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19 August 2014
Earlier this year, British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, riled Guardian readers with a provocative article
claiming to dispel the myth of Scandinavia as the perfect place to
live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social
ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely
but we’re not all drunk serial killers either, writes Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL SELCS) in The Conversation.
14 August 2014
Two things are particularly striking about Kim Kardashian.
The first is how she has managed to catch the attention of the global
media. The second is that there are so many reasons why she shouldn't be
famous. Indeed, it is tempting to suggest that in a logical world Kim
Kardashian would be a peripheral citizen rather than a modern cultural
icon. Is Kim just another symptom of postmodernist confusion and
cultural decline, or is there a deeper psychological explanation for her
fame? Writes Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational
& Health Psychology) in The Guardian Media Network Blog.
When Hillary Clinton welled up in response to an innocuous question about how she keeps so upbeat
on the presidential campaign trail in 2008, people took notice. To the
surprise of pollsters, she won the primary in question – New Hampshire –
despite trailing her opponent Barack Obama before the tears. A display of weaknesses such as this is one of the most fundamental
qualities of inspirational leadership. Expressing sincere vulnerability
allows leaders to communicate their humanity and accessibility, and it
seems the people of New Hampshire were swayed, writes Dr Marco Aponte-Moreno (UCL Management Science & Innovation) in The Conversation.
13 August 2014
Today, at the International Congress of Mathematicians, we will learn who has
won the Fields Medal, often considered the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics.
First awarded in 1936, then again in 1950 and every four years since, the
medal is given to at most four people, making it more selective than the
annual Nobel Prize in Physics, which is often shared, writes Professor Mark Ronan (UCL Mathematics) in The Telegraph.
8 August 2014
On August 6, millions of miles away from Earth, the firing of a rocket thruster signalled the end of a decade-long journey by a European spacecraft to reach its ultimate target – a comet. The spacecraft is Rosetta,
and its target is 67P/Churuymov-Gerasimenko, named after its Ukrainian
discoverers. The spacecraft will study 67P’s nucleus at close quarters
as it falls towards the sun, when it will come to life with a tail
created by sun’s warmth, writes Dr Geraint Jones (UCL Space & Climate Physics) in The Conversation.
7 August 2014
Supermodel Kate Moss' quip that
“nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” captured the sense in society
that being thin is the recipe for happiness. Obesity causes a range of
health problems, including diabetes, but will losing weight really make
you happier? While there’s no doubt that losing weight can significantly improve
your physical health, in research published in PLOS ONE we found that
the effect on mental health was less straightforward, writes Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) in The Conversation.
5 August 2014
Mayfair, Belgravia and Kensington: all London boroughs associated with
affluence and grandeur, not student accommodation. But today these areas
play host to a burgeoning student population. With the
internationalisation of education and the “flight to quality” of overseas students to highly rated institutions, London’s student housing market is apparently changing, writes Dr Nicola Livingstone (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) in The Conversation.
4 August 2014
It is three weeks since the current Israeli offensive against Gaza began
on July 8. But it is now eight years since Israel began its blockade of
Gaza. Since then unemployment has risen, public infrastructure has
crumbled and civil service employees have not received salaries
regularly since August 2013, and none at all since April 2014. With the
prospects for peace still looking remote, the public health implications
of the blockade of the Gaza Strip and the current war are vast, writes Dr Andrew Seal (UCL Institute for Global Health) in The Conversation.
1 August 2014
Chronic pain, defined as disabling pain that persists despite attempts
at treatment and often without obvious cause, has become a serious
challenge for health professionals. It is not surprising that someone
suffering from this level of pain might become depressed, but most
studies consider depression a “comorbidity” – an associated disorder –
or suggest that the pain is “somatisation” of the depression – that is,
it may be a mental disorder’s effect on the body, writes Dr Amanda Williams (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in The Conversation.
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