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Does climate vary more from century to century when it is warmer?

Century-scale climate variability was enhanced when the Earth was warmer during the Last Interglacial period (129-116 thousand years ago) compared to the current interglacial (the last 11,700 years), according to a new UCL-led study.

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Small-brained female guppies aren’t drawn to attractive males

Female guppies with smaller brains can distinguish attractive males, but they don’t recognise them as being more appealing or choose to mate with them, according to a new study by UCL and Stockholm University researchers.

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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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