UCL in the media
Modern-day Britons are barely related to the ingenious Neolithic farmers who built Stonehenge, instead descending from the ‘Beaker people’ who travelled to the UK from modern-day Holland, finds a new study co-authored by Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology).
The best strategy for ensuring lockdown compliance is to support people and enable them to do the right thing, rather than threatening fines for those that break the rules, says Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
President Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud in the 2020 elections risk stoking tensions which are already high, warns Dr Julie Norman (UCL Political Science).
Professor Brian Klaas (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society) and Dr Julie Norman detail which of the states that haven’t yet announced their results as of Wednesday morning the Democrats would need to win to ensure a Biden victory.
A study which has found lizards in Florida show increased resistance to cold after a cold snap suggests species can acclimate more swiftly than expected, and it would be interesting to see if the same applies to extreme heat, says Dr Alex Pigot (UCL Biosciences).
A new device to sample earwax could effectively and cheaply measure the hormone cortisol to monitor stress levels, according to research led by Dr Andres Herane-Vives (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience), whose startup Trears is developing the device.
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Using rapid Covid testing to free contacts from the need to isolate would increase confidence in the system, but those who do need to isolate must be properly supported to ensure compliance, says professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Dr Thomas Gift (UCL Centre on US Politics) analyses the US presidential election results as they come in, discussing potential swing states and who will ultimately be the next president of the United States.
Listen: BBC Radio’s ‘America Decides’ (appearances at 41 mins 48 secs, 1 hour 19 mins 22 secs, 2 hours 8 mins 40 secs, 2 hours 36 mins 6 secs, 3 hours 8 mins 50 secs, 3 hours 37 mins 25 secs, 4 hours 40 mins 30 secs)
Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health) discusses the multiple triggers for poor mental health caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the difficulty of not being able to plan ahead, anxieties around catching the virus and money worries.