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Millions of over-65s at risk from speedy pedestrian crossings

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The charity Living Streets has called for an increase in "green man" time of three seconds, after research led by Dr Jennifer Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) found most over-65s walk far slower than the estimate of 1.2 metres per second which forms the basis for crossings. Read: Daily Telegraph (£), More: Herald Scotland, The Times (£), Daily Mail

London 2062: When football rules City

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Football clubs could be paying fans to attend matches and running schools under visions of the future of London in 50 years. A new UCL book envisages a range of scenarios for 2062, including one in which London could rise to become a “prime megacity” because of technological innovation. Read: Evening Standard

Getting vaccinated is a civic duty, warn health experts

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A new report calls for increased adult vaccination against infectious diseases, including seasonal influenza and whooping cough. Professor David Taylor (UCL School of Pharmacy), said “extending access” to vaccination has a “significant potential for improving public health” in the UK. Read: The Independent

Solar lasers, ocean power and volcanoes: unusual energy sources of the future

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William McDowall (UCL Energy Institute) comments on alternative energy sources, saying: "In the year 2000, most alternative energy technologies were considered niche options that might one day show promise, now they're multi-billion dollar industries". Read: CNN

Warning over rising pulse rates in children

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The resting pulse rate of UK children has risen over the last 30 years - suggesting they may be at higher risk of heart disease in later life, according to new research led by Dr Leah Li (UCL Institute of Child Health). Read: Daily Mail, Mirror, Telegraph

UCL leads grant income table

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UCL won grants worth £135 million in 2012/13, £31 million more than any other institution, according to THE's annual analysis of research council data. Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) attributes the “tremendous boost” to emphasis on building cross-disciplinary consortia. Read: THE

New system for radiotherapy treatment

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Dr Jayant Vaidya (UCL General Surgery) discusses the latest results from the TARGIT trial, which uses intraoperative radiotherapy for breast cancer. Listen: BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour (from 1min 40secs)

Energy Crunch for Britain’s Poor

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) comments on how the Conservatives have changed their environmental stance. “[It’s] changed out of all recognition. There’s been a huge shift,” he said. Read: New York Times More: Voice of Russia

Why too much confidence can be a bad thing

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Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology) talks about why overconfidence, far from getting you ahead, can actually harm your career. Read: The Times (£)

Volunteers sought for 'open access' genome project

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Professor Stephan Beck (UCL Research Department of Cancer Biology), one of the UK project leaders from, said: "Donating your genome and health data to science is a great way to enable advances in the understanding of human genetics, biology and health.” Read: Telegraph More: BBC News BBC R4 Inside Science

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