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Yellowstone earthquakes reveal a volcanic system four times bigger than we thought

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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 Conversation.

Hubble captured the throes of a dying star, V838 Moncerotis

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Raman Prinja

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.

Here’s where Britain’s political parties stand (and fall down) on immigration

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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.

Vorsprung durch realpolitik – what VW power games say about German CEO culture

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Bernard Rieger

"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.

Why zero inflation means there are no more free lunches for politicians

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Ormerod

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.

Fostering before the age of two helps children in institutional care deal better with stress

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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.

Finland election: anti-EU right marches onto centre stage

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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.

India's obsessive spending on defence

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Phiroze Vasunia

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.

Doctor, doctor … we’re suffering a glut of PhDs who can’t find academic jobs

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Jo Wolff

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.

Manifesto Check: Lib Dems lack vision on early years and primary education

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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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