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How to make our children safe

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Dr Ella Cockbain (UCL Security and Crime Science) comments on the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal. Read: Sunday Times (£), More: Sydney Morning Herald

These clues help identify a mentally ill 'lone gunman'

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A study by Dr Paul Gill and Emily Corner (UCL Security & Crime Science) has found that terrorists acting alone appear more likely to suffer from mental illness than those who act as part of a group. Read: Huffington Post

Volatile emotions are driving the world economy

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A team led by Dr David Tuckett (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) is looking into the psychological moods of market participants to decipher what drives economic activities. Read: Al Jazeera

What lit up the universe?

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A new study by Dr Andrew Pontzen and Dr Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) shows we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos, helping scientists understand how galaxies were built. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News, Listen: BBC World Service 'Science in Action'

Sexual exploitation of boys 'overlooked'

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Research led by Dr Ella Cockbain (UCL Security and Crime Science) has revealed that the sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than previously thought, with male victims accounting for a third of those supported by Barnardo’s. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Guardian, UCL News, Watch: Sky News,

Aging may be linked to diet

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Two new studies by UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing. Read: Times of India, UCL News

Ditch the car and lose half a stone

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Research conducted by UCL and the London School of Tropical Hygiene has found that people who take the bus, cycle or walk to work are more likely to have a lower BMI and body fat percentage than those who drive. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Shropshire Star, BMJ

Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archaeology project

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Volunteers from around the world have helped to transcribe more than 30,000 handwritten catalogue cards and thousands of ancient bronze objects as part of the MicroPast project, which is co-led by Professor Andrew Bevan (UCL Archaeology) and Daniel Pett (British Museum). Read: Guardian

The Queen's own pirates

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After a decade of excavations, led by Gustav Milne (UCL Archaeology), researchers have revealed it is highly likely that a wreck found in the bed of the Thames estuary is the Cherabin, England's only surviving 'state pirate ship'. Read: Daily Mail

Boy has ears created from ribs

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Dr Patrizia Ferretti (UCL Institute of Child Health) explains a new approach to tissue engineering currently being researched by the UCL Institute of Child Health, which will create stem cells from patients' fat tissue. Read: BBC News

Meet your maker: Homing in on the ancestor of all life

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A study led by Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and Victor Sojo (UCL CoMPLEX/Biosciences) suggests that life’s Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) had a ‘leaky’ membrane, which can offer clues as to how humans and other life evolved and grew. Read: Daily Mail, More: New Scientist (£), International Business Times, UCL News Listen: The Naked Scientists

Adventures in contraception: eight women discuss their choices

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Professor Judith Stephenson (UCL Women's Health) explains that there are more effective methods of contraception than the pill or condom. Read: Observer

UK universities offer cash and memberships to lure bright students

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Article on university student incentive schemes notes that UCL is offering £1,000 scholarships to students who get three or more A*s. Read: Financial Times

Confusion over best way to brush teeth, study finds

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Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to research led by Dr John Wainwright and Professor Aubrey Sheiham (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Reuters, Times (£), Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, TIME, The Australian, Times of India, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live (from 49 min 35 secs)

Hope for paralysed patients as scientists rebuild links from spinal cord to brain

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Professors Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) and Geoffrey Raisman (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation) comment on new research where neurons grown from human cells were implanted into the spines of rats. Read: The Times (£)

Dieting makes you healthier - and less happy

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A study led by Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that although weight loss significantly improves physical health, it can lead to a higher risk of depression. Read: Daily Mail, More: Times (£), The Conversation, BBC News, Scotsman, The Australian

Centralised stroke care saves more lives

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A study led by Professor Stephen Morris and Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Applied Health Research) has found that the centralisation of stroke services in London, which involved the controversial closure of five hospital units, has saved nearly 100 lives a year. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, BBC News, Times (£), Guardian Science, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hour 24 mins)

Antibiotics use for colds 'rises 40%'

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A study by UCL and Public Health England found the likelihood of GPs prescribing antibiotics for coughs and colds increased by 40 per cent between 1999 and 2011. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Yorkshire Post, Dundee Courier, Northern Echo

Equation 'can predict momentary happiness'

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A study led by Dr Robb Rutledge (UCL Imaging Neuroscience) has developed a mathematical equation that can accurately predict moment-to-moment happiness. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, Telegraph (2), Independent, Huffington Post, Times (£), TIME, Forbes, The Australian (£), National Post, Globe and Mail, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 10 mins 24 secs)

Key to perfect penalty lies in gambler's fallacy concept

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Research conducted by Erman Misirlisoy and Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) has found that after a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Independent, BBC News, Belfast Telegraph, LA Times, The Australian, Times of India, Economic Times, Science, UCL News

Sitting down less can cut diabetes risk

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New research by Dr Joshua Bell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that sitting down too much during leisure time increases your risk of diabetes even if you work out regularly. Read: Daily Mail, More: Scotsman

The (atrocious) luck of the dinosaurs

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Research conducted by a team of international academics, including Dr Paul Upchurch (UCL Earth Sciences), has found that dinosaurs may have survived if the asteroid that killed them had struck slightly earlier or later. Read: Forbes

Capacity Mechanism

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) discusses the government’s Capacity Mechanism and says that the likelihood of power cuts occurring is very small. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘You and Yours’ (from 38 mins 16 secs)

Great Brain Experiment

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Dr Peter Zeidman (UCL Imaging Neuroscience) discusses the Great Brain Experiment, a free mobile app run by neuroscientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC World Service ‘Science in Action’

Half-hour breast cancer treatment can replace weeks of radiotherapy

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL General Surgery) comments on intrabeam radiotherapy. Read: Daily Mail

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