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Meaning of brain scans for ‘pain’ called into question

Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers from UCL and the University of Reading saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain.

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Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.

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Brain caught ‘filing’ memories during rest

Memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest, according to a new UCL study in rats.

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Rescuing human light-sensors in childhood blindness

Scientists at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have identified the mechanism behind a common inherited cause of severe sight loss in young children. The results also point to a potential new treatment that may be possible to deliver by simple injection to the eye.

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Biggest library of bat sounds compiled

The biggest library of bat sounds has been compiled to identify bats from their calls in Mexico – a country which harbours many of the Earth's species and has one of the highest rates of extinction and habitat loss.

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Future of donor anonymity threatened by growth of genetic testing

The rise of personal genetic testing and growth of international DNA databases could put an end to anonymous sperm and egg donation as donor-conceived individuals may unintentionally discover biological relatives, according to UCL researchers.

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Fruit flies live longer on lithium

Fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium, according to a UCL-led study.

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Cancer drug could treat blood vessel deformities

A drug currently being trialled in cancer patients could also be used to treat an often incurable condition that can cause painful blood vessel overgrowths inside the skin, finds new research in mice led by UCL, Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center in New York and the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) in Barcelona.

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Uncertainty can cause more stress than inevitable pain

Knowing that there is a small chance of getting a painful electric shock can lead to significantly more stress than knowing that you will definitely be shocked, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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New drug shows promise against muscle wasting disease

A new drug to treat the muscle wasting disease inclusion body myositis (IBM) reverses key symptoms in mice and is safe and well-tolerated in patients, finds a new study led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s intense ‘Northern Lights’ by generating a new X-ray aurora that is eight times brighter than normal and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s aurora borealis, finds new UCL-led research using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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UCL excels in QS World University Subject Rankings

UCL has strengthened its performance in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, with 8 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 and 4 areas in the top 5 worldwide.

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UCL winners at 2016 Wellcome Image Awards

A photograph of a premature baby receiving light therapy by David Bishop, a photographer with UCL Health Creatives and the Royal Free Hospital, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Julie Dorrington Award for Outstanding Clinical Photography in the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards.

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Grid cells’ role in human imagination revealed

Evidence of grid cell activity has been seen in healthy volunteers asked to imagine moving through an environment in new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

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Pregnant women support first maternal gene therapy trial

Pregnant women would be willing to trial maternal growth factor gene therapy to treat severe early-onset fetal growth restriction (FGR) in their unborn babies, according to a new study. If the proposed trial goes ahead it is likely to be the first time maternal gene therapy has ever been used.

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UCL researchers take their research to parliament

Thomas Rogers (UCL Security & Crime Science) has been awarded the Silver medal in engineering for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.

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Understanding the dynamics of crowd behaviour

Crowds of tiny particles disperse as their environment becomes more disordered, according to scientists from UCL, Bilkent University and Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

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What influences 11 year olds to drink?

Children are less likely to drink if they have heightened perceptions of the harms of drinking and negative expectations towards alcohol - such as that it leads to difficulties with peers or impacts on school work – according to a new UCL-led study.

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