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Healthy livers grown from rejected donor organs in transplant breakthrough

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Researchers at the Royal Free have shown it possible to strip away the damaged parts of donor livers and use the underlying strcuture to build a working organ. Read more: Telegraph

It's still proving impossible to find dark matter

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Elusive dark matter particles haven't been found yet but the search is not futile say LUX experiment scientists Dr Chamkaur Ghag, Sally Shaw and Dr Jim Dobson (all UCL Physics & Astronomy). Read: Wired, More: Independent, TelegraphMirrorUCL News

The world's first farmers were surprisingly diverse

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Farming 10,000 years ago occurred in multiple neighbouring but genetically distinct populations according to a study by Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment), Dr Garrett Hellenthal (UCL Genetics Institute) and Professor Stephen Shennan (UCL Archaeology). Read: BBC News, More: Science, Daily MailLA Times, UCL News

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

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A study led by Dr Tim Newbold (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) warns that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Reuters, UCL News

Here's why science should take a seat at the Brexit negotiation table

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Professor Graeme Reid (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research)) discusses how science research should be handled in Brexit negotiations. Read: The Guardian, Financial Times (£)

How virtual universes could unravel the secrets of dark matter

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Dr Andrew Pontzen (UCL Physics & Astronomy) and researchers from CEFCA have developed a quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Primary sources of growth

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The UCL School Transition and Adjustment Research Study, which followed 2000 pupils as they moved from primary to secondary school, found that the concerns that students have at the start of Year 7 are largely still felt at the end of year 7. Read: TES (£)

Sperm donors fear ‘Hi Dad’ showdown as DNA testing becomes more accessible

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A paper by Professor Joyce Harper (UCL Institute for Women's Health) explains that the rise in personal genetic testing and growth of international DNA databases could lead to donor-conceived individuals unintentionally discovering biological relatives. Read: Daily Express, More: UCL News

Nanotech art conservation

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Carolien Coon (UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage) explains the role nanotechnology can play in art conservation. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 9 mins 19 secs), More: BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 19 mins 20 secs)

Fifth of women between 35 and 44 take longer than a year to conceive

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A study by UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that almost a fifth of women aged 35 to 44 have struggled to conceive, with those settling down later in life more likely to report infertility. Read: Independent, More: Daily Mail

Football on the brain

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Research led by Professor Vincent Walsh (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) aims to discover what sets elite athletes apart in psychology and behaviour from the rest of us. Read: New Scientist (£)

Tax new diesel cars up to £5,000 to cut pollution, says report

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A report by researchers from the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources has suggested that the purchase of highly polluting diesel cars in the UK should be discouraged with a tax of up to £5,000 to help tackle the public health emergency of air pollution. Read: Guardian

Meet Robert, the alien hunting AI

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A team led by Dr Ingo Waldmann (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has developed a deep belief neural network, called RobERt, which is trained to search exoplanets for signs of life. Read: Daily Mail

How mammals took over the world

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A study by Dr Thomas Halliday, Professor Anjali Goswami (both UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and Professor Paul Upchurch (UCL Earth Sciences) has found that our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years. Read: Daily Mail, More: i, UCL News

Why the DfE’s big MAT plans risk school progress

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Professor Toby Greany (UCL Institute for Education) has revealed that his research suggests that the Department for Education strategy of encouraging MATs to take on more schools could be misguided. Read: TES (£)

Two children in every class start school with an unexplained language disorder

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Professor Courtenay Norbury (UCL Language & Cognition) explains that two children in every class start school with an unexplained language disorder and many of them are not getting the help they need. Read: The Conversation

'Electric wind' stripped Venus of its oceans

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Venus has an ‘electric wind’ that may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans and atmospheres according to new research involving Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory). Read: Daily Mail, TheRegister, Economic Times (India)More: UCL News

Viruses like Ebola and Zika can be predicted

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Outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola and Zika can be predicted by looking at environmental changes, according to a new study led by Professor Kate Jones and Dr David Redding (both UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment). Read: BBC News, More: The Telegraph, Reuters, ScienceUCL News

Pack condoms with the suntan lotion, advise sexual health experts

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Two studies using data from NATSAL, one of which was led by Dr Clare Tanton (UCL Infection & Population Health), found that substantial numbers of British adults, from the age of 16 up to 74, are having sexual encounters while travelling abroad. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Star, The Sun

Precision medicine the theme at world's biggest cancer conference

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A trial by UCL, Cambridge University and Cancer Research UK will use genetic testing of breast cancer tumours to find the most suitable treatments for each patient. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Daily Mail

Parents 'may be overfeeding infants', experts warn

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A report by Hayley Syrad (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) has found that parents may be feeding their toddlers larger portions than they need and that feeding guidelines needed to be more specific and better known. Read: BBC News, More: Sun, Daily Mail

NBA finals: are you a LeBron or a Curry?

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Research by Dr Chia-Jung Tsay (UCL School of Management) has found that people have a bias towards those who are considered to have a natural talent rather than those who work hard. Read: Wall Street Journal

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

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Research led by Professor Jonathan Roiser (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) has found that a region of the brain which responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults. Read: Spectator, More: The Conversation

Why older people take fewer risks

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A study led by Dr Robb Rutledge (UCL Institute of Neurology and Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry & Ageing Research), which uses data collected from The Great Brain Experiment, has found that older people are less willing to take risks for potential rewards and this may be due to declining levels of dopamine in the brain. Read: Daily Mail

Women who want to be taken seriously at work should stand 'like a man'

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A study co-led by UCL has suggested that women are more likely to be taken seriously at work if they stand in a typically male way. Read: Daily Mail, More: Telegraph, The Sun

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