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Investing in high speed rail

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses how the proposed route for the high-speed train network will impact life in the UK. Listen: BBC R4 Today More: FT (£) BBC News at 10 (from 5mins) Guardian BBC News BBC News II Telegraph

Two steps forward, one step back

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If the world’s one billion cigarette smokers were to switch to electronic cigarettes, the death toll would be reduced from more than five million each year to perhaps tens of thousands, says Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: Times (£) More: Times (£) II

Your molar roots are leftovers from Homo erectus

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Professors Christopher Dean (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) and Tim Cole (UCL Institute of Child Health) have studied the microscopic structure of adult molars to reconstruct the pace of their development. Read: New Scientist

Mapping brain networks: Fish-bowl neuroscience

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Dr Jason Rihel (UCL Cell and Developmental Biology) talks about how scientists can use tiny fish to provide a window into complex brain connections.  Read: Nature

Drive: Journeys Through Film, Cities and Landscapes

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Professor Iain Borden (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) explores the experience of driving cars as a way of encountering landscapes and cities and looks at how driving is portrayed in cinema. Read: Telegraph

Threat to the courts system as barristers Google jurors then alter speeches to win sympathy

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Professor Cheryl Thomas (UCL Law) comments on the continued use of the internet by jurors to research defendants and their case histories. Read: Times (£)

Immigration is a boon for society, and the EU should be praised for encouraging it

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A study by Professor Christian Dustman (UCL Economics) found that in the year to April 2009 workers from Eastern Europe contributed £1.37 in taxes for every £1 of services they used. Read: New Statesman

Born to rule? Scientists uncover gene that may help create natural leaders

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A new study by Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL School of Public Policy) has found that genetic differences are significantly associated with the likelihood that people take on managerial responsibilities. Read: Independent Daily Mail Huffington Post BBC Newshour (from 38m) UCL News Wall Street Journal

El Dorado: The truth behind the myth

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Research by Dr Marcos Martinon-Torres (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has shown that within Muisca society "gold" objects were made specifically for immediate use as offerings to the gods to encourage them to balance the equilibrium of the cosmos. Read: BBC News

London Underground: 14 alternative Tube maps

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Dr Andy Hudson-Smith, Dr James Cheshire and Oliver O'Brien (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) showcase their alternative tube maps. Read: Guardian More: Londonist

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