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Listeners questions on astrophysics

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Dr Andrew Pontzen (UCL Physics & Astronomy) answers listeners’ questions about the force of gravity, the size of stars, the volume of matter and more. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘BBC Inside Science’ (from 15 mins 22 secs)

What does a memory in my brain look like?

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Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Experimental Psychology) and Dr Aidan Horner (UCL Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy) explain the parts of the brain needed to make a memory. Read: New Scientist (£)

Shanghai teaching method 'could improve UK results within four years'

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John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education) comments on the Shanghai project, a Shanghai-England teacher exchange which aims to raise English pupils’ maths skills. Read: Guardian

Poverty and ill health on the rise

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The latest Marmot Indicators for health inequalities, by Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), show that increasing numbers of people are poor and in ill health, despite more finding work. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, Telegraph

Legal case for Syria airstrikes bolstered by Paris terror attacks

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Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) comments on David Cameron’s manifesto for military action in Syria. Read: Guardian

Doctor’s contract would reopen divide between clinic and lab

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In an opinion piece, Dr Benjamin Bray (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) explains how the proposed junior doctor’s contract would penalise medics for getting involved in research. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Research councils’ independence still under threat

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Dr Jack Stilgoe (UCL Science & Technology Studies) explains his concerns on the prospect of officials such as the government chief scientific adviser Mark Walport being more closely involved in discussions on research funding and allocations. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Jane Wardle obituary

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Professor Jane Wardle (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), leading behavioural scientist in the field of cancer prevention, has passed away age 62. Read: Guardian

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