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We connect journalists to expert academics and promote UCL research and teaching throughout the global media.

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Police can now tell identical twins apart – just melt their DNA

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Dr Georgina Meakin (UCL Security & Crime Science) comments on a new technique that can quickly and cheaply pin a DNA sample to a particular twin. Read: New Scientist

Hubble captured the throes of a dying star, V838 Moncerotis

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Professor Raman Prinja (UCL Physics & Astronomy) examines Hubble’s images of the dying star V838 Moncerotis. Read: The Conversation

Under fire on all sides: what fate for Ofsted?

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Professor Chris Husbands and Professor Dylan Wiliam (both UCL Institute of Education) comment on the criticisms faced by Ofsted. Read: TES

Yellowstone earthquakes reveal a volcanic system four times bigger than we thought

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Robin Wylie (UCL Earth Sciences) explains how the discovery of a massive magma reservoir beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano could help us understand the deep structure of volcanoes. Read: The Conversation

Lancet medical journal under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda'

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Professor Sir Mark Pepys (UCL Medicine) is leading a protest against The Lancet and its publisher Reed Elsevier for its “grossly irresponsible misuse of [the journal] for political purposes”. Read: Independent

Genes in a bottle: why DNA testing is the new frontier in health and fitness

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Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) comments on the range of personalised DNA testing kits available, saying we could “argue the rights and wrongs of such companies but I suspect that ship has sailed”. Read: Evening Standard

The dark web: how do criminals use it?

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Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science) explains how criminals are using the dark web. Watch: ITV News

Comedians’ ‘gift of the gab’ linked to differences in brain activity

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A study led by Dr Joe Devlin (UCL Experimental Psychology) has found that professional speakers, such as comedians, are better at focusing intensely on tasks and drawing on memories when constructing speech. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Listen: Guardian Science Weekly

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