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Hollande’s presidency has been a disaster since day one

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Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL SELCS) explains how the sudden dissolution of French president François Hollande’s government suggests he is edging closer to the political abyss. Read: The Conversation

What lit up the universe?

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A new study by Dr Andrew Pontzen and Dr Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) shows we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos, helping scientists understand how galaxies were built. Read: Daily Mail

Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Research Department of Infection) explains the importance of bacteria to our health. Read: BBC News

Sexual exploitation of boys 'overlooked'

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Research led by Dr Ella Cockbain (UCL Security and Crime Science) has revealed that the sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than previously thought, with male victims accounting for a third of those supported by Barnardo’s. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph

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, More: Times (£)

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

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