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Archive of Media headlines

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Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

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Professor Julienne Stroeve (UCL Earth Sciences) comments on World Meteorological Organisation analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows. Read: The Guardian

Help me fund lab to fight DNA errors, says expert

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Dr Ruth Morgan (UCL Security & Crime Science) says forensic analyses presented in courts are often flawed, as she seeks to set up a new forensic evidence research laboratory. Read: The Times (£)

Parrots find ‘laughter’ contagious and high-five in mid air

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Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Psychology & Languages Sciences) comments on a study into emotional contagion in wild keas. Read: New Scientist (£)

Ex-Eton head brands academic selection ‘harmful’

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Professor Becky Francis (UCL Institute of Education) is quoted saying that comprehensive education systems tend to yield better outcomes than those with academic selection. Read: i News

Technically, what exactly is ‘technical education’?

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Professor Martin Doel (UCL Institute of Education) writes about what technical education really is, and why it would benefit from being approached differently than academic education. Read: TES

Poor Old Potato

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Dr Bill Sillar (UCL Institute of Archaeology) is interviewed about how the early Andeans and Inca developed innovative ways to cultivate potatoes, but preferred to celebrate maize instead. Listen: BBC World Service 'The Food Chain' (from 3 mins 50 secs)

25 tips for your Isa

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Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) comments on how investors can be prone to  “activity bias” – the idea that doing something is better than doing nothing. Read: The Telegraph

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

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Dr Ben Caplin (UCL Medicine) comments on an unexplained kidney disease responsible for 75% of deaths of young and middle-aged men in Nicaragua, particularly those working on sugarcane fields. Read: The Observer

The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

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Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) takes part in a discussion of the Earth at 50 million years ago, at the end of the Paleocene and start of the Eocene periods. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time'

New research indicates Alfred the Great probably wasn’t that great

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Dr Stuart Brookes (UCL Institute of Archaeology) writes about Alfred the Great, king of Wessex in the late 9th century, who gets more credit for developing strongholds across southern England than he deserves. Read: The Conversation

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