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Dark matter particle remains elusive

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LUX

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has yielded no trace of a dark matter particle after completing its final 20-month long search of the universe, according to LUX collaboration scientists including UCL researchers.

Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

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biodiversity hotspots

Levels of global biodiversity loss may negatively impact on ecosystem function and the sustainability of human societies, according to UCL-led research.

A federal origin of Stone Age farming

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fertile crescent

The transition from hunter-gatherer to sedentary farming 10,000 years ago occurred in multiple neighbouring but genetically distinct populations according to research by an international team including UCL.

Camp stability predicts patterns of hunter–gatherer cooperation

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Agta

Food-sharing is more prevalent in stable hunter-gatherer camps, shows new UCL research that sheds light on the evolutionary roots of human cooperation.

Family upbringing has no impact on people’s food preferences

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Vegetables

The effects of family upbringing on people’s food preferences disappear as they start to make their own meal choices, to the point where they have no detectable impact by late adolescence, according to research carried out among a large group of older teenage twins by UCL and King’s College London.

Accelerating research into dark energy

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Reversing universe

A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by UCL and CEFCA scientists. Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.

Our ancestors evolved faster after dinosaur extinction

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late cretaceous dinosaurs

Our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years, according to UCL researchers.

Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres

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Venus

Venus has an ‘electric wind’ strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans, according to a new study by NASA and UCL researchers.

Heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness

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Diabetic macular oedema

Researchers at UCL and Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that a drug originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetes related blindness.

Our plan is certainly ambitious but UCL is not ‘under strain’

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The letter below was submitted to the Financial Times in response to an article suggesting that UCL was under financial strain. It was printed on 14 June 2016.

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