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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) 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

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, 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

Single-dose radiotherapy eases breast cancer stress

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Professor Jayant Vaidya (UCL General Surgery) has helped develop a new form of radiotherapy which can be given to breast cancer patients during surgery. Read: Times (£)

Creepy crawlies decline as human population soars

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A study co-authored by Dr Ben Collen (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) has found that invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% over the past 35 years, a period in which the human population has doubled. Read: Telegraph, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Herald, Times of India, New Zealand Herald, Straits Times (£), UCL News

Malaria drug could prevent liver cancer

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A study led by Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) has found that an over-the-counter malaria pill could prevent liver cancer and shrink established tumours. Read: Telegraph

Miscarriage leaves partners feeling invisible and without support

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New research by Dr Petra Boynton (UCL Medical School) and the Miscarriage Association has found that partners often feel unable to talk about their feelings of loss and pain following a miscarriage. Read: Telegraph, More: BBC News, Scotsman, The Herald

Web project allows readers to 'look over shoulders' of Renaissance scholars at work

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Professor Lisa Jardine (UCL Centre for Editing Lives & Letters) discusses a new cataloguing project, The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe, which will analyse and create a digital archive of centuries old marginalia. Read: The Guardian

Four in ten dementia carers suffer depression

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An analysis by UCL has found that 40 percent of those who look after a family member with dementia suffer from depression but a course devised by Professor Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry), called the START programme, has been found to cut depression rates amongst relatives by up to 7 times. Read: Daily Mail

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