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Forensic science in Hindi pulp fiction blockbusters

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Scientific crime scene analysis is more popular in India’s pulp fiction than in real life investigations explains Dr Kartikeya Tripathi (UCL Security & Crime Science). Read: Independent, More: The Conversation

Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?

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Knowing there is liquid under the surface of Europa makes it one of the most exciting potential targets to look for life say Professor Andrew Coates and Dr Geraint Jones (UCL Space & Climate Physics) as NASA announces new mission to Jupiter's moon. Read: BBC News, More: Mirror

Pupils should learn to talk to avoid a future divorce

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Poor communication is the main cause of marriage and cohabitation breakdown finds a new UCL-led study. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

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Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Earth Sciences) comments that a new “carbon law” is a helpful way to re-express the Paris climate change deal goal but cautions against scientists being too prescriptive in the policies governments should adopt. Read: Guardian

Moderate drinking can lower risk of heart attack, says study

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A study involving UCL researchers found that moderate drinkers are less at risk of a heart attack and some other heart conditions when compared to non-drinkers and heavy drinkers. Co-author Dr Annie Britton (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments. Read: The Guardian, More: The Sun, Independent, Daily Mail, Express

Using satnav 'switches off' parts of the brain

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A study led by Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) found that using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes. Read: The Guardian, Watch: BBC Breakfast, More: Scientific American, The Times (£), Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Sun, Mirror, ExpressTimes of India, Globe and Mail, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Reuters, UCL News

The Lifesaving Potential of Underwater Earthquake Monitors

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Dhiren Kataria (UCL Space & Climate Physics) comments on a project UCL is involved in, TwinSat, to develop a network of satellites to look for signs of earthquakes using electromagnetic and infrared sensors. Read: The Atlantic

Survival of bumblebee families improved by flowers

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Dr Seirian Sumner (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) comments on her new study finding that flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

GPs failing to diagnose early dementia despite Government drive

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A study led by Professor Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry) found that sending older patients leaflets on dementia, which encouraged them to speak to their GP if they notice warning signs, did not lead to more dementia diagnoses. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Independent

Income-contingent loans ‘could solve US student debt crisis’

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A study by Professor Lorraine Dearden (UCL Institute of Education) has found that making repayment rules for student loans dependent on graduate income levels could alleviate the difficulties US students have in repaying their debts. Read: THE

Cooling to absolute zero mathematically outlawed after a century

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In a new study, Dr Lluís Masanes and Professor Jonathan Oppenheim (UCL Physics & Astronomy) have proven the third law of thermodynamics, finding that without infinite time and resources, it's impossible to cool a system to absolute zero. Read: New Scientist (£), More: IFLScience

Buzzing the brain with electricity could boost short-term memory

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A study involving UCL researchers found that stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronize brain waves can help short-term working memory. Read: Daily Mail

Poor UK children more likely to face poverty in later life than European peers

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John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education) comments on his study finding that UK children from jobless households are more likely to experience poverty and be out of work as adults than their peers in other European countries. Read: i News, More: UCL News

Our Universe’s Very Dusty Early, Early Beginnings

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A team led by Dr Nicolas Laporte (UCL Physics & Astronomy) and Professor Richard Ellis (ESO and UCL Physics & Astronomy) has detected a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen shortly after the Universe’s formation, providing new insights into the birth and explosive deaths of the very first stars. Read: New York Times, More: Wired, Express, Daily MailUCL News

Perceived weight discrimination linked to physical inactivity

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Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) led a study finding that people who feel discriminated against because of their weight are much less likely to engage in physical activity. Read: BBC News, More: Metro, BBC Radio 5 live 'Morning Reports (from 6 mins), Huffington PostUCL News

Tea: A Coffee Drinker's Guide

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Professor Dorian Fuller (UCL Institute of Archaeology) is interviewed about his research into the early known consumption of tea, from archaeological evidence in China. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'The Food Programme' (from 4 mins 58 secs)

Move country to improve post-PhD career prospects, study suggests

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Dr Giulio Marini (UCL Institute of Education) discusses his study investigating which factors influence employment and salary prospects for PhD graduates. Read: THE

Breast cancer sufferers could be better off taking vital drug for just nine weeks

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Dr Caroline Clarke (UCL Primary Care & Population Health) led a study finding that breast cancer patients who receive the drug Herceptin for nine weeks as part of their post-surgery chemotherapy regime may enjoy better health outcomes compared to those who receive it for the NHS-recommended 12 months. Read: Mirror, More: UCL News

Up to 20 per cent of ethnic British DNA of Viking origin

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A study by Dr Jane Kershaw (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has found that a much larger proportion of the DNA of ethnic Brits has Viking origins than previously believed. Read: The Times, More: Daily Mail

Ministers announce grants for London universities to develop 'revolutionary' projects

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A giant laboratory is being built by UCL for research into new ways of improving London’s congested transport, ministers announced today. People-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL) has received £9m of funding from the EPSRC and is being led by Professor Nick Tyler (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering). Read: Evening Standard

Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

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Professor Usha Menon and Dr Adam Rosenthal (UCL Institute for Women's Health) comment on their study finding that screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer every four months may reduce the likelihood of them being diagnosed with advanced cancer. Read: BBC News, More: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hrs 50 mins 39 secs), Daily Mail, BBC World Service 'Newsday' (from 48 mins 40 secs), UCL News

Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet, may actually exist

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Dr Jay Farihi (UCL Physics & Astronomy) led a team that found evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun, the first time a system has been identified that could be like the Star Wars planet Tatooine. Read: i News, More: Daily Mail, CBS NewsDaily Star, The Sun, MirrorUCL News

Danish Vikings could have been economic migrants to Britain

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Dr Jane Kershaw (UCL Institute of Archaeology) found in a recent study that the Vikings came to Britain because of a lack of resources in their homeland. Read: The Telegraph

Girl with rare brain disorder in pioneering UCL stem cell research

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Dr Apostolos Papandreou (UCL/MRC Lab for Molecular Cell Biology) is leading a clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for a rare disorder called beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration. Read: Evening Standard

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