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Building a future for engineering

A new UCL Engineering Science programme, designed with a recognition that engineers operate in a holistic society in which their work is subject to political, social and economic influences, is mentioned. Read: THE

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Getting aroused can change the way you see

A new study by Micah Allen (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Professor Geraint Rees (Dean, UCL Faculty of Life Sciences) finds that an unconscious increase in arousal - exhibited by a rapid heartbeat and dilated pupils - distorts people's confidence in judging what they see. Read: Daily Mail

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Why Big Liars Often Start Out as Small Ones

A new study by Neil Garrett, Dr Tali Sharot and Dr Stephanie Lazzaro (UCL Experimental Psychology) finds that telling small lies desensitises our brains to the negative emotions inherent to lying, and may encourage us to tell bigger lies in the future. Read: New York Times, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Up All Night' (from 26 mins 24 secs)More: Scientific American, TIME, Los Angeles Times, Washington PostDaily Mail, The Guardian, The Telegraph, ExpressThe Conversation, New Scientist (£), Huffington Post, Vox, Wired, i News

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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, NewsweekSlateThe Telegraph, The Guardian, Mirror, Wired, Daily Mail (x2), The Independent, The Sun, ExpressUCL 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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