published three years ago. Read: Guardian

Why is there so much hydrogen in the universe?

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Dr Andrew Pontzen (UCL Physics & Astronomy) answers questions sent in by listeners about why, given the immense heat at the Big Bang, is there so much hydrogen in the universe, and not more of the larger atoms. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 22 mins 58 secs)

Botswana’s Okavango Delta: a unique desert that’s wet, and a worthy UNESCO addition

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Professor Anson Mackay (UCL Geography) explains what makes the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana unique and why it deserves it's place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Read: The Conversation

Sunbathing mice? This kind of silly research is harmful

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Dr Clare Stanford (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) criticises a recent study which claims that mice become addicted to sunbathing, explaining how studies that appear frivolous or unethical can undermine public support for using animals in serious medical research. Read: The Times (£)

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