UCL in the media
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.
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).
London is unlikely to become a ‘Singapore-on-Thames” with increased deregulation after Brexit, as the general trajectory is one of improving regulation, rather than weakening it, explains Professor Iris Chiu (UCL Laws).
“Democracy erodes when previously unthinkable conduct becomes so routine that it’s barely even noticed by voters,” explains Dr Brian Klaas (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society) when discussing President Trump’s social media presence.
Whilst Chile is a more developed country than many in the region, that hasn’t translated into standards of living and there’s a lack of safety net for much of the population, causing widespread resentment, explains Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL Political Science).