UCL in the media
Many insects, mosses and lichens in the UK are bucking the trend of biodiversity loss, according to a comprehensive analysis of over 5,000 species led by Dr Charlie Outhwaite (UCL Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research).
As flooding from Storm Dennis persists, Dr Sarah Bell (UCL Bartlett School of Energy, Environment & Resources) explains how drainage systems work, saying that slowing water’s progress into drains is more effective and efficient than attempting to enlarge existing infrastructure.
The introduction of the minimum wage in Germany in 2015 drove workers from smaller to larger and more productive businesses that pay higher wages, according to a study led by Professor Christian Dustmann (UCL Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, CReAM).
New research led by Dr Christina Carlisi and Professor Essi Viding (both UCL Psychology and Language Sciences) suggests that persistent criminal offenders have an abnormal brain structure compared to those who have never offended or only did so as adolescents.
As the problem of child obesity grows, solutions must become more radical and include a tax on all processed foods, not just those containing large amounts of sugar, argues Dr Andrew Jenkins (UCL Institute of Education).
Mr Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennett in Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice was not typical of marriage in the 19th century, with proposals seldom coming as a surprise and rarely allowing room for rejection, explains Professor John Mullan (UCL English Language & Literature).
Professor Helen Bedford (UCL Population, Policy & Practice) has called for unvaccinated people to get the MMR jab as cases of mumps leapt to a decade high. “If you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s never too late to have the MMR vaccine,” she explains.
Adaptations of Jane Austen’s work often get caught up in trying to make Austen relevant to today, but “the harder they try, the less successful they are,” argues Professor John Mullan (UCL English Language & Literature).
Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine) says people should not be scared of coronavirus and argues there has been “a lot of hype [and] a lot of panic” over the outbreak.