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Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

A new device could help doctors assess brain damage in newborns earlier and thereby tailor treatment, says Dr Gemma Bale (UCL Engineering), explaining that the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measures reflected light 'to work out whether brain cells are healthy or damaged.' Read: BBC News

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China reviewing its energy investments in UK

A major chinese nuclear energy company currently reviewing its UK investments shows that nuclear power has 'become unnecessary and grown increasingly so...with every announcement of cost decreases in renewables,' commented Senior Research Associate Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute). Read: FT (£)

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Will a sober October lead to long-term health benefits?

Giving up alcohol for a month can lead to improved blood pressure and other health benefits – but one alcohol-free month won't offset drinking heavily the rest of year, a study led by Dr Gautam Mehta (UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health) has shown. Read: Guardian

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Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle TB

Professor Tim McHugh (UCL Infection & Immunity) said of the forthcoming UN summit on TB, 'If you have heads of state then any measures that are agreed will get much higher priority,' whilst Dr Marc Lipman (UCL Division of Medicine) highlighted that shame 'is a major problem' facing doctors and health services trying to combat TB. Read: Observer

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What was behind the 2008 financial crash

In a radio discussion, Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) outlines the background to the 2008 financial crash, and suggests a sense developed that the costs of the crash were ‘being concentrated’ on the less well off. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hr, 48 mins 54 seconds)

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Could cold water swimming help treat depression?

A patient ‘prescribed’ a weekly cold water swim for her depression was drug- and symptom-free after four months, according to a case report co-authored by Dr Chris Van Tulleken (UCL Infection & Immunity). Read: Guardian

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Why the new Mad Men are algorithms

Dr Jun Wang (UCL Computer Science) discusses AI’s potential to make the e-commerce world more efficient, stating “generative bots are the new chatbot… generating copy is just one of the applications that can be done.” Read: BBC News

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UK urged to set target to grow international student recruitment

The latest Higher Education Commission report calls for the government to set a target to grow international student recruitment. Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education) says the report “makes the rational case for renewal of a welcome stance towards prospective international students”. Read: TES (£)

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Are hurricanes getting worse?

As category four Hurricane Florence heads towards the US East Coast, Emeritus Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences) explains “hurricanes are not increasing in numbers overall, but the number of more powerful & therefore more destructive storms is”. Read: Express

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Will Florence be the worst hurricane ever?

Factors other than strength, 'most especially the height of the associated tidal surge, the amount of rainfall and the size of the storm,' will determine how much damage Category 4 storm Hurricane Florence inflicts on the US east coast, says Emeritus Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: Express

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