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Media headlines

Why everyone is asking 'what colour is this dress?'

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Explaining why people may perceive different colours in a photograph, Dr Beau Lotto (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) says: "the brain has evolved not to see absolutes, but to see the difference between things." Read: BBC News

Islamic State 'destroys ancient statues in Iraq'

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Professor Eleanor Robson (UCL History) explains the significance of the statues destroyed by Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq. Watch: BBC News, Read: Financial Times, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'World at One' (from 32 mins 46 secs)

Does the UK do enough to help its creative industries succeed?

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As part of panel on entrepreneurship in Britain, Timothy Barnes (Director of UCL Advances) looks at how we can create an environment in which entrepreneurs can flourish. Read: Guardian

Security services aim to mend relationship with academics

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Commenting on a newly launched research hub for security, Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) said: “The call suggests to me that the security services have realised that this kind of working doesn’t help to build a coherent knowledge base”. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Out of the loop: why lay views of science are heard but not obeyed

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Melanie Smallman (UCL Science & Technology Studies) says: “Public dialogue has become an integral part of the policymaking process, but those in power still pay more heed to the technocrats”. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Kew Gardens unveils science strategy

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Commenting on the future of Kew Gardens Professor Georgina Mace (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says: “More cuts could mean it simply cannot function as an international plant centre with the reputation it has at the moment”. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘The World Tonight’ (from 43 mins 19 secs)

Britain's brightest leaving in brain drain

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A study led by John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education) has found that one in ten of Britain’s best workers have been lured from the UK in a brain drain and been replaced by low skilled migrants. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, The Economist

Elements: Chromium

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) explains how chromium links motorbikes with the leather jackets and flick-knives of the archetypal biker gang. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Elemental Business’ (from 1 minute 45 secs)

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