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Dark matter particle remains elusive

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has yielded no trace of a dark matter particle after completing its final 20-month long search of the universe, according to LUX collaboration scientists including UCL researchers.

Published: Jul 21, 2016 9:38:52 AM

A federal origin of Stone Age farming

The transition from hunter-gatherer to sedentary farming 10,000 years ago occurred in multiple neighbouring but genetically distinct populations according to research by an international team including UCL.

Published: Jul 14, 2016 9:20:45 PM

Family upbringing has no impact on people’s food preferences

The effects of family upbringing on people’s food preferences disappear as they start to make their own meal choices, to the point where they have no detectable impact by late adolescence, according to research carried out among a large group of older teenage twins by UCL and King’s College London.

Published: Jul 7, 2016 4:16:28 PM

Accelerating research into dark energy

A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by UCL and CEFCA scientists. Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.

Published: Jul 7, 2016 10:53:33 AM

Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres

Venus has an ‘electric wind’ strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans, according to a new study by NASA and UCL researchers.

Published: Jun 20, 2016 2:04:55 PM

Heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness

Researchers at UCL and Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that a drug originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetes related blindness.

Published: Jun 14, 2016 1:02:15 PM

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Published: Jun 13, 2016 10:37:53 AM

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases

Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King’s College London.

Published: Jun 10, 2016 4:18:28 PM

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression

A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council.

Published: Jun 2, 2016 1:40:13 PM

Statement: UCL rent-guarantor scheme

For a number of years UCL has run a rent-guarantor scheme in which the university offers to stand as guarantor to students who move into private accommodation, effectively guaranteeing payment of rent. In the event of non-payment UCL becomes liable for any debts incurred. 

Published: May 25, 2016 2:21:30 PM