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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.

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Giovanna Tinetti

UK satellite Twinkle will boost search for Earth-like exoplanets

NASA’s recent discovery of 12 more exoplanets, including the most Earth-like yet, brings the number of exoplanets – those outside our solar system – discovered to nearly 2,000. It’s now thought that almost every star has a planetary system, with Earth just one of several billion planets in our galaxy alone, writes Dr Giovanna Tinetti (UCL Physics & Astronomy) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 24, 2015 4:11:24 PM

Graeme Reid

Base science funding on performance, not postcodes

Two themes dominate the Conservative government’s approach to science: research excellence and local economic growth. Are they compatible? Chancellor George Osborne is living up to his avowed commitment to science. He talked about radio astronomy in his speech to the CBI, an industry lobby group, and even mentioned science in his Mansion House speech to City grandees. This month’s budget and productivity plan make unequivocal commitments to excellence, writes Professor Graeme Reid (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) in Research Fortnight (£). More...

Published: Jul 23, 2015 10:35:21 AM

Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas

Scientists at work: understanding human cooperation in a changing world

Deep into the Arctic Circle in the far north of Norway, Finland, Sweden and north-west Russia, a few thousand indigenous minority people known as the Saami continue to follow a lifestyle of reindeer husbandry. But their profession is increasingly under threat from a number of developments ranging from climate change to globalisation, writes Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas (UCL Anthropology) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 22, 2015 11:36:09 AM


Cricket is like spam: The real reason batsmen are piling up higher scores

The holiday season is getting into full swing, but a shadow has been cast by the abysmal failure of our boys to get anywhere near the enormous target of 509 which Australia’s cricketers set them to win in the second Test match. It may seem preposterous even to have thought they would. But a revolution seems to be taking place in the ability of teams to make large scores in the fourth innings, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in City AM. More...

Published: Jul 22, 2015 10:03:48 AM


New Horizons brings Pluto’s mysterious moons into sharper focus

Drifting along at what for decades was regarded as the outer boundary of our solar system, icy Pluto is far from alone. The dwarf planet has moons – at least five of them – which are all fascinating little worlds in their own right. Detailed views of these icy bodies, captured by the New Horizons spacecraft, have now begun to stream back to Earth as data and will reveal much about the chemistry and physics of the outer solar system, writes Dr Geraint Jones (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 16, 2015 11:31:06 AM