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'Electric wind' stripped Venus of its oceans

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Venus has an ‘electric wind’ that may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans and atmospheres according to new research involving Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory). Read: Daily Mail, TheRegister, Economic Times (India)More: UCL News

Viruses like Ebola and Zika can be predicted

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Outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola and Zika can be predicted by looking at environmental changes, according to a new study led by Professor Kate Jones and Dr David Redding (both UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment). Read: BBC News, More: The Telegraph, Reuters, ScienceUCL News

Pack condoms with the suntan lotion, advise sexual health experts

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Two studies using data from NATSAL, one of which was led by Dr Clare Tanton (UCL Infection & Population Health), found that substantial numbers of British adults, from the age of 16 up to 74, are having sexual encounters while travelling abroad. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Star, The Sun

Precision medicine the theme at world's biggest cancer conference

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A trial by UCL, Cambridge University and Cancer Research UK will use genetic testing of breast cancer tumours to find the most suitable treatments for each patient. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Daily Mail

Parents 'may be overfeeding infants', experts warn

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A report by Hayley Syrad (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) has found that parents may be feeding their toddlers larger portions than they need and that feeding guidelines needed to be more specific and better known. Read: BBC News, More: Sun, Daily Mail

NBA finals: are you a LeBron or a Curry?

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Research by Dr Chia-Jung Tsay (UCL School of Management) has found that people have a bias towards those who are considered to have a natural talent rather than those who work hard. Read: Wall Street Journal

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

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Research led by Professor Jonathan Roiser (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) has found that a region of the brain which responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults. Read: Spectator, More: The Conversation

Why older people take fewer risks

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A study led by Dr Robb Rutledge (UCL Institute of Neurology and Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry & Ageing Research), which uses data collected from The Great Brain Experiment, has found that older people are less willing to take risks for potential rewards and this may be due to declining levels of dopamine in the brain. Read: Daily Mail

Women who want to be taken seriously at work should stand 'like a man'

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A study co-led by UCL has suggested that women are more likely to be taken seriously at work if they stand in a typically male way. Read: Daily Mail, More: Telegraph, The Sun

Bat Detective

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BBC Inside Science joins Professor Kate Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) on a Hampstead Heath bat watch, part of the citizen science project Bat Detective. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 21 mins 46 secs)

Does the REF motivate or discourage research staff?

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Len Ole Schafer (UCL Institute of Education) has conducted research into how academics and policy makers perceive the REF and its impact on academic life. Read: THE (£)

Scientists sniff out genes controlling human nose shapes

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A study led by Professor Andrés Ruiz-Linares (UCL Biosciences) and Dr Kaustubh Adhikari (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has identified the genes that drive the shape of human noses. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, The Sun, Mirror, Belfast Telegraph, Newsweek, The Conversation, Washington Post, UCL News

Noreena Hertz set to be unveiled as economics editor of ITV News

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Professor Noreena Hertz (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) is set to be appointed the new economics editor for ITV News. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail

Aarathi Prasad: ‘Indians hedge their bets’

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In her new book In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine, Dr Aarathi Prasad (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) describes a push to integrate the modern ‘western’ approach with many traditional systems, from ayurveda to yoga. Read: Guardian

Why you'll live longer if your mother ate lots of beans

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Studies conducted by Dr Nadia Micali (UCL Institute of Child Health) have investigated eating disorders in pregnancy. Read: Daily Mail

Two children in every class experience language disorders, study suggests

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A study led by Professor Courtenay Norbury (UCL Language & Cognition) has found that approximately two children in every Year 1 class will experience a significant language disorder that affects their learning. Read: TES, More: Schools Week, UCL News

Huntington’s disease: the new gene therapy that sufferers cannot afford

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In September last year researchers led by Professor Sarah Tabrizi (UCL Institute of Neurology) began the human testing of a drug that, if successful, would be the first to slow down the progression of Huntington’s disease. Read: Guardian

Curing Alzheimer's

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Professor Nick Fox (UCL Institute of Neurology) discusses the use of new brain scans that can pick up the early signs of dementia at a cellular level, allowing Alzheimer’s disease to be detected up to 15 years before symptoms become apparent. Watch: BBC Two ‘Horizon’, Listen: BBC World Service 'The Newsroom' (from 5 mins 57 secs)

No more second guessing!

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A team of designers, including the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, have created a theoretical emotion detector based on the Voight-Kampff machine from the sci-fi fantasy film 'Blade Runner'. Read: Daily Mail

How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

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As cyberattacks grow ever more sophisticated, Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) explains how behavioural science and economics can be used to understand both the perpetrators and their victims. Read: Nature, More: Scientific American

Low-cost headsets boost virtual reality’s lab appeal

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Professor Anthony Steed (UCL Computer Science) comments on how a wave of user-friendly devices is making virtual reality headsets an attractive research tool. Read: Nature

The possible cause of flashbacks discovered

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A brain imaging study led by Dr James Bisby (UCL Institute of Neurology) shows that we forget the context in which a traumatic event take place, which could be crucial to avoiding negative loops. Read: The Conversation

Private school pupils and Russell Group graduates are slimmer and healthier in middle age

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A study led by Dr David Bann (UCL Institute of Education) has found that private school pupils are more likely than their peers at comprehensives to have a lower body mass index (BMI) by the time they reach their early 40s. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, TES, Schools Week

Seven-day NHS plan contains ‘serious flaws’ and is ‘completely uncosted’

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A study led by Kings College London and UCL has found no ‘weekend effect’ on survival for stroke care patients admitted to hospital, but instead uncovered variations throughout the week. Read: Independent, More: Telegraph, Yorkshire Post

New scan will spot dementia

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PET scans are being trialled by researchers at UCL, led by Professor Nick Fox (UCL Institute of Neurology), to locate and measure amyloid and tau plaques in the brain, allowing Alzheimer’s disease to be detected up to 15 years before symptoms become apparent. Read: Daily Express, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph

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