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Will a tattoo ever hang in the Louvre?

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Helen Lewis meets Gemma Angel (UCL History of art), a tattoo historian who has spent three years working with the macabre collection, consisting primarily of skin from “sailors, soldiers and criminals”, sold to the 19th-century collector Henry Wellcome. Read: New Statesman

Being overweight and drinking alcohol triples the risk of deadly liver disease in women

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Being overweight and drinking alcohol dramatically increases the risk of developing fatty liver disease, according to a study conducted by Dr Paul Trembling and Professor William Rosenberg at the UCL Institute of Liver and Digestive Health. Read: Daily Mail More: New Zealand Herald

Google searches predict market moves

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"Large data sets allow us to look for patterns in people's behaviour which we can then use as a predictions for things that repeat in the future," said Dr Suzy Moat (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering). Read: BBC News More: UCL News Forbes Independent Investment Week IT News Fresh Business Thinking The Australian Herald Sun (no link) Daily Express (no link) IT Pro CNN Investment Europe Pensions & Investments All Voices Investment News Wealth Professional Straits Times (£) E-commerce Times Watch: CNN More: BBC Midlands Today FT

Stealth drugs: Panacea pills make targeted kills

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A new generation of drugs promises diagnosis, monitoring, stealth, precision and cure – all in one package. "Doxil was a landmark in the field," says Professor Kostas Kostarelos (UCL Pharmaceutics). Read: New Scientist

Interdisciplinarity: Artistic merit

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"The only way you get questions that have never really been asked before is to bring in different perspectives and question assumptions,” said Dr Beau Lotto (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology). Read: Nature

Diabetes cell treatment breakthrough

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“In the long-term the treatment will become a one-off treatment for diabetes patients that will have a lasting effect,” said Professor Hans Stauss (UCL Immunology). Read: Camden New Journal More: Islington Tribune

Don’t waste your breath, husky voices are the most sexy

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“What we found is that for males listening to females, they preferred the voice to be high-pitched — although not too high — and as breathy as possible,” said Dr Yi Xu (UCL Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences). Read: Times (£) More: Daily Mail Metro (no link) Smithsonian The Australian US News Globe & Mail Hindustan Times Telegraph Jagran Post Spiegel (German) Metro Canada Health Magazine India Times

Beat the bookies by training your brain to be as accurate as a computer

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"Unlike machine systems, people's decisions are messy because they rely on whatever memories are retrieved by chance," said Professor Bradley Love (UCL Cognitive, Perceptual & Brain Sciences). Read: Daily Mail More: UCL News Counsel & Health CBC News

Nanotechnology: striking a balance between glorification and 'grey goo'

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Emerging fields such as nanotechnology must resist the false dichotomy that says they're either marvellous or demonic, writes Professor Kostas Kostarelos (UCL Nanomedicine). Read: Guardian

Most popular surnames of Great Britain mapped

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Alistair Leak (UCL Security & Crime Science) and Dr Muhammad Adnan (UCL Geography) have created a map of the most popular surnames around the UK. Read: Guardian More: Gizmodo Evening Standard Daily Mail Best Magazine Algemeiner Luton Today Listen: LBC Eastern Daily Press London Loves Business Grimsby Telegraph Ilford Recorder Scotsman Daily Record

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