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Why a bit of discomfort is good for you

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Dr Fiona Johnson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explains the link between obesity and room temperature. Read: Daily Mail

Psychologists seek roots of terror

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A team led by Dr Noemie Bouhana (UCL Security & Crime Science) hopes to develop a computer model of the processes underlying radicalization and subsequent terrorist attacks. Read: Nature

'Stiff upper lip' means patients ignore signs of cancer

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A study led by Dr Katrina Whitaker (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that people may dismiss red-flag cancer warning symptoms as trivial because they worry about wasting a doctor’s time. Read: Telegraph, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, BBC News, Yorkshire Post, Huffington Post, Listen: BBC Radio Scotland 'Morning Call' (from 37 mins 34 secs)

Academics' tips for thwarting burglars

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A team of researchers, including Professor Nick Tilley (UCL Security & Crime Science) have identified the four home security measures which best thwart burglars if used together. Read: Leicester Mercury

It takes just a minute to test the brain

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A research team, led by Dr Joseph Devlin (UCL Experimental Psychology), are asking volunteers to play the BBC Radio 4 panel show Just a Minute while lying inside an MRI scanner to see if those who have the ability to speak on the spot use a different part of their brain. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, Listen: BBC Radio Wales 'Breakfast' (from 54 mins 55 secs)

Women more likely to believe in God and the afterlife

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A study by UCL Institute of Education shows that Women are more likely to believe in God and in life after death than men. Read: Daily Mail, More: Independent, BBC News

Women patients feel more pain when with partner

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Research led by Dr Katernia Fotopoulou (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) has found that the presence of a romantic partner during painful medical procedures can make women feel worse rather than better. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Telegraph, Times (£), Independent, Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro, Wired

Fitness 'rubs off on your partner'

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A study co-authored by Professor Jane Wardle and Dr Sarah Jackson (both UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that couples are more likely to give up smoking, visit the gym, or lose weight if they get healthy together. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, Evening Standard, Herald, CNN, Globe & Mail, Washington Post

Europe focuses on emerging threats from smaller crews of terrorists

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Dr Paul Gill (UCL Security & Crime Science) explains that although it may be difficult it is not impossible to detect lone-actor terrorists. Read: New York Times

By 2050 no one under 80 will be dying from cancer

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A report led by Professor David Taylor (UCL Pharmacy) has suggested that by 2050 deaths from cancer will be “eliminated” for all age groups except the over-80s by 2050, if recent gains in prevention and treatment carry on apace. Read: Independent, More: Times (£), Telegraph, Daily Mail, ITV News, Metro, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Afternoon Edition' (from 11 mins 53 secs), More: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime' (from 44 mins)

Do you suffer from NetBrain?

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Research by Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) has identified a new technology related disorder dubbed NetBrain, in which sufferers show increased levels of narcissism, poor attention span and fear of missing out. Read: Daily Mail, More: Times (£), Times of India

Much of world's fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change

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A study by Dr Christophe McGlade and Professor Paul Ekins (both UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) has found that large amounts of fossil fuel reserves should remain in the ground if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target. Read: Guardian, More: BBC News, BBC News (2), Independent, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian (2), Scotsman, The Week, Reuters, New Scientist, National Geographic, The Engineer, Time, Globe & Mail, CBC News, Sydney Morning Herald, Times of India, China Post, Naked Scientists, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 49 mins 20 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 ‘Six O’Clock News’ (from 24 mins 7 secs)

Forget asteroids, mammoths were killed off by humans

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A study by UCL and the University of California suggests that woolly mammoths and other ice age giants may not have been killed off by an asteroid or comet impact. Read: Daily Mail

40% drop out of bowel cancer screening

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Research led by Dr Siu Hing Lo (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that two-fifths of people who have an abnormal bowel test result and are referred for further investigation drop out of the screening process. Read: Huffington Post

Virtual therapy

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Professor Chris Brewin (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) explains the therapeutical uses of Virtual Reality technology. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Discovery’ (from 11 mins 30 secs)

Parliamentary Candidates UK project

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Dr Jennifer Hudson (UCL Political Science) discusses the Parliamentary Candidates UK project and the lack of candidates from manual professions in the 2015 elections. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Westminster Hour’ (from 35 mins), More: BBC Radio Leicester ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 4 mins)

There's no such thing as 'healthy obesity'

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A study by Joshua Bell (UCL Epidemiology) suggests that the idea of “healthy obesity” is misleading as most obese people become progressively less healthy over time. Read: Daily Mail, More: Times (£), Huffington Post, LA Times, New York Times, Forbes

Online privacy breakthrough

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Professor Anthony Finkelstein (Dean of UCL Engineering) comments on the partnership between UCL and Scentrics to develop an algorithm for easy to use encryption. Read: Daily Mail

Learning disability GP health checks 'show results'

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Research led by Dr Andre Strydom (UCL Psychiatry) finds that a scheme getting GPs to offer health checks to patients with learning disabilities in England helps to pick up problems. Read: BBC News

Report reveals alcohol habits of the over-45s

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A study by UCL and Keele University has found that health, relationship status, income and education are important factors in alcohol consumption in the over-45s. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph

Researchers read and write brain activity with light

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A team led by Dr Adam Packer (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells in the brains of live animals using pulses of light. Read: Guardian

How much gin makes a party fizz?

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As part of the Times’ Christmas science experiment series, Ravi Das (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) investigates the impact of alcohol on verbal fluency. Read: Times

Losing your teeth could be a sign of wider mental and physical decline

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A study led by Dr Georgios Tsakos (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that tooth loss could be an indicator of wider physical and mental decline in older people. Read: Independent

Anti-psychotic drugs given for wrong illnesses

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Research by Professor David Osborn (UCL Psychiatry) has found that more than half of prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs in Britain are for conditions other than serious mental illnesses. Read: Daily Mail

Brain's 'internal compass' found

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A study led by Dr Hugo Spiers and Dr Martin Chadwick (UCL Experimental Psychology) has pinpointed the precise part of the brain that gives people a sense of direction. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Times (£), Metro, Shropshire Star, Times of India, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio Scotland 'Newsdrive' (from 51 mins), More: BBC Radio Wales 'Good Evening Wales' (from 1 hour 47 mins)

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