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Businesses need better understanding of built environment

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A UCL Bartlett report has found that business leaders need to invest in sustainability and infrastructure in the built environment if they want to remain competitive on a global scale. Read: The Guardian, More: edieEnergy, FMJ

E-cigarettes full of puff as user numbers triple to 2.1m

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) says: "About 85% of people using e-cigarettes are smokers trying to quit". Read: Sunday Times (£)

Revolutionary new scan spots arthritis before symptoms start

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A new laser scanning technique used to spot signs of arthritis before symptoms occur has been created by a team led by Professor Allen Goodship (UCL Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science). Read: Daily Express

In the workplace, leaders who aren’t always followed

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New research co-led by Professor Martin Kilduff (UCL Management Science and Innovation) has uncovered a bias surrounding brokerage roles within organizations that gives advantages to male brokers and their teams. Read: New York Times

Arty brains

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A team led by Professor Chris McManus (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) has found that the brains of trained artists change as they practice, enhancing grey matter to improve motor control and procedural memory. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' (from 22 mins 15 secs)

Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

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Gurdane Virk (UCL Bartlett) looks at two potential ways of reducing the urban heat island effect - planted roofs and white painted roofs. Read: The Conversation

Free shopping vouchers for drug addicts in NHS scheme

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A joint study between UCL, King's College London and Imperial College London has found that heroin addicts are far more likely to complete a course of hepatitis B vaccinations if given supermarket vouchers. Read: Daily Mail, More: Telegraph, Guardian

The hospital growing noses, tear ducts and blood vessels

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A team led by Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) is working on growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory using stem cells. Read: Daily Mail, More: CBS, Fox News, The Hindu, Wired

World's first computational psychiatry centre opens in London

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The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, which opened on Tuesday, aims to use computational models to bridge the gap between neuroscience and the phenomena seen in psychiatric disorders. Read: Guardian, Listen: BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 30 secs)

'Mars yard' to test European rover

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space and Climate Physics) discusses the PanCam imaging system for the new ExoMars rover. Read: BBC News

Fruit and vegetable intake: five a day may not be enough, scientists say

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A study led by Dr Oyinlola Oyebode and Dr Jenny Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) suggests an increase in daily fruit and veg intake is linked to a lower chance of death from stroke and cancer. Read: The Guardian, More: BBC News, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Daily Mail, Daily MirrorThe ScotsmanThe Herald, Express & Star, New ScientistUCL News and extensive national and international coverage.

Toddlers who sleep less eat more

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Toddlers who sleep for less than 10 hours a day are likely to become fatter than those who sleep for at least 13 hours, a study led by Dr Abi Fisher (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) has found. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Huffington Post, The Hindu, UCL News

Activity levels in mums and children 'directly linked'

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A study co-led by Kathryn Hesketh (UCL Institute of Child Health) has shown a direct, positive association between physical activity in children and their mothers. Read: BBC News, More: Huffington Post, The Scotsman 

Daily Mail accused of insulting top female scientists

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Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) has written an open letter to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, to raise concerns about an article commenting on the race and gender of UCL academics appearing on BBC Newsnight. Read: Guardian (1), More: Guardian (2), Guardian (3), New Statesman, THE, Press Gazette, The Voice, Huffington PostUCL News

Statins 'may help control multiple sclerosis'

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Early trial results show statins can slow brain shrinkage in people with MS, according to new research published in The Lancet and led by Dr Jeremy Chataway, (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Professor John Greenwood (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology). Read: BBC News, More: UCL News, The Independent, Guardian, Daily Mail, New Scientist

Map: London's most popular commuter destinations

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Dr Ed Manley (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has created a map showing the most popular destinations for the capital's millions of commuters, using data gathered from nearly 50 million Oyster Card journeys. Read: Evening Standard, More: Daily Mail

Ripples in space-time: scientists discover gravitational waves from the Big Bang

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UCL experts including Dr Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) comment about the discovery of gravitational waves – ripples from the Big Bang 14.8 billion years ago, which were predicted by Einstein almost a century ago. Watch: Newsnight More: The Guardian, ITV News at Ten, Channel 4 News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' (from 4 minutes 10 sec)

Information overload acts ‘to dim the lights’ on what we see

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Professor Nilli Lavie (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neurosciene) explains that too much visual information causes a phenomenon known as ‘load induced blindness’, with an effect akin to dimming the lights. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Powerlines disturb animal habitats

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Professor Glen Jeffery (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) says: “Wild animals see overhead power cables in remote regions of the countryside as disturbing lines of flashing lights, which could explain why many species avoid electricity pylons. Read: Independent, More: Guardian, Daily MailTelegraph, BBC News, UCL News

Premature babies dying because of inadequate care

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Professor Neil Marlow (UCL Neonatology) explains how extremely premature babies may be dying because they are not receiving the best care. Read: Telegraph

Drugs breakthrough could end misery of painful eye injection

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A team of researchers led by Professor Francesca Cordeiro (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) have found a way to deliver drugs to the back of the eye in simple eye drops. Read: Express, More: Times of India, UCL News

Ears and noses from a test tube

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Dr Patrizia Ferretti (UCL Institute of Child Health) comments on a new process that can grow ears and noses from stem cells through tissue engineering. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph (2), New Zealand Herald, Times of India

Social smokers underestimate risks

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Research led by Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) has shown that part-time smokers average 37 cigarettes a week but only one in four worry their tobacco intake will harm their health. Read: Guardian, More: Times

Can stem cells heal broken hearts?

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The biggest ever stem cell trial involving heart attack patients has begun in London. Professor John Martin (UCL Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics) says: "Not only could this treatment save lives it could also save the NHS money." Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime' (from 1 hour 46 minutes)

Super-rich professions squeeze out traditional middle class

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A study by Prof Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) has revealed that many jobs that were considered highly lucrative in the 1970s have been eclipsed by salaries for bankers, doctors and lawyers. Read: The Times, More: Financial Times (£), Daily Mail

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