UCL in the media
A group led by Professor Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) is among five research consortia to have been awarded a total of £55 million by the Faraday Institution to improve the battery technologies of electric vehicles.
A study co-authored by Dr Alice Goisis (UCL Institute of Education) suggests that within black communities, children from wealthier backgrounds were more likely to be obese than those from poorer families – the opposite of the prevailing trend among white children.
Dr Thomas Gift (UCL Political Science) looks at the prospects for gun control reform and explains that while a large majority of Americans prefer stronger gun control in the abstract, it is still a relatively minor concern for most voters.
Facebook has taken advantage of data portability, the movement of data from one app to another, but has made it very difficult in areas that do not suit its own interests. “Their record on data portability is extremely poor” explains Dr Michael Veale (UCL Laws).
A complaint made by Michael Veale (UCL Laws) shows that every time a person visits a website which uses ‘real-time bidding’ technology, data about them is broadcast to companies which allow advertisers to compete to show them an ad.
Electrodes placed in the auditory cortex could give sensations of sound, leading to ‘telepathy’. This could initially be unsettling, but headphones produce a similar sensation, explain Professor Mark Huckvale and Professor Sophie Scott (both UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
A survey started in 1894 is documenting every building in London is so far around 20% complete. Peter Guillery (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) discusses the survey, which is now based at UCL.