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Mars once had a warm and wet climate that was 'more favourable' for life

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Fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of Mars, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according to research led by PhD student, Joel Davis (UCL Earth Sciences). Read: Independent, More: UCL News

Perfume traces could help to solve crimes

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Simona Gherghel (UCL Chemistry) and Dr Ruth Morgan (UCL Security & Crime Science) comment on their research into whether traces of fragrances left on clothing could be used as forensic evidence in cases involving close physical contact. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'PM' (from 48 mins 6 secs)

UCL scientists create painless prostate cancer test

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Dr Andrew Feber (UCL Cancer Biology) comments on his project developing a blood test for prostate cancer that could save hundreds of thousands of men per year from undergoing painful biopsies. Read: Evening Standard

Rio 2016: Support as China's Fu Yuanhui breaks period taboo

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Georgie Bruinvels (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) discusses her research finding the majority of sportswomen say their menstrual cycles affect their performance, and how the topic is seen as a taboo. Read: BBC News, More: The Guardian

Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test

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A team of UCL Ophthalmology researchers are developing an eye test that might be able to detect Parkinson’s disease before the onset of symptoms. Read: BBC News, More: The Sun, UCL News

Who BBC Media Action recommends following on Twitter

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The Twitter account for UCL Global Health has been included in a list of those well worth following for information about governance, health and humanitarian affairs. Read: BBC Media Action Insight blog

New computer programme replicates handwriting

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Dr Gabriel Brostow, Dr Tom Haines and Dr Oisin Mac Aodha (all UCL Computer Science) have taught a computer to imitate anyone's handwriting by creating an algorithm that can take a sample of handwritten text, examine its qualities, and then write any text in the same style. Read: BBC News, More: UCL News, Gizmodo, Times of India

Four ways that artificial intelligence can benefit universities

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Professor Rose Luckin (UCL Institute of Education) argues that higher education needs to embrace the positives of AI, not just look at the negatives. Read: THE

Growth restriction in pregnancy

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Exploring the medical ethics surrounding a case where a fetus isn't growing correctly in the womb, Professor Neil Marlow and Dr Anna David (both UCL Institute for Women's Health) contribute their views on the treatment options and importance of new research. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside the Ethics Committee'

What teens need most from their parents

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An overview of research relevant to parenting teenagers mentions work by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) on the development of the teenage brain. Read: Wall Street Journal

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