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Built-in sound amplifier helps male mosquitoes find females

The ears of male mosquitoes amplify the sound of an approaching female using a self-generated phantom tone that mimics the female’s wingbeats, which increases the ear’s acoustic input by a factor of up to 45,000, finds a new UCL-led study.

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UCL students win $1 million global prize

Four UCL undergraduates have won the international Hult Prize after conceiving a rice drying business which will reduce the millions of tons of rice wasted annually - helping to solve one of the world's most pressing problems.

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UCL academics win awards at Health Humanities Medal

Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE and Dr Daisy Fancourt have both won awards at the Health Humanities Medal, which celebrates good health and wellbeing through arts and humanities research.

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Increase in mental health conditions in children and young people

The proportion of children and young people saying they have a mental health condition has grown six fold in England over two decades and has increased significantly across the whole of Britain in recent years, finds a new study co-led by UCL researchers.

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Long-sought decay of Higgs boson observed

UCL particle physicists are celebrating that the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has – at long last – observed the Higgs boson decaying into a pair of bottom (b) quarks.

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Dementia patients “suffering in silence”

People with dementia in hospitals who are in pain are more likely to experience delirium as well, often unable to communicate the pain they are in, find UCL researchers. 

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Help survey wasps over the bank holiday weekend

Wasps might not be the nation’s favourite insects but are some of the most important so UCL and University of Gloucestershire scientists are again asking for the public’s help to find out more about these misunderstood creatures.

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Artificial intelligence equal to experts in detecting eye diseases

An artificial intelligence (AI) system, which can recommend the correct referral decision for more than 50 eye diseases, as accurately as experts has been developed by UCL, DeepMind Health and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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UCL Press’ open access ebooks top most-read chart

Books published by UCL Press and authored by UCL academics are the most-read open access ebooks on JSTOR, an online library which provides access to more than 12 million academic articles and books.

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Genes drive ageing, making normal processes damaging

Ageing in worms mainly results from the direct action of genes and not from random wear and tear or loss of function, and the same is likely to be true in humans, according to research by UCL, Lancaster University and Queen Mary University of London scientists.

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First language study using new wearable brain scanner

Researchers at UCL and the University of Nottingham have mapped the brain’s language area in the first study of human cognition using a new generation of brain scanner that can be worn like a helmet.

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Research excellence propels UCL to global ‘star’ status

UCL has joined a small handful of international higher education institutions which have been rated as global ‘stars’, according to new analysis of the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).

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