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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

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

33,000 heart attack deaths could have been prevented if NHS had followed guidelines

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A study by the British Heart Foundation, University of Leeds and UCL found that around 33,000 deaths could have been avoided if heart attack aftercare guidelines outlining when to give treatment were followed. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Daily Mail, UCL News

Sunset for perovskites?

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A study led by Dr Robert Palgrave (UCL Chemistry) has called into question the optimistic predictions of undiscovered perovskites, compounds that can be used to convert sunlight to electricity. Read: Chemistry World, More: Scientific American

London, reimagined: alternative tube maps – in pictures

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A map by Dr James Cheshire (UCL Geography) shows the average life length of residents at each London Underground tube stop and a map by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis uses TfL data of Disabled Freedom Pass Card journeys to create real-time visualisations of tube use by disabled people. Read: Guardian

Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face 'short, brutish end'

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In a report, Professor Paul Stevens (UCL Vice-Provost Office, International) says that business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose. Read: Guardian

UK graphene inquiry reveals commercial struggles

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Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) comments on concerns about the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute. Read: Nature

Could this game finally unlock the secrets of the human brain?

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A team of researchers from UCL, led by Dr Hugo Speirs (UCL Experimental Psychology), have helped to create the Sea Hero Quest app to collect and analyse data on how the human brain navigates space, aiming to better understand what happens in the brain for people with dementia. Read: Daily Mail, More: BBC News, Sun, Telegraph, Daily Express, Sky News, City AM, Times (£), Forbes, Sydney Morning Herald, CNN, Washington Post, Listen: BBC World Service ‘Science in Action’ (from 11 mins 47 secs)

How technology is allowing doctors to treat psychological conditions

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Earlier this year researchers from UCL tested virtual reality therapy in patients with depression with the aim to train them to be less self-critical. Read: Daily Mail

Parents’ career concerns leading to curtailing of music

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Research led by Dr Andrea Creech (UCL Institute of Education) has found that music education is still not easily accessible for all children due to a number of barriers including parental concerns about career prospects and time pressures on the curriculum. Read: SecEd, More: UCL News

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