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Excellence v equity

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Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education) says that “the tendency to growth of participation in higher education appears to have no natural limit” once a country’s GDP per person rises above $3,000. Read: The Economist

Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget

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Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: New Scientist

Only pub sceptics will insist this isn't Richard III

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Explaining the statistical analysis of Richard III’s remains, Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says: “There is a 0.0003 per cent chance that it's not him – and wars have been started over less". Read: New Scientist

Plane crash

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Dr James Thompson (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains why relatives and friends of the GermanWings plane crash victims may want to visit the site of the crash. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Drive’ (from 39 mins 30 secs)

Dark matter 'ghosts' through galactic smash-ups

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Dr Tom Kitching (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) explains new research which has tracked the movement of the three main components of galaxies: stars, clouds of gas, and dark matter. Read: BBC News

Angelina Jolie Pitt’s surgery is just one option for women at risk of cancer

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Dr Lucy Side (UCL Women’s Cancer) discusses the different options available for women who are at risk of cancer through a mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Read: Conversation

The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

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Professor John Mullan (UCL English Language & Literature) says: "Artificial coinages are rarely successful, language is also not very susceptible to campaigns”. Read: Independent

Crossing your fingers might reduce pain

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Research by Dr Elisa Ferrè, Angela Marotta and Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has found that crossing your fingers can confuse the way the brain processes feelings of hot, cold and pain. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Metro, UCL News

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