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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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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 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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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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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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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.

Young people have more varied sex lives than their parents

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Young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago, according to new analysis by UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Training world leaders of the future: student case studies

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James Ashcroft graduated with a first from UCL and studied on the Masters programme at Yenching Academy. Honey Watson, who also graduated with a first from UCL and did the Masters programme

UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges

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UCL and Peking University (PKU) have extended their partnership by agreeing a new roadmap to tackle issues including creating a blueprint for sustainable cities, teaching Mandarin in English schools and reducing the occurrence of spina bifada, one of the world’s most common birth defects.

UCL researchers help inspire Scotland’s new laws to ban smacking

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The decision by the Scottish government to ban smacking has been welcomed by UCL researchers whose report into the damage caused to children by physical punishment played a key part in framing the proposed new legislation.

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

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UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

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UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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