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David Cameron faces demands for slavery reparation on Jamaica visit

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The UCL based Legacies of British Slave-ownership project has compiled a database of those who received reparations from the Slave Compensation Commission, including General Sir James Duff, who it is claimed is a first cousin six times removed of David Cameron. Read: BBC News, More: Bloomberg

Stem cell trial aims to cure blindness

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A trail for a new treatment derived from stem cells for people with ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is being co-led by Professor Pete Coffey (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital following a successful operation on a patient. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent, Times (£), Telegraph, Mirror, Daily Express, ITV News, Sky News, Scotsman, Yorkshire Post

Reserved powers for Wales

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A report by the UCL Constitution Unit and Cardiff University warns that the UK Government’s devolution proposals for a ‘reserved powers’ model of devolution for Wales are unlikely to be workable. Listen: BBC Radio Scotland ‘Good Morning Scotland’ (from 42 mins 9 secs)

Why our teenage memories are the ones we recall best

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A review study, led by Delia Fuhrmann (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience), has suggested that the teenage brain is more sensitive and therefore better at absorbing new memories. Read: Daily Mail

Restless movements 'undo the damage caused by sitting for a long time'

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Research from Leeds University and UCL, involving Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson (UCL Institute of Child Health) suggests that restless movement can counteract the adverse effects of sitting for long periods. Read: Daily Mail, More: Guardian

Need help working through a personal crisis? Just pretend you're Freud

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Research by Professor Mel Slater (UCL Computer Science) found that a small group of male study participants who adopted Freud's avatar in a virtual reality scenario gave themselves better psychological advice than when the used their own avatars. Read: Huffington Post

Fish oil is good for you... if you're an Inuit

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Greenlanders possess genetic mutations that enable them to reap the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids but their traditional diet might not be suitable for others says Dr Matteo Fumagalli (UCL Genetics Institute). Read: Daily Mail

Seven ponds in seven days

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Researchers at UCL, with support from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and other conservation partners are leading a volunteer team to restore seven farmland ponds in Norfolk. Listen: BBC Radio Norfolk ‘Stephen Bumfrey’ (from 3 hours 2 mins), More: BBC Radio Norfolk 'Nicky Price' (from 2 hours 22 mins), BBC Radio Norfolk 'The Garden Party' (from 40 mins 30 secs), Read: UCL News

Using the magic properties of porcelain

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Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) discusses the cultural story of porcelain and how researchers at UCL are using its shape-shifting and electrical properties to develop wearable assistive materials. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week' (from 9 mins 20 sec and again from 35 mins)

Fewer than half using free bowel cancer test service

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Dr Christian Von Wagner (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) says there are lots of reasons why people might not have the test and he hopes ongoing research will help find ways to encourage as many eligible people as possible to take part. Read: Mirror Online, More: BBC News, BMJ

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