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Richly altruistic

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Neighbourhood income deprivation has a strong negative effect on altruistic behaviour when measured by a ‘lost letter’ experiment, according to new UCL research published today in PLoS One. Read: THE More: UCL news

Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'

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Professor Tim Griffiths and Sundeep Teki (UCL Institute of Neurology) talk about how tuning a piano can also tunes the brain, with structural changes seen within the hippocampus of professional piano tuners. Read: BBC News, More: UCL News

Middle class couples 'risking the family name' with few kids

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Wealthy couples tend to invest more time and energy in fewer children, leading to more successful offspring, says Dr David Lawson (UCL Anthropology). Read: Telegraph More: AFP

More Arctic ice melted this Summer than since records began

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Professor Seymour Laxon (UCL Earth Sciences) comments on the rate of ice melt in the Arctic. Watch: BBC News (from 7mins 16 secs)

Most common London surnames mapped

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Dr James Cheshire (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has mapped the 15 most common surnames in each area across Greater London. Read: Flowing Data More: Telegraph

Children born to older women have a better start in life, claims study

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Children born to older mothers appear to have a healthier start in life as they are less likely to be admitted to hospital and more likely to have vital immunisation jabs, according to researcher from UCL. Read: Daily Mail

Obese 'lose memory sooner'

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Fatter people are more likely to lose their memories and brain power quicker than those who are thinner, according to research by Dr Archana Singh-Manoux (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) and colleagues. Read: Telegraph More: Scotsman, BBC Radio 4 Today (from 54mins), Business Insider

Hygienic? No, your doctor's rubber gloves could infect you with a superbug

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Not only do medics fail to change their gloves between patients, but gloves lull them into a false sense of security, so they actually clean their hands less often, says Dr Sheldon Stone (UCL Medicine). Read: Daily Mail

Science Weekly podcast: Engineering living tissue

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Dr Suwan Jayasinghe (UCL Mechanical Engineering) discusses his work at UCL, where his team is engineering at the cellular level to create tissues that will one day repair or replace whole organs. Listen: Guardian Science Weekly

NASA images from Mars Rover Curiosity

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Dr Peter Grindrod (UCL Earth Sciences) comments: “Curiosity is the most advanced mission sent to another planet ever – it could well change the way we think about the whole of Mars’ history”. Watch: BBC News (from 23mins 30)

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