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Researchers read and write brain activity with light

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A team led by Dr Adam Packer (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells in the brains of live animals using pulses of light. Read: Guardian

Stem cell scandal scientist Haruko Obokata resigns

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Professor Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) comments on the resignation of Dr Haruko Obokata, a Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research. Read: BBC News

Oh, pardon; those gassy burps may signal life on Mars

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Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (UCL Physics & Astronomy) explains what may cause the spikes of methane detected in Mars’ atmosphere. Read: Times

How much gin makes a party fizz?

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As part of the Times’ Christmas science experiment series, Ravi Das (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) investigates the impact of alcohol on verbal fluency. Read: Times

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

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Professor Sophie Scott, Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (both UCL Cognitive Neuroscience), Dr Helen Czerski and Professor Mark Miodownik (both UCL Mechanical Engineering) pick their key scientific moments of the year – including Professor John O’Keefe (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) being awarded the Nobel Prize. Read: Guardian

Diplomatic thaw with the US is a gift to the Cuban economy

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Dr Emily Morris (UCL Institute of the Americas) explains how the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba will change Cuba’s economy. Read: The Conversation

Losing your teeth could be a sign of wider mental and physical decline

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A study led by Dr Georgios Tsakos (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that tooth loss could be an indicator of wider physical and mental decline in older people. Read: Independent

Anti-psychotic drugs given for wrong illnesses

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Research by Professor David Osborn (UCL Psychiatry) has found that more than half of prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs in Britain are for conditions other than serious mental illnesses. Read: Daily Mail

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