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Archive of Media headlines

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Islamic State 'destroys ancient statues in Iraq'

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Professor Eleanor Robson (UCL History) explains the significance of the statues destroyed by Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq. Watch: BBC News, Read: Financial Times

Does the UK do enough to help its creative industries succeed?

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As part of panel on entrepreneurship in Britain, Timothy Barnes (Director of UCL Advances) looks at how we can create an environment in which entrepreneurs can flourish. Read: Guardian

Security services aim to mend relationship with academics

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Commenting on a newly launched research hub for security, Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) said: “The call suggests to me that the security services have realised that this kind of working doesn’t help to build a coherent knowledge base”. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Out of the loop: why lay views of science are heard but not obeyed

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Melanie Smallman (UCL Science & Technology Studies) says: “Public dialogue has become an integral part of the policymaking process, but those in power still pay more heed to the technocrats”. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Kew Gardens unveils science strategy

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Commenting on the future of Kew Gardens Professor Georgina Mace (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says: “More cuts could mean it simply cannot function as an international plant centre with the reputation it has at the moment”. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘The World Tonight’ (from 43 mins 19 secs)

Britain's brightest leaving in brain drain

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A study led by John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education) has found that one in ten of Britain’s best workers have been lured from the UK in a brain drain and been replaced by low skilled migrants. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, The Economist

Elements: Chromium

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Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) explains how chromium links motorbikes with the leather jackets and flick-knives of the archetypal biker gang. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Elemental Business’ (from 1 minute 45 secs)

Daily pill Truvada cuts spread of HIV by 86%

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A study led by Dr Sheena McCormack (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) has found that a daily dose of Truvada cuts the risk of HIV infection among gay men considered to be at high risk by 86 per cent. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, City AM, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Breakfast' (from 26 mins 25 secs), BBC London 94.9 'Vanessa Feltz' (from 1 hour 4 mins)

You can’t catch a cold from kissing but don’t hold hands

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Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection and Immunity) explains that measles is very contagious and can be caught whilst queuing for theme park rides, highlighting the importance of vaccinating children. Read: Daily Mail

New warning over booze in pregnancy

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Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green (UCL Institute of Child Health) says exposure to alcohol before birth is the single most important preventable cause of incurable brain damage. Read: Daily Mail

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