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Published: 2017-11-21T02:06:09Z

 



Foodbank users report benefit delays, adverse life events

2017-11-17T16:01:07Z

A new UCL study surveyed who uses food banks in London, and for what reasons.


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Improving clinical trials with machine learning

2017-11-14T15:13:12Z

Machine learning could improve our ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, potentially enabling researchers to detect drug effects that would be missed entirely by conventional statistical tests, finds a new UCL study published today in Brain.


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Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction

2017-11-06T13:50:39Z

Mammals only started being active in the daytime after non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out about 66 million years ago (mya), finds a new study led by UCL and Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.


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Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer

2017-11-01T12:19:42Z

The long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux, is linked to a more than doubling in the risk of developing stomach cancer, finds research by UCL and The University of Hong Kong.


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UCL-led ‘Museums on Prescription’ wins health awards

2017-10-31T17:48:07Z

A UCL and Canterbury Christ Church University-led project ‘Museums on Prescription’ has won two prestigious Royal Society of Public Health Awards for ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Arts and Health’, with a special commendation for ‘Sustainable Development’.


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The relentless rise of migration in Europe over last 10,000 years

2017-10-31T09:45:59Z

Three major pulses of increased mobility in Europe over the last 10,000 years and a general upward trend in migration have been uncovered in a new study led by researchers from UCL, University of Cambridge and King’s College London.


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New device developed that can weigh a single cell

2017-10-25T15:40:11Z

Scientists have developed a tiny cantilever that can weigh individual cells, which has enabled them to detect that a cell stops growing after catching a virus.


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How $14 billion protected Earth's species

2017-10-25T14:57:13Z

Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to a new University of Oxford-led study involving UCL.


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Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks

2017-10-18T15:44:13Z

The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats.


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UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

2017-10-18T06:36:09Z

UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.


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Dr Ellie Cosgrave to host new BBC podcast ‘Tomorrow’s World’

2017-10-09T08:50:04Z

Dr Ellie Cosgrave from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) is co-presenting the BBC’s new ‘Tomorrow’s World’ podcast.


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Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

2017-10-04T14:48:09Z

UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.


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UCL academics presenting at New Scientist live

2017-09-27T11:38:50Z

Numerous UCL academics will be presenting at New Scientist Live this week, the second annual edition of a festival of ideas taking place at ExCeL London.


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Virtual brain lab brings together world-leading neuroscientists

2017-09-18T16:04:53Z

Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from UCL, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. 


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UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

2017-09-15T10:44:56Z

UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.


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Explaining bursts of activity in brains of preterm babies

2017-09-11T16:49:52Z

The source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity seen in the brains of preterm babies, which are vital for healthy development, has been identified by a team led by researchers at UCL and King’s College London.


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Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

2017-09-11T09:34:43Z

Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.


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Help (and beer) needed for UK wasp survey

2017-08-21T13:10:57Z

Wasps, although an annoyance to many, are useful predators that control garden pests and pollinate flowers. Now their abundance and diversity in the UK are being investigated by a team from UCL and the University of Gloucestershire.


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Fossil skull sheds light on ape ancestry

2017-08-08T15:35:19Z

A remarkably complete fossil skull discovered in Kenya reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like, according to a new study involving UCL research.


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Scientists develop ranking system to scale the impact of alien species

2017-07-31T09:12:14Z

A transparent ranking system for measuring the socio-economic impact of plants and animals that are introduced by humans to areas where they do not naturally occur (termed “aliens”) has been developed by an international team of scientists, from UCL, Université de Fribourg and Stellenbosch University.


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Low iron levels may increase risk of heart disease

2017-07-10T12:55:23Z

People with low iron levels may be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study involving UCL scientists.


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Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

2017-06-28T15:34:35Z

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.


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Sex differences important for medical research

2017-06-26T10:51:24Z

The sex of animals frequently has an effect in biomedical research and therefore should be considered in scientific studies, according to UCL scientists.


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Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

2017-05-08T11:58:22Z

Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.


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Type 2 diabetes genetic mapping identifies new ‘loci’

2017-05-04T16:15:43Z

Scientists are closer to understanding the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes by identifying 111 new chromosome locations (‘loci’) on the human genome that indicate susceptibility to the disease, according to a UCL-led study in collaboration with Imperial College London.


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