Archive of Research News

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17 October 2013: Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals

A record of Neanderthal archaeology, thought to be long lost, has been rediscovered by UCL scientists working in the Channel island of Jersey. More...

17 October 2013: Female hormones key to breast and ovarian cancer in BRCA gene carriers

Researchers announced today in the journal Lancet Oncology that they are well on the way to discovering why women with the faulty genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 develop breast and ovarian cancer rather than other cancers. More...

17 October 2013: Human evolution driven by climate change

Early human evolution was driven by short pulses of rapid environmental change in East Africa, according to new research from academics at UCL and The University of Manchester. More...

16 October 2013: One in 2,000 of UK population carries variant CJD proteins 

One in 2,000 people in the UK are estimated to be carrying variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) proteins, according to a study led by Professor Sebastian Brandner (UCL Institute of Neurology). More...

15 October 2013: Mistakes win prizes in new competition

A new competition asks medical professionals, people with diabetes and members of the general public to enter a competition to share their mistakes. More...

11 October 2013: Iron in the Earth’s core weakens before melting

The iron in the Earth’s inner core weakens dramatically before it melts, explaining the unusual properties that exist in the moon-sized solid centre of our planet that have, up until now, been difficult to understand. More...

11 October 2013: ExoMars Rover uses PanCam to explore Atacama Desert

This week saw the most ambitious test yet of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover, when - remotely controlled by scientists in the UK - it explored the Atacama Desert in South America. More...

11 October 2013: European hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side

Hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years in Central Europe, before the hunter-gatherer communities died out or were absorbed into the farming population. More...

9 October 2013: One in three older people experience age discrimination

New research from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) reveals 33 per cent of all older people experience perceived age discrimination, with less wealthy older men being at highest risk. More...

8 October 2013: A slow, loving, 'affective' touch may be key to a healthy sense of self

A loving touch, characterised by a slow caress or stroke - often an instinctive gesture from a mother to a child or between partners in romantic relationships – may increase the brain's ability to construct a sense of body ownership and, in turn, play a part in creating and sustaining a healthy sense of self. More...

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