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Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

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A study led by Dr Francesca Solmi and Dr James Kirkbride (UCL Psychiatry) has found no link between cat ownership during pregnancy or childhood and the development of psychotic symptoms in adolescence, dispelling concerns about the impact of cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Read: CNN, More: NBC News, i News, The Conversation, UCL News

One pint a day can increase heart disease risk by prematurely ageing arteries

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Dr Darragh O'Neill (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) led a study finding that heavy drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Sun

Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance

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Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) comments on his study finding that the amount of effort required to do something makes people see it differently, as anything challenging looks less appealing. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Education will not save your memory

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Dr Dorina Cadar (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on her study finding that higher levels of education do not protect against cognitive decline in later life. Read: The Times, More: Daily Mail

New laws to enable British scientists to fly to edge of space for experiments

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space & Climate Physics) is interviewed about what research projects could arise out of new laws seeking to bolster the UK space sector's capacity for scientific research. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hrs 34 mins 30 secs)

Trump Backing for Bayer’s Monsanto Deal Buoys Investors

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Professor Ioannis Lianos (UCL Laws) comments on the implications of Bayer buying out Monsanto for competition in the industry, as the deal would make Bayer the top global supplier of both seeds and pesticides. Read: Wall Street Journal (£)

Does Economics Still Work?

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Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) is interviewed about the prospects of the field of economics, amidst a perceived loss of public trust. Listen: BBC World Service 'In the Balance'

Focus on temperature ignores other ways to take the pulse of the planet

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Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Earth Sciences) co-writes an article about how a set of planetary vital signs going beyond just temperature increases could help international leaders coordinate on global actions. Read: The Conversation

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