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20 December 2012: Origin of life emerged from cell membrane bioenergetics

A coherent pathway which starts from no more than rocks, water and carbon dioxide and leads to the emergence of the strange bioenergetic properties of living cells has been traced for the first time in a major hypothesis paper in Cell this week. More...

20 December 2012: Health Survey for England reveals a nation in pain

Today's Health Survey for England reveals more than 14 million sufferers of chronic pain - pain which has lasted for more than three months. The study found that pain is more common among some groups than others, pain incurs significant costs and has serious mental health and wellbeing implications. More...

19 December 2012: UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering win Department of the Year Award

England’s oldest Electrical Engineering Department, founded at UCL in 1885 by the ‘father of electronics’ Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, has won the ‘Engineers of the Future – University Department of the Year’ award.
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18 December 2012: Record number of Marie Curie Fellowships for research at UCL

23 postdoctoral researchers from 14 different countries have been awarded Marie Curie Individual Fellowships. The awards will enable researchers to spend up to two years working with research teams across all schools at UCL.
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14 December 2012: UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing open day

On December 17th 2012, the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing will be holding their fourth open day to disseminate its research to colleagues, collaborators and funders.
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14 December 2012: Warming climate unlikely to cause extinction of ancient Amazon trees

New genetic analysis has revealed that many Amazon tree species are likely to survive man-made climate warming in the coming century, contrary to previous findings that temperature increases would cause them to die out. More...

10 December 2012: London overground planners welcome completion of orbital route

Academics from the UCL Bartlett School of Planning have welcomed the completion of the final section of London’s orbital railway in south London, which they first proposed in 1999 in a report commissioned by the London Development Partnership. More...

6 December 2012: Cycling safer than driving for young people

Researchers from UCL have found that cycling is safer than driving for young males, with 17 to 20 year old drivers facing almost five times greater risk per hour than cyclists of the same age. More...

5 December 2012: More babies survive before 27 weeks, but severe disability rates unchanged


The number of babies born before 27 weeks’ gestation who survive and leave hospital increased between 1995 and 2006, but the proportion who experience serious health problems into childhood remained largely unchanged, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal.
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5 December 2012: Learning to control brain activity improves visual sensitivity

Training human volunteers to control their own brain activity in precise areas of the brain can enhance fundamental aspects of their visual sensitivity, according to a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience. More...

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