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Ditch the car and lose half a stone

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Research conducted by UCL and the London School of Tropical Hygiene has found that people who take the bus, cycle or walk to work are more likely to have a lower BMI and body fat percentage than those who drive. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Shropshire Star

Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archaeology project

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Volunteers from around the world have helped to transcribe more than 30,000 handwritten catalogue cards and thousands of ancient bronze objects as part of the MicroPast project, which is co-led by Professor Andrew Bevan (UCL Archaeology) and Daniel Pett (British Museum). Read: Guardian

The Queen's own pirates

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After a decade of excavations, led by Gustav Milne (UCL Archaeology), researchers have revealed it is highly likely that a wreck found in the bed of the Thames estuary is the Cherabin, England's only surviving 'state pirate ship'. Read: Daily Mail

Boy has ears created from ribs

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Dr Patrizia Ferretti (UCL Institute of Child Health) explains a new approach to tissue engineering currently being researched by the UCL Institute of Child Health, which will create stem cells from patients' fat tissue. Read: BBC News

Meet your maker: Homing in on the ancestor of all life

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A study led by Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) suggests that life’s Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) had a ‘leaky’ membrane, which can offer clues as to how humans and other life evolved and grew. Read: Daily Mail, More: New Scientist (£), International Business Times, UCL News

Adventures in contraception: eight women discuss their choices

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Professor Judith Stephenson (UCL Women's Health) explains that there are more effective methods of contraception than the pill or condom. Read: Observer

UK universities offer cash and memberships to lure bright students

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Article on university student incentive schemes notes that UCL is offering £1,000 scholarships to students who get three or more A*s. Read: Financial Times

Confusion over best way to brush teeth, study finds

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Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to research led by Dr John Wainwright and Professor Aubrey Sheiham (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Reuters, Times (£), Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, TIME, Times of India,   UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live (from 49 min 35 secs)

Hope for paralysed patients as scientists rebuild links from spinal cord to brain

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Professors Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) and Geoffrey Raisman (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation) comment on new research where neurons grown from human cells were implanted into the spines of rats. Read: The Times (£)

Dieting makes you healthier - and less happy

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A study led by Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that although weight loss significantly improves physical health, it can lead to a higher risk of depression. Read: Daily Mail, More: Times (£), The Conversation, BBC News, Scotsman, The Australian

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