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Comedians’ ‘gift of the gab’ linked to differences in brain activity

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A study led by Dr Joe Devlin (UCL Experimental Psychology) has found that professional speakers, such as comedians, are better at focusing intensely on tasks and drawing on memories when constructing speech. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Listen: Guardian Science Weekly

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri

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Commenting on his work translating the Oxyrhynchus papyri, Professor Vivian Nutton (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) said: “It is the largest single collection of medical papyri to be published”. Read: Daily Mail

Girls face 'sharp rise in emotional problems'

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New research led by Dr Elian Fink (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences), in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre, has found that emotional problems in girls aged 11-13 in England increased by 55% between 2009 and 2014. Read: BBC News, More: Times (£), Telegraph, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Belfast Telegraph, TES, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 '5 live Breakfast' (from 39 mins 9 secs), More: BBC Radio 5 'Morning Reports' (from 4 mins 23 secs), BBC Radio 4 'News Briefing' (from 3 mins 27 secs), BBC London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 35 mins), BBC Radio 4 'Woman's Hour' (from 1 min 5 secs), Watch: BBC News

Stone Age man was a cannibal

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A new study by Simon Parfitt (UCL Archaeology) and the Natural History Museum has found evidence of cannibalism on prehistoric human bones from Gough's Cave in Somerset. Read: Daily Mail, More: Independent

How men compete when donating cash to attractive women

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New research co-authored by Dr Nichola Raihani (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) and the University of Bristol has found that men give more money through fundraising websites after seeing that other men have donated large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Times (£), Guardian (2), Huffington Post, The Conversation, Belfast Telegraph, TIME, LA Times, Washington Post, The Australian (£), New Zealand Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Science' (from 27 mins 23 secs)

‘Kick and kill’ HIV vaccine a step closer

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A study co-authored by Dr Ravindra Gupta (UCL Infection & Immunity) has observed that the human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 25 mins)

MS drug 'may already be out there'

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A trial led by Dr Jeremy Chataway (UCL Institute of Neurology) aims to investigate whether existing medicines could be used to find treatments for Multiple Sclerosis. Watch: BBC News (from 1 min 27 secs), Listen: BBC Radio Merseyside 'Breakfast' (from 27 mins 32 secs)

Child heart surgery deaths in UK 'halved'

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An analysis co-authored by Professor Martin Utley (UCL Clinical Operational Research Unit) has found that death rates for children’s heart surgery in the UK have almost halved in a decade, despite a rise in the number and complexity of cases. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian

Computers learn to mimic humans when compiling forecasts

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A project led by Dr Andreas Vlachos and Dr Sebastian Riedel (both UCL Computer Science) and Heriot-Watt University aims to develop a computer that can collate meteorological information and produce forecasts as if they were written by a human. Read: Daily Mail

HIV spreads like computer worms

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A study led by Professor Benny Chain, Dr Clare Jolly (both UCL Infection & Immunity), Changwang Zhang and Dr Shi Zhou (both UCL Computer Science) has identified a new model for HIV progression which shows that it spreads through the body in a similar way to some computer worms. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, UCL News

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