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How Belfast riots helped us shed light on the nature of human cooperation

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Professor Ruth Mace and Antonio Silva (both UCL Anthropology) explain that although many antropologists believe that conflict drove the evolution of altruism in humans, their research on riots in Belfast shows that the opposite is true. Read: The Conversation

Poverty and ill health on the rise

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The latest Marmot Indicators for health inequalities, by Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), show that increasing numbers of people are poor and in ill health, despite more finding work. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, Telegraph

British cinema-going of the 1960s

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Dr Patrick Glen (UCL History) discusses the Cultural Memory and British Cinema-Going of the 1960s project and the types of recollections the project is hoping to collect from the public. Listen: BBC Radio Sheffield ‘Rony Robinson’ (from 9 mins)

The physics of a chocolate fountain

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Adam Townsend and Dr Helen Wilson (UCL Mathematics) have used a mathematical model to explain that the falling 'curtain' of chocolate in a chocolate fountain pulls inwards rather than going straight downwards because of surface tension. Read: Daily Mail, More: Washington Post, Independent, Listen: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 'Naked Scientists' (from 40 mins)

Adults prove they're better at multitasking than teenagers

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Research led by Kathryn Mills (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has found that adults perform better at memory tasks while being distracted by social interactions than teenagers. Read: Daily Express, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, Shropshire Star

Beyond the rainbow

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Professor Mark Lythgoe (UCL Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics) joins Dr Helen Czerski (UCL Mechanical Engineering) to discuss his work on biomedical imaging. Watch: BBC Four ‘Colour: The Spectrum of Science’ (from 48 mins)

Dementia patients in poor areas are 27% less likely to get help

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A study by Dr Claudia Cooper (UCL Psychiatry) found that dementia patients in England’s poorest areas are 27 per cent less likely to be prescribed anti-dementia drugs than those in richer places. Read: The Sun, More: Mirror, Daily Mail, UCL News

Pioneering study challenges scientific stance on urban diabetes

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Research led by Professor David Napier (UCL Anthropology) for the Cities Changing Diabetes partnership shows socio-cultural factors including time pressure, commuting time and where you live play significant roles in diabetes vulnerability. Read: Guardian, More: Financial Times, UCL News

Obesity epidemic linked to chubby chimp gene

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A study co-authored by Professor Peter Andrews (UCL Anthropology) suggests a genetic mutation in prehistoric apes that let them convert fruit sugar into fat may be a key cause of the modern epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Read: Times (£)

Why we’re beating the drum for better literacy

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A meta-analysis by Professor Susan Hallam (UCL Institute of Education) found that group drumming can benefit “medical and sociological” areas, including language and literacy skills. Read: TES (£)

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