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Ban e-cigarettes in restaurants and workplaces, says World Health Organisation

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on a new report by the World Health Organisation on e-cigarettes, arguing that evidence does not support the WHO’s claims that e-cigarettes pose a significant risk to bystanders. Read: Independent

Icelandic volcano

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Professor Peter Sammonds (UCL Earth Sciences) comments on seismic activity at the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland and explains that it is currently too early to predict the severity of the eruption. Listen: BBC Radio Five Live ‘On the Money’ (from 2 mins 57 secs)

Aging may be linked to diet

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Two new studies by UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing. Read: Times of India, UCL News

Organ grown in mouse offers transplant hope

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Professor Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) and Dr Paolo De Coppi (UCL Institute of Child Health) comment on the future implications of a study which has grown the first functional organ in a living animal from reprogrammed cells. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Independent, Daily Mail, Scotsman

Tech race fuels Bitcoin mining bubble

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Dr Nicolas Courtois (UCL Computer Science) explains how the cost of ‘mining’ Bitcoins is much higher than expected and that many investors may be running at a loss. Read: Financial Times (£)

A washing line gets your clothes and green credentials whiter than white

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) explains how oxygen-based bleaching agents, which produce hydrogen peroxide, have revolutionised laundry detergents in recent years. Read: Times (£)

Experts warn of trauma after watching Foley death video

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Dr James Thompson (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains the psychological effects of watching traumatic events, such as the video of journalist James Foley’s death. Read: BBC News

Pioneering pupils celebrate UCL Academy’s first A level results

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A level grades at the UCL Academy have exceeded the national average with 80 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades, in comparison with the national average of 76.5 per cent. Read: Ham & High

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