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Engineers could learn a lot from dance when designing urban transport

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John Bingham-Hall (UCL STEaPP) writes about a project that explores how techniques used by dancers could offer engineers and urban planners new ideas in city-making. Read: The Conversation

Why Music: The Key to Memory

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Professor Sebastian Crutch (UCL Neurodegenerative Diseases) has led a project in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection entitled ‘Created out of Mind’. In exploring perceptions of dementia through science and creative arts, the project hosts a weekend of programmes relating to music and memory. Listen: BBC Radio 3 

How cats and dogs are helping doctors predict dementia in people with Parkinson’s

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Dr Rimona Weil (UCL Molecular Neuroscience) comments on her research which developed a way of determining will who will develop dementia at a later stage. Read: Telegraph, More: Times 

Can an app really provide effective birth control?

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Professor John Guillebuard (UCL Maternal & Fetal Medicine) comments on the benefits of having male contraception. Read: Guardian

Mapped: British towns and cities with the most dementia sufferers

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A recent report led by Professor Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry) shows that certain lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementia at a later stage in life. Read: Express

Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by 30 years

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Dr David Rowley (UCL Chemistry) comments on the harmful impact that the rising number of unregulated substances could have on the ozone layer. Read: BBC News

The Party: how can gender affect autism spectrum disorders?

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Dr William Mandy (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) discusses the relationship between diagnosing autism and gender, explaining that previous evidence has been skewed. Read: Guardian

La Palma volcano eruption would trigger a Mega Tsunami that may reach UK and engulf Europe

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Dr Simon Day (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction) provides evidence which reveals the potentially dangerous impact of a volcanic eruption in La Palma. Read: Express, More: Mail Online, Daily Star, The Sun , Mirror

UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) has led a study outlining how Universal Basic Services more in line with NHS principles could be delivered. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Huffington Post, Mail Online

Half of the universe's ''missing matter'' is finally found: Elusive particles are link pairs of galaxies through filaments of hot gas

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Professor Richard Ellis (UCL Physics & Astronomy) comments on newly found ‘missing’ half of the universe’s observable matter. Read: Mail Online, More: Times, Guardian

Stop using mental illness to explain away violence. It’s not that simple

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A study published by Dr Emily Corner and Dr Paul Gill (UCL Security & Crime Science) shows that the link between mental health illnesses and violence is still unclear. Read: Globe and Mail

Is this the interactive road of the future?

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UCL research has been involved in the development of a prototype for a 'responsive road', intended to reduce collisions between cars and pedestrians at road crossings. Read: Daily Mail

New 'race disparity audit' means little unless we consider where people live

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Research by Professor Laura Vaughan (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) shows that it is too simplistic to associate ethnicity, race - or any sort of social situation - with hardship. Read: The Conversation

How your blood may predict your future health

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Professor Mel Bartley (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) discusses research initiatives looking at blood biomarkers to understand the link between social status and life health outcomes. Read: Guardian

Is paying monthly for car and home insurance costing you a fortune?

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Dr Joe Gladstone (UCL School of Management) says that people experiencing financial distress are far less likely to engage with their financial matters, read their bills or shop-around, so end up paying more. Read: Which?

Cash incentives for GPs do not make care better

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Dr Rishi Mandavia (UCL Ear Institute), Dr Nishchay Mehta (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) and Professor Anne Schilder (UCL Ear Institute) co-author a paper showing that a financial incentive programme for GPs may not improve quality of care. Read: Times (£), More: Sun

Eat your greens: do parents influence children’s taste in food?

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Andrea Smith and Dr Clare Llewellyn (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) have led a study on the diets of 18- to 19-year olds, showing no influence of the home environment on food preferences. Read: Guardian

'After, I feel ecstatic and emotional': could virtual reality replace therapy?

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Professor Mel Slater (UCL Computer Science) discusses the power of virtual reality as a tool for therapy and demonstrates the virtual psychotherapy sessions he is developing. Read: Guardian

Driverless cars can transform cities by 2025, says Toyota

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Research by Professor Nilli Lavie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) on how the brain perceives danger is being used in the development of driverless cars. Read: Times (£)

Funding for top students in London boosts cancer battle

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Elsa Noaks (UCL Biochemical Engineering) is one of three PhD students at UCL to be awarded an Industrial Fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Read: Evening Standard

An inner look into the minds and brains of people with OCD

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A research team led by Dr Benedetto De Martino (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) devised a mathematical model to understand what causes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and found that people with OCD develop an internal, accurate sense of how things work but do not use it to guide behaviour. Read: Scientific American

Childhood bullying anxiety declines over time, study says

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Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) led a study providing the strongest evidence to date that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues years later. Read: BBC News, More: Evening Standard, BBC Radio 5 Live 'Up All Night' (from 3 hrs 3 mins), BBC Radio 1 'The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw' (from 30 mins), UCL News, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Reuters

Can we make artificial organs?

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Dr Giuseppe Mazza (UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health) explains that one in four livers can't be used in transplantation but through his work, the cells from these can still be used to make artificial organs. Listen: BBC World Service 'Crowd Science' (from 3 mins 50 secs)

Going to the theatre could be as good for your heart as half an hour of exercise

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Dr Joseph Devlin (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) has co-led a study showing that going to the theatre can stimulate the cardiovascular system as much as doing nearly half an hour of exercise. Read: iNews, More: Sun, Daily Mail, Evening StandardBBC Radio 2 'Vanessa Feltz' (from 26 mins 25 secs)

For boys at risk of psychopathy, laughter isn’t so contagious

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Professor Essi Viding (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) has led a study showing that for boys at risk of developing psychopathy, laughter isn't as contagious as it is for most other people. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, New Zealand Herald, Independent, UCL News

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