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Your home’s online gadgets could be hacked by ultrasound

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Vasilios Mavroudis (UCL Computer Science) discusses how some advertisements include high-pitched audio "beacons" which can be picked up by nearby devices which could then activate certain functions. Read: New Scientist (£)

Laura Mvula and the science of loving Mary Poppins

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Dr Ulrich Pomper and Dr Maria Chait (UCL Ear Institute) conduct a test into how a person's brain reacts to familiar music that incites an emotional response. Watch: The Guardian

Population of African elephants reduced 'dramatically'

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Professor Georgina Mace (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) is interviewed about declining populations of numerous animal species worldwide. Listen: BBC Radio 5 '5 live Drive' (from 2 hrs 37 mins 48 secs) 

The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ – and why it’s their latest successful export

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Dr Claire Thomson (UCL European Languages, Culture & Society) writes about 'hygge', a Danish concept of cosy contentment which is being promoted in many lifestyle magazines. Read: The Conversation

Give me a child

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Professor Orazio Attanasio (UCL Economics) comments on the success of early childhood education interventions globally, cautioning that not all strategies are successful. Read: The Economist

Balancing protection of museum collections with visitor entertainment

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Simon Cane, director of UCL Culture, is interviewed about how museums can ensure the protection of priceless artefacts as they host events and expand programming to raise funds. Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Jeremy Vine' (from 1 hr 38 mins 20 secs)

Building a future for engineering

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A new UCL Engineering Science programme, designed with a recognition that engineers operate in a holistic society in which their work is subject to political, social and economic influences, is mentioned. Read: THE

Cosmic dark matter and energy balance – for now

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Dr Andrew Pontzen (UCL Physics & Astronomy) comments on how the universe's balance between dark matter and normal matter is likely only temporary. Read: New Scientist (£)

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