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How common drugs affect empathy and risk taking

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Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment led by Dr Molly Crockett (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience). Read: Wired, More: UCL News

The danger virus mum can give her unborn baby

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A report by researchers from UCL, including Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity), has found that as many as 1,000 babies a year are born with cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Read: Daily Mail

Country air could be good for us because it's slightly poisonous

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) argues that being near the sea or countryside improves the regulation of our immune system. Read: New Scientist (£)

The tiny substance that continues to be the oil industry’s cholesterol

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Professor Neal Skipper (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has been researching ways to analyse asphaltene particles. Read: The National

How antiquities are funding terrorism

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Commenting on the growing trade of “blood antiques”, Dr Mark Altaweel (UCL Archaeology) said: “Demand from western collectors is very high”. Read: Financial Times

Cancer risk means drink limits ‘unsafe’

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A study carried out by Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) found that damage could be caused to the body in men drinking just three units of alcohol a day, well within the government limits. Read: Times (£), More: Mirror, Daily Mail

Dutch court’s climate ruling may force other states to cut emissions – or else

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Professor Arthur Petersen (UCL STEaPP) explains how the IPCC's UN-validated climate science could be used to hold governments to account. Read: The Conversation

The book is out of its cover so authors must adapt

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Professor John Sutherland (UCL English Language & Literature) questions whether the printing press has been replaced by social media. Read: Financial Times

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