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Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

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Dr Sunjeev Kamboj and Ravi Das (both UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) are researching ways to reduce cravings by changing memories. Watch: BBC Two ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ (from 21 mins 56 secs)

Less lighting has no impact on crime or collisions

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A report co-authored by Professor Shane Johnson (UCL Security & Crime Science) has found that reduced street lighting at night does not lead to an increase in crime or car crashes. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Daily Mail, Sky News, ITV News, Shropshire Star, UCL News

Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider

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Professor Jon Butterworth (UCL Physics & Astronomy) discusses highlights of the physics results presented this week in Vienna from the restarted Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Read: Guardian

Boffins sting spooks with 'HORNET' onion router

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A team of researchers including Dr George Danezis (UCL Computer Science) have developed a Tor alternative network that can handle up to 93Gb/s of traffic while maintaining privacy. Read: The Register

UK satellite Twinkle will boost search for Earth-like exoplanets

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Dr Giovanna Tinetti (UCL Physics & Astronomy) explains how low-cost commercial science could be the way to get more eyes in the sky. Read: The Conversation

Children at risk as nurseries face funding squeeze

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A new report by the UCL Institute of Education warns of the possibility of a shortage in the childcare workforce once the economy begins to improve. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mirror

Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight

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A study led by Dr Nadia Micali (UCL Institute of Child Health) has found that children as young as eight can experience dissatisfaction with the size and shape of their body that puts them at risk of eating disorders in their teens. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Vanessa Feltz' (from 5 mins 54 secs), More: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Drive' (from 22 mins 30 secs)

What does the panopticon mean in the age of digital surveillance?

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Professor Melissa Terras (UCL Centre for Digital Humanities) discusses the PanoptiCam project, an online camera that streams the live view from Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon and Professor Philip Schofield (UCL Bentham Project) explains the theory behind Bentham’s panopticon. Read: Guardian

Scientists at work: understanding human cooperation in a changing world

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A group of researchers, including Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas (UCL Anthropology) has looked at teamwork in an indigenous minority group in Scandinavia, whose lifestyle is under threat. Read: The Conversation

Brain hacking on rise: could it make you perkier?

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Camilla Nord (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) is examining whether transcranial direct current stimulation might be effective in treating depression. Read: Sky News, More: The Week

Arctic sea ice volume showed strong recovery in 2013

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The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third after the summer of 2013 as the unusually cool air temperatures prevented the ice from melting, according to a study led by Rachel Tilling and Professor Andy Shepherd (both UCL Earth Sciences). Read: Guardian, More: BBC News, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME, Globe and Mail, Headlines & Global News, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' (from 6 mins 49 secs), More: BBC World Service 'The Science Hour' (from 27 mins 8 secs)

The binge eating gene may have been discovered

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A team led by Dr Nadia Micali (UCL Institute of Child Health) have found that young people suffering from a particular variation in a gene are 20% more likely to binge eat during adolescence. Read: Metro, More: Daily Express, Mirror, City AM, Sky News, ITV, Belfast Telegraph

Why neglecting your teeth could be seriously bad for your health

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Dr Francesco D'Aiuto (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) and Professor Richard Watt (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explain how gum disease can lead to other more serious illnesses. Read: Guardian

Britain's forgotten slave owners

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A new BBC documentary centred on the UCL based Legacies of British Slave-ownership project traces the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain. Watch: BBC Two ‘Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners’

Drug trial hints at possible way to tackle Alzheimer’s

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Professor Sir Mark Pepys (UCL Medicine) is due to publish the first clinical trial results of a drug based on more than 40 years of his work on amyloidosis. Read: Financial Times, UCL News

Mindfulness study to track effect of meditation on 7,000 teenagers

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As part of a wider study, Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) will be testing 600 11- to 16-year-olds to see how mindfulness training affects their self-control and emotional regulation. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, ITV, UCL News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Simon Lederman' (from 3 hours 48 mins)

13 Gruesome, Weird, And Heartbreaking Victorian Death Masks

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The fascinating stories behind some of the plaster heads of murderers and intellectuals from the 1840s, held in UCL Special Collections. Read: Buzzfeed

Herbal food supplement labels 'can be misleading'

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A team led by Professor Michael Heinrich (UCL School of Pharmacy) tested 70 herbal food supplements and found not all of them contain what they claim on the label. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Huffington Post

Baby boomers will be brain scanned to unlock secrets of dementia

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The MRC National Survey of Health and Development, a cohort study led by Professor Diana Kuh (UCL Epidemiology) that has been running since 1946, is now being used to determine risk factors and early signs of dementia in collaboration with Dr Jonathan Schott (UCL Institute of Neurology). Read: Telegraph, Watch: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2hr 38mins)

Overweight teens 'do not see themselves as too heavy'

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A study led by Professor Jane Wardle (UCL Population Health Sciences) has found that relatively few ‘normal-weight’ teens think they are too heavy, but many who are overweight do not acknowledge it, which puts their health at risk. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Guardian; UCL News

Pills, thrills and polymer gels: what's the future for male contraception?

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Professor John Guillebaud (UCL Institute for Women's Health) on the barriers to development of a male contraceptive pill. Read: The Guardian

Peeking into the brain's filing system

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Research led by Dr Aidan Horner and Professor Neil Burgess (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) provides the first firm evidence for "pattern completion" in the human hippocampus. Read: BBC News, More: UCL News

Has physics cried wolf too often, or do false alarms help build understanding?

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Professor Jon Butterworth (UCL Physics & Astronomy) argues that while mistakes are embarrassing, these things happen - and the answer to building public confidence in science is not to pretend that they don’t. Read: Guardian

How robots are preserving our old newspapers

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Professor Melissa Terras (UCL Information Studies) and Dr Tim Weyrich (UCL Computer Science) explain how computational imaging can be used to read and preserve copies of fragile or damaged documents. Read: Guardian

How common drugs affect empathy and risk taking

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Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment led by Dr Molly Crockett (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience). Read: Wired, More: Daily Mail, UCL News

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