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20 November 2013: Light and Dark

Dr Simon Werrett (UCL Science & Technology Studies) discusses the invention of the microscope against a backdrop of the Grant Museum's Micrarium, as part of a documentary exploring how mathematicians and scientists used light. Watch: BBC 4 (from 15mins 45)
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19 November 2013: Economics explains our world – but economics degrees don’t

Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) argues that the economics curriculum needs to be overhauled, saying: "We impose a curriculum that is increasingly remote from what economists now know, and more distant still from the pressing problems that drew our students to economics in the first place." Read: FT (£)
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19 November 2013: Millions of over-65s at risk from speedy pedestrian crossings

The charity Living Streets has called for an increase in "green man" time of three seconds, after research led by Dr Jennifer Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) found most over-65s walk far slower than the estimate of 1.2 metres per second which forms the basis for crossings. Read: Daily Telegraph (£), More: Herald Scotland, The Times (£), Daily Mail More...

19 November 2013: London 2062: When football rules City

Football clubs could be paying fans to attend matches and running schools under visions of the future of London in 50 years. A new UCL book envisages a range of scenarios for 2062, including one in which London could rise to become a “prime megacity” because of technological innovation. Read: Evening Standard More...

19 November 2013: Getting vaccinated is a civic duty, warn health experts

A new report calls for increased adult vaccination against infectious diseases, including seasonal influenza and whooping cough. Professor David Taylor (UCL School of Pharmacy), said “extending access” to vaccination has a “significant potential for improving public health” in the UK. Read: The Independent
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18 November 2013: Solar lasers, ocean power and volcanoes: unusual energy sources of the future

William McDowall (UCL Energy Institute) comments on alternative energy sources, saying: "In the year 2000, most alternative energy technologies were considered niche options that might one day show promise, now they're multi-billion dollar industries". Read: CNN
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15 November 2013: Daily walk can cut stroke risk in older men, study finds

A daily walk of at least one or two hours a day could cut by a third the risk of stroke in older men, a study by Dr Barbara Jefferis (UCL Primary Care and Population Health) has found. Read: Daily Telegraph More: Daily Mail
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14 November 2013: Warning over rising pulse rates in children

The resting pulse rate of UK children has risen over the last 30 years - suggesting they may be at higher risk of heart disease in later life, according to new research led by Dr Leah Li (UCL Institute of Child Health). Read: Daily Mail, Mirror, Telegraph
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14 November 2013: UCL leads grant income table

UCL won grants worth £135 million in 2012/13, £31 million more than any other institution, according to THE's annual analysis of research council data. Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) attributes the “tremendous boost” to emphasis on building cross-disciplinary consortia. Read: THE
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13 November 2013: New system for radiotherapy treatment

Dr Jayant Vaidya (UCL General Surgery) discusses the latest results from the TARGIT trial, which uses intraoperative radiotherapy for breast cancer. Listen: BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour (from 1min 40secs)
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