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Published: 2018-04-20T04:34:41Z


New ocean plankton species named after BBC's Blue Planet series


A newly discovered species of ocean plankton, Syracosphaera azureaplaneta, has been named by UCL researchers in honour of the critically acclaimed BBC Blue Planet series and its presenter Sir David Attenborough.

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How does dietary restriction extend lifespan in flies?


Lifespan in flies is extended by limiting the activity of a group of proteins called GATA transcription factors (TFs), giving clues to how a moderate reduction in food intake protects against multiple ageing-related diseases, according to a new UCL-led study.

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Discovery explains how the chickenpox and shingles virus remains dormant


A research team led by UCL and Erasmus University has found a missing piece to the puzzle of why the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles can remain dormant for decades in human cells.

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‘Killer’ kidney cancers identified by studying their evolution


Kidney cancer follows multiple distinct evolutionary paths, finds new research by a team involving UCL. 

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Atlantic circulation that helps warm UK is at its weakest for over 1500 years


 North Atlantic circulation is weaker today than it has been for over a thousand years, and leading climate change models could be overestimating its stability, according to a team of scientists led by UCL and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, US.

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Professor Paul Shearing recognised as global visionary in emerging technologies


The Royal Academy of Engineering has today announced long-term support to Professor Paul Shearing from UCL Chemical Engineering as a global visionary to develop more efficient, safer, and cheaper battery technologies.

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Antarctica retreating across the sea floor


Antarctica’s great ice sheet is losing ground as it is eroded by warm ocean water circulating beneath its floating edge, a new UCL and University of Leeds study has found.  

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Unlocking the secrets of ice


The complex properties of water and ice are not well understood but a team from UCL and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source have revealed new information about a phase of ice called 'ice II'.

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Prostate cancer screening using MRI for earlier diagnosis


MRI scans could be used to detect prostate cancer more accurately, according to researchers at UCL, King’s College London and Imperial College London who are launching a new clinical study.

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Potential genetic link in sudden infant death syndrome


Rare genetic mutations associated with impairment of the breathing muscles are more common in children who have died from sudden infant death syndrome, according to a new study led by UCL researchers.

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Drug-resistant gene goes from pig farms to patients worldwide


A troublesome gene that is resistant to an antibiotic often used as a last resort has been tracked from its origins to hospital patients worldwide in a new study led by UCL and Peking University People’s Hospital.

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Iceland gives £10m to build new dementia research facility at UCL


The Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation (IFCF) has today fulfilled its pledge to donate a total of £10 million to support the development of the Hub of the new UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, a year ahead of schedule.

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New brain scanner allows patients to move freely


A new generation of brain scanner, that can be worn like a helmet allowing patients to move naturally whilst being scanned, has been developed by researchers at UCL and the University of Nottingham as a Wellcome-funded project.

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Neglect common in English care homes


The largest-ever survey of care home staff in England, led by UCL researchers, has found that neglectful behaviours are widespread.

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World’s first room temperature maser using diamond developed


The world’s first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser has been developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists.

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UCL to lead European mission to study new planets


UCL is leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission.

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Patients regain sight after being first to receive retinal tissue engineered from stem cells


The first patients to receive a new treatment derived from stem cells for people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have regained reading vision according to a new study involving UCL.

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UCL joins call to support world-leading science and engineering


UCL today joined with institutions representing science and engineering research to set out how UK immigration policy can support science and engineering through Brexit and beyond.

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UCL and Xtera® smash transmission world record


UCL and Xtera®, a provider of innovative subsea fibre optic technology, have broken current world records by transmitting 120 Terabit/s over a single fibre spanning 630 km.

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Major study to support civil service reform in developing countries


Political and personal links have helped a fair proportion of civil servants in developing countries at all level of hierarchy to secure their first job, pay rises and promotion, according to research by UCL and the University of Nottingham on civil service management in developing countries.

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Going ballistic! Science meets conservation on The Mary Rose


Major advances into how to protect and preserve a huge haul of cannonballs found on Henry VIII's flagship vessel The Mary Rose, have been made through a ground-breaking partnership between UCL, The Mary Rose and Diamond Light Source. 

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Prosthetic limbs represented like hands in brain


The human brain can take advantage of brain resources originally devoted to the hand to represent a prosthetic limb, a new UCL-led study concludes.

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Animals shield their families from a harsh world


Animals living in volatile habitats can gain major evolutionary benefits by shielding their families from the changing environment, suggests research from UCL, the University of Bristol and University of Exeter.

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Simple arsenic sensor could save lives


A low-cost, easy-to-use arsenic sensor to test drinking water has been developed by researchers at UCL and Imperial College London, with BBSRC funding through the government’s Industrial Strategy.

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Rigor mortis in worms offers new insight into death


A dying worm experiences rigor mortis early in the death process, rather than after the main event as it is for humans, according to a new study by an international team of scientists at UCL and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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