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Scientists propose changing the rules of history to avoid environmental collapse

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For the first time in our planet’s 4.5 billion-year history a single species, humans, is increasingly dictating its future, according to a new book by UCL scientists. 

Immigrant and disadvantaged children benefit most from early childcare

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Attending universal childcare from age three significantly improves the school readiness of children from immigrant and disadvantaged family backgrounds, a new UCL study has found. 

UCL Festival of Culture - one week to go

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This year’s UCL Festival of Culture explores some important and contemporary issues such as the migration crisis, identity, homelessness and brings all of these issues to life through talks, theatre, exhibitions, live readings and workshops.

Almost 1 in 4 people worldwide to be obese by 2045

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If current trends continue, almost a quarter (22%) of the people in the world will be obese by 2045 (up from 14% in 2017), and one in eight (12%) will have type 2 diabetes (up from 9% in 2017), according to a study presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria (23-26 May). 

Economics centre led by UCL academics granted Research Institute status

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The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has granted Research Institute status to a leading economics research centre led by UCL academics. 

Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East Africa

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Over the last 50 years climate change has not been the key driver of the human displacement or conflict in East Africa, rather it is politics and poverty, according to new research by UCL.

Atlantic circulation that helps warm UK is at its weakest for over 1500 years

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 North Atlantic circulation is weaker today than it has been for over a thousand years, and leading climate change models could be overestimating its stability, according to a team of scientists led by UCL and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, US.

Macaques choose stone tools based on own size and strength

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Macaques appear to select stone tools to crack open oil palm nuts based on the size and strength of their own body, rather than the optimum weight and size of the stone, to make the process more efficient, according to new research led by UCL.

New Dean of UCL Social & Historical Sciences appointed

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Sasha Roseneil

UCL is delighted to announce that Professor Sasha Roseneil has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences (SHS). 

Major study to support civil service reform in developing countries

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Political and personal links have helped a fair proportion of civil servants in developing countries at all level of hierarchy to secure their first job, pay rises and promotion, according to research by UCL and the University of Nottingham on civil service management in developing countries.

Going ballistic! Science meets conservation on The Mary Rose

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Major advances into how to protect and preserve a huge haul of cannonballs found on Henry VIII's flagship vessel The Mary Rose, have been made through a ground-breaking partnership between UCL, The Mary Rose and Diamond Light Source. 

Economics students pitch their big ideas to city leaders at annual UCL conference

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UCL is hosting its fourth annual economics conference ‘Explore Econ’, which is a platform for students to present research ideas on some of the biggest life questions of today. 

UCL continues to perform strongly in QS subject rankings

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UCL Quad

UCL has 12 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, improving upon last year’s position with Life Sciences and Arts & Humanities joining the top 10.

Beaker culture in Britain came about through large-scale migration

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Beaker pottery and culture spread through large-scale migration of people and through the exchange of new ideas, according to new research by an international team involving UCL scientists.

Loneliest tree in the world marks new age for our planet

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Loneliest Tree

The planet entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene in 1965, according to a new study led by UCL and University of New South Wales.

Laser technology reveals the weight of some of UK’s and world’s biggest trees

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New laser scanning technology is being used by UCL scientists to provide fresh and unprecedented insights into the structure and mass of trees, a development that will help plot how much carbon they absorb and how they might respond to climate change.

Citrus fruit peel offers new evidence on early cultivation

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Citrus fruit was being cultivated in India in the Late Neolithic period and in southern Thailand in the Iron Age, according to new findings by archaeologists at UCL and Peking University, Beijing.

UCL sets out vision of Brexit and beyond by 28 of world’s leading experts on European studies

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UCL has set out a vision of Brexit and beyond in a book that brings together 28 of the world’s leading experts on European studies.

UCL turns clock back to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella as part of research celebration of 1960s films

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The clock was turned back to 1968  at a London cinema this week as part of the culmination of a three-year project by UCL academics to record, analyse, archive  and publicise the memories of almost a thousand people across the UK about what it was like to go to the cinema in the 1960s.

Whitehall fails to fully exploit talents of non-exec directors, finds UCL study

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Whitehall is failing to fully exploit the expertise of non-executive directors (NEDs) to improve the way departments’ policies and plans are devised and implemented despite their high calibre, commitment and experience, a study by UCL’s Constitution Unit has found.

Women are ostracised by unfounded witchcraft labels

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Rural China

Witchcraft labels are a mechanism to harm female competitors and profoundly affect the structure of social networks, according to new UCL-led research.

Leverhulme Trust recognises UCL research excellence 

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UCL Leverhulme winners

The Leverhulme Trust has recognised the excellence of UCL’s research, funding a doctoral training programme as well as making fifteen awards to academics to further their work in a wide range of fields including the study of the genes in yeast, chemistry and English literature.

Venezuelan rock art mapped in unprecedented detail

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Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela – including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world – have been mapped in unprecedented detail by UCL researchers.

Storytellers promoted co-operation among hunter-gatherers before advent of religion

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Storytelling promoted co-operation in hunter-gatherers prior to the advent of organised religion, a new UCL study reveals.

UCL to train FCO diplomats and staff in economic skills from knowing markets to handling crises

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UCL has won a flagship contract to train the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s staff and diplomats around the world in economics, ranging from how different markets and exchange rates operate to the economics of climate change and macro-economic crises.

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