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Welsh devolution

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Alan Trench (UCL Constitution Unit) discusses the possibility of devolving more powers to the Welsh assembly. Listen: BBC Radio Wales ‘Morning Call’ (from 8 mins 54 secs)

Scotland decides

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Alan Trench (UCL Constitution Unit) joins a discussion on the impact the Scottish Referendum campaign will have on the rest of the UK. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Scotland Decides’ (from 52 mins 40 secs)

E-cigarettes give smoking a Hollywood comeback

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) says a theory is beginning to emerge that e-cigarettes can be good at substituting for cigarettes and promoting complete abstinence due to their superficial similarity to cigarettes, but for exactly the same reason may undermine quitting, particularly if abstinence is not sought. Read: Times (£)

Chink revealed in your credit card’s armour

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Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science) comments on flaws in chip and pin technology and how banks can be reluctant to accept that there may be new ways to get around the technology. Read: Sunday Times (£)

Womb cancer: the most common diagnosis you’ve never heard of

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Professor Martin Widschwendter (UCL Women's Cancer) says that of all the gynaecological cancers, endometrial cancer gains the least attention even though it is the fourth most common cancer in women. Read: Guardian

Constitutional consequences of Scottish referendum will be complex and profound

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Dr Meg Russell (UCL Constitution Unit) says: “A yes vote would have meant a lot of work but the outcome puts the West Lothian question centre stage”. Read: Observer

How 250,000 Belgium refugees didn't leave a trace

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Christophe Declercq (UCL Translation Studies) discusses the experiences of the tens of thousands of Belgian refugees in World War One who made their homes in the UK. Read: BBC News, More: BBC News (2), BBC News (3)

Stem cells used in landmark therapy for failing sight

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Commenting on the first use of induced pluripotent stem cells as a medical treatment, Professor Mike Cheetham (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) said: “If it goes well, it could be the start of a new era in personalised medicine." Read: New Scientist

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