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AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

Dr Nikolaos Aletras and Dr Vasileios Lampos (UCL Computer Science) developed an artificial intelligence method that has been shown to predict 79% of judicial decisions accurately. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hr 21 mins 35 secs), BBC World Service 'The Newsroom' (from 17 mins 7 secs), More: Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Mirror, Wired, Daily Mail (x2), The Independent, The SunUCL News

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Infrastructure: The Roads to Recovery?

Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) talks about the historical context of John Maynard Keynes developing his ideas during the Great Depression, while Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) weighs in on the potential impact of Theresa May's Keynesian plan for infrastructure spending to kick-start the UK economy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'The Briefing Room'

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The Fake Laugh

Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) comments on the complex question of why people laugh for different reasons, and how we learn to identify whether someone's laugh comes from genuine mirth. Read: New York Times

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Mars lander lost signal one minute before landing, ESA confirms

Professor Andrew Coates and Dr Anne Wellbrock (UCL Space & Climate Physics) are interviewed about the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli lander, which was lost moments before touching down. But as the Trace Gas Orbiter is successfully transmitting data from its Mars orbit, their work on the ExoMars rover mission, set for 2020, continues unabated. Read: The Guardian, More: The Guardian, BBC 5 live 'Afternoon Edition' (from 1 hr 48 mins 56 secs)

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Single men will have right to start family under new infertility definition

Professor Jonathan Montgomery (UCL Laws) comments on the World Health Organization's new global standards that will enable single men and women, and same-sex couples, to be classified as infertile and obtain access to fertility treatments. He says the NHS will be forced to review its policies but will probably not adopt the WHO standards wholesale. Read: The Telegraph, Listen: BBC Radio 5 '5 live Daily' (from 1 hr 14 mins 35 secs)

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