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Exploding batteries filmed in 3D

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New research by Donal Finegan and Dr Paul Shearing (both UCL Chemical Engineering) shows for the first time what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode, which could help engineers improve their design and make them safer for transport. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, The Engineer, Chemistry World, Wired, UCL News

Did life begin in underwater volcanoes?

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A team led by Professor Nora De Leeuw and Dr Nathan Hollingsworth (both UCL Chemistry) has found that hot vents on the seabed could have spontaneously produced the organic molecules necessary for life. Read: Daily Mail

Exploring memory-extraction

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Speaking at the 2015 Wired Health event, Professor Eleanor Maguire (UCL Imaging Neuroscience) explains her research into how memory works. Read: Wired

Sound of crinkling tin foil can cause seizures in cats

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A study by Professor Robert Harvey (UCL Pharmacology) and Davies Veterinary Specialists has identified a rare feline disorder in which a seizure is triggered by high pitched or metallic sounds. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Mirror, Science, South China Morning Post

Comedians’ ‘gift of the gab’ linked to differences in brain activity

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A study led by Dr Joe Devlin (UCL Experimental Psychology) has found that professional speakers, such as comedians, are better at focusing intensely on tasks and drawing on memories when constructing speech. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Listen: Guardian Science Weekly

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri

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Commenting on his work translating the Oxyrhynchus papyri, Professor Vivian Nutton (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) said: “It is the largest single collection of medical papyri to be published”. Read: Daily Mail

Girls face 'sharp rise in emotional problems'

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Stone Age man was a cannibal

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A new study by Simon Parfitt (UCL Archaeology) and the Natural History Museum has found evidence of cannibalism on prehistoric human bones from Gough's Cave in Somerset. Read: Daily Mail, More: Independent

How men compete when donating cash to attractive women

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New research co-authored by Dr Nichola Raihani (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and the University of Bristol has found that men give more money through fundraising websites after seeing that other men have donated large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, BBC News, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Times (£), Guardian (2), Huffington Post, The Conversation, Belfast Telegraph, TIME, LA Times, Washington Post, The Australian (£), New Zealand Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Science' (from 27 mins 23 secs)

‘Kick and kill’ HIV vaccine a step closer

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A study co-authored by Dr Ravindra Gupta (UCL Infection & Immunity) has observed that the human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 25 mins)

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