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Discovered: stone tools that go back beyond earliest humans

Matthew Pope (UCL Archaeology) discusses stone artefacts found in Kenya dating back to 3.3m years ago - making them the oldest stone tools to be discovered.

Read in the Conversation at http://bit.ly/1HvvWRS
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As the UK General Election gets closer, watch this UCL Constitution Unit video to learn how the new government will be formed if no single party gains an overall majority: http://fal.cn/IdL

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The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

Read about the findings at http://bit.ly/1FtSofN
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Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness |
Really interesting piece on UCL's Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience): via Telegraph http://fal.cn/9u1
Or watch her TED talk: http://fal.cn/9uU

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Get a glimpse of life at @ucl through the eyes of three of our undergraduate students: youtu.be/w5F8rqN7rFA
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Curt Herzstark and a remarkable machine

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet soldiers. To mark this, the UCL Museums & Collections blog discusses the story of one of their objects, the Curta calculator: how it saved the life of its inventor, and allowed him to save the lives of others at Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Read the blog at http://bit.ly/1zoVAHu
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House price inflation, towers of 'safe-deposit boxes' and vanity projects. Who should plot the future of London?

Read more from Professor Peter Wayne Rees (UCL Bartlett) in the Guardian: http://bit.ly/1zaWG9L
Peter Wynne Rees: Too many new properties in London are simply designed as places for the super-rich to park their cash
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Museums Monday: Strange Creatures at the Grant Museum

The Grant Museum's latest exhibition explores how newly discovered animals throughout history have been communicated to the public back home. Find out about some of the earliest 'strange creatures' in the museum's blog, at http://bit.ly/1zVNruX
In reality, not even Cook thought this was true. Australia had been known by the French, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch (hence its original European name “New Holland”, which Cook himself used) for at least two hundred years before Cook landed in the southeast of the country on his ship HMS ...
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Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

Professor Bill McGuire (UCL Earth Sciences) explores how modern society would fare if faced with a volcanic threat similar to the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora.

Read on the Guardian website at http://bit.ly/1xrYU43
The largest eruption ever recorded, in Indonesia 200 years ago, wreaked havoc across the world. When a volcanic event on that scale happens again – and it will – we should be prepared
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How do you rate UCL's social media content? Please complete this 2 minute survey and stand a chance to win £50 of Amazon vouchers: https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=35455
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UCL has been awarded £10m to develop new dementia treatments as part of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Drug Discovery Alliance. http://fal.cn/9uT
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#ThrowbackThursday

This 1904 image shows the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road (looking North). Based on this we think a car-free future for Tottenham Court Road, announced this week, could be pretty interesting.

BBC News story on £41m Tottenham Court Road revamp: http://fal.cn/.qK

Image - thank you to Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre: fal.cn/.qB
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