UCL in the media
The rate at which the universe expanded is different depending on the techniques used to measure it. Professor Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) discusses the possibility that new theories may be needed to explain the forces that shaped the cosmos.
Professor Mark Maslin and Professor Simon Lewis (both UCL Geography) argue that a universal basic income could reduce environmental impacts by slowing the treadmill of producing and consuming things that currently fuels untrammelled economic growth.
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) makes the case for government and politics being an innovative field that enables creativity to flourish, contrary to commonly held views that the public sector is less innovative than other fields.
Professor Anna David (UCL Institute for Women’s Health) explains the groundbreaking surgery carried out to heal the spinal cords of babies with spina bifida while they were still in the womb.
New analysis by Dr Aida Gomez-Robles (UCL Anthropology) on the dental evolutionary rates of Neanderthals suggests modern humans diverged from the lineage at least 800,000 years ago – 400,000 years earlier than previously thought.
A global survey by Honorary Professor Adam Winstock (UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health) suggests the perceptions that many people have about rape are wrong, including the belief that women are most likely to be assaulted when walking home alone at night.
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Innovation & Public Purpose) told MSPs that Scotland’s new investment bank should be “mission-oriented” and attract staff who want to make a difference rather than offer “absurd” salaries.
A study co-led by Dr Asta Medisauskaite (UCL Medical School) of 417 UK doctors found that over half are suffering from burnout, one in six is dependent on drink and more than two in five have used drugs to cope with mounting work pressures.
Tidying up can increase the release of the brain’s "pleasure chemical" dopamine, but Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) warns that setting unrealistic decluttering targets can have the opposite effect and make us feel worse.