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30 April 2013: Humans' indelible stamp on Earth clear 5000 years ago

A new study, co-authored by Professor Dorian Fuller (UCL Institute of Archaeology), argues that the Anthropocene began with the rise of farming or even in Neolithic times, when we took to widespread burning of the bush to hunt animals. Read: New Scientist

30 April 2013: Is the bible the first scientific text book?

Professor Steve Jones (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) discusses the science of culture and the culture of science. Listen: BBC Radio 3's Night Waves (from 35 mins)

29 April 2013: John Dickie: A raid at a mafia boss’ villa uncovered a copy of my book

Professor John Dickie (UCL Italian) comments on a BBC documentary he presents about the Italian Mafia: "The mafia take their history very seriously. They’ve all got myths of how they were legends founded in the middle ages by Spanish knights."  Watch: BBC Read: Scottish Sun More: BBC

29 April 2013: Middle classes get quicker cancer care

"I don't believe that access to the treatment is significantly different between classes in the UK, but it may be a combination of factors," said Dr Jayant Vaidya (UCL General Surgery). Read: Independent More...

29 April 2013: 30,000 Britons could be carrying mad cow disease, say government experts

Government experts believe there is still a risk of people contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) through blood transfusions. "There needs to be blood testing to answer this question of prevalence properly,” said Professor John Collinge (UCL Neurodegenerative Diseases). Read: Telegraph

28 April 2013: The Social Brain

Professor Uta Frith (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) and Professor Chris Frith (UCL Institute of Neurology) speak about what autism and Asperger's Syndrome can teach us about our Social Brain. Listen: ABC Radio

26 April 2013: Will a tattoo ever hang in the Louvre?

Helen Lewis meets Gemma Angel (UCL History of art), a tattoo historian who has spent three years working with the macabre collection, consisting primarily of skin from “sailors, soldiers and criminals”, sold to the 19th-century collector Henry Wellcome. Read: New Statesman

26 April 2013: Syrian Weapons

"It is absolutely black and white. The use of chemical weapons is prohibited," said Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws). Listen: BBC Radio 4's World at One (from 13 mins) More: BBC Radio York Drivetime BBC Radio West Midlands (from 1 hour, 2 mins)

26 April 2013: Google searches predict market moves

"Large data sets allow us to look for patterns in people's behaviour which we can then use as a predictions for things that repeat in the future," said Dr Suzy Moat (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering). Read: BBC News More: UCL News Forbes Independent Investment Week IT News Fresh Business Thinking The Australian Herald Sun (no link) Daily Express (no link) IT Pro CNN Investment Europe Pensions & Investments All Voices Investment News Wealth Professional Straits Times (£) E-commerce Times Watch: CNN More: BBC Midlands Today FT

26 April 2013: Stealth drugs: Panacea pills make targeted kills

A new generation of drugs promises diagnosis, monitoring, stealth, precision and cure – all in one package. "Doxil was a landmark in the field," says Professor Kostas Kostarelos (UCL Pharmaceutics). Read: New Scientist

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