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IQ linked to levels of happiness

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People with lower intelligence are more likely to be unhappy than their brighter colleagues, according to research by Dr Angela Hassiotis (UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit) and colleagues. Read: BBC News More: Daily Mail Sun

Q and A: What is MDMA?

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Ahead of the first study on the effects of MDMA on the resting brain, which was co-designed by Professor Val Curran (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology), Channel 4 News examines the drug, its effects and the extent of its use in the UK. Read: C4 News, More: Sun, Metro, Guardian, Independent, UCL News

Call for GPs to measure BMI to cut child obesity

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GPs should measure children's body mass index to help curb the growing obesity epidemic, according to the researchers at UCL's Institute of Child Health. Read: Independent More: ITV News Telegraph PA

How the brain filters bad news

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Dr Tali Sharot (UCL Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences) talks about why we are more likely to be receptive to good news than bad. Read: Guardian More: Wired UK

Mel could hardly use her hand after a stroke at just 15, but Botox jabs are unlocking her muscles

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Dr David Werring (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation) talks about how Botox injections and physiotherapy can help improve post-stroke tightness and allow patients to recover some movement in their arms and hands. Read: Daily Mail

Mystery of Britain’s 'Franken-mummies’

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Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology) and colleagues have found that two 3,000-year-old human skeletons dug up in the Outer Hebrides are a jigsaw of at least six different people who died hundreds of years apart. Read: Telegraph

Could 'predictive policing' help prevent burglary?

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"We run it through our software and this generates predictions and a map showing the exact locations where crimes are most likely to take place in the next few days," says professor Shane  Johnson (UCL Security & Crime Science). "They can be used by the police to deploy the resources as efficiently as possible." Read: BBC News

Starlight from eight billion years ago captured on camera

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"The achievement of first light through the Dark Energy Camera brings us a step closer to understanding dark energy, one of the biggest mysteries in the whole of physics,” says Professor Ofer Lahav (UCL Physics & Astronomy). Read: Telegraph More: Daily Mail The Engineer

Stealth fighters rail against concentration on the quiet

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Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) said that researchers should not be "deluded" into thinking that £10 million would resolve the "systemic weaknesses" in the original case made by the Finch report. Read: Times Higher Education

Voyager 1 reaches edge of Solar System

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After 35 years in space, Voyager 1 is reaching the edge of the Solar System as Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) explains. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Material World' (from 16 mins 30 secs)

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