UCL in the media
Privately educated children achieve on average one grade higher at A levels, even when all other factors are taken into account, finds a new study led by Dr Morag Henderson and Professor Francis Green (both UCL Institute of Education).
A urine test could allow women to test themselves for cervical cancer at home, meaning the smear test would not be needed and women in countries with no cervical cancer screening programme could be tested, explains Dr Manuel Rodriguez-Justo (UCL Cancer Institute).
If the UK legislated to remove the monarchy in the UK, they couldn’t force Commonwealth countries to do the same, although in reality most would follow suit without much protest, explains Bob Morris (UCL Constitution Unit).
A study focussing on a woman who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease much later than anticipated is encouraging, but “it is prudent to be cautious about over interpreting single patient data." warns Professor John Hardy (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).
A study on whether child screen use reduced their language skills relied on a parent-completed questionnaire and so “might pick up parental worry more than actual time using screens.” Explains Professor Derek Hill (UCL Physics & Biomedical Engineering).
The teenage brain has key neurological differences from the adult brain, with laziness and mood swings often cited as ‘typical’ teenage traits. Dr Juliet Starbuck (UCL Educational Psychology) explains the neuroscience behind these behaviours.
Life is traditionally thought to have developed in shallow surface pools, but new research led by Professor Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) has found that deep-sea hydrothermal vents are a more likely site for life’s beginnings.
Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society) discusses ‘Welcome Money’, the money given to East German citizens who crossed over to the West during the cold war and immediately afterwards.
Smokers who quit smoking entirely rather than using e-cigarettes as an aid are much more likely to relapse, research led by Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Health) has found.
Many firms which offer DNA testing are only doing the bare minimum to ensure GDPR compliance, explains Professor Emiliano De Cristofaro (UCL Computer Science).