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4 March 2014
The UK floods show the need to address the risks of climate change, but news teams still insist on pitching experts against sceptics, says Simon Lewis (UCL Geography) in Nature.
Over half of PhD graduates now go into jobs outside academia. Huge improvements in the training of doctoral graduates deserve more attention from employers, says Professor David Bogle (Head of UCL Graduate School) in The Guardian.
26 February 2014
Women are twice as likely than men to contract HIV during intercourse and according to the authors of a new US study, women who contract HIV while pregnant may be especially vulnerable and more likely to pass on the virus to their child than women who already had the virus writes Dr Claire Thorne (UCL Institute of Child Health) in The Conversation.
25 February 2014
The domino effect of democracy on Russia's border threatens the entire system Putin has built since 2000 - and he will not let it go lightly writes Dr Andrew Wilson (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) in The Independent.
In Uganda, the President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill which will punish same-sex relations with fourteen years' imprisonment. Next to this, Vladimir Putin’s support of the 2013 Russian legislation proscribing the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships”, seems to pale in significance says Dr Michael Quinn (UCL Bentham Project) in The Conversation.
24 February 2014
The idea of the “green economy” goes in and out of fashion, not least because it is rarely defined and frequently misunderstood, writes Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) in The Conversation.
20 February 2014
A centralized patient record system is essential to the running of a modern health service. It’s a shame the UK doesn’t have one says Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) in The Guardian
19 February 2014
Miscalculation from both sides led to a spectacular escalation into violence, but returning from the brink is now unlikely says Dr Andrew Wilson (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) in The Guardian.
18 February 2014
In the debate about Britain’s membership of the EU, we shouldn’t forget the clear benefits for science and innovation offered by Europe argues Dr Michael Galsworthy (UCL Joint Research Office) in The Guardian.
14 February 2014
What is it about mathematics that makes it beautiful? Ask this question of different mathematicians and you will get different answers says Professor Mark Ronan (UCL Department of Mathematics) in The Independent.
Food likes and dislikes are to some extent determined by genes says Dr Lucy Cooke (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) in The Conversation.
11 February 2014
Can TS Eliot really be the nation’s favourite poet? Remote, tormented, even ‘daemonic’ - he’s scarier than you think, writes Professor Mark Ford (UCL Department of English Language & Literature) in The Telegraph.
If JK Rowling wants the wizard to be with Hermione, she can make it so, says Professor John Sutherland (UCL Department of English Language & Literature) in Financial Times (£).
28 January 2014
Addressing global problems should be the academy’s raison d’être, argues Dr Nicholas Maxwell (UCL Science & Technology Studies) in THE.
How can Stanford afford to keep so many world-class
humanities scholars on such a slender student base? Here's a clue:
Stanford's endowment is over $17bn, and with a student body of about
16,000, that is over $1m per student, writes Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) in The Guardian.
17 January 2014
The selfie has arguably become the greatest photographic trend of our
time. Why are we so interested in taking and sharing selfies and how
does observing an image of yourself differ from observing a picture of
someone else, asks Dr James
Kilner (UCL Institute of Neurology) on BBC News.
18 December 2013
The new and regenerated public spaces of the city have found a diverse
body of users who greatly value them; meanwhile, the creators of these
spaces (both public and private) typically share an aspiration to
deliver long-term social, economic and environmental
value, writes Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Bartlett) in The Conversation.
9 December 2013
The recent attack by Lord Sumption, the UK Supreme Court judge, on the Strasbourg court was based on question-begging arguments that failed to address the substance of the issues involved, writes Dr George Letsas, UCL Faculty of Law.
5 November 2013
The evidence is clear: recent waves of immigrants, those who arrived in the UK since 2000, and who have driven the stark increase in the UK’s foreign-born population, have contributed far more in taxes than they received in benefits, write Professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini (UCL Economics), in The Conversation.
28 October 2013
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, writes Professor Fred Spoor (UCL Cell and Developmental Biology) in Nature.
21 October 2013
My personal quest for space began at the age of three and it was all because of the magic of The Clangers. These small, wonderful, knitted creatures and their animated adventures captured my heart and my imagination, and with the logic of a child I planned my visit to the Clanger home world. People at that time were telling me excitedly about astronauts who had landed on the moon. So it should be quite easy to get one small child to Clangersville, writes Professor Maggie Aderin-Pocock (UCL Physics & Astronomy) in the Observer.
18 October 2013
Sanity has prevailed in the US, at least temporarily. For now, the threat of America’s first ever debt default has receded. But we may be back in the same territory in early 2014 as the US treasury is only authorised to engage in further borrowing until February, writes Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) in The Conversation.
There was a bit of a spat about my own trade last week. Intelligence, so Michael Gove’s special adviser told us, is due to genetics. Dominic Cummings is convinced that a child’s fate lies in its DNA. That statement, and many like it, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how biology works, writes Professor Steve Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) in the Telegraph.
1 October 2013
In 2011 UK Business Secretary Vince Cable lamented that a bunch of "right-wing nutters" was holding the American government and the world economy to ransom by refusing to agree the usually routine increase in America's legal debt limit. World leaders might avoid the blunt description used by Cable but their thoughts are probably very similar. The U.S. is, once again, having another political gunfight over public funding and debt issues, writes Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) in a special for CNN.
Rather than simply tell us what to do, the declaration misses the opportunity to inform the debate on how best to do it, writes Dr Petra Boynton (UCL Medical School) in the Guardian.
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