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Scientists predict if people are at risk of dying in next five years

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Dr Archana Singh-Manoux (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on her research into a blood marker that can detect the building blocks of cancer, chronic heart disease and other serious health conditions in the middle-aged. Read: Mirror, More: Daily Star, Daily Mail

TACTICS: the new smart set of rising HE powers

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Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education) discusses research conducted by THE and the Centre for Global Higher Education, based at UCL, into Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Turkey, Iran, Colombia and Serbia as up-and-coming leaders in higher education. Read: THE

Tiny beads of hope for liver patients

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Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) comments on a new treatment for liver disease, based on his research and being developed by a UCL spinout company, Yaqrit. Read: The Times

Prince Philip has not had flu in 40 years

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Professor Andrew Hayward (UCL Infectious Disease Informatics) comments on his research finding that four in ten people may have T-cells that keep them from experiencing many symptoms of the flu even if infected. Read: Daily Mail

Treatments could target specific types of pain

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A new study by Dr Edward Emery and Professor John Wood (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has found that pain sensors are specialised for specific sensations such as heat, cold or mechanical pain, which could guide new treatments for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Read: Express, More: UCL News

Childhood obesity linked to irregular sleep and skipping breakfast

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A new study led by Professor Yvonne Kelly (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has identified factors linked to child obesity, including disrupted sleep patterns, loss of sleep, skipping breakfast, and mothers smoking during pregnancy. Read: The Guardian, More: i News, Daily Mail, NY Daily News, The Sun

Injection could treat prostate cancer instead of chemotherapy

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Dr Hayley Luxton (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) leads a team developing an injection that could be used to treat prostate cancer by targeting cancerous cells while sparing other cells to minimise side effects. Read: Daily Mail

Does it really pay to be generous?

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Dr Nichola Raihani (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) writes about her new study finding people prefer to partner with generous people over wealthy people. Read: The Conversation, More: Daily Mail

4chan raids: one dark corner of the internet spreads its shadows

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Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro (UCL Computer Science) writes about his research into online forum 4chan's Politically Incorrect board, and how its influence has included spreading hateful language to other sites. Read: The Conversation

Breast cancer symptoms don't always include lump

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A study led by Minjoung Monica Koo (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) found that one in six women with breast cancer have symptoms that don't include a lump, and tend to wait longer before seeing a health professional. Read: Huffington Post, Listen: BBC World Service 'Newshour' (from 45 mins 14 secs)More: BBC NewsDaily MailThe Times (£), i News, Evening Standard, Express

Older teenagers 'quicker to improve maths and reasoning skills'

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A new study by Dr Lisa Knoll, Delia Fuhrmann and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) counters the premise that younger children are faster learners, and also finds that children can be taught to excel at intelligence tests. Read: The Guardian, More: The Independent, The Telegraph, UCL News

Arctic sea ice loss linked to personal carbon footprint

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Three square metres of Arctic summer sea ice disappears for every tonne of carbon dioxide a person emits, wherever they are on the planet, according to new research by Professor Julienne Stroeve (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: The Atlantic, More: Daily Mail, Washington PostUCL News

Human brain is predisposed to negative stereotypes, new study suggests

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A new study led by Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) finds the brain reacts more strongly to information about groups who are portrayed unfavourably. Read: The Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Metro

Opening doors for ground-breaking glaucoma research

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Glaucoma research by Dr Hari Jayaram (UCL Institute for Ophthalmology) is featured. Read: The Guardian

Degrees benefit society – even when students don’t get ‘graduate jobs’

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Professor Francis Green & Dr Golo Henseke (UCL Institute of Education) write about research into labour market prospects for university graduates, and how their own research finds the benefits of a university degree go far beyond employment, extending to job satisfaction, health, social trust, political efficacy and volunteerism. Read: THE

Getting aroused can change the way you see

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A new study by Micah Allen (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Professor Geraint Rees (Dean, UCL Faculty of Life Sciences) finds that an unconscious increase in arousal - exhibited by a rapid heartbeat and dilated pupils - distorts people's confidence in judging what they see. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Conversation, New Scientist (£), UCL News

Why Big Liars Often Start Out as Small Ones

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A new study by Neil Garrett, Dr Tali Sharot and Dr Stephanie Lazzaro (UCL Experimental Psychology) finds that telling small lies desensitises our brains to the negative emotions inherent to lying, and may encourage us to tell bigger lies in the future. Read: New York Times, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Up All Night' (from 26 mins 24 secs)More: Scientific American, TIME, Los Angeles Times, Washington PostDaily Mail, The Guardian, The Telegraph, ExpressThe Conversation, New Scientist (£), Huffington Post, Vox, Wired, i News, UCL News

‘Physics isn’t all quantum weirdness. It’s about daily life’

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Dr Helen Czerski (UCL Mechanical Engineering) is interviewed about her research into bubbles. Read: The Guardian

Super-strength 'skunk' may be twice as addictive as normal kinds of cannabis

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A study by Tom Freeman (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) found that high strength cannabis is associated with a higher risk of becoming dependent. Read: Daily Mail, More: Huffington Post

Bisexual men ‘earn 30% less than gay colleagues’

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A study by Professor Alex Bryson (UCL Institute of Education) found that bisexual men and women earn less than gay men, lesbians, bisexual women and heterosexual men and women. Read: The Observer

AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

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Dr Nikolaos Aletras and Dr Vasileios Lampos (UCL Computer Science) developed an artificial intelligence method that has been shown to predict 79% of judicial decisions accurately. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hr 21 mins 35 secs), BBC World Service 'The Newsroom' (from 17 mins 7 secs), More: Wall Street Journal, NewsweekSlateThe Telegraph, The Guardian, Mirror, Wired, Daily Mail (x2), The Independent, The Sun, ExpressUCL News

Titanic Dinosaurs Trekked Across Antarctica to Reach Australia

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Professor Paul Upchurch (UCL Earth Sciences) comments on what he and colleagues have learned about the Savannasaurus elliottorum, after discovering fossils of the previously-unknown dinosaur. Read: National Geographic, More: BBC News, The Guardian, CNN

Monkeys create stone tools forcing scientists to rethink human evolution

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A study involving a UCL Archaeology researcher found that capuchin monkeys will sometimes break stones to create sharp flakes, similar to tools made by early humans. Dr Matthew Pope (UCL Archaeology), who wasn't involved in the study, comments on the findings. Read: The Telegraph, More: The Guardian

Pakistan’s women-only universities are 'progressive' spaces

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Dr Victoria Showunmi (UCL Institute of Education) comments on her research finding that women-only universities in Pakistan tend to be positive environments for academics and students. Read: THE

Dying at Home, Familial Hypercholesterolaemia FH, Delirium

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Professor emeritus Steve Humphries (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) discusses Familial Hypercholestrolaemia (FH), and the importance of a genetic test he's developed for the condition which can cause heart attacks for people in their 30s. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Health' (from 10 mins 3 secs)

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