Archive of Research News

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19 November 2014: UK cities spend £23 million annually on IT

A new report by UCL and Arup reveals that UK city authorities spend an average of £23 million a year each on IT, which is 6% of their total expenditure. More...

19 November 2014: Improving the lives of dementia carers

A psychological intervention that provides stress relief and emotional support for people caring for relatives with dementia can reduce depression and anxiety and improve wellbeing at no extra cost to standard care, finds new UCL research published in Lancet Psychiatry. More...

19 November 2014: New i-sense collaboration to improve monitoring of UK flu hotspots

An exciting new project to help monitor the spread of flu in the UK more accurately and earlier than ever before has been funded by i-sense, an £11m EPSRC-funded collaboration led by UCL. More...

18 November 2014: One in ten British men say they have paid for sex

11% of men in Britain report ever paying for sex and 3.6% report paying for sex in the past five years, finds a UCL-led study funded by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council. More...

18 November 2014: Most people would rather harm themselves than others for profit

A UCL-led experiment on 80 pairs of adults found that people were willing to sacrifice on average twice as much money to spare a stranger pain than to spare themselves, despite the decision being secret. More...

14 November 2014: Britain's obese in denial about their weight

A majority of obese people in Britain would not describe themselves as “obese”, and many would not even describe themselves as “very overweight”, according to research by UCL and Cancer Research UK published in BMJ Open. More...

13 November 2014: Mars has macroweather too

But weather forecasting on the Red Planet is likely to be even trickier than on Earth More...

13 November 2014: The Experiment: a new model for scientific research?

A new model for scientific research is being piloted by UCL neuroscientists, who will be launching ‘The Experiment’ on Monday 24 November at a secret underground venue in Clerkenwell. More...

12 November 2014: Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. The scientists behind the MRC-funded study say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions including depression. More...

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