UCL in the media
Hiccups trigger electrical activity in the brain which could help babies learn to regulate their breathing, finds a new study led by Kimberley Whitehead and Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi (both UCL Biosciences).
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A letter written by environment minister Rebecca Pow has used weaker wording on the government’s commitment to maintain existing environmental legislation upon leaving the EU, suggesting a watering down of the pledge, argues Professor Eloise Scotford (UCL Laws).
"Engagement with the arts can affect social determinants of health, improving social cohesion and reducing social inequalities," explains Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health), lead author of a new study which shows the impact of the arts on health.
Whilst levels of compliance with the state varied, many teachers in communist East Germany reported student to the secret police in “much the same way you or I would file our tax returns,” explains Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society).
Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society) recalls her feelings on entering East Germany whilst the Berlin wall was standing, as well as discussing what has changed since the wall fell.
Peter Antonioni (UCL School of Management), a speaker at the annual Kilkenomics festival in Kilkenny, discusses how tech giants are distorting competition and explains that a capitalist “wild west”, where the market regulates itself, has never existed.
Dr Cath Mummery (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) welcomes the news that aducanumab may help to slow Alzheimer’s decline if given in higher doses and over a long period, describing the results as “very promising”.
The first human trials of MediSieve, a blood filtration system that seeks to pull diseases such as malaria and sepsis out of the body, are likely to start next year. MediSieve is a UCL spinout founded by alumnus Dr George Frodsham (UCL Biochemical Engineering).
A scheme offered to customers by Ryanair which allows people to pay €1 to offset the carbon impact of their flight is a “green gimmick” and would only offset 0.01% of the airline’s emissions, explains Professor Simon Lewis (UCL Geography).