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Archive of Media headlines

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Archaeologists mapping St Albans’ Roman history

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Academics - including Kris Lockyear -  from University College London (UCL) are using archaeological geophysics as part of a week-long course to survey and chart archaeology underground without having to excavate. Read: HertsAdvertiser

Teeth made from urine stem cells? Prof remains unmoved

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Professor Chris Mason (UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering) said human urine was a poor starting point. "It is probably one of the worst sources, there are very few cells in the first place and the efficiency of turning them into stem cells is very low." Read: TheWeek

£3.2 million grant for Chair of Palliative and End of Life Care at UCL

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Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of Faculty of Brain Sciences said:  “This exciting development will enable the Faculty of Brain Sciences to build on the pioneering research of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit and make further significant impact for patients, carers and their families.”  Read: ScienceBusiness

Archaeology: The milk revolution

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This two-step milk revolution may have been a prime factor in allowing bands of farmers and herders from the south to sweep through Europe and displace the hunter-gatherer cultures that had lived there for millennia. “They spread really rapidly into northern Europe from an archaeological point of view,” says Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) Read: Nature 

We’ve stayed together for the sake of the children – for 100,000 years

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Dr Christopher Opie (UCL Anthropology) suggested, "What we have now is an evolutionary pathway for the emergence of monogamy". Read: Guardian More: UCLNews Independent Reuters NYTimes Times(£) Mail LATimes MedicalDaily NYPost Fox Wired FT (£) Watch: BBCWorldNews (Youtube)

Church turns the tables on payday lenders

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Professor John Yudkin (UCL Medicine) says:"...There are many people, followers and non-followers alike, who would welcome a lead from the church in developing truly ethical investment schemes..." Read: The Guardian (letters)

No poem for baby George

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Professor John Sutherland (UCL English Language & Literature), said: "Her [Carol Ann Duffy] duty is to principally commemorate royal events, which means she has got to write a poem about little Georgie. But she won't because she is a lady of strong opinions. It seems to me to be a dereliction of duty." Read: Sunday Express

Why acupuncture is giving doubters the needle…

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Emeritus Professor, David Colquhoun (Department of Biosciences), argues that given the subjective nature of pain, and the difficulties people have describing it, a 10-point difference is pretty insignificant. Most people would not be able to distinguish that sort of difference of pain intensity, which he describes as "minimal". Read: The Observer

UCL’s Summer Challenge programme supports talented London students

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Alison Home, outreach officer at UCL, said: "We are trying to address that gap where pupils at private school have done work experience and interesting things." Read: London Standard

Inside an fMRI

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Professor Sophie Scott (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) discusses the practicalities of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) on BBC Radio 4. Listen: Inside Science (from 13 mins)

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