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24 April 2015
Seismologists have discovered a massive magma reservoir beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming, US, that suggests its volcanic system could be more than four times larger than was previously thought, writes Robin Wylie (UCL Earth Sciences) in The
During its impressive 25 years the Hubble Space Telescope
has captured numerous remarkable views of the universe, providing
astronomers with a wealth of data for making astounding discoveries. Of
all the beautiful astronomical objects observed by Hubble one of the
most awe-inspiring is the massive, dying star V838 Moncerotis, writes Professor Raman Prinja (Physics & Astronomy) in The Conversation.
23 April 2015
Immigration clearly ranks as one of the most important issues
for voters in the lead up to the UK’s election. But public opinion
doesn’t always match up with the evidence, and political parties can be
led in different directions by both. With this in mind, the following
takes stock of the different policies about immigration, as outlined in
the parties' manifestos, writes Professor
Ian Preston (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.
"I am distancing myself from Winterkorn." With this short sentence, the powerful chairman of Volkswagen’s
supervisory board, Ferdinand Piëch, expressed his misgivings about CEO
Martin Winterkorn, who has led Europe’s largest car manufacturer to
unprecedented heights since 2007, writes Professor Bernhard Rieger (UCL History) in The Conversation.
22 April 2015
The temptation to believe in the concept of a free lunch has proved
irresistible to numerous governments through the ages. Henry VIII, for
example, has seized the popular imagination once again through Damian
Lewis’s brilliant portrayal of him in Wolf Hall. Bluff King Hal is the
nickname often associated with the King, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational &
Health Psychology) in City AM.
21 April 2015
As human beings we are born helpless and entirely dependent on those who
care for us. Most of us are lucky to have had parents or guardians who
provided us with food, security and comfort. We form attachment
experiences with these caregivers that create a way to develop our
social skills and grow up with a sense of purpose and value in the
social world, says Professor Essi Viding and Professor Eamon McCrory (both UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in The Conversation.
A right wing anti-EU party has enjoyed success in Finland’s election that saw the governing National Coalition suffer a dramatic defeat.
After a campaign dominated by domestic issues, the opposition Centre
party won 49 seats of the 200 up for election, while the anti-EU Finns
Party won 38 and the governing National Coalition won 37, writes Nicholas Prindiville (UCL SSEES) in The Conversation.
Arms manufacturers of the world, rejoice. The government of India is
your loyal friend. Not just this government, but the previous government
too - the UPA as well as the NDA. According to a study
conducted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute,
India topped the list of weapons importers and accounted for some 15 per
cent of worldwide arms imports from 2010 to 2014, writes Professor Phiroze Vasunia (UCL Greek & Latin) in NDTV.
If you are taking a PhD, especially in the sciences, look away now. It
may be stale news but I’ve just seen a graph from a 2010 Royal Society
report suggesting that of every 200 people completing a PhD, only seven
will get a permanent academic post. Only one will become a professor, writes Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) in the Guardian.
20 April 2015
There is at least one societal aim that has universal agreement: the
idea that education should be of the highest quality, and that children
and young people should learn and develop well. This is addressed in the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto pledges
to improve early years education and teaching. What few details the Lib
Dems give of their plans for early years and primary education are
broadly to be welcomed, writes Professor Dominic Wyse (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
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