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How technology is allowing doctors to treat psychological conditions

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Earlier this year researchers from UCL tested virtual reality therapy in patients with depression with the aim to train them to be less self-critical. Read: Daily Mail

Parents’ career concerns leading to curtailing of music

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Research led by Dr Andrea Creech (UCL Institute of Education) has found that music education is still not easily accessible for all children due to a number of barriers including parental concerns about career prospects and time pressures on the curriculum. Read: SecEd, More: UCL News

Scientists have been using a flawed method to diagnose pain

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Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after research by Professor John Wood (UCL Medicine) and the University of Reading found such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. Read: Gizmodo, More: Scientific American, UCL News

This mesmerising data viz shows all of the world's shipping routes

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An interactive shipping map, developed by the UCL Energy Institute and digital journalism studio Kiln, charts the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet over the course of 2012. Read: City AM

Beagle 2: most detailed images yet of lost Mars lander revealed

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The surface of Mars, including the location of Beagle-2, has been shown in unprecedented detail using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique developed by Professor Jan-Peter Muller and Yu Tao (both UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory). Read: Guardian, More: BBC News, Daily Mail, Motherboard, Mirror, Wired, Daily Express, ITV News, UCL News, Listen: BBC 5 Live ‘5 Live Breakfast’ (from 56 mins 9 secs)

Gene therapy gets a high-stakes test

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Dr Anna David (UCL Maternal & Fetal Medicine) is developing the first ever clinical trial for gene therapy in pregnancy. Read: Science (£)

Pupils at all girls’ schools are more likely to get anorexia

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Research by the University of Oxford, UCL, Bristol University, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has found that the school a girl attends can affect her chance of being diagnosed with an eating disorder. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Breakthrough Starshot and QB50

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) comments on the Breakthrough Starshot project, sorting the feasible from the fantasy and Professor Lucie Green and Dhiren Kataria (both UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) explain how CubeSats will be used to explore the thermosphere. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 2 mins 9 secs & 16 mins 20 secs)

Does your brain have a filing cabinet?

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A study by Dr Freyja Ólafsdóttir and Dr Caswell Barry (both UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has found that memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest. Read: Daily Mail, More: Huffington Post, UCL News

Gene editing could provide way to 'get around cancer's defences'

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A study co-led by Dr Sergio Quezada (UCL Cancer Institute) suggests that gene editing could in future help the body's immune system overcome cancer. Read: Herald Scotland, More: Huffington Post

Wealthy students keep earnings gap

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Researchers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Cambridge University, the UCL Institute of Education and Harvard University found that graduates from wealthy families "earn significantly more" in their careers than less well-off counterparts. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Evening Standard, Times Higher Education

Bat-sound library tracks biodiversity

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An international team led by scientists from UCL, University of Cambridge and the Zoological Society of London have compiled the biggest library of bat sounds to identify bats from their calls in Mexico. Read: BBC News, More: UCL News, Watch: Science, Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans' (from 2 hours 31 mins), More: BBC Radio 5 live 'Up All Night' (from 51 mins 15 secs)

Some women are being held back in the workplace but by their fellow females

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Research by Dr Sun Young Lee (UCL School of Management) has found that women take competition with other women at work too seriously and it could be damaging their careers. Read: Daily Mail, More: Telegraph, THE (£), Times (£), Listen: BBC Radio Scotland 'The Kaye Adams Programme' (from 1 hour 9 mins)

The first ever image of an exoplanet

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Whilst conducting research for a paper Dr Jay Farihi (UCL Physics & Astronomy) discovered that a 1917 glass plate containing a spectrum of van Maanen's star also offers the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting star. Read: Daily Mail

Researcher launches website that gives 'all seeing eye' on London traffic

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Oliver O’Brien (UCL Geography) has created a website, dubbed the "London Panopticon", in which viewers can watch videos of traffic from cameras on busy "red routes" across the capital. Read: Evening Standard

Cameron finds tax silver lining

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An EU referendum forecast created by Dr Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) and the University of Oxford has increased their estimate of a leave vote to 27 percent following the debate on David Cameron’s tax affairs. Read: Bloomberg

Lithium study helps scientists unlock ageing puzzle

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A study by the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and the UCL Cancer Institute has found that fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Independent, Daily Express, Telegraph, UCL News

Toddler diet warning

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A study led by Hayley Syrad (UCL Epidemiology & Health) has found that UK toddlers are consuming more calories and protein than recommended, potentially putting them at risk of obesity in later life. Read: Daily Mail, More: Times (£), Telegraph, Mirror, Sun, ITV News, Independent, The Conversation, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Phil Williams' (from 29 mins 20 secs)

Being in a choir could help the body fight cancer

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A study by Imperial College London, UCL and the Royal College of Music, has found that singing in a choir has a profound impact on the immune system. Read: Daily Mail

Fruit flies and ageing

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Dr Jenny Regan (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains how fruit flies can be used to study gender differences in ageing. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Science’ (from 16 mins 19 secs), More: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 'Naked Scientists' (from 14 mins 41 secs)

Academies

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Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) discusses the evolution of academy schools. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘More or Less’ (from 11 mins 44 secs)

The benefits of spicing up a breast-feeding mother’s diet

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Dr Lucy Cooke (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on the benefits of mothers eating a varied diet whilst breastfeeding. Read: New York Times

Toddlers 'need early years teachers in nurseries'

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A report by the UCL Institute of Child Health and Save the Children highlights pre-school years as a "critical opportunity" for the brain to develop key skills. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, Independent, Sky News, Mirror, Daily Express, Yorkshire Post, TES

The fear of the unknown makes us more stressed

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Knowing that there is a small chance of getting a painful electric shock can lead to significantly more stress than knowing that you will definitely be shocked, finds study led by PhD student Archy de Berker, Dr Robb Rutledge and Dr Sven Bestmann (all UCL Institute of Neurology). Read: Daily Mail, More: Telegraph, Washington Post, Daily Express, TIME, Wired, Times (£), Huffington Post, Forbes, City AM, Daily Express (2), Times of India, UCL News, Listen: BBC 5 Live 'Up All Night' (from 36 minutes 30 seconds)

British working mums spending longer in office than fathers

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A study by NatCen Social Research and the Thomas Coram Research Unit at UCL has found a shift in how couples share childcare responsibilities as fathers in the UK cut their working hours and mothers work more. Read: Daily Express

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