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Free schools ‘socially select’ pupils, research suggests

Analysis of school census data for all free schools opened between 2011 and 2014 by Professor Francis Green, Dr Rebecca Allen and Dr Andrew Jenkins (all UCL Institute of Education) points to distinct differences in admissions between free schools, especially primaries, and other institutions. Read: Schools Week

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Beagle 2: most detailed images yet of lost Mars lander revealed

The surface of Mars, including the location of Beagle-2, has been shown in unprecedented detail using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique developed by Professor Jan-Peter Muller and Yu Tao (both UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory). Read: Guardian, More: BBC News, Daily Mail, Motherboard, Mirror, Wired, Daily Express, ITV News, UCL News, Listen: BBC 5 Live ‘5 Live Breakfast’ (from 56 mins 9 secs)

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QB50

A team including Dhiren Kataria and Professor Lucie Green (both UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) are building small sensors to investigate the thermosphere as part of the QB50 project and they explain how scientists cope with the challenge of building their gadgets smaller and lighter. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Science in Action’ (from 16 mins 3 secs)

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Apple scammers have their heads in the iCloud

Commenting on an iCloud phishing scam, Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science) says the most likely source of the information was a retailer or another internet site that has been hacked into and had its database stolen. Read: Guardian

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