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An in-depth look at the treatment of HIV

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Dr Sheena McCormack (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) is interviewed about Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and how it is helping reduce the transmission of HIV. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Science (from 47 mins 45 secs)

Inquiry into François Fillon enters new stage

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Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society) is interviewed about an ongoing judicial inquiry into actions of French presidential candidate François Fillon. Listen: BBC Radio 4 live 'Up All Night' (from 3 hrs 17 mins 38 secs)

Teaching morality to robots

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Professor emeritus John Morton (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) is interviewed about his modelling approach to brain development, and whether it could relate to robots learning morality. Listen: The Guardian 'A neuroscientist explains'

On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes

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Oliver O'Brien (UCL Geography) comments on how London's cycle share programme is mostly used in rush hour, while Dublin's share bikes are also used in the middle of the day. Read: The Guardian

Babysitting apps boom as parents bid to reclaim free time

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Dr Katherine Twamley (UCL Institute of Education) comments on how as men and women increasingly share childcare responsibilities, women also feel more of a shared right to leisure. Read: The Observer

Having a cigarette may make your body crave coffee too

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on a study finding that nicotine intake could increase coffee drinking by speeding up the metabolism for breaking down caffeine. Read: New Scientist (£)

VX attack is North Korea’s deadly signal to enemies

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) comments on the origins of the nerve agent, VX, used to kill Kim Jong Nam, and which he calls "the most deadly synthetic nerve agent ever made." Read: Financial Times

Travellers being enticed into spending money at Heathrow by 'ambassadors'

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Dr Gorkan Ahmetoglu (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) comments on Heathrow Airport's use of 'passenger ambassadors' who encourage people to shop, and why they're successful. Read: Daily Mail

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