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Does developing bad behaviour in primary school affect a child’s grades?

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Praveetha Patalay (UCL Institute of Education) says new research shows that children who develop bad behaviour towards the end of primary school fall behind the most. Read: The Conversation

New UCL collection of Jewish pamphlets catalogues history of Jews in Britain

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A new archive project, Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections, has catalogued over 4000 pamphlets from UCL Special Collections covering a wide range of subjects throughout the field of Jewish Studies. Read: Jewish Chronicle

Slavery: How women's key role in abolition has yet to receive the attention it deserves

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Research by the UCL led Legacies of British Slave-ownership project shows that women featured among the Britons who received a share of a £20m government pay out in 1834 as compensation to slave owners for the loss of their “property”. Read: Independent

The dementia epidemic: is it really stabilising?

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An article by Dr Naaheed Mukadam (UCL Psychiatry) analyses a recent study suggesting that dementia levels may be stabilising. Read: Independent

Stroke 'more likely' with long hours

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According to analysis of more than half a million people, led by Professor Mika Kivimaki (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), has found that those working a 55-hour week face 33% increased risk of stroke than those working a 35- to 40-hour week. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, Mirror, The Sun, City AM, Evening Standard, Huffington Post, ITV News, Nottingham Post,Yorkshire Post, Shropshire Star, Scotsman, Belfast Telegraph, The National, Times of India, Gulf News, Straits Times, Herald Sun, The Australian, New York Times, TIME, UCL News

How do you spot the next terrorist?

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A study by Dr Paul Gill (UCL Security & Crime Science) on lone-actor terrorists has been influential in changing the way analysts detect people who may commit violent terror attacks. Read: Globe and Mail

International and postgraduate fee survey

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A recent discussion paper co-written by Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) found that the fees paid by growing numbers of overseas postgraduates studying in the UK have helped to subsidise additional places for domestic learners. Read: THE (£)

Rewiring neurons

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Professor Alison Lloyd (MRC/UCL Lab for Molecular Cell Biology) explains how neurons, with the help of Schwann cells, can rewire themselves into damaged tissue. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Science’ (from 16 mins 13 secs)

First wave of academy schools created under Labour boosted grades

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Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) says struggling schools that were given more autonomy in the early 2000s improved GCSE results for their pupils. Read: The Conversation

Your photos say where you’ve been … and where you’re going

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A team of researchers from UCL Mathematics have used computer algorithms to predict where a person might travel next based on pictures posted to the photo-sharing website Flickr. Read: National Geographic

Do women feel the pain of break-ups more than men?

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A report by UCL and Binghamton University has found that when a relationship ends women suffer more emotional pain than men but they also more fully recover longterm. Read: Daily Mail

Legal risk to male doctors is higher

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A study by UCL has found that male doctors are two-and-a-half times more likely to be sued for medical negligence or face being struck off than their women peers. Read: Daily Mail, More: Mirror, BMJ

Think carefully before returning to Stone Age diet

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A study by Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) argues that carbohydrate consumption, particularly in the form of starch, was critical for the accelerated expansion of the human brain over the last million years. Read: Times (£), More: New York Times, Telegraph, Listen: BBC World Service 'The Science Hour' (from 7 mins 45 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'BBC Inside Science' (from 1 min 25 secs)

Periods in sport: New research on the menstrual cycle effect

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The Female Athlete Health Group, a collaborative project between UCL and St Mary's University lead by PhD student Georgie Bruinvels (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science), is working to increase awareness of period problems in sport. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph

Astronomers discover most distant galaxy yet

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A team of astrophysicists have measured the most distant galaxy ever recorded, which was initially identified by UCL graduate student Guido Roberts-Borsani (UCL Physics & Astronomy). Read: Huffington Post

Neuroscience: Down’s syndrome

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Researchers at Bristol University and UCL have identified a key trouble spot to help understand how Down’s syndrome disrupts neural networks in the brain. Read: Financial Times, More: Scotsman

How cities are innovating towards a circular economy

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The UCL Circular Economy Lab, co-directed by Dr Julia Stegemann (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), is currently working on a number of community initiatives to reuse resources. Read: Guardian

Life story

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Experiments by Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) show that the pores in the honeycomb structure of underwater towers called “white smokers” could act as primitive cells. Read: Economist

Noise during operations found to be causing doctors communication problems

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An analysis of video footage by researchers from Imperial College London and Dr Terhi Korkiakangas (UCL Institute of Education) shows that some operating theatre teams are negatively affected by background music during surgery. Read: Daily Mail, More: Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Mirror, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Morning Reports' (from 4 mins 38 secs)

Quants and quaffs

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A novel artificial intelligence approach developed by Professor John Shawe-Taylor and Dr Tristan Fletcher (both UCL Computer Science) can more accurately predict the price fluctuation of fine wines. Read: Economist, More: Vice, City AM, TechCrunch, UCL News

Chasing stardust

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Professor Stephen Price (UCL Chemistry) has been using a number of surface analysis techniques, including reflection absorption IR spectroscopy and temperature programmed desorption, to probe interstellar ices. Read: Chemistry World

Affluent children reach top universities no matter the system

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A study co-led by Professor John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education) has found that the varying design of higher education systems around the world has little impact on the ability of privileged families to dominate access to elite universities. Read: THE (£)

Quarter of cancer patients losing faith in NHS because of late diagnosis

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An analysis of survey data, led by Dr Georgios Lyratzopoulos (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), has found that if it takes more than three visits to a GP before a referral, cancer patients are more likely to be dissatisfied with their overall care. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Huffington Post

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

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Dr Sunjeev Kamboj and Ravi Das (both UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) are researching ways to reduce cravings by changing memories. Watch: BBC Two ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ (from 21 mins 56 secs)

Less lighting has no impact on crime or collisions

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A report co-authored by Professor Shane Johnson (UCL Security & Crime Science) has found that reduced street lighting at night does not lead to an increase in crime or car crashes. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Sky News, ITV News, Shropshire Star, UCL News

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