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Archive of Media headlines

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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, More: Times (£), Listen: BBC 5 live ‘5 live Drive’ (from 28 mins 40 secs), BBC World Service ‘The Newsroom’ (from 20 mins 54 secs), BBC Radio Scotland ‘Newsdrive’ (from 33 mins 10m secs)

The best ways to work with teaching assistants

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Robert Webster (UCL Institute of Education) looks at the role teaching assistants play in schools. Read: The Conversation

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, The Age, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Sydney Morning Herald, 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)

Daily pill Truvada cuts spread of HIV by 86%

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A study led by Dr Sheena McCormack (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) has found that a daily dose of Truvada cuts the risk of HIV infection among gay men considered to be at high risk by 86 per cent. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, City AM, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Breakfast' (from 26 mins 25 secs), BBC London 94.9 'Vanessa Feltz' (from 1 hour 4 mins)

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