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UCL ranked eighth best university in Britain

A report co-authored by Samantha Parsons (UCL Institute of Education) studied children’s career aspirations and how some ethnic groups are aiming for jobs that attract higher wages than others. Read: BBC News

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Does Stoptober work?

Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), was part of a team of researchers who examined the effectiveness of the campaign in its first year in 2012 and said that the public health campaign is "incredibly good value for money". Read: Daily Mail

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Why do we love bees and hate wasps?

Entomologist Dr Seirian Sumner (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) led a new study looking at attitudes to bees and wasps, and argues that wasps are nature’s pest controllers and we should embrace them. Read: Daily Telegraph (£), More: Times (£), Daily Mail, Sun, BBC News, Metro, Daily Mail (2)Huffington Post, Newsweek, UCL NewsListen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 53 mins), BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Anna Foster’ (from 3 min, 50 secs), BBC World Service ‘World Update’ (from 48 mins, 20 secs), BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Morning Reports’ (from 6 mins, 20 secs),

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Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

A new device could help doctors assess brain damage in newborns earlier and thereby tailor treatment, says Dr Gemma Bale (UCL Engineering), explaining that the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measures reflected light 'to work out whether brain cells are healthy or damaged.' Read: BBC News

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China reviewing its energy investments in UK

A major Chinese nuclear energy company currently reviewing its UK investments shows that nuclear power has 'become unnecessary and grown increasingly so...with every announcement of cost decreases in renewables,' commented Senior Research Associate Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute). Read: FT (£)

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Will a sober October lead to long-term health benefits?

Giving up alcohol for a month can lead to improved blood pressure and other health benefits – but one alcohol-free month won't offset drinking heavily the rest of year, a study led by Dr Gautam Mehta (UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health) has shown. Read: Guardian

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Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle TB

Professor Tim McHugh (UCL Infection & Immunity) said of the forthcoming UN summit on TB, 'If you have heads of state then any measures that are agreed will get much higher priority,' whilst Dr Marc Lipman (UCL Division of Medicine) highlighted that shame 'is a major problem' facing doctors and health services trying to combat TB. Read: Observer

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What was behind the 2008 financial crash

In a radio discussion, Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) outlines the background to the 2008 financial crash, and suggests a sense developed that the costs of the crash were ‘being concentrated’ on the less well off. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hr, 48 mins 54 seconds)

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