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9 July 2014: Capitalism doesn't mean more inequality

Thomas Piketty's popular theory that capitalism's current incarnation is leading to more inequality dsoesn't stack up, argues Professor Paul Ormerod (UCL Centre for Decision Making Uncertainty). Read: City AM
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8 July 2014: GP prescriptions to tackle loneliness in elderly

Dr Helen Chatterjee (UCL Museums & Collections) comments on 'social prescribing' and its positive effects on health. Watch: BBC News
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8 July 2014: Cycling does not cause infertility, British scientists find

Health myths which suggest cycling can lead to infertility and erectile dysfunction have been debunked in new research led by Dr Mark Hamer (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: Daily Telegraph
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8 July 2014: Same genes 'drive maths and reading ability'

Research led by Dr Oliver Davis (UCL Genetics) finds that around half of the genes that influence a child's aptitude for reading also play a role in how easily they learn maths, suggesting that hundreds of subtle DNA changes in genes combine to help shape a child's performance in both. Read: Guardian, More: BBC NewsTelegraphTimes (£), TES, UCL News More...

7 July 2014: Cancer breakthrough as scientists discover how cells spread

A study led by Professor Roberto Mayor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has uncovered insights into how cells move through the body, which could lead to innovative techniques to stop cancer cells from spreading and causing secondary tumours. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News
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7 July 2014: BBC admonished for giving climate change deniers equal air time

A report written by Professor Steve Jones (UCL Genetics) criticising the BBC for giving "undue attention to marginal opinion" is referenced in a BBC Trust progress report on ensuring accuracy and impartiality in BBC science coverage. Read: Washington Post
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7 July 2014: Scientists threaten to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project

Over 130 neuroscientists including UCL researchers have written to the European Commission to express concerns about its funding of the Human Brain Project, which aims to develop a supercomputer simulation of the human brain. Professor Peter Dayan (UCL Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit) describes the project as "radically premature". Read: The Guardian
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7 July 2014: Dovedale Roman and Iron Age coins found after 2,000 years

Stephanie Vasiliou (UCL Archaeology) explains the conservation process of cleaning Roman and Late Iron Age coins discovered in a cave in Dovedale in the Peak District. Watch: BBC One 'Countryfile' (from 26:10), Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Mirror, City AM
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6 July 2014: Sir Michael Marmot on Desert Island Discs

During his appearance on Desert Island Discs, Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) discusses his research into how wealth and social status can affect lifespan and general health. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Desert Island Discs', Read: Sunday Express
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6 July 2014: Enter the zone of euphoria

Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos (UCL Psychology) comments on the psychological impact of favourable exchange rates on holiday spending, saying that "because we are convinced that everything is good value, without any real appreciation of what that means, we spend more than we would have before." Read: The Sunday Times (£) More...

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