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Archive of Media headlines

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Concern raised over payment for fast-track peer review

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Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) has announced that he has resigned from the editorial advisory panel for the journal Scientific Reports following concerns over a pilot project that allows researchers to pay for faster peer review. Read: Nature, More: Science, THE (£)

Teenagers and e-cigarettes

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explains that most teenagers who have tried e-cigarettes do not tend to become regular users or smoke actual cigarettes. Listen: BBC Radio Stoke ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 28 mins)

The end of poverty?

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses which policies could help reduce poverty and potentially end it within a generation. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Business Daily’ (from 9 mins 50 secs)

Baby pain can have later-life effects

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Speaking at the NZ Pain Society conference, Dr Suellen Walker (UCL Institute of Child Health) said that the old belief that babies experienced pain less than adults has been disproved. Read: New Zealand Herald

Online debate erupts to ask: is science broken?

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A talk at UCL called ‘Is science broken? If so, how can we fix it?’ has sparked an online debate on how to improve the practice of science. Read: Nature

Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

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Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences) explores how modern society would fare if faced with a volcanic threat similar to the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Express

The tiger at the bar: QC who helped win the fight to see Charles’s letters

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Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) comments on working with Dinah Rose QC. Read: Guardian

Parents rarely spot child obesity

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A new study by UCL, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Great Ormond Street Hospital has found that a third of parents underestimate their child’s BMI. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror, Mirror (2), Times (£), ITV News, Huffington Post, Scotsman, Yorkshire Post, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 4 mins)

Banks undermine chip and PIN security because they see profits rise faster than fraud

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Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science) examines the financial reasons behind banks issuing chip cards which do not support PIN verification. Read: The Conversation

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

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