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Blow to multiple human species idea

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Professor Fred Spoor (UCL Cell and Developmental Biology) comments on a new study which suggests that three different human species are in fact all part of a single evolving lineage that led to modern humans. Read: BBC News

Chinese cash and expertise could solve Nuclear puzzle 

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“If you are talking about key energy infrastructure, there’s no way that any other EU country or the US or Russia or even China itself would allow this to happen with someone who didn’t share their political views,” says Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute). Read: Telegraph

Autism rate steady after mystery peak

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Professor Brent Taylor (UCL Institute of Child Health), who led the study, said that a fivefold increase in the 1990s was “one of life’s mysteries”. About half the increase could be attributed to better diagnosis and more awareness of the condition but the rest remained unexplained, he said. Read: The Times (£)

Did Africa's Great Lakes boost our ancestors' brains?

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The great flowering of human evolution over the past 2 million years may have been driven not by the African savannahs, but by the lakes of that continent's Great Rift Valley according to a new study by Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography). Read: New Scientist More: Independent UCL News Independent.ie

The 'standup scientist' revealing the secret of laughter

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Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) talks about Bright Club, and studying the science behind what makes us laugh. Read: CNN

London cycling census mapped: where do cyclists outnumber drivers?

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Using newly released data from Transport for London's cycle traffic census, Oliver O'Brien (UCL CASA) has created an interactive map showing traffic flows on key routes in central London. Read: Guardian

Estimate doubled for vCJD carriers in UK

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Twice as many Britons as previously thought could be carrying the human form of "mad cow" disease, variant CJD, according to a new study led by Professor Sebastian Brandner (UCL Neurodegenerative Diseases). Read: BBC News More: Guardian The Times (£) Nature News Daily Mail Scotsman IoL

Traders tap Twitter for top stock tips

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Ilya Zheludev (UCL Computer Science) comments on the use of Twitter to generate tips on the stock market. Read: FT (£)

Children with regular bedtimes less likely to misbehave, research shows

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Youngsters with no set pattern are more likely to have behavioural problems and emotional difficulties, according to a new study by Professor Yvonne Kelly (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) and colleagues. Read: Guardian More: UCL News Daily Mail Reuters Metro Herald Scotland Globe & Mail ITV New York Times Gulf Times WebMD

Dramatic rise in cyclists in London road 'revolution'

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Research by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis has shown that between 2001 and 2011 the number of cyclists in London rose from 77,000 to nearly 155,000. Read: Evening Standard

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