UCL in the media
The Covid-19 infection rates within the UK are so high that there is currently no alternative to a national lockdown, but the test & trace system must be improved during the time gained by locking down, says Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity).
In a discussion about the safety issues around heading footballs, Professor Mike Loosemore (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) says that 99 per cent of concussion causes no problems if treated correctly, and urges hospital trusts to develop specialist concussion clinics.
Professor Carey Jewitt (UCL Institute of Education) details the numerous ways in which technological advances can replicate touch, with uses including deepening virtual reality experiences and helping distanced couples to ‘send’ touch to one another.
A cell in worms that transforms itself into a completely different type of cell when males mature, to play a key role in mating behaviour, has been recently discovered by a team led by Dr Richard Poole and Dr Arantza Barrios (both UCL Biosciences).
Professor Amelia Roberts (UCL Institute of Education) joins a discussion on the merits and drawbacks of home education, an option that has been forced into the mainstream by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Julie Norman (UCL Political Science) discusses the events of Trumps 2016-2020 presidential term, including his foreign policy in the Middle East and his domestic policies including tax reform and rollbacks of environmental rules and regulations.
The shift from gas boilers to either electric heating or hydrogen boilers is likely to take place through the late 2020s and 2030s, and improving home energy efficiency is a more pressing priority, argues Professor Jim Watson (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources).
The total lockdown announced by the government was ‘inevitable’ as cases are currently rising too quickly for lesser measures to have the impact needed, says Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics).
Specially-adapted drones developed by a team led by Dr Emma Liu (UCL Earth Sciences) have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions.
Whilst alternative modes of transport may be less convenient for many, but this discomfort is “our tiny share of the vast price that needs to be faced up to to reduce emissions,” says Emeritus Professor Richard Allsop (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering).