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Reptile slices food with 'steak-knife teeth'

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A study led by Dr Marc Jones (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has revealed that tuatara’s chew like no other land animal, using a unique “steak-knife sawing motion". Read: BBC (1) More: BBC (2) Wired New Scientist NY Times

How cities can become healthy places

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With the proportion of the world’s population that lives in cities steadily rising, the UCL/Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities has explored how urban planning contributes to population health. Read: BBC More: Telegraph BBC World Service (from 35mins) Daily Mail BBC 5 Live Express

Intel to use London as a smart city lab

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UCL, Imperial and Intel have announced the launch of a new research institute with the aim of testing the technologies that could power the cities of the future. Read: BBC News More: Telegraph THE

Older mothers have success with children

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Children of older mothers have a more extensive early age vocabulary and are better at recognising shapes and patterns, according to research by Dr Alastair Sutcliffe (UCL Institute of Child Health). Read: Times (£) More: Daily Mail

Memristors in silicon promising for dense, fast memory

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UCL researchers led by Dr Anthony Kenyon (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) have revealed details of a promising way to make a fundamentally different kind of computer memory chip. Read: BBC News More: UCL News

Government retains UK's strict animal testing regime

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Professor Roger Lemon (UCL Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders) highlights the UK’s high welfare standards for animal experimentation. Read: BBC News

South American butterflies cause Darwinian flutter

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"What we show is that one butterfly species can gain its protective colour pattern genes ready-made from a different species by interbreeding with it," says Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment). Read: AFP More: UCL news story

Spoon fed: how cutlery affects your food

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Dr Zoe Laughlin and Professor Mark Miodownik, co-directors of the Institute of Making at UCL, have conducted a series of scientific experiments into the way spoons coated in different metals affect the tastes of food. Read: FT (£)

Swearing on Twitter: where in London is worst for *#$%!*@*?!

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How much of your 140-character tweets are made up of swear words? Ed Manley (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) analyses the posts of Londoners to see which areas and times are worst for foul-mouthed behaviour. Read: Guardian

Hand hygiene campaign 'cut superbug infections'

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Research led by Dr Sheldon Stone (UCL Medical School) found that hand hygiene plays an important role in reducing infections in hospitals. Read: Independent More: BBC Telegraph Mail Mirror Guardian Sun Times (£) UCL News

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