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Mapping movements of alien bird species

The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

Published: Jan 13, 2017 8:46:26 AM

High-sugar diet programmes a short lifespan in flies

Flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives, even after their diet improves. This is because the unhealthy diet drives long-term reprogramming of gene expression, according to a UCL-led team of researchers.

Published: Jan 10, 2017 5:22:26 PM

Sex cells evolved to pass on quality mitochondria

Mammals immortalise their genes through eggs and sperm to ensure future generations inherit good quality mitochondria to power the body’s cells, according to new UCL research.

Published: Dec 21, 2016 9:22:23 AM

Light therapy effectively treats early prostate cancer

A new non-surgical treatment for low-risk prostate cancer can effectively kill cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue, reports a new UCL-led phase III clinical trial in 413 patients. The trial was funded by STEBA Biotech which holds the commercial license for the treatment.

Published: Dec 20, 2016 9:29:15 AM

UCL Bartlett School of Architecture opens new home

UCL opened today the new central London home of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture which will provide facilities for 1,000 staff and students and is the first major project to be completed in the university’s programme to upgrade its Bloomsbury campus.

Published: Dec 16, 2016 9:06:56 AM

New £250m UK Dementia Research Institute to be led from UCL

UCL has been selected as the 'hub' of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper, current leader of the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and scientific director at VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) in Belgium.

Published: Dec 14, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Revolutionary X-ray technology developed

UCL scientists have successfully developed a new X-ray imaging technology that has the potential to benefit society through life-saving applications in security and healthcare.

Published: Dec 13, 2016 10:17:15 AM

Detecting weather on a gas giant exoplanet

Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on an exoplanet 16 times larger than Earth, according to a team involving UCL scientists. It’s the first time that weather systems have been found on a gas giant outside the solar system.

Published: Dec 12, 2016 4:06:18 PM

Understanding how ice crystals form in clouds

How ice forms on the surfaces of mineral dust particles in the atmosphere has been revealed by a team from UCL and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.

Published: Dec 9, 2016 10:07:04 AM

Mother-child HIV transmission at all time low in UK and Ireland

The number of mothers passing the HIV virus to their babies has fallen to a new record low in the UK and Ireland thanks to the very high take-up of antenatal HIV screening and treatment which reduces virus levels in the pregnant women, according to research led by UCL.

Published: Dec 8, 2016 10:34:57 AM