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Archive of Media headlines

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Palaeoanthropology: Small-brained and big-mouthed

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A complete hominin cranium found at the archaeological site of Dmanisi shows remarkably primitive morphology, prompting its discoverers to propose that early forms of the genus Homo evolved as a single, highly variable lineage, says Professor Fred Spoor (UCL Cell and Developmental Biology). Read: Nature News

Navigating 3D London by pigeon

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Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith (UCL CASA) explains how the tool can be used to navigate through London's streets and live data feeds. Watch: BBC News

Would you have any ethical qualms about controlling a cockroach's brain?

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Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) talks about his recent research, which has shown that people’s perception of time changes depending on whether their actions resulted in a positive or negative response. Read: New Statesmen

Faces are sculpted by 'junk DNA'

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Professor Peter Hammond (UCL Institute of Child Health) comments on a study which has identified thousands of regions in the genome that control the activity of genes for facial features. Read: Guardian

Steroid-free drug delivers a double blow to asthma

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Professor Jadwiga Wedzicha (UCL Centre for Respiratory Medicine) comments on an early trial which suggests that thousands of asthma patients could be helped by the first drug in a generation to attack the disease in a new way. Read: The Times (£)

Fancy cloning your dog? Company gives UK owner the chance

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“Will the cloned family dog be the same as the original? Unfortunately not. While genetically identical, the equally important environmental factors will always be different. A cloned Rover will not be the same Rover, but Rover version 1.1, a unique dog, not just a carbon copy,” said Professor Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering). Read: The Times (£)

Spain emerges from two-year recession

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“The worst may be over but we are still in pretty bad shape. It does not look like we will have the kind of growth that is needed to generate jobs soon,” said Professor Antonio Cabrales (UCL Economics). Read: FT (£)

Study reveals older internet users have healthier habits

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“The interesting aspect here is a dose-response relationship between Internet use and cancer preventive-behaviours: Intermittent users were more likely to have cancer-preventive behaviours than never-users, and consistent users were more likely to have cancer-preventive behaviours than intermittent users,” says Dr Christian von Wagner (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: Huffington Post

Extremist admits murdering elderly Muslim man and committing mosque attacks in attempt to spark 'race war'

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Dr Anton Shekhovtsov (UCL SSEES) comments on the case of Ukrainian right-wing extremist Pavlo Lapshyn, who stabbed a 82-year-old victim in back just days after he arrived from Ukraine to start prestigious placement at software design firm. Read: Independent

What will we call the next generation of astronauts? Holidaymakers…

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The commercialisation of space travel will lead to the next giant step for mankind, says Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (UCL Physics & Astronomy). Read: Observer

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