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How RNA formed at the origins of life

A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Published: May 19, 2017 11:01:41 AM

Record-breaking month for Professor Mohan Edirisinghe

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe FREng (UCL Mechanical Engineering) has received three prestigious awards in as many months, recognising his groundbreaking research in materials science at UCL.

Published: May 9, 2017 3:45:19 PM

Type 2 diabetes genetic mapping identifies new ‘loci’

Scientists are closer to understanding the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes by identifying 111 new chromosome locations (‘loci’) on the human genome that indicate susceptibility to the disease, according to a UCL-led study in collaboration with Imperial College London.

Published: May 4, 2017 5:32:57 PM

UCL climbs Complete University Guide table

UCL has risen another three places – from 10th to 7th – in The Complete University Guide’s main league table for 2018, published today.

Published: Apr 26, 2017 10:27:50 AM

How gut bacteria change cancer drug activity

The activity of cancer drugs changes depending on the types of microbes living in the gut, according to a UCL-led study into how nematode worms and their microbes process drugs and nutrients.

Published: Apr 20, 2017 5:02:48 PM

Centres for the UK Dementia Research Institute announced

The locations of the centres that complete the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), whose hub of research activity and operational headquarters is based at UCL, have been named as the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

Published: Apr 20, 2017 10:34:51 AM

Life skills are important for wellbeing in later life

Life skills, such as persistence, conscientiousness and control, are as important to wealth and wellbeing in later life as they are when people are much younger, according to new research led by UCL.

Published: Apr 12, 2017 10:42:30 AM

Everyone has different 'bad spots' in their vision

The ability to distinguish objects in peripheral vision varies significantly between individuals, finds new research from UCL, Paris Descartes University and Dartmouth College, USA. For example, some people are better at spotting things above their centre of vision while others are better at spotting things off to the right.

Published: Apr 11, 2017 11:46:01 AM

Collaborating AI learns to play StarCraft

Multiple artificial intelligence (AI) agents have learned to work together to play StarCraft, a science fiction combat video game, by using two-way communication according to a team from UCL and Alibaba Group.

Published: Apr 10, 2017 10:49:08 AM

Article 50 and UCL: Provost statement

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, addresses the UCL community following the triggering of Article 50 by the UK government.

Published: Mar 29, 2017 12:28:51 PM

Poor communication main cause of marriage, cohabitation breakdown

The most common reasons given for the breakdown of marriages or live-in partnerships in Britain are communication problems and growing apart, according to analysis by UCL researchers of the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).

Published: Mar 24, 2017 2:30:52 PM

Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain

Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research.

Published: Mar 21, 2017 4:30:41 PM

Genome-based diets improve growth, fertility and lifespan

In flies and mice, diets based on an organism’s genome enhance growth and fertility with no costs to lifespan, according to a team of researchers from UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne.

Published: Mar 13, 2017 11:22:46 AM

Most effective vocabulary learning technique revealed

UCL and language learning app Memrise have announced the winner of the first 'Memprize', a competition to find the world’s most efficient and effective vocabulary learning technique.

Published: Mar 13, 2017 10:25:29 AM

MRI scans can help spot HIV in the brain

Scientists at UCL have developed a way to use MRI scans to help identify when HIV is persisting in the brain despite effective drug treatment.

Published: Mar 13, 2017 10:25:48 AM

Improving defence against earthquakes and tsunamis

A pioneering new computer model has been developed to simulate the whole chain of hazard events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes, by a team involving UCL and Bristol engineers.

Published: Mar 10, 2017 9:52:23 AM