UCL in the media
The election of Biden and Harris in the US could boost global change in disability inclusion, argues a blog written by Victoria Austin, CEO of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, the academic lead of which is Dr Catherine Holloway (UCL Computer Science).
Dr Katharine Giles and Professor Seymour Laxon (both UCL Earth Sciences), two UCL scientists who tragically died within months of each other in 2013, have had bays in Antarctica named after them in recognition of their contributions to Antarctic science.
A report led by researchers including Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine) and Professor Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction) has found that deaths from climate change related issues are rising, with no country immune to the effects.
There would be at least four times as many flightless bird species on Earth today if it were not for human influences, finds a study led by Dr Ferran Sayol and co-authored by Professor Tim Blackburn (both UCL Biosciences).
The statements which frame the UK approval of the first Covid-19 vaccine as “the UK coming ‘first in some race’” are unwise, and downplay the diligence with which the approvals process works, says Professor Derek Hill (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering).
Commenting on the potential of the Covid-19 pandemic to transform our much-loved metropolises into greener, quieter spaces, Dr Manos Chaniotakis (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says it has forced us to reshape the way we live.
The gentle vibrations that rock babies to sleep have been shown to effect in fruit flies in the same way, and with further investigation, could potentially be used to develop sleep induction methods for humans, Professor Joerg Albert (UCL Ear Institute) says.
Our brains predict what will happen to us in order to minimise surprises, and when these predictions are wrong our brains can interpret the surprise as a threat, heightening our anxiety, explains Professor Karl Friston (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) discusses why GDP is a flawed metric as it doesn’t show what’s actually valuable to society, instead reducing everything to the money it generates.
With exceptions for medical reasons, vaccine passports for Covid-19 could work in the same way that proof of inoculation against yellow fever or polio is a requirement to enter some countries, says Professor Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute of Risk & Disaster Reduction).