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Doing Arnie impressions can activate your brain

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Dr Carolyn McGettigan (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) writes about her recent investigation into how the brain controls vocal modulations during accents and impersonations. Read: The Conversation

Everest's final frontier: Life without oxygen

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A team from the UCL Centre for Altitude, Space & Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE) recently spent several weeks on Everest studying hundreds of trekkers, climbers and Sherpas. The research will further our understanding of how our bodies adapt to low oxygen levels. Read: New Scientist

Study sheds new light on hidden mysteries of leprosy

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“Human genetics influences susceptibility to leprosy to some extent and better nutrition and better housing are also possible reasons for the overall decline,” said Dr Helen Donoghue (UCL Division of Biosciences). Read: The Conversation

Saffron Walden Castle had foundations plundered

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"Once the building became a ruin it becomes like a standing stone quarry," said Trevor Ennis (UCL Institute of Archaeology). Read: BBC News

Funding freeze is hitting hard, say UK researchers

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“We were quite frankly surprised by just how much scientists are struggling to cope in the current climate of managed decline in funding," said Dr Jennifer Rohn, a biologist at UCL and founder of Science is Vital. Read: Nature More: THE (£)

Scientists uncover clues to cancer's spread

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"(This) suggests an alternative way in which cancer treatments might work in the future if therapies can be targeted at the process of interaction between malignant and healthy cells," said Prof. Roberto Mayor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology). Read: Telegraph More: UCL News io9 Science Business

Big data meets the Bard

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"The past 200 years of humanities has been the lone scholar. But for work in the digital humanities, you need a programmer, an interface expert, and so on,” said Dr Melissa Terras (UCL Centre for Digital Humanities). Read: FT (£)

Half of prostate cancer cases may be missed

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"At UCLH we have been using MRI, followed by a guided biopsy for several years, but there are only a handful of hospitals in this country which currently do this, and that needs to change,” said Professor Mark Emberton (UCL Research Department of Urology). Read: Telegraph More: Daily Mail Independent Telegraph (2)

Scientists challenge patent ban for embryonic stem cell research

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Professor Pete Coffey (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) joins calls by scientists and lawyers in Britain challenging a European ban on the patenting of embryonic stem cells. Read: Independent

Having low levels of vitamin D could raise your risk of high blood pressure

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"Our study strongly suggests that some cases of cardiovascular disease could be prevented through vitamin D supplements or food fortification," said Dr Vimal Karani (UCL Institute of Child Health). Read: Daily Mail More: Express Mirror

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