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Thermal images capture what happens when a cell overheats

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New research by Donal Finegan and Dr Paul Shearing (both UCL Chemical Engineering) shows for the first time what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode, which could help engineers improve their design and make them safer for transport. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Engineer, UCL News

Yahoo tests ear-based smartphone identification system

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Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) comments on a newly developed system which could be used to unlock a mobile phone using a scan of the owner's ear. Read: BBC News

Did life begin in underwater volcanoes?

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A team led by Professor Nora De Leeuw and Dr Nathan Hollingsworth (both UCL Chemistry) has found that hot vents on the seabed could have spontaneously produced the organic molecules necessary for life. Read: Daily Mail

UniSA and UCL forge new partnership

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UCL and the University of South Australia (UniSA) have signed a partnership agreement for a program of future collaboration between UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) and the UCL Faculty of Engineering. Read: The Australian, More: The Australian (2), UCL News

Exploring memory-extraction

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Speaking at the 2015 Wired Health event, Professor Eleanor Maguire (UCL Imaging Neuroscience) explains her research into how memory works. Read: Wired

Sound of crinkling tin foil can cause seizures in cats

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A study by Professor Robert Harvey (UCL Pharmacology) and Davies Veterinary Specialists has identified a rare feline disorder in which a seizure is triggered by high pitched or metallic sounds. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Mirror, Science

Diabetes death rate among young British men

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A study by Professor Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health) has investigated the diabetes death rate among young people in the UK. Read: Daily Mail, More: Daily Express, Times (£)

Nepal quake kills more than 1,800 and spreads terror on Everest

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Commenting on the Nepal earthquake, Dr Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction) says: “The earthquake is the nightmare scenario which we have long discussed and wondered if we could make major improvements before a catastrophe occurred”. Read: Guardian

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