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A summary of the latest media coverage for King's College London and Higher Education including headlines from national and international newspapers, specialist journals, television and radio programmes, with a link to the article where possible.

There is also a searchable Archive going back to 2004.

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Germanwings plane crash

BBC London 94.9 27th March 2015

Dr Jennifer Wild, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was interviewed about the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps. She said the co-pilot’s calmness indicates his decision may have been pre-meditated. Dr Wild also suggested that he could have taken medication in order to keep himself calm, following reports that the co-pilot’s breathing remained steady even moments before the crash (interview begins at 01:01:00).

REF 2014 impact case studies: government policy cited most

Times Higher Education 26th March 2015

King's and Digital Science analysed 6,679 unredacted impact case studies submitted and presented this at the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s REFlections conference on 25 March. Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King's, said that he planned to examine further whether panels had given credit for media mentions despite the rules that media mentions did not in themselves count as impact. Also reported by Research Fortnight.

'Robots on reins' could soon replace guide dogs

Daily Mail 25th March 2015

Researchers at King's and Sheffield Hallam University have developed a 'robot on reins' that can help people navigate using tactile sensors and vibrations. The current design resembles a vacuum cleaner or lawnmower but future versions could be smaller and more lightweight for use in the home. Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Department of Informatics, said: 'We’ve made important advances in understanding robot-human interactions and applied these to a classic life-or-death emergency scenario where literally every second counts. Robots on reins could add an invaluable extra dimension to firefighting capabilities.'

Ericsson launches 5G collaborations with King's College London and Technische Universität Dresden

Reuters UK 25th March 2015

Ericsson has announced new collaborations with King's and Technische Universität Dresden that will focus on 5G research, addressing both the technical implications and the societal challenges of implementing the next-generation of communications technology. 5G is expected to begin its commercial rollout in 2020, by which time it is estimated that there will be up to 50 billion connected devices in the world, mainly in machine-to-machine communication.

How the Greeks invented the modern idea of us as human beings

Independent 24th March 2015

The article looks at how Hellenic culture lies at the heart of modern Western values, showing people how to be 'their best selves'. The piece mentions Professor Edith Hall, Classics, who rebuts the sceptics who brand enthusiasm for the Greeks as a mere ancestor-cult of the 'Oldest Dead White European Males.' She said: 'Constant engagement with the ancient Greeks… has made me more, rather than less, convinced that they evinced a cluster of brilliant qualities that are difficult to identify in combination and in such concentration elsewhere.'

How can we build a better society for older people? Live discussion

Guardian 24th March 2015

Call from the Guardian to join its panel of experts on Wednesday 25 March who will discuss how to make the best use of older people’s skills, knowledge and experience. Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, will be on the panel between 12.00 and 14.00.

‘I had a ticking time bomb inside me’: four women who faced Angelina Jolie’s choice

Guardian 24th March 2015

Angelina Jolie has written frankly about undergoing extensive surgery to reduce her risk of developing ovarian cancer. The article mentions that Jana Witt, Cicely Saunders Institute Of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, created an Oophorectomy Decision Explorer. She said: 'The coverage of Angelina Jolie has really influenced how people view preventive surgery, but it is important to understand that it is really an option only for those women who are high risk. For the average women on the street it is something that wouldn’t be recommended.'

Weather eye: air pollution

Times 23rd March 2015

Article looking at last week's high levels of air pollution, kept close to the ground by high pressure and slack winds. The piece mentions how scientists from the Environmental Research Group monitored the levels of pollution.

Paul Adamson joins King's College London as visiting professor

PR Week 23rd March 2015

The Policy Institute at King's has appointed Paul Adamson as a visiting professor, acting as part of the ‘Policy Circle’ – a network of leaders who help to forge stronger relationships between academia and the policy world. Mr Adamson said: 'With Europe facing such key issues, ranging from the economy to security, there is no better time to be part of the Policy Institute and be closely involved in translating the importance of academic research into real world impact.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC News 23rd March 2015

One year after the Ebola Outbreak was officially declared by the World Health Organisation, the Head of the UN's Emergency Response says he expects it to be over by the end of August. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, was interviewed on his work in Freetown in Sierra Leone. He said: 'We have got the number of cases to a much lower level now. In November, we were seeing up to 100 cases a day being diagnosed in places like Sierra Leone, and now it's down to four or five cases a day.'

Anti-doping regulations debate

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 23rd March 2015

Sprinter Dutee Chand has been disqualified from competing in athletics due to the high levels of testosterone she produces that exceed the limits for women. Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented: 'Even if there is a competitive advantage, particularly for a sprinting event, derived from the high level of testosterone, that doesn't imply that the competitive advantage is unfair and will disrupt the level playing field.'

Dina Asher-Smith facing selection battle for World Championships

Guardian 23rd March 2015

Despite becoming the fastest teenager in history over 60m earlier this month, British teenager and King's student Dina Asher-Smith believes she faces a fight to qualify for the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Beijing. She said: 'My goal is to be at the world championships in Beijing and compete in the Bird’s Nest. But I could be running lifetime bests and running fantastically well but I still might not an individual berth in the 100m or 200m simply because we have such a hotbed of talent in the UK.'

In pictures: Indian soldiers during World War One

BBC News 23rd March 2015

Dr Santanu Das, English, has chronicled the contribution of Indian soldiers that were sent to fight in WWI between 1914 and 1918 in France, Belgium, Egypt and the Middle East. Indian soldiers earned more than 9,200 gallantry awards for their bravery. About 60,000 Indian soldiers were killed in the war.

Call for museums and galleries to appoint more women to top jobs

Guardian 22nd March 2015

Leading women in the arts have called on museums and galleries to look into how they hand out senior positions. Deborah Bull, Director of Cultural Partnerships, has highlighted the importance of female role models leading arts organisations but commented that she suspects that diversity problems there may be rooted in academia. She said: 'Nobody is actively trying to exclude anyone – it is just that these habits are ingrained. Even where there are male hierarchies doing the appointing, and where, of course, they want the best person for the job, I don’t see why that person should not be someone from a different social class, someone with a disability – or even a woman.'

Could peanut studies point the way to a cure for other allergies?

Guardian 22nd March 2015

The piece mentions a study by King's published in February that found that among more than 600 children prone to peanut allergy, 3.2 per cent of those whose parents had fed them food containing peanuts developed the condition, compared to 17.2 per cent for those who avoided doing so. Professor Gideon Lack, Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology, said: 'The real significance is that we now have a strategy to prevent peanut allergy, which we didn’t have in the past.'

Anxiety and your child: what every parent should know

The Times 21st March 2015

Dr Argyris Stringaris, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), says that anxiety in children is ‘not a character fault’ as such emotions aid survival: 'In evolutionary terms, if a dangerous animal is threatening you, you become anxious, you run away.’

Spinal column: hype and hope

Times 21st March 2015

The article mentions the UK launch of the $20 million (£13.3 million) Conquer Paralysis Now challenge at King's. The challenge will hand out $10 million in awards and prizes over the next ten years, and then $10 million to the first team to make unprecedented improvements in the everyday functions of paralysed people.

If the BBC can cope with a bottom, so should Facebook

Independent 21st March 2015

Janet Street-Porter writes how Facebook is currently out of step with modern values and mentions the release of the nude calendar by the student rugby team at King's.

Operation Triton

BBC Radio Scotland 20th March 2015

In October 2013, more than 360 migrants died when a smuggler's boat capsized off the coast of Italy. The incident sparked a marine maritime rescue scheme by the Italians which has evolved into a pan-European mission, called Operation Triton. Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, commented on the initiative. He said: 'Triton came about in support of the operations that the Italians were conducting. These operations were in a way complimentary, they were not the same thing.'

Poorest are funding Scotland’s ‘free’ university education

Financial Times 20th March 2015

Letter from Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, discussing how the poorest are funding Scotland’s ‘free’ university education. She wrote: ''Free' university education is being paid for largely by slashing all other post-compulsory education spending: for example, the number of students in Scottish further education colleges has fallen by more than 100,000 in the past three years.'

Budget 2015: Pensions set for another overhaul

BBC News 19th March 2015

Professor Anne Redston, Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece on Chancellor George Osborne's pre-election promises which become law before the country goes to the polls in May. Discussing the next steps, she wrote: 'No-one really knows what will happen after the election, but pensions will continue to be complicated.' Professor Redston was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Six O'Clock News and BBC Radio 4 Today.

High levels of air pollution

BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast 19th March 2015

Britain is on high alert as high levels of air pollution are expected in parts of the UK. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, said: 'Tuesday was the worst day so far this week. We had sites across the UK measuring up to level nine. In London we had a few sites in London measuring level 10 which is the highest for particulates.' Also reported by Guardian and Daily Mirror.

Women face a maze, not a glass ceiling

Financial Times 19th March 2015

The article looks at the fact that despite progress in the UK on raising the number of female non-executives in FTSE 100 companies, it is not clear that there has been much advance for women in executive roles. The piece mentions a problem highlighted by research from King’s last week that 'women get advice, men get sponsored' for executive roles.

Court circular

Times 19th March 2015

The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of Asthma UK, attended a reception at the Medical Research Council and Asthma UK Centre at Guy's Hospital at King's.

Car firms accused of trying to choke new emission test

Times 19th March 2015

According to a leaked letter from a motor industry lobby group, car manufacturers are trying to delay a new test for air pollutants that could force them to redesign many diesel models. The article mentions research from King’s that found that diesel cars emitted up to four times more nitrogen oxides, among the worst pollutants, than the official test showed.

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Guardian 19th March 2015

The piece mentions Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, who has been studying identical twins at King’s for more than 20 years. Discussing how one's environment having a strong effect on one's IQ, he said that 'any change in environment has a much greater effect on IQ than genes,' as it does on almost every human characteristic.

Self-reflective study: the rise of ‘mesearch’

Times Higher Education 19th March 2015

The piece investigates research where selfhood and scholarship are intertwined. It mentions PhD student Aoife Sadlier, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, who said: 'Allowing myself to be idle and open to new cultures and people during my PhD enabled a shift in how I perceived identity and sexuality and opened me up to the limitless possibility of various relationships.'

Ed Byrne: 'new address is a defining moment for King's College London'

Times Higher Education 19th March 2015

King's is to lease Bush House and Strand House on a phased basis from September 2016 and the adjacent King House and Melbourne House from 2025. President & Principal Professor Ed Byrne discussed the new acquisition of the Aldwych Quarter for King's. He said that it would roughly double the size of the university’s 'tightly populated' Strand Campus, which is home to about half its 27,000 students.

Decay in children's teeth

BBC Radio 4 World at One 19th March 2015

Nearly half of eight year olds and a third of five year olds have decay in their milk teeth, according to a national dental health survey. However there were signs of improvement compared to ten years ago. Professor Nigel Pitts, Dental Institute, was involved in the survey. He said: 'To look at the bald figures for 2013, if you could consider other diseases, it's really quite shocking in some sense that so many children still have decay. It's a multi-factorial disease - sugar is undoubtedly a key part in this.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live Drive and BBC London 94.9.

Don’t confuse the fight against FGM

Evening Standard 19th March 2015

In the Letters to Editor section, Dr Niall McCrae, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, discusses how the the campaign against female genital mutilation 'is being brought into disrepute by institutional 'own goals'.' He wrote: 'Instead of straying into the domain of adult autonomy, the campaign against female genital mutilation should be driven by principles of child protection.'

Top US academic slams UK's fixation with rankings

Telegraph 19th March 2015

US academic Valerie Woolston, a high-profile lecturer at the University of Maryland, has slammed British universities for their obsession with rankings. Her comments followed the publication last week of a reputation table by the Times Higher Education magazine which placed King's in the top 50.

Mark Zuckerberg book club tackles the philosophy of science

Guardian 19th March 2015

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is hoping to tackle the foundations of science, after choosing Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions as the latest title for his online book club. Professor David Papineau, Philosophy, said: 'Kuhn showed it is much more interesting than that. Scientific research requires a rich network of prior assumptions (Kuhn reshaped the term ‘paradigm’ to stand for these), and changing such assumptions can be traumatic, and is always resisted by established interests (thus the need for scientific ‘revolutions’).'

The great leveller: humanity’s struggle against infectious disease

British Medical Journal 19th March 2015

Article on an exhibition being held by King's in the Maughan Library which charts the history of humankind's relationship with infectious disease. The event is taking place in the Weston Room and runs until 13 April.

Why is Brazil so angry?

Telegraph 18th March 2015

Diogo Costa, Department of Political Economy, has written an article looking at how over a million people took to the streets over the weekend in Brazil calling for the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, five months after she won a general election. He wrote: 'Skilled publicity works to win elections, but it performs less well when it comes to actually governing a country. Much of the rest of the speech was harder to hear as people in urban neighbourhoods began to bang pots and pans from their windows.'

Diet with more fruit, fish and nuts cuts heart attack risk, say researchers

Guardian 18th March 2015

According to King's research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, switching to a healthy diet can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke in the over-40s by up to a third. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'We show that adherence to current dietary guidelines which advocate a change in dietary pattern from the traditional British diet (high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, low in fibre, oily fish and fruit and vegetables) would substantially lower that risk.' Also reported by Times, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

Sierra Leone's president fires VP after party expelled him

Daily Mail 18th March 2015

On Wednesday, President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that he had removed Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana from office, who was kicked out of their political party earlier this month on accusations of fomenting violence and trying to form a new party. Dr Kieran Mitton, War Studies, commented on how Sam-Sumana has long been a colorful and sometimes problematic figure for the ruling party. He said: 'Both Ebola and now this current debacle with the vice president are going to affect the next national elections.'

Almost half of English universities plan to recruit more students after cap is lifted

Guardian 18th March 2015

A survey by Guardian has revealed that nearly one half of English universities plan to expand their student intake over the next five years, with some setting ambitious targets to increase recruitment by as much as 50 per cent. Among other universities, King's has said it has no plans to increase their undergraduate cohort.

Guardian university awards 2015: winners and runners up

Guardian 18th March 2015

A pioneering team from King’s Health Partners have won a top prize at the national Guardian University Awards 2015 for their work fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. They were awarded top prize in the International Projects category. In spring 2014, following the Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone the KSLP became involved in a major humanitarian response – and was one of the few organisations not to leave the country.

Pregnancy belt for lifelogging in the womb

New Scientist 18th March 2015

A wearable device lets expectant mothers listen in on their developing baby's heartbeat and movements continuously, rather than just when she goes into the hospital for a scan. Rachel Tribe, Women's Health, commented on the device. She said: 'The use of all self-monitoring devices brings dangers of both increasing unnecessary anxiety and giving false reassurance, so the device would require rigorous clinical testing before it could be safely used.'

Student life - Helping hands in the placement process

Nursing Standard 18th March 2015

Jocelyn Cornish, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, has co-authored a piece on how two supporting roles can make mentoring a rewarding experience.

Terrorist attacks in Tunisia

ITV News 18th March 2015

19 people, including 17 tourists, have been killed after gunmen attacked the national museum in the Tunisian capital Tunis. After a brief gun battle, the Prime Minister announced that the hostage takers had been killed. Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, said: 'It's long been perceived as one of the most stable and secure countries in North Africa and the country depends very heavily on its tourism industry for income.' Also reported by BBC News.

The everyday habits that are jeopardising your health

Daily Mail 17th March 2015

The piece looks at how allergies are partly caused by genetic predisposition but also the environment. The article mentions a recent study by King's that found that exposing children to peanut products in early life reduced their chances of developing an allergy.

What the menopause REALLY does to your body and how to tell when it’s started

Daily Mail 17th March 2015

In an article about menopause, there is mention of research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), which found that just four sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy were enough to significantly reduce the number and severity of hot flushes.

How the West should look beyond Vladimir Putin in its handling of Russia

Telegraph 17th March 2015

Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, has written a piece looking at how there are millions of Russians who harbour hopes of a different future for their country. Discussing the effect Vladimir Putin has on the population, he wrote: 'It is bad enough that they face monopolised media, rigged elections and a pervasive security state, all of which allows Mr Putin to pretend that they don't exist. We do him a great favour – and Russians themselves a great disservice – when we pretend the same.'

How has nursing changed and what does the future hold?

Guardian 17th March 2015

An expert panel discussed the role of nursing, the challenges, education, technology and career pathways. Professor Helen McCutcheon, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, was asked whether the role of nursing has changed over the last 50 years. She said: 'As the population’s healthcare needs have changed, so too has the scope of practice for nurses and midwives. This has required a change in education and training to ensure that nurses and midwives can take on new and complex roles.'

Housing discussion

Sky News 17th March 2015

Ben Judge, President of King's College London Conservative Society, was interviewed on the housing crisis. Commenting on how 14 per cent of people aged 18-34 live with their parents, he said: 'The average age that people buy their homes now nationally is the age of 37. I'm optimistic with schemes like Help to Buy that the Conservatives has brought in over the last five years where first time buyers can put down a deposit of as little as five per cent.'

Teenagers released on bail

BBC Radio 2 16th March 2015

Counter terrorist police in London have released three teenagers on bail after they were caught apparently trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria. The parents of the boys raised the alarm when they failed to return from Friday prayers. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'It's very clear that in the border towns that there a lot of people trying to cross the border into Syria and that the Turkish authorities know about this.' Also reported by BBC Radio Scotland.

European Court rules equal love case inadmissible

Huffington Post UK 16th March 2015

The Equal Love campaign has formally ceased its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights following the decision of the European Court that the application is 'inadmissible'. Professor Robert Wintemute, the Dickson Poon School of Law, asked for details of how the application failed to meet the admissibility requirements.

Good tackle! Rugby players strip off to raise awareness of homophobia in sport

Evening Standard 16th March 2015

Rugby players at King's have created a naked calendar in a bid to tackle homophobia in sport and raise money to counter gay domestic violence. The men’s first team posed in some of the best known locations on the Strand Campus at King's including the Maughan Library, Quadrangle and the Council Room. Barney Lynock, head of the men’s first team, said: 'We hope to remind people that action still needs to be taken against homophobic, prejudiced sentiments that plague the sporting world, but also to be proactive about these problems, and in doing so change the unwelcoming stereotype that is often attributed to sporting clubs, particularly at university level.'

Climate Politics: Does the IPCC have a future?

Guardian 16th March 2015

Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Candidate for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair, has written a piece on how the panel is a is a vital but embattled organisation. He mentions that we will be speaking at King's on future of the IPCC on Thursday 26 March.

Students news round-up: King's to lease Aldwych Quarter

Independent 16th March 2015

King's has announced it will lease four buildings in central London's Aldwych Quarter, including Bush House, former home of the BBC World Service. The Principal and President Ed Byrne said the acquisition would create 'better quality facilities for students in the arts and sciences disciplines' and allow the university 'to expand into new subject areas.'

Israel is heading for first national unity government in 30 years

Telegraph 16th March 2015

Israel was facing the prospect of its first national unity government in 30 years after the country's rival political camps ended their election campaigns on Monday. Professor Menachem Klein, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, said: 'Faced with the choice of being squeezed by smaller or medium-sized parties, or a big national unity government with the other big bloc, it seems both of them would go for the second option. It makes it easier to govern.'

Dancing in the dark: The search for the 'missing Universe'

BBC News 16th March 2015

The Large Hadron Collider at Cern will be fired up again next week after a two-year programme of maintenance and upgrading. Professor John Ellis, Physics, said that he's hopeful that some of these as yet theoretical super symmetrical particles will show up soon: 'When we increase the energy of the LHC, we'll be able to look further - produce heavier super symmetric particles, if they exist. Let's see what happens!'

Yes, you can keep love alive

Daily Mail 15th March 2015

The Daily Mail has been working with Britain’s specialists to bring its readers the latest thinking on living with the menopause, from hormone therapy to supplements, gadgets and exercises. Dr Helen Bickerstaff, Women's Health, discussed how some menopausal women wrongly stop using contraception once their periods become irregular. She said: 'Certainly during times of irregular bleeding and hot flushes, a woman is probably not going to get pregnant as she’s not ovulating normally. However, out of the blue, she can go back into a cycle of a few months of regular ovulation and periods. All it takes is one normal egg at the right time.'

Duke of Wellington: I wish my father had lived to see the Waterloo commemorations

Telegraph 14th March 2015

In his first interview since inheriting the title, the Duke of Wellington and chairman of King’s College London, discusses how his family is preparing for the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. He said: 'I was asked recently if the Duke [were he alive today] would be pro-European, and I believe he strongly would. He, as much as anybody, would want to make sure sovereignty remained with the British Parliament but he would in essence have been pro-European, I have absolutely no doubt about that.'

Disability discrimination

BBC Radio 5 Live 13th March 2015

A survey released to 5 Live Breakfast has found that three quarters of graduates with disabilities are worried about being upfront about their disability as they think they'll be discriminated against. Jonathan Andrews, an English student at King's who hopes to practice commercial law, said: 'I did have a lot of concerns given that my disability maybe isn't quite as obvious. You can't tell just by looking at me.'

Absent Putin sparks talk of Kremlin power battle

Times 13th March 2015

The Kremlin has been targeted with mounting questions about the wellbeing of President Putin yesterday, amid signs that the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader, had exposed a significant power struggle at the heart of the Russian regime. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, said last night that Mr Putin’s grip on power relied on his ability to balance the interests of rival elites.

Collider resumes quest for missing matter

Guardian 13th March 2015

Researchers at the Large Hydron Collider are making final preparations to restart the giant underground machine to understand the fundamental laws of nature. Professor John Ellis, Physics, said: 'We're trying to find out how the universe works and every time we increase the energy of the LHC we are probing what happened further back in time, closer to the beginning of the universe.'

Suspension of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson

Sky News 13th March 2015

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, was interviewed on Sky News on the BBC suspension of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Dr Howells said that as with other transgressing stars, Clarkson’s career would not in the long term suffer as he was effectively paid to misbehave, but the future of Top Gear itself was less secure. The format was already getting tired and Top Gear without Clarkson would be like 'Hamlet without the prince.'

Iraqi government troops

BBC News 13th March 2015

Iraqi government troops are consolidating their control over large parts of Tikrit, an Islamic State stronghold. Professor Bill Park, Defence Studies, said: 'At the moment things look like they're going quite well for what we will call the government forces, but actually it's the militia who are doing most of the fighting, which I must say slightly surprises me because so far we've seen that Islamic State are embedded in the Sunni-Arab community in Iraq.'

Afghanistan remembered

BBC News 13th March 2015

The Queen, the Prime Minister and war veterans attended a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of Britain's 13 year campaign in Afghanistan. Dr Huw Davis, Defence Studies, was interviewed on whether Britain's involvement in the conflict was worth it. He said: 'The events of September 11th demanded a response. The ambitious objectives that Britain and America and its allies went into Afghanistan with were perhaps a little ambitious and it set up for something of a difficult strategy over the next few years.'

Military targets are on spreadsheets

Financial Times 13th March 2015

Article on how UK defence spending is set to fall below 2 per cent of gross domestic product. The piece mentions former Visiting Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Defence Studies, who has written a report on Britain’s military spending.

Big Question: Why does Isil use children in its propaganda?

Telegraph 12th March 2015

Thomas Colley, War Studies, discusses how Islamic State's use of child soldiers tells the world 'we'll be around for generations'. Commenting on the effect of Isil's propaganda on the West, he wrote: 'Such images reinforce a narrative of permanence, that the Islamic State is established and here for generations. As long as the international community tolerates its existence, it will continue to indoctrinate the next generation of jihadis.'

Cigarette packets to be plain

Daily Mirror 12th March 2015

Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), commented on the vote by MPs to strip cigarette packets of branding from May 2016. She said: 'This historic decision closes off one of the last routes the industry uses to promote cigarettes as alluring.'

Statue of Gandhi

BBC Radio 4 World Tonight 12th March 2015

On Saturday, a bronze statue of Gandhi will be unveiled in Parliament Square, funded by a donation of more than one million pounds. Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, discussed Nathuram Godse, Gandhi's murderer. He said: 'His murderer was a Hindu nationalist who killed him because he was seen as pro-Muslim and today Godse is the hero of some extreme groups.'

ISIS: Terrorists 'using chlorine gas' in roadside bombs which can burn insides of victims' lungs

Daily Mirror 12th March 2015

Footage from an Iraqi source has captured a blast sending up plumes of orange smoke, suggested that ISIS jihadis are using chlorine gas in their roadside bombs. Dr Joanna Kidd, International Centre for Security Analysis, said: 'It's very difficult to tell what this gas is from a video. ISIL appear to be keen to shock and cause outrage, and using a chemical weapon seems to fit in to their tactics.' Simon Wood, International Centre for Security Analysis, also commented: 'I imagine there are other chemicals that could be used that emit an orange colour, such as Agent Orange.'

Who, What, Why: What is the Gini coefficient?

BBC News 12th March 2015

Article on the Gini coefficient, an index developed by Corrado Gini in 1912 to measure inequality. Andy Sumner, Co-Director of King's International Development Institute, said: 'The Gini has been around for a very long time, and it's very technically sound if you want to measure income inequality across the whole population.'

Vaccine will cure diabetes: Scientists close to finding new wonder drug

Daily Express 11th March 2015

British scientists are launching a research project today that could result in an effective ­vaccine to combat Type 1 diabetes, working in harmony with other treatments that reduce damage to ­insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Professor Mark Peakman, Immunobiology, will lead the UK trial of a prototype vaccine for ­children and teenagers, and Dr Tim Tree, Immunobiology, will set up a network of ­specialist laboratories to study the impact of the trials, investigating how different treatments work. Also reported by BBC News, BBC London 94.9 and Press Association.

Huge increase in hospital admissions for kidney stones sufferers down to a lack of water say experts

Daily Mirror 11th March 2015

According to a new study, emergency admissions for people suffering from kidney stones have rocketed by 136 per cent from 5,063 cases in 2003-4 to 11,937 in 2013-14. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'Drinking plenty of fluids reduces the risk of this happening and this is why it is sensible to drink plenty of water throughout the day.'

Opaque path that leads to the boardroom

Financial Times 11th March 2015

Researchers at King's have found that women receive more advice and encouragement to join boards as independent directors, but are less likely to have the sponsors that will see them through to the big table. The study surveyed 182 aspiring NEDs and conducted in-depth interviews with 30 men and women to find out whether their experiences differed. They report authors said: 'For women, the perceived benefit of being a woman was often part of their motivation for seeking non executive directorships. However, this was often contradicted when they faced barriers, particularly boards that did not appear genuinely committed to the benefits of diversity.'

Have diesel cars been unfairly demonised for air pollution?

Guardian 11th March 2015

A new campaign by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claims modern diesel engines are clean and have reduced emissions, but some experts have spoken out that the car makers are greenwashing the figures. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: 'In the absence of a real-world test we have to question these figures because history shows us that past performance has not delivered.' Also reported by BBC News and BBC London.

How damaging could the email scandal be for Hillary Clinton?

Telegraph 11th March 2015

Andrew Gawthorpe, Defence Studies, has written a piece looking at how the perception that 'Hillary Clinton can't manage' might take root among the public. Discussing the risks for Mrs Clinton, he wrote: 'Her attitude towards the media feeds widespread perceptions that she is allergic to transparency and accountability. Although Mrs Clinton is now attempting to claim that her decision to release the emails shows otherwise, this argument is undermined by the fact she only took the decision reluctantly and under pressure.'

100 years since the battle of Neuve Chapelle

BBC London 94.9 10th March 2015

Commemorations are being held in Britain to mark the centenary of a key World War One battle in Northern France - the battle of Neuve Chapelle. Dr Santanu Das, English, commented that it was a significant battle because it was the first spring offensive in 1915 and a joint attack between British and Indian soldiers. He said: 'Inadequately trained for the ferocity of trench warfare, the Indian Corps nonetheless took part in most of the major battles on the Western Front, suffering huge losses and winning the first Victoria Crosses to be awarded to the Indian army.' Dr Das was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC News.

ISIS defector

Sky News 10th March 2015

Sky News has spoken exclusively to an ISIS defector who allegedly worked as a translator for Jihadi John. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the interview with the defector. He said: 'A lot of what this individual says does chime with things we've seen in the past and things we've heard from some of those who have been released from Islamic State's captivity.'

Russia's threat to Britain

BBC News 10th March 2015

Philip Hammond has warned that Russia could pose a threat to Britain's security and said that it is time for the UK to raise its guard again. Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, discussed Russia's reaction. He said: 'There's generally a tendency in Russia to focus more on the United States in terms of military capabilities and military reaction, but I certainly don't think that it will go unnoticed.'

King’s College London to use former BBC World Service HQ

Times Higher Education 10th March 2015

King's College London is to lease the iconic 1920s BBC broadcasting centre and three other recently refurbished buildings, now known as the Aldwych Quarter, located next to its Strand campus. The move will provide an additional 300,000 square metres of space for student study and social space, amd new teaching facilities and academic accommodation. Principal & President Ed Byrne said: 'Acquiring the Aldwych Quarter will create a wonderful and dynamic campus in the heart of London by uniting two prime central London locations, the Aldwych and our historic Strand campus, to create state of the art education and learning facilities for our students.' Also reported by Times, Evening Standard and BBC Radio 4.

A third of young people think social media will influence their vote

Guardian 10th March 2015

According to research by Ipsos Mori and King’s, a third of 18-24 year-olds think social media will influence their vote, second only to the TV debates. Across Britain as a whole, social media is listed fourth as a potential influence on voting, after the TV debates, newspapers and election broadcasts.

Letters to the editor: Paying tribute to besieged charity

Times 10th March 2015

Letter to the editor regarding how charities and NGOs have rallied around the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Professor Robert Blackburn, History, was one of the signatories. They wrote: 'No organisation should be above reproach or regulation but, as other funders, charities, non-government organisations and concerned individuals, we affirm the right of charities and foundations to freely pursue their objectives within the law.'

Five years that shaped the British military

BBC News 10th March 2015

Article looking at the cuts made for the British military many years after World War Two, following recent controversy over the prospect of spending cuts. Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, discussed the cuts in 1957 following the Suez Canal crisis. He said: 'The basic problem was we were still trying to manage an empire, putting a great strain on spending. Sandys' review was a shift to nuclear deterrence.'

Stress, depression boost risks for heart patients

Reuters UK 10th March 2015

According to a new study, high levels of stress coupled with depression increase the risk of heart attack and death for people with heart disease. The article mentions a previous paper by King's that reported that the body regulates blood flow by releasing a molecule that lets blood vessels open wider to prevent blood pressure from rising too much.

Billionaire’s wife in court over ‘£4k scratch to Bentley’

Metro 10th March 2015

A court had heard that a billionaire’s wife allegedly scratched a neighbour’s £120,000 Bentley with a key behind her £21million home. The article mentions that her husband received an Honorary Fellowship at King's.

Air pollution in London

ITV 1, London Tonight 10th March 2015

Scientists at King's are about to start offering volunteers a monitoring device to help monitor how much harmful gas they are breathing in as they move around the capital. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: 'This is a black carbon monitor and it basically measures how many diesel emissions that your children breathe in as they walk along.'

‘Thugs wanted – bring your own boots’: how Isis attracts foreign fighters to its twisted utopia

Guardian 9th March 2015

The article looks at how Isis propaganda and messaging is disproportionately slanted toward foreign fighters, both in its content and its target audience, with many of its messages being released in English, French and German. According to research conducted by Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, jihadists' goals have shifted noticeably to establishing sharia law and supporting the institution of the caliphate, regardless of the wishes of the local population.

Mystery of Melbourne's teenage 'jihadi' as Abbott promises web campaign

Guardian 9th March 2015

In December, a picture circulated the internet of a white teenager sitting between two Islamic State =fighters, supposedly a British student called 'Jonathan Edwards'. The article notes that Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, previously said that this image was fake. On Monday, Fairfax Media claimed it had identified the so-called 'white jihadi' teenager as an 18-year-old Australian called 'Jake' from Craigieburn.

The art of science - Wellcome Images 2015

BBC News 9th March 2015

A list of this year's Wellcome Image Awards finalists. Among them, Dr Flavio Dell'Acqua, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Khuloud T Al-Jamal, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, have been selected. Also reported by Independent.

Moocs could be ‘major recruitment tool’, says FutureLearn head

Times Higher Education 9th March 2015

Simon Nelson, chief executive of the UK Mooc platform FutureLearn said that massive open online courses will be one of the most important tools for recruiting overseas students over the next five years. In a pilot beginning tomorrow, FutureLearn will be making some units from its courses available openly online. A course at King's on drugs and addiction will be made open as part of the programme.

The art of science

BBC News Online 9th March 2015

An image created by Dr Flavio Dell'Acqua, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, is among the Wellcome Images finalists. The image shows bundles of nerve fibres inside a healthy adult living human brain.

The Costs of Eating Disorders: The Men's Perspective

Huffington Post 9th March 2015

Professor Janet Treasure, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, comments on the 'essential' need for early intervention in eating disorders. She said: 'Over time, untreated, eating disorders may become entrenched and made worse by changes in the brain as a result of prolonged starvation and/or abnormal eating behaviours.'

Global intelligence

BBC World News 9th March 2015

Professor Robin Morris, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), was interviewed about a reported rise in global intelligence. Researchers found that the average intelligence across 48 countries has risen the equivalent of 20 IQ points since 1950. He said: 'It seems to me that it's reasonable to think that intellectual functioning could increase over time in more developed societies.'

Kim Wolff: New drug driving legislation in the UK

British Medical Journal 9th March 2015

Blog by Dr Kim Wolff, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, on the new drug driving legislation coming into force in the UK. She wrote: 'The new legislation specifies 16 controlled drugs and, in each case, the limit in blood for the purposes of the strict liability offence, detailed in section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988). The focus on 'psychoactive' drugs has meant that excluded from the legislation are the drugs in Schedule 4 Part 2 (anabolic steroids) and over-the-counter medications (codeine based products).'

Are deadly lone wolf terrorists using Lampedusa to get to UK and unleash hell?

Daily Express 8th March 2015

Report on how Lampedusa, island in the Mediterranean between Africa and Sicily, was visited by more than 150,000 African migrants last year alone, and how Islamic State may take advantage of the unrest to import terror into Europe. Sebastiano Sali, War Studies, said: 'The biggest threat now is the lone wolf scenario, where a jihadi could use the confusion to pass himself off as an asylum seeker to launch a major incident at one of Europe’s capital cities.'

We're all intellectual shrimps

The Sunday Times 8th March 2015

Dr Frank Hirth, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented on the discovery of the world's oldest brains inside the fossilised remains of predatory sea creatures. He said: 'These Chinese fossils show complex brains had evolved 520m years ago. These brains look like those of modern insects and crustaceans, showing the insect brain is very old. But what is even more surprising is that these brains have features in common with our brain in their organisation and function.'

Margaret Thatcher: A new book explores the Iron Lady's religious faith, and reveals how she modelled herself on Joan Crawford

Independent 8th March 2015

Review of God and Mrs Thatcher, by Dr Eliza Filby, English. The writer describes the book as ' a meticulously-researched account of the beliefs that shaped the Iron Lady – and how she in turn transformed the spiritual, cultural and political life of Britain, for better or worse.'

A £12 gadget that can save 70,000 mothers a year at risk during childbirth

Independent 8th March 2015

Professor Andrew Shennan, King's Centre for Global Health, led the team that has developed a British-made device costing only £12 that can detect whether a woman is likely to go into shock after blood loss during childbirth. The gadget is set to be introduced in hospitals across Africa, India and Pakistan and could play the crucial role of identifying women most in need of help. Professor Shennan said: 'Not only can it accurately detect when a woman is in danger from high blood pressure or shock, but it also indicates to untrained people when to act on this. I use it in my NHS clinic, as it is superior to most existing devices for measuring blood pressure.'

The unknown great

Sunday Times 8th March 2015

Dr David Russell, English, is quoted in an article about Elena Ferrante's novel. He said: 'The novels explore brilliantly what you might call the psychology of influence, the question of how other people make us who we are, and how we make them — actually make other people up — in our minds. Ferrante’s language is so good at handling it because, like Jane Austen’s, it is both remarkably clear and endlessly subtle.'

Richard Kilty, the 'Teeside Tornado', storms to 60 metres gold on final day of the European Championships in Prague

Daily Mail 8th March 2015

Richard Kilty, the self-proclaimed ‘Teesside Tornado, took gold in the 60 metres for Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships in Prague. The article mentions King's student Dina Asher-Smith who became the first British woman in 30 years, since Heather Oakes won bronze in Athens in 1985, to win a 60m medal. Commenting on her victory, she said: 'People were saying 'You could break it or equal it' but there’s a difference between saying it and doing it,’ she said. ‘I’m really happy to get a PB in the final — that never happens to me.' Also reported by Independent.

Academies and schools

BBC Radio 5 Live 8th March 2015

Academies have been around since the Blair government, and provide schools with the freedom to manage their own finances and affairs, rather than being controlled by the local council. But one in two sponsored academies aren't providing children with a good education. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, said: 'Some academy chains are doing exactly the job anticipated by the government. But in terms of overall success, this is only a handful of very successful chains. On the other end of the spectrum, there are some chains that are not succeeding to improve outcomes for kids and we feel that there should be much stronger scrutiny.'

Ed Miliband: I will pass new law to guarantee TV election debates

Observer 7th March 2015

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to take legal steps to ensure that live television debates become permanent features of general election campaigns, in a move to prevent politicians blocking them for their own self-interest. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, said: 'The public are entitled to see how party leaders perform in debate, and also how the PM and alternative PM perform – they cannot judge this from PMQs which have become a national embarrassment. Debates should not be subject to the tactical calculations of party leaders.'

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 interim report

Sky News 7th March 2015

Professor Mischa Dohler, Department of Informatics, was interviewed on the Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation's interim report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. He said: 'The Department clearly will say they are very confident of finding the plane at some point but we have had these messages before. We had these messages thirty days after the disappearance.'

Relevance of old thinkers

BBC Radio 4 Today 6th March 2015

Report looking at Aristotle, Socrates and Plato, and whether they're still relevant today. Professor Edith Hall, Classics, was interviewed on the differences between ancient Greece and modern Greece. She said: 'I very much hope that they are going to insist, for example, that they fund choruses in the navy. In ancient Athens, all the theatre was funded by the super rich. That was their tax.'

Revealed, the Indian student who died fighting alongside his pals from Leeds in WW1

Daily Mail 6th March 2015

Article looking at Jogendra Sen who was the only non-white member of 15th West Yorkshire regiment when he joined Leeds ‘Pals’ Battalion in September 1914. Dr Santanu Das, English, is mentioned in the piece as catalyst that allowed the tale of Sen to emerge publicly. He said: 'More than a million Indian soldiers and non-combatants served in different theatres of the First World War, but what is so unusual about Jogendra Sen is that he was not part of the Indian army but of the Leeds Pals Battalion.' Also reported by Press Association, BBC Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and BBC News.

Turing’s last theory is back in favour

Times 6th March 2015

Months after the codebreaker and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing was fashioned into a Second World War hero by The Imitation Game, one of his final mathematical theories has come back to light as scientists find that his insight describes everything from zebras’ stripes to the patterns of crime. Professor Jeremy Green, Craniofacial Development & Stem Cell Biology, said: 'I’m not sure that these two observations from one article by Turing add up to a watertight case for the existence of Turing wit, but I can’t really believe The Imitation Game subtext that Turing fitted the Rain Man model of Asperger’s syndrome.'

Gender bias ‘rife’ in history departments, says report

Times Higher Education 6th March 2015

According to a report by the Royal Historical Society, more than 20 per cent of historians surveyed said they had experienced, observed and suspected gender discrimination. Professor Dame Janet Nelson, History, is quoted in the foreword saying: 'Invisible, or unconscious, bias’, ‘stereotype threat’, and ‘the silencing of women’, are unfortunately still rife in our professional experience. Contracts not specifying sabbatical leave, and inadequate provision for those with caring responsibilities, smack – still – of the 1970s.'

The Prevent program

BBC Radio 5 Live 6th March 2015

The report looks at whether it is possible to de-radicalise extremists from their proposed course of action and discusses the government's funded program The Prevent Strategy. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed the program. She said: 'The Prevent program is set up to try to stop people moving down the pathways to radicalisation.'

The centenarian age is upon us. History will now live for ever

Independent 6th March 2015

The article discusses centenarians and super-centenarians and how attitudes towards them have changed. The piece mentions a study by Dr Catherine Evans, Cicely Saunders Institute Of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, that found that a large proportion of the largely female cohort actually 'outlive death' from chronic illness. When they do at last move on, the ancient formula of 'old age' appears on 28 per cent of death certificates, and pneumonia on 18 per cent.

Is Qatar bringing the Nusra Front in from the cold?

BBC News 6th March 2015

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, has written a piece looking at how Syria's killing of a top commander of the Nusra Front comes at a time when the jihadist group is rethinking its allegiance to al-Qaeda. Commenting on significance of the assassination, he said: 'Whether he was killed because of an internal disagreement about the putative negotiations to eschew the Nusra Front's al-Qaeda affiliation or not, this assassination indicates the daily changes at the tactical level that can have potentially profound strategic effects.'

International Women's Day 2015: Has lad culture really gone away?

Huffington Post UK 6th March 2015

The article discusses how male students are increasingly helping to disseminate the message that lad culture at universities is no longer acceptable. The piece mentions that the King's rugby team have teamed up with the university's student newspaper Roar News to shoot a naked calendar and raise money for domestic violence and abuse charity for LGBT communities.

Leading nutritionist refutes new guidelines on reduced sugar intake

Daily Express 5th March 2015

The World Health Organisation has issued guidelines saying sugars should make up less than 5 per cent of total energy intake per day for adults and children. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on the guidelines. He said: 'There is currently no evidence supporting a recommended intake lower than 10 per cent for obesity prevention.' Also reported by Press Association. Professor Sanders was also mentioned in a piece in Daily Mirror.

A career in dentistry would not hurt a bit

Times 5th March 2015

Article mentions student Hauwa Lima who discussed her decision to pursue a career in dentistry. She mentions attending a course at King's for dental hygienists and therapists.

Military personnel on mental health problems

BBC Radio 4 Today 5th March 2015

Research by King's suggests that service personnel are twice as likely to suffer from common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety than their civilian counterparts. Dr Laura Goodman, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, discussed their findings. She said: 'We found that actually the military had twice the odds of having mental health problems than the general population.'

Autism is largely down to genes, twins study suggests

BBC News 5th March 2015

A Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests run by a team of King's researchers has found that genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98 per cent. The researchers said that 181 of the teenagers they studied had autism, but the risk was far higher in identical twins where one twin had autism, as they share the same DNA. Dr Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: 'Our findings suggest environmental factors are smaller, which is important because some parents are concerned whether things like high pollution might be causing autism.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Press Association and Huffington Post UK.

They went to Sierra Leone to train local medics... and stayed to fight Ebola

Evening Standard 5th March 2015

Article on three medical volunteers from King's Health Partners who went to Sierra Leone to train local medics have commented on how staying to fight Ebola was 'the best decision we ever made.' The team, made up on Dr Oliver Johnson, Suzanne Thomas, and Dr Ahmed Seedat, are part of the King's Sierra Leone Partnership and are currently working at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown.

New test for breast cancer may help survival

Daily Telegraph 4th March 2015

A team of scientists that included researchers from King's believe that they may have made a breakthrough in the fight against breast cancer by testing the cancer cells to determine how closely they resemble stem cells. They found that breast cancers with a similar pattern of gene activity to that of adult stem cells could spread to other parts of the body. Also reported by Press Association.

Apprentices: a new name for shelf stackers?

Financial Times 4th March 2015

In the run-up to the election, the Conservative-led coalition has pledged to create three million more apprenticeships and Labour has also revived a promise to guarantee every school leaver a high-quality apprenticeship. Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, discussed the quality of apprenticeships. She said: 'The result of the focus on numbers means we have supermarket stackers who are called apprentices.'

Will Netanyahu’s speech derail nuclear talks with Iran?

Telegraph 4th March 2015

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, War Studies, discusses how Netanyahu's speech to Congress may cause its members to impose new sanctions if no nuclear deal is reached by March 24. Commenting on Netanyahu addressing a joint session of the US Congress on Tuesday, he said: 'Netanyahu made no secret of his opposition to the negotiations and to the terms of the agreement which are currently being discussed in Switzerland by the P5+1 and Iran, based on a formula which would curb Iran's nuclear activities for a double-digit number of years, whilst allowing some level of enrichment.'

Hambling show revisits themes of war, death, loss

Guardian 3rd March 2015

Review of War Requiem and Aftermath, a free exhibition mounted by the Cultural Institute at King's which opens this week at Somerset House. The exhibitions draws the painting, sculptures, and sound and film installations from the painter and artist Maggi Hambling. Also reported by Evening Standard London.

Ex-Swansea RFC player sold steroids after trafficking ban

BBC News 3rd March 2015

Former rugby player Dean Colclough barred from sport for trafficking has continued to produce and supply anabolic steroids. BBC Wales' Week In Week Out found that he had been producing and supplying a product called M1T through his online business Dragon Nutrition. The article notes that samples of M1T were sent to the Drug Control Centre at King's for analysis.

Rise in women going to Syria

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat 3rd March 2015

One British teenager has spoken out about how she saw extremist fighters online as attractive and their tactics to woo young women. Joana Cook, War Studies, was interviewed on how women too have started to attract other young girls to travel to Syria. She said: 'Talking to somebody on a personal level - it's very easy for them to manipulate you. You see different images of life there such as women cooking together in a house and there's a sense of sisterhood.'

Study on penises reveals the average size ... and it's smaller than you think

Telegraph 3rd March 2015

Analysis of 17 studies involving more than 15,500 men revealed the average penis size, which researchers think may be helpful when counselling men who are worried about their size, some of whom are so distressed that they can even be diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Dr David Veale, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range. We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be.’ This story was also covered in the Daily Star, Mirror, Daily Mail, Independent, Evening Standard, Times, O Globo and South China Morning Post.

It's in your blood

Daily Mail 3rd March 2015

Alzheimer’s is currently diagnosed based on memory tests and patient history but recent research may make it possible to check for the disease with a blood test after ten proteins were identified that are linked to the onset of this form of dementia. Professor Simon Lovestone, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘Alzheimer’s begins to affect the brain many years before patients are diagnosed.’

Dina Asher-Smith learning at the feet of Ohuruogu, her idol and mentor

Guardian 3rd March 2015

King's student Dina Asher-Smith, who counts Christine Ohuruogu as one of her idols, will be competing at the European Indoor Championships in Prague this week. In January, she achieved a new personal best of 7.11sec over 60m – the joint-fifth fastest time in the world this year. Discussing the Championships ahead, she said: 'Everyone keeps asking me: ‘What do you want to do at the Europeans?’ But for now my aim – and I know this sounds silly – is to do well in the heats first.' Also reported by Times and Daily Telegraph. Dina was also interviewed by BBC Sport on how she juggles her university work alongside her career in athletics.

In pictures: Dealing with addiction

BBC News 3rd March 2015

Two million people in the UK are addicted to some form of substance or activity such as gambling or alcohol. One of the woman featured is a King's researcher who is celebrating maintaining her sobriety for two years. She said: 'Before I felt very isolated and alone, but through my recovery I have gained a perspective, learnt to balance being busy and now know I'm not alone. If I don't have my sobriety I don't have a life.'

Who's Sir Isaac Newton?

Daily Mail 2nd March 2015

Among the 2,000 people questioned in a OnePoll survey, one in four could not say why Charles Darwin or Sir Isaac Newton were famous. Dr Paul Readman, History, commented: 'It's about time these great figures came back on our national radar and received the recognition they deserve.' Also reported by Metro, Telegraph and Press Association.

Crackdown on drug drivers in England and Wales

Press Association 2nd March 2015

New regulations to crack down on motorists driving under the influence of drugs take effect from today. A THINK! survey shows that 49 per cent of those polled said that they would not feel comfortable, as a passenger, asking drivers if they were under the influence of illegal drugs. Dr Kim Wolf, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, said the survey results were worrying. Also reported by Evening Standard London.

Drug-drive changes and "drugalysers" come into force

BBC News 2nd March 2015

New regulations have come into force that now mean that drivers face prosecution if they exceed limits set for the presence of eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, and eight prescription drugs. Professor David Taylor, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, said the rules would work as a much stronger deterrent and make prosecutions much easier. He told BBC Radio 4: 'It's a zero-tolerance approach.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today.

We’re desperate to believe in something. But bringing God into economics is risky

Guardian 2nd March 2015

Dr Eliza Filby, History, has written a piece looking at how Thatcherism offer a cautionary tale when it comes to bringing God into economics. Discussing the significance of Margaret Thatcher's time in office, she wrote: 'Thatcherism laid the foundations for a culture in which individualism and self-reliance could thrive, but ultimately it created a culture in which only selfishness and excess were rewarded.'

Prime Minister on UK security

BBC Radio Scotland 2nd March 2015

David Cameron has said that protecting Britain from extremists such as Islamic State is his number one priority. Thomas Colley, War Studies, was interviewed on Jihadi John's background. He said: 'Some will be surprised that he comes from a middle-class, university-educated background. Many find this disconcerting as the assumption is that Islamic State terrorists may be likely to be from alienated, poorer backgrounds.'

Holy moley! Go twin research

Sun 2nd March 2015

Article by CoppaFeel! founder and her sister Maren who twins and part of 12,000 twins who go to King’s College London’s Twin Research Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.

The best is yet to come for Britain and for Mexico

Telegraph 2nd March 2015

Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto writes exclusively for the Telegraph, explaining his joy at visiting the United Kingdom at the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Discussing future ties between the UK and Mexico, he wrote: 'Representatives of Mexico’s oldest and most recognised university, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will inaugurate the Centre for Mexican Studies at King’s College London, which will encourage research on Mexico and promote bilateral understanding.'

Are humans getting cleverer?

BBC 2nd March 2015

It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are, but a new study provides fresh evidence that in many cases this may actually be true after IQ test data from more than 200,000 participants over 64 years and from 48 countries was analysed using the Raven's Progressive Matrices. Robin Morris, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘It seems to me that it's reasonable to think that intellectual functioning could increase over time in more developed societies.’ This story was also reported in the Daily Mail.

Clegg's election vow: We'll decriminalise 'skunk' cannabis

Mail on Sunday 1st March 2015

According to the article, Nick Clegg is planning to make the decriminalisation of 'skunk' cannabis a key plank of his Election manifesto, despite the shock research showing that the drug triples the risk of mental illness. Prof Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was referred to for a recent study he worked on that linked 'skunk-like' cannabis to 24 per cent of first episode psychosis cases and for saying that the potent drug was leaving some with permanent schizophrenia.

Adoption chief's U-turn over ban on e-cig parents

Mail on Sunday 1st March 2015

The guidance notes of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) was updated to say that parents who smoke e-cigarettes are eligible to adopt a child because the risk to others from the vapour e-cigarettes emit is‘extremely low’, according to a report last year by Public Health England. Ann McNeil, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘I welcome the changed recommendation, in particular that e-cigarettes be considered different to tobacco cigarettes. By making this change, BAAF will help people to understand that e-cigarettes are a less harmful alternative to deadly tobacco cigarettes.’

Opinion on legalisation of cannabis

Sunday Times 1st March 2015

The author refers to research from King’s College London that found 24% of all new cases of psychosis are associated with the use of high potency “skunk” cannabis and that the risk of psychosis is three times higher for “skunk” users and five times higher for those who use it every day, and argues that all drugs in excess of usage or potency have negative consequences and cannabis should be treated like alcohol: we should legalise it, regulate its production and distribution and tax it.

Why haven't you heard of Mozart's sister?

Guardian 28th February 2015

The article looks at how sexism has haunted and affected the music industry for centuries. The piece notes that the latest research from King's found that orchestras in the US have increased the number of women in their orchestras by 25 per cent over the last 20 years by holding blind auditions.

Jihadi John's Migrant Mujahideen

Daily Mail 28th February 2015

It is believed that Jihadi John was one of more than 700 fighters in the Katiba al-Muhajireen (The Migrants Brigade) who arrived in the Middle East three years ago. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed how was investigating whether Jihadi John was among the group. He said: 'We know that around the same time he (Emwazi) is said to have gone to Syria that a group of men from the same area of London also travelled to Syria with the same ethnic background - they were arabs.'

Trevor Phillips: The time is right for a minority candidate running for Mayor

Evening Standard 27th February 2015

Opinion piece on how the main parties need London’s ethnic voters on their side in the next election. The article mentions Professor Richard Webber, Geography, whose analysis of the May 2014 European elections showed two out of every three non-white voters in London plumped for Labour and two out of every three white electors chose either the Tories or Ukip.

Isis’s promise of certainty is what lures the likes of Mohammed Emwazi

Guardian 27th February 2015

Following claims by Cage that argues that Mohammed Emwazi was a 'beautiful young man' turned bad by the cruelties inflicted on him by the British state, the article mentions a comment by Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who said that 'there is no consistency of narrative' when it comes to the radicalisation of jihadists. The story of the uncovering of Jihadi John's identity was also reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, Reuters UK, BBC Radio 5 Live and Telegraph.

Virgin voters: students react to Labour's £6,000 tuition fee pledge

Guardian 27th February 2015

In the Guardian's 'Virgin voters' series, the voice of young people and first-time voters on election issues are listened to. Ryan Andrew Austin, a student at King's, said: 'As a first generation student from a low income background, I want British universities to be as well funded as possible. In reducing tuition fees to an artificial level, Labour would jeopardise the value, worth and quality of British degrees.'

Should the West be worried about Russia's gas threats?

Telegraph 27th February 2015

Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, discusses whether the West should be worried about the hints from Vladimir Putin and several Russian officials that gas supplies to Europe might be at risk. Commenting on this latest move from Russia, she said: 'This present Russian behaviour vis-à-vis Ukraine is first and foremost a tactic to destabilize Ukraine, and serves also as a potential negotiating tool in advance of talks in Brussels.'

Dr Silvia Camporesi on Eugenics

BBC World News 27th February 2015

The state of Virginia in the U.S.A. has agreed to pay compensation to victims of forcible sterilisation by authorities. Survivors of the process will be paid around $25,000. Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine said: ‘In the Western World today, we have something that in Bioethics we refer to as reproductive freedom. We think it is the right of the individual to decide when and with whom to reproduce, and also what is good for our children. In the past, this was not the case. It was not considered the right of the individual to have reproductive decisions…Many don’t know today, but even in Scandinavia, sterilisation was going on up until the 70’s.’

More researchers suggest food allergies may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Boston Globe 27th February 2015

Some health experts believe that there are certain types of foods that can significantly trigger rheumatoid arthritis and that certain food types can trigger inflammation. Professor Jonathan Brostoff, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘in some people, proteins and antibodies bind together to create immune complexes in the intestine, which then circulate around the body, eventually reaching joints, This can significantly increase the risk for inflammation.’

Strategy-deficient West

Deccan Herald 27th February 2015

A month on from the Charlie Hebdo attack and in wake of recent attacks on a café in Copenhagen, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the strategy of the Western nations in their efforts to counter radicalisation and terror attacks. Professor Pant warns that: ‘It is far from clear if the West can come up with a coherent, united strategy to tackle the rising tide of radicalism in West Asia which is upending the social harmony in western societies. At the moment, there is no unity in sight and it looks like a long road ahead.’

God and Mrs Thatcher

BBC Radio 4 The World at One 26th February 2015

The recent debate about the Church of England's intervention in pre-election politics echoes a similar situation during Margaret Thatcher's time in office. Dr Eliza Filby, author of the book God and Mrs Thatcher, discussed how she researched Thatcher's religious background. She said: 'I've actually looked much deeper into her religious heritage. I've gone into the archives of the Methodist church where she worshipped as a child.'

Jihadi John has been identified

Sky News 26th February 2015

The British jihadist Jihadi John has reportedly been identified, being named by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the identity of the extremist. He said: 'I think the interesting thing is that the British authorities and police have been very careful not to speculate on the identity and that's probably because they don't want to give away the information they've got at this stage.'

Difference between ISIS and Al-Shabaab

BBC Radio 5 Live Drive 26th February 2015

Thomas Colley, War Studies, was interviewed on the difference between ISIS and Al-Shabaab. He said: 'ISIS are based mainly in Iraq and Syria. Al-Shabaab are an Islamist group based in Somalia fighting an insurgency there to establish an Islamic State. There may be individual links between certain individuals who have travelled between the two.'

Mohammed Emwazi: Family of man named as 'Jihadi John' described by neighbours as 'normal Muslim family'

Washington Post 26th February 2015

The Washington Post and the BBC reported that the ISIS militant suspected of beheading UK and US hostages was identified in reports as computer programming graduate Mohammed Emwazi. The article mentions the statement by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) on the identity of ‘Jihadi John’ which said: 'We believe the identity and name published by the Washington Post and now in the public realm to be accurate and correct.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun, Scottish Sun, ITV News, LA Times, USAToday, Reuters, Huffington Post, Associated Press, , MSNNews , UOL, Times of India, India Today , CTV, AFP and ARP. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, was interviewed by CNN and PBS. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, was interviewed by Channel 4 News, ITV News, BBC News Channel, BBC BBC Six O'Clock News, BBC News at Ten, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 PM, Al Jazeera English and BBC Newsnight. He told Newsnight: ‘I’ve found this a very difficult thing to swallow listening to the arguments that have come from CAGE about the radicalisation of Jihadi John.’ Mr Maher also wrote a piece on Jihadi John’s background for BBC News.

Jihadi John identity revealed:Cage claims that MI5 drove Mohammed Emwazi to extremism are 'pathetic'

Telegraph 26th February 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has dismissed claims by British advocacy group Cage that Jihadi John was driven into extremism by MI5 as 'pathetic'. Also reported by Mirror, Reuters and Press Association.

Museum at war

Times 26th February 2015

To a letter addressed to the Imperial War Museum objecting at their new plan to introduce fees for academics to use the their research room, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was a notable signatory.

The Gene–Microbe link

Nature 26th February 2015

Research has suggested that the ecology of the gut microbiome may trigger or contribute to a variety of diseases, including autoimmune disorders and obesity. One way to look for an effect of human genetic variation on the microbiome is to compare twins. The piece mentions recent work conducted between Cornell University and King's which compared nearly 500 twin pairs, a sample size sufficient to show a marked genetic effect on the relative abundance of a specific set of gut microbes.

'Tomboy gene' linked to promiscuity

Daily Mail 25th February 2015

A study by King's has found that girls who are tomboys grow up to have more lovers whether they are straight or gay. The researchers asked almost 500 pairs of identical twins about their love lives and compared their answers with those of non-identical twins. The analysis showed that around 30 per cent of a woman’s sexual orientation is governed by her genes.

Isis and the lure of online violence for jihadi brides

Financial Times 25th February 2015

The article discusses what drove the three east London schoolgirls to leave the UK to join Islamic State in Syria. The girls are part of an estimated 200-300 European Muslim girls who have made the same journey to the self-styled caliphate. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, commented on how a lot of the girls who leave are doing well at school. She said that this 'challenges the idea that it’s all emotional — the girls have awareness of politics and religion, and they’re asking questions.'

Three runaway teen 'jihadi brides' feared to be heading into the clutches of British women leading ISIS religious police who dole out savage beatings

Daily Mail 25th February 2015

It has been reported that three British teenagers who have left the UK to travel to join ISIS may be heading to the group of British female jihadis who are said to be running an lslamic State ultra-religious police force. The article mentions that International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who monitor the social media accounts of British jihadists online.

The jihadi girls who went to Syria weren't just radicalised by Isis — they were groomed

Independent 25th February 2015

Opinion piece on how the latest female recruits from Bethnal Green Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum were deliberately targeted online and used to entice foreign fighters. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, pointed out that social media sites like Ask FM are used by jihadis to collect information about young Muslim women, who also encourage these women to upload pictures of themselves, to be passed round groups of other jihadi fighters.

Fifty years of arts policy: What have we learned?

Huffington Post UK 25th February 2015

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, has written a piece on how 2015 marks a significant anniversary for the arts as it marks 50 years since the publication of Jennie Lee's A Policy for the Arts - The First Steps. Discussing the impact of Lee's views on the arts, she wrote: 'The paper's influence is still felt today. Earlier this year, for Culture at King's College London, James Doeser undertook a review of arts policy designed to engage young people. His research made clear that the roots of every strategy, initiative or funding scheme over the half century that followed could be traced back to Lee.' Also reported by Times Higher Education.

Fat: Friend or foe?

Huffington Post UK 25th February 2015

Both the US and UK governments recommended that average daily fat intake should be reduced to 30 per cent of total energy intake, with saturated fat limited to 10 per cent, yet last week these recommendations were questioned by researchers from the University of West Scotland. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, said that heart disease rates have fallen in countries that have adopted the policy of reducing total fat.

Eating disorders: 'I lay awake at night and miss my anorexia'

Telegraph 25th February 2015

Lizzie Porter, who was previously anorexic, gives a first hand account of the condition and how it affected her life during Eating Disorders Awareness Week. She said: 'A few superb institutions carry out research into new treatment methods. In late November, I took part in a pilot study at the Eating Disorders Research Group at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry. The research is ongoing, but the aim is to find out if reducing [fears] using oxytocin could also decrease anxiety relating to food and weight in those with eating disorders.'

Anorexic for 10 years: How Emmerdale's Gemma Oaten conquered her eating disorder

Daily Express 25th February 2015

Gemma Oaten reveals how she survived distressing therapy sessions and a friend's suicide to overcome an eating disorder in this article, which was published during Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It refers to a study by King’s College London and the UCL Institute of Child Health published last year that reported a 15 per cent rise in eating disorders since 2000.

Lifestyle, the silent killer

The Hindu 25th February 2015

Karthik Nachiappan, research student in War Studies, discussed the problem of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in India, which accounts for 60% of all deaths. Mr Nachiappan said: ‘India is well served by a national action plan on NCDs but more work is needed to strengthen the health infrastructure supporting that effort.’

Feeding peanuts to babies protects from peanut allergies, scientists find

Daily Telegraph 24th February 2015

Scientists at King's have found that exposing infants at high risk of allergy to peanut products protects them against developing a peanut allergy, suggesting that parents have been given the wrong advice for decades. The LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) study revealed that feeding infants under the age of one peanut product for 60 months led to a significant decrease in the development of peanut allergy, casting doubt on the previous strategy of avoidance. Lead investigator Professor Gideon Lack, Paediatric Allergy, said: 'For decades, allergists have been recommending that young infants avoid consuming allergenic foods such as peanut to prevent food allergies. Our findings suggest that this advice was incorrect and may have contributed to the rise in the peanut and other food allergies.' Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, Sun, Times, BBC 1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 Today, Sky News, BBC Radio Scotland, Daily Mirror, ITV News, Reuters, BBC London News, Channel 4 News, Press Association, Nursing Times, London Evening Standard, BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, BBC London 94.9 FM, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC News, BBC World News, Times of India, Huffington Post Live, Al Jazeera US, Al Jazeera English, Le Figaro, Le Monde, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, Scientific American, Time, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, South China Morning Post and many others

From Westgate to Westfield: does al-Shabaab have the capacity to strike the West?

Telegraph 24th February 2015

Thomas Colley, War Studies, has written a piece looking at the threat posed to Britain by Somalia-based jihadists al-Shabaab who have called for terrorist attacks on Western shopping centres. Discussing the extremist group, he said: 'Al-Shabaab is best known in the West for the horrific attack on the upmarket Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013, in which 67 people were killed. However, rather than being an indication of the group’s global threat, Westgate reflected its explicitly regional strategy.'

Boko Haram targets region where powerful empire once reigned

Daily Mail 24th February 2015

Prior to the rise of Boko Haram, the area below Lake Chad was part of a powerful Islamic empire known as the Kanem-Bornu empire, and experts are saying that Boko Haram has at times tried to invoke the Kanem-Bornu legacy. Dr Vincent Hiribarren, History, was quoted on how Boko Haram commanders are doing this to attract new fighters: 'It is a reappropriation of a glorious past.'

How Stephen Hawking, diagnosed with ALS decades ago, is still alive

Washington Post 24th February 2015

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21 but has survived for over 50 years and this article points out that he should no longer be able to deliver meditations on the existence of God, or be able to fret over artificial intelligence, as the average lifespan of someone diagnosed with ALS is between two and five years. Ammar Al-Chalabi, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said Hawking was ‘extraordinary. … I don’t know of anyone who’s survived this long.’ Article also published in the Independent.

NHS health checks are a waste of resources

British Medical Journal 24th February 2015

Joint letter on how NHS health checks neither reduce morbidity nor mortality for cardiovascular disease, or for cancer. Dr Susan Bewley, Women's Health, is one of the co-authors.

Islamic State’s social media efforts luring female recruits to Syria

LA Times 24th February 2015

Terrorism experts say that radical terror groups have developed a sophisticated recruitment website, which uses social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and, to attract Western women and girls to fight in Syria. The article quotes the research of Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who has been tracking the social media accounts of 90 Western women and said that: ‘the recruits are overwhelmingly young…and appear to come primarily from Western Europe’.

How Stephen Hawking, diagnosed with ALS decades ago, is still alive

Washington Post 24th February 2015

This article considers how Stephen Hawking has lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), since his diagnosis at the age of 21. Professor Nigel Leigh, Clinical Neuroscience, said of the scientist: ‘he is exceptional…I am not aware of anyone else who has survived with ALS as long. What is unusual is not only the length of time, but that the disease seems to have burnt out. He appears to be relatively stable…This kind of stabilisation is extremely rare.’

AAP’s Rise: Victorious, but not yet formidable

Foreign Policy 24th February 2015

Following the success of the Aam Aadmi Party in the local Delhi elections, Dr Sandipto Dasgupta, India Institute, argues that its potential as a formidable alternative for mainstream politics demands critical analysis. Dr Dasgupta said: ‘A viable progressive opposition to Modi has to enunciate how his government already speaks for those with the most power in an increasingly unequal society. It has to also then rally those vastly larger in numbers – who have little power but the power of their vote’.

What is luring Western women to Syria to join Isil?

Daily Telegraph 23rd February 2015

Elizabeth Pearson, War Studies, has written a piece looking at what drives women to join Isil, following reports that three British teenage girls have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State jihadists. Discussing what motivates them to leave, she wrote: 'The first ‘lure’ is perhaps a ‘who’ not a ‘what’. Social media is one of the main ways by which researchers can access what is happening to women who join Isil, and what they see is women already there actively appealing to others to join them.'

Quality of nurses

BBC Radio 4 You and Yours 23rd February 2015

Report looking at the differences between the quality of nurses working in hospitals and working in care homes. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, was interviewed on the standard of nurses. She said: 'I think we have to contest the argument about the variability in quality.'

Teenage girls travelling to Syria

BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine 23rd February 2015

The hunt is on for three teenage girls from East London who are believed to be travelling to join Islamic State in Syria. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, was interviewed on the motivations driving young women to leave the UK. She said: 'Islamic State has been very clever in their propaganda and their targeting of women by suggesting that yes their roles will be mostly domesticated, but they can also do other things as well.'

Terror expert warns fighters returning from Syria 'will be next generation of bin Ladens'

London Evening Standard 23rd February 2015

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, warned that Western fighters who return home from the conflict in Syria will form a 'next generation of Osama bin Ladens' at the counter-terrorism conference convened by Barack Obama in the US. He said: 'Just like Osama bin Laden started his career in international terrorism as a foreign fighter in Afghanistan in the Eighties, the next generation of Osama bin Ladens are currently starting theirs in Syria and Iraq.'

Patient’s ethnic heritage determines best drug for Blood Pressure?

Economic Times India 23rd February 2015

Scientists are investigating whether treatment for high blood pressure can be improved by taking a person’s ethnic heritage into consideration. A consortium led by King’s College London collaborated with the University of Glasgow on the study.

Comment from Shiraz Maher

Sunday Mirror 22nd February 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discusses the three young British girls who have left the country in a bid to join up with Islamic State. Commenting on the motivations behind their departure, he said: 'It can seem bewildering. They regard British society as decadent while IS is virtuous. It offers them liberation and comfort.' Mr Maher has also been quoted in Daily Mail.

When Mrs T handbagged the bishops

Sunday Times 22nd February 2015

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took on opposition from the Church of England by summoning a group of bishops to Chequers to give them a lecture on the true meaning of Christianity, according to the book God and Mrs Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul. The book's author, Dr Eliza Filby, History, said that Thatcher's theological defence of Thatcherism to the Church of Scotland was 'the most controversial speech she ever made.'

Oscars 2015: why this year's nominees are about the sublime, not the ridiculous

Guardian 22nd February 2015

Opinion piece on how this year's Academy Awards differ from previous years, focusing on the sublime. Dr Catherine Wheatley, Film Studies, said: 'Cinema needs to find ways of restoring the image’s power to itself, and one way of doing that is by creating these huge spectacles, which are almost too big and too close up to see properly.'

Revealed: £15bn hidden cost of eating disorders

Independent on Sunday 22nd February 2015

A report by accountancy and professional services firm PwC found eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia cost the country more than £15bn a year and that the lives of some of more than 600,000 sufferers are being put at risk by an ‘unacceptable’ postcode lottery for treatment. Professor Janet Treasure, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said early intervention was ‘essential’. She warned that, ‘over time, untreated, eating disorders may become entrenched’ and made worse by changes in the brain as a result of ‘prolonged starvation and/or abnormal eating behaviours.’

Clever teenagers most at risk of 'skunk' psychosis

Mail on Sunday 22nd February 2015

Britain’s brightest teenagers are among those most at risk of mental illness caused by smoking potent forms of cannabis and can develop permanent schizophrenia from taking the drug through their teenage years even if they didn’t seem at risk of mental health issues earlier in life. Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘A lot of people who develop schizophrenia have had problems since they were children. Maybe they had more personality or cognitive difficulties than their brothers or sisters. But the ones who develop psychosis associated with cannabis, they tend to be people who were doing very well. So it’s a different group of people who get psychotic as a result of cannabis: they were cleverer and more sociable before they got ill.’

Almost a quarter of new psychosis cases linked to strong 'skunk like' cannabis

Independent 22nd February 2015

Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to high-potency ‘skunk like’ cannabis and people who smoke super-strength cannabis daily are five times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug. Sir Robin Murray, Psychosis studies, was quoted in Independent saying: ‘This paper suggests that we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no-one smoked high potency cannabis. This could save young patients a lot of suffering and the NHS a lot of money.’ Also reported by the Guardian, Times, Daily Express, Telegraph, Mirror, New Scientist, Time, Sky News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Newsbeat, BBC London 94.9 FM, BBC 1 Breakfast, ITV News, Channel 4 News, Terra Brasil, The Statesman, New Delhi, O Globo and Hindustan Times

Italy and Vatican on guard after ISIL threat

USAToday 22nd February 2015

Recent Islamic States threats to Italy calling it ‘the nation signed with the blood of the cross’, have put Italian officials, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Vatican city on high alert. Sebastiano Sali, PhD candidate, War Studies, said: ‘The last thing Italy and Renzi need right now is a foreign policy crisis.’ Also reported by Xinhua News Agency

Brutal and lonely life of a jihadist’s bride

Times 21st February 2015

Recent estimates reveal that as many as 550 western women have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Isis, but many find the lift of a jihadist bride difficult and restricted. The article mentions that Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, last month revealed that there were increasing numbers of western women being recruited for fighting. Also reported by Guardian, Independent and Daily Mirror.

Top-secret military warning on Ebola biological weapon terror threat

Guardian 21st February 2015

A military research unit in Wiltshire have been evaluating whether terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State could use the deadly virus Ebola to attack western targets. Dr Filippa Lentzos, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, commented that terrorists would encounter problems with the virus. She said: 'Could terrorists go to west Africa, get infected, then come back and sit on the tube? Sure, but they’re not likely to be functional for very long. They’re going to be very sick and you’ll see that. So they would have only a very small window in which to operate.'

Secret life of vigilantes hunting Forces fakes

Telegraph 21st February 2015

A vigilante internet group that unmasks people who pretend to have had a glittering military career most recently revealed Anthony Church, the 63-year-old town crier for Oxfordshire who had claimed to be a former regimental Sergeant Major in the Coldstream Guards who had earned the BEM (British Empire Medal) and been awarded an MBE, was a fake. Professor Edgar Jones, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'We cannot categorise [these people] into one group. But there is an underlying psychological need, maybe going back for an abusive childhood or being bullied at school. They seek some narrative that will turn that all on its head and make them powerful and well-regarded.'

BBC joins arts groups in attempt to encourage nation's creativity

Guardian 20th February 2015

The Get Creative campaign launched by the BBC is aiming to get the population to do something more creative and will be collaborating with arts organisations and artists around the UK. The campaign stems from the What Next? arts movement, and was put forward to Hall last year by David Lan, Marcus Davey, and Deborah Bull, Director of Cultural Partnerships.

Pill may save organ patients' lives

Press Association 20th February 2015

According to a new trial, lives could be saved by a new once-daily pill Advagraf for organ transplant patients. Dr Varuna Aluvihare, Institute of Liver Sciences, commented on the findings. She said: 'A graft survival benefit means better patient survival, meaning that for every 13 patients treated with Advagraf, we could potentially save one life when compared to people being treated with the usual twice-daily tacrolimus.'

The world must act to defeat grotesque Isil threat, says May

Telegraph 20th February 2015

Theresa May told the counter-terrorism conference in Washington yesterday that Isil will develop into 'something even more grotesque and inhumane' unless the world acts right away. The piece also mentions Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who too was at the conference, and was quoted in Telegraph saying: 'Just like Osama bin Laden started his career in international terrorism in Afghanistan as a foreign fighter in the eighties, the next generation of Osama bin Ladens are currently starting theirs in Syria and Iraq.'

Clegg backs cannabis for medicinal use

Daily Mail 20th February 2015

The Deputy Prime Minister said cannabis should be available in a 'straightforward legal way' to help people alleviate their symptoms. His comments were made after new cannabis research from King’s College. About the research Dr Marta Di Forti, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'When a GP or psychiatrist asks if a patient uses cannabis it's not helpful; it's like asking whether someone drinks. As with alcohol, the relevant questions are how often and what type of cannabis. This gives more information about whether the user is at risk of mental health problems; awareness needs to increase for this to happen.' This story was also reported in the Telegraph and Radio 5 Live.

The historical case for Europe to recognize Palestine

Huffington Post UK 20th February 2015

The article mentions that Professor Rory Miller, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, has analyzed in great detail material in various archives showing how Israeli leaders reacted to the Venice Declaration.

Here’s what happened when a 63-year-old man took shrooms for science

Houston Chronicle 20th February 2015

Following a diagnosis of lung cancer, a cinematographer volunteered to try a psychedelic drug as part of an experiment to see how the drug affects cancer patients suffering from anxiety and depression. Dr Paul Expert, Neuroimaging, said of the treatment: ‘one of the characteristics of the depressed brain is that it gets stuck in a loop, you get locked into repetitive and negative thoughts. The idea is that using psilocybin might help break the loop and change the patters of functional connectivity in the brain’. Also reported in Business Insider

Busch: ‘IS will force the West to Action’

Deutsche Welle 20th February 2015

Dr Peter Busch, War Studies, provides analysis of the aims of Islamic State propaganda, including the recent execution videos. Dr Busch says: ‘Propaganda in principle is aimed at several groups. First of all, to those who already belong to this group…the high number of videos and photos that are now available can be seen as a show of force. However, they can also be a demonstration of weakness: success messages are necessary to maintain high morale.’

Damian Lewis helps ease the pain of a little girl with a life-threatening skin condition

Daily Mirror 19th February 2015

Article on Sohana Collins, a 12-year old girl who suffers from a rare, life-threatening skin condition – recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) – which affects around 8,000 children and adults in the UK. Professor John McGrath, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, is mentioned as being the dermatology consultant who led a trial of giving ten affected children infusions of donated bone marrow cells in the hope of repairing the damage to their skin.

Working at a think tank can have a big influence on your future prospects

Times 19th February 2015

In an article looking at how people can get a job after working at not-for-profit think tanks, King's is mentioned as being a university that has think tank activities.

Could Skype boost semesters abroad?

Times Higher Education 19th February 2015

The Institute of International Education (IIE) campaign, called Generation Study Abroad, seeks to double the number of American students studying abroad, which currently stands at 10 per cent of US students in higher education. The campaign also includes enlisting primary and secondary-school teachers to help inspire their students to eventually go overseas. The article mentions that King's is one of the 500 partner institutions and organisations that have joined the push.

Cracking the case studies

Times Higher Education 19th February 2015

The piece looks at the controversy behind the REF’s formal assessment of the impact of academic work. One of the case studies for Classics from King's is used as an example and reads: 'King’s College London research into the contribution of Lord Byron and Romanticism to the creation of the Greek nation state in the early 19th century challenged the modern perception of Greek national identity.'

Terror act stopped

BBC Radio 5 Live 19th February 2015

Police say a 19 year old man convicted of planning to behead a British solider had been radicalised in a very short space of time. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discussed the process of radicalisation. He said: 'Most of the people who have ended up at the end of violent extremism have only a tenuous understanding or knowledge of the religion that they profess to be guided by.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 FM and BBC Radio 4.

Could using sunscreen at night prevent skin cancer? Damage caused by UV light continues for hours after dark, finds study

Daily Mail 19th February 2015

According to a new study, applying sunscreen at night after a day in the sun may help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, after researchers found that much of the damage caused by ultraviolet light from a day on the beach occurs hours after the sun has set. The article also mentions that scientists at King's are hoping to create sunscreen in a pill, which could provide weeks of protection for the skin and eyes, cutting the odds of cancer, removing the need for creams and sunglasses.

Breaking down barriers to understanding research. In a pub.

Huffington Post UK 19th February 2015

The Men United Arms pub and the Men United campaign is working to get men together to talk about prostate cancer and the issues around it in a way men will engage with. Dr Christine Galustian, Innate Immunity, was one of four researchers invited to the pub to talk about what they do and how they do it, from medical imaging to immunotherapy, and from surgery to treating advanced disease.

Keep an eye on your city's pollution in real time

New Scientist 19th February 2015

High-definition cameras are letting residents monitor the air pollution in their cities online, and in real time. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, was quoted on the cameras saying: 'The reason that the smog in Beijing is so notorious is people can see the pollution.'

Ukraine 'symptom' of Russia State

Press Association 19th February 2015

Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict has had a big impact locally, but it has also been reported that relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to such an extent that the dispute has been termed a 'new Cold War'. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, said: 'If anything Ukraine is not the cause of but a symptom of a much deeper conflict with Europe and Russia. People thought that after the end of the Soviet Union, Russia would become more and more like Europe but it hasn't happened that way. Russia has its own system... the question is how can these two systems co-exist on the same continent.'

Blueprint for Britain: How should the House of Lords be reformed?

Prospect 19th February 2015

Prospect held a roundtable discussion on Monday 12 January, 2015 as part of their Blueprint for Britain series.Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, spoke at the event. He said: ' I regard the main role of the Lords, not so much as a legislative role, but one of inquiry. It performs the role of select committees on matters which the House of Commons doesn’t perhaps deal with particularly effectively.'

Inside India: Can Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal Really Collaborate?

Wall Street Journal 19th February 2015

The newly elected chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, appeared to have smoothed over previous tensions, as they met for diplomatic talks for the first time since they ran against each other in the 2014 national elections. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussed this recent collaboration: ‘They need to think together, if not alike, on how to make Delhi work’.

Ukraine crisis: King's advise Parliament

BBC World TV 19th February 2015

Following a lengthy inquiry into the current Ukraine crisis, to which a King's College London expert served as Specialist Advisor, Parliament has released a timely and hard-hitting report on European Union-Russia relations warning the EU to 'stand firm'. The Director of the King's Russia Institute, Dr Sam Greene, acted as Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords sub-committee that today published the report, which found, among other things, that nations on both sides of the conflict 'sleep-walked into the crisis'. Also reported by BBC World TV, Daily Mail, Irish Independent

Jewish Museum shows the power of love

Prospect 19th February 2015

Review of the exhibition 'Your Jewish Museum: Love' which displays crowd-sourced objects that cross religious boundaries. Dr Aaron Rosen, Theology & Religious Studies, was quoted saying: 'We wanted something capacious and something everyone could identify with.'

Just another day in Gaza

Daily Mirror 18th February 2015

Article looking at the effects and aftermath of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The piece mentions that Britain's Department for International Development and Medical Aid for Palestinians have sent the small team of volunteer surgeons to Gaza, made up of experts from King's and Royal London.

My distress at whistleblowers being bullied in today’s NHS

Guardian 18th February 2015

Interview with Professor Harold Ellis, Anatomy, who reflects on last week’s report on whistleblowing by Sir Robert Francis QC which revealed accounts of bullying in the NHS of staff who raise concerns about sub-standard care or dangerous practice. Discussing the report, he said: 'I just cannot comprehend how a situation could possibly happen where a person would have to fear suspension or bullying for raising proper concerns about the way that people were being looked after. It distresses me beyond measure. This would never have happened in the earlier days of the NHS.'

Tory fury as Church of England releases 'shopping list' of policies three months before General Election

Daily Mail 18th February 2015

David Cameron issued a rebuke to the Church of England after Bishops wrote a 52-page letter calling for new direction in political life and urging people to vote. The Daily Mail cites relevant policies including drug addiction policy mentioning that potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis was this week linked to 24 per cent of new psychosis cases in a study by King’s College London.

Labour campaign to get more women to vote

BBC London 94.9 18th February 2015

Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, was interviewed on Labour targetting women, following the arrival of their pink tour bus to attract female voters in Croydon. She said: 'It shows a complete misunderstanding of how women vote. There is an obsession with this idea that women vote for woman candidates and only respond to women that will talk to them about being women, but this is actually complete nonsense. Women vote in exactly the same way that men vote in terms of the things that are really and truly important to their lives.'

Case for transparency in comment threads

Guardian 18th February 2015

Professor Clive Coen, Women's Health, has written in to Guardian in response to the article 'Open door'. He said: ' It would be heartening to see the Guardian extend its campaigns for transparency versus the cloak of invisibility into this field.'

One million join online courses

Press Association 18th February 2015

New figures have shown that one million people worldwide have opted and signed up to take free online courses offered by the UK's top universities through the FutureLearn website. FutureLearn is the first UK-based site to offer free classes from top universities, including King's. Also reported by Metro London and BBC News.

Fraternities and sororities are sexist and backwards; Our universities must resist them

Huffington Post UK 18th February 2015

A student writer has written a blog discussing his experience of studying abroad in the US, in particular how students were divided based on gender. The article mentions how there are some fraternities that have emerged at London universities, including at King's.

Wales’ proposed safe staffing law could benefit care in England too

Nursing Standard 18th February 2015

It has been reported that legislation similar to the Safe Nurse Staffing Bill that has been proposed in Wales could benefit England. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, was quoted in the article on the bill. She said: 'Setting out provision in legislation would provide a strong signal that the Welsh Assembly was serious about supporting safe staffing’

Cannabis: Promise, risk and controversy

BBC 18th February 2015

Cannabis is reported as being good for you and bad for you so no wonder there’s confusion, but the key is to understand the effects of the two active ingredients abbreviated to THC and CBD and that different types of cannabis contain different amounts of these two ingredients with cannabis high in THC being more dangerous to a user’s mental health. Professor Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'If you give THC to normal volunteers, you can make them psychotic, but if you pre-treat them with CBD, you can prevent that happening. So this made us think - would it be possible to actually treat psychosis with CBD?’

What ISIS Really Wants

MSNNews 18th February 2015

Few Western leaders appear to understand the background and intentions of the Islamic state and we have misunderstood the nature of this terror group in seeing jihadism as monolithic and denying its medieval religious nature. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, said that ‘online voices have been essential to spreading propaganda…online recruitment has also widened the demographics of the jihadist community, by allowing conservative Muslim women – physically isolated in their homes – to reach out to recruiters.’

Spending on defence will make us safer and richer

Telegraph 17th February 2015

Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute at King's, has co-written an article looking at how ensuring that the Armed Forces are properly funded is good economics as well as common sense for national security. Discussing the current state of the Forces, he wrote: 'Waves of expenditure cuts have undermined the services on which Britain’s security depends. Essential equipment is lacking, putting troops at risk. Aircraft carriers are built without aircraft. Troop numbers have been heavily cut and the necessary modernisation of technology and facilities has been slowed down.' Professor Butler was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today.

Deploying game theory

BBC Radio 4 Today 17th February 2015

Greek Finance Minister has been accused of deploying game theory to gain an advantage in negotiations on the Greece bailout. Professor Shaun Hargreaves Heap, Department of Political Economy, discussed game theory. He said: 'Game theory is concerned with how people make interactive decisions, that's to say, decisions when the outcome is a combination of the two acts that people are making.' Also reported by BBC News.

Man who suffered horrific 'suicide headaches' is cured thanks to jolt of electricity

Daily Mail 17th February 2015

Andrew McNicholas developed crippling cluster headaches five years ago that would come three or four times a day, last between 40 minutes to three hours and were so debilitating he had to quit his job, but a new handheld device that targets the vagus nerve made his life 'liveable' again. Professor Peter Goadsby, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, acknowledged more studies are needed to check it’s efficacy but said: ‘If a proportion of people with a dreadful problem get some benefit, that's a good step forward.'

Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking, studies show

Reuters 17th February 2015

Studies on the health impact of ‘plain’ or standardized cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through. A collection of scientific papers in the journal Addiction tested the effects of 2012 plain packaging legislation passed in Australia. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘For an addictive product that kills so many of its users, the tobacco industry should consider itself fortunate that ... it is allowed to sell its toxic products at all, let alone try to make them attractive through the packaging.’ Story also covered by the Guardian, Scientific American and Fox News.

How should Europe's Jews respond to Netanyahu call for mass migration to Israel?

Telegraph 17th February 2015

Professor Richard Ned Lebow, War Studies, has written a piece discussing the insult of the Israeli prime minister who has urged Europe's Jews to embrace an uncertain future in Israel. Commenting on Benjamin Netanyahu call for mass migration, he wrote: 'First, there is no reason to think that Jews are any safer in Israel than in Europe. Fewer than 50 Jews are thought to have been killed in Europe by terrorists since 1993. By contrast, between the 1993 Oslo Accords and today, approximately 1,400 Israeli civilians have been killed by terrorists.'

One in five Dutch doctors would help physically healthy patients die

Guardian 17th February 2015

According to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, one in five Dutch doctors would consider helping someone die even if they had no physical problems but were 'tired of living'. Professor Penney Lewis, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on euthanasia with regard to dementia. She said: 'If you’re a doctor and you have to provide euthanasia, emotionally that’s very taxing. Imagine doing that for someone when you’re not able to say to them at the last minute, ‘Are you sure that this is what you want?’ Doctors don’t like doing that. They want to check, to be 100 per cent sure.'

Greece austerity put in check and brings Europe to rethink tactics

O Globo (Brazil) 17th February 2015

Europe is searching for methods to help stimulate the economies of its Euro countries, following the injection of 1 trillion euros by the European Central Bank (ECB) into the financial market, including impact of austerity measures. Dr Aris Trantidis, Political Economy, warned ‘the euro zone will be a source of uncertainty from now on. Perhaps this is the most difficult moment of the EU since the 1990s, but certainly not the last or the worst of years to come.’

Celebrity gossip

Sina (China) 17th February 2015

According to new research, reading gossip about celebrities stimulates areas in the brain’s pleasure centre in the same way as eating food or winning the lottery. Dr Adam Perkins, Psychological Medicine, commented on the results: ‘celebrities are particularly likely to be envied, and when they fall from grace we therefore are likely to feel particularly happy.’

How should we respond to the Copenhagen attacks?

Telegraph 16th February 2015

Dr Peter Busch, War Studies, has written a piece looking at whether more security, more surveillance, more policing is the answer to Charlie Hebdo-style attacks, following recent events in Copenhagen. Discussing the response to the attacks, he wrote: 'We should focus on existing laws and strive to stand up to terrorism in keeping with civil liberties and fundamental freedom. To do this, it is important that we keep reflecting on our personal response to terrorist attacks.'

Minsk agreement was a missed opportunity

Times 16th February 2015

In Letters to the Editor, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written in in response to Britain's contribution to the situation in Ukraine. He said: 'Sir, Perhaps the best contribution that Britain can make to solving the problems of Ukraine lies not in sending arms or troops, but in our understanding of how stability is to be achieved in divided societies.'

Britain should consider putting troops on ground in Libya, ex MI6 chief says

Telegraph 16th February 2015

Speaking at King's, the former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers suggested that Britain should consider putting troops on the ground in Libya, in the wake of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by Isil. Discussing Britain's intervention in affairs in the Middle East, he said: 'In the wake of Iraq and Afghanistan Britain is pulling back from international intervention, just as America pulled back after the Vietnam war. Yes, intervening has huge risks and costs. Not intervening also has huge risks and costs. Afghanistan and Iraq? Or Syria and Libya? Which outcome is worse? Perhaps it's too early to say. We need to have that debate.' Also reported by Guardian, BBC and Times.

Student news round-up: City may join University of London

Independent 16th February 2015

The London Student has reported that City University London is considering a move to become part of the University of London (UoL). The article mentions that there are around 17,000 students at City compared with around 120,000 at the federal UoL, which is made up of a number of universities including King's.

Labour's Liam Byrne says he'd 'love' education to be free like the NHS

Huffington Post UK 16th February 2015

Labour's universities minister Liam Byrne told students this week at King's that he would 'love' higher education to be free like the NHS, but refused to directly call for the abolishment of tuition fees. He said: 'Obviously I would love free education, but I'm not going to make a promise that is not deliverable.'

Almost a quarter of new psychosis cases linked to strong 'skunk like' cannabis

Independent 16th February 2015

Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to high-potency ‘skunk like’ cannabis and people who smoke super-strength cannabis daily are five times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug. Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: ‘This paper suggests that we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no-one smoked high potency cannabis. This could save young patients a lot of suffering and the NHS a lot of money.’ Also reported by the Guardian, Times, Daily Express, Telegraph, Mirror, Time, Fox News, The Statesman New Delhi, O Globo Brasil, New Scientist, The Nursing Times, BMJ, Sky News, BBC TV & Radio, ITV and Channel 4.

Mobile phone waves: Better call a doc?

Guardian 16th February 2015

In the 'Breaking Bad' spin-off TV show 'Better Call Saul', Saul's brother suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and wraps himself in a shiny space blanket to prevent exposure to Saul's mobile phone. In the UK, 4% of people report that they experience unpleasant symptoms due to exposure to electromagnetic fields given out by mobile phones, Wi-Fi , TVs and so on. Dr James Rubin and Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, write about how double-blind experiments have shown the nocebo effect is responsible for the condition.

Britain should consider putting troops on ground in Libya, ex MI6 chief says

Guardian 16th February 2015

Speaking at King's, the former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers suggested that Britain should consider putting troops on the ground in Libya, in the wake of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by Isil. Discussing Britain's intervention in affairs in the Middle East, he said: 'In the wake of Iraq and Afghanistan Britain is pulling back from international intervention, just as America pulled back after the Vietnam war. Yes, intervening has huge risks and costs. Not intervening also has huge risks and costs. Afghanistan and Iraq? Or Syria and Libya? Which outcome is worse? Perhaps it's too early to say. We need to have that debate.' Also reported by Guardian, BBC, Times, CNBC and Daily Mail

Egypt urges the World to back its retaliation to ISIS killings

, NPR 16th February 2015

Egypt responded to the attacks by ISIS on Egyptians in Libya with airstrikes in the country. Egyptian officials have called for international assistance with their air campaign. Professor Robert Springborg, War Studies, commented on the situation: ‘Egypt would depend very heavily upon logistical training, maintenance and other support from the United States military. The American government’s position is rather different than Egypt’s regarding what to do about the problems in Libya.’

Suspected Copenhagen gunman: Petty criminal to cold-blooded killer

AFP 16th February 2015

Danish citizen, Omar El-Hussein, of Palestinian origin, was named in the media as the perpetrator of two deadly shootings in Copenhagen, prompting questions over how a man released from jail two weeks earlier could go on to commit such atrocities. Hans Brun, Research Student, War Studies, said of the killer: ‘He has a very typical profile…he had problems during his life, but was never accepted by the chiefs of organized crime. He spent time in prison, but was never among the most dangerous.’

Biology and robotics come together

Financial Times 16th February 2015

Andrew Ward explores how the worlds of biology and robotics are coming together, and how bionics are now being applied in healthcare. Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Department of Informatics, was interviewed on how high tech instruments could allow surgeons to carry out procedures with greater precision. He said: 'Here in the Centre for Robotics Research we are taking inspiration from the octopus and creating soft robotic devices that can be used for minimally invasive surgery.'

Dina Asher-Smith: The British sprinter is busy making history

Independent on Sunday 14th February 2015

Article on Dina Asher-Smith, who is currently the second fastest woman in the world this year, and the World Championships silver medallist in the 100m and 200m. The piece mentions that Dina is also a student at King's studying History. Discussing her latest victory in Karlsruhe, she said: 'I wouldn’t say it’s a lack of confidence as you have to have faith in your ability and training. It’s hard to explain really as it’s not that lack of confidence really but believing in myself a bit more.' Also reported by Sunday Telegraph.

Arsenal and Chelsea owners could help finance 2018 World Cup in Russia as Vladimir Putin reaches out amid financial crisis

Independent on Sunday 14th February 2015

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is set to call on Premier League connections to help his nation out of a financial crisis over staging the 2018 World Cup. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, was quoted saying: 'There seems to be something of an emerging understanding that the government will help the titans of the economy to maintain the liquidity they need to stay in business. In return for that, they remain quiet, they remain loyal, but they also maintain employment and they keep moving money through the economy.'

How YouTube changed the world

Al Jazeera 14th February 2015

On the 10 year anniversary of YouTube, this article looks back at the rise of the one of the most profitable and influential sites on the internet. Dr Nishanth Sastry, Informatics, commented on the purchase of YouTube by Google for $1.65bn: ‘Google has this very large scare infrastructure for content delivery…it’s something they scaled up shortly after they bought YouTube, but YouTube would not have been able to do it if it was just a single start-up run by a few guys.’

Doctors urged to do more to promote the 'miracle cure' of regular exercise

Guardian 13th February 2015

According to a new report, doctors should give clear messages to patients about the benefits of 30 minutes of exercise five times a week – which can be a 'miracle cure'. The piece mentions a report by King's that found that 80 per cent of obese patients had never discussed their weight with their GP.

Russian Parliament warns Europe’s longstanding peace in jeopardy

Newsweek 13th February 2015

A letter reportedly sent from the Russian Parliament to the European Parliament and Council of Europe, argues that Russia will mobilise forces to defend ‘stability’ in Europe, in what it sees in Ukraine as a fight against Nazism. Oscar Jonsson, PhD candidate, War Studies, said of the letter: ‘This letter fits the Russian narrative very well that Europe is supplying arms to Ukraine to escalate the situation into war, thereby sowing fear amongst European politicians.’

Ukraine Cease-Fire Hopes Exceed Expectations

Wall Street Journal 13th February 2015

The Ukrainian cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk by EU leaders does not look to have much sticking power, and is widely speculated to be rendered meaningless with future violence likely. Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, said of the agreement: ‘The principles, by and large, are fine, but it’s hard to be optimistic about implementation’.

Fractional teachers to press for better deal nationwide

Times Higher Education 12th February 2015

A SOAS conference heard that a campaign for fractional teaching staff to be paid for all the hours they worked at one London university has sparked a groundswell of support at other institutions. The article notes that campaigners at King's have launched their own surveys of graduate teaching assistants to better understand their pay and conditions.

Countdown to the general election

Sky News 12th February 2015

With the countdown to the general election underway, the leaders of the parties have been out trying to woo potential supporters. Josh Boyle, Vice President of King's Conservative Party, discussed tax avoidance and Ed Miliband's stance on it. He said: 'I think that tax avoidance is obviously a big issue - people should pay the right amount of tax. It looked to me like a naked political attack.'

Keeping to the Military Covenant

Huffington post UK 12th February 2015

The King's College London Veterans' Mental Health Conference held this week was a good opportunity to reflect on how well we are caring for those who need mental health support after serving their country. Ilena Welte of Big White Wall UK comments that it’s hugely positive that supporters of Help for Heroes and other organisations are willing to fund mental as well as physical health care but responsibility also lies with governments.

Drinking is only good for you if you are a woman over 65

Daily Mail 11th February 2015

A new study has claimed that the benefits of moderate drinking have been overstated, suggesting that most people get little or no protection against disease from alcohol, even at moderate drinking levels. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, commented on the study. He said: 'The study sadly lacked clear heart risk data, which alcohol is said to benefit.'

Isis defector speaks on why he left militant group after six months fighting in Syria

Independent 11th February 2015

A former jihadist who ran away from Isis has spoken about life under the group’s brutal rule in Syria and why he fled, in particular discussing their brutality. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is mentioned in the article for having been contacted by a group of dozens of British militants who want to return to the UK but fear arrest on their return.

Where do your old clothes go?

BBC News 11th February 2015

Every year, thousands of people across the UK donate their used clothing to charity. Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, discusses in his book Clothing Poverty how many donors don't realise that the majority of the cast-offs they hand over to charity will be traded abroad for profit. He said: 'The way most people encounter the second-hand clothing trade is their High Street second-hand store. I think there is a common presumption amongst the general public that if they give something to charity it's most likely to be sold in one of these shops.' Dr Brooks was also interviewed on BBC World News and quoted in Guardian.

Impact of UK research revealed in 7,000 case studies

Nature 11th February 2015

Last month, 7,000 case studies chronicling the economic, cultural and social benefits of the nation’s scholarship were submitted. Professor Jonathan Grant, The Policy Institute at King's, said the case-study narratives demonstrate 'extraordinary breadth and depth.'

London tops list for US students’ online searches

Times Higher Education 11th February 2015

A new analysis has shown that the UK’s capital is the most searched city by US students looking to study abroad, with 'Universities in London' being the most popular term among all generic searches made by US students relating to international study. The piece mentions that the five London institutions in the top 10 include King’s College London.

The Global Search for Education: Just Google It!

Huffington Post 11th February 2015

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, announced in New York that London tops the Google poll of most searched for cities by US students wishing to study overseas. In particular, eight of the top 10 most Googled universities are UK institutions, with Oxford, Cambridge and King’s College London ‘topping the list’.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker takes trip to London but stays mum on many subjects

Washington Post 11th February 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, widely speculated to be in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, has faced criticism following his speech at Chatham House where he avoided questions on current global issues such as the Islamic State and unrest in Ukraine. Benno Zogg, Postgraduate student, War Studies, commented that the address ‘sounded very much like a presidential candidate speech you see on television [but] on foreign policy, he clearly has some weaknesses. We saw today he was avoiding pretty much anything on it’.

The rapping butcher of ISIS: German jihadist becomes terrorists’ poster boy

New York Post 11th February 2015

A German rapper has become a ‘poster boy’ for ISIS, appearing on propaganda videos and encouraging radical German Muslims to travel to fight in Syria and Iraq. The article quotes date from a study by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which estimated ‘3,000 foreigners from Western nations’ were involved in ISIS, including 320 Germans.

Is Russia a force for good in the world?

Al Jazeera Inside Story 11th February 2015

Russian foreign policy has come under increased scrutiny and criticism by leaders in the West, but Putin says that the country is only defending its interests and insists Russia will continue to pursue an independent foreign policy. Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, said that: ‘Russia could play a very positive role together with Europe and the United States. I think that many areas where our vital interests are at play along with Russia’s as well, so I think there could be a lot of room for cooperation. However, as was pointed out, Russia soon sided very much with the Assad regime, because it perceived it as really capable of fighting any kind of extremism. So to a certain extent, it came into a collision course with the West’.

Europe’s Russia problem

Al Jazeera 11th February 2015

The meeting of Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders in Minsk, who are seeking a lasting ceasefire for Eastern Ukraine, is only the start in a complex path to solving the conflict between Russia and Europe, argues Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute. Dr Greene comments that ‘Europe and Russia have been on a geopolitical collision course for years. And the only way for Europe to survive this standoff is to change Russia itself.’ Also reported in Voice of America

$40m of investment gives warm glow to Boris Johnson’s US trade mission

Times 10th February 2015

London’s status as a leading centre for life sciences and technology companies received a boost yesterday with the announcement of $40 million of new investment from two US companies. The article mentions MedCity, an organisation created last April by London’s three leading medical research universities — Imperial, University College London and King’s College London.

Mirror image twins

Daily Mail 10th February 2015

Researchers believe that unlike identical twins, with mirror image twins the split in the womb is delayed, occurring at between nine and 12 days, by which time the asymmetry is established. Dr Kirsten Ward, Department of Twin Research. said: 'We still don’t know why this asymmetry happens. It usually presents itself with something such as hair parting on the opposite side of the head, or a freckle in exactly the same place on the opposite side of the body.'

Change of diet?

ITV News 10th February 2015

In the early 1980s, the public was told that fat should not be any more than 30 per cent of their daily calorie intake, with saturated fat only being a third of that. Dr Scott Harding, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, was interviewed on a recent study that suggested that the evidence thirty years ago linking heart disease and fat was not strong enough to issue that advice. He said: 'The authors are looking at a very narrow and limited set of studies which support their findings.'

The Care Certificate

BBC Daily Politics 10th February 2015

Shereen Hussein, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, was interviewed on the Care Certificate. She said: 'The drive is there and everybody is keen to get the Care Certificate going. Some employers may do it fantastically well but others may not be able to do it.'

‘Wannabe warrior’ claims stop real veterans getting help, warns charity boss

Evening Standard 10th February 2015

Homeless people pretending to be veterans or exaggerating their military service could prevent real veterans from getting the help they’re entitled to and waste charities’ time dealing with the false claims. Dr Hugh Milroy of Veterans Aid said the government should consider a UK equivalent to America’s Stolen Valour Act, under which it is a crime to make false claims about military decorations. Professor Edgar Jones, King’s College London, said: ‘Service personnel have attracted a huge amount of public support. By putting on a uniform and pretending to be a veteran, it will attract sympathy.’

Chronic fatigue syndrome gets yet another name

New Scientist 10th February 2015

Chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition that debilitates as many as 2.5 million people in the US with exhaustion, should be renamed systemic exertion intolerance disease and have a standardised five-point checklist for diagnosis, according to the US Institute of Medicine (IOM), with the purpose of creating a new foundation for future research regarding cause and treatment. The condition is currently also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME. Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: ‘I'm concerned it may add to, not reduce, confusion around this condition.’

Clothes that change color with the climate

CNN 10th February 2015

The chameleonic couture on display at Somerset House, London, changes colour based on the temperature and humidity of the room and was created by The Unseen, a trio of London fashion designers using chemistry, digital technology and exquisite tailoring to create fashion magic. Another item, a headdress, changes color based on the heat generated by the wearer's neural activity, thanks to hyper-conductive stones and heat-sensitive ink and The Unseen are in ongoing discussions with the neurology team at King's College London about a collaboration that would give them unprecedented access to state-of-the-art technologies.

Modi’s bureaucratic reshuffle

The Tribune 10th February 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the drastic changes imposed on India’s bureaucratic structure following the sacking of Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. Professor Singh said that ‘the decision should be viewed as part of a larger, and much needed, bureaucratic shake-up that the Prime Minister is engendering’. Also reported in The Deccan Herald

When chemistry meets couture: Clothes that change colour with the climate

CNN 10th February 2015

‘The Unseen’ are a trio of fashion designers from London who have been using chemistry, digital technology and tailoring to create pieces of ‘wearable magic’: clothing that changes colour according to its various components. The designers are currently in discussion from the neurology team at King’s College London with regards to a collaboration, which would allow access to ‘state-of-the-art’ ink technologies.

Radio choice

Daily Telegraph 9th February 2015

Gillian Reynolds, the Telegraph's radio critic, has picked 'The Cliff' on BBC Radio 4. The programme features Professor Alan Read, English, who has vertigo which stands in his way for visiting Shakespeare Cliff at Dover.

Allow three-parent IVF to help older women too, says pioneer

Times 9th February 2015

Following backing by MPs last week, mitochondrial transfer is likely to be approved in Britain to help women carrying serious genetic defects to give birth to healthy children. Professor Peter Braude, Reproductive Medicine, was quoted saying: 'Mitochondrial replacement for mitochondrial disease is a completely different issue. Here one is balancing the certainty of a damaged child due to the transmission of a genetic mitochondrial DNA mutation against the small risk of implementing a novel treatment which might avoid its devastating consequences.'

Marine campaign

Times 9th February 2015

Letter to the editor urging the British government to protect over 1.75 million km² of the world’s oceans by creating large-scale and fully-protected marine reserves in three of the UKOTs. One of the signatories is Dr Mark Mulligan, Geography.

Food fat warnings 'should not have been introduced'

Telegraph 9th February 2015

According to an article published in the BMJ’s Open Heart journal, dietary guidelines adopted by British authorities in the early 1980s and still in use today are based on 'very limited evidence'. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, was quoted saying: 'The authors are wrong to suggest that advice to decrease saturated fat should not have been introduced. Their conclusion fails to take into account the totality of the evidence. Different types of evidence are available.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Financial Times and Guardian.

Could skin from DEAD people heal wounds faster? Cadaver tissue effectively treats burns and ulcers

Daily Mail 9th February 2015

Artificial skin which could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing was grown by researchers from King's for the first time in April 2014. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cell Research, said: 'Our new method can be used to grow much greater quantities of lab-grown human epidermal equivalents, and thus could be scaled up for commercial testing of drugs and cosmetics.'

Snoop Dogg's $25 million WEED fund could help you grow your own cannabis company

Mirror 9th February 2015

The 43-year-old star is raising a $25 million investment fund to back web-based cannabis start-ups in the US, and thanks to the legalisation on marijuana in certain States, there are plenty of entrepreneurs looking for get their new cannabis companies to become high-fliers in the field. Weed companies such as Canary, Grassp and Eaze bill themselves as similar to ride-sharing service Uber by allowing customers to connect with dealers using their smartphones. Dr Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, pointed out: ‘The cannabis industry is in its adolescence. It's just been allowed out of the home and it's going to change dramatically.’

What PM Modi Must Learn From Arvind Kejriwal

NDTV 9th February 2015

Following the local Delhi elections, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the probable result: a likely win for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who had previously been rejected in the May 2014 parliamentary elections. Professor Pant says of the party: the agenda still remains largely underdeveloped and full of contradictions. But they seem to have crossed the first hurdle of a democracy: gaining confidence of the electorate’.

Hostage’s role in Islamic State videos may raise his value to the group

Associated Press 9th February 2015

British photojournalist and Islamic State hostage John Cantlie has appeared in a new propaganda film, narrating a news feature from the Syrian city of Aleppo, which adding to speculation from experts that Cantlie may be deemed more ‘valuable’ to the terrorist group. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation said: ‘while the Islamic State has access to native British speakers, I suspect none is capable of the kind of delivery Cantlie can achieve…they know that we’re all much more likely to talk about, and focus on, a Western hostage than a random individual who’s gone out there and joined Islamic State’. Also reported by Associated Press, Houston Chronicle

Rosneft and the sanctions policy which could backfire

Financial Times 8th February 2015

Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute at King's, has written a piece looking at how the attempts of Europe’s leaders to negotiate a solution to the crisis in Ukraine has shown that the policy of sanctions has failed. He wrote: 'Mr Putin continues to destabilise the Government in Kiev and to undermine its authority in the east of the country. They may also reflect a growing realisation that sanctions are in danger of backfiring.'

Pollutionwatch: A good riddance to lead – but what are we breathing now?

Guardian 8th February 2015

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, discusses the safety of diesel compared to lead. He wrote: 'Today health concerns about vehicle exhaust are focusing on the growing evidence about the harm from diesel emissions. It remains to be seen how Europe’s rush for diesel cars will be viewed in decades to come.'

Why IKEA is Making More in India

The Economic Times of India 8th February 2015

Following the launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign by the country’s Prime Minister, Indian manufacturers began supplying retail giant IKEA group, which in turn played a part in developing factories in the country and wider role in the manufacturing industry. Professor Pervez N Ghauri, Department of Management, says of the benefits that IKEA’s rich global supplier strategy brings: ‘IKEA today has perhaps the most developed supplier network [in the world].’

Murder of Jordanian pilot

BBC Radio 4 Today 7th February 2015

It's still not clear whether it should be believed that claims by Islamic State that an American hostage held by them was killed in a Jordanian air strike. Alan George, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, discussed the risks for Jordan in getting involved with the conflict. He said: 'The risk is very simply that it will backfire. Around 10 per cent of the Jordanian population, according to a recent poll, are sympathetic to Isis or the Islamic State. Jordan has a history of problems with extremist Islam.'

Ebola epidemic takes a toll on Sierra Leone's surgeons

Huffington Post UK 7th February 2015

Andy Leather, director of the King's Centre for Global Health, has said that surgical care in Sierra Leone is now at a standstill. The article also quotes Anna Dare, King’s Centre for Global Health, who said: 'Medical students were starting to warm up to the idea of staying in Sierra Leone and working. However, now that everyone is dying, they all want to leave as soon as possible.'

Child obesity rates are 'stabilising'

Nursing Times 7th February 2015

Article on the King's study that found there was a significant increase in child and adolescent overweight and obesity rates every year during the first decade from 1994 to 2003. However, annual rates did not increase significantly during the second decade, 2004 to 2013.

EXCLUSIVE: CATASTROPHIC consequences if 'ground troops not sent to fight IS'

Daily Express 7th February 2015

Despite the UK providing air support since last September on militant targets in Iraq, Giorgio Bertolin, Defence Studies Department, has said the best way to defeat IS is to send in soldiers on the ground. Discussing the possibility of this, he said: 'Realistically, the best thing to do would be military intervention, not just with airstrikes, but with troops on the ground. However, after Iraq and Afghanistan it is extremely unlikely it is going to happen.'

Motivations to travel to Islamic State

Sky News 6th February 2015

Joana Cook, War Studies, was interviewed by Sky News on how Imran Khawaja and people like him are very valuable recruiting tools for groups like Islamic State. She said: 'Each individual will have different motivations to go. That image could be that extra component that might motivate you a little bit more.'

Ukraine conflict

BBC News 6th February 2015

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, Department of War Studies, discussed the possibility of a peace deal in Ukraine. She said: 'I presume that what the separatists and Russia are trying to achieve is a definitive cease fire line. Kiev is not ready to accept this.'

Teaching pupils that genies are real can work magic in the classroom

Guardian 6th February 2015

Sam Holmes, Department of Education and Professional Studies, has conducted a study on the benefits of Adventures in Learning (AiL). He compared two group classes of same-year pupils, both using the same curriculum and structure. One group took part in an A Cat Escapes adventure, while the other covered the same topics using traditional lessons. Holmes found that the Cat Escapes group produced 'higher -quality work, suggesting a significant impact from the AiL.'

Shadow boxing with the Islamic State in Central Asia

Foreign Policy 6th February 2015

Sourcing reliable data on militant recruitment in Central Asia is difficult, however suggestions by Central Asian governments are, most experts suggest, highly politicised and speculative. The article makes reference to data from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which suggests that Uzbeks form the largest group of Central Asian foreign fighters currently in Syria.

Rise of Hindu nationalism alarms India minorities

Al Jazeera Inside Story 6th February 2015

Speculation of a rise in Hindu nationalism by Indian minority groups, and increasingly violent conflict targeted at religious minorities has placed the Indian Prime Minister under a spotlight. Dr Sandipto Dasgupta, India Institute, said of the situation: ‘if you look at the party in power, the BJP, and the part of the movement they’ve come about as, there is a clear intention to create some kind of a Hindu majority…as well as the fused idea of what it means to be a Indian, and what it means to be an Hindu, so kind of bring those things together against a multicultural syncretic idea of “Hinduness”’.

The toxic legacy of Superwoman

Daily Mail 5th February 2015

Article notes that Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, has argued that feminism has become obsessed with ambitious over-achievers and is ignoring the concerns of the majority of women.

Islamic State monsters set up THINK-TANK to dream up more barbaric executions

Daily Star 5th February 2015

Security experts have warned IS torturers would already be plotting even more shocking killings based on the warped thinking of a group of its most barbaric followers. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, was quoted saying: 'ISIS shows innovation in finding new means of psychological warfare or terrorism. The helplessness of the victim, the viciousness and thought with which the fire was arranged make the video unwatchable.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

King John granted rebellious Scots self-rule in 1215... and no one noticed

Times 5th February 2015

A recent discovery suggests that the Magna Carta was also a decisive moment for Scottish self-rule. Chapter 59 of the document effectively asserts Scotland’s right to self-rule but was overlooked by scholars because it referred to a lost treaty. Professor David Carpenter, History, discovered that the chapter was a cancellation of a treaty that John forced upon William I of Scotland in 1209, requiring the Scottish king to submit to English rule. He said: 'I joked that I had to keep this quiet until after the referendum because otherwise it would be seen as another example of England’s imperialism over Scotland — which of course it was.' Also reported by BBC Radio Scotland and Daily Mirror.

Prince Charles hits back at 'ill-informed speculation' he'll be an activist king: 'Few better placed to understand limits of the role' says aide

Daily Mail 5th February 2015

In a letter to the Times, Charles’s principle private secretary has rejected claims that the future king will be a 'meddling monarch'. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, has dismissed claims the prince has already forfeited his political neutrality. He said: 'He knows what being monarch requires, and he will I am absolutely sure observe all the rules of constitutional monarchy.'

What are you reading?

Times Higher Education 5th February 2015

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, is reading Arthur I. Miller’s Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art. He said: 'Miller’s latest follows on from his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc. While the earlier book made theoretical connections between art and science, this one looks at practical collaborations between these seemingly disparate worlds and argues for a third culture in addition to C. P. Snow’s original two.'

'Antidepressants have ruined my sex life': Mother who lost ability to orgasm speaks out on Twitter to help millions of others suffering in silence

Daily Mail 5th February 2015

A US blogger has spoken out about how the medication she takes for her depression has ruined her ability to orgasm. Professor David Taylor, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, discussed how anorgasmia, or the inability to orgasm, is a common side effect of antidepressants. He said: 'A number of antidepressants affect the way serotonin is made in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter - it takes a message from one nerve cell to another.'

Oligarchs unload Sochi Olympics assets to recoup investment

Daily Mail 5th February 2015

Dr Sam Greene, King's Russia Institute, has discussed how an understanding appears to be emerging between Putin and the oligarchs, following the Sochi Olympics. He said: 'The government will help the titans of the economy. In return for that, they remain quiet, they remain loyal.'

Ukraine crisis

BBC News 5th February 2015

Western leaders are launching a new diplomatic push to try and end the fierce fighting between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Dr Sam Greene, King's Russia Institute, was interviewed on the idea of a frozen conflict. He said: 'It does seem to be what Russia wants. It gives them the opportunity to extend their leverage over Ukraine.'

Mental health sufferer: She thought I'd kill her children

BBC 5th February 2015

Many young people with mental health problems suffer stigma and discrimination when people find out about it. Psychologists say this can be a particular problem for people in their teens and early 20s. Professor Graham Thornicroft, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said discrimination means young people may withdraw from social life or not apply for jobs or to university. ‘The consequence is you get more isolated, and may not go for help. The trick is to find people you can trust, because if you don't tell someone it's going to take longer to get better.’

Jordan executes two jihadists

ITV Good Morning Britain 4th February 2015

It has been reported that Jordan has executed two convicted jihadists in response to the murder of their pilot at the hands of the Islamic State. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, was interviewed on the video released by IS that showed the pilot being burnt alive. She said: 'They've been timing this, they've been raising the profile of this kidnapped pilot and they did raise hope as well that he would be returned safely.'

Jewish Museum exhibition

BBC Radio 4 Midweek 4th February 2015

The Jewish Museum's new exhibition that has just opened focuses on love and has been crowd-sourced by members of the public. Dr Aaron Rosen, Liberal Arts, discussed the idea behind the exhibition. He said: 'I really wanted to get across this idea that the Jewish Museum can be your Jewish Museum, whether you are Jewish or not.'

Islamic State hostage murder

BBC News 4th February 2015

The Jordanian Government has executed two terrorists following the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of Islamic State militants. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discussed how the murder will affect Jordan's response. He said: 'The key thing to remember is that Jordan is a front-line state in literal terms with the Palestinian-Israeli dispute and the Syrian crisis. Jordan cannot disengage from the crisis.'

Eurozone charm offensive

BBC News 4th February 2015

Greece's new Prime Minister has said that he believes that it will be possible to find a solution to the standoff with the EU over his country's debt. Dr Aris Trantidis, Department of Political Economy, was interviewed on the language used by Mr Tsipras on the subject of the debt. He said: 'I think that the Prime Minister wants to convey a message of moderation, because he understands that the EU institutions have already been configured against his more radical ideas.'

Is Islamic State getting increasingly desperate?

Telegraph 4th February 2015

Research student Joana Cook, War Studies, has written a piece looking at whether the Islamic State's murder video of the Jordanian pilot shows the jihadists are getting increasingly desperate. She wrote: 'While Isil may appear to be winning in the short-term, those challenging the group can ensure that their actions do not provide more fuel for the long-term. As with terrorist groups throughout history, increasing violence has never won the day.' Also reported by Huffington Post.

Is the Croatia vs Serbia genocide verdict a reminder of The Hague's insignificance?

Telegraph 4th February 2015

Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, discusses whether the ICJ dismissal of genocide charges against Croatia and Serbia show the weakness of The Hague. She wrote: 'In essence, the ruling of the ICJ that neither Serbia's claim nor Croatia's counterclaim constitute genocide, is not so much evidence of the court's weakness, as rather symptomatic of the difficulty inherent in the Genocide Convention itself.'

Jordan pilot murder: Islamic State deploys asymmetry of fear

BBC News 4th February 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has written a piece for the BBC on how Islamic State is leveraging its power to asymmetrically shock its enemies. Discussing the murder of the Jordan pilot, he wrote: 'As a pilot fighting with the Western coalition, Lt Kasasbeh would have been associated with dropping incendiary bombs - so burning could be seen by them as appropriate retaliation.'

How a child draws at age four points to teenage intelligence

Daily Mail 4th February 2015

Children who can accurately draw the human form at the age of four score higher in intelligence tests in their adolescence. The story went alongside research suggesting 13 month old babies are more intelligent than we previously thought. Dr Rosalind Arden, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'Through drawing, we are attempting to show someone else what’s in our mind. This capacity to reproduce figures is a uniquely human ability and a sign of cognitive ability, in a similar way to writing, which transformed the human species’ ability to store information and build a civilisation.'

Islamic State says immolation was justified; experts on Islam say no

The Washington Post 4th February 2015

The recent footage showing the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic state was different to those videos released previously by the terror group. The use of immolation sparked a theological argument from prominent Islamic clerics and experts suggested that the group used Quranic verse to justify their actions. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said of the “qisas” - a broad concept in Islamic law that calls for equal retribution for crimes - that ‘it’s usually used in cases of murder or mutilation.’

Japan divided over future role following executions

Voice of America 4th February 2015

The murder of two Japanese hostages by Islamic State has led to much concern in Japan over safety from such terror groups. Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, discussed how the President of Japan has responded to the threat by seeking changes to restrictions placed on its army by the post-war constitution, and has pushed for Japan to play a bigger role in global security. Dr Patalano said of the President: ‘he wanted to slowly engage with the question as a military actor; what kind of an actor he wanted to be’.

Jihadi John double used after executioner killed': Analysis of Kenji Goto beheading video convinces expert

Daily Mirror 3rd February 2015

Mirror reports that Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, believes that IS extremist Jihadi John died in a US air attack, and that IS will not admit this because he is a valuable propaganda tool. This comes following analysis of the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, 47. Also reported by Daily Star.

Letters to the editor

Independent 3rd February 2015

Professor Emeritus Brian Everitt has written in to denounce the negative reaction of the Church of England and the Catholic Church to the medical breakthrough surrounding three parent babies.

New universities hit as students head for the best

Times 3rd February 2015

Analysis by Times shows that while most members of the Russell Group have expanded their student intake, less popular ones have seen sharp falls in the three years since the increase in tuition fees. The article notes that the intake at King's has risen by 29.7 per cent since 2011.

Do low-tar cigarettes put women more at risk of aggressive lung cancer?

Daily Mail 3rd February 2015

Dr Loic Lang-Lazdunski, Division of Cancer Studies Department, discussed how lung cancer can only be detected once it has spread. He said: 'The fact is, we are seeing more women in their 40s or 50s who've smoked 20 cigarettes a day since the ages of 13 and 15. Their tumours are generally peripheral adenocarcinomas on the outer edges of the lungs, small and aggressive, which spread rapidly.'

Armed forces alcohol abuse strategy criticised

BBC 3rd February 2015

Combating alcohol abuse in the military isn’t working and drinking is still integral to forces culture to the point where 65% of 325 personnel sampled in a 2013 study by the King's Centre for Military Health Research were categorised as "higher risk". Prof Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, now thinks the strategy for educating soldiers about alcohol hasn’t worked. He said: 'If it is that the military culture encourages people who weren't heavy drinkers before to start drinking heavily then really something needs to be done at a very early stage to encourage people to drink in moderate and socially acceptable ways.' Story also reported on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Magna Carta 800 Years On

BBC Radio 4 Law in Action 3rd February 2015

This year, 2015, marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a legal document often seen as the cornerstone of British freedoms. The Rt Hon Lord Judge, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on how much of Magna Carta is still law today, is Magna Carta really the foundation of modern liberties and whether or not those liberties that have come down to us are under threat. Lord Judge commented on the documents. He said: 'I was disappointed to see that the second British Library one was much more damaged than I thought it was. I knew it had been burnt, but I didn't know that somebody had tried to restore it and made such a mess of it.'

IS claims pilot burned alive, angry Jordan vows revenge

Daily Mail 3rd February 2015

IS released a video on Tuesday that showed a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, described the 22-minute clip as 'simply the most horrific, disgusting thing I have seen from Islamic State in the last two years.' He commented: 'They clearly want to make a real point. This is the first individual whom they have captured who has been directly involved with the Western coalition in fighting IS. It is different from the aid workers. This is an act of belligerence.' Also reported by Times.

Prolonged disorders of consciousness

BBC Radio 5 Live 3rd February 2015

Programme broadcast from the Walton Centre in Liverpool which is dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for those who suffer brain injuries. Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes, Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, was interviewed on prolonged disorders of consciousness.

Neuroscience: The brain, interrupted

Nature 3rd February 2015

Despite the fact that babies are increasingly surviving premature birth, researchers are only beginning to understand the lasting consequences for their mental development. Professor David Edwards, Centre for the Developing Brain, has launched a study that will track children from their time in utero until they are two years old, collecting brain scans and blood samples along the way.

Church ‘irresponsible’ for trying to sway MPs against mitochondrial donation law

Guardian 2nd February 2015

Senior MP Andrew Miller has branded the last-minute lobbying against the aw that would allow an IVF procedure to stop genetic diseases being passed on to babies as 'utterly outrageous'. MPs were invited to listen to a debate held by the Progress Educational Trust in Westminster on Monday evening, at which Professor Frances Flinter, Life Sciences & Medicine, was present. Professor Flinter was also interviewed on BBC Newsnight on the mitochondrial therapies issue and cited in another piece in the Guardian and British Medical Journal.

Have we got it all wrong about gluten?

Telegraph 2nd February 2015

Researchers at King's have found that those who suffer from gut pain are not necessarily gluten intolerant, but types of carbohydrates known as Fodmaps are the likely cause. Dr Miranda Lomer, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said that the low-Fodmap diet has been 'extremely successful' in treating the symptoms of IBS and other gut conditions by identifying, through a process of elimination, particular problem foods. She was quoted saying: 'The most important thing is to have a healthy and varied diet, to exercise and avoid processed foods and stress.'

‘Soft balancing’ China

Deccan Herald 2nd February 2015

Following the electoral victory of Narendra Modi, India, Zorawar Daulet Singh, PhD candidate at the India Institute, argues that the new Prime Minister has shaped an Indo-US relation around three key areas: economic development, Pakistan-driven terrorism, and China’s rise. In further analysis of India foreign policy, Sign states that: ‘India is seeking to benefit from the global balance of power rather than assume the unpredictable and potentially costly role of a swing power who buttresses the strength of one great power or bloc in its competition with another’.

A WEED delivery app - could it happen in the UK?

Mirror 2nd February 2015

Taxi firm Uber’s success may be replicated to match buyers with sellers of cannabis through a smartphone app that harnesses the power of geolocation. These apps are already in use in the US where cannabis for medicinal purposes is legal in 23 states although the practice has been hit with heavy criticism. The article's author argues that it’s only a matter of time before these apps become available in the UK. Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, sees these apps as a potential way to engage with users about their habit. He said: 'Drugs are the ultimate capitalist commodity. The challenge is how do you harness technology that sells drugs to engage with the same people to get them to think about their health.'

Rise of Islamic State

BBC Radio 4 2nd February 2015

In a shockingly short space of time, IS used guns and bombs to take possession of large areas of territory in Iraq and Syria. They also used social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to recruit jihadists across the world. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies Department, discussed IS's popularity. She said: 'The reason why ISIS is so popular with young people in the UK and in Europe is that they're offering themselves to be more than a killing machine, they're trying to create a state.'

ISIS Claims Jordan Bombers Killed US Woman. Bulls**t

The DailyBeast 2nd February 2015

A claim by terror group Islamic State, that a US Hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike was met with scepticism by officials and experts. Some believe that such claims are driven by motivations by IS to further ‘drive a wedge’ between the Americans and Jordanians. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said that ISIS have been ‘seeking to leverage the hostages it has been holding to shock and confuse its enemies’.

Troops may be 'least worst option' in IS fight

Sky News 1st February 2015

Lord Dannatt, former head of the army, has claimed that there will need to be a debate on sending British troops to fight Islamic State if other options are unsuccessful and that the limited steps taken were not likely to be enough to defeat the jihadists in Syria and Iraq. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the impact of the recent airstrikes. He said: 'They cannot be defeated militarily but that does not mean military means are completely useless.'

Scientists discover compound in eggs that could make people more charitable

Independent 1st February 2015

Eating a three-egg omelette could make people more charitable according to new research on the effect of the amino acid tryptophan (TRP) on the people’s mood. The study found that the group of people fed 0.8g of powdered TRP, about the amount as is found in three eggs, donated on average twice as much as the group of people fed the same amount of powdered placebo. Dr Adam Perkins, lecturer in the neurobiology of personality, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said the study could be useful in places such as prisons, ‘where food supplements containing TRP might help increase harmony among inmates’.

Never Again

Wall Street Journal 1st February 2015

As the 70th anniversary commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz passes, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Theology and Religious Studies, speaks of the return of anti-Semitism to Europe. Lord Sacks warns that ‘tragically, Europe, having largely cured itself of anti-Semitism now finds it returning, carried by the very cultures that Europe itself infected with the viruses.’

Animals in Love

BBC One 1st February 2015

Dr Qazi Rahman, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was interviewed on BBC One's programme 'Animals in Love' on same sex bonds and behaviour in animals. The programme explored relationships in the animal kingdom and asked whether animals love. Dr Rahman said: 'Same sex bonds have the same quality and same intensity as heterosexual bonds do in the animals that have been studied so far.'

‘They’ve seen the future – and got it for a song’: the unlikely history of Canary Wharf

Independent 31st January 2015

Visiting Research Fellow Jack Brown has written a piece looking at how the Qatari-led takeover of London’s new financial centre is the latest twist in the long story of global competition for the site, following takeover of Canary Wharf Group by the Qatari Investment Authority. He said: 'It will be fascinating to see how the seemingly-unsinkable Qatari Investment Authority fares on the rocky shores of the Wharf in years to come.'

'We have an entire army thirsty for your blood': ISIS releases new video appearing to show Jihadi John beheading second Japanese hostage

Daily Mail 31st January 2015

ISIS have released a new video seeming to show Japanese hostage Kenji Goto being beheaded by the militant fighter known as Jihadi John. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the authenticity of the clip. He said: 'The technology that is used to film, they way the shots are cut, the way the footage transitions from one shot to the next, this is all things we have seen before in ISIS videos.'

British Army unveils 'Twitter troops' for social media fight

Channel 4 News 31st January 2015

In a bid to control the narrative of warfare, the British Army is to create a new unit for psychological and social media warfare. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, discussed how extremist groups such as the Taliban are effective at communicating online. He said: 'Smaller organisations are better able at being reactive and proactive in the media space.'

Protests in Madrid

BBC News 31st January 2015

Tens of thousands of people have marched through Madrid in support of a new left-wing anti-austerity party, Podemos. Dr Pablo Calderón Martínez, European & International Studies, discussed the rise in support for Podemos being related to a series of corruption scandals. He said: 'That's the key element here. I think corruption and the fact that people are tired of the main three political parties.'

Winning all the way

Telegraph India 31st January 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, attributes a swiftly developing relationship between the US and India to the skills of the latter’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, which Professor Pant argues is a sign of good things to come: ‘There is much to look forward to as the Indo-US relations move to another level now. A confident new India is shedding the diffidence of the past in its dealings with America. That can only be a good thing for the two nations’.
Also reported in Deccan Herald

Ecuadorian President Campaigns against Criticism

BBC World Service 31st January 2015

Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, has responded to criticism on social media with a digital counterattack, including a website and twitter account, which has publicly identified users he accused of spreading falsehoods. Dr Andrés Mejía Acosta, International Development Institute, said of the President’s reaction: ‘This is consistent with a tendency of the president to carry out a battle of ‘us against them.’ There will always be a figure of an enemy against which the president is fighting…The president and the government are about enter a fairly difficult period due to the falling of oil prices…staging a public campaign against a so called criticism would distract in a way the attention of the public from a much bigger storm that is brewing.’

A third of children in England are overweight or obese

BBC Radio 4 Today 30th January 2015

According to a new study by King's, more than a third of children in England are overweight or obese but it may be starting to level off. Dr Cornelia Van Jaarsveld, Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today. She said: 'We know that the rates of obesity have been rising since the sixties, so it was positive news that they have started to level off.' This story was also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun, Metro London, BBC News, Mirror and Press Association.

Obesity study

BBC 1 Breakfast 30th January 2015

Professor Martin Gulliford, Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, was interviewed by BBC 1 Breakfast on the issue of childhood obesity. He said: 'This increase in obesity that we're seeing is very concerning, particularly because the largest increase has been among older children. When older children are obese, it's very likely that they'll go on to become obese adults and this is going to affect their prospects in terms of developing chronic conditions such as type-2 diabetes.' Professor Gulliford was also interviewed by BBC London 94.9, BBC News and Sky News.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sky News 30th January 2015

Today marks 50 years since the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. Professor Richard Vinen, History, discussed the remembrance ceremony held in his honour. He said: 'It's a very self-conscious, theatrical moment and Churchill was a theatrical person in the way he presented himself throughout his career.'

DNA: the next frontier in forensics

Financial Times 30th January 2015

Columbia Police have put out an image of a murder suspect which is believed to be the first image in forensic history to be published entirely on the basis of a DNA sample. The article mentions TwinsUK, a project started in 1992 by Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, that has a registry of 12,000 twins. He was quoted saying: 'They are probably the most investigated people on the planet. The fact that identical twins look so similar shows that visible traits are largely heritable.'

Britain's war in Afghanistan: was it worth it?

Telegraph 30th January 2015

Professor Theo Farrell, War Studies, has written a piece analysing British military involvement in Afghanistan. Discussing whether there should be an inquiry, he wrote: 'Notwithstanding what the experts think, over 40 per cent of the public believe the official line that the mission was accomplished in Afghanistan. Predictably, it is only when they are reminded of the cost and sacrifice of this long war that the public take an altogether more negative view.'

Home-grown fanatics who join ISIS are 'w*****s' who watch porn because they can't find girlfriends, blasts Boris Johnson

Daily Mail 30th January 2015

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has claimed that fanatics who go to fight with ISIS are ‘w*****s’ who watch porn because they can’t find girlfriends. The piece goes on to discuss radicalised women and mentions that experts at King's have identified a group of around 30 British women in northern Syria, who are encouraging others to launch terrorist attacks in the UK.

How British universities helped mould Syriza’s political elite

Guardian 30th January 2015

Piece on the role played by a sizeable number of Greek intellectuals based now or previously at British universities in Syriza’s rise to power. Dr Stathis Kouvelakis, Department of French and a member of Syriza’s central committee, was quoted saying: 'The profile of the Greek academic community in the UK has been becoming more diverse – with many having to come here to get jobs after training in continental Europe – and clearly there is a very significant proportion who are left-leaning or radicals or Marxist.' Dr Kouvelakis was also interviewed by BBC Radio 4 Today.

How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?

BBC 30th January 2015

Gas was used as a weapon of war for the first time 100 years ago and soon became an embedded part of trench warfare. This article reflects on how effective it was and the part it subsequently played in the first World War One. Professor Edgar Jones, King's Centre for Military Health Research, argues that the fear of gas spread like a virus: 'I think its scary science, the thought that it gets into your system and you can't really see it, unlike a piece of shrapnel or a bayonet wound. In a war of attrition morale is critical and this was an attempt to undermine morale.'

Apollo mission to explore new educational frontiers

Times 29th January 2015

The Science Museum, in partnership with King's, is aiming to increase 11 - 16 year olds' engagement with science. Professor Louise Archer, Department of Education & Professional Studies, said: 'There can be the perception that you only study science if you want to be a doctor or a scientist. We want to emphasise how it is relevant to all sorts of careers, from computer games developers to fashion designers.'

'Opt-out' scheme will boost organ donation

Daily Mirror 29th January 2015

Article looking at 'opt-out' schemes for organ donations which involves it being presumed that when a person dies, they are happy to donate their organs, unless they have actively opted out. Professor John Fabre, Transplantation Immunology & Muscosal Biology, has previously stated that presumed consent legally requires you to put your name on a national opt-out register, otherwise your consent will be presumed when you die.

Lessons from the past

Arts Professional 29th January 2015

Deborah Bull, Director of Cultural Partnerships, has written a piece on what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years. Discussing the Step by Step: Arts Policy and Young People 1944-2014, she wrote: 'Culture at King’s decided to look at what we have learnt in the 50 years since Jennie Lee launched the UK Government’s first ever arts policy ‘A Policy for the Arts: the First Steps’, in the hope that a look backwards might help to inform the future.'

Three parent baby law is 'irresponsible' says Church of England ahead of vote

Daily Telegraph 29th January 2015

Ahead of a crucial vote in the House of Commons next week in which MPs will vote to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, the Church of England has said that introducing laws to allow three parent babies would be 'irresponsible'. The procedure allows IVF clinics to replace an egg's defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor, and is controversial because it would result in babies having DNA from three people. Dr Dusko Ilic, Regenerative Medicine, is backing the procedure as it will offer hope for women who have no other chance of a healthy family. He said: 'Mitochondrial diseases are absolutely devastating to individuals and families, and as a society we have a moral obligation to help those affected wherever possible. Here we have an opportunity to help.'

Let's get your attention

Metro 29th January 2015

Piece in the 'Geek Diary' that notes that researchers at King's want to develop games that boost children's attention spans and improve their self-control.

Are Israel and Hizbollah prepared for war?

Telegraph 29th January 2015

Raphael D. Marcus, War Studies, has written an article on Hizbollah’s attack on an Israeli army patrol yesterday, which came amid increased tension following the Israeli air strike on a Hizbollah convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights. Commenting on Hizbollah’s options, he wrote: 'Hizbollah decided to launch a smaller-scale retaliatory attack, instead of a large-scale escalatory operation. This should be viewed as a signal by Hizbollah of its apparent reluctance to engage in an all-out war with Israel.'

Letters to the editor: Action on tax

Times 29th January 2015

Letter to the editor on how the global tax system enables multinational companies to avoid huge sums in tax. The signatories include Stephanie Eldridge, Fundraising and Supporter Development, and Dr Ann Mumford, The Dickson Poon School of Law.

Should ‘High T’ determine eligibility for women’s sports?

Reuters UK 29th January 2015

In 2011 and 2012, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) implemented new rules barring women from competing in the women’s category if they have as much testosterone in their blood as some men. Dr Peter Sonksen, Emeritus Professor of Endocrinology, told Reuters that 2.5 percent of women have hyperandrogenism, meaning more testosterone in their blood than the reference range for females. He said: 'In most cases it is of no consequence to health but in some cases there may be a tendency to greasy skin and excess body hair and this may be associated with menstrual irregularity and infertility.'

Isis exploits surge in support to turn its guns on the Taliban

Times 28th January 2015

According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, more than 20,000 foreign fighters have travelled to Syria and Iraq, figures surpassing all other wars in Muslim countries since 1945. The foreign fighters include more than 4,000 Europeans, with France, Germany and Britain the largest contributors. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'his is a magical threshold and the reason people are concerned is that the Afghan-Soviet conflict radicalised Osama bin Laden, and the following decades saw those who fought in Afghanistan turn up in practically every conflict in the Muslim world.'

Labour tuition fees cut ‘would only help rich’

Times 28th January 2015

Sir Steve Smith, of the University of Exeter, has attacked Labour’s plan to cut university tuition fees, saying that such a move would be a 'subsidy for the middle class.' The article mentions President and Principal Professor Ed Byrne, who warned two months ago that Labour risked destroying England’s higher education system if it removed £3,000 per student without replacing it.

Muslim students campaign to stop Theresa May's counter terrorism bill

Huffington Post UK 28th January 2015

Muslim student societies are campaigning against the government's proposed counter terrorism and security bill, which they say will restrict and invade the lives of students across the UK. Societies at universities around the country, including at King's, are all submitting emergency motions to their student unions over the next week urging them to make a stand against the bill. Also reported by Guardian.

Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment: William Keegan’s new book

Independent 28th January 2015

William Keegan’s new book on the coalition government’s economic policy was launched at the Strand Group at King’s last night. William Keegan CBE, The Policy Institute at King's, launched his book at the event which was chaired by Jon Davis, director of the Strand Group.

How the UK became a worse place for women to work

Independent 28th January 2015

Opinion piece on how, despite the UK having traditionally had among the highest rates of employment in the European Union, he trend in rising women’s economic participation has gone into reverse since the onset of the economic crisis. The article mentions a conference held at King's last year which focused on the Working Women’s Charter signed 40 years ago in the wake of the Dagenham strike.

Technical support

Nature 28th January 2015

The article mentions that in 2011, researchers at King’s published a survey of skills and training in the United Kingdom, which raised a series of concerns surrounding technical and support staff.

Psychopathic criminals learn differently from punishment cues

CBC, Correio Braziliense (Brazil) 28th January 2015

Psychopaths derive pleasure from being manipulative using premeditated aggression to get what they want, and new research suggests a reason for this may be that they respond differently to punishment compared to the rest of the population, even others diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. This could have implications for how the condition is treated and at what stage of life treatment should start. Dr Nigel Blackwood, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: 'They're not simply insensitive to punishment, there's a very different organization of their reinforcement learning system that shapes their behaviour'. Story also reported on the BBC World Service.

No proof academies raise standards, say MPs

BBC News 27th January 2015

According to a report from the Education Select Committee into England's school system, there is no clear evidence to show that 'academies raise standards overall'. Professor Becky Francis, Department of Education, commented on the report. She said that it illustrated that 'the evidence on whether or not academies have had more success in raising attainment than other equivalent schools is mixed, and hard to pin down.'

Orphans' brains deeply scarred by childhood abuse

Telegraph 27th January 2015

Abuse suffered by young Romanian orphans under Nicolae Ceausescu's brutal regime was more psychologically traumatising than previously thought and the orphans may have suffered serious brain damage, although new research has found that subsequent foster care has reversed some of the damage done. Dr Andrea Danese, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'The study significantly adds to existing literature suggesting that interventions, such as foster care, may mediate the effects of adverse childhood experiences on brain development'.

Can reading gossip about a troubled star really feel as good as winning the lottery?

Daily Mail 27th January 2015

Dopamine is released and the reward regions of the brain are actived when people read about celebrity gossip, and they are even more active when they read about negative gossip with activity comparable to eating fine food or even winning the lottery. The research was based on scans carried out at Shenzhen University in China and interested neurologist Adam Perkins, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, who said: 'Celebrities are particularly likely to be envied, and when they fall from grace we therefore are likely to feel particularly happy. An interesting follow-up study would be to investigate whether personality characteristics affect responses to negative gossip about celebrities'.

Gluten-free success

BBC Radio 4 Inside Health 27th January 2015

Report looking at the rise of gluten-free foods on the market and what is driving demand. Dr Paul Ciclitira, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discussed the debate about non-celiac gluten sensitivity. He said: 'The critical thing about this from my point of view as a gastroenterologist who focuses on food is that in Australia now, 30 per cent of the population is following a gluten-free diet which is mind-boggling.'

Labour to provide training for another 10,000 nurses in England

ITV News 27th January 2015

Ed Miliband has announced that if he's the next Prime Minister he will provide training for another 10,000 nurses in England. A poll for ITV News found that more voters put the NHS in their top concerns over anything else. Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, was interviewed on the announcement. She said: 'The other area that we need to work on continuously is on the retention of the existing workforce.'

Debating the attribution of cyberattacks

Washington Post 27th January 2015

Jeffrey Carr, founder and CEO of Taia Global, and Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, debated the attribution of cyberattacks, with particular considerations of why cyber attribution is so controversial and the use of secret attribution evidence. Regarding his recent research, Professor Rid said that there are ‘three assumptions we think should be revised. The first is that attribution is mainly a technical problem. The second assumption…is that attribution is either solvable or not solvable, and the third one is that it’s mainly dependent on the forensic evidence that you have’.

Water fleas prepare for Space voyage

Reuters UK 26th January 2015

June's Mission Discovery voyage to the International Space station will see an unusual variety of passengers on board, including a cargo of Daphnia which are a type of water fleas. Organised by the University of Birmingham, Kings and the International Space School Education Trust, the fleas will be studied in space for scientists to gain a better understanding of the effects that being in space will have on biological matter, as part of a competition which saw school children around the country come up with ideas that perhaps scientists might not have initially have thought of. Dr Julie Keeble, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, said: 'Scientists do get caught up with their research field, we work on our grants and so on and so forth, and then a school pupil can come along and learn about what we've been doing and come up with something really related but something we wouldn't have necessarily thought of ourselves.' Also reported by Huffington Post.

London doctor accused of carrying out FGM on patient 'did not act out of medical necessity', expert tells court

Evening Standard 26th January 2015

Professor Janice Rymer, Medical Education, told the trial of a London doctor accused of carrying out FGM on a patient that she has never known a case where it was medically necessary to sew a woman the way he did. The doctor was accused of illegally stitching a young mother back up after she gave birth in November 2012. In the UK, the law states the procedure is only allowed if it is necessary for the woman's physical or mental health, or if in labour, for purposes connected to the birth. Also reported by Press Association.

Peruvian TV show tricks men into catcalling their mothers and it's ridiculous

Independent 26th January 2015

A YouTube video from a Peruvian TV show which tricked lascivious men into cat-calling their own mothers has gone viral. The clip highlights the serious issue of sexual violence and sexual harassment in Peru, particularly in the capital Lima. Dr Jelke Boesten, King's International Development Institute, was quoted saying: 'It’s women trying to make fun and bring a message home about the ridiculousness and seriousness of catcalling and sexual harassment. The mother thing is interesting with the perspective of a Catholic patriarchal society. There’s a double standard around mothers on one hand as being untouchable and women in general.'

The Great Car Con

Channel 4 Dispatches 26th January 2015

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, discussed the threat posed by particulate matter which he described as lethal. He said: 'They are now linked with the early deaths of 29,000 people across the UK. That's a rather substantial figure because the only other figure which beats it is the one associated with active smoking.'

Greece decides future this Sunday within Europe

Folha (Brazil) 26th January 2015

As 9.8 million Greeks went to the polls to vote for a new parliament, this article considers what the results may bring for an economy which shrank 25% in 2014 and has the highlight unemployment rate in Europe, at 25%. Professor Alex Callinicos, European & International Studies, said that ‘a victory of Syriza may represent the beginning of an alternative economic policy, not only in Greece but in other countries’

India, U.S to extend defence cooperation pact

The Hindu 26th January 2015

India and the US have agreed to extend the Defence Cooperation Agreement, having identified four projects under the Defence Technology trade Initiative (DTTI) for joint production and development, and exploring cooperation for jet engines and aircraft carrier systems. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said that ‘there is an attempt now to make the DTTI more operational so that it becomes result-oriented…This is a major step forward and also very ambitious with the talk of working groups on aircraft carrier and jet engine technologies’.

Beyond the immediate present

The Hindu 26th January 2015

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, considers the importance of President Obama’s visit to India and what it demonstrates about India’s role beyond its borders. Dr Chaudhuri mentions that ‘it’s not just that India is the largest democracy in the world that attracts American entrepreneurs and political leaders today, but that it is a democracy able to absorb huge amounts of variance and remain largely steady’.

What Modi’s Bear Hug for Obama Proves

NDTV 26th January 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, looks at the developing relationship between India and the US following a visit by Barack Obama. Professor Pant said that such a visit ‘shows the remarkable ability of Modi to understand how modern day politics and diplomacy works…a confident new India is shedding the diffidence of the past in its dealings with America. And that can only be a good thing for the two nations’.

Greece election: Syriza shows the failure of ‘cartel politics’

CNN 26th January 2015

Dr Alexandre Afonso considers the success of radical left party Syriza in the Greek elections and what this demonstrates about the failings of the past government: ‘Austerity is of course the main culprit for the death of traditional politics in Greece. This is mainly because it has undermined the system of mass party patronage on which the two traditional big parties on the centre-left (PASOK) and center-right (New Democracy) have relied on to alternate in power.

For Muslims in U.K., not feeling ‘British’ can lead some to extremism

PBS 26th January 2015

Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fights for Islamic State (IS) are Muslims from Western Europe, with factors such as cultural isolation and discrimination influencing those to embrace radicalism. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said ‘some of the rhetoric…it basically tells young western recruits, you can be part of an enormous historical project’

Top of the class

Sunday Times 25th January 2015

Article on a new radical university in California which launched this year with a team of 40 staff and 29 students. The piece mentions how universities such as King's now offer free courses to students worldwide online via FutureLearn.

Fragmented Britain needs a better way to vote

Sunday Times 25th January 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written an article on how the voting system increasingly misrepresents opinion and can no longer deliver a majority government. Discussing the results of the fragmentation of Britain, he wrote: 'There is already much talk of how a new government is to be formed if no single party achieves an overall majority at the general election. Will there be another coalition, a minority government, or a minority government supported by a 'confidence and supply' agreement with smaller parties?' Also reported by Prospect Magazine.

You’re doomed, Mr Salmond

Sunday Times 25th January 2015

The Treasury permanent secretary Sir Nicholas Macpherson spoke out against Alex Salmond at King's Strand Group last week.

Prufrock: HSBC elephant in boardroom

Sunday Times 25th January 2015

The story of the failed merger between JP Morgan and HSBC appears in The Lion Wakes: A Modern History of HSBC by Professor Richard Roberts, Institute of Contemporary British History, and David Kynaston. Professor Roberts said: 'We didn’t even know whether we’d live to finish the project.'

Labour's drive towards diesel cars causing 'massive public health problem,' admits shadow Environment Minister

Independent 25th January 2015

According to Barry Gardiner, shadow Environment Minister, the drive by the previous Labour government to encourage millions of Britons to opt for diesel cars in a bid to save the planet was a 'massive problem for public health'. Last year more than half of all new cars sold were diesel which emit a higher amount of deadly pollutants than cars that run on petrol – including nitrogen dioxide. Professor Frank Kelly, Director, Environmental Research Group, discussed how car drivers are exposed to higher levels of diesel pollutants than cyclists and pedestrians. He said: 'When people are in cars if they’ve got windows closed and the air conditioning on, they probably think that they are actually immune from the emissions from the vehicles in front of them and in reality that’s not the case because the gases penetrate so easily that they will get into the cabin of the vehicle and depending on the ventilation of that cabin they may actually build up to much higher concentrations.'

Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

Independent 25th January 2015

Six academics were called to the Cabinet Room in 2002 to outline the worst that could happen if Britain and the United States launched an invasion. Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, told The Independent on Sunday in 2004: 'I simply felt it was important that such decisions should be taken with eyes open about the possible longer-term implications.'

Little Mina saved by 3D printer heart

Sunday Times 25th January 2015

A two-year old girl who was born with a serious heart condition has had a successful operation after scientists used a 3D printer to create a copy of the organ. With this new technology, a replica of the heart was created to enable surgeons to plan the procedure to repair the defect. Cardiologists at King’s College London and Evelina’s Children Hospital combined more than 120 images of Mina's heart to build the 3D model. Also reported by BBC Breakfast, BBC News online, Today, BBC London, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Channel 5 News, Al Jazeera, and BBC Radio Scotland.

Relations between the US and India look better today

Telegraph 24th January 2015

Dr Walter C. Ladwig III, War Studies, has written a piece on how closer ties between India and the US would have been unthinkable a year ago after a diplomatic row, but Barack Obama's visit heralds new opportunities. Discussing what lies ahead for both countries, he wrote: 'There are still many question marks ahead: Mr Modi has yet to lay out his vision for the Indo-American relationship and Mr Obama’s foreign policy team is far from the 'best and the brightest'. Nevertheless, the prospects of a meaningful expansion of Indo-US relations appear to be better today than at any point in the recent past.'

Clean air push shoves Europe's diesel carmakers aside

Financial Times 23rd January 2015

The French government has agreed to progressively ban diesel vehicles from 2015 which was followed last month by a promise from Paris mayor to ban them from the city by 2020. The article mentions that groups in the UK including researchers at King's have highlighted the scale of emissions coming from diesel vehicles through their research.

The return of big history

New Statesman 23rd January 2015

Article mentions the web-based think tank run jointly by King's and the University of Cambridge which posts short papers offering a historically informed view on issues of current concern. To date, nearly 200 papers have been published covering topics from the London airport debate to power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

Boys behave badly when surrounded by better-off families

Times, Washington Post 23rd January 2015

Antisocial behaviour in boys aged five-12 from low-income families increases when they live in more affluent areas according to research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. The same effect wasn't found in girls but the article points out that the research challenges decades of policy-making which assumes that socially mixed areas benefit children from deprived backgrounds.

Jewish Museum in London spreads the love with crowd-sourced exhibition

Guardian 23rd January 2015

Christian, Muslim and Jewish members of the public have donated items to an exhibition that celebrates religious tolerance at the Jewish Museum, organised with the Cultural Institute at King’s, whose Dr Aaron Rosen, Liberal Arts, was behind the idea. Dr Rosen's loans to the museum include a painting he commissioned incorporating the lines from the Song of Songs.

Greece could shift to left in election

Voice of America 23rd January 2015

Opinion polls prior to the Greek elections indicated that voters would place a left party in power, in a move to end the past years of austerity and recession. Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said that ‘a Syriza government will have a strong hand to play against the European Union…Any government run by Syriza, either by itself or in coalition, will have the popular mandate and therefore would have leverage’.

British women being used by IS to incite terror in UK

Deccan Herald 23rd January 2015

Research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) has found a group of British women in Northern Syria, who appear to be encouraging via social media other women in the UK to carry out terror attacks. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said that ‘while they might not have the same military training, you can see women online being frustrated about the fact that they can’t fight and they suggest to each other that they could do something else’.
Also reported in The Delhi Tribune

China has a ‘solid base’ for future growth

China Daily - Europe 23rd January 2015

Whilst China’s economic growth slowed in 2014 – at a rate of 7.4% - experts have predicted continuity in the status quo. Dr Jan Knoerich, Lau China Institute, commented that ‘China will not have these high levels of growth as it used to. I think it will be about the same as last year. This new shift away from previous models is taking effect, so I would not expect anything to change’.

Diet study

Sky News 22nd January 2015

According to the latest figures, four out of five people who started a diet in the New Year will have already given up by today, revealing the difficulties of following a strict eating routine. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'People lose weight and then the battle is actually keeping it off. If they can keep it off for two years we normally find that they can keep it off for life.'

British girls join Islamic State and we dismiss them as ‘jihadi brides’

Daily Telegraph 22nd January 2015

Opinion piece on how the UK continues to overlook the activities of British teenage girls susceptible to the appeal of Western female jihadis, instead focussing on male extremist foreign fighters. The article notes that Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has revealed these women’s increasingly less benign role in Islamic State and has collated the only known register of Western female recruits.

Could this treatment prevent autism? Technology that helps parents communicate with babies 'may stop symptoms from developing' in those at risk

Daily Mail 22nd January 2015

Scientists have said that infants at risk of developing autism could be helped by pioneering video technology which teaches parents how to better communicate with their babies. The research, conducted by a number of universities including King's, could prevent infants with a high risk of autism from developing the disorder. This story was also covered in Time Magazine where Tony Charman, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'What we hope is to eventually demonstrate that by changing something critical in the environment, that we can push the organic brain-development process, the neurocognitive process, back on a typical trajectory.'

Anxiety and depression twice as prevalent in military - study says

BBC 22nd January 2015

Common mental disorders are more frequent in military personnel according to a study that compared 7,000 Armed Forces employees with 7,000 people from the general working population, a finding that is not supported by previous results. Nicola Fear, King's Centre for Military Health Research said: 'This [report] highlights that symptoms of depression and anxiety are common in the armed forces. In fact, they are more common than alcohol misuse or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).'

Ukraine crisis: why is there such a fierce battle for Donetsk airport?

Telegraph 22nd January 2015

PhD candidate Quintin Van Zyl, War Studies, discusses how the outcome of the battle for the control of Donetsk airport in Ukraine acts as a bellwether for the eventual battle for control of the city. Commenting on the significance of the airport, he wrote: 'Regarding the symbolic value of this, or indeed any international airport, it acts as a gateway to a city, region, or even a country, and as such, forms part of the national infrastructure. Therefore, international airports represent an element of civil service, in itself again, a visible branch of government.'

Surrey residents asked about last year's flooding

BBC One, BBC London News 22nd January 2015

Residents in Surrey whose homes were affected by flooding last year are being asked to complete a survey by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience to assess the impact of the floods on their health and well being. The damage was extensive and some houses are drying out even now but there was little response from the authorities attending to the health and well being of affected residents and so this research is likely to lead to a better response to the next floods.

Flood impact

BBC 1 London 22nd January 2015

Residents in Surrey whose homes were affected by flooding last year have been sent questionnaires by researchers at King's on how the experience affected them, in a bid to assess the impact the flood may have had on their health and well being. The questionnaire has been distributed to find out whether anyone in the area has been left with any lasting, long-term effects or health problems.

Prisoners coordinated attacks from notorious Lebanese jail

Huffington Post 22nd January 2015

Using smartphones and computers, Islamist prisoners communicated with militants outside of the Lebanese jail they were in. Looking at this example as part of a broader worldwide problem, Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, noted that ‘prisons are often very important to extremist movements…prison is the place where it comes together’.
Also reported in the Miami Herald and Minneapolis Star Tribune

How can high social work caseloads be tackled?

Guardian 21st January 2015

The Guardian is hosting a live discussion on social care workloads on Wednesday 28 January between 12.00 and 14.00. One of the panelists is Jo Moriarty, Social Care Workforce Research Unit.

Sitting ducks - sedentary behaviour and its health risks

British Medical Journal 21st January 2015

Medical student Rory Heath has written a blog on his experience of the Inaugural Active Working Summit earlier this year. He wrote that the summit 'brought together representatives from healthcare, scientific research and commercial organisations with an aim to promote wellness at work.'

Iraq inquiry: The key points explained

Sky News 21st January 2015

The Chilcot inquiry was set up to examine the initiation and conduct of the war which began in 2003, but disagreements over confidential messages between then prime minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush have delayed its publication. The article notes that Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, is on a panel which has summoned key figures to give evidence and examined thousands of documents about the arguments behind the decision to go to war.

Extroverts may have stronger immune systems

New Scientist 21st January 2015

The feature argues that our immune systems may determine our personalities to some extent. For example, genes that trigger inflammation have been found to be more active in extroverts and less active in conscientious people and so a genetic predisposition relating to the immune system may determine these personality types to some degree. Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: 'They are looking at the immune system in a much more cohesive and comprehensive way.'

Minimum staffing ratios would help tempt ex-nurses back, says Lib Dem

Nursing Standard 21st January 2015

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams has proposed that setting minimum staffing levels in Wales would create a working environment that would tempt former nurses back into the profession. She also highlighted the work of leading international nurse academics at King's such as Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale school of Nursing and Midwifery, linking nurse numbers to patient mortality rates.

Strike on Hezbollah Raises Fears over Iran’s Role in Middle East

Voice of America 21st January 2015

An attack in Syria that saw Hezbollah and Iranian officials attacked, allegedly by Israel, highlights Iran’s role in the Syrian war and other conflicts, which has caused alarm with US allies in the Middle East. Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, said that retaliation is expected: ‘they are one of the most powerful political actors in Lebanon, so they cannot stand by and do nothing’. Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, said that Iran is widely expected to take a more ‘consensual relationship’ with Western powers, and ‘if that happens, a lot of tensions in the Middle east will be released…We can start to anticipate a world in which these two countries can talk to each other as normal political operators’.

Japanese hostages in IS video

BBC Radio 5 Live 20th January 2015

The Japanese Prime Minister is demanding the release of two Japanese hostages apparently being held by Islamic State. The group has released a video showing the men being held wearing orange jumpsuits, while the militants demand a ransom to spare their lives. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, said: 'IS is calibrating very carefully these threats and these demands for ransoms around the time of the Prime Minister's visit to the Middle East. It shows just how connected to political demands kidnapping and ransoming has become.' Also reported by Sky News.

Terror suspect pleads guilty

BBC Radio 4 PM 20th January 2015

A man from West London, Imran Khawaja, who faked his own death on social media after receiving terrorism and weapons training in Syria has been found guilty on his return to the UK of preparing terrorist acts. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, tracked Imran Khawaja's activities. He said: 'The group that Khawaja's was with in Syria was really quite dynamic in so far as they clearly had people with computer programming skills. They were able to put together very slick, well produced propaganda videos and posters that appealed to young British Muslims in this country.' Also reported by BBC Radio Scotland Newsdrive, Channel 4 News, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio 4 World Tonight, Daily Mirror, Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Man suffers déjà vu so extreme he has stopped watching TV and reading because he feels he's seen it all before

Daily Mail 20th January 2015

Psychologists have diagnosed a man convinced he is trapped in a time loop with severe déjà vu, an extremely rare condition and the first known case to be triggered by anxiety. His case was analysed by experts around the world, including by scientists from King's.

Democracy Day

BBC London 94.9 20th January 2015

Professor David Carpenter, History, discussed the significance of the date 20 January which has been chosen as the BBC's Democracy Day. He said: 'The January Parliament that met on the 20 January 1265 is famous because it is the first parliament which had a House of Commons. Previous parliaments had basically been the House of Lords.'

Why the Treasury backed the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish referendum: its top mandarin speaks

Independent 20th January 2015

Article on a lecture which launched the Strand Group, the public policy and contemporary history group of the Policy Institute at King’s. During the lecture, chaired by Dr Jon Davis, The Policy Institute at King's, the most senior civil servant at the Treasury last night defended his decision publicly to oppose independence for Scotland.

Why has Islamic State started demanding ransoms in hostage videos?

Telegraph 20th January 2015

Eugenio Lilli, a doctoral researcher in the Defence Studies Department, discusses how Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has explicitly asked for the payment of a ransom in exchange for its captives’ lives. Commenting on the significance of this latest move, he wrote: 'I believe that this new development has to be interpreted in light of the ongoing competition for influence within the jihadi community, primarily between Isil and al-Qaeda. Both extremist organisations have proved to be very effective in using online social networks to recruit followers and exploit international media attention.

Are Israel and Hizbollah on the brink of war?

Telegraph 20th January 2015

Raphael D. Marcus, a PhD Researcher in the Department of War Studies, has written a piece looking at how the danger of an unintended escalation between Israel and Hizbollah remains. Discussing the motivations behind Israel's air strike, he wrote: 'It has been suggested the strike was carried out by Israel to prevent an eminent attack on Israel from Hizbollah in the Syrian Golan area. Another possibility is that Israel, with its advanced intelligence apparatus, seized the opportunity when it saw senior Hizbollah operatives travelling together with top Iranian generals.'

Concern about steroid abuse by young men

BBC Radio 4's Inside Health 20th January 2015

Pressure on young men to be muscular is growing and this may lead to addictions to exercise and, sometimes, to performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). In the feature Sally Marlow, Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience pointed out that there has always been pressure on young men to be muscular going all the way back to ancient Greece, but there are extra pressures today: 'Technology is changing how we feel about ourselves. What happens is you'll go the gym to workout, think your sixpack is looking pretty good and so take a photo and tweet it or Instagram it, then you might get 47 likes. As a psychologist I would say that gives reinforcement to the behaviour.' The reinforcment can lead to the crossover addictions to exercise or PEDs.

India's moment in Lanka

Deccan Herald 20th January 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, War Studies, offers comment on the recent results of the Sri Lankan election. Looking at how the relationship between India and Sri Lanka may develop, especially considering the growing involvement of China in Sri Lanka, Dr Pant stated that ‘Indian policymakers will be mistaken if they think that a change of regime in Colombo will lead to a dampening of Sino-Sri Lanka ties. China’s role is now firmly embedded in Sri Lanka – economically as well as geopolitically’.

Artists depict democracy evolution over the centuries

BBC News 20th January 2015

A report looking at Simon de Montfort, the rebel leader who 750 years ago summoned what is widely regarded as England's first parliament. Professor David Carpenter, History, was interviewed on the Battle of Evesham. He said: 'As they marched out of Evesham, this Welsh contingent of foot soldiers let out a great shout that shook the heavens. For many of them it was the last shout of their lives as they were then massacred in the battle in which Montfort himself was also gruesomely killed.'

Obsessions of wealthy female elite ‘betray feminism’

Times 19th January 2015

Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, has spoken out that the 'modern obsessions' with women in the boardroom and the number of female MPs were of no interest to the vast majority and a 'betrayal' of feminism. She said: 'Sisterhood is dead. There is a complete preoccupation in feminism with the economic self-interest of the top people, whether it’s boards or parliament. It is a betrayal of what early feminism was all about.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph.

Anti-Semitism in the UK

BBC Radio 4 Today 19th January 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May spoke out against anti-semitism over the weekend, following the terror attacks in Paris. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, discussed the level of anxiety among British Jews. He said: 'The most recent survey shows the overwhelming number of Jews in Britain feel safe here.'

What is the secret to getting a place at uni?

Huffington Post UK 19th January 2015

Piece looking at how students can differentiate themselves from others and stand out from the crowd. The article mentions that universities including King's College London are beginning to emphasise the importance of applicants having a wide range of vocational skills and attributes.

Will Eric Pickles call to 'Mosque Leaders' have any effect on radicalisation?

Huffington Post UK 19th January 2015

Eric Pickles has written to mosques in England urging them to do more to root out extremists. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted in Daily Mail saying: 'In the past, certain hard-line mosques — like Abu Hamza’s notorious complex at Finsbury Park in North London — played the central role in driving impressionable young men towards extremism. But today the mosques and hate preachers are less significant.'

Peer pressure not propaganda crucial to IS recruitment - experts

Reuters UK 19th January 2015

According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), peer pressure from radicalised fighters in Syria and Iraq is more influential in attracting new recruits from Europe than Islamic State propaganda. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: 'When you look at what actually made them go...being angry is one thing, but actually packing your bags and going, it was always the friends that prompted that decision, never any piece of video on the Internet.'

Creativity in captivity – capturing what is unique about prison writing

Irish Times 19th January 2015

Dr Rivkah Zim, English, has written a piece on her book which explores the works of such writers as John Bunyan, Primo Levi, Oscar Wilde and Anne Frank. Commenting on the process of compiling the work, she wrote: 'Eventually I settled on the works of 10 other exceptional men and women from different periods of western history and European language cultures and arranged them in pairs to illustrate three principal explicit functions for their prison writing.'


BBC World Service Radio 19th January 2015

Following the return of a former ISIS fighter to the UK, this feature looks at the rehabilitation programmes offered to those radicalised British youth. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, said: ‘one of the problems is, that if we go for a blanket approach, often individuals become criminalised and then also the support that they are offered is inappropriate to them. Having said that of course, the lack of programmes in place and the failures to actually think about the returnees…as people who might be traumatised and in need of help, does cause significant problems for the authorities in setting up programmes and helping families’

Opinion: What's At Stake for Modi When Obama's Here

NDTV 19th January 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, War Studies, discusses the recent visit from US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to India and Pakistan, which came ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit later this month. Dr Pant concluded that ‘a robust engagement with India is likely to emerge as the centrepiece of America’s new regional policy and Pakistan will rapidly be relegated to the margins if it doesn’t put its own house in order. That was the message of the Kerry visit to the region last week and that will be also the message of Barack Obama’s visit next week’.

With Isis, Assad and Putin exposed, who's next on citizen journalist Eliot Higgins' list?

Independent 18th January 2015

Piece on the life and work of British investigative journalist Eliot Higgins. The article mentions that Higgins is currently working with King's College London's War Studies department, as well as giving lectures to British police and Arab journalists.

Anti-terror laws

Sky News 18th January 2015

Lord Evans has said that it is much harder than a decade ago to track down terrorists as they are now discussing plots online. Daniel Moore, War Studies, discussed whether the UK's anti-terror laws are out of date. He said: 'Trying to attack this issue legally only results in some of the solution that we're looking for.'

Paris assault traumatizes a city

New York Times 18th January 2015

The terror attacks in Paris, shocked Europe, and only served to increase anti-immigrant sentiments in certain areas. Professor Peter Neumann, International Center for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, spoke of the ‘dangerous moment’ for Europe: ‘With increasing radicalisation among supporters of jihadist organisations and the white working class increasingly feeling disenfranchised and uncoupled from elites, things are coming to a head’.
Professor Neumann also commented on the attacks in NPR

Isolation and depression push instructed to jihad (translated)

O Globo (Brazil) 18th January 2015

An estimated 500 British jihadists join the estimated 1,500 foreign fights in Iraq and Syria, often influenced by economic and social inequality, alienation and cultural isolation in their home countries. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, spoke of the geographic trends in radicalisation: ‘less than half of terrorist-related offenses are committed by people based in London…Birmingham, High Wycombe, Bristol, Portsmouth…Cardiff…have produced jihadists…this could be due to the fact that these locations do not have the same levels of diversity, opportunity and connections of the largest cities’.

How Horace taught Donne that no writer is an island

Times 17th January 2015

Among a collection of 17,000 rare books held in the library of Wadham College, Oxford, antiquarians have identified an edition of the Roman poet Horace that belonged to John Donne when he was a young man. Dr Victoria Moul, Classics, was quoted saying how Donne had been fascinated by Horace's description of the art of writing, and interested in literary criticism and the classics. She said: 'This would have been baffling to someone in 1610, but the level of verbal allusion that people could comprehend was enormous because it was a much more oral society.'

How a team of social media experts is able to keep track of the UK jihadis

Observer 17th January 2015

The article looks at the work of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) in tracking UK jihadis over social media. Discussing how the Centre monitors the networks of western Isis recruits, Professor Peter Neumann said: 'We are using information that is openly accessible to anyone who wants to look. Over the years we’ve become quite clever, but none of what we’re doing involves hacking and obviously we do not have special powers granted to us by the authorities.' ICSR has also been mentioned by BBC Radio 5 Live.

Isis using UK female jihadis to incite terror acts back home, say researchers

Observer 17th January 2015

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) has found that a group of British women who have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) are encouraging other women in the UK to carry out terrorist attacks back home. According to the researchers monitoring their social media accounts, a number have been acting as Isis recruiters or openly praising the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Melanie Smith, ICSR, said: 'British women tend to incite [attacks], they say to people that can’t move to the Islamic State: ‘Why not carry out something at home?’ That’s a common message: if you can’t leave your family behind or afford to move to Syria then carry out something.' Also reported by Daily Star, Daily Mail, Independent, Evening Standard London, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror.

The DNA photofit: Amazing breakthrough means police can tell suspect's colour, height and even age – from a tiny speck of blood

Daily Mail 17th January 2015

Following a major DNA breakthrough, Police are now able to build up a detailed picture of a suspect from the smallest drop of blood left at a crime scene. The new advances mean that detectives will now know the race, age and gender of the suspect, even if there were no eyewitnesses at the scene. Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, commented: 'The new technologies raise the possibility that we won't need an actual eyewitness to a crime in order to produce a picture of how the suspect looks.' Also reported by Times, Sun, Daily Star and Daily Mirror.

Freedom and its discontents

The Telegraph Calcutta 17th January 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, War Studies, provided comment following the terror attacks in Paris. Professor Pant discussed the widespread impact of the attacks on the economic, social and political landscape of Europe: ‘At a time when Europe is passing through an economically turbulent period, these attacks will aggravate the situation…anti-immigrant sentiment is at an all-time high…even as the European Union’s ideal of a borderless Europe continues to expand its scope’.

Letters to the editor

Independent 16th January 2015

Letter condemning the action by the Coalition Government to remove the 'check off' arrangements from the Public and Commercial Services union. Professor Stephen Bach, Department of Management, is one of the signatories.

London’s security concerns for 2012 Games are instructive

The Boston Globe 16th January 2015

Hugo Rosemont, Department of War Studies, counters an article by Bryan Bender, which claims that G4S failed to properly estimate the number of personnel needed for the 2012 Olympic Games. Mr Rosemont states that ‘while it is widely recognized that G4S made serious errors…the company was not actually responsible for determining the original, or revised security personal requirement for them’.

The World in 2015

The Deccan Herald 16th January 2015

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, looks to the world in 2015 and the impact that growing power frictions between the US and Russia will have. Singh wonders whether ‘Washington and Moscow (will) decide to sheath their swords and moderate their competition? An unpredictable global economy might just leave them little choice!’

Jihadists in Europe

BBC News 16th January 2015

As Western governments continue to grapple with how to deal with returning jihadists, it is likely there will be further measures put in place to increase surveillance and more anti-terror legislation. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on fighters returning from Iraq and Syria. He said: 'I think this is one of the biggest challenges facing the authorities in most countries of Europe. First of all, how to identify the returnees as they return.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC London 94.9.

Terrorism threat in Europe

Channel 4 News 16th January 2015

The report looks at why Europe produces such a large number of domestic extremists. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the jihadi fighters' backgrounds. He said: 'What you have is a sense of grievance, of not being fully accepted into society, of no longer belonging to the countries and cultures of their parents and grandparents.'

All the King's Men

ITV Mel and Sue 16th January 2015

King's student society All the King's Men were interviewed on their degrees on ITV's Mel and Sue. Five members from the society then performed one of their hits at the end of the show.

Egypt shows scant regard for justice with death sentences for activists

Guardian 16th January 2015

Letter to the editor on how the Guardian’s recent reporting of Amal Clooney’s work should not be allowed to obscure further evidence that the Egyptian judiciary continues to act in a manner showing little regard for any recognisable principles of justice. Professor Alex Callinicos, European & International Studies, was one of the signatories.

How Belgium prevented a 'second Paris' - and what more it can do prevent future terror attacks

Telegraph 16th January 2015

Research student Pascal Carlucci, Defence Studies, has written an article looking at how Belgian police, judiciary and intelligence have proved to work effectively together to avoid another Charlie Hebdo-style attack. He wrote: 'Belgium is taking serious steps to update the security measures to prevent terrorist attacks in his territory. Terrorist tactics will change with time, so countries have to be flexible by constantly updating measures and, if possible, anticipating future developments.'

The mutating terror threat

New Statesman 16th January 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has written a piece on how jihadi attacks on Western soil are becoming less sophisticated, thus increasing the danger posed to British society. He wrote: 'Among the more than 2000 European jihadis fighting in Syria and Iraq, approval of the Paris attacks was universal and emphatic.'

A&E under pressure

BBC Radio 5 Live 16th January 2015

Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale school of Nursing and Midwifery, was interviewed on the pressures faced by A&E staff. She said: 'It's about a mismatch between demand and capacity. We're dealing with one of the most uncertain elements of healthcare which is the inherent unpredictability in terms of the volume of patients that have to be dealt with.'

Pale riders

New Statesman 16th January 2015

Professor Edith Hall, Department of Classics & Centre for Hellenic Studies, has reviewed Adrienne Mayor's 'The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World.' She wrote: 'Mayor opens up new horizons in world storytelling and feminist iconography.'

‘Significant Threat’ to Europe After 1,300 Jihadis Return Home

Newsweek 16th January 2015

An anti-extremist think-tank, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, estimated that approximately 1,300 European jihadists have returned to the continent after fighting for ISIS. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, estimated that 260 British jihadists had returned to the UK.

Coping After Captivity

The Atlantic 16th January 2015

An account from a surviving hostage from the Paris terrorist attacks leads to a wider discussion of the short- and long-term implications of those victims of captivity. Professor Simon Wessely, Psychological Medicine, said that ‘the extent to which people are traumatised by an event results from a mixture of vulnerability factors, like genetics and personality, and the nature of the event itself’.

The Nuclear Disaster You Never Heard of

Time 16th January 2015

Professor John Howard, Department of English, discusses the nuclear weapons accident that occurred in Palomares, Spain in 1966, and the resultant radioactive exposure which still continues to cause problems in the area. Questions have arisen over the cover-up by those responsible, the US Military, and Professor Howard said that ‘as the US dickers over decontamination – not to mention reparations or reconciliation – organisers in Palomares promise openness and honesty, despite all the commercial advantages of keeping quiet’.

Cannabis addicts 'let down' as Class A drugs get attention

BBC Newsbeat 15th January 2015

Cannabis addicts aren't receiving enough attention for their condition because treatment focuses on those addicted to Class A substances, and this is becoming more of a problem as addiction to cannabis grows. Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: 'We haven't invested enough in helping people who use cannabis use more safely - or stop.' Dr Winstock also talked about the problem on BBC Radio Five Live, BBC London and BBC Radio 1.

French police identify potential fourth terror cell member after Paris attacks

Guardian 15th January 2015

Police have identified a potential fourth attacker following a search of a house that had been rented by Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who killed four hostages at a Paris kosher supermarket. French police union spokesman Christophe Crepin has said police believe the killers did not have the resources to bankroll the terrorist operation on their own. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, however believes that attacks were self-financed. He said: 'They could use credit card fraud, even stealing from people. Their attitude is the whole of society [in Europe] is rotten infidels.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

Predicting which mothers who drink excessively can achieve abstinence

Times Higher Education 15th January 2015

The article profiles a grant of £233,169 that has been awarded to Dr Gail Gilchrist, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience to investigate ways of predicting which mothers who drink excessively are capable of quitting and therefore eligible to retain care of their children. Success in the study could lead to a prototype prognostic tool for use in court to inform on the mother's capacity to abstain.

BP North Sea operations review

BBC News 15th January 2015

BP is reviewing its North Sea operations where it currently employs 3500 people. The oil giant announced the major restructuring in December in response to the sharp fall in the world oil price. Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute at King's, was interviewed on the fall in price. He said: 'What we've heard from BP today I think is just the beginning of a story that is going to run for the rest of the year; one company after another slimming down trying to reduce costs to maintain the commercial nature of the business.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today.

Young people and the arts: lessons from 50 years of arts policy

Guardian 15th January 2015

Deborah Bull, Director of Cultural Partnerships at King's, has written a piece on a new enquiry into access to the arts for young people published by Culture at King’s this week. Commenting on the inspiration behind the report, she wrote: 'We decided that a look backwards might help to inform the future. We wanted to understand how successive governments and their agencies have devised policy in an attempt to increase young people’s engagement with the arts.'

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber

Independent 15th January 2015

The diaries of Sir Michael Barber while he was Head of Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit 2001-05 will be the focus of a groundbreaking PhD project to be undertaken at King’s by Michelle Clement, former Strategic Partnerships Coordinator and Mile End Group Events Manager at Queen Mary University of London. Sir Michael, head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit 2001-05, helped to drive through Tony Blair’s targets for delivering reform in schools, the NHS, transport and criminal justice.

Rise in intelligence test scores in low income countries

BBC World Service Health Check 15th January 2015

The nine minute radio feature reported that scores in intelligence tests have risen substantially in low income countries such as China and India. Robin Morris, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience supervised the research and said there is probably a mixture of reasons for this. “One aspect is that people are more practiced or better at doing the tests, another is that people are receiving better education and another is that the illness burden in low income countries is reducing.”

Qaeda says it led assaults in Paris

International New York Times 15th January 2015

The branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen has formerly claimed responsibility for the shootings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Professor Peter Neumann, Department of War Studies commented on the claims, stating that ‘it makes sense in terms of what attackers themselves said, their background and also the professionalism of the operation itself’.
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Japan unveils largest ever defence budget

Voice of America 15th January 2015

The defence budget for Japan has been announced for 2015 as $42 billion, and will be used to implement controversial changes to Japan’s military. Dr Alessio Patalano, Department of War Studies, commented that the investment will aim to counter changing security threats: ‘There is a growing sense of tension in East Asia. For Japan, that means primarily guaranteeing a better conventional defence potential for the offshore islands of the south-western part of the archipelago’.

In, and out, of the ghetto

The Indian Express 15th January 2015

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, looks at the Muslim population in India, and discusses the urban geography and socio-economic situation of India’s largest minority. Professor Jaffrelot concludes that ‘the Muslim ghettos, enclaves or slums that have developed in Indian cities may…retain a distinctive feature: they remain more connected to the Gulf countries, from where family members send huge remittances’.

Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi awarded fellowship in UK

The Economic Times of India 15th January 2015

Dr S Y Quraishi, former chief election commissioner of India has been announced as the 2015 FICCI-India Institute visiting fellow. Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International) commented that ‘Dr Quraishi is highly respected for his important contributions to electoral reform and has also overseen the implementation of critical sector reforms in India. I congratulate Dr Quraishi on his nomination and acceptance of this exciting opportunity’.
Also reported in the Hindustan Times Delhi, OutlookIndia

Cancer deaths under 80 ‘will be eradicated’

Times 14th January 2015

According to a study by King's and UCL, dying of cancer could be confined to the very old within decades. The report published suggested that cancer testing by pharmacists, a daily aspirin for the middle-aged, and improvements in screening and drugs will help to eliminate cancer deaths in people under 80. Also reported by Independent and Daily Mail.

Feminism today

BBC Radio 4 Today 14th January 2015

The argument that feminism today does little today to serve the majority of women - it only benefits an elite has been made today in a lecture for the think-tank Demos by Baroness Alison Wolf, Department of Management. Discussing modern feminism, Baroness Wolf said: 'Essentially modern feminism, especially as you get it in the media, has become a combination of outrage and elite self-interest. Basically what we have is a focus on campaigns which are supposedly going to benefit women generally and freak out politicians, but which actually really do nothing for the vast majority of women.'

Tackling the 'fear' of exercise could help ME patients, claims study

Independent 14th January 2015

Fear of exercise is an important barrier to the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a condition that affects 250,000 people in the UK. Referring to the study by Professor Trudie Chalder, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, the article says that 'reduction in fear avoidance beliefs' contributed 60 per cent to the improvement seen in the two therapies of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). The findings are published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. This story was also reported by the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Fox News.

You haven't missed the Docklands boat

Evening Standard 14th January 2015

Article looking at how Surrey Quays is still an affordable location for first-time buyers. It mentions that a new £60 million complex that is being built for King's students 'should bring a buzz.'

Is Germany on a collision course over 'Islamisation' and immigration?

Telegraph 14th January 2015

Research student Joana Cook has written an article on Pegida protestors in Germany, a right-wing group of patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West. Commenting on the risk posed by their marches, she wrote: 'The risk from Pegida itself leading Germany on a collision course may not be as it appears. The group itself has no real, clear political plan or agenda, aside from a muddled 19-point manifesto.'

Couple hit by miscarriage misery celebrate miracle baby thanks to simple hormone

Daily Mirror 14th January 2015

Around one in 100 UK women suffer recurrent miscarriages, but doctors believe that taking progesterone – a hormone created in the body – helps keep babies in the womb longer. Professor Andrew Shennan, King's Centre for Global Health, was quoted saying: 'The word progesterone means ‘maintain pregnancy'. It’s produced by the placenta, and we know if you give drugs that stop progesterone it triggers labour. That’s how abortion drugs work.'

Amedy Coulibaly’s House Could Hold Clues to 4th Paris Attacker

Huffington Post 14th January 2015

The house where one of the Paris shootings gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, lived, could offer some clues for the ongoing investigation. Considering the financing of the attacks, Professor Peter Neumann, Department of War Studies, thought that the attacks were self-financed: ‘they could use credit-card fraud…even stealing from people’.
Also reported in the Indian Express

Europe edges closer to controversial bond buying program

Voice of America 14th January 2015

A recent legal decision may trigger the start of a controversial bond-buying program in Europe. Professor Alex Callinicos, European and International Studies, commented that the impact of the ruling on Europe’s political climate could be valuable. Professor Callinicos further commented that ‘the deterioration of the situation, both economically and politically, in Europe is not going particularly slowly. Particularly the political deterioration’.

Is there no end to Rio’s cycle of violence?

France24 14th January 2015

As Brazil remains one of the most violent countries in the world, this feature looks at the problems associated with an increasingly corrupt police force. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, commented that ‘police violence in the state of Rio is the highest in the whole country…some of these networks of violence and corruption are very deeply rooted’.

Mock MRI scanner for little fidgeters

Evening Standard 14th January 2015

A mock scanner inflated like a bouncy castle is being used by King's on children scared of entering a real MRI scanner. The university hopes that the scanner will improve data and save the NHS money.

Nothing is simulated on placement and patients show you what matters

Nursing Standard 14th January 2015

King's Nursing student Nitika Sharma has written a piece on the pressures put on them on placements and the limitations of being a student. She wrote: 'What students cannot learn in the classroom is how overwhelming it feels when patients look to you for answers, or refer to you as 'nurse'.'

How much is too much breast screening?

British Medical Journal 14th January 2015

Article looking at how the government is pushing on with a giant trial of extended breast screening, despite serious concerns that women are not being fully informed of the risks. Professor Susan Bewley, Complex Obstetrics, commented on the revised protocol for breast cancer screening. She said: 'It is a randomised controlled clinical trial without a statistical plan or proper consent.'

GPs are reluctant to talk about obesity

Times 13th January 2015

Researchers at King’s have found that GPs are ignoring obesity, with up to four in five obese patients never being spoken to about it. The study analysed the records of tens of thousands of patients and found little sign of any attempt by their doctors to tackle their weight problem in 80 per cent of cases.

Significance of Sri Lanka's new government for China and India

BBC Radio 4 Business Matters 13th January 2015

As a new era begins in Sri Lanka, both China and India will be looking closely at how the new regime will change its priorities. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, was interviewed on whether Beijing would be worried about what is next to come in Colombo. He said: 'I think they would like to understand what happened. But Beijing has been traditionally very quick on its feet in terms of regime changes and very quick to adapt.'

Charlie Hebdo attack: is France’s counter-terrorism model still the example to follow?

Telegraph 13th January 2015

Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, has written an article looking at the French approach to countering terrorism. Whilst in the past France developed a reputation as Europe’s 'counterterrorist powerhouse', Dr Foley argues that France's approach is in need of a reassessment. He wrote: 'France no longer appears to offer a model of successful counterterrorism – and not just because of last week’s attacks in Paris. French jihadists have carried out three significant terrorist attacks in the last three years in France and Belgium.'

Far-right blame game distracts from France’s underlying divisions

The Huffington Post 13th January 2015

The attacks in Paris have brought about increased attention to the widening social and political divides in France. Professor Anand Menon, Department of European and International Studies, comments on the increased gulf between employed and unemployed following the 2008 financial crisis: ‘There is a growing division between the economic insiders and outsiders’.

How can we avoid losing more wars? Start by putting somebody in charge of them

Foreign Policy 13th January 2015

‘No one is in charge of our wars’ warns Christopher Kolenda, Department of War Studies. Mr Kolenda states that whilst generals are in charge of warfare – fighting and killing – they are not in charge of ‘war’, something that encompasses far more than warfare and calls for urgent reform. ‘The United States will also need to develop an interagency strategic doctrine and educational system that creates a common set of strategic concepts, terminology, and professional standards. We need to prepare senior officials for the awesome responsibility for waging war. Our current system has failed to do so.’

Counter terrorism plans

Sky News 12th January 2015

David Cameron has been meeting his intelligence and security chiefs to make sure the country is prepared for a similar attack to Paris. Dr John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the capabilities of the security service. He said: 'We are talking about thousands of people in France and the UK who potentially might be of interest. It is beyond the resources we have to be monitoring all of their telephone conversations and internet traffic, and crucially, reading the content of what they're doing on the internet.'

Video of Paris gunman raises questions of affiliations

Daily Mail 12th January 2015

A video emerged on Sunday of one of the Paris gunmen pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, despite his two fellow militants claiming to be from al-Qaida, its rival organisation. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented: 'If anything, the most likely scenario is that there was some sort of playing off each other. Maybe — if there was synchronizing — it happened at the grassroots level.'

Video of Paris gunman raises questions about affiliations

Denver Post 12th January 2015

A video has emerged showing one of the Paris gunmen pledging allegiance to Islamic State, a rival group to al-Qaeda – where the other two militants claimed to be from – raising questions over the connections between the three French attackers. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre of the Study of Radicalisation commented that ‘if anything, the most likely scenario is that there was some sort of playing off each other. Maybe – if there was synchronising – it happened at the grassroots level.
Also reported in the Miami Herald.

Withdrawal of cancer drug treatments

Channel 4 News 12th January 2015

Cancer charities and drug companies have complained following a withdrawal of a range of cancer drug treatments available on the NHS. The Cancer Drug Fund has excluded 25 of the 84 treatments currently approved. Professor Richard Sullivan, King's Centre for Global Health, commented on the Drug Fund. He said: 'The reality is that this fund shouldn't exist at all, or if a drug fund was to exist, it should be for all indications, not just cancer, but for dementia and metabolic diseases etcetera.' Professor Sullivan was also mentioned in a piece by New Scientist.

Week ahead

BBC News 12th January 2015

The BBC parliamentary correspondent outlines Parliament's schedule for the week ahead. The piece mentions that the first business for the House of Lords will be the introduction of a new peer, Baroness Alison Wolf of Dulwich, Department of Management. Also reported by Press Association.

Charlie Hebdo attack: French police response helped by mass support

Telegraph 12th January 2015

PhD research student Pascal Carlucci, Defence Studies, has written a piece looking at how France has shown a great degree of preparedness given the extraordinary difficulty of the Charlie Hebdo crisis. Commenting on the consequences of the rise of extremism, he wrote: 'he amount of growing radical networks in Europe is putting under severe strain the intelligence services of European countries. Prevention is becoming more difficult by the day and human intelligence needs to be re-engineered in light of new terrorist activities.'

The scientific truth about diets

Science Focus 12th January 2015

Article looking at the Raw Food Plan, a popular diet amongst celebrities that involves 75 per cent of the daily diet being made up of plant-based foods that haven’t been heated above 46°C. Dr Scott Harding, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying: 'The Raw Food diet has the least scientific evidence or reasoning behind it. There is no way that eating raw food specifically improves people’s antioxidant capacity or directly reduces their risk of developing chronic diseases.'

Distance learning lets pupils go the extra mile

Sunday Times 11th January 2015

Increasing numbers of people are opting for online courses not only as adults but also to study what they want at GCSE and A-level, as institutions across the country are expanding their online provision. The article mentions a journalist with Morning Star has signed up for the Causes of War course with King’s.

Terror threat to the UK

BBC News 11th January 2015

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, was interviewed on the threat level to the UK. Commenting on the rise of extremism, she said: 'I believe that the threat has been ongoing for a very long time. We also need to put it in perspective and realise that this isn't just about the Islamist threat, our security services also need to deal with other such as threats from right wing extremism and environmental extremism.'

Will these five weird diets help you lose weight?

Guardian 11th January 2015

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, average weight gain is only 0.48kg over the festive period. Professor Peter Emery, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, was quoted on the dieting fads and how to lose weight. He said: 'The only science behind dieting is that you have to eat less if you want to lose weight. Any diet that helps people eat less can be helpful, for example by promoting satiety or suppressing hunger. A lot of these type of diets work by making eating difficult.'

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Care for the mental health of employees

BBC Radio 4's City on the Couch 11th January 2015

The psychoanalyst Mary Bradbury looks at why the mental health of employees is now on the radar of large banks and firms based in the City of London. During the programme, Professor Graham Thornicroft, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said workplace stress has a damaging and corrosive effect on both the individual and the company and the everyone gains by early identification.

The reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack

Al Jazeera 11th January 2015

Following the Paris shootings, the initial reaction from the public was of shock, followed by a wider discussion about freedom of speech and tradition of French satire. Professor Anna Reading, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, said that ‘the headlines come within a much broader context...we seek ready answers, and one way of trying to make sense of it is to put it within this bigger story that we purportedly understand, the bigger story of freedom of expression’.

The Feds Got the Sony Hack Right, But the Way They’re Framing It Is Dangerous

Wired 10th January 2015

Robert M. Lee, PhD student, War Studies, believes whilst there is a wider feeling of trust in the US government’s evidence over the Sony hacking scandal, and subsequent blame given to North Korea, serious questions have been raised over the process by which this attribution was made. ‘It either needs to realise that attribution in a case like this is important enough to risk disclosing sources and methods or it needs to realise that the sources and methods are more important, and withhold attribution entirely or present it without any evidence.’

Enflaming tensions

Deccan Herald 10th January 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the divide of moderate and extremists in Islam, which, following the attacks in Paris, is being played out in Europe at the risk of devastating consequences. Dr Pant said that ‘This is ultimately a battle for the soul of Islam between the moderates and the extremists....the jihadist objective is to get the states to crack down harder on Muslim communities in order to further their narrative that the West is waging war on Islam and Muslims’.

Setbacks in attempts to integration

O Globo (Brazil) 10th January 2015

Dr Carool Kersten, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, discussed the implications of the Paris shootings; an attack that confirmed a clash of values in a globalised word. (Portuguese language)
Also reported on Chinese Central Television

Likelihood of further terror attack

BBC Radio 4 Today 9th January 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the significance of recent small scale terror attacks. He said: 'Attacks like the ones we've seen in Paris and with Lee Rigby are almost impossible to stop, they're very difficult to detect, but they have a huge symbolic and political value behind them.'

Charlie Hebdo attack: what are the implications of the Paris shootings for counterterrorism policy in Europe?

Telegraph 9th January 2015

Professor John Gearson and Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, have written a piece looking at the significance of Wednesday's attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo by militant Islamists. Commenting on the response of the government, they wrote: 'As in previous campaigns the challenge for governments is as much about carefully calibrating any policy response to ensure it is proportionate, as it is about confronting the violent individuals and murderous ideology that has motivated them.'

Letters: We’ve been weak in defence of free speech

Independent 9th January 2015

Professor Emeritus Professor Brian S Everitt has written in to the Independent. He said: 'Why is it that ridiculous religious extremists of all types believe that their own particular deity will be offended or perturbed by a little gentle (or not so gentle) mocking by journalists, cartoonists and others?'

Rolling thoughts: Resolutions? We’ve plenty of time for them

Times 9th January 2015

The article mentions a study by scientists at King's that looked at the benefits of cycling. The study of cyclists aged between 55 and 70 found that the older participants were just as fit as the young ones.

Will Europe's populist surge hamper post-Hebdo healing?

Yahoo! News 9th January 2015

The terrorist attack in France has given a boost to Europe's populist movements who are calling for leaders to act inclusively against Islamophobia. According to Professor Anand Menon, Department of European & International Studies, the challenges of extremism and weariness toward foreigners is shared across Europe, even as each country has its unique set of issues.

The CIA Torture report: Where are the missing detainees? The Bureau launches new investigation

Bureau of Investigative Journalism 9th January 2015

The Bureau has launched a new investigation in partnership with The Rendition Project to look at some of the unanswered questions raised as a result of the US Senate’s report on CIA torture. Dr Sam Raphael, who completed his PhD in the War Studies Department at King's, is mentioned in the article for his works on Colombian state terror.

Exercise improves your ‘healthspan’, but why that is remains a mystery

Washington Post 9th January 2015

Research carried out by King’s College London has shown that exercise helped to improve the physiological functions of participants aged 55 to 70, but also concluded that the relationship between physical activity and physical decline is considerably complex. Professor Stephen Harridge, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, stated that whilst ‘we have found that the relationship between chronological age and most functions is complex’, when looking at those active participants, ‘they are different from people of the same age who are sedentary’.

High volume of potential threats challenges western counterterrorism efforts

PBS 9th January 2015

The Paris attacks have raised questions about future terror threats and the presence of a radical Islam movement. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre of the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence discussed the change in types of such attacks and the implications this has for security services monitoring those activities; ‘these smaller-scale attacks require less planning, fewer people. There’s less communication to pick up on and it becomes much less – difficult to predict. So, we really have to work on new indicators for where danger comes from.’

France’s 9/11

The San Francisco Chronicle 9th January 2015

Professor Dominique Moisi, Department of Political Economy, in the aftermath of the Paris shootings, considers the comparisons that have been drawn with al Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks on the United States. Professor Moisi says ‘At first blush, the comparison seems artificial and far-fetched…yet, despite the major differences, the attacks in Paris and New York share the same essence…We French must face this terrorist attack the same way the Americans did after 9/11: firmly and clearly, but also with responsibility’.

Muslims fear backlash after Paris shooting

Voice of America 9th January 2015

Comments from the United Nations Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein call for calm, in light of fears that there will be a backlash against Muslims in Europe following the Paris attack. Dr Carool Kersten, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, states that ‘there is definitely a sense of fear and concern at least amongst the Muslim mainstream that the atrocities in Paris will very negatively impact not simply on the image of Muslim communities but their very position in various European societies’.

Terror threat level raised

ITV Good Morning Britain 8th January 2015

Following France raising its terror threat level after a gun attack in Paris in which 12 people were killed, the report looks at just how vulnerable Britain is. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed how terrorists have changed their methods. She said: 'They have been changing their target selection as we have been so successful at hardening airports and other areas that the public use. They're now more interested in giving guidance to individuals who might be interested in undertaking an attack.' Also reported by BBC News Channel.

It’s only fair to give anonymity to those accused of rape

Times 8th January 2015

Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, has written a piece on how anonymity should be given to those accused, but not convicted, of rape and not only to those who accuse. Discussing the current system in place, she wrote: 'A law that guarantees anonymity for life to anyone lodging a complaint of rape, and allows full media coverage of the accused, was from the start unbalanced and unjustified.'

School of Advanced Study reaffirms commitment to digital research

Times Higher Education 8th January 2015

Through the appointment of new professors in both digital history and digital humanities, the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) has underlined its commitment to digital research. Barry Smith, the SAS’s pro-dean for central academic initiatives, has confirmed that the new institute was not set up to compete with the digital humanities departments at King's and UCL, but to facilitate research in collaboration with them.

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

Telegraph 8th January 2015

French scientists have created a thin prosthetic ribbon embedded with electrodes that could help paralysed people walk again. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cell Research, commented on the breakthrough. He said: 'The work described here is a groundbreaking achievement of technology, which could open a door to a new era in treatment of neuronal damage.'

Mosques attacked in wake of Charlie Hebdo shooting

Huffington Post UK/Huff Post Religion 8th January 2015

Two Muslim places of worship and a restaurant affiliated to another mosque were attacked Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, following the attack on the French satirical newspaper in Paris. The article quotes Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who told the New York Times: 'Large parts of the European public are latently anti-Muslim, and increasing mobilization of these forces is now reaching into the center of society.' Also reported by Yahoo News UK.

New Non-Executive Director at Innovia Group

Packaging Europe 8th January 2015

The Innovia Group has announced the appointment of new Non-Executive Director Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG. The piece notes he is also a Council member and Visiting Professor at King's College London.

Drug cost controversy

BBC Radio 4 Six O'Clock News 8th January 2015

The decision to stop offering some cancer drugs to new NHS patients in England has come under further criticism, with some experts in medical policy saying it highlights the sustainability of the funding system. Professor Richard Sullivan, King's Centre for Global Health, said: 'At the moment we have cancer medicines and other pharmaceuticals that are being put forward at a price which is simply not justified by the amount of benefit they deliver to patients.' Also reported by Guardian, Telegraph and Independent.

Paris gun attack

Sky News 8th January 2015

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed by Sky News on whether Europe was on the brink of a potentially dangerous development. He said: 'Jihadists have realised that for the past 10 or 15 years they have been wasting their time. They have been trying to organise very complicated, hugely complex attacks,like 9/11, like London, like Madrid, that often went wrong. Only last year did they realise that these kinds of small scale attacks that we've seen in Ottowa, Sydney and now in Paris, can inflict as much shock, terror and polarization on Western societies as the larger attacks.'

Exercise could buy you extra years of healthy life

Times of India 8th January 2015

A recently published study has debunked the myth that ageing results in one becoming progressively frail, finding that physical activity helped to improve physiological functions in amateur older cyclists. Professor Norman Lazarus, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, states that ‘staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people’.
Also in Indian Express

Le Pen May Gain as Magazine Attack Strains French Divide

Bloomberg 8th January 2015

As Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s Front National, comments on the shootings in Paris, this article looks at French political responses to the attack and the impact this will have on the political landscape. Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, comments on the opportunity this may offer to opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy stating that ‘this might give Sarkozy a chance to show that the is the one who can help the center right take of the Front National’.

Le Pen May Gain as Magazine Attack Strains French Divide

Bloomberg 8th January 2015

As Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s Front National, comments on the shootings in Paris, this article looks at French political responses to the attack and the impact this will have on the political landscape. Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, comments on the opportunity this may offer to opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy stating that ‘this might give Sarkozy a chance to show that the is the one who can help the center right take of the Front National’.

Images of Islam

BBC 2 Newsnight 8th January 2015

The reluctance of many media organisations to show the satirical cartoons that are believed to have made Charlie Hebdo a target, reflects the acute sensitivity around any images at all, not just of the Prophet Muhammad. Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, discussed the use of images of the Prophet. He said: 'In the past there was a bit more leniency but there has been a growing polarization with the emergence of puritanical reform movements that take very literal interpretations of both the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet.'

‘Dangerous Moment’ for Europe, as Fear and Resentment Grow

The New York Times 8th January 2015

The shootings in Paris may contribute towards increasing anti-immigrant attitudes in Europe, which has been on the rise following high unemployment, a flagging economy and increasing immigration in Europe. Professor Peter Neumann, International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, says 'with increasing radicalisation among supporters of jihadist organizations and the white working class increasingly feeling disenfranchised and uncoupled from elites, things are coming to a head’.

Also in The Times of India, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Being watched

Arts Professional 8th January 2015

Dirk vom Lehn, Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, explains how video-based research into social interactions in museum or gallery exhibitions can be used to develop new resources and inform arts marketing. He wrote: 'Equipped with findings from such research, arts marketing can inform curators, managers and designers in developing and deploying innovative exhibitions for active visitors.' The piece also includes a comment from Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships: 'For museum curators, managers and designers, notions of how the visitor acts – and reacts – at what Dirk calls the ‘exhibit-face’ are of fundamental importance.'

Doubts over offshore dream dispelled

The Telegraph India 8th January 2015

Looking at University opportunities overseas, Andew Soper, minister counsellor, British High Commission, New Dehli, discussed two programmes available at King’s College London: the Chevening MA Scholarship Programme and the Chevening Gurukul Programme. Suchita Gokarn, head of education promotion-India, British Council commented that having been a student in the UK was an ‘experience of a lifetime’.

England Awaits the King Maker

Handelsblatt 8th January 2015

Angela Merkel’s recent visit to London takes place amongst speculation that she will hold significant influence over the outcome of the upcoming British general elections later this year. Professor Christoph Meyer, The Policy Institute, commented on Angela Merkel’s intentions of British role in renegotiation of EU legislation: [she] ‘is likely to say that there is a lot of flexibility within existing directives and this is something that should be explored, but she can’t give any leeway on treaty change’.

Cyclist Study Find Exercise Makes Your Body Age More Slowly

Newsweek 8th January 2015

A study of older cyclists by King’s College London and the University of Birmingham has found that those who exercise effectively age more slowly. Professor Stephen Harridge, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences said that ‘if a physically inactive person becomes active, they will improve...formerly sedentary people are very responsive when they start up physical activity programs’.

‘I was praying to die after drink binge seizure. Then Veteran's Aid gave me hope’

Evening Standard 8th January 2015

The story is told of two veterans whose lives have been turned around thanks to Veteran's Aid. Nicola Fear, King’s Centre for Military Health Research, is referred to for the Centre's findings that the rate of alcohol misuse among the military is 13 per cent compared with six to eight per cent in the general population.

Charlie Hebdo Tragedy Creates Momentum for German Right Wing

Time 8th January 2015

German right-wing movement, PEGIDA, declared following the Paris terror attacks that such incidents validated its cause. Dr Carool Kersten, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, stated that ‘the movement itself will definitely interpret [the attack on Charlie Hebdo] as a vindication for its very existence’.

Four dieters embark on weight loss mission

Sky News 7th January 2015

The article looks at whether diets really hold the key to tackling Britain's obesity epidemic as it follows four people as they embark on a mission to lose excess weight. The piece quotes Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who commented on how the NHS could not cope with the increased demand for surgery linked to weight loss. He said: 'Unless obesity can be successfully prevented, it will overwhelm the NHS.'

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘For three years I was walking the streets. I owe Veterans Aid my life. It’s been a miracle’

Independent 7th January 2015

Article looking at the positive effect the charity Veteran's Aid has had upon the life of a former Royal Marine. It mentions findings by The Centre for Military Health Research at King’s which revealed that the rate of alcohol misuse among serving and former members of the military is 13 per cent, compared with 6 to 8 per cent nationwide.

Antibiotics: US discovery labelled 'game-changer' for medicine

BBC News 7th January 2015

US Scientists are reported to have made a breakthrough after nearly three decades of silence on antibiotics that make it to clinic. Discussing their findings, Dr James Mason, Biochemistry, said: 'It's impressive what they've done. From one soil sample they've found one new antibiotic, and their approach opens up a new route to a huge number of potential products.'

Jim Murphy’s nurses: Labour’s new election timebomb

Guardian 7th January 2015

The Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, pledged during his visit to Aberdeen to use money generated by taxing millionaires in London to pay for 1,000 extra nurses in Scotland. Discussing the issue of regional polarisation in the UK, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, suggested this week that it reflects a weakening of national blocks, based on occupations, class and industry.

Aid without faith – is there a place for religious NGOs in the 21st century?

Guardian 7th January 2015

As part of the Guardian's Students Speak series, students have shared their thoughts on whether faith-based NGOs can continue to operate. King's student Kim van Winkel offered her opinion that religious NGOs are fine, as long as they do no harm. She wrote: 'We do not want to impair people who want to do good because they have a religious reason for wanting to do so. This, in a way, would also be doing more harm than good because aid is denied where it could had been given. We need to have faith in religious NGOs.'

Classical music in 2014 - still dominated by dead white men's music performed by living white men

Guardian 7th January 2015

Opinion piece on how the classical music industry needs to change, following statistics showing only four female conductors made it onto the list of the top 100 busiest maestros. The article mentions Dr Christina Scharff, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, whose research has revealed the narrowness of representation of classical music’s institutions at the moment.

The London Student relaunches six months after University of London Union closure

Huffington Post UK 7th January 2015

Six months after its closure in July, The London Student, which is Europe’s largest student newspaper, has been revived as an independent digital platform. Ben Jackson, the former editor of Roar, the student newspaper at King's, will take charge of the London Student until a structure is in place to elect a new editor.

Two Brit jihadists killed

Sun 7th January 2015

Abu Qudama Al-Britani and Abu Ruqayyah Al-Britani are believed to have been killed after joining Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Their deaths will take the death toll of UK extremists to 36, according to terror experts. The death of Abu Qudama Al-Britani was reported by Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Environmental science: Pollution patrol

Nature 7th January 2015

Article looking at how there is a new wave of personal sensors which are giving people the ability to monitor the air they breathe. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, was quoted on the complexity of monitoring air pollution. He said: 'Monitoring air-pollution levels is far more involved than the manufacturers and suppliers of cheap sensors suggest.'

The secret to staying young? Get on your bike!

Daily Mail 6th January 2015

A study of amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 has found that many were physically much younger than most people their age. A team of scientists from King's looked at 81 male and 41 female participants, and despite an age range of 25 years, older members of the group had similar muscle strength, lung power and exercise capacity as the younger participants. Professor Stephen Harridge, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, discussed the importance of keeping fit. He said: 'Being physically active should be considered to play an essential role in maintaining health and well-being throughout life.' Dr Ross Pollock, who led the team, was also quoted saying: 'The main problem facing health research is that in modern societies the majority of the population is inactive.' Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Metro London, Press and Journal Scotland, Scotsman, Yorkshire Post, ITV News and Press Association.

A safer way to test children for peanut allergy

Daily Mail 6th January 2015

Developed by researchers at King's, a new blood test could spare children the current test of an oral food challenge which establishes whether a child will suffer from a peanut allergy. The new test determines the presence of an allergy, and also how severe the allergic reaction will be, by measuring the activity of white blood cells.

Number living with cancer in UK will reach high of 2.5 million, charity says

Guardian 6th January 2015

Macmillan Cancer Support has said that the rise in the number of people in the UK who have cancer to a record high of 2.5 million this year is largely due to improvements in treatment and detection. The article mentions research from King's that was used by Macmillan who analysed projections for 2010 and 2020 to come up with the figure for 2015.

I’ll help busy mums ditch those bad habits

Sun 6th January 2015

Nutritionist Amanda Ursell explains the New Me plan which is aimed at mothers who have struggled to lose their baby weight. The article notes that Ms Ursell studied the application of nutrition at Kings.

Employment tribunal fees price workers out of justice

Guardian 6th January 2015

Letter that discusses how there has been a huge drop in claim since the introduction of fees for anyone taking their employer to an employment tribunal, which could mean that that a growing number of unlawful employment practices are going unpunished. One of the signatories is Professor Keith Ewing, The Dickson Poon School of Law.

Career going nowhere? Perhaps it's because you're fat

Telegraph 6th January 2015

Article looking at whether the amount somebody weighs has an effect on their career progression. The piece mentions that research suggests overweight people perform less well at work than their slimmer counterparts, including a 2010 study by King's that showed obese staff took, on average, four more sick days a year.

Kashmir shelling, spat over Pakistan aid mar run-up to Kerry trip

Reuters (US, UK, India) 6th January 2015

In the days leading up to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to India, there have been reports of a $500 million Washington aid package to Pakistan, India's rival in South Asia. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussed the friction between Obama and Modi following the US' reported interference in Pakistan. He was quoted saying: 'This may be a bit of a sobering moment for those who thought we might see a blooming of the relationship.'

Also in Voice of America

Gastric bypass may save lives over time

Reuters (US, UK, India) 6th January 2015

A new study has found that obese patients who had gastric bypass surgery were half as likely to die as those who didn’t have the surgery. Martin Gulliford, Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, was quoted on how there is growing appreciation of the potential of surgery for severe obesity in the UK. He said: 'In the short-term, weight loss surgery procedures may be associated with substantial weight loss and remission of diabetes in up to 60 per cent of patients.'

Could depression be a physical illness?

Deccan Herald 6th January 2015

In a recent study, scientists from the University of California concluded that depression may be a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system. Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented that ‘in between 5 to 10 years, there may be a blood test that can measure inflammation in people with depression so that they can be treated accordingly’

Modi’s Kashmir Gambit

The New Indian Express 6th January 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the recent efforts by the Modi government in India to assert governance in Jammu and Kashmir, including regular visits to the state and messages delivered to the population. Dr Pant highlights that ‘Modi’s interest in Jammu and Kashmir is significant for the signal it sends to the populace as well as to the international community that the state remains an integral part of India’.

Here’s How to Make Sure No One Can Ever Guess Your Age

Time 6th January 2015

A recent study from King’s College London and the University of Birmingham looked at physiological information of older adults who were very active cyclists, and the impact of such exercise on health as we age. Professor Norman Lazarus, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, stated that ‘inevitably our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared with sedentary people’.

Cell 'tracking' boost for asthma sufferers

Daily Mirror 5th January 2015

A new test devised by researchers at King's has been developed to reveal whether medication is working for asthma sufferers. The scan tracks the movements of eosinophils through the lungs and helps diagnose asthma in the first place, as well as revealing whether the medication a patient has been given is working.

Obesity in children

Channel 4 News 5th January 2015

A new Government-backed campaign to combat obesity in children suggests that parents should give their children milk instead of fizzy drinks and stop rewarding them with treats for good behaviour. Professor Lucilla Poston, Head of the Division of Women's Health, discusses the issue of childhood obesity. She said: 'You're getting childhood diabetes and childhood liver disease through childhood obesity. These problems are frightening.'

Greece grows back, but this crisis is day by day

Folha De S.Paulo (Brazil) 5th January 2015

Despite the emerging signs of recovery in the Greek economy, this article discusses the remaining fragility of life for the population. Professor Ramon Pacheco, European Studies, comments that ‘as families, businesses and the government are still trying to pay off debt, and banks are strict, leaving economic activity still moderate even with the resumed growth’.

Inspired by architecture

Deccan Herald 5th January 2015

Recipient of the Best Paper Prize at the London Centre of Social Studies, Lakshmi Priya Rajendran discusses her past and present career, noting that this achievement from King’s was the ‘icing on the cake’.

Red, white and feeling blue

Sun 5th January 2015

More people than ever before are taking powerful antidepressants, following findings that GP prescriptions for these types of drugs have almost doubled over the past ten years. The article quotes Professor Anthony Clare, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, who said: 'It is a myth that medication only covers up problems and psychological therapies somehow treat the real issues. There needs to be access to all forms of treatment - drugs and psychological therapies.'

The Sony Hackers and the Blame Game

Bloomberg View 5th January 2015

In light of recent cyber attacks, this article argues that it is absolutely vital to accurately identify responsibility. Professor Thomas Rid and Ben Buchanan, Department of War Studies, are quoted stating that such attribution is ‘an art as much as a science’. Providing information to the public on a case of attack will, they further argue, likely increase the ‘quality of attribution’.

ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit

The Daily Beast 5th January 2015

The announcement by ISIS that they would be establishing a medical school, coincided with the release of a propaganda video featuring captured British photojournalist John Cantlie, both, the article argues, building on incorrect claims of normality in the areas controlled by the militant group. Shiraz Maher, Institute Centre for the Study of Radicalization, is quoted: ‘of all the Cantlie videos, this one is definitely the strangest...the healthier appearance and civilian clothing are very peculiar’.

The young people who helped Britain change for the better in 2014

Huffington Post UK 5th January 2015

Oli Slattery & the KCL Enactus Group are mentioned in a piece looking at how young people have overcome the odds to do something special. The social enterprise society are training up London's homeless to make Sleepcoats - a coat which doubles up as a sleeping bag.

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?

Guardian 5th January 2015

There is growing evidence that depression has a basis in the body and that it is, in part, caused by inflammation that’s set off by the immune system activity. Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said there may be a blood test that can measure inflammation in people with depression within five to 10 years.

All the evidence says that Ed will win. Yes, it really could happen

Sunday Times 4th January 2015

The article looks at how, according to the polls, Ed Miliband is more likely to be the prime minister in office next Christmas. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, has pointed out that the less charismatic leader can certainly win, using Attlee, Thatcher or Major as examples.

Jaw-dropping risks behind perfect smile

Sunday Times 4th January 2015

Experts have warned that the quest for a celebrity smile popularised by reality TV shows such as The Only Way is Essex, is damaging healthy teeth and costing patients thousands of pounds. Martin Kelleher, Dental Institute, commented on the risks of this current trend. He said: 'The fashion for what I term ‘porcelain pornography’ is a real and present danger for society and the dental profession at large. This type of dentistry appears to be promoted by individuals and in certain dental publications that have strong commercial interests in their proliferation.'

The Large Hadron Collider sets its sights on dark matter

Observer 4th January 2015

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva has had a refit to enable it to operate at even greater extremes and to solve more questions about the beginnings of the universe. Professor John Ellis, Physics, discussed the possibility of finding supersymmetrical particles in the LHC’s colliders in the next two or three years. He said: 'I favour the idea that one of the lighter supersymmetrical particles is one that accounts for dark matter. So the chances of dark matter appearing in the LHC’s detectors over the next couple of years look good, though it won’t appear directly.'

Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen to be focus of academic symposium

Times Higher Education 4th January 2015

The comedy of Borat and Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen is set to be the subject of a symposium held at Brunel University London’s Centre for Comedy Studies Research. One of the papers to be presented is by Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, titled 'No Laughing Matter? Race, Identity and the Humour of Sacha Baron Cohen.'

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?

Guardian 4th January 2015

According to a growing number of scientists, depression is a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system, and not just a psychiatric condition. Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, there may be a blood test in between five to 10 years that could measure inflammation in people with depression so that they can be treated accordingly.

British ISIS hostage John Cantlie appears in new propaganda video giving tour around Iraqi city of Mosul

Daily Mail 3rd January 2015

In the documentary-style video released by Islamic State, British hostage John Cantlie gives a tour inside the city of Mosul in Iraq that was captured by ISIS militants during a blitz in June. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, tweeted about the latest video. He said: 'Of all the Cantlie videos, this one is definitely the strangest. The healthier appearance and civilian clothing are very peculiar.' Also reported by Daily Star.

Cinema under the microscope

BBC Radio 4 Today 3rd January 2015

A series of 20th century seminal scientific films have been discovered in storage in laboratories at King’s College. Dr Brian Stramer, Cell Motility and Cytoskeleton, was interviewed on the films discovered and the filming of cells in the lab. He said: 'I think initially it was driven largely by curiosity - people just wanted to see these things in action.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 2nd January 2015

The outgoing Head of the UN Ebola mission has said that the global response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has not come anywhere close to ending the crisis. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has been working in Sierra Leone and was interviewed on the spread of the disease and number of deaths. He said: 'I think it's too early for the numbers to start coming down dramatically. Our hope is that in the month of January we'll start to see those numbers, particularly in the West of Sierra Leone and in Freetown, come down significantly.' Also reported by BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4 Today.

Tories position their election message in the middle of the road

Guardian 2nd January 2015

The Tories’ first billboard poster in the fight for No 10 shows a long straight road and reads 'Let’s stay on the road to a stronger economy.' The article mentions research by King's that found that by 2025, only 24 per cent of Britons will identify as supporters of a political party.

800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

BBC Radio 4 Today 1st January 2015

This year will be the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of most famous documents in the world that established that everyone, including the King, was subject to the rule of law. Professor David Carpenter, History, has published a new translation of the document and was interviewed on the Magna Carta project. He said: 'There are some extraordinary things that have been discovered. One is that one of the four originals of Magna Carta actually was sent in 1215 to Canterbury Cathedral. That shows the tremendously important part played by the Church in the preservation and distribution of the Charter.'

Medical milestones of 2014: Man walks again after paralysis

BBC News 1st January 2015

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame following treatment carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London. Professor Fiona Watt, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, was interviewed on the future of regenerative medicine. She said: 'The possibilities of regenerative medicine are essentially endless. Having a supportive government and supportive legislation makes me optimistic that the UK is one of the countries which is well placed to make a contribution that will benefit people all over the world.'

Can Greece really defy austerity?

Telegraph 31st December 2014

Dr Alexandre Afonso, Department of Political Economy, has written a piece on whether Syriza coming to power in Greece with a promise to repeal austerity can be done. Discussing the reasons behind why there is another political crisis, he wrote: 'Greece has been going through a period of instability since the start of the eurozone crisis.'

Google generation US Army cyber warriors may be excused combat training

Telegraph 31st December 2014

American general Lt Gen Robert Brown has suggested that the US Army recruit people who were not typical candidates for a military career in order to attract the right skills to wage cyber war. The article quotes Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, discussed how the typical military career which involves rotating through a range of positions could harm attempts to build up deep specialist expertise in the area. He said: 'To build up the skill set needed to be considered a good operator in this space, you need a lot of exposure to the technical side. It’s difficult to rotate into very different positions as you would usually do in a military career.'

2014 Medical advancements

BBC News 30th December 2014

The report looks at some of the medical milestones and breakthroughs reached this year with the help of volunteers taking part in clinical trials. A team at King's has developed a blood test that could allow Alzheimer's disease to be diagnosed early. There are no treatments available yet and the team hopes this could make drug trials possible. Also reported by BBC 1 Breakfast.

New year honours 2015: the full list

Guardian 30th December 2014

The New year honours for 2015 has been published listing the new knights, dames, MBEs and OBEs in the UK and overseas. Professor Peter Riven Braude, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has been awarded an OBE for services to Reproductive Medicine as was Professor Jennifer Elizabeth Gallagher, Professor of Oral Health Strategy, for services to Oral Health. Dickson Poon CBE, owner of Harvey Nichols, has received a knighthood in this year’s Honours list. The Hong Kong based philanthropist donated a gift of £20 million to the former School of Law at King’s, which has since been renamed The Dickson Poon School of Law. Also reported by Times.

YIF admissions for 2016

The Hindu 29th December 2014

The Young India Fellowship (YIF) recently announced the second round of admissions for its one-year post-graduate programme in liberal studies and leadership at the Ashoka University. The programme is organised in collaboration with a number of universities, including King’s College London.

ME AND MY OPERATION: Is this the most effective way yet to treat dodgy tickers?

Daily Mail 29th December 2014

The piece looks at a new study led by Dr Mark O'Neill, Department of Biomedical Engineering, that was trialling a new way of carrying out an ablation which involved doctors doing the procedure in an MRI scanner, instead of being guided by X-rays. It is reported that the trial, which is a joint project between St Thomas's Hospital and King's, could act as a springboard for treating complex arrhythmias more effectively.

Queen's Guard move behind gates due to terror risk

ITV News 28th December 2014

The soldiers that guard key Royal residences in London have been withdrawn from their posts outside the palaces, following reports that members of the Queen's Guard could be targeted in terror attacks. Dr John Gearson, War Studies, described the move as a 'regrettable necessity' and said: 'I would prefer that normal life continued and that has tended to be the approach of British counter terrorism policy - that we are winning as long as our normal day to day life doesn't change too much.'

Pollutionwatch: Big ships, bigger stink

Guardian 28th December 2014

Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, has written a piece on the environmental effects of shipping, which, despite being more energy efficient than road or air transport, still contributes significantly to pollution levels. He wrote: 'Growth in shipping and increasingly stringent controls on land-based pollution sources mean ship pollution is set to grow as a proportion of our pollution exposure.'

With an eye on Brazil, King's College opens office in the country

O Global (Brazil) 28th December 2014

King’s College London has opened an office in Brazil, an initiative that intends to strengthen the relationship between research, student and teacher communities in the country. Dr Joanna Newman, Vice Principal (International), commented that the institute is ‘dedicated to studies on the country and the strengthening and deepening of our relationship’.

Briton ‘joined Isis after missing Ucas deadline'

Times 27th December 2014

Islamic State supporters have claimed that a British teenager joined the group after missing the deadline to apply for university. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, questioned the motivation for circulating the image. He said: 'We monitor several hundred accounts of known Syrian fighters, and we haven’t seen this picture on any of those.' Also reported by Express, Guardian and Telegraph.

Coming out of the cold

The Indian Express 26th December 2014

Following the recent official visit of Pakistan army Chief General Raheel Sharif to Washington Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, discusses the longevity of such a rapprochement between the U.S. and Pakistan. Jaffrelot concludes that ‘at the very least, this relationship will continue, given that if the US breaks away from Pakistan, its striking force against Islamism would be diminished and its knowledge...about a nuclear programme...would be cut off’.

Dina Asher-Smith has proven she is a fast learner on the track... but also off it as History student flourishes at King's College

Daily Mail 25th December 2014

Article on Dina Asher-Smith, a history undergraduate at King's and winner of the World Junior Championships in 100m. Discussing her degree in History, she said: '‘I do medieval history, early modern Europe and the British Empire. I like early modern history best, learning about the ideas of enlightenment and renaissance.' Also reported by Guardian.

Hoping to create a new society, the Islamic State recruits entire families

Washington Post 24th December 2014

This article discussed the creation of a society ‘ruled by Islamic sharia law’, the key strategic goal of the Islamic State in Syria. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalization commented that entire families who are joining the militant group ‘believe they are doing the right things for their children...They think they are taking them to a kind of utopia’.

A sweet way to stop the pain of heartburn: Candy that stays in the mouth overnight may help ease the symptoms of acid reflux

Daily Mail 23rd December 2014

A study at King's has found that the saliva of people who chewed gum containing sweetener was more alkaline, which neutralised the acids that caused heartburn.

May’s mean-spirited plan will damage Britain

Times 23rd December 2014

Visiting Professor David Willetts MP has written a piece on how the home secretary’s proposal to restrict the numbers of overseas students would be a mistake. He wrote: 'The future is more openness and more mobility. We must seize the opportunities created by the world’s appetite for British education.'

The Cuba Experience

Deccan Herald 23rd December 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, Research student at King's, discusses the recent decision by Barack Obama to normalise relations with Cuba after 60 years and brings it into the broader debate of the effectiveness of economic sanctions. Singh comments that ‘when strategic interests or core values are at stake, states have an uncanny ability to defy economic pressure’.

The Guardian view on home births: life’s initial journey

Guardian 23rd December 2014

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), home births are better for mothers and safer for babies following reports that nearly half of the 700,000 babies born in England and Wales every year would be better off being born outside of hospitals. Professor Susan Bewley, Professor of Complex Obstetrics, was quoted saying that 'midwifery-led settings have better outcomes for mothers than the traditional obstetric units and labour wards.'

British ISIS jihadi 'killed in Syria' - bringing total number of dead UK fighters to at least 35 this year as U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish troops rip through terror group's ranks

Daily Mail 23rd December 2014

A British jihadi who called himself Abu Abdel Malik al-Britani has been killed in Syria, according to his fellow militants, bringing the total of number of Britons killed fighting for ISIS this year to at least 35. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was contacted by y a man representing a group of up to 30 British militants, all of whom wanted to return to the UK. Professor Neumann believes that as many as a fifth of British fighters in the country could be trying to find a way out of their current situation.

How should the US respond to the North Korean hacking attack on Sony?

Telegraph 22nd December 2014

Dr Alessio Patalano and Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, have co-authored a piece on what the United States government should do about the North Korea hacking of Sony and how the international community should react. Discussing the situation from the US' point of view, they wrote: 'Three things should be made as clear as possible: North Korea is weak; attribution is possible; and there will be consequences.' Professor Rid was also interviewed on Sky News and BBC 2 Newsnight.

Midwives to be

BBC Radio 4 22nd December 2014

BBC Radio 4 followed a group of undergraduates from King's as they embark on their first day during Fresher's Week. Professor Helen McCutcheon, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, addressed the new students. She said: 'You're joining us at a very exciting time as our birth rate since 2001 in the Uk has grown by 23 per cent.'

Maggi Hambling: ‘Some paintings you’ve just got to cut up. There’s enough bad art in the world’

Studio International 22nd December 2014

Interview with Maggi Hambling who discusses what she’s still learning about painting, and why sometimes a painting has to be killed off. She mentions that her Wall of Water painting, War, is going to be in the King’s show, War Requiem and Aftermath, in April. Also reported by Apollo Magazine.

Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’

Observer 21st December 2014

Scientists at seven UK universities, including King's, are set to launch a research consortium aimed at exploiting a newly discovered link between immune disorders and mental illness. The group has been given five million backing by the Wellcome Trust and pharmaceutical companies have also pledged support.

Few options for US in response to North Korea hack

Daily Mail 20th December 2014

President Barack Obama announced plans on Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, discussed the cyber attacks. He said: 'North Korea has been in everyone's sights for years for trying to develop cyber war capabilities. It's a relatively cheap option. There are reports that they are running a hacking unit out of China with at least the tacit consent of the PLA.'

Shopping for good: nine gifts that give back

Guardian 20th December 2014

The Guardian lists nine presents that also help build a better planet. The article mentions a 2008 report by Professor Raymond Bryant, Department of Geography, which called Christmas 'the world’s greatest annual environmental disaster'.

IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit

Daily Mail 20th December 2014

The Financial Times has reported that Islamic State as executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa. According to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, between 30 and 50 Britons want to return to the UK but fear they face jail.

Women on the frontline

BBC News 19th December 2014

Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016. The Ministry of Defence has announced that further research is needed before a final decision is taken. Dr Christine Cheng, War Studies, argued in favour of integrating women onto the frontline. She said: 'I think concerns can be overcome. Other places in the world have done it and they've done it with great success.' Also reported by Independent and Press Association.

Smoothen Russian Rough Edges

The New Indian Press 19th December 2014

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses in this article the unique developing India-Russia relationship, in particular the recent agendas for partnership in oil and natural gas. Recent limits have arisen, including the increasing closeness of Russia with China, and Professor Pant states that ‘unless there is some real effort from both sides to navigate these tough issues, there is a danger that India-Russia ties will soon become devoid of any substance and turn into a pale shadow of their glorious past.’

London, not Oxbridge, is the powerhouse of British universities

Evening Standard 19th December 2014

The Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Research Excellence Framework measured the quality of research from more than 52,000 academics in 154 universities to reveal King’s College London rose to sixth position in the power ranking, putting it among the top 10 of universities with the highest proportion of world-leading research, along with Imperial College London, London School of Economics and University College London. Also reported by Guardian.

First stem-cell therapy approved for medical use in Europe

Telegraph 19th December 2014

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the first stem-cell therapy in a major step forward for advanced medicine in Britain. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cell Research, commented on the new treatment Holoclar. He said: 'It has been performed in multiple academic institutions around the world, including the UK. I hope that Holoclar is not just an exception, and that many more cellular therapy products will see market in the next year.'

These people did long, unpaid internships, and lived to tell the tale

Huffington Post UK 19th December 2014

After a successful lobbying campaign by Intern Aware, Labour has announced that it will limit unpaid internships to four weeks if they win the next election. Rachael Krishna, a graduate from King's, was interviewed on a recent unpaid internship. She said: 'It was a good situation for me in the sense that I could get the training and practice in writing without feeling like I had pressure to work well.'

Honours, awards, appointments

British Dental Journal 19th December 2014

Five King's Dental Institute students on three postgraduate MSc programmes have been selected to receive awards from Henry Schein. The awards recognise students across the categories of leadership, academic excellence and hardship.

Exposure of pregnancy to pollution 'doubles risk' of autism in babies

BBC Brazil 19th December 2014

Recent research by the School of Public Health Havard suggests that the risk of autism in children could be doubled if mothers are exposed to pollution during pregnancy. Professor Frank Kelly, Life Sciences and Medicine, commented on the study: ‘If it was just a study I did not pay much attention, but this is the fifth that reaches the same conclusion’.

King’s College London claims REF 2014 crown for best performance

Times Higher Education 18th December 2014

King's College London has risen 15 places on grade point average, from joint 22nd in 2008's research assessment exercise to seventh in 2014's REF. King's also improved its GPA by submitting 1,396, compared to 1172 in 2008. The article states: 'King's College London is arguably the biggest winner in the 2014 research excellence framework.' Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Times, ITV 1 London Today, Evening Standard London, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Times Higher Education Supplement and Press Association.

Times Higher Education's Books of 2014

Times Higher Education 18th December 2014

Professor Pat Thane, Institute of Contemporary British History, has revealed her favourite books published this year. Commenting on 'Women and the Vote: A World History', she said: 'Everything about how women did, or didn't, get the national vote since New Zealand was first in 1893.'

Autism link to air pollution raised

BBC News 18th December 2014

Scientists have suggested that there may be a link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy, following findings showing high levels of pollution had been linked to a doubling of autism in their study of 1,767 children. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the study. He said: 'Women should be made aware of the potential links so they don't get excessive exposure.'

What makes a Renaissance man?

Telegraph 18th December 2014

Genius tends to touch people in many areas rather than just one, according to an article that responds to the recent sale of a Winston Churchill painting for £1.8m. The quality of the painting shows he was a person with exceptional talent, even beyond leadership. Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: 'If you’re smarter then you think more strategically, regardless of the role,' he continued: 'The idea is, if you're very smart then you play your cards better.'

Sam Greene: 'Russian economy is out of fuel'

O Global (Brazil) 18th December 2014

Dr Sam Greene, Institute of Russia, warns of the problems faced by the Russian economy and the urgency at which President Putin must respond in order to provide a solution. Dr Greene said: ‘the Russian economy has real problems...the government will have to come up with real solutions and the authorities do not have much time for that. International reserves of Russia will not last forever’.

Regaining the moral high ground: Time to think about ‘Just Intelligence doctrine’

Foreign Policy 18th December 2014

Major John Jeffcoat, MA student, considers the recent crisis to hit the U.S intelligence community; the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture and the Snowden leaks, and discusses the impact these have had on the legitimacy of the intelligence community. Jeffcoat states that such legitimacy will ‘continue to fray in the face of diminishing public confidence’ and ‘pursuing a tradition of just intelligence offers a pragmatic and proven approach’.

Responding to the massacre: Revenge or resolution?

Al Jazeera 18th December 2014

In light of the recent attack on a school in Peshawar, Dr Humeria Iqtidar, Department of Political Economy, looks at the organisation claiming responsibility, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and calls for a greater understanding of this complex group in order to form a lasting solution to such violence. Dr Iqtidar states that ‘a key step in this direction has to be the demand for greater information about the is important to establish who precisely is involved’.

Opinion: Pakistan must not give in to Taliban dream of Islamic ‘perfection’

CNN 18th December 2014

Professor Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, comments on the increasing prominence of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the countries politics, and the increasing violence from the group as it seeks to assert its authority and demonstrate strength, in an ultimate aim of achieving a ‘perfect Islamic order’. The solution to this militant group, Professor Brown argues, lies in embracing the cultural diversity and vibrancy of Pakistani society and politics. ‘If people hide behind closed doors, remain uneducated, the TTP’s ideal of a restricted politics and an empty public sphere will become reality’.

When students rallied to the Great War cause

Independent 17th December 2014

This week, Keele University Football Club is set to set to travel to Belgium and Germany to reenact the famous Christmas Truce football match between Allied and German soldiers. The article mentions that during the First World War more than 300 students at King's left their studies behind to join the war effort.

Vaping can help smokers quit

Guardian 17th December 2014

A study has found that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit or substantially cut their daily intake. It found that 9% of those in the study stopped after a year of using e-cigarettes and that 36% reduced their daily intake by a half or more. The study was criticised by some for the small cohort of 662 smokers and for using early generation e-cigarettes. Professor Ann McNeill in the addiction sciences department of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience commented: 'While the studies included were limited in number and used e-cigarettes which are now largely obsolete, the results are clear. E-cigarettes are helping smokers to quit or substantially cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke.'

Police stop plane at Heathrow ‘to prevent 15-year-old girl flying to Syria’

Guardian 17th December 2014

According to reports, police stopped a plane on a runway at Heathrow in order to prevent a 15-year-old girl from flying to Syria to join jihadists fighting with Islamic State. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been tracking 21 British women who have joined Isis through their social media accounts. Commenting on how the profile of recruits is changing, she said: 'The girls are getting younger, typically 19 or 20. Nor do they seem to be particularly fanatical in their piety.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

US Cuba relations

BBC World News 17th December 2014

America and Cuba are to start talks on restoring diplomatic ties, after more than fifty years of hostility. Lecturer Stephen Wilkinson was interviewed on the recent developments in relations. He said: 'I was expecting this - it's been coming for a while. It is a very significant change. The United States has changed its policy almost unilaterally.'

Russia's central bank increases interest rate

BBC Radio 4 Today 16th December 2014

Russia's central bank has responded to another fall in the value of the rouble by increasing its interest rate from 10.5 per cent to 17 per cent. This has been the sharpest fall in Russia's national currency since the 1990s. Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, discussed how the economic problems had political implications for President Putin. He said: 'He's going to have to deliver a solution sooner rather than later. Leaders, to a certain extent, are like currencies - they are only as good as people's faith in them.' Also reported by BBC World News, O Globo (Brazil) and BBC News.

Brooke Rogers on radicalisation over the internet

O Globo (Brazil) 16th December 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, has been interviewed on how many cases of individuals becoming radicalised come from the internet and how increasing numbers of extremists are operating alone on their own agenda. Discussing the importance of the internet in the process of radicalisation, Dr Rogers commented that behaviour is influenced by the internet and the internet has an impact on behaviour.

In bed with David Cameron and Ed Miliband... who will coalesce with whom after the election?

Evening Standard 16th December 2014

The article looks at how the 2015 election is now looking difficult for any party to win, following the rise of Ukip and SNP. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 which now makes it impossible for a minority government to call another election and try for a better result. He said: 'I don’t think fixed-term elections make as much difference as people imagine.'

What would a Jeb Bush presidency mean for US foreign policy?

Telegraph 16th December 2014

Andrew Gawthorpe, Defence Studies, has written a piece on whether President Jeb Bush will be more like his father or his brother in how he handles US foreign policy. Discussing the two different approaches, he wrote: 'The family patriarch, George H. W. Bush, ran a restrained and nuanced foreign policy that has been associated with the tradition of 'realism'. George W. Bush, by contrast, embraced the fire-breathing neo-conservatives of the Republican Party.'

Q&A: How will the school attack affect Pakistani politics?

Telegraph 16th December 2014

Maryyum Mehmood, War Studies, discusses the political implications of the Taliban's attack on Peshawar's Army Public School in Pakistan. Commenting on how it will affect the movements against the current Pakistan Muslim League Noon government, she wrote: 'If anything, the Peshawar attack will hinder PTI’s anti-government campaign. After wrapping up the Lahore leg of his rallies, Mr Khan was expected to lead his caravan of protesters to Peshawar on December 18. This has now been postponed indefinitely.'

Gunman and two hostages killed in Sydney siege: latest

Telegraph 16th December 2014

The piece looks at the timeline of events of the Sydney hostage siege at Lindt cafe. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has gathered the reactions on Twitter from Australian supporters of extremists fighting in the Syrian civil war.

A signal or noise? The Afghan Taliban’s interest in peace

Foreign Policy 16th December 2014

Christopher D Kolenda, War Studies, looks at whether the leader of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammed Omar is trying to change Afghanistan’s trajectory from conflict towards peace. Commenting on the likelihood of this, he wrote: 'Despite some recent battlefield gains, the Taliban is unlikely to overthrow the Afghan government in the foreseeable future. Likewise, the Afghan government is unlikely to compel a Taliban surrender.'

Call for a 'quality mark' for military mental health services

Independent 16th December 2014

There is an array of mental health services available for veterans and the space is overloaded making it difficult to navigate. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, described the veterans’ mental health 'arena' as 'a mess' and said it could be improved by criteria that ensure good service is maintained in every veteran mental health assessment.

Life Cycle of the Brain

Daily Mail 16th December 2014

The brain is at its peak in our early 20s and afterwards begins a slow decline. The number of brain cells decreases along with the strength of brain signalling and so impulsive behaviour such as the flushed cheeks, sweaty palms and rapid pulse associated with falling in love happens less often. Professor Rob Howard, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience confirmed that some cognitive functions begin to decline as early at your mid-20s.

Mental health services that understand veterans

Evening Standard 16th December 2014

Professor Sir Simon Wessely calls for a 'quality mark' to be used in services that help veterans with mental health problems. Professor Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, played an important role in setting up the King's Centre for Military Health Research. He said the majority of veterans don't suffer mental health problems but that those who do will often experience a complex set of problems that aren't naturally housed in the NHS or social services, and so the quality mark will help with the mental health assessments of veterans.

How to curb binge drinking on US campuses: Sell alcohol on campus

New Republic (US) 16th December 2014

Article by former King's student Naomi Shavin looking at the problem of binge drinking at American colleges. Commenting on the student bars on offer to students at King's, she said: 'These watering holes don’t just provide students with a cheap, convenient alternative to expensive London bars, they also afford the school enormous influence over how, when, and how much students at King’s drink.'

Having an Eating Disorder at Christmas

Huffington Post 16th December 2014

As we approach the holiday period, Dr Mark Silvert, guest lecturer, considers the daunting prospect of Christmas for those struggling with eating disorders. Dr Silvert recalls a recent experience had with a patient and explores the context behind such illnesses. ‘Christmas is a particularly hard time for some...A lot of people are embarrassed to ask for help but it’s important to remember you are not alone’.

Chevening Gurukul Scholarships

New Indian Express (India) 15th December 2014

In the column for admission alerts, the Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership & Excellence are among those listed. The scholarships are on offer to 12 young professionals who will attend King's on a 12 week residential programme.

Degree in demand

Times of India 15th December 2014

Indian lawyers have once again found themselves in demand following increased international trade after a change in government and an improving global economy. Professor Satvinder Juss, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the benefits of pursuing a law degree. He said: 'Graduates of our school have routinely secured jobs in law firms across the world, government bodies, NGOs and human rights agencies. Many have also gone on to conduct postgraduate research in other law schools.'

Should we stop eating meat?

BBC World Service Radio 15th December 2014

The programme looks at the biological arguments in favour of a vegetarian diet. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, was interviewed on what happens to the body if a person gives up eating meat. He said: 'In general we know that if you eat meat as part of processed foods that's definitely bad. The meats that go into pizza and burgers are associated with increased rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.'

Brazil and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Correio Braziliense 15th December 2014

Among the countries at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Brazil was the most warned country, receiving four warnings in this year alone. The article mentions that, according to King's, Brazil's prison population is the third largest in the world.

Wood-fired stoves fuel city pollution

Sunday Times 14th December 2014

A team of researchers from Kings has found that burning wood generates particulates that can trigger heart attacks and lung complaints, as well as causing long term damage to health. The lead researcher, Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: 'Although the apparent carbon neutrality of wood-burning may make it appear environmentally friendly there is growing evidence of adverse health effects from wood smoke.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

How to winterproof your body

GQ Magazine 13th December 2014

Professor Peter McNaughton, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, is mentioned in a piece that looks at ways to protect the body from catching a cold this winter. His research has shown that drinking cold drinks result in a constriction of the peripheral blood vessels which raise the core temperature, suggesting that hot drinks may be less effective than cooler ones at warming ourselves up.

National meet to focus on emerging India, US, China ties

Deccan Herald (India) 13th December 2014

A panel discussion on India, China and the Asian Theatre will follow the Deccan Herald National Conference next Saturday. The piece notes that Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, will speak at the session.

The war on drugs

Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) 13th December 2014

Drugs including marijuana and mushrooms are beginning to be taken seriously when it comes to the global war on drugs. Dr Paul Expert, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, has found that the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, creates a hyperconnected mind which can trigger vivid hallucinations.

Saying 'non' to NOx

New Scientist 13th December 2014

Paris is looking at plans to ban pollutant-emitting diesel cars from its streets in six years time. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, is mentioned in the piece discussing how diesel emissions are a major source of pollution in a number of European cities.

Russia: Oil and rouble woes

BBC World Service Business Daily 12th December 2014

Dr Sam Green, Russia Institute, discussed how the Russian central bank is maintaining its independence in tackling the double impact of the drop in the oil price and the rouble. He said:‘There is pressure on the bank, and political discussion around that but for the moment though Putin has shielded them from that and he has felt very strongly from the beginning of his time in power that if you don’t maintain both fiscal and monetary discipline then you find yourself in hock to the international community.’

Channel 4 exposed jihadi tweeter

BBC Radio 4 PM 12th December 2014

Last night on Channel 4 News, the man behind 'Shami Witness', one of the most influential twitter accounts supporting the Islamic State, was unmasked. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the significance of the exposure. He said: 'Shami Witness was the single most important English language disseminator of Islamic State propaganda, material news and information.' Also reported by Times, Channel 4 News, Telegraph, New York Times and Boston Globe. ICSR has also been mentioned by MSN News, Wall Street Journal, O Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil), BBC Brazil, Exame (Brazil), G1 (Brazil) and UOL (Brazil).

Why it's so rare to hear an apology for torture

BBC News 12th December 2014

Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, has written a piece on how countries rarely accept that their own interrogation techniques amount to torture. Discussing Britain's history of involvement with torture, he said: 'The British government, like the US until the Obama presidency, has always denied that its techniques, which were still being used in the Northern Ireland conflict in 1971, constituted torture.'

US should stop Iran buying material for Arak nuclear plant

Telegraph 12th December 2014

Ian J. Stewart, War Studies, has co-authored an article looking at how, according to a leaked United Nations report, Iran is continuing to buy essential materials for its heavy water reactor at Arak. Commenting on the Joint Plan of Action, he wrote that the deal 'freezes essential work on the Arak facility, but it does not explicitly mention procurement. In any case, Iran's decision to continue buying material for this plant is unacceptable.' The piece also mentions Project Alpha, an initiative at King's, which has tracked several known cases of illicit procurement over the time that Iran has been under sanctions.

Sugar may be worse for blood pressure than salt

Science Times 12th December 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, has commented on whether sugar may increase blood pressure more than salt does. He said: 'utting salt intake and losing weight will lower blood pressure, but the evidence for a direct effect of added sugar is tenuous. Salt intake has fallen in the UK as manufacturers have reduced the amount of salt added to food.'

Jihadism: Tracking a month of deadly attacks

BBC News 11th December 2014

An investigation by the BBC and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) has found that jihadist attacks killed more than 5,000 people during November 2014, with Islamic State carrying out most of the attacks. The data gathered found that approximately 80 per cent of the deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, Syria and Afghanistan. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said that the Islamic State 'has rivalled - if not replaced - al-Qaeda as the leader of global jihadism.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Guardian, Sun, BBC Radio 4 News Briefing, BBC Radio 5 Live Morning Reports, BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast and BBC Radio 2.

Oil price discussion

BBC Radio 4 Today 11th December 2014

The price of oil fell yesterday to the lowest price now for five years, which could make lots of products cheaper but will also mean that the nations who use oil to support themselves may find themselves in economic difficulties. Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute at King's, discussed Saudi Arabia's ability to intervene in the market. He said: 'The Saudis have lost control of the market. They used to have the ability to cut production at will in order to set a price that they wanted.'

Six trends in campus design

Times Higher Education 11th December 2014

Article looks at how changes styles of development in the UK have defined different eras of higher education. The piece mentions when The Dickson Poon School of Law moved into Somerset House, fulfilling an ambition that the university had pursued for 180 years. Also reported by Daily Mail.

London faces 'critical' shortage of London nurses

BBC News 11th December 2014

According to the Royal College of Nursing, London is facing a critical shortage of nurses with 8,000 posts in the capital currently unfilled. Professor Helen McCutcheon, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, discussed the issue facing hospitals. She said: 'If you don't have the pool of nurses to draw on, it's very difficult.'

PM Modi's outreach to Kashmir is audacious

NDTV 11th December 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses Prime Minister Narendra Modi's outreach to Kashmir to bring the state into Indian consciousness. Commenting on the Modi government's interest in Kashmir, he wrote: 'The Modi government is signalling that Jammu and Kashmir is not there to be put on the negotiating table with third parties. It is only the disaffected people of the state that India has to engage with and convince that the Indian state has right intentions to secure their needs and aspirations.'

Unconscious bias training

ITV Tonight 11th December 2014

Charlene White looks at whether British workplaces reflect the ethnic makeup of the country. More and more institutions are investing in unconscious bias training, including King's where one of the sessions for staff is featured in the programme.

Castlereagh: A geopolitical hero

Real Clear World 11th December 2014

Review of the book 'Castlereagh: A Life' by Dr John Bew, War Studies. The reviewer described the work as 'a fat, heavy book that should sit on the table of every diplomat who has ever had to make difficult choices and has suffered media abuse for it.'

When labels prevent veterans from getting the help they need

Independent 10th December 2014

A leading military psychiatrist has warned that the misguided belief that Britain's war veterans all suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be hindering recruitment to the armed forces and making Britain look weak to its enemies. Professor Nicola Fear, Centre for Military Health Research, said that the rates of PTSD in service men and women who have been deployed is 4 per cent. She added: 'It is wrong for the public to think that everyone is damaged by their military service because from our research that is clearly not the case.' Also reported by Evening Standard.

Putin to visit India to boost trade ties and investments

Wall Street Journal (India) 10th December 2014

President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit India on Wednesday to boost trade ties, as well as potentially bringing an initial agreement on the sale of a stake in two Siberian oil fields. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, is quoted on the relationship between India and Russia. He said: 'A lot of diplomatic effort goes into the feigning the present level of ties.'

Sugar is worse than salt for pushing up blood pressure, new research has found

Telegraph 10th December 2014

New research has found that added sugars are more likely to play a greater role than salt in causing high blood pressure and heart disease. However, Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, has said there is little evidence to support these findings. He said: 'Cutting salt intake and losing weight will lower blood pressure, but the evidence for a direct effect of added sugar is tenuous.' Also reported by Daily Mail and BBC.

Want to know how to beat your Christmas hangover?

Daily Mirror 10th December 2014

A number of health experts have set out their suggestions for how to beat the hangovers over the Christmas period. Dr Andy Dowson, King's Headache Service, said: 'I have a glass of milk before bed. It stops the kidneys producing urine so you can rehydrate the body without needing to get up in the night to go to the loo.'

Australian and UK alcohol industry lobbyists are hijacking policy – study

Guardian 10th December 2014

Researchers from King's, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Newcastle in Australia have said the influence of the alcohol industry was particularly concerning in Australia. The study also found that campaigns and education in schools had not reduced alcohol consumption, as the rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions have almost doubled within a decade.

Generation Austerity is being out-partied by its parents

Telegraph 10th December 2014

A study by King's looking at alcohol use and abuse may suggest that the behaviour of today's young adults may be being eclipsed by their parents. The results showed that the use of cannabis, amphetamine, cocaine and LSD in 50-64 year olds has increased tenfold since 1993, whilst over the past five years, the number of young people going into rehab for alcohol addiction is down by a quarter.

The 'healthy' ready meal con: Counting calories doesn't work - it's the quality of them that matters

Daily Mail 10th December 2014

Dr Scott Harding, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, is quoted in an article looking at whether counting calories actually works. Commenting on extreme dieting, he said: 'Diets like this aren't sustainable. It's too much of a change.'

2015 Elections: Labour won't win a majority, and neither will the Tories

Daily Mirror 10th December 2014

Dr Jon Davies, The Policy Institute at King's, has said that the 2015 General Election 'will be the closest since 1945.' According to the website Election Forecast UK, there is a 91 per cent chance of a hung parliament, and that the Conservatives and Labour Party will be very close to tied in terms of seats.

Fake Britain

BBC One 10th December 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, appeared on BBC One's Fake Britain discussing fake works of art available on the Internet.

Boko Haram turns to female bombers as influence expands

Voice of America 10th December 2014

The extremist group Boko Haram has repeatedly used suicide bombers but analysts have said that its recent use of female bombers shows its growing ambition. Elizabeth Pearson, War Studies, commented that this is a sign of the group's strength. She said: 'So this has been a very ambitious year for Boko Haram, and I think that the use of the female suicide bombers if anything points to this ambition. Because the reason that Boko Haram needs more recruits is not because they are necessarily beleaguered by the strength of the government opposition to them.'

Can't say no to cake? Your brain may have been hijacked by the bugs in your stomach

Daily Mail 9th December 2014

Scientific studies, including laboratory tests on human cells and gut bacteria, have found that people may not be in charge of their own diets and the billions of bacteria in the gut drive us to consume the nutrients that they need to survive. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, discussed the link between genes and the bugs that grow in the gut. He said: 'It is like having gardens with different types of soils. Different plants grow in each, as the bacteria and the gut environment are most suited to each other.'

Medical miscellany

Daily Mail 9th December 2014

Scientists have explained why people experience feelings of wanting to be sick when they see something that they find unpleasant. When the brain receives a visual of something that could be toxic, it sends signals to the body to coordinate the actions needed for vomiting. Dr Adam Perkins, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said that this reflex would have evolved through natural selection.

Security alert in the West Midlands

BBC Radio 4 PM 9th December 2014

A statement has been issued by West Midlands police that said that officers were continuing patrols after being issued with a security reminder which related to a possible threat to kidnap and murder a policy officer. Dr John Gearson, War Studies, discussed whether the targetting of police officers is unusual. He said: 'In the context of the last several years, we have seen specific threats issued against security personnel in Britain.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

CIA campaign of torture

Sky News 9th December 2014

The CIA has been accused in a report by US senators of a brutal campaign of torture against terror suspects. Among the key findings, prisoners were subjected to water-boarding, physical abuse and sleep deprivation. Dr John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on some of the issues raised by the report published. He said: 'There seem to be a number of facilities that the report does not identify by country where some of these techniques may have been used, as well as a network of other facilities where detainees were transited through and held for periods of time on the way.'

'Egg freezing isn't the "insurance policy" women in their 30s think it is': Leading doctors warn only 20 babies have been born using the procedure - and the tipping point for freezing is 34

Daily Mail 9th December 2014

Increasing numbers of women are putting their plans for a family on hold by freezing their eggs, with 580 women in the UK doing so in 2012. Helen Bickerstaff, Women's Health, has spent 15 years working in IVF and IVF research. She said: 'I sway between seeing it from a feminist perspective – in that this is a good thing for women because it allows us to keep control of our lives and gives us freedom – and thinking we should be exploring why we are seeking such control.'

How MSF is mapping the world’s medical emergency zones

British Medical Journal 9th December 2014

A charity project to map the addresses of 200 million people is hoping to help Médecins Sans Frontières to deliver better medical care worldwide. Masters student Carmen Sumadiwiria has become involved in the project, and was quoted saying: 'You’re working at your laptop, and each new section that’s mapped is put up on a large screen so that you can see the whole area gradually being filled up.'

What would an evidence based drug policy be like?

British Medical Journal 9th December 2014

Nicola Singleton and Professor John Strang, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, have co-authored an article on how policy must move beyond evidence based to evidence infused. They wrote: 'Honest and open minded engagement is needed from the public and the media, with an understanding that policy must adapt and change to meet new challenges and changing circumstances.'

Paris says 'non' to diesel in anti-pollution push

New Scientist 9th December 2014

It has been reported that Paris may ban diesel cars from its streets in six years' time, in a bid to reduce heart and lung disease linked with breathing in nitrogen oxides from the air. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, is quoted in the piece saying: 'If clean air is the objective, finding alternatives to diesel vehicles needs to be a priority.'

India steps up military rivalry with China amid growing distrust between the Asian giants

South China Morning Post 9th December 2014

India has embarked on a series of weapons-systems tests which could pit the nation against neighbouring countries China and Pakistan. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussed the rival powers in South Asia. He said: 'The reality of an arms race in South Asia is quite evident. For most Indian decision-makers, it is the China factor that remains the most important issue. Delhi also fears a China-Pakistan axis, and so it feels the need to be prepared for a 'two-front' war.'

Ferguson and New York incidents harm reputation abroad

Voice of America 9th December 2014

Following the recent deaths of two African Americans in Missouri and New York, race relations in the US are back on the global agenda. Dr Joshua Simon, Institute of North American Studies, commented that his students see two sides to the recent events. He said: 'They think of it as a pretty shocking demonstration of the remaining racial injustices in the United States but an encouraging sign that the population of the United States isn't going to take this lying down.'

School pupils and hospital patients at risk of pollution, say MPs

Guardian 8th December 2014

The Commons environmental audit committee has warned that schools, hospitals and care homes should not be built near main roads in order to reduce the number of deaths being caused by air pollution. The report urges the government to change the tax system, which has favoured diesel vehicles over petrol, despite evidence suggesting that diesel vehicles produce 22 times as much particulate matter and four times as much NOx. Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying: 'This is a call to action. A healthy population is an important economic imperative. Government must take air pollution seriously now.' Dr Mudway was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today and PM. Also reported by Guardian and BBC News.

Cambridge University graduates most likely to get a job, says global report

Independent 8th December 2014

According to an international league table published today, graduates from Cambridge University are the most employable, knocking Oxford University students off the top spot. King's is listed as seventh in the UK's top 10 universities for employment. Also reported by Telegraph, Times Higher Education and Times of India.

Adapting to changing times

Deccan Herald (India) 8th December 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, has written a piece on the implications the recent SAARC summit had for India. Discussing India's position in South Asia, he wrote: 'If there ever was a gulf between India’s regional self-image and capacity, between aspiration and actual power, it is now. China’s rise is testing India’s regional role. Pretending that India can catch up quickly or embellish its regional position via rhetoric would be self-deception.'

Security policy: the necessity to avoid the strategic void

Le Temps 8th December 2014

Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, has written a piece in Swiss newspaper Le Temps on strategic changes of 2014 and their impact on security policy.

Scan tracks the movement of white blood cells to show if your asthma drugs work

Daily Mail 8th December 2014

Researchers from King's have conducted a small trial to measure the speed of eosinophil cells which could help diagnose asthma, a condition that affects 5.4 million people from the UK. Dr Joanna Lukawska, Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology, said that using such a test in clinical practice would depend on it being less labour intensive and expensive.

Pfizer bets on gene therapy as technology comes of age

Reuters UK 8th December 2014

The US drug maker Pfizer has announced plans to establish a gene therapy platform to study potential treatments, led by Professor Michael Linden, Infectious Diseases, who is joining Pfizer on a two-year secondment. Also reported by CNBC (US) and Economic Times (India).

THE podcast: online learning roundtable

Times Higher Education 8th December 2014

Times Higher Education reporter Chris Parr discusses online education in a podcast recorded on 17 November with Dr Kyle Dyer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

US accuses Iran of secretly breaching UN nuclear sanctions

Foreign Policy 8th December 2014

The US has privately accused Iran of illicitly obtaining equipment for the IR-40 research reactor at the Arak nuclear complex, a year after Iran promised to scale back its most controversial nuclear-related activities. Ian J Stewart, Head of Project Alpha which tracks Iranian proliferation, said: 'There has been a drop-off of reported cases to the Security Council. We follow this very closely, and I’m not aware of any specific cases in the last 12 months. As I understand it, the panel of experts doesn’t have much to do. It raises the question: What’s happening?'

All the President's strongmen

Foreign Policy 8th December 2014

PhD student Deedee Derksen, War Studies, has written a piece on how successful the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will be with ending corruption and patronage politics, given that the nation's strongmen helped put him in office. She wrote: 'As president, Ghani has vowed to tackle warlordism in Afghanistan. But he faces an old dilemma. Appointments in the provinces that are based on merit rather than patronage would have a positive effect over time.'

Putting the GCC house in order

Al Jazeera, Inside Story 8th December 2014

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries will meet in the Qatari capital today for a summit being held after months of tension between its members. Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, was interviewed on whether the gathering can end the deep divisions. He said: 'It certainly is all about reconciliation from the perspective of the GCC. They are in the midst of something of a crisis.'

Sterilisation deaths cast light on India’s ailing public health system

Wall Street Journal (India) 8th December 2014

Opinion piece on how the deaths of 13 women after sterilisation procedures in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh reveal the failings of India's underfunded public health system. Dr Kriti Kapila, India Institute, commented on the health service. She said: 'Health care is becoming increasingly polarized in India. Some have access to excellent services and others to nothing.'

Making exams fairer for ethnic minority doctors

British Medical Journal 8th December 2014

Article looking at how to move discussions forward on fairness in clinical training and assessment. The piece mentions research by King's that found that communication could be contributing to the high failure rate of international medical graduates.

Ballerina en pointe for top arts job

Sunday Times 7th December 2014

Deborah Bull, director, Cultural Partnerships, has been tipped to become the second woman to be appointed chief executive of the Arts Council England to succeed Alan Davey. The article mentions one of her books, Dancing Away, which documents a year with the Royal Ballet and was described by one critic as 'arguably the most amusing and fascinating dance book ever published.'

Pollutionwatch: No fire without smoke

Guardian 7th December 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, has written a piece on how air pollution from fireworks causes substantial pollution problems. Discussing Guy Fawkes Night this year, he wrote: 'Air pollution reached the top level of 10 on the UK scale across the West Midlands, Merseyside, Manchester and Yorkshire. For the West Midlands this was the most polluted day since March 2013.'

Reasons for gossip

BBC Radio 4 7th December 2014

Dr Emily Butterworth, French, was interviewed on the reasons why people like to gossip. She said: 'We can break down reasons for gossip into the positive and the negative, the inclusionary and the exclusionary.'

In Europe, homegrown jihadis face prison terms

International New York Times 6th December 2014

British jihadis Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, who returned from fighting in Syria, have been sentenced by Woolwich Crown Court to 12 years each for intending to commit acts of terrorism. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the implications of the jail terms. He said: 'This will definitely send the wrong message to families who, in 90 per cent of cases, don't want their kids to go to Syria, and don't want them to be jihadis.'

Russian ballet: a dance to the music of time

Telegraph 6th December 2014

Deborah Bull, director, Cultural Partnerships, is mentioned in an article looking at the relationship between Britain and Russia in terms of ballet. The piece notes that Ms Bull was a former dancer with The Royal Ballet and retired from the stage in 2001.

Why 361 needles are better than one

BBC News 6th December 2014

Many researchers have tried to find an alternative solution to the hypodermic needle. Injections can often be problematic for many children, but particularly premature babies as doctors need to take frequent blood samples. Linda Klavinskis, Immunobiology, was interviewed on the potential of microneedles as an alternative to injections. She said: 'One of the most profound effects will be the ability to deliver vaccines at a reduced cost. Microneedles are very simple, you don't need specially trained staff and they won't need any of the paraphernalia of a conventional vaccine.'

US expresses fears as Isis takes control of northern Libyan town

Guardian 6th December 2014

This week the commander of the US army’s Africa Command reported that Isis is now running training camps in Libya. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on whether Libya’s Isis may be a 'copycat' operation. He said: 'In places like Yemen, Libya, their intention is to get as many groups around the world to swear allegiance. It’s the ‘oil spill’ strategy. They form enclaves, then they grow and connect together.'

The fading of non-alignment

Telegraph (Kolkata) 6th December 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the term 'non-alignment' and its relevance to India. He wrote: 'Non-alignment - now that's a word few have heard over the last few months coming out of India. Even as a battered and bruised Congress tries hard to reclaim the legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru, Narendra Modi is busy challenging India's grand old party on its own turf.'

Communication problems contribute to overseas doctors’ lower pass rate in MRCGP exam

British Medical Journal 6th December 2014

Researchers from King's have found that issues with communication are a factor in why overseas doctors have lower pass rates in the membership examination for the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP). Professor Celia Roberts, Department of Education & Professional Studies, commented on the findings. She said: 'he published report demonstrates that there are features of candidate performance associated with lower grades, but it is unhelpful to describe them as difficulties with ‘language’ or ‘culture’ in an undifferentiated way, set aside from discussions of fairness.'

Kalashnikov relaunches the rifle AK-47

Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) 6th December 2014

The AK-47 was produced by Mikhail Kalashnikov who died last year at the age of 94. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, is quoted commenting on the rifle and how simple and easy it was produce on a large scale.

James Watson profile: A human riddle wrapped in a DNA double helix

Guardian 5th December 2014

Dr James Dewey Watson has sold his Noble Prize at Christie’s in New York for $4.75m (£3m) to an anonymous buyer. The piece mentions that Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins had produced the X-ray images at King’s on which Francis Crick and Watson had built their model of the DNA helix.

Development of tests for disease using genetic markers is slower than expected

British Medical Journal 5th December 2014

Dr Stuart Hogarth, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, told a conference on 2 December that progress has been slower than anticipated with genomics revolutionizing the practice of medicine. He said: 'Patients and doctors need to be able to trust the diagnostic tests they are using. They need to know they are reliable, and they need to know when it’s appropriate to use them and when it’s not, and they need to know what they’re going to do with that information.'

Exercise: which regimes are worth the pain?

Guardian 5th December 2014

The article looks at the best ways to get fit, from HIIT to pilates, swimming, running, ultramarathons and crossfit. Dr Duncan Critchley, Department of Physiotherapy, commented on whether pilates activates and strengthens core abdominal muscles. He conducted a study that compared the abdominal muscles of two groups of gym-users, one of which had practised pilates for eight weeks and the other which had done conventional weight training. He said: 'Those who had done pilates training were using their deepest tummy muscles more than those who had done the strength training.'

Among British, ‘pleb’ can be costly epithet

Wall Street Journal 5th December 2014

The high-profile libel case of Andrew Mitchell, a senior Conservative Party politician who was accused of calling a police officer a 'pleb' in 2012 has ended with Mr. Mitchell paying £300,000 in court costs. Professor Edith Hall, Classics, was mentioned in the article as having told BBC Radio 4 that the term 'pleb' has been used historically 'to deride the great mob who need to be ruled by people who actually understand how to govern.'

Ways to warm up this winter

Daily Mirror 4th December 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed about hydration as a way of keeping warm. He said: 'We need to ensure the cells in our body have a constant level of water in order to help blood circulate.'

New rules for business travel and gifts

BBC News (Online) 4th December 2014

Professor Anne Redston, The Dickson Poon School of Law, writes about changes in employee taxation in the Autumn Statement. She notes that the government has agreed to change the system so that certain business expenses can be reimbursed to employees without dispensations or claims.

Autumn Statement 2014: Great War debt FINALLY paid off 100 years after it began

Daily Mirror 4th December 2014

Professor Richard Roberts, Institute of Contemporary British History, comments on reports that the debt generated by World War One will finally be paid off. He said: 'Britain has a long history of issuing loans to pay for its wars. At the time it was the largest debt ever in world history.'

Iron curtain around Russia

BBC World News 4th December 2014

Dr Sam Greene, King's Russia Institute, was interviewed on how Europe should respond to Putin's current stance. He said: 'I think what Europe really needs to do for the moment is pay a bit more attention to its domestic conversations, and a little bit less to Putin. The reality is is that Europe has spent most of the last twenty years giving Russia some kind of benign neglect and there wasn't much investment in a strategic kind of relationship.'

ISIL sympathisers say support is growing

Al Jazeera 4th December 2014

Article looks at how social media is awash with support for ISIL. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying: 'Foreign fighters from across the world have harnessed the power of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and to propagate their message.'

Attack in Chechnya's capital Grozny

Al Jazeera UK, News 4th December 2014

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, discussed how coordinated the attack was in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, which coincided with President Putin's address to the nation. She said: 'It seems to be a very well organised attack and of quite a significant scale. It really says a lot about the audacity of the insurgency and the readiness to really hit right at the heart of the capital.'

The science and art of heart muscle

Guardian 3rd December 2014

A team including Professor Mathias Gautel of King’s Cardiovascular Division has published a report on the structure and regulation of a protein called a-actinin. The structure has yielded new information on the molecular mechanisms of the beating heart.

Do universities prefer students with four A-levels?

Guardian 3rd December 2014

Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, Department of Physics, was interviewed about attitudes towards students with four A-levels. He said: ‘Every department has a different philosophy, shaped by the attitudes of the admissions tutor, as well as statistics from previous years. At the moment at KCL, we only concentrate on the first three A-levels. The fourth A-level would only become relevant if it was a borderline case.’

Chris Collins obituary

Guardian 3rd December 2014

Piece on the life of the film production executive Chris Collins. The article notes that he studied physics at King's in 1983.

Worrying about cyberwar is making countries less safe

MSN News 3rd December 2014

Following the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, there has since been much in the media about cyber-warfare. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, has published a paper with Robert M. Lee, an active-duty US Air Force cyber-warfare operations officer, which argues that hype makes for bad policy. Professor Rid commented that the responsibility for creating the hype falls on privacy activists and journalists: 'Snowden and the journalists covering this in a rather naive way helped created the image that GCHQ and NSA are all-powerful, perfectly efficient surveillance machines that can see everything, penetrate everything, and know everything they want.'

'They would probably be killed if they said they wanted to go home'

Times 2nd December 2014

Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been interviewed by Times on the motivations driving young Muslim women to travel to Iraq and Syria to become 'jihadi brides'. Discussing how some British women are lured under pretences of community and friendship, she said: 'They say they have more freedom in IS: they see eight women living in a house in Raqqa who all get on famously and they tweet each other all the time. That’s something they haven’t had, the sense of community and independence.' Also reported by Daily Mail, MSN News and Evening Standard.

Stroke victims in danger because of major nurse shortage

Telegraph 2nd December 2014

According to a national report by the Royal College of Physicians, three quarters of hospitals do not have enough nurses to care for patients admitted to hospitals at weekends after suffering a stroke. The article mentions a study by King's that found that units with three nurses per 10 beds for stroke patients saved an extra life for every 25 admissions. Also reported by Health Service Journal.

Cyber-attack on Sony Pictures

Sky News 2nd December 2014

The FBI is warning businesses in America that they could be the victims of hackers, following the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures which is due to release a film that pokes fun at the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, discussed the possible involvement of North Korea. He said: 'They may well have the capability to do it but as for any evidence that they are responsible for this particular operation, this is purely circumstantial.'

Low-risk pregnant women urged to avoid hospital births

Guardian 2nd December 2014

NHS guidance from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) will encourage women with low-risk pregnancies to have non-hospital births as midwife-led care has been shown to be safer, with less chance of women being asked to undergo medical interventions such as episiotomies, caesareans and the use of forceps or ventouse. Susan Bewley, Professor of Complex Obstetrics, added that infections were more common on hospital wards. She said: 'We’re supporting an individual calm conversation about what is right for each individual in her circumstances. They may choose any birth setting and they should be supported in those choices as that’s their right.' Also reported by Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Independent, Times, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC London 94.9.

The greatest gift a mum can give: World first as mother's womb is transplanted into her daughter so she can give birth

Daily Mail 2nd December 2014

Two women have become the first ever to have children by giving birth using wombs donated by their own mothers. Professor Henrik Hagberg, Perinatal Imaging and Health, who was at the birth, was quoted saying: 'It is an absolutely extraordinary gift. It is probably the best thing you can do for your daughter. The mothers were still very much doubting whether things would really go well.' Also reported by Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph.

Gene company 23andme launches in UK after US regulatory hurdle

Reuters 2nd December 2014

Launched in Britain on Tuesday, a controversial personal DNA testing kit from Google-backed genetics business 23andme offers users a chance to see if they are at risk from certain diseases. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, commented on the genetics test. He said: 'I am in favour of any way to get the UK public more involved in science and genetics - and this is a great way to get educated in the power of genetics as well as its limitations.'

MSPs urged to review prisons order

Press Association 2nd December 2014

According to an expert tasked with reviewing the system, proposals to abolish prison visiting committees should not be passed in their current form. Professor Andrew Coyle, Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed whether he thought the proposals should be passed or another order brought forward after more consultation. He said: ' have to say with considerable regret that it does seem to me that the order needs further amendment. I say that with great reluctance and fortunately I do not have to make that decision.'

How to manage a design roster

Design Week 2nd December 2014

Design management consultant and coach Jan Casey has been brought in by King's following a Europe-wide tender process, which saw a roster established for 12 design groups. Christine Ayre, Head of Corporate Design, was interviewed on how being a designer herself is essential to her management role. She said: 'You need to be able to understand design and not view it just as someone buying a product. I wanted to stop people thinking they were buying a brochure and show them that they were commissioning ideas-led creativity.'

Analysis: Oil-price drop adds new element to Mideast fray

Wall Street Journal 2nd December 2014

Opinion piece on how Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies can handle low prices of oil far better than Iran can. The article quotes Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, who discussed how the Islamic State smuggles oil out of the fields it controls. He said: 'Oil is just part of their revenues, but it is still part of their revenues. It would be even more difficult for them to sell oil to the Turks or the Kurds because, at those prices, they would be less willing to take the risk.'

Parivar’s diversity in unity

Indian Express 1st December 2014

Professor Chris Jaffrelot, India Institute, has written an article on the meeting of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and some of his ministers at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. Discussing why it has attracted media attention, he wrote: 'It is, in fact, standard practice. Sangh Parivar leaders have already met Union ministers in order to put in place a mechanism for 'better coordination' between them and the government.'

Britain's poll issue

Deccan Herald (India) 1st December 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the position of Labour and the Conservatives towards immigration - one of the biggest issues they will have to tackle in the May 2015 elections. Commenting on the impact of both parties' stances, he wrote: 'British politics is struggling to come to terms with the growing disenchantment with the political establishment’s handling of immigration and it is likely to have great consequences for the country as well as for its relationship with the EU.'

Halt Jerusalem’s unholy descent into Dark Ages

Financial Times 1st December 2014

Ghanem Nuseibeh, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, reports on how the current issues facing Jerusalem could spark a global conflict. Discussing the religious strife between the three Abrahamic faiths, he writes: 'Rhetoric and mutual intolerance is spreading, with every incident ratcheting up the sense of gloom and mistrust. A vicious cycle of incitement is creating an unholy race back towards the Dark Ages.'

He may have unravelled DNA, but James Watson deserves to be shunned

Guardian 1st December 2014

Opinion piece on the 'pernicious character' of the scientist James Watson, who is set to auction his Nobel Prize medal. The article mentions that although he was awarded it, along with Francis Crick, for discovering the structure of DNA, it was Rosalind Franklin and Ray Gosling from King's who produced the key evidence with Photo 51.

GSK names winners of 2014 Discovery Fast Track Challenge

Press Association 1st December 2014

GSK has announced the winners of its second Discovery Fast Track Challenge, which is a programme combining the expertise of academic researchers with drug discovery scientists at GSK. Professor Michael Marber, Cardiovascular, is listed as a winning investigator for Europe.

Eating for two ‘increases risk of obesity in babies’

Observer 30th November 2014

Health experts are looking to communicate with future mothers and advise them on how to avoid giving birth to and raising overweight children. According to a report published by the Infant and Toddler Forum last week, Britain's high levels of obesity could be helped if women were aware of their own weight during pregnancy. Professor Lucilla Poston, Head of the Division of Women's Health, was quoted saying: 'The message for a pregnant woman today is quite simple: the last thing you should do is eat for two. Eat a normal diet for one and you are more likely to be healthy – and that goes for your baby as well.'

Protein structure 'holds key to heart muscle disease'

BBC News 30th November 2014

Scientists have uncovered the structure of a key protein implicated in diseases affecting the heart muscle. The researchers, some of which were from King's, say their conclusions could lead to potential treatment for other conditions and to better screening. Professor Mathias Gautel, Cardiovascular, discussed the study. He said: 'We have worked out the structure of a major protein responsible for muscle layering. This gave us new insights into how muscle is built and how its movement is controlled.'

Countless inventions have come about by chance

Financial Times 30th November 2014

Professor Charles Turner FEng, Informatics, has written in denounce the film critic Antonia Quirke's criticism of The Imitation Game. Discussing how inventions can come about by chance, he wrote: 'Ms Quirke should start with James Watson’s book The Double Helix and The Eagle pub in Cambridge, and then read about Charles Townes’ discovery of the laser while sitting on a park bench in Washington.'

Feature: Trash art changes life of Zimbabwe's distressed women living with HIV/AIDS

Xinhua News Agency 30th November 2014

The article discusses the work of Zee BAG, an income-generating project run by Friendship Bench based in Harare which provides mental health services to distressed women living with HIV. The piece notes that that project is administered by the Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project, in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Can mushrooms treat depression?

New York Times 30th November 2014

A study led by King's that found that unusual connections in the brain may be responsible for the experience trippers describe is mentioned in a piece looking at the effects of magic mushrooms. Dr Paul Expert, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, was quoted saying: 'When suffering depression, people get stuck in a spiral of negative thoughts and cannot get out of it. One can imagine that breaking any pattern that prevents a ‘proper’ functioning of the brain can be helpful.'

‘There is no conflict in the world that cannot be solved’: Jonathan Powell on talking to terrorists

Independent 29th November 2014

Jonathan Powell, author of Talking to Terrorists, came to King's last week to discuss his new book. He discussed the academic analyses of conflicts and the skills of negotiation.

Egypt protests

Al Jazeera UK, News 28th November 2014

Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, was interviewed on the motivations behind the Salafi Front rally, following reports that four people have been killed in Egypt's anti-coup protests. He said: 'It clearly has added a new edge to the demonstration today and a war of words has broken out between the regime which is now depicting this as an Islamic uprising and the anti-coup block.'

The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

Financial Times 28th November 2014

Professor Richard Vinen, History, looks at the Pope Francis' recent speech that described Europe as no longer being 'the protagonist of the world' and compared the continent to a grandmother. Discussing why this struck a chord, he wrote: 'Many leaders are haunted by a sense of decline. When, though, was the golden age to which we are meant to look back? Most would probably say that it came during the 30 years after the second world war, when politicians – largely Catholic ones – presided over European integration.'

West End’s best end: Soho and Covent Garden attract new audience

Financial Times 28th November 2014

The two districts Covent Garden and Soho have undergone a transformation in recent years, with many buyers now looking to move into new apartment blocks in Central London. The article notes that King's is within easy walking distance.

Best books of 2014

Financial Times 28th November 2014

Professor Richard Vinen's 'National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963' has been listed in the 'Best books of 2014'. The reviewer wrote: 'Written with compassion and insight, Vinen’s book brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of postwar Britain by examining the relatively short-lived experiment with military service.'

Smith paves way for Scottish independence

Times 28th November 2014

In the Letters to the Editor, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written in in response to the article The Price of Union. Commenting on the Smith Commission report, he wrote: 'Devolving control of income tax to the Scottish parliament is illogical, since revenue from the tax pays not only for devolved services such as health and education but also for reserved services, such as foreign policy, defence and pensions.'

Terror in a time of fantasy

US News & World Report 28th November 2014

Last month the Islamic State announced that it was going to begin the process of minting money, which experts have claimed is a natural next step for the aspiring caliphate. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is mentioned in relation to her interview with the Washington Post on jihadi brides who act like fangirls would towards a boy band.

Halting the democratic decline

New Statesman 28th November 2014

In an article about public disengagement with politics, there is mention of an audit of British democracy led by Dr Andrew Blick of the Institute of Contemporary British History. The research found 'long-term, terminal decline' in the UK's democracy.

Labour’s tuition fee cut ‘would kill universities’

Times 27th November 2014

Principal and President of King's Professor Ed Byrne has been quoted in Times on Ed Miliband's plans to cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year. He said: 'If £3,000 per student was taken out of the university base and not replaced, one would destroy the system and one would make the UK non-competitive. Labour must identify clearly if the additional £3,000 would come from government funding and that university funding must not be reduced.'

Feature: Is bigger better for universities?

Times Higher Education 27th November 2014

Following reports that student numbers will be uncapped as of 2015, a number of students have offered their views on a larger undergraduate population. Sebastiaan Debrouwere, President of KCLSU, was quoted saying: 'If you're talking about a university in the centre of an international city as opposed to a campus university in a smaller town, that is magnified.'

James Watson to sell Nobel prize medal he won for double helix discovery

Telegraph 27th November 2014

Professor James Watson has announced his plans to sell the Nobel Prize medal he won in 1962 with Maurice Wilkins from King's for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. According to Christie's, it is the first prize to be sold by a living Nobel laureate in history.

Scottish devolution proposals

BBC Radio 4 27th November 2014

In the last days of the referendum campaign on independence, the Prime Minister made a vow to the Scottish people that more powers would be devolved. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed on the promise. He said: 'The aim of the promise before the referendum was to give further devolution to Scotland but within the Union. I think there's a great danger of devolving the whole of income tax to Scotland because it means that Scottish MPs in Westminster cease to have responsibility for the taxes paid by their constituents.'

Will Afghanistan fail as a state after 2014?

Telegraph 27th November 2014

Avinash Paliwal, Defence Studies, has written a piece on how the two recent suicide bombings in Afghanistan shouldn't come as a surprise. Discussing the objectives of the Taliban, he wrote: 'It was evident that the scaling down of the Western military presence would lead to more violence: the Taliban’s intention to play a bigger political role in Afghanistan and its ability to undertake violent action across the country were well known.'

Boost Ebola aid to Sierra Leone, Justine Greening told

Guardian 27th November 2014

In an open letter signed by 53 doctors, Justine Greening, the international development secretary, has been warned that the government needs to quickly review operations in Sierra Leone. Among the signatories is Professor John Rees, Medical Education.

Could a portfolio career be for you?

Guardian 27th November 2014

Laura Mackenzie, Head of Careers & Employability, is mentioned in an article on graduates opting for a portfolio career: splitting their time and skills between two or more part-time positions. She said the career path is popular with students who want to set up their own social enterprise or build an academic career.

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, directed by Roger Michell

Times Higher Education 27th November 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, has written a piece on Roger Michell's drama 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'. Discussing the challenges the director faced, he wrote: 'Roger Michell faced ethical as well as artistic issues in dramatising the vilification of an innocent eccentric questioned over a murder.'

Brazil's new economic line-up

Bloomberg TV 27th November 2014

The Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has announced her new economic team charged with kick-starting Latin America's biggest economy. Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, discussed the potential line-up. He said: 'They've had some similar experiences in government. Apparently they're already looking over the federal books and seeing what they can cut. They will also have a direct line to Dilma Rousseff.'

Michael Brown shooting

Sky News 26th November 2014

The policeman who shot dead the unarmed teenager Michael Brown has spoken out for the first time and has insisted that his conscience is clear. Professor Benjamin Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on the grand jury's decision and whether there is trust and confidence in the police in Missouri. He said: 'There seems to be no consent. There's no trust. There's no confidence. When you realise that the grand jury has not even brought the officer to justice, has refused even to bring the facts to an open court for the officer to face an investigation and charges for shooting an unarmed man, it's quite astonishing.'

Kofi Annan calls for the tackling of depression to be made a global priority

Guardian 26th November 2014

The former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan has called for the tackling of depression to be made a global priority, with mental health incorporated into a new UN Millennium Development Goal after the deadline for achieving the current goals passes in 2015. Prof Simon Wessely, Vice Dean of Academic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London, told the Guardian that the mental health problems of patients with serious physical conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes were too often ignored. Wessely pointed to research at King's showing that integrating psychological therapies into diabetes services not only reduced levels of depression but also improved diabetic control.

Obesity leading cause of diabetes

Times of India 26th November 2014

Professor Martin Gulliford, Division of Health and Social Care Research, is mentioned alongside his study into the effects of contemporary surgical weight loss procedures on the development of diabetes.

British jihadi who skipped bail to fight for Isis in Syria pictured holding a gun and his 'newborn son'

Evening Standard 26th November 2014

Jihadi Siddhartha Dhar has posted an image on Twitter of himself holding an AK47-style rifle in the air while cradling a baby. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, tweeted the image and clarified the British fighter was now in Islamic State.

Harriet Green in shock exit as Thomas Cook boss

Telegraph 26th November 2014

Former King's student Harriet Green has quit her position as chief executive of Thomas Cook. Under her leadership, the company is now worth almost £2bn, a dramatic increase from the £150m in 2012. Also reported by Daily Mail.

Parenting's minimal impact on IQ

Star Tribune (US) 26th November 2014

King's is mentioned in relation to a study that looked at how much effect socioeconomic status has on IQ independently of genes.

Chinese academia to rival Oxbridge

Times 25th November 2014

President & Principal Professor Ed Byrne has predicted that five Chinese universities are likely to break into the world’s top 20 within two decades, and one could rival Oxford and Cambridge as a world-leading research institution. He said: 'If you look at the rate of rise and just project that as continuing for another decade I think you will see Chinese universities right up there in the top rank.'

Modi is burying non-alignment. About time.

NDTV 25th November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, looks at the implications of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inviting President Obama to attend the Republic Day celebrations. He wrote: 'Modi's move is remarkable for many reasons. Most striking is the sheer audacity with which Modi seems to challenging the foreign policy shibboleths of the past.'

Smoking in the UK

BBC Radio 4 25th November 2014

The Office for National Statistics has found that the number of people who smoke is at its lowest level ever. Dr Alan Maryon Davis, Health & Social Care Research, discussed the success of campaigns which highlight the dangers of smoking. He said: 'I think it's been a great success story. It's really down to educational campaigns, restrictions on advertising, health warnings on the fag packets and the pricing policy with taxation.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

Britain in Afghanistan

BBC Radio 4 File on 4 25th November 2014

Professor Theo Farrell, War Studies, discussed the British campaign against the Taliban and counter insurgency in Helmand. He said: 'The problem is that the Taliban had been sneaking back into Helmand and we now know this. By the time the British arrived, Taliban plans to flood back into Helmand were now well advanced.'

Ex-rugby league star Ikram Butt: ‘Help to end violence against women’

Evening Standard 25th November 2014

Yesterday rugby league star Ikram Butt addressed a group of King's students, asking them to sign a pledge never to ignore or condone abusive behaviour towards women. This follows research from the National Union of Students which found that one in four students have suffered unwelcome sexual advances.

Infants with eczema may be more prone to peanut allergy

US News & World Report 25th November 2014

A new King's study has found that exposure to peanut protein in dust around the house may increase the risk of the development of a peanut allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema. Dr Helen Brough, Paediatric Allergy, commented on the findings. She said: 'This study adds to the growing body of evidence that exposure to peanut via a damaged skin barrier may increase the risk of peanut allergy.'

Is God the problem with American politics?

Huffington Post UK 24th November 2014

Opinion piece on how religion and politics are closely linked when it comes to American politics, whereas in Europe anti-government rallies rarely reference religion at all. Dr Uta Balbier, Institute of North American Studies, discussed the vocabulary engrained in American culture. She said: 'In a political discourse heavily afflicted with religious tropes and prophetic rhetoric there is probably a stronger tendency to evoke Biblical metaphors to describe good and evil such as the figure of the anti-Christ.'

Man with a radical plan to help stroke patients

Guardian 24th November 2014

Businessman Olav Hellebø is using the technique of drilling holes in the skull, coupled with injections of stem cell from his British biotech company Reneuron, as a means of helping patients who have suffered debilitating strokes. The article mentions that the treatment was first developed by John Sinden at King's.

Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Indian students

India Today 24th November 2014

The UK is offering Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership and Excellence Program India 2015 to Indian students who show promise to become potential future leaders. Under the programme, 12 students will be offered an intensive twelve-week residential course at King's.

Chuck Hagel resigns

BBC News 24th November 2014

Former Republican senator Chuck Hagel has announced his resignation as US Defence Secretary. Dr Walter Ladwig III, War Studies, was interviewed on whether he walked or was pushed. He said: 'He was definitely pushed. There have been rumours circulating for quite a while that the White House has been unhappy with his leadership, his failure to provide guidance and help on the rise of the Islamic State and the Ebola outbreak and so forth.'

Only a fraction of terror suspects can be watched 24/7

Telegraph 24th November 2014

Ahead of the report into the Lee Rigby murder, it has been reported that MI5 can only monitor fewer than 50 terrorist suspects around the clock. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying: 'If you assume that at any given point there are 500 or 600 potentially violent extremists in the country and that it takes 20, 25 people to keep somebody under surveillance 24/7, inevitably given that resources are limited you can only watch maybe 50, 60 people at any given time 24/7.'

Britain's former universities minister takes up teaching post

Chronicle of Higher Education 24th November 2014

The former minister of state for universities and science from 2010 until July, David Willetts, has accepted a teaching post at the Policy Institute at King’s. He said: 'I’ve enjoyed my career in politics, but I hope that standing down now can give me the opportunity to do a wider range of things.'

Oxfam: Afghan women 'frozen out of peace talks'

Voice of America 24th November 2014

In a report published on Monday, Oxfam revealed that Afghan women are consistently excluded from peace negotiations and formal talks in Afghanistan about the country’s future. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, was interviewed on the role of women in these talks. She said: 'We must not look at this as purely a Taliban issue or an Afghanistan issue. This is about conflict resolution worldwide, where women's voices are consistently devalued and excluded.'

Specialist schools aim to stimulate talent

Sunday Times 23rd November 2014

The Government has begun to set up specialist schools to encourage more children to take up STEM subjects such as Maths and English. The article notes King's College London Mathematics School which opened in September 2014. Dan Abramson, the Head, was interviewed on the School's objectives. He said: 'Our priority is to increase the number of well-trained mathematicians studying STEM subjects at university.'

Commentary: Alliances with oil importing countries will give competitive edge

Financial Times 23rd November 2014

Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute at King's, has written a piece on how the oil sector is just beginning to come to terms with the fall in prices that has occurred over the past four months. He said: 'Many companies will think the oil price fall is temporary and will soon bounce back, as the impact of the lack of investment in new supplies – especially in areas such as Iraq – begins to work through.'

Murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby

Sky News 23rd November 2014

Eighteen months ago Fusilier Lee Rigby was attacked and killed in South East London. A report by a committee of MPs set to be published this week is expected to reveal that his murder was largely unpreventable. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, gave evidence to the committee. Commenting on Lee Rigby's attackers, he said: 'It's very clear that the two of them had been active in the extremist scene for a number of years.'

My fight to save my daughter’s skin

Guardian 22nd November 2014

Professor John McGrath, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, has been mentioned in an article in relation to a trial carried out for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa.

If this picture of 'perfect' women is being blamed for self-hate and eating disorders... then why isn't this one?

Daily Mail 22nd November 2014

Article questioning why the recent Victoria Secret campaign The Perfect Body sparked outrage amongst women, whilst David Gandy posters for Marks & Spencer received no complaints from men. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, was quoted saying: '‘Compared to women, men have shorter markers of longevity, called telomeres – suggesting there’ll always be a biological difference [which justifies the need for men to get greater care]. The state needs to realise men are discriminated against by the set-up of the current UK system.'

ISIS release shocking new video of child soldiers from Kazakhstan being trained with AK47s

Daily Mail 22nd November 2014

Entitled 'Race Towards Good', ISIS have released a new propaganda video on social media showing the training of dozens of child soldiers from Kazakhstan. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented that Kazakhstan was not a target area for ISIS. He said: 'They are currently concentrating on Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. Although recently Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recently said he was looking to franchise the organisation in different Muslim countries.'

Indian iconography modified

New Indian Express (India) 22nd November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses how the Indian Congress is dealing with the rise of Narendra Modi's popularity. He wrote: 'Today, the centre of gravity of Indian politics has shifted and not only the Congress but all its defenders are scrambling. They are worried that the 'idea of India' is under threat, without wondering how a single 'Idea of India' can prevail in a country of India’s gargantuan diversity.'

Charities for veterans 'harmful not helpful'

The Times 21st November 2014

Sir Simon Wessely claims that an explosion of charities offering different and sometimes unproved treatments to veterans with mental illness could be harming rather than helping. Sir Simon, a professor of psychological medicine and director of King's Centre for Military Health Research, said he was worried about the way that some mental health charities operated, offering treatment for problems such as post-traumatic stress but without conducting the long-term research that ensured the effect was lasting.

Conservatives battling UKIP on EU suicidal: Bressanelli

Bloomberg News 21st November 2014

According to Dr Edoardo Bressanelli, European & International Studies, taking on the Independence Party over immigration and the European Union is potentially suicidal for the Conservative Party. He said: 'It would be beneficial for the Conservatives to focus on the economic results of the Government.'

Modi well positioned to shape ties with US

New Indian Express (India) 21st November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant has written an article on how well Prime Minister Narendra Modi has positioned himself in order to bolster relations with the US. He wrote: 'Modi has articulated a vision of US-India ties as a relationship between equals.'

Benefits of 'three-parent babies' will likely outweigh the risks, experts claim

Independent 21st November 2014

According to Professor Peter Braude, Reproductive Medicine, the medical benefits of 'three-parent babies' outweigh any risks. He said: 'No medical first-in-man technique is ever without risk, whether this be heart or kidney transplants, or the first IVF or the first embryo biopsy for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.'

'British jihadi dies while fighting for IS in Syria'

ITV News 21st November 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has tweeted that the fighter Abu Abdullah al-Habashi has been killed. He said: 'British foreign fighter Abu Abdullah al-Habashi dies while fighting for Islamic State in Kobane.'

Grocery chain's Christmas ad stirs tears

Daily Mail 21st November 2014

This year's Sainsbury's Christmas advert which depicts the 1914 Christmas Truce has led to 240 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and sparked complaints on whether it is appropriate for corporations to use sensitive national history for commercial use. Dr Robert Foley, Defence Studies, commented on Sainsbury's strategy. He said: 'This is all anybody's been talking about. They have really touched a nerve in the British population.' Also reported by Minneapolis Star Tribune (US), New York Post, Huffington Post, Miami Herald and Seattle Times.

What is computational linguistics?

Guardian 21st November 2014

Professor Shalom Lappin, Philosophy, has written a piece on the difficulties of explaining what computational linguistics is. He wrote: 'One of the reasons that it is difficult to identify CL as a well defined domain of research is that it faces Janus-like in two distinct, but clearly related directions.'

Obituary: Alex T. Inglis

Nature 21st November 2014

Piece on the life of Alex T. Inglis, a former dental dean at King's prior to the merger of the then King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry and The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas'.

These tough teachers are a class act

Times 20th November 2014

The article looks at a recent BBC Three series, 'Tough Young Teachers', which follows the lives of six graduates who are recruited by the educational charity Teach First. One of the graduates Meryl Neronha studied at King's and now works at Harefield Academy.

East-West conflict set to run and run

BBC News 20th November 2014

The article discusses how the West's sanctions imposed on Russia are hurting the country, but not necessarily working. Dr Sam Greene, King's Russia Institute, commented on the Russian point of view. He said: 'Russia has been moving very rapidly, in Ukraine, in domestic politics, in its relationship with the West to keep everybody guessing. Only Putin, and his very close circle know what the next move will be.'

Imperial College London back at top of research council income table

Times Higher Education 20th November 2014

Times Higher Education’s annual analysis of research council data has revealed that Imperial College London has returned to the top of the sector’s list of the biggest winners from the research councils in 2013-14. However King's have seen a 53 per cent rise which has taken its awards to £40 million. Chris Mottershead, Vice-Principal (Research & Innovation) has said that the university had improved its support for grant applications and won 'a number of big awards that we are unlikely to replicate next year.'

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection, London

Times Higher Education 20th November 2014

PhD student Fern Riddell, History, has written a piece on the Wellcome Collection’s Institute of Sexology exhibition. She wrote: 'The Wellcome Collection has done something unique, pulling together from its extensive library and catalogue of artefacts, dating from the classical world to recent times, an exhibition that focuses on the men and women who founded the discipline and study of sexology.

Will universities’ bullying boomerang?

Times Higher Education 20th November 2014

In a post on the Institute of Employment Rights blog, Professor Keith Ewing, The Dickson Poon School of Law, raises the question of how should workers respond to bullying and intimidation tactics used by employers during industrial action disputes? He wrote: 'It is a matter of surprise and horror that some university employers are threatening precisely to take such action against individuals participating in an assessment boycott in the current dispute over the pension settlement.'

How to climb an Everest every day

Times Higher Education 20th November 2014

Professor David Green, Space Physiology & Health, has reviewed 'Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits' by Emma Barrett and Paul Martin. He wrote: 'Its most salutary lesson is to think carefully before killing all the mice in your cave, as they may turn out to be your only friends.'

A Modi doctrine?

Indian Express 20th November 2014

Professor Chris Jaffrelot, India Institute, discusses the importance Prime Minister Narendra Modi places on India's foreign policy. Commenting on Modi's goals, he wrote: 'Modi’s foreign policy seems to highlight two priorities: India’s economic interests (something Manmohan Singh also emphasised, occasionally confusing pragmatism with opportunism) and its immediate neighbourhood (for security reasons, among other things).'

Modi revives India-Israel ties as terrorism threat grows

Bloomberg News 20th November 2014

Following the decision to buy Israeli anti-tank guided missiles and launchers, as opposed to US ones which were on the table, it has been suggested that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is openly trying to boost its ties with Israel. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, is quoted saying: 'Modi has a mandate. He can confidently take this relationship forward rather than be bogged down by the ideological affiliations of the past.'

Preserving British Parliament

BBC Two, Newsnight 20th November 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed on BBC Two, Newsnight. Commenting on the restoration of Parliament, he said: 'The building has to be restored, it's a beautiful building. But the question is whether the crumbling of it isn't a metaphor for what's happening with our parliamentary system entirely.'

Get out here and help us, urges Londoner who volunteered to fight Ebola in Africa

Evening Standard 20th November 2014

Amardeep Kamboz, a Londoner who is working as a volunteer for King's Sierra Leone Partnership, has urged others to 'get out there' to help in the fight against Ebola. She said: 'Maybe I have an optimistic view of the world but I'm sure that there are many people who would like to help but don't know how to.'

Activism of future King Charles may spark rethink of monarchy - MP

Guardian 20th November 2014

MPs have been told that Prince Charles’ intention to become an activist king could prompt politicians to reconsider the role of the monarchy in the UK. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has played down how far Charles would differ from the Queen. He said: 'There is no question of him making any interventions which are not approved by the government of the day. I gather that, out of courtesy, his speeches at the moment are sent to ministers for their comments, although he is not bound by them.' Also reported by Times.

Were you BORN to be single? Scientists discover a gene that makes certain people bad at relationshipsk

Daily Mail 20th November 2014

Scientists have discovered a gene known as the 'singleton gene' and have found that those who have it are 20 per cent more likely to not be in a relationship than others. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, questioned the accuracy of the research.

‘Happy gene’ may increase chances of romantic relationships

Guardian 20th November 2014

Chinese scientists are reported to have found a gene variant that could increase the odds of university students being in relationships. Professor Thalia Eley, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented on the research. She said: 'Whilst genetic factors will inevitably influence relationship status, this specific marker accounts for only a very small part of that, and on its own has little bearing on whether an individual is in a relationship or not.'

Distance learning is now open to all thanks to the internet

Telegraph 20th November 2014

More universities now offer courses online, with many subjects available via distance learning. The article mentions King's which, alongside other London universities, with many foreign students enrolled on its courses.

TES Global welcomes Rt Hon David Willetts MP as Chair of its new higher education advisory board

Press Association 20th November 2014

Yesterday TES Global announced the appointment of the Rt Hon David Willetts MP as chair of its new higher education advisory board. The article mentions that Mr Willetts has also recently been appointed as a visiting professor at the Policy Institute at King's.

What social workers can learn from carers’ research ahead of new Care Act duties

Community Care 20th November 2014

A study has found that family carers are commonly unaware of their rights to care and assessment. Jo Moriarty, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, was interviewed discussed the study's key findings. She said: 'The big message is that supporting carers is an important part of social workers’ roles wherever they work (e.g. grandparents supporting an adult child with mental health needs and their young children) as well as in traditional areas such as dementia or end of life care.'

Webcam hackers

Sky News 20th November 2014

Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, was interviewed on the Russian website that is providing links allowing people to look into private homes and officers through webcams. He said: 'There are questions to whether this is ethical. You're still spying in a sense.'

Mind Awards proves that attitudes to mental health are changing in the media

Huffington Post UK 20th November 2014

The Mind Media Awards, held at the BFI on Monday 17 November, were set up to encourage media outlets to spread positive messages about mental health. Roar News from King's were the winners of the the Student Journalist award who last year dedicated an entire issue to the topic of mental health.

Pioneer of Down's syndrome research

Guardian 19th November 2014

Academic Janet Carr has completed the world's longest-running research project into people with Down's syndrome. She has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry and at St George's hospital.

Early peanut exposure may prevent allergy

Times 19th November 2014

According to a new study by King's published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, peanut allergies can be triggered by dust from the nuts getting through children’s damaged skin. Helen Brough, the paper’s first author, said: 'There may be a window of opportunity where if you get the balance right of oral exposure rather than skin exposure, you may be able to prevent peanut allergy in that child.'

Saudi Arabia leans on Gulf states to close ranks as region boils

Daily Mail 19th November 2014

The Gulf Arab states are in the process of putting their differences aside by agreeing to a meeting on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar. It has been suggested that a row could have led to a boycott of the annual summit their six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance to be hosted by Qatar next month. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: 'GCC disunion was probably deemed as too dangerous by Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries for the stability of the region.' Also reported by Reuters.

Something in the air

China Daily 19th November 2014

Medical experts have warned that more than one in 10 children in Hong Kong could now suffer from asthma. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, told a Hong Kong audience that air pollution stunted the growth of children's lungs.

Delhi University to send teachers abroad for Masters programmes

Indian Express 19th November 2014

Delhi University (DU), following the receipt of a University of Excellence Grant from the central government, will be sending young teachers for a year-long Masters degree to a number of top universities including King's. Also reported by Asian Age, Tribune, Mid Day (India) and Economic Times (India).

Ebola crisis

BBC London 94.9 19th November 2014

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has joined the battle against Ebola by joining up with King's to raise awareness of the virus and to encourage others to get involved.

The expats fighting ebola in west Africa

Times 19th November 2014

From a theatre manager to a fashion blogger, a number of British volunteers have joined the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP), a collaboration between King’s and three NHS trusts to improve Sierra Leone's healthcare system. Jo Dunlop, KSLP, was interviewed on her decision to leave the world of fashion blogging to join the King's team 19 months ago. She said: 'It’s hard being here at times but I don’t know if I could be anywhere else right now.'

British nurse who survived Ebola says hundreds of children are still dying because international response has been 'woefully slow'

Daily Mail 19th November 2014

The British nurse, Will Pooley, who survived Ebola, has spoken out about the fact that the international response to the crisis has been 'woefully slow', following his return to help treat victims in Sierra Leone. Mr Pooley is currently working at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, which is run by the King's Sierra Leone Partnership. He said: 'People don't have any appreciation of the numbers of people and little kids that are dying. Because people are being too slow back in Europe and the States and elsewhere.'

Daily catch-up: NHS markets, phone hacking and doing the Strand

Independent 19th November 2014

In the personal news sections of John Rentoul's column, he has expressed his excitement to work with visiting professors at the new Strand Group at King's which include Andrew Adonis, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Sir Kevin Tebbit, William Keegan and David Willetts.

Protection: The sunscreen pill

Nature 19th November 2014

Over the years, many pills have been sold over the counter that claim to fight sun damage to the skin, mostly based on the fact that they contain antioxidants. The article mentions research from King's that is looking into the creation of a pill based on compounds made by algae that live on coral.

Is car technology creating stupid drivers?

BBC News 19th November 2014

Article looking at the downside to the technology which has been designed to make driving easier and safer. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, commented on the concept of self-driving cars. He said: 'The idea is to get rid of the concept of the driver in the long-term. The majority of accidents today happen because people are distracted ‒ so the automated driving with interconnected cars would largely prevent these accidents. Overall, we will see a clear reduction in accidents, given the technology works.'

The right choice for graduates with a career plan

Independent 19th November 2014

Article on a series of new postgraduate courses at universities that are collaborating with businesses to create specific training. Damian Flynn, who studied a Master's at King's, was quoted saying: 'It's about attuning your education. If you can focus in one area, you can probably adapt to another anyway.'

Don't go nuts

Daily Mail 18th November 2014

It has been shown that the sugars called FODMAPs found in cashew and pistachio nuts can aggravate IBS symptoms in many patients. Trials at King's revealed that 76 per cent of IBS sufferers noticed reduced symptoms after adopting a FODMAP-free diet. Other nuts should also be limited to a handful a day given that they contain protease inhibitors which contribute to bloating and stomach cramps.

Columbian peace talks with Farc in crisis after general is kidnapped

Independent 18th November 2014

Following the kidnapping of General Ruben Dario Alzate, the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has come under intense pressure to suspend peace talks with Farc, the country’s largest guerrilla group. Dr Pablo Calderón Martínez, European & International Studies, was quoted saying: 'Blaming Farc might be part of his process: he is trying to make the point that he is really putting pressure on Farc for the sake of the negotiation, and that is quite transparent.'

Boko Haram sows fear through female suicide bombers

Daily Mail 18th November 2014

Experts have claimed that the group Boko Haram are using female suicide bombers to cause more fear across Nigeria and to garner publicity for their cause. Elizabeth Pearson, War Studies, commented: 'Normally the use of female suicide bombers is associated with decline in the group, recruitment issues, struggling to find men.'

Marriage and martyrdom: how ISIS is winning women

Time 18th November 2014

It has been reported that at least 300 women have tried to join Isis from Europe and the U.S. Melanie Smith, International Center for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the role women play for ISIS members. She said: 'The strategy is geared to building a community and bringing families in so they have the infrastructure to set up a society.'

Danger signals

American Prospect (US) 18th November 2014

Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, has been quoted in an article on the coronation of Islamic State's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph. He described the event, black garb, the choreography of the event, its venue, which was supposed to appeal to Muslim memory of the Abbasid caliphate as a 'civilizational golden age.'

The risks of mitochondrial transfer

Independent 17th November 2014

The article looks at the unknowns of the process of mitochondrial transfer and whether there will be unintended side-effects. Professor Peter Braude, Women's Health, has said that children of mixed-race parentage who may be carrying the mitochondrial genes show no signs of being affected by these problems.

Two seminars on Jawaharlal Nehru vie for attention

Hindu (India) 17th November 2014

Two separate seminars on the legacy of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru will be held today. The article mentions that only Sunil Khilnani, Director of King's India Institute, will participate in both.

Central government to launch a Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan

Times of India 17th November 2014

Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani has announced plans to launch a Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan, or national innovation mission, next year. The article mentions King's who will work alongside other universities under project E-Qual, to design courses in human ecology, critical thinking and design.

Precedents or principles?

BBC Radio 4 17th November 2014

So many of the things that people do are constant; the best prediction of what someone is going to do in a situation is to look at something that they've done previously. Dr Natalie, Gold, discussed what really drives a person's choices, using an example of tourists choosing between two restaurants.

Iran nuclear talks: what are the prospects of a lasting agreement?

Telegraph 17th November 2014

Professor Wyn Bowen and Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, have co-written a piece on the chances of success of a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iranian and P5+1 diplomats. The United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany are to meet in Vienna with Iran in a final attempt to reach an agreement before 24 November. They wrote: 'Ultimately, while a deal is possible and desirable, the complexity of the situation is such that the deadline of 24 November may come too soon. The most likely outcome may well be another extension to the current arrangement.'

Bird flu found in UK, Netherlands but authorities say little risk to humans

Daily Mail 17th November 2014

A strain of bird flu that is known to not be deadly to humans was found on a duck farm in England on Monday days after it was discovered in Dutch chickens. Health officials have claimed that the outbreak may have been caused by migrating birds from Asia. Linda Klavinskis, Immunobiology, was quoted saying: 'The risk for humans is always a possibility because of the massive shedding of these viruses by infected chicken flocks. However, in my opinion, the chances are very low.' Also reported by Reuters and Japan Times.

Alcoholism 'rising in women over 60'

BBC Radio 4 17th November 2014

Radio 4 report. New figures from Public Health England indicate that the number of women over the age of 60 being treated for alcoholism is on the rise. Dr Sally Marlow, a researcher at King's College Institute of Psychiatry, explained that this runs contrary to the portrayal of alcoholism in the media - which she said focuses on young people's binge drinking habits to a much greater extent.

Islamic State: What the Kassig murder video tells us

BBC News 17th November 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has written a piece on the Islamic State propaganda videos. Discussing the violence they depict, he wrote: 'There is a point to all this violence. It is not for its own sake. IS believes it is divinely commanded to adopt particularly draconian and savage tactics because there is a verse of the Koran which issues a command to 'strike terror into [the hearts of] the enemies of Allah'.'

A lack of bacteria can make you overweight

Wall Street Journal 17th November 2014

Researchers have identified a family of microbes called Christensenellaceae that appear to help people stay slim, and the amount a person has is strongly affected by their genes. Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, was quoted saying: 'In the past, the main bacteria we saw were the nasty guys, the ones that kill you. We haven’t been looking at the thousands of nice guys that help us and keep us thin.' Also reported by Fox News.

Russia faces isolation over Ukraine

BBC Radio 4 16th November 2014

President Vladimir Putin has left the summit of world leaders early after a series of rebukes surrounding Russia's continued involvement in Ukraine. Dr Samuel Greene, King's Russia Institute, has said that Putin's reaction is in a way driven by strategic weakness. He said: 'They are not conventionally strong, they can't project force the way the United States can, they don't have a soft power that Europe has and they don't have the sense that China has that time is in their favour. Everybody knows China is going to be the largest economy in the world in due course. Russia is facing a very different kind of clock.'

Teaching of law must reflect realities of a transnational world

Financial Times 16th November 2014

Professor David Caron, The Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece on the importance of transnational emphasis in law, given that law is a reflection of underlying political, social and economic structures. Commenting on how King's achieves this, he wrote: 'Students at The Dickson Poon School of Law are deeply rooted in the law of England and Wales, but the school also works on the principle that a legal education should be complemented by transnational themes.'

Isil threatens slaughter in the streets of the West

Telegraph 16th November 2014

In a new video announcing the murder of American aid worker Peter Kassig, the Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John has threatened to bring slaughter to the streets of Britain, marking the most explicit threat to the West yet. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has commented that he expects to see more attacks similar to the shooting of a soldier in Ottawa. He said: 'I think the Islamic state is under pressure. They are not expanding any more and that must be frustrating for them because their whole unique selling point is that they deliver, they are the only ones who are unstoppable, but they have been stopped.'

Assisted Dying Bill: The criteria are considerably more elastic than they appear

Telegraph 16th November 2014

The piece looks at how living longer can be seen as a mixed blessing for some. On one hand, medical progress ensures that the population are living longer, but on the other, for some people it can mean being condemned to chronic ill health to an old age. Professor Gideon Lack, Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology, was interviewed on the number of children with food-allergy induced conditions. He said that consuming eggs and nuts when young induces a state of tolerance, so that children are less likely subsequently to become allergic to them.

The Christian students giving religion a 'tolerance' makeover

Huffington Post UK 16th November 2014

For many young people, religion has a reputation for being intolerant and outdated. Jessica Chan, a second year student at King's, was quoted saying: 'It's so sad there are so many misconceptions about Christianity. It's not about tradition, so it shouldn't be perceived as stuffy.'

Talking about Bhopal and beyond

Times of India 16th November 2014

King's Masters student Sudhir Selvaraj is mentioned in an article for having spent eight days interviewing survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy. He was quoted saying: 'Most people my age wouldn't know more than the basic headlines.'

Peter Kassig may have defied captors over beheading video statement

Telegraph 16th November 2014

It has been reported that American aid worker Peter Kassig may have defied his captors by refusing to make a propaganda statement before he was murdered. According to Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the lack of a waiting hostage could point to IS no longer having any suitable captives. Commenting on British hostage John Cantlie, he said: 'I don’t’ think they have decided yet what to do with Cantlie, he must be still quite useful for them.'

In defence of technology

New York Times 16th November 2014

Andrew O'Hagan has written about the benefits of the iPhone, despite plenty of nostalgists believing that certain elements of humanity have been lost. He wrote: 'I’ve come fully round to time-saving apps. I’ve become addicted to the luxury of clicking through for just about everything I need.'

Vision problems. Joint pain. Dementia... Is there anything fish oils can't beat?

Daily Mail 15th November 2014

A number of experts have discussed the numerous health benefits that can be achieved by consuming fish oils. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on how Omega-3s help reduce the inflammation of the arteries which can lead to heart attacks. He said: 'There is also evidence that they can help in normalising irregular heart rhythms.'

What the research says: Can exercise make you smarter?

Fox News 15th November 2014

Whilst it is well known that exercise can have dramatic effects on our physical health, it has also been proven that exercise may also impact people's intelligence. The article mentions a study by King's which collected data from more than 9,000 people and found that those who exercised on a weekly basis performed better on cognitive tests at age 50 than those who did not.

The dark side of India’s economic miracle

Times 15th November 2014

Dr Kriti Kapila, King's India Institute, has written an article on the dark side of India's economic miracle following the deaths of more than a dozen Indians in a botched sterilisation programme last week. Discussing Chhattisgarh, one of the most deprived states in India, being given a target of conducting 220,000 sterilisations this year alone, she wrote: 'There is a more disturbing reason behind the sterilisation programme. Rather than concern to alleviate poverty among the state’s teeming population, it may have more to do with the government’s determination to maximise economic growth at any cost — even human life.'

Return of British jihadists

O Globo (Brazil) 15th November 2014

Following the beheading of a British hostage, David Cameron has announced more restrictions for British nationals suspected of being affiliated with terror groups in Iraq and Syria leaving and returning to the UK. The article mentions Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, who has said that these measures are more realistic than previous plans to revoke the British citizenship of those returning to the UK.

Lunch with the FT: Katherine Boo

Financial Times 14th November 2014

In an interview with writer Katherine Boo, there is mention of her husband, Sunil Khilnani, and his role as Director of the India Institute at King's.

Cuba's health diplomacy in the age of Ebola

BBC News Online 14th November 2014

Dr Eduardo Gómez of King's International Development Institute writes about Cuba's response to the Ebola crisis. He said: 'Instead of offering financial assistance to those West African nations most in need, the Cuban government has focused on providing skilled healthcare workers passionate about helping Ebola victims.'

Anti-terror plans

ITV Good Morning Britain 14th November 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, said the government’s new proposals to tackle returning British jihadists are a ’move in the right direction’. She said new measures must offer an option to engage with deradicalisation or disengagement programmes.

Youth Parliament stands in

Sky News 14th November 2014

The House of Commons was taken over by members of the UK's Youth Parliament last Friday as MPs headed to their constituencies for the weekend. Josh Boyle, Vice-President of the King's College London Conservative Society, was interviewed on the topic of lowering the voting age in public elections from 18 to 16. He said: 'I don't think that people have a fully formed idea of the world at 16.'

Alibaba takes down weaponry listings

Financial Times 14th November 2014

The Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba has removed listings from its marketplace for enterprises and organisations sanctioned by the US and other countries. The website released a statement which said: 'We will continue to co-operate with law enforcement authorities worldwide to remove problematic product listings promptly upon receipt of notice.' The article mentions Project Alpha at King's, a research group that tracks the trade in proliferation materials.

A classroom of one's own

Times Education Supplement 14th November 2014

Article looking at the history of sexism in education and how, despite teaching being largely dominated by women, the majority of top positions are given to men. Professor Becky Francis, Education, is quoted saying: 'Very sadly it tends to be the case that female-dominated professions are taken less seriously. People assume that jobs that women do are of a lower status.'

How would a deal between al-Qaeda and Isil change Syria's civil war?

Telegraph 14th November 2014

PhD student Eugenio Lilli, War Studies, discusses the implications of the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) being engaged in talks in a bid to reach a common ground. Discussing the possibility of a deal, he wrote: 'This does not necessarily mean that a formal alliance or union is expected anytime soon. In fact, Al-Nusra and Isil fighters have spent much of the past year killing each other and a previous attempt to merge the two groups badly failed in spring 2013.'

These are the 25 best universities in the UK if you want a job in Marketing

Houston Chronicle (US) 14th November 2014

LinkedIn has compiled a ranking of the top 25 universities for marketing in the UK and the top companies their alumni have gone on to work for. Out of the 25, King's is listed in sixth place.

Lunch with the FT: Katherine Boo

Financial Times 14th November 2014

Piece looking at the life of Katherine Boo, a writer who lived in a Mumbai slum while researching a book about the lives of its residents. The article mentions her husband, Professor Sunil Khilnani, who is Director of King's India Institute.

A cure for type 1 diabetes may prove elusive but great strides have been made

Financial Times 13th November 2014

In an article about potential cures for type 1 diabetes, there is mention of 'promising advances' made by Professor Mark Peakman, Immunobiology, and his team at King's.

Stations of the Cross: A Film That Looks at Religious Fundamentalism

Huffington Post 13th November 2014

Dr Catherine Wheatley, Film Studies, will chair a panel discussion on religious fundamentalism following a screening of 'Stations of the Cross' on 17 November at Clapham Picturehouse.

Lessons unlearnt

Deccan Herald (India) 12th November 2014

Research student Zorawar Daulet Singh, King's India Institute, has written an article on how the roots of the current Russia-Ukraine crisis can be traced to the end of the Cold War in 1989. Commenting on the origins of the conflict, he wrote: 'If there is a Cold War 2.0 today, it can be traced to antithetical narratives and contrasting lessons of the end of the first Cold War.'

Modi's election is allowing Indians an honest debate

NDTV 12th November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses how Modi's government has given rise to new voices and new debates being brought forward. Commenting on this new development, he wrote: 'Today, the centre of gravity of Indian politics has shifted and not only the Congress party but all its defenders are scrambling. They are worried that the 'idea of India' is under threat, without wondering how a single 'Idea of India' can prevail in a country of India's gargantuan diversity.'

Skin and the City: how to avoid a polluted complexion

Evening Standard 12th November 2014

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, is quoted in an article about air pollution's impact on the skin. He said: 'Advances in knowledge on the impact of urban pollution on organs such as the heart and lungs imply that there would be possible effects on the skin — but we are a long way from having sufficient evidence to indicate that people should be applying barrier creams.'

Return of the G2: Can US and China run the world?

Daily Telegraph 12th November 2014

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, discusses the implications of a Sino-American joint leadership following a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.

Doping bans

Sky News 12th November 2014

Professor David Cowan, Director of King's Drug Control Centre, was interviewed about the state of drug testing in the UK, following reports that a third of sports people with doping bans in the UK are rugby players.


BBC Radio 4 12th November 2014

Dr David Whetham, Defence Studies, participated in a debate about the role of loyalty in the armed forces. He said ‘you’ll find it on the list of values and virtues of all the three UK armed services.’ Begins at 24.40.

ISIS after al-Baghdadi: What happens if the terror leader is killed?

CNN 11th November 2014

Reports have suggested that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been hit in airstrikes over the weekend. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed his potential successors Abu Muslim al-Turkmani and Abu Ali al-Anbari. He said: 'These people who had previously served in Saddam Hussein's army were extremely brutal because Saddam Hussein's regime was very brutal. But they also inherited the disciplines and the military skills that are now benefiting ISIS in its campaign against its enemies.'

The value of motivation in academia

Huffington Post UK 11th November 2014

PhD student Aslihan Agaoglu, Theology and Religious Studies, has written a piece on the role motivation plays in her academic career. Commenting on its significance, she wrote: 'If I had to explain PhD candidates using only three words they would be: over-worked, under-paid and motivated.'

Qatar emir issues summit invite amid strains over Islamists

Reuters 11th November 2014

Diplomats are claiming that preparations for the annual gathering of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are showing a rift over Qatar's backing of Islamists during Arab Spring revolts. This follows Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates publicly recalling their ambassadors to Qatar in March due to reports that Doha was failing to abide by its promise to not interfere in one another's internal affairs. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, was quoted saying: 'This is probably the most serious internal crisis that the GCC has faced since its creation.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

Has America decided it must work with Assad to defeat Isil?

Telegraph 11th November 2014

PhD student Tom Hill, War Studies, answers the question of whether the West should decide to unite with Assad against Isil, given the dominance of Islamic State in northern Syria. Discussing the conflict for President Obama, he wrote: 'Pressure is building from all sides for the White House to make up its mind: either turn decisively against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, or accept working with him. But the US is unlikely to choose either.'

UK opens Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for 2015

Economic Times (India) 11th November 2014

Today the UK has launched 2015 Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership and Excellence Programme India for young professionals who have shown exceptional leadership skills. The scheme, organised by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will offer 14 selected Gurukul Fellows from India an all expenses paid, 12-week residential course at King's. Also reported by NDTV and Tribune (Delhi).

English votes proposal ‘is misguided’

Times 10th November 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece on the issue of whether Scottish MPs should continue to vote on English domestic matters while English MPs are barred from voting on Scottish ones. He wrote: 'The answer is to have devolution in England so that localities can enjoy similar political leverage to the Scottish parliament.'

It’s in our hands

Times 10th November 2014

In a letter to the Times, a number of people have expressed concern regarding the future of craft education which generates £3.4 billion for the UK economy. One of the signatories is Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships.

The NHS can no longer act as if minds don't matter

The Guardian 10th November 2014

A feature about the physical basis of mental illness. Article quotes Carmine Pariante, professor of biological psychiatry at King's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, who describes his work as understanding where people lie at different points on the 'resilience spectrum', with some experiencing mental illness in response to stressors, and others not.

Securing Kabul

Indian Express 10th November 2014

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, King's India Institute, discusses whether the Afghan National Army (ANA) be able to resist the Taliban, which has already rejected the President's invitation for peace talks and comments on China's involvement in the conflict. He wrote: 'But what can the Chinese do? They are no more willing than India to deploy troops. So they may arm the Afghanistan government and train its security forces instead.'

World War I poems

BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine 10th November 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 on why the First World War inspired so much poetry. He said: 'I think when we think of war poetry, we think primarily in terms of First World War poetry. We think of the front line experience. We think of sensuous poetry. I think in the Second World War a very different kind of poetry was written.'

Catalonia referendum

BBC World News 10th November 2014

Catalonia's regional government has vowed to step up its drive to leave Spain after an unofficial poll showed that 80 per cent of the population voted for independence. Pablo Calderón Martínez, European & International Studies, commented on how the turnout was less than 50 per cent. He said: 'It was a die hard pro-independence campaign that actually came out and voted. If it was an official referendum, I think the turnout would have been completely different and perhaps the outcome too.'

Critics say wider breast screening trial 'unethical'

New Scientist 10th November 2014

Breast screening in the UK is once again subject to controversy following a group of British MPs calling on the government to provide evidence to justify a planned expansion of the programme. Breast screening is currently offered to women aged between 50 and 70 but the age range is planned to expand to between 47 and 73. Dr Susan Bewley, Women's Health, discussed the clinical trial involving women in the added age bands to evaluate the plan. She said: 'This is the biggest-ever human experiment and it's completely unethical.'

How would Baghdadi's death affect Islamic State?

Telegraph 10th November 2014

PhD candidate Giorgio Bertolin, Defence Studies, has written a piece looking at the implications of the possible death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, following reports that he has been critically wounded. Mr Bertolin wrote: 'This question raises two different issues: how important is a central leadership for Isil, and how important is the personality of Baghdadi for the organisation?'

Katherine Grainger to become Oxford Brookes University chancellor

BBC News 10th November 2014

Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger, who has just completed her PhD at King's, will become Oxford Brookes University's new chancellor. Commenting on the appointment, she said: 'It is a particularly exciting time to join the university with next year being the 150th anniversary.'

Queen's Nursing Institute celebrates best of district nursing

Nursing Times 10th November 2014

Professor Claire Goodman, University of Hertfordshire, has become a fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute. In addition to being a lecturer at King's, the article notes that she is frequently called upon to be an expert advisor for committees and panels related to research into the care older people.

Remembrance Sunday: lest we remember

Financial Times 9th November 2014

Professor Richard Vinen, History, has written an article looking at how the way we think about military commemoration is changing. Discussing commemoration in the UK, Professor Vinen wrote: 'Practically everything that we think of as traditional – poppies, the Unknown Soldier, the British Legion and even some of the medals awarded for gallantry in battle – was dreamt up during, or immediately after, the first world war. But these practices – having lasted through the second world war, Korea, Malaya and the Falklands – are now suddenly changing.'

Sir Frank Whittle's workshop is saved from demolition

BBC News 9th November 2014

A workshop where the inventor of the jet engine, Sir Frank Whittle, began his early work has been saved from demolition by Professor Richard Beacham, Digital Humanities. Professor Beacham, who lives next door to the workshop, stepped in to buy it following news that permission had been granted for the building to be demolished. He said: 'It could no longer be used as a workshop - because it is now in the middle of a residential area and there are noise restrictions - so I asked the council for permission to restore it and convert it into a house.'

Remembering India's WW1 dead

Hindustan Times (India) 9th November 2014

Piece mentions Indian Troops in Europe, by Dr Santanu Das, English, which will be published in December 2014. Dr Das was quoted saying: 'British India contributed the highest number of men - both combatants and non-combatants. Of them, over a million served overseas. This book is about these men: it is a visual record of their lives in Europe as well as the world they had left behind in India, the relentless routine of travel and the way we remember them.'

David Trendell obituary

Guardian 9th November 2014

A piece on the life of David Trendell, College Organist, Director of the Chapel Choir, and a Senior Lecturer in Music at King’s. The writer wrote: 'He found his niche as senior lecturer and director of music at King’s College London, where he performed with his chapel choir what he taught in his lectures.'

'I feel guilty but I hate my body': a feminist confesses

Guardian 8th November 2014

Campaigner Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett considers whether or not she has an eating disorder, given that she continuously counts calories. The article mentions a study conducted by King's last year which surveyed 1,698 multi-ethnic individuals in south-east London which found that the majority of participants who thought they had disordered eating patterns were of an ethnic minority.

British suicide bomber kills eight, says jihadi expert

Sunday Telegraph 8th November 2014

According to Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, British man Kabir Ahmed, also known as Abu Sumayyah, is responsible for a suicide bombing which killed eight people. He allegedly drove a truck full of explosives into a convoy of police in Beiji, a town to the north of Baghdad, which killed himself, eight officers and injured 15 people. Mr Maher tweeted: 'British foreign fighter, Abu Sumayyah, (real name: Kabir Ahmed) from Derby carried out a suicide bombing in Baiji, Iraq, yesterday. This makes two British suicide bombers in the Syria/Iraq conflict. First was Abu Sulaiman for Jabhat al-Nusrah, now Abu Sumayyah for IS.' Also reported by Independent, Daily Express, Metro London, Guardian, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Telegraph, ITV News, Sky News, Times and Times of India (India).

Women in wartime: the rise of the female public servant

Guardian 8th November 2014

Article looking at how instrumental the world wars were in advancing women in the workplace. Discussing the consequences that the the second world war had for women, Professor Pat Thane, Institute of Contemporary British History, was quoted saying: 'There was full employment following the war, so the bar didn’t return - except in the diplomatic and banking services. It became more acceptable for married, middle-class women to work.'

15,000 foreign fighters have joined extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. Here's why they went

Huffington Post UK 8th November 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed by the WorldPost about the profile and the motivations of the foreign fighters who travel to join extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. Discussing why Islamic State is so appealing to some, he said: 'The Islamic State is also less selective than a lot of other groups. If you come from the West, don't speak Arabic, you're not a particularly good fighter and don't have a particular skill, IS will probably still accept you. Jabhat al-Nusra is a lot more selective, for example.'

The bacteria that decides your body weight

Hindustan Times 8th November 2014

A King's study has revealed that our genetic make-up influences whether we are fat or thin. Researchers discovered a bacterial family that is heritable and mostly common in individuals with low body weight. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, was quoted saying: 'Our findings show that specific groups of microbes living in our gut could be protective against obesity - and that their abundance is influenced by our genes.' Also reported by Mumbai Mirror (India).

Ties that bind closer

Telegraph (Kolkata) 8th November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on how Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, reached out to China with his four day visit there. Discussing the two countries' relationship, he wrote: 'Both Beijing and Kabul recognise each other's importance.'

After the re-election

Indian Express 7th November 2014

Professor Peter Kingstone, King’s International Development Institute, has written a piece on Dilma Rousseff's position following the recent elections. Commenting on the challenges the newly elected President is facing, he wrote: 'The election deepened the dominance of the two presidential parties, the PSDB and the PT. But, at the legislative and sub-national level, it also deepened the fragmentation of the system.'

Kabul connect in Beijing

Indian Express 7th November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant analyses recent developments in the relationship between China and Afghanistan, following Afghanistan’s new president Ashraf Ghani's four-day visit to China. He wrote: 'Both Beijing and Kabul recognise each other’s importance. Afghanistan has requested assistance from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in its fight against the Taliban.'

Alternative history

BBC Radio 4 7th November 2014

Participants at a conference at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna have been asking what if Franz Ferdinand hadn't been assassinated in the first place. Professor Ned Lebow, War Studies, commented on the Archduke's murder. He said: 'Franz Ferdinand was the strongest spokesperson for peace in Austria-Hungary and he believed that a war with Russia would lead to the downfall of both empires.' Also reported by BBC News.

Hammers star Cole launches campaign for Ebola victims

Evening Standard 7th November 2014

Footballer Carlton Cole has joined in the fight against Ebola by launching a campaign with his West-Ham teammates to raise funds for victims suffering from the virus. All funds raised with go to the King's Sierra Leone Partnership which is headed by Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners. Also reported by Independent.

Order kept at mask march

Evening Standard 7th November 2014

Jill S Russell, War Studies, has written to the Evening Standard on the Met Police's response to the Million Mask March last Wednesday. She wrote: 'My view is that the disorder is less than it could have been, given the numbers and the angry, rowdy undertone.'

Seven diabetes myths dispelled

South China Morning Post 7th November 2014

The article looks at common misunderstandings surrounding diabetes and refers to a King's study which found that 62 per cent of type 2 diabetics in developed countries did not have any apparent symptoms when diagnosed.

The Louis Zamperini Story

BBC Radio 4 7th November 2014

Dr Uta Balbier, Director, Institute of North American Studies, interviewed Angelina Jolie about the life of Louis Zamperini, an American war hero.

Drop in price of oil

BBC Radio 4 Today 6th November 2014

Following a drop in the price of oil in recent months, the Treasury Secretary has announced his intention to write to fuel suppliers to demand the benefits of price cuts are passed on to motorists in the UK. Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute at King's, discussed whether oil companies would be receptive. He said: 'I think there will be a cut in prices because the crude price on the world market has gone down so much.' Also reported by BBC World Service Radio.

The choppy South China Sea

DNA (India) 6th November 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses how India's closeness with Vietnam will affect and counter China’s growing influence in the region. Commenting on China's recent stance towards India, Dr Pant wrote: 'By lashing out against India for its dealings with Vietnam as well as with other states in East and Southeast Asia, China has shown it will try to deter strategic competitors from collaborating against it.'

Genes which control gut bacteria could be the key to obesity

Independent 6th November 2014

A new study by King's has found that people's genes can influence whether they are fat or thin, by determining which bacteria thrive in the gut. Researchers found that a family of microbes in the gut can protect against weight gain but how many a person has depends on their DNA. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, was quoted saying: 'Finding out if the microbes in our gut are influenced by the host’s genes or not is important. It’s a part of our body we’ve just ignored.' Also reported by Times and New Scientist.

Peer pressure lures more Britons to Syria than Isis videos, study finds

Guardian 6th November 2014

A report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) has found that peer pressure is a more influential tool for recruiting young British Muslims than propaganda videos by Islamic State. According to the report, social networks, friendships and small group dynamics are the driving forces behind the reason why British radicals are travelling to Iraq and Syria. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, was quoted saying: 'While online recruitment plays a role, people go because they know people who are in Syria. It’s all about networks in the real world. That’s why you get clusters in Portsmouth or Brighton or Cardiff.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4.

Letters: To determine the true cost of immigration, we need more accurate figures

Telegraph 6th November 2014

Letter expressing concern over the European Arrest Warrant as without it, other EU members may be unable to speedily extradite suspects. Dr Cian Murphy, Dickson Poon School of Law, has signed the letter.

The dynamics of arts marketing

Arts Professional 6th November 2014

Dr Hye-Kyung Lee, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, has written a piece tracing the history of arts marketing though three different phases up until the present day. Commenting on the process, she wrote: 'Arts marketing is a complex activity embedded in the political, socio-economic and technological contexts where the arts sector is situated.'

Letters to the editor

Times 5th November 2014

Professor Francis Hughes, Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonics, has written in to the Times in response to claims by Dr Paul Batchelor who said that bleeding gums do not meet the definition of a public health problem. He wrote: 'The progression of bleeding gums to destructive gum disease is caused by a number of factors including smoking, genetic factors, diabetes and possibly poor diet.'

Will Narendra Modi change India?

BBC News 5th November 2014

The article looks at Narendra Modi who is hailed as arguably India's most powerful leader after Indira Gandhi, the former prime minister. Commenting on his foreign policy towards China, Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, was quoted saying: 'He seems to be redefining the terms on which India is likely to engage with the world in coming years. Pragmatism coupled with a more confident assertion of Indian interests is likely to be the hallmark.'

Military history as adjunct of political strategy

Hindu 5th November 2014

The article notes how India's military history, specifically its campaigns and battles, have not been well-chronicled by civilian writers, and that not enough universities have departments dedicated to the study of modern India’s military history. The War Studies Department at King's is mentioned as one of the few in the country.

Rio Ferdinand 'should have known better' and shows 'no sign of remorse', says FA in written explanation of Twitter row ban

Daily Mail 5th November 2014

Rio Ferdinand became involved in a furious exchange over Twitter with the chairman of the FA Greg Dyke, following the release of a statement that explained the governing body's decision to ban the footballer for three games. Tony Thorne, Language and Innovation Consultant, commented on one of the terms used by Ferdinand on Twitter. He said that the term was 'a sexual slur, understood to have originated in Jamaican usage and has since been used in a slang register in the UK.' Also reported by Independent and Times.

Could FRUIT help heart attack patients? Injection of chemical helps reduce damage to vital organs and boosts survival

Daily Mail 5th November 2014

A team of researchers that includes scientists from King's have found that survival rates after a heart attack or stroke could be significantly boosted by a simple chemical found in strawberries and apples. The chemicals called malonate esters are cheap, readily available and are found naturally in fruits.

Is President Barack Obama doomed to be 'the lamest duck' in recent US history?

Telegraph 5th November 2014

Research Student Ria Ivandic, Political Economy, discusses the President Obama's standing in comparison to previous presidents, following the unfortunate results for the Democrats in the midterm elections. She wrote: 'The man who was, not so long ago, the Democrat poster boy has seen his presidency undergo two terrible midterm elections in a row. In fact, having lost in total 70 House seats as of Wednesday morning, after this 2014 midterm election his presidency has witnessed the worst outcome of any two-term president going back to Harry S. Truman.'

How did Barack Obama fall from grace?

Telegraph 5th November 2014

Dr Walter C. Ladwig III, War Studies, has written a piece looking at why Barack Obama's position has changed so rapidly, following the results of the midterm elections. Discussing the contributing factors, he said: 'How did this turn around happen so quickly? There is no simple answer to the question. However, the leading factors are America’s anemic economy combined with the poor management of a series of domestic and foreign policy crises, which has exposed the ineffectiveness of the president’s leadership style.'

Schools are killing creativity, says professor

Times 5th November 2014

According to Professor Guy Claxton, Education, creativity is being dampened in schools by bite-sized tasks, dull tasks and a culture of 'hands up' for the right answer. Speaking at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, Professor Claxton said: 'Many teachers say they like creativity but they don’t really because it is inconvenient, children asking questions that aren’t on the curriculum or taking up your time with their particular passions.' Also reported by New York Times.

Retirement of Sylvie Guillem

BBC Radio 4 Today 5th November 2014

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, discussed the announcement that French ballerina Sylvie Guillem will retire next year. Commenting on her career, she said: 'Sylvie chose what she did, she had an autonomy and a determination to drive her own path which was quite unusual.'

Too many GPs failing to detect lung cancer

Times 4th November 2014

According to new research from King's and the London Cancer Alliance, many patients diagnosed in hospital with lung cancer have previously tried and failed to see their GP. The researchers looked at 130 patients diagnosed with the disease after attending one of seven London hospitals as an emergency. The results found that almost half of the patients said there were reasons as to why they had decided not to visit their GP, including having trouble making an appointment, a lack of confidence in the GP or being afraid of what the doctor might find. Also reported by Daily Mail.

The eternal creativity of the quiet mind

International New York Times 4th November 2014

Professor Guy Claxton, Education, will share his findings on the assessment of creativity at the World Innovation Summit for Education. He was quoted saying: 'We now know quite a bit about how to adjust the state of the brain - practical methods for being able to do control or adjust it.'

First winter at Doon with London course

Hindustan Times 4th November 2014

The Doon School and King's have invited applications for the first 'Winter at Doon with King's College London Course' that will take place between 7 - 19 December at The Doon School.

Mood foods

Mumbai Mirror (India) 4th November 2014

Brain chemicals that are influenced by what we eat, control the way we think, feel and behave. The article quotes Edward Reynolds, Institute of Epileptology, who said that foods rich in folic acid and vitamin B12 prevent disorders of the central nervous system, mood disorders, and dementia.

This year, I became the first scientist to judge the Man Booker

New Statesman 4th November 2014

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, reflects on being the first scientist to join the judging panel for the Man Booker. He wrote: 'There have been many non-literary types amongst the judges: a former spy, a former dancer, a Downton Abbey actor – but science, apparently, was a step too far. Until this year, when I joined the judging panel.'

Making in the modern world

Huffington Post UK 4th November 2014

Rosy Greenlees, the executive director of the Crafts Council, discusses the organisation's ground-breaking new conference and innovation programme. An important thread of this is Parallel Practices, a new set of Craft Council residences that have been launched in partnership with the Cultural Institute at King's.

UK spy chief says Web is command center for terror

Daily Mail 4th November 2014

GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan said British intelligence agencies need to have greater support from the U.S. technology companies which dominate the Web in order to track and fight militants who use social media to communicate with their peers. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, has said that the question is larger than social media. He was quoted saying: 'You cannot make the Internet super safe and keep it unsafe for pedophiles and terrorists.' Also reported by New York Post.

A push to back traditional Chinese medicine with more data

Wall Street Journal 3rd November 2014

Many traditional Chinese ideas surrounding medicine such as some people having hot constitutions, making them more prone to fever, while others tending to have cold body parts and get colder more easily, aren’t backed up by much scientific data. Dr Qihe Xu, Department of Renal Medicine, commented on how the overall quality of research on traditional Chinese medicine must improve. Dr. Xu served as the coordinator of a recent consortium to study good practices for studying traditional Chinese medicine. Also reported by Valor Economico (Brazil).

Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk

BBC News 3rd November 2014

According a new study that looked at 2,167 obese adults who had had bariatric surgery, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was shown to have been reduced by 80 per cent. The results, published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, revealed that there were 38 cases of diabetes after surgery compared with 177 in people left as they were. Professor Martin Gulliford, Division of Health and Social Care Research, was quoted saying: 'The key thing would be not only how effective is weight loss surgery but how safe is it in the long-term? And we need to know about the cost effectiveness of weight loss surgery and how that balances against the costs of diabetes, it does raise some complex issues.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Breakfast, Times, Daily Express, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC London 94.9 FM.

South Indian MLAs' delegation to visit UK

New Indian Express (India) 3rd November 2014

Between 4 and 7 November, a seven-member delegation of MLAs from South Indian states is scheduled to visit the UK on a parliamentary engagement programme run by the British High Commission. The MLAs will meet Indian MPs at King's on the Chevening MPs programme and will attend a session on contemporary security challenges.

Colonial Nursing Service

BBC Radio 4 3rd November 2014

For 70 years the Colonial Nursing Service sent thousands of young women to work in the colonies all over the British Empire where they established vital clinics in both rural and urban settings. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, discussed the women who took up these positions. She said: 'They were, generally speaking, women who were spirited, who had a sense of adventure, some of whom already had colonial connections through family, some of whom were linked through missionary endeavour. They were really seeking the opportunity to travel and I think really to escape the confining constraints of British society.'

Vernon Bogdanor: Londoners should decide their own tax and spending

Evening Standard 3rd November 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discusses why London should not enjoy the same powers as Scotland and Wales, given that it has a larger population. He wrote: 'A world city like ours has to punch its weight politically if it is to look New York, Paris and Tokyo in the face.'

The Silver Economy: Japan sets template for private sector care

Financial Times 3rd November 2014

Whilst in the UK elderly patients account for nearly two-thirds of hospital patients, a long-term national healthcare scheme was introduced 14 years ago in Japan to fund respite assistance, home nursing and centres for the elderly. Commenting on how the initiative in Japan has spread to other Asian nations, Mayumi Hayashi, Institute of Gerontology, has said that there is an increasing trend for Japanese health and care providers to share knowledge and expertise across Asia as the market grows.

Flooding could worsen Pakistan's water shortage, experts warn

Reuters 3rd November 2014

Due to a lack of groundwater, experts have warned that the increasingly frequent and intense flooding in the country could lead to severe water shortages. Professor Daanish Mustafa, Geography, commented that the country's urbanisation also means more pavement and less chance for water to percolate into the ground.

Food chain

BBC World Service Radio 3rd November 2014

This week's programme looks at super foods - the label given to foods that aren't only nutritious but which also claim to have exceptional health benefits. Dr Scott Harding, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, was interviewed on the term 'super foods'. He said: 'In my area of research, it's not a term that most people would use. Generally because a lot of the science used to support the term 'super food' is questionable at best.'

Comedy genius, rule-breaker, studio mogul: will we ever see a British Lucille Ball?

Independent 2nd November 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of comedian Lucille Ball and her return as a comedy icon as she is the inspiration for Nick Hornby's new novel Funny Girl. Professor Edith Hall, Department of Classics, devoted a Radio 4 Great Lives programme to Ball, and was quoted saying: 'She is the greatest comedienne that ever lived. The skill of getting the timing right in k comedy is about five times the skill required in tragedy.'

Vince Cable plans to reduce white dominance of boardrooms

Guardian 2nd November 2014

Business secretary Vince Cable is set to launch a plan next month that will endeavour to bring more ethnic minorities into Britain’s boardrooms. The eventual aim is to have one in every five directors from black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. A study co-written by Professor Richard Webber, Geography, and published last year, found that more than half of FTSE 100 firms had no people from minority backgrounds at board level.

The doctor will dance for you now

Guardian 2nd November 2014

The Performing Medicine project, funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, seeks to train doctors, nurses and paramedics in physical theatre. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, will be involved in the project and was quoted saying: 'Someone said to me once, 60 per cent of our communication is non-verbal, so being aware of your physical presence, how you move and carry yourself and the energy you give out can set the tone in a ward.'

A bloody remembrance of lost heroes

Wall Street Journal 2nd November 2014

Philosopher Jeremy Bentham who had his entire body preserved, dressed and placed inside a glass case in 1832. The article mentions that students from King's stole the head in 1975 and held it for a ransom of £100 for charity.

The week in books

Guardian 1st November 2014

Professor Edith Hall, Department of Classics, discusses Stephen Spender's competition which hundreds of people enter every year. She wrote that process of translating a poem of their choice 'requires mastery of the original text and thus a little triumph over the chaos of modernity.'

Decoding the Apocalypse

Guardian 1st November 2014

Decoding the Apocalypse, an event run by the Cultural Institute, is listed in Skye Sherwin's A Good Look who said that the exhibition 'brings The Book of Revelation into the era of 3D printing and digital animation.'

Fire the Medical Schools Council if you want more GPs

British Medical Journal 1st November 2014

Opinion piece on how UK medical schools are not recruiting enough students intent on becoming GPs, despite Labour announcing plans to recruit 8000 more GPs if elected and David Cameron promising to provide seven day access to a GP by 2020. The article mentions a study by King's that showed that only 11 per cent of new medical students planned a career in general practice.

Cancer awareness 'low in black and South Asian groups'

BBC News 1st November 2014

According to research led by King's, black and South Asian people in England are less conscious of the warning signs of cancer than white people. The study looked at 50,000 people and revealed that those with a black ethnic background were least likely to view a persistent cough as a potential symptom and those from South Asia listed embarrassment as a factor that could stop them seeking medical attention. Lead researcher Maja Niksic, Cancer Epidemiology, discussed the findings. She said: 'We need to find ways to present the right health messages to target different needs and different gaps in awareness to give people the same chance of beating cancer regardless of ethnic background.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Mouthwash and fancy toothbrushes are a waste of money: Leading dentist says brushing regularly, avoiding sugary snacks and not smoking is all you need for healthy teeth

Daily Mail 1st November 2014

A dental expert has claimed that the effects of gum disease have been exaggerated by health professionals in a bid to sell more mouthwash and toothbrushes and that the disease is a natural part of ageing. The article quotes Professor Francis Hughes, Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonics, who commented on the impact of gum disease. He said: 'We learn that periodontitis is not a silent disease, but has significant impacts on patients' quality of life, not just in terms of tooth loss, but also in terms of function, comfort, aesthetics and self esteem.'

Wish you were here, says North Korea

Times 31st October 2014

Despite having 20 million starving people and 20,000 political prisoners in its gulags, North Korea will launch a shop at a fair in London this weekend in a bid to attract tourism to the country. Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, discussed how Kim Jong Un has opened the first tourism college this year and started refurbishing public parks and hotels. He said: 'North Koreans are raised to believe that foreigners respect, if not idolise, the Kim family and North Korea as a country, and in most cases only encounter foreigners under controlled situations in which this seems to be the case.'

Students turning to Ritalin and other ‘smart drugs’ before exams

Times 31st October 2014

According to a study conducted by King’s College London and the London School of Economics among students in the UK and Ireland, one in ten university students is using smart drugs such as Ritalin in a bid to boost their concentration. The results found that British-born male undergraduates about to take their final exams and postgraduates were the most likely to use the drugs.

From Portsmouth to Kobane: the British jihadis

New Statesman 31st October 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has written the cover story for New Statesman looking into the world of British radicals fighting in Syria and Iraq. Mr Maher recounts conversations over Skype with British jihadis, one of which was Ifthekar Jaman, who grew up in Portsmouth and last year travelled to Aleppo, via Turkey, to join Isis. Commenting on the process of radicalisation over social media, Mr Maher said: 'These interactions help prospective fighters overcome lingering fears and emotional barriers. Fighters are asked, for example, how they broke the news to their parents and how their families are coping with their decision.'

Magic mushrooms create a 'hyperconnected brain': Scans reveal how chemical triggers a spiritual experience by rearranging the mind

Daily Mail 31st October 2014

Dr Paul Expert, Neuroimaging, has found that the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, creates a hyperconnected mind that links regions of the brain that are normally have nothing to do with each other, which can trigger vivid hallucinations and could also be responsible for synaesthesia. Dr Expert was quoted saying: '[Users] report it as one of the most profound experiences they've had in their lives, even comparing it to the birth of their children.' Also reported by Wired (US) and Atlantic Monthly (US).

Don't bother trying to make your kids smarter: Expert claims good parenting has little effect on a child's IQ

Daily Mail 31st October 2014

A study by King's that looked at more than 6500 pairs of twins showed that variations in grades in English, Maths and Science papers could largely be explained by the mix of genes passed from parents to their children. Other factors, including personality behaviour, can also be inherited and have an impact on exam scores.

Memo to the EU: give Ukraine a better gas deal

Financial Times 31st October 2014

Dr Sam Greene, King's Russia Institute, has written an article on the EU-brokered Ukraine-Russia gas agreement. Commenting on the deal, he wrote: 'The agreement turns the gas back on for the next six months, for an undisclosed price, while the EU essentially buys Ukraine’s debt to Gazprom, putting Kiev in hock to Brussels instead of Moscow.'

The lower your status, the shorter you’ll live

Times 30th October 2014

A study of more than 12,000 pop musicians and rock stars has found that they die, on average, almost 20 years earlier than their contemporaries. Although there is some truth that living a healthy lifestyle will extend your likelihood of living longer, the article notes that social status is the biggest determinant of health. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, is a leading researcher in this field and has examined the DNA of 17 pairs of identical twins who had ended up in different social classes. The findings revealed that at an average age of 46, the low-status twin had aged nine years more than her richer sister.

Does sex with more than 20 women really protect against prostate cancer?

Guardian 30th October 2014

According to a new study that looked at 3000 men over a four year period, sleeping with more than 20 women protects men against prostate cancer. However Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Cancer Epidemiology, has doubts over the methodology of the study. She said: 'Sexual activity was assessed with an interview so we can’t be sure that men with prostate cancer didn’t reply in a different way to men without prostate cancer.'

One in seven young Britons has sympathy with Isis cause

Times 30th October 2014

According to a poll that asked 2000 adults to rank several countries and terrorist organisations on a scale of one to ten on how favourably they felt about them, it has emerged that one in seven young British adults has “warm feelings” towards Islamic State. Dr Marat Shterin, Theology & Religious Studies, said he believed that ignorance of foreign affairs, distrust of broadcasters and the press, and rebelliousness or annoyance towards the government are factors contributing to the levels of sympathy towards Islamic State. Dr Shterin was quoted saying: 'I do not expect most of those who expressed a degree of ‘support’ for Isis really agree with its ideology and politics.'

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?

BBC News 30th October 2014

The article looks at whether the glory days of the metal key are coming to an end as electronic locking devices become ever-more popular. Professor David Edgerton, has been quoted saying that we shouldn't be surprised at the metal key's longevity: 'We think about the world as if it's constantly revolutionising itself from the bottom but it isn't. We don't go around on jetpacks, do we?'

‘Urgent action’ needed to halt alcohol abuse in armed forces

Independent 30th October 2014

MPs have warned that dangerous levels of alcohol consumption are considered normal in the armed forces. Research by the King’s College Military Health Research (KCMHR) unit has discovered that men who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan were 53 per cent more likely than non-combatant colleagues to commit a violent offence. Professor Simon Wessely, co-director of the KCMHR, also commented that levels of domestic violence among current and ex-military personnel were likely to be higher than the average.

Magic mushrooms create a hyperconnected brain

Fox News 30th October 2014

Research from King's has found that magic mushrooms may give users 'trippy' experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain. Co-author of the study Dr Paul Expert, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said that psilocybin, the active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting 'brain regions that don't normally talk together.'

Temple Mount closed

CNN 30th October 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli closure of Temple Mount following the shooting of the rabbi Yehuda Glick. Dr Simon Waldman, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, discussed the significance of recent events. He said: 'In addition to the sites being essential to religious faiths, they are also symbolic for two competing nationalist movements.'

Ebola outbreak: Sixty days to save West Africa

Independent 29th October 2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has warned that West Africa is 60 days away from a 'humanitarian catastrophe' following the outbreak of Ebola that has already killed nearly 5,000 people and threatens to infect more than a million by the new year. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has called on health trusts in the UK to send more medical staff willing to help in the fight against Ebola. He said: 'I need NHS trusts to say, ‘Yes we can spare just one doctor, for a couple of months to help this effort.' Also reported by Press Association and Evening Standard London.

A troubling study of death and survival in America's jails

Independent 29th October 2014

Vicky Pryce reviews The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System, by David Skarbek, Political Economy. Commenting on the author's perception of American prisons, she wrote: 'Prisons provide ample data and observations to isolate the forces that bring different social orders into being.'

Technology and Digital Health – the future for SEM? Part two of a series from the RSM Exercise Medicine Conference, 2014

British Medical Journal 29th October 2014

Third year medical student Rory Heath shares his highlights from the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Exercise Medicine Conference. He wrote: 'Technology has huge potential in medicine to save money and time, aid acute treatment in hospital and serve as a tool to promote exercise as a disease preventative measure.'

German case reveals route to militants - and back

New York Times 29th October 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been quoted in a piece on the arrest of Ismail Issa who was stopped whilst driving on his way to Syria. Professor Neumann commented on the path that he was planning on travelling on from Turkey to Syria, stating that it was 'pretty typical.'

Review: FASTtrack - Chemistry of Drugs

Nursing Standard 29th October 2014

An illustrated revision guide co-written by David Barlow and David Mountford, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, has been reviewed by a third year medical science undergraduate.

Marking boycott: why are academics protesting about pensions?

Guardian 29th October 2014

On 6 November, academics and staff at 69 universities will begin a marking boycott in protest of proposed changes that will affect their pensions. King's is listed in the 69 institutions taking part in the boycott.

Why is North Korea trying to charm the West?

Telegraph 29th October 2014

Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, discusses North Korea's recent charm offensive towards the West and the importance of the international community's response to it. In light North Korea's engagement on more fronts, Dr Patalano wrote: 'How the United Nations, the Security Council, and the members of the Six-Party Talks act towards North Korea will define whether the North Koreans feel they have been finally called to show their hand.' Also reported by MSNBC Newsweek.

Milk: 11 reasons why it’s not such a superfood after all

Telegraph 29th October 2014

New research published in the British Medical Journal has found that people who drank three glasses or more a day were twice as likely to die early than those who drank less. Professor Jonathan Brostoff, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, has been quoted saying that humans are not programmed to drink milk as teenagers or adults. He said: 'Animals do not drink milk after being weaned, and they manage without it. You can find calcium and the vitamins in milk in other areas of the diet or by taking a calcium supplement.'

Joan of Arc by Helen Castor review – a triumph of history

Guardian 29th October 2014

Professor Dame Janet Nelson, History, reviews Joan of Arc by Helen Castor - a book that draws strictly on contemporary sources. Discussing the uniqueness of Castor's approach, Professor Nelson wrote: 'There have been many lives of Joan, and books about her times, some of them excellent. But none is quite like Castor’s.'

FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants?

Channel 4 News 29th October 2014

Ex-home secretary Jack Straw was recently asked in a TV interview to name five towns that have been “swamped” by EU migrants. The article mentions a new paper by Dr Filipa Sa, Management, which suggests that immigration from EU and non-EU countries has a negative effect on local house prices. Her study looked at 170 authorities in England and Wales and found that an increase in immigrant population reduced house prices by 1.7 per cent.

Questioning the faith in the cradle of Islam

Foreign Policy 29th October 2014

The article discusses how the religious attitudes of ordinary people are changing in Saudi Arabia, apparent through less clerical control of social behaviour and increasing diversity of religious thought. Research student Abdullah Hamidaddin, Theology and Religious Studies, was quoted saying: 'The basic foundations [of Wahhabism] that used to be sort of givens, or fundamentals, which were taken for granted, are now being deconstructed, challenged, or reconsidered.'

The ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s soldier suicides

Daily Beast 28th October 2014

The article looks at the effects that the Gaza war has had on Israeli soldiers, following reports that three soldiers decided to take their own lives in the weeks after Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire. Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies, was quoted saying: 'Some of the practices employed by the IDF should be banned altogether—just thrown out of the window. Activating the Hannibal Protocol in Rafah led to the killing of more than 150 innocent people.'

Pay attention to your baby for emotional well-being

Deccan Herald (India) 28th October 2014

New research has found that if mothers respond to their babies more sensitively during playtime, they are less likely to develop unemotional behaviour as a toddler, including a lack of guilt and empathy. Rachael Bedford, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented on the study. She said: 'This study takes us a step further in understanding the earliest origins of callous and unemotional behaviour.'

Met Office spends £100m on new supercomputer

BBC News 28th October 2014

The Met Office is spending almost £100m on a new supercomputer which should make their weather forecasts some of the most accurate in the world. Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, was interviewed on the potential of the new piece of equipment. He said: 'It is a lot of money, but the belief is that the improvement in weather forecasts would justify such expenditure.'

Second brother dies in fighting in Syria

Independent 28th October 2014

The second of three brothers, Jaffar Deghayes, who travelled to Syria to join forces seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad has been killed in fighting. His father confirmed that his third son had told him the news and is remaining in the country, determined not to return to Britain. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have reported that Jaffar was the 25th Briton to have been killed after travelling to Syria. Also reported by Daily Mail.

Is a diabetes cure really on the way?

Channel 4 News 28th October 2014

The recent headlines surrounding a number of developments have led scientists in the field of type 1 diabetes research to be cautiously optimistic. The piece mentions Professor Mark Peakman, Immunobiology, who will begin a trial of a drug designed to re-balance the immune system to stop it attacking the cells that store and release insulin, funded by The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Souvenirs of the war in Afghanistan: Many troops return with physical and mental trauma

Newsweek 28th October 2014

After 13 years, a long war is coming to an end with operations winding down in Afghanistan. While the physical damage is easier to assess, the psychological damage the war has inflicted on soldiers is more difficult to establish. Professor Edgar Jones, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, discussed the troops' return home. He said: 'In the Second World War, civilians had been through air raids, so everyone was schooled in conflict. If I come back from Africa or Italy in 1945, and I go back to London, I’m going to an environment which is war-scarred.'

International pressure on newly re-elected Dilma Rouseff

Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) 28th October 2014

Newly re-elected Dilma is under increasing international pressure following the turbulence on the Brazilian market the day after the election. Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, was quoted saying that the President needs to recuperate her credibility.

Engaging without strategy?

Deccan Herald (India) 27th October 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, has written a piece on relations between China and India, following the Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit. Commenting on India's foreign policy, he wrote: 'To translate the meta vision into tangible transactions and outcomes, much ground work remains to be done by Delhi and Beijing.'

Centre according to Modi

Indian Express 27th October 2014

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, has written about Modi's first few months in office. Discussing how high expectations had been following the election campaign, Professor Jaffrelot said: 'According to some of Modi’s staunchest supporters, the modernisation of the Indian economy was set to happen because he would free the caged Indian tiger for good. Political commentator Swapan Dasgupta wrote in May that he was 'an Indian revolutionary' a la Margaret Thatcher.'

Teacher convicted of terrorism offences

BBC Radio 4 27th October 2014

A teacher from Manchester who supported Islamic State fighters in Syria before trying to fly to join them has been convicted of terrorism offences. Jamshed Javeed pleaded guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court and will be sentenced on later in the year. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed those who are travelling to Syria and Iraq and why. Commenting on which parts of the country British jihadis come from, Professor Neumann said: 'There are certainly clusters in unlikely places such as Portsmouth and Cardiff. It's also fair to point out that still about half of the British foreign fighters are from London and from other centres of the Muslim population in this country.' Also reported by Daily Express.

Why Dilma Rousseff was re-elected in Brazil

CNN 27th October 2014

Dr Eduardo J. Gomez, King's International Development Institute, discusses the reasons behind Dilma Rousseff's re-election as the President of Brazil. Commenting on her victory, he said: 'Rousseff appears to have learned that to be re-elected in Brazil, investing in the poor and helping them escape poverty can be more politically advantageous than simply trying to build the country into an economic giant.'

Fathomless Riches review: Sex, pop, drugs and dogs from Britain's most shocking vicar

Sunday Express 26th October 2014

Review of Fathomless Riches by the Reverend Richard Coles who is mentioned as having studied Theology at King's. The reviewer wrote: 'I can never quite decide what I think about the Reverend Richard Coles, who is not only a presenter on Radio 4’s Saturday Live but also, as he is wont to remind us, the only vicar in the country to have had a number one record.'

A Life in the Day: the neuroscientist Dame Nancy Rothwell

Sunday Times Culture 26th October 2014

Dame Nancy Rothwell, a former King's student, is interviewed on her mission to help stroke victims. Commenting on the project, she is quoted saying: 'For years we’ve been trying to develop a treatment that could reduce the suffering and death caused by strokes. We conducted tests on animals 20 years ago and we’re now carrying out major stroke trials on humans.'

Brazilian election

Terra (Brazil) 26th October 2014

The election campaign between Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves has become too close to call as a firm favourite is no longer identifiable. Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, discussed the two presidential candidates, commenting that there is in fact little difference between Rousseff and Neves. Professor Pereira has also been quoted by UOL (Brazil).

Roman teeth and gum hygiene

BBC World Service Radio 26th October 2014

The report mentions a study by King's that has found that in Roman Britain, around 1 in 20 adults had gum disease compared to approximately 1 in 3 today. This is principally down to wider oral health issues, including smoking and type 2 diabetes which increase a person's chances of contracting gum disease.

Pick of the day

Sun 25th October 2014

24 Hours in A&E which airs on Thursday 30 October has been listed in this week's Pick of the day. The programme's first episode, whose filming has moved from the King's A&E department to St George's, will focus on parents.

The two sides of terror: Latest Britons reported dead in Syria are an aid worker who drove ambulances for civilians and a violent jihadi from Portsmouth

Daily Mail 25th October 2014

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has told the Guardian that at least 23 British jihadists are now known to have been killed in the fighting in Iraq and Syria but estimate that this figure could be much higher. This comes following reports that Kamran ul-Haq and a British fighter known as Abu Dujana al-Britani had been killed in the conflict. Also reported by Telegraph and O Globo (Brazil).

Portsmouth private school jihadi killed in Syria

Sunday Telegraph 25th October 2014

According to reports, British fighter Muhammad Mahdi Hassan who travelled to Syria with four other friends from Portsmouth to fight with the extremist Islamic state group has been killed. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying: 'British fighters in Syria are dying at a rate of knots, especially following the start of US air strikes. Of course they don’t regard it as a failure. They regard it as martyrdom and it’s what they say they want.' Also reported by Guardian, BBC Radio 5 Live, Mirror and Times. Mr Maher has also been mentioned by Wall Street Journal in relation to the death of Mohammad Ali Baryalei.

Has Sisi's Egypt failed on security?

Al Jazeera 25th October 2014

Following warnings from the Egyptian government about an 'Islamic victory' as Sinai comes under further attacks, Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, was interviewed on the criterion for holding elections in Egypt. Commenting on the political road map announced after the coup last year, Dr Kersten said: 'The road map sort of demands that the procedural aspects of the democratisation process go ahead.'

Why Romans had teeth to smile about

Times 24th October 2014

A study by King's published today has revealed that has found that 21st-century Britons are still more likely to harbour gum disease than the Romans, despite our access to modern dentistry. Among the 300 Roman Briton skulls studied, between 5 per cent and 10 per cent had periodontitis, a common form of gum disease, compared with about 15 per cent to 30 per cent today. Professor Francis Hughes, Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonics, commented on the results of the study. He said: 'To a lot of people’s surprise they had quite a lot less periodontitis than the modern human population. It was about a third as common as today.' Also reported by Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, BBC News, Press Association, BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC Radio 5 Live.

One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds

Guardian 24th October 2014

According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), 23 Britons are believed to have died after travelling to fight in in Iraq and Syria. The article quotes Shiraz Maher, ICSR, compared British jihadis to those coming from other countries. He said: 'These people come from every background imaginable but when you compare Brits to other Europeans, it’s clear that those from this country tend to be better educated, more affluent, and have greater social mobility than their peers on the continent.'

In West, ISIS finds women eager to enlist

New York Times 24th October 2014

The Western Muslims trying to join radical Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq now include increasing numbers of young women, who are drawn in by social media networks. Although the numbers of women seeking to join groups such as Nusra Front and Islamic State are unclear, it is estimated that 10 per cent of recruits from the West are women. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, was quoted saying that while some women are attracted by the idea of marrying a fighter, others 'are joining I.S. because it provides a new utopian politics, participating in jihad and being part of the creation of a new Islamic state.' Also reported by Carta (Brazil), Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) and UOL (Brazil).

EU payment row

BBC News 24th October 2014

Following the announcement that Europe expects the UK to pay an extra £1.7bn towards the EU budget, Professor Takis Tridimas, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on BBC News to discuss how this figure came about. He said: 'These contributions are calculated in a way that has been agreed by all member states, based on the gross national income. On a year to year basis, there are adjustments. They just tend to be much smaller than they were this time.'

How quality has been sacrificed in the race for expansion

Times Higher Education 23rd October 2014

Opinion piece on how British universities need to combat grade inflation, poor-value degrees and lack of contact time to sustain a competitive edge against other leading global universities. The King's College London Maths School is referred to as a model for other universities to follow.

Liberal arts builds momentum in the UK

Times Higher Education 23rd October 2014

In a one-day symposium at King’s, a growing number of liberal arts programmes within mainstream UK higher education were explored on 14 October. Dr Aaron Rosen, Liberal Arts Programme Convenor, commented that the motive behind the event was to 'build a bit of momentum and team spirit.' He added: 'We feel a bit like an alien species in Britain, though that is beginning to change.'

India's Afghanistan predicament

Business Standard (India) 23rd October 2014

Review of India's Afghan Muddle: A Lost Opportunity by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, which is set against the backdrop of the imminent withdrawal of United States forces in Afghanistan. The reviewer wrote: 'ndia's Afghan Muddle is an excellent summary of the Afghan situation seen from an authentic Indian strategic perspective. The author attempts to reignite the debate of India's future role in a changed Afghanistan.'

Canadian shooting

CNN 23rd October 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the recent shooting in Ottawa. Commenting on monitoring extremists online, he said: 'It illustrates how difficult it is to detect these people. Clearly the sort of indications he would have given would have been below the threshold of what the Canadian security forces could have detected.'

Houthi expansion threatens Yemen’s strategic Bab al-Mandab strait

Financial Times 23rd October 2014

Houthi militants are moving into western Yemen around a vital maritime corridor that controls access to the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandab, which could pose a threat for trade that runs through the Suez Canal. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented: 'I think that would be a more serious concern for Saudi than merely the interruption of trade in the region.'

Nick Gibb: Why a drop in the core GCSE pass rate is a good thing

Telegraph 23rd October 2014

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, discusses how important it is for the qualifications which young people study to be of the highest possible quality. The article mentions Professor Alison Wolf, Management, who reviewed all vocational courses being taught in schools.

Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds

Independent 23rd October 2014

A new study has found that moderate cannabis use among teenagers may not lead to a lower IQ and poorer exam results. The article mentions Professor Wayne Hall, Addictions, who said that the drug's negative effects should not be underestimated. He was quoted saying: 'What’s clear is that cannabis, especially when users smoke it regularly and from a young age, can have a detrimental impact on people's mental health.' Also reported by Times of India.

Jihadists target Muslim women in the West for recruitment

Minneapolis Star Tribune 23rd October 2014

Increasing numbers of young women who are seeking to fight or to become the wives of fighters are trying to join radical groups in Iraq and Syria. According to Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, some women are attracted by the idea of marrying a fighter, while others 'are joining ISIL because it provides a new utopian politics, participating in jihad and being part of the creation of a new Islamic state.' Also reported by NDTV (India).

Pipeline politics flow both ways

Financial Times 22nd October 2014

For Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s oil and gas sectors are fundamental both politically and economically, as they guarantee the security and stability of the country. Many countries in Europe depend on Russia's energy resources, but Russia too is dependent on the revenues these resources produce. Dr Frank Umbach, War Studies, discussed Gazprom's mega-fields in Siberia. He said: 'The much higher production and transport costs from these remote regions need to be priced into the long-term gas contracts with Europe.'

Three-parent babies: Chief medical officer defends claim that three-person IVF is not genetic modification

Independent 22nd October 2014

Government science advisers have defended their decision to exclude a three-parent baby technique from their working definition of genetic modification. Professor Peter Baude, Women's Health, said: 'You’re not modifying the genome of the mother and father, you're simply moving it into another bag.'

Teenagers who smoke cannabis regularly do worse in exams, study finds

Daily Mail 22nd October 2014

Last week a review published by King’s of 20 years of cannabis research revealed that one in six teenagers who use cannabis become dependent on the drug, as do one in ten adults. It also suggested that cannabis may cause mental health problems and can open the door to hard drugs.

Missing schoolgirl

ITV This Morning 22nd October 2014

Britain's most senior police officer has announced that at least five Britons a week are travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed the radicalisation process. She said: 'They say we have the answers to all of your problems. Are you worried about money? Are you worried about health? Are you worried about happiness? We have the answers and here they are.'

The Fight in Fairyland

BBC Radio 4 22nd October 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, tells the story of the Indians who served on the Western Front in 'The Fight in Fairyland.' He said: 'During the First World War, it was only the Indians of all Britain's non-white subjects who were officially allowed to fight on British soil.' Also reported by BBC World Service Radio.

Shooting in Ottawa

Sky News 22nd October 2014

Following the shooting in Ottawa, Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on Sky News on the possible involvement of Islamic State. He said: 'What we are seeing is the geographical capability of IS to apparently, as a franchise, get people who are probably not connected to do things around the world.'

Dry eyes linked to an irritable bowel

Daily Mail 21st October 2014

According to a study by King's and St Thomas' Hospital, people with irritable bowel syndrome are more at risk of developing painful dry eyes which occurs when the eyes fail to develop enough tears. The researchers identified possible risk factors with IBS, pelvic pain and chronic widespread pain syndrome raising the likelihood of developing dry eyes the most.

Families desperate for right to be given untested 'last chance' drugs

Daily Mail 21st October 2014

There is no cure for motor neurone disease (MND), which affects the motor neurons - nerve cells that control muscles - in the brain and spinal cord, but there are drugs that may help. Yesterday it was announced that a Bill, The Medical Innovation Bill, which would allow terminally-ill patients to be given untested drugs has received government backing. Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was quoted saying: 'Licensed drugs have to go through rigorous trials. Even if an unlicensed drug works in some way, it might kill you in another way or cause problems.'

The War That Didn't End All Wars

Foreign Affairs 21st October 2014

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, reviews a series of book on the First World War. He wrote: 'The books have little new to say about the actual sequence of events, which started with Ferdinand’s assassination in June, followed by the ultimatum that Austria-Hungary delivered to Serbia in July demanding a crackdown on nationalist groups, the Russian and then German mobilizations thereafter, and the start of fighting in early August.'

Catching them young

Statesman (New Delhi) 21st October 2014

According to a new study carried out by the Enterprising Science Project which is jointly backed by King’s College London, BP and the Science Museum, pupils opting for a career in science are likely to be privileged, male and with an Asian background. The report stated: 'Our findings suggest that girls and those with low cultural capital are particularly likely to be over-represented amongst those students with low science capital, who lack confidence in their science identities and feel that others do not see them as ‘science people’.'

Fight against Ebola

BBC 1 News 21st October 2014

British troops have arrived in Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola. The UK is leading the response and has pledged £125m in aid. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, was interviewed on the care centres that Britain has set up. He said: 'We are late, we are behind the curb on this.'

Spinal cord miracle man was paralysed in knife attack by love rival: Fireman was stabbed 18 times after he tried to stop him vandalising his car

Daily Mail 21st October 2014

Darek Fidyka was paralysed from the waist down following a knife attack by his then-girlfriend's ex-husband. Although left paralysed after the attack, Mr Fidyka has been able to walk again after receiving a pioneering treatment. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, was quoted saying: 'It is known from animal studies that some transplantations of olfactory ensheathing glial (OEG) cells led to marked improvements; in other cases not. We need to enroll more people in the study to get a better idea of how reliable this approach is.'

Five Britons a week travel to Iraq and Syria to join Isis, says Met chief

Guardian 21st October 2014

According to the UK's most senior police offer, Five Britons are travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State every week. Following reports that a third jihadi from Portsmouth had been killed in the conflict, Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented: 'The Portsmouth cluster of fighters is perhaps one of the best known. In total six men went to join Islamic State last year. Now three are dead, one returned to the UK and is in jail, and two remain fighting in Syria.'

Londoner's diary

Evening Standard 21st October 2014

Richard Ayoade spoke about his film The Double at King's last night and discussed the nature of fame.

UK life sciences seek angel investors

Financial Times 21st October 2014

Bankers, lawyers and business executives are among the targets of a campaign to urge city professionals t offer some of their personal wealth into medical research and technology to attract investment into UK life sciences. MedCity was launched in April by the mayor of London to increase collaboration between King's, Imperial College and University College London.

Should Sweden be scared of Russian spy submarines?

Telegraph 21st October 2014

Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, discusses the significance of the news that a Russian submarine is being hunted in the Stockholm archipelago. Commenting on Russia's and Sweden's positions, Professor Lambert wrote: 'In reality, Russia is not going to attack Sweden, or the Baltic States. Sweden, the Baltic states, and their Nato allies need to keep up their defences, obtain clear evidence of Russian violations, and use the diplomatic process to embarrass Moscow into behaving better.

Willetts appointed to teach and research at King's College London

Times Higher Education 21st October 2014

The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, has been appointed as a visiting professor at King’s. Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King's, commented on the new appointment. He said that Mr Willetts 'brings vast experience of higher education, policy making and parliamentary process, business and innovation and a focus on the impact agenda. Our students and staff will benefit greatly from his knowledge and wisdom.'

What a win for Muslim party in Maharashtra means

Wall Street Journal (India) 21st October 2014

The win for Imtiaz Jaleel, a former journalist, in the Maharashtra elections has indicated that politics in India could become more divided along religious lines. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, was quoted saying: 'What seems to be happening is a consolidation of the Muslim vote. AIMIM candidates have been able to persuade voters that Hindus are voting for the BJP.'

Perinatal care

Times 20th October 2014

Professor Debra Bick, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, has written in to the editor about the gaps in services for women with mental health problems during or after pregnancy. She said: 'Maternal mental illness affects more than 10 per cent of new mothers. It can also be severe, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death.'

Citizens group should play key part in UK reforms

Times 20th October 2014

A group of academics, including Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, have declared that voters chosen at random from across the UK should play a part in deciding the country’s constitutional future. They called for a constitutional convention to be set up, featuring people from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and proposed that the majority of these members be selected at random.

Capping EU migrants

BBC Radio Scotland 20th October 2014

Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned that any attempt by the UK to cap migrants from the EU could be illegal under EU law. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, discussed the feasibility of a cap on EU migrants. He said: 'The feasibility doesn't come from the pre-existing numbers it comes from the laws we're bound by under the EU treaty.'

West's search for allies

Deccan Herald (India) 20th October 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, on how whilst the West views Islamic State as the biggest threat, for Ankara it is only one of several. He wrote: 'There has been a great deal of focus on the role of Turkey in this crisis. Though it has been suggested that air force drones in Turkey have been given the green light to join the fight against the Islamic State, there is a lot of uncertainty about its exact role.'

Dismantling the world’s top kleptocracy is a key challenge for Afghanistan

Foreign Policy 20th October 2014

Christopher D. Kolenda, War Studies, discusses Afghanistan's political transition and reform. Commenting on the government being the world's most sophisticated kleptocracy, he wrote: 'Dismantling it will be a long-term project that will require extraordinary political courage and consensus-building, a clear strategy and implementation plan, and plenty of support and incentives from the international community.'

Brazilian election debates

UOL 20th October 2014

Following the recent electoral debates between Aécio Neves (PSDB) and Dilma Rousseff (PT), the atmosphere between the two camps has intensified. The article mentions Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, who draws comparisons and contrasts between the electoral systems in the UK and in Brazil.

The best of what's on this week

Sunday Times 19th October 2014

Robert Newman features in the comedy section on the best of what's on this week. His show on the ardent love affair between comedy and academia will be held at King's Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

Stub out that ecig: pubs, cafes and hotels ban vaping

Sunday Times 19th October 2014

Following Starbucks confirming a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in its outlets, it is estimated that two million people who use e-cigarettes instead of tobacco could face widespread bans on their use in other coffee chains, shops and attractions. Professor Ann McNeil, Addictions, was mentioned in relation to a WHO report that revealed that the vapour from e-cigarettes contained some toxins and said the report failed to acknowledge that the these were a tiny fraction of those found in cigarette smoke.

Scientists prove ship's dog on the doomed Mary Rose was male

Independent 19th October 2014

Almost 500 years after Hatch drowned in the shipwreck of Mary Rose, it has emerged that the crossbred dog, and the only known female aboard, was male. After the ship brought to the surface of the Solent in 1982, the well-preserved skeleton of the mongrel was excavated and new DNA test results have been published this month. To carry out the testing, dental students at King's removed and copied a tooth from Hatch, giving the original to maritime archaeologist Alex Hildred.

Battle against Isis: Plan to charge jihadists with treason 'will not work,' claims terror expert

Independent 19th October 2014

According to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Britain's 'lock-them- up' approach to dealing with returning British jihadist fighters will fail and could make it harder to find potential terrorists. Commenting on the punitive measures in place, Professor Neumann was quoted saying: 'Right now the strategy is very much we're going to lock them up – we're going to try them for treason. It's a strategy that is based basically only on a punitive approach.'

Will Pooley told he may not be immune to Ebola as he returns to Sierra Leone

Guardian 19th October 2014

British nurse Will Pooley who survived Ebola has flown back to Sierra Leone and will resume work on Monday in an Ebola isolation unit run by a team from King's Health Partners. The team, led by Dr Oliver Johnson, has been at the Connaught since 2013 working on health infrastructure. Dr Johnson was quoted saying: 'Will’s experience and commitment will be vital as we do everything we can to flow the stem of cases.' Also reported by Independent, BBC News and Daily Express.

End of life care debate

BBC Radio 4 Sunday 19th October 2014

A Cambridge-based think tank is holding a conference in London tomorrow to consider how the religious faith of patients should be accommodated in end of life care. Dr Jonathan Koffman, Palliative Care, commented on how pain is viewed by different ethnic groups. He said: 'We know from research we conducted at the Cicely Saunders Institute amongst the Afro-Caribbean community that pain was often understood as being a test of their religious faith and in some instances, a divine punishment.'

Harriet Green: how to be a superboss

Times 18th October 2014

Interview with the CEO of Thomas Cook and former King's student, Harriet Green. Commenting on her work ethic, she was quoted saying: 'If your energy level drops, you can count on your people losing their energy level as well.'

'You don't ever get over it': meet the British soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder

Guardian 18th October 2014

As British soldiers withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq, MoD statistics show they are a worrying number of veterans within the criminal justice system. The article mentions King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) which has carried out research showing that army personnel experiencing mental health problems are 4.8 times more likely to report violence on homecoming.

Pupils still think science is for 'the brainy few'

Independent i 17th October 2014

Professor Louise Archer, Education & Professional Studies, said school pupils still think science is 'associated with brainy people', following research carried out as part of the Enterprising Science project backed by King's, BP and Science Museum.

Terror investigations

ITV Good Morning Britain 17th October 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed efforts 'behind the scenes' to thwart potential terrorist activity before it becomes a threat. She mentioned the Channel programme, which aims to provide support to individuals at risk of being drawn into violent extremism.


BBC 2 Newsnight 17th October 2014

Treason is a medieval offence, first passed into law in 1351 during the reign of Edward III. Even though the Act was passed hundreds of years ago and has been amended many times, treason still forbids making war against the sovereign. Dr Cian Murphy, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the concept of treason with regard to Islamic State militants. He said: 'To a certain extent, I think that treason is inadequate to capture the scale of the atrocities.'

Researchers: Malcolm Gladwell was wrong. Practice isn’t perfect.

Dallas Morning News 17th October 2014

The article references a study led by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, that found that there was a stronger correspondence in drawing ability for identical twins than for fraternal twins. This indicated that differences across people in basic artistic ability are due to genes.

Keeping the UK in the lead on medical innovation

Evening Standard 17th October 2014

The Francis Crick Institute, a partnership between six of the UK's leading organisations which includes King's, is a project to create a world-class biomedical research institute in the heart of London.

These students have designed a 'Sleepcoat' for the homeless - who they're training up as entrepreneurs

Huffington Post UK 17th October 2014

The Enactus group at King's, a social enterprise society, have designed a sleepcoat for homeless people and are looking to train up Londoners sleeping rough as entrepreneurs. President of the society, Oli Slattery, was quoted saying: 'Homelessness is something we Londoners tend to ignore so easily because we see it every day. That's what this is all about. Changing perceptions that the homeless are perfectly capable human beings.'

Marcher in IRA uniform broke terror law

Times 16th October 2014

A republican marcher, John Murphy, has been convicted under anti-terror laws for wearing an IRA uniform while taking part in a parade in February. He was filmed wearing a black beret and army-style boots. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying that his attire 'pretty much matched the paramilitary uniform worn by republicans at funerals.' Also reported by the Sun.

Q&A: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Nature 16th October 2014

Postdoctoral fellow, Iria Gomez-Touriño, Immunobiology, interviewed Barré-Sinoussi, Director of the Retroviral Infections unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Ms Gomez-Touriño enquired about progress made since the discovery of HIV thirty years ago and possible treatments and cures.

Q&A: Torsten Wiesel

Nature 16th October 2014

PhD student Stefano Sandrone, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, interviewed Torsten Wiesel, the president emeritus of Rockefeller University in New York City who shared half of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with David Hubel. They discussed his career choices, interest in medicine and relationship with Mr Hubel.

An invigorating influence

Times Higher Education 16th October 2014

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, has written in to the Times Higher Education is response to an article published on 9 October titled 'Time for a makeover?'. Commenting on the discipline of geography, he said: 'Both a social science and a natural science, and comfortable with the humanities, in geography Goodall and Oswald will find all they are looking for and more.'

Inside Out Festival 2014

Times Higher Education 16th October 2014

Described as 'the thinking person’s festival of culture in the capital offers Londoners a variety of delights and insights into the city around them', the fifth Inside Out Festival will run between 20 - 26 October at venues and sites across London, designed to showcase the vast contribution of universities to the capital’s cultural life. The article mentions there will be an opening discussion chaired by Deborah Bull, director of Cultural Partnerships and Dr Emily Butterworth, French, has organised 'a mass game of Chinese whispers.'

Improve your study skills

Statesman (Kolkata) 16th October 2014

Article on The Doon School and King's inviting applications for the 'Winter at Doon with King's College London Course' that will take place between 7 and 19 December 2014 in Dehradun. The programme aims to develop the necessary academic and study skills that are required at a top UK university.

How can we save Kobane from Isil?

Telegraph 16th October 2014

Jill Sargent Russell, War Studies, discusses the military challenges of defending Kobane from Isil and how this suits the strengths of foreign powers. Commenting on what could be done, she wrote: 'The EU, the regional actors and US can declare, on the basis of longstanding international norms, that these acts of aggression – as well as the willing self-defence of the locals – demand and justify a robust military response on behalf of the besieged.'

The government and immigration

BBC Radio 4 16th October 2014

David Cameron has visited Rochester and Strood in Kent today as the local by-election campaign kicks off. The Prime Minister addressed the issue of immigration, discussing the measures the government has already taken. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, was interviewed on how much room David Cameron has when it comes to negotiations. He said: 'His room for manoeuvre is quite limited.'

Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sky News 16th October 2014

Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has been working at the frontline of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. He was interviewed about the screening process following his return to the UK, as well as his experiences in Sierra Leone.

Concern grows over succession of Oman’s Sultan

Voice of America 16th October 2014

After receiving medical treatment in Germany, Oman’s monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has been out of sight for more than three months which has prompted speculation that there be a succession crisis to come. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, discussed how Gulf Cooperation Council countries are worried about regional security. He said: 'The concern is mostly, again, from Saudi Arabia and other players within the GCC who fear that there could be an instability within Oman, politically and domestically which could create another center of instability on the Arabian Peninsula.'

On Pakistan, good start by PM Modi

NDTV 16th October 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written an article on the presence of Pakistan in India's foreign policy. Discussing the new Prime Minister Modi, Dr Pant wrote: 'Now the Modi government needs a long-term plan to handle Pakistan. It can be considered the biggest strategic failure of Indian diplomacy that even after more than six decades, India has not found a way to neutralize the malevolence of a neighbour one-eighth its size.'

Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize with ‘timeless depiction of war’

Guardian 15th October 2014

The Man Booker prize was on Tuesday night won by Richard Flanagan, an Australian novelist, triumphing for The Narrow Road to the Deep North which tells the stories of prisoners and captors on the Burma railway. The article mentions that the judging panel included Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery at King's.

Stem cells from human embryos prove safe, improve vision -study

Reuters UK 15th October 2014

The results of the longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo, published in The Lancet, could help give a boost to the controversial mission to harness stem cells. The trial found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, has confirmed that the results are encouraging, but 'it will take years before the treatment becomes available.'

NantOmics selected by Genomics England to move to next stage of 100000 genomes project for patients with cancer

Press Association 15th October 2014

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantOmics, announced today that the company had been advanced to the next phase of Genomics England’s annotation assessment exercise. Professor Tim Hubbard, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, led the team that evaluated the company's response to the exercise determining the current capabilities of NantOmics.

Soldiers Of The Empire: Recruitment And Resistance

BBC Radio 4 15th October 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, tells the story of how 1.5 million Indian men were recruited from the villages and towns of British India to serve the Empire in the First World War, when India joined on 4 August 1914. Out of all of the colonies in the French, German and British empires, India contributed the highest number of men.

Up to 30 British jihadists now dead in Syria but toll will rise with Isil lure

Telegraph 15th October 2014

It is believed that up to 30 British jihadists have died fighting alongside Isil and other terror organisations in Syria, although researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) who monitor their activity on social media are only aware of 24. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, commented that those who have been killed are referred to by jihadist friends as 'green birds'. He said: 'The increasing reports of deaths will not dissuade people from going because they regard it as martyrdom and a victory. It is the ultimate prize for these jihadists and those around them celebrate their death.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Metro London and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Your place on the ward

Nursing Standard 15th October 2014

Holly Howe Watson, a third-year nursing student at King's, offers advice to fellow students for their first placements at hospitals. She writes: 'The first day of your first placement can be a daunting experience, especially for students who may not have worked in a hospital before.'

Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram: protests but no rescue

CBC News 15th October 2014

On Tuesday Nigerian protesters gathered outside the presidential residence in Abuja, demanding that their Nigerian government be more proactive in the freeing of the 200 schoolgirls still held captive by Boko Haram. They were kidnapped six months ago from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. The article mentions Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, and his book 'Nigeria since Independence: Forever Fragile?' in which he explains that the campaign to free the girls is directed towards the government as 'the inexplicable withdrawal of the soldiers guarding the school from which they were taken, Abuja’s reluctant and week-late admission that they had been kidnapped, and the security forces abject failure to pursue what leads they had in a timely fashion gave rise to serious doubts about the federal government’s competence and desire to save the girls.'

New DNA test hope in search for Madeleine McCann

ITV News 15th October 2014

In a bid to make a breakthrough in the case, British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann want Portuguese police to apply new techniques to items found in the McCanns' holiday apartment. It is hoped that the new DNA test may be able to reveal more information about who was in the Praia da Luz apartment on the night Madeleine went missing in 2007. Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, was interviewed on the likelihood that police could get a better profile now than back in 2007. She said: 'We would have a better chance of getting a full DNA profile but also we can tell something more about the person - what they look like, their hair colour, their eye colour, their geographic ancestry.'

Catholic Church signals more acceptance of gays

Voice of America 15th October 2014

A special meeting of Roman Catholic bishops and lay advisers at the Vatican is reportedly moving the Catholic Church toward a more tolerant relationship with homosexuals. Father Joseph Evans, Chaplaincy, discussed the latest developments. He said: 'For us what really matters in the Church is sanctity and holiness. A homosexual person can be as holy as anybody else.'

End the 'War on Drugs'

Daily Mail 14th October 2014

Sir Richard Branson has written to the Daily Mail following the new cannabis study released by Professor Wayne Hall, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. He wrote: 'I'm equally concerned about the potential harm caused by drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. But the appropriate responses are evidence-based public health interventions and sensible regulation.'

Genetic testing: best to know or not to know?

Independent 14th October 2014

While the number of people seeking presymptomatic genetic testing is growing, most people decide not to go through with it. Christopher Shaw, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was quoted saying: 'Just because you can get information, doesn't mean you should. In fact, it's only when people are really struggling to get on with their lives that we'd say that curiosity alone is reason enough. Even then, they may not get the clear answers they're looking for.'

Why become a student entrepreneur?

Telegraph 14th October 2014

Whilst many students will be looking to join societies such as rowing, debating or journalism at the start of term, entrepreneurship has also been gathering momentum in recent years. The article argues that Student entrepreneurs gain hands-on experience with their education and grow their personal networks. The organisation Innovative Forum is used as an example and serves as a bridge between multiple UK institutions, bringing together students from a range of top universities, including King's.

How Weetabix is made

Telegraph 14th October 2014

According to market research firm Mintel, Britain is eating 50,000 metric tons less cereal than we were back in 2009. The article mentions Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who linked on-the-go breakfast habits to the UK's obesity crisis.

Mosaic unearthed in Northern Greece

BBC Radio 4 Today 13th October 2014

A remarkable mosaic floor thought to date back to the time of Alexander the Great has started to be unearthed by archaeologists in Northern Greece. Professor Edith Hall, Classics, discussed the discovery. She said: 'It's absolutely beautiful. It's basically a picture of a chariot drawn by two enormously spectacular white horses.'

Austrian 'jihad poster girls' tell friends: we want to come home

Independent 13th October 2014

Two teenage girls from Austria, Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 16, who went to Syria to marry Isis fighters are reported to have contacted close friends and told them they want to return to Vienna. According to reports, the girls became radicalised after attending a mosque near their homes and reading about jihad on the internet. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which says there are other radicalised European teenage girls in Syria including 50 from the UK, 60 from France and 40 from Germany.

Isis recruits take part in training regime at camp in Iraq in latest propaganda video

Independent 13th October 2014

An Isis propaganda video titled The Blood of Jihad has been released, showing recruits at a camp in northern Iraq taking part in a training regime. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the footage. He said: 'At one point you can also see them rehearsing how to retrieve fallen comrades while live fire is being used in the training exercise.'

Plan your week's theatre: top tickets

Guardian 13th October 2014

Lyn Gardner picks her must-see shows of the week and suggests Coney's latest interactive show, Early Days (of a better nation), which will be held at King's on Sunday as part of the Underground Festival.

Germany’s new foreign policy: Same reluctance to fight

Bloomberg News 13th October 2014

Despite their combined populations being less than half that of their German neighbour, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark have sent warplanes to strike Islamic State, whereas Germany has opted to not join the U.S.-led coalition. Professor Mats Berdal, War Studies, discussed the country's cautious approach to defence matters. He said: 'Germany has a deep aversion to using force. Yet it’s important to get a broad coalition for symbolic effect. Chancellor Merkel needs to think hard about this because the consequences of what can be called a death cult could be very severe.'

42 thrilling things happening in London this week

Timeout 13th October 2014

In the 'Fun things to do' section of the article, the 2014 Arts & Humanities Festival is listed for 'going below the surface.' The piece notes that there will be 'a huge range of performances, tours, immersive events and debates taking on the theme of ‘underground’.' The Festival has also been mentioned by Evening Standard, BBC Radio 4, Culture Whisper, Londonist, Guardian, London Theatre News, Lady and BBC London.

3D map guides heart surgeons

Sunday Times 12th October 2014

British doctors have successfully treated two men and a woman, all suffering from an erratic heartbeat, using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which helped them guide a probe to defective tissue and destroy it. Professor Reza Razavi and Professor Mark O'Neill, Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, led the operation. Professor O'Neill said: 'The MRI lets us see a 3D image of the heart on a screen, to insert two catheters.'

Pick of the day

Sunday Times 12th October 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, has his programme Soldiers of the Empire featured as Pick of the Day for Wednesday 15 October. The programme will air at 11am on BBC Radio 4.

The innovators: remineralisation takes the pain out of tooth decay

Guardian 12th October 2014

Professor Nigel Pitts and colleagues from the Dental Institute have created a new method that will allow teeth with damage from dental caries to repair themselves in the time it takes to do a normal filling. This new system, electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralisation (EAER), will come to market in three years after three decades of research. Dr Pitts said: 'Instead of having the injection, instead of having the hole cut in your tooth, instead of having a plastic or a metal material put in, you have actually had the tooth dealt with, the demineralisation taken away, natural mineral put back in and the tooth restored to health.'

Pollutionwatch: Fine weather – with added particulates and SO2

Guardian 12th October 2014

Sulphur dioxide from the Bárðarbunga eruption on 19 September spread over the UK and parts of Europe during the following 72 hours. The accompanying image to the article was produced by Dr Anna Font, Environmental Research Group.

Epigenetics – what is it all about?! A RSM Exercise Medicine Conference, 2014 blog mini-series

British Medical Journal 12th October 2014

Third-year medical student, Rory Heath, blogged about the Exercise Medicine conference at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). He wrote: 'The conference had a great mix of applied science and the more modern and fashionable application of digital technology in health, sports and exercise. This is the first of a two part series on the conference’s two central components: Epigenetics and Technology.'

For Ebola caregivers, enormous fear, risk and bravery

CNN 12th October 2014

The article discusses the risk health care workers are taking helping cure patients who have contracted Ebola in West Africa. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is mentioned as having treated Ebola patients over the summer.

A soft approach to returning British fighters

Al Jazeera 12th October 2014

About 500 British citizens are thought to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join IS but there have been reports of some losing faith and looking for a way to come back to Britain. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying: 'We know that there are people in Syria right now who are not happy to be there and who regret having become involved in the first place. If you don't give people an option to return, the idea of these fighters in Syria becoming dangerous international terrorists becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.'

Ucas applications: how to write a personal statement

Telegraph 11th October 2014

Opinion piece on how prospective university students should write honest self-appraisals in order to get their places at university. The article mentions Anne-Marie Canning, Head of Widening Participation, who warned that candidates should be careful with the language they use. She said: 'Often, applicants will use a thesaurus to spruce up their personal statements with more complicated language. There’s no need to do this – we simply want to hear your voice and your reasons for choosing the subject.'

Secret police in burqas terrorise Raqqa

Times 11th October 2014

A group including British female jihadists has become the most feared arm of a secret police force operating in Raqqa, the Isis-controlled city in Syria. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation that believes that more than 65 British women have travelled to Syria.

‘Damaging’ A-level reform threatens to reverse maths uptake, say advisers

Guardian 11th October 2014

The government’s own advisers on A-level reform have warned that getting rid of the AS-level could seriously hinder the uptake of mathematics, especially with girls. This comes following the unpopular decision to abolish the exams taken in year 12. Professor Alice Rogers, Mathematics, commented on the effect this reform could have upon girls taking up maths. She said: 'I think the risk will, in particular, bear down heavily on girls’ choices and there is already a concern about the proportion of girls who take A-level maths. Girls are less inclined to take risks and often have more choice at A-level because they have a bigger spread of good GCSEs.'

Ongoing conflict in Ukraine wreaks havoc on country's Premier League

Los Angeles Times 11th October 2014

The Ukraine's Premier League seemed poised to become one of the world's elite, but the ongoing conflict has weakened it since the annexation of the Crimea last March led to war between the Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels. Research student, Manuel Veth, History, is quoted saying: 'The situation is far from ideal.'

Why won't Turkey help save Kobane from Isil?

Telegraph 10th October 2014

Bill Park, Defence Studies, discusses Turkey's reluctance to strike Islamic State in Syria. Commenting on Turkey's position against the Kurds, he said: 'Turkey makes no distinction between the Kurdish Workers Party (or PKK), and Isil. The PKK is regarded as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, and the US and the EU also classify it as such.'

A war within a war: The battles fought by Gaza's medics

BBC News 10th October 2014

Following the recent war in Israel, the task of rebuilding Gaza will be the focus of an international conference in Cairo this weekend. Dr Naveen Cavale and Dr Simon Calvert, Emergency & Critical Care Medicine, have travelled to Gaza to set up a programme to help victims of war injuries. Dr Calvert was quoted saying: 'Medicine is a global community, and it's a responsibility of ours to help our colleagues in need of assistance.'

Start small. But start now. Stand up for children.

Huffington Post UK 10th October 2014

Former King's MA student, Kollean Bouchane, discusses the work activists such as Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai are hoping to achieve. She writes: 'The stakes are high. Malala and her friends and many girls still in Pakistan, have risked their lives for an education. And they are not alone. Millions of teachers, school staff and students around the world risk their lives every day to get to or to stay in school.'

UK Universities 2014 in Brazil

Exame (Brazil) 10th October 2014

One of the best university fairs will be coming to Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the aim to link Brazilian students with some of Britain's top universities. King's is listed as one of the 76 universities that will be present at the event.

New test to pinpoint the onset of diabetes

Daily Mirror 9th October 2014

Whilst currently the most common way to detect diabetes is raised blood sugar, researchers from King's have claimed that a new test can diagnose Type 2 diabetes years earlier by examining proteins in the blood. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying: 'The new test may lead to a change in the definition of Type 2 diabetes so that people who test positive are said to have it, rather than merely be at risk of it.'

Google in the desert

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 9th October 2014

Most images for Google Street View are normally captured by cameras on cars, but for the first time, the task has been given to a camel to map a section of the Arabian desert. Cultural historian Lawrence Scott was interviewed on this latest move from the company. He said: 'It's an amazingly ironic advancement that Google is doing taking this Googlecam to the desert.'

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands: the best British war film you’ve never seen

Guardian 9th October 2014

Commenting on the release of a 1927 silent epic of naval warfare, Dr Lawrence Napper, Film Studies, was quoted saying: 'British audiences used to laugh at American war films. They were just so unrealistic. It wasn’t details, such as that the uniforms were inaccurate. They would have American troops fighting in battles that they had never been anywhere near.'

How the battle against IS is being fought online

BBC News 9th October 2014

The battle against Islamic State (IS) militants has been fought in part on social networks, with the hashtag #notinmyname circulating following reports of Alan Henning's death. The article mentions the online monitoring carried out by Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and his colleagues. He is quoted saying: 'You literally have thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world using social media in order to convey the message about the jihad that they are fighting.'

Could terrorists turn themselves into Ebola suicide 'bombs'? Experts fear ISIS jihadists may infect themselves to spread virus in West

Daily Mail 9th October 2014

According to a military expert, IS may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, said: 'It is certainly possible for Isis to use the Ebola virus as it is a cheap and accessible source in West Africa. However, considering the WHO’s and international community’s effort to contain the spread of the virus it will be increasingly difficult to 'export' the virus via air transport to other parts of the world.'

Many UK military parents think their careers hurt their children

Reuters UK 9th October 2014

According to a new study from King's, about half of military personnel said their careers have had a negative impact on their children. Professor Nicola Fear, King's Centre for Military Health Research and senior author of the report, was quoted saying: 'Research to date on military children suggests that parental deployment affects children’s well-being and functioning.'

Imricor Medical Systems announces first procedures in clinical study of MR-Enabled™cardiac ablation products

Press Association 9th October 2014

Imricor Medical Systems, Inc. announced the first three cardiac ablation procedures have been completed in the first clinical study that is looking at the feasibility of their MR-enabledTM products to treat atrial flutter. Professor Reza Razavi, Head of the Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, was quoted saying: 'The team at King's College London and St Thomas' Hospital has been thrilled to work alongside Imricor and Philips Research to develop the novel MR-guided ablation system.'

Reducing the incidence of food allergy in children

Press Association 9th October 2014

Research at King's is testing the hypothesis of the early introduction of six allergenic foods, into an infant's diet, alongside continued breastfeeding. Dr Michael Perkin, Paediatric Allergy Research, commented on the significance of the study. He said: 'Whilst it is widely accepted that breast milk is the best for feeding babies it is currently unclear whether excluding allergenic foods from the diet before six months of age is the best way to prevent the development of food allergy and other allergic diseases such as eczema.'

Sponsorship revisited

Arts Professional 9th October 2014

Recent research from Roberta Comunian has highlighted how the practice of business investment in arts and culture has evolved. Deborah Bull, Director of Cultural Partnerships, commented: 'In an era when corporate partnerships are increasingly important to the survival of the arts and yet under greater scrutiny, Roberta’s research promises to be invaluable to anyone looking to make the case for – or prove the value of – this kind of sponsorship.'

How to eat cakes and stay slim: Mary Berry’s sound advice

Times 8th October 2014

Despite the British Bake Off not being known for its dietary advice, experts have praised Mary Berry's approach to staying slim as 'nibbly foods' are instead to blame for Britain’s obesity epidemic. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'She cooks these cakes with everything we think is awful - sugar, saturated fat and cream - but she said 'I only eat a little bit of it', and I think that is the key to it.' Also reported by Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times.

How to stroll your way to razor-sharp recall

Daily Mail 8th October 2014

Many experts have stressed the importance of exercise when it comes to protecting brain and memory performance. The article mentions a study by King's that suggested that the risk of developing Alzheimer's could be reduced 21.8 per cent if people exercised regularly.

Outreach beyond optics

New Indian Express (India) 8th October 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the positive outcome of the Indian prime minister’s recent five-day visit to the US. He wrote: 'Narendra Modi’s trip has energised a relationship that had been drifting for the past several years. But it has not won universal praise.'

Terror arrests

Sky News 8th October 2014

Police are questioning four suspected Islamic State terrorists following a series of raids in West London. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the anti-terror operation. He said: 'If they are charged with any offence, it would seem to give credence to the argument of the Security Service that returning jihadists do pose the most significant threat to the UK.'

Ebola: London's ready for you

Evening Standard 8th October 2014

Following warnings from scientists that there’s a 50/50 chance of the virus Ebola coming to London, Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital, the UK’s only high-level isolation unit, has been put on alert. The article mentions Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, who is leading a team of medical staff in Sierra Leone. Commenting on his team's work, he said: 'We’ve been in Sierra Leone since January 2013, working with local partners to help build a strong health system in the country, but since the start of the Ebola outbreak we’ve dropped everything else.'

How should Nato respond to the Islamic State?

Telegraph 8th October 2014

Professor Andrew Dorman, War Studies, discusses how the former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg will have to decide how to respond to new global threats as head of Nato, including Vladamir Putin's actions in eastern Europe and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. He writes: 'The challenge for Mr Stoltenberg will not be finding a mission for Nato, but deciding the missions in which to deploy troops from the western military alliance.'

For Turkey, it's all about regime change in Syria

Al Jazeera 8th October 2014

Aaron Stein, War Studies, has written a piece on how Ankara won't intervene in Kobane unless the anti-ISIL operation hits Assad regime targets. He wrote: 'Turkey's Syria policy unfolded over many months and eventually came to be defined by the government's absolute insistence that Assad be forced from power via the use of military force.'

Hard-earned ceasefire gains being shot through since 2010

Hindustan Times 8th October 2014

Following a ceasefire that ensured peaceful borders for over ten years, the relationship between India and Pakistan is witnessing a steady rise in border firing incidents. Srinath Raghavan, King's India Institute, is mentioned in the article, commenting on New Delhi’s decision to not seek flag meetings. He is quoted saying: 'Drawing these red lines will only paint us into a corner and reduce our ability to manoeuvre.'

Students swot up on social media

Guardian 7th October 2014

According to recent research from the National Centre for Universities and Business, prospective students are increasingly using social media sites as a way to obtain information, with 13 per cent using Facebook and 29 per cent going on Student Room. The article quoted King's student Maria Suessmilch, who commented: 'Social media is definitely a great way of researching courses and getting an unfiltered, honest opinion about them.'

How a nice hot cup of tea can ruin your teeth: So can swimming, taking hay fever medicine — and going scuba diving!

Daily Mail 7th October 2014

Whilst it is well-known that sugary snacks and too much fruit juice can contribute to tooth decay, there are other less obvious activities that could be damaging the nation's teeth. Professor Tara Renton, Dental Institute, was quoted saying that using your teeth to hold knitting needles or biting off threads can make dents in the front teeth known as a tailor’s notch.

Why aren't air strikes stopping Isil's advance?

Telegraph 7th October 2014

Dr Walter Ladwig III, War Studies, discusses how without well-trained ground forces, it is hard to see how air strikes alone can halt Isil’s advance. Commenting on the air strikes, he wrote: 'In the case of the current strikes against Isil, the efficacy depends significantly on how they are employed, against whom, and in what context.'

Ebola virus in West Africa

BBC Radio Scotland 7th October 2014

Investigations are underway into how a nurse working at a hospital in Madrid has contracted Ebola following caring for a priest who returned to Spain with the virus. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, commented on the increasing number of cases. He said: 'Suddenly people are talking about, worst case scenario, more than a million deaths in West Africa. For those of us who thought at the beginning there would be 100 or 200 cases it's mind-blowing. We could end up seeing more cases a day than we have seen in total in the last six months.'

How genes can influence children’s exam results

New Statesman 7th October 2014

Eva Krapohl & Kaili Rimfeld write about their new study which finds that children differ in their GCSE scores because of differences in their behaviour, self-efficacy as well as intelligence, and that each of these traits are influenced by genes. Also reported in The Daily Mail, Metro, Mirror, ABC (Spain), US News, Science magazine.

The genetics of anorexia: can it be inherited?

The Independent 7th October 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) are working with the charity Charlotte's Helix to understand the genes linked to anorexia. They have already analysed the DNA of more than 300 former anorexia sufferers. Dr Gerome Breen, IoPPN, who is leading the study in the UK, says: "Research on anorexia is where it was on schizophrenia 20 years ago. There have been a lot of small studies producing results that don't get replicated [confirmed]. What we need is a really large sample size."

Suicide Mission

Foreign Policy 7th October 2014

Article mentions a recent study by researchers at King's Centre for Military Health Research which found that just 2 to 5 percent of British war veterans experienced symptoms of PTSD, a fraction of the 21 to 29 percent among U.S. troops.

Turkey and Islamic State

BBC News 7th October 2014

Despite Turkey being a crucial member of NATO and wanting to join the EU, it is not part of the coalition fighting the Islamic State. Bill Park, Defence Studies, commented: 'What the Turks are really angling for is a commitment to the overthrow of Assad, that's their priority. Unless they get that, it's not clear that they will make a direct military contribution.'

Microbubbles illuminate a rainbow web of blood vessels

New Scientist 7th October 2014

Research student Kirsten Christensen-Jeffries, Biomedical Engineering Department, has been working on a project injecting tiny bubbles into the narrowest veins and so you can see previously invisible detail in an ultrasound image. The ability to see such small blood vessels has the potential to some day help doctors detect early signs of damage in the circulatory system or map new veins that signal the growth of a cancerous tumour.

Almost as many teenagers smoke cannabis as cigarettes, study finds

The Independent 7th October 2014

Prof Wayne Hall, National Addiction Centre, comments on his review of evidence on cannabis from the past 20 years. He says: “What’s clear is that cannabis, especially when users smoke it regularly and from a young age, can have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health.” Also reported by Daily Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Press Association, Evening Standard, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live and SkyNews.

King's press release related to 'Almost as many teenagers smoke cannabis as cigarettes, study finds'

Bad dreams could be warning signs of Parkinson's

India Today 7th October 2014

Caused by the loss of nerve cells in a certain region of the brain that control movement, a study has shown that people who experience bad dreams could be warning signs of Parkinson's. Dr Prashanth Reddy, Neurology, was quoted saying: 'A normal sleep cycle lasts between 90 minutes and two hours. At the end of each cycle, you enter a phase of sleep where you dream, which lasts between 15 minutes and one hour. But in people with RBD, the switch malfunctions, and they tend to act out their dreams.'

Air pollution slows growth of children's lungs, says UK study

South China Morning Post 6th October 2014

Following the release of six-year study indicating that children exposed to nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter have slower lung growth, medical experts are calling for more action to clean the UK's air. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying that a child could lose as much as 165ml of lung volume under high-level exposure to nitrogen dioxide.

Do antibiotics cause obesity? - podcast

Guardian 6th October 2014

Looking at the vast community of microbes living inside us - the microbiome - Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, considers the possible role of gut microbes in human disease, including a study linking childhood obesity to antibiotic use. He said: 'The average kid now has, by the age of three, had somewhere between two and three antibiotic courses.'

Pay attention to your gut bacteria

Financial Times 6th October 2014

A recent study in Israel has shown that artificial sweeteners could result in weight gain, which could affect people who drink diet fizzy drinks. The article mentions King's which announced on Monday that is offering an analysis service for the bacteria in the gut.

Analysis: Why are Western women joining Islamic State?

BBC News 6th October 2014

Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, discusses the reasons behind why increasing numbers of women from the UK have decided to travel to Syria via Turkey to join the militant extremist movement Islamic State. Social media sites such as Twitter, tumblr, LinkedIn, and have had a considerable influence over many, offering the women advice, guidance and help with travel. Commenting on the naive romanticism of travelling to join IS, Dr Brown wrote: 'The perceived failure of Western states to give young Muslims a sense of belonging, purpose and value as Muslims and citizens is striking in the online accounts of these women jihadis.'

Brazil businesses will party if Rousseff loses: Pereira

Bloomberg TV 6th October 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, discusses the surprises of the Brazilian election. He said: 'Ten days ago we were talking about Marina facing Dilma in the second round.'

Suicide mission

Foreign Policy 6th October 2014

Post-traumatic stress has been linked to a suicide epidemic that has taken the lives of more than 2,500 U.S. troops since the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan began. A recent study by researchers at King's has found that two to five per cent of British war veterans experienced symptoms of PTSD, which contrasts to the 21 to 29 per cent among U.S. troops.

U.K.'s Tories shame Churchill

Bloomberg News 6th October 2014

Opinion piece stating that Prime Minister David Cameron, in a bid to stop defections to the UK Independence Party ahead of elections next year, may in fact be mimicking its policies. Matt Qvortrup, Institute of Contemporary British History, commented on the unlikelihood of the Council of Europe and its court giving the U.K. a special dispensation to ignore rulings. He was quoted saying: 'Leaving an international convention is pretty much impossible.'

Ladykillers hunt spies

Sun 5th October 2014

According to reports, female British jihadists are hunting down and executing spies who are accused by Islamic State of aiding the US-led bombing campaigns. The article mentions experts from King's who have identified one woman, Umm Waqqas, as British.

Two more womb swap babies due in weeks: Expectant mums use organ of their own mothers to have children

Daily Mail 5th October 2014

Two women who are using transplanted wombs donated by their own mothers are set to give birth in two weeks. Professor Henrik Hagberg, Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, was quoted saying: 'I was quite astounded that everything went so well. I think that’s quite fantastic.'

Disillusioned British jihadists stuck in Turkey because they are too scared to come back to UK

Evening Standard 5th October 2014

It is believed that as many as 100 British jihadists are stranded in Turkey because they are too scared to return to the UK after leaving Islamic State, with many seeking to travel to countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh where their parents have roots. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, previously stated that British jihadists fighting in Syria had been wanting to return. He was quoted saying: 'The people we have been talking to […] want to quit but feel trapped because all the Government is talking about is locking them up for 30 years.'

Alibaba's cave has nukes

Sunday Times (India) 5th October 2014

Whilst the T700 fibre that can be used to enrich the uranium in nuclear bombs is controlled by a number of international bodies, it can be bought online at Nick Gillard, Project Alpha, is quoted saying: 'Alibaba is a virtual supermarket for proliferation-sensitive items used in the process of producing nuclear weapons.'

The jihadi hunters

Boston Globe 5th October 2014

The article discusses how a new generation of self-made experts is tracking extremists through their online activity. It mentions one of these experts, Aaron Zelin, a 26-year-old graduate student in Washington, D.C., who has just started his PhD at King's. He said: 'There are still people who don’t view this as a real form of study.'

The long shadow of Isis

New Statesman 4th October 2014

Dr John Bew, War Studies, discussed Britain's involvement in the conflict against Islamic State. He wrote: 'Last year, at the time of the vote on Syria, Britain was first into the blocks, ahead of a reluctant Obama. But in a moment that might come to define Cameron’s premiership, it fell at the starting pistol. Those ramifications are still being felt.'

Degrees of ability

Spectator 4th October 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written in in response to a piece he was quoted in on PPE. He said: 'I cannot help feeling that a degree which produced two Nobel prize winners in economics — Hicks and Meade — and three of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century — Isaiah Berlin, Strawson and Dummett — must have a bit more to be said for it.'

Beheading of another Western hostage

BBC Radio 4 Today 4th October 2014

Following the beheading of Alan Henning and the release of another video depicting another Western hostage whose fate now hangs in the balance, Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discusses the appeals from some unexpected groups. He said: 'There's been a massive campaign over the last two weeks by pretty much every facet of the Muslim community in this country to get him released, including a lot of people that would normally be considered extremists.'

Mackerel and other oily fish 'combat depression'

Telegraph 3rd October 2014

According to new research, eating oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines can protect people against developing depression. Rich in omega-3, oily fish has also been linked to combating some cancers, heart disease and arthritis. Researchers from King's studied 152 patients who were being treated with a supplement known to cause depression, yet found drugs containing omega-3 cut the risk of developing the condition by two thirds.

Misguided goals as the NHS becomes a political football

Guardian 3rd October 2014

Following David Cameron's announcement promising access to a GP seven days a week, Professor Clive Coen, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, was quoted saying: 'Perhaps Jeremy Hunt wants specialists to retrain. On what grounds does he believe it would be prudent to encourage a shift of such proportion?'

Tory bid to liken human rights plan to German legal system backfires

Guardian 3rd October 2014

Following reports that the UK justice secretary may have tried to enlist Germany in his campaign against the European court of human rights (ECHR), experts have claimed that any comparison between the British and German legal systems is misleading. Dr Lorenzo Zucca, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on Britain’s conception of the power relationship between London and Strasbourg. He said: 'Throughout the continent, it is now very common to think of the relationship between national courts and Strasbourg as not so much a hierarchical, but a horizontal one: it’s meant to be an ongoing judicial dialogue.'

Cameron’s English problem

New York Times 3rd October 2014

Article by Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, on the English Question, following the result of the Scottish referendum. He wrote: 'But how should the English Question be answered? The logical answer is federalism. But the English have always resisted it.'

‘If you want to be the best, this is the place to do it’

TES Magazine 3rd October 2014

Article on the new King’s College London Mathematics School for 16 to 19 year-olds in Lambeth, South London. Dan Abramson, the School's headteacher, is quoted saying: 'I have been bowled over by the goodwill, energy and sheer determination of people who made sure it happened.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 4 Today 2nd October 2014

The British and Sierra Leonean governments are hosting a conference in London to try and encourage progress in the fight against Ebola. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is currently working at one of the main government hospitals in Freetown. He said: 'We've had to temporarily suspend seeing new patients because the isolation unit for suspected Ebola cases at the hospital is completely full.'

How a simple cold can set off a deadly asthma attack

Daily Mail 2nd October 2014

Scientists from King's and Imperial College London may have discovered why a simple cold can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack having shown that asthmatics produce more of a chemical that affects the immune system.

News in brief

Times Higher Education 2nd October 2014

The piece mentions a new project that will be carried out by the Policy Institute, alongside Digital Science and Nature Publishing Group. It will look into the impact on society of academic research conducted at universities.

Modi's US trip all optics and pageantry? Incorrect

NDTV 2nd October 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the Indian Prime Minister's five-day visit to the US and how many are viewing Modi's diplomacy as disappointing. Commenting on India's foreign policy, Dr Pant wrote: 'What Modi has been able to achieve during his visit to the US is to lay the foundation for some of the long-term changes in the way India is likely to conduct its dealings with the world in the coming years.'

Turkey MPs back Iraq-Syria deployment

BBC News 2nd October 2014

Turkey's parliament has backed a motion that could allow its army to become involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discussed this latest development. He said: 'Having seen the commitment of American interest and now military force into the region, it would have been very surprising for them not to support their American allies.'

Britain needs to stop discouraging women from choosing engineering as a career

New Statesman 2nd October 2014

According to a new report published last week, one way of addressing the issue of the UK's lack of engineers is to encourage more women to opt for careers in engineering. This comes following claims that too few girls take the right STEM subjects at A-level. The article mentions the ASPIRES project, run by Professor Louise Archer, Department of Education & Professional Studies, and their report which revealed that young people with an interest in studying STEM subjects beyond the age of 16 usually came from families with a medium or high science capital.

Warning of university 'cold spots'

BBC News 1st October 2014

Maps produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England have revealed that there are 'cold spots' in higher education across England which could affect the growth of local economies. These areas include the east of England, the south west, north east and Cumbria. Commenting on whether universities play a role in driving local businesses, Professor Alison Wolf, Management, said: 'Pouring public money into a locality obviously creates direct local beneficiaries. But there is nothing in the research literature to suggest it automatically strengthens the wider local economy in the short or the long term.'

Radicalisation of British women

ITV Good Morning Britain 1st October 2014

Following the disappearance of two British teenagers believed to have travelled to Syria, Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discusses the reasons behind why many young women have become radicalised. She said: 'We're looking more at vulnerability and shared experiences that might make individuals more vulnerable or more susceptible to specific messages.'

London leads the world for outstanding universities

Evening Standard 1st October 2014

According to the Times Higher Education world university rankings, London has more top universities than any other city in the world. The article mentions King's which was ranked at 40.

A strategic scorecard for Afghanistan

Foreign Policy 1st October 2014

Christopher D. Kolenda, War Studies, reported on the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as the new Afghan President and the opportunity it could provide for the country to move forward. He wrote: 'Whether the two rival leaders can make an effective, reformed, national unity government that is greater than the sum of its parts will determine the extent of success or failure over the next five years.'

Tooth decay

BBC 1 Breakfast 30th September 2014

More than one in ten three year olds in England suffer from tooth decay, which could be easily prevented by cutting out sugary drinks and regular dental check-ups. According to Public Health England, there is a big variation across England, and in some areas, more than 30 per cent of children are affected. Professor Marie Therese Hosey, Dental Institute, commented: 'On Tuesday I spent about two hours in general anesthetic theatre. We had ten patients, and of those ten patients, on average I took out about seven baby teeth out of each child.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today.

Can holding a magnet against your head help defeat depression?

Daily Mail 30th September 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience are leading research into the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for anorexia. Jessica McClelland (IoPP) says: ‘Our hope is that by doing this we can alter the urge to restrict what you eat, and the anxiety around feeling fat or full. Preliminary results suggest that after one month and at six months there was a broad improvement in the patients’ anorexic symptoms, anxiety and depression and stress levels,’

Vince Cable to review number of ethnic minority board members

Guardian 30th September 2014

A report of the top 10,000 executives co-authored by Trevor Phillips, former chair of the equality and human rights commission, and Professor Richard Webber, Geography, found that there was little ethnic minority diversity at the top of business, with two-thirds of FTSE 100 firms having no full-time minority executive directors. This initiative follows Lord Davies’ 2011 review into women in the boardroom which was required by the government to increase the numbers of women in senior management roles.

The case against Qatar

Foreign Policy 30th September 2014

Washington may finally be beginning to respond to Qatar, although remains unwilling to confront it directly. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, discussed how government officials implement their foreign policy. He said:'The Qataris usually work by identifying individuals who they think are ideologically on the same wavelength.'

RAF jets called in to help Kurdish troops in Iraq

ITV News 30th September 2014

Following news that The Ministry of Defence had announced that RAF jets today made their first attacks on Islamic State positions in Iraq, Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the RAF's involvement. He said: 'I think the most important thing is that the Kurdish forces there know they now have another form of support.'

Cervical diagnosis 'can take months'

Daily Mail 29th September 2014

According to a new study, young women with symptoms of cervical cancer are having to wait up to six months for a diagnosis. The article mentions researchers at King's who have said that many of the symptoms are dismissed by both family doctors and women as side-effects of the Pill.

The roadblock to commercialisation

Financial Times 29th September 2014

Article on how innovation generated at universities can lead to the creation of high-impact spin-off businesses. It mentions the organisation, the IP Group, which is partnered with 12 leading universities, including King's.

Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters

Guardian 29th September 2014

Hundreds of young women as young as 14 are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamic fighters in the Middle East. According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, they are mainly aged between 16 and 24, with many having just graduated from university.

Barker & Burstow’s care packages for England

British Medical Journal 29th September 2014

Article co-authored by Professor Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit. She wrote: 'The market in social care has failed. This is the conclusion of two reports on social care from different perspectives, the Barker report and the Burstow report.'

Does the history of philosophy matter?

Prospect 29th September 2014

It is likely that those who study philosophy at a British or American university will have a modest education in the history of the subject. The article mentions Classical Philosophy: a history of philosophy without any gaps by Professor Peter Adamson, Philosophy, who is quoted saying: 'My goal in this series of books, then, is to tell the whole history of philosophy in an entertaining but not overly-simplified way.'

E.U. inquiry into tax deals for multinationals like Apple pushes ahead

New York Times 29th September 2014

Europe’s antitrust regulator will shortly provide fuller details on why it suspects low-tax countries such as Ireland to have made special deals with multinationals like Apple. Professor Andrea Biondi, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed the report set to published on Tuesday. He said: 'It could have major repercussions outside Europe, particularly for American companies.' Also reported by Boston Globe.

Dilma and the world

O Globo (Brazil) 29th September 2014

Article on Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, quoting Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, who commented on the engagement of the President in external affairs.

'Good terrorists, bad terrorists'

Business Standard (India) 29th September 2014

Article by research student, Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute on whether Modi and Obama can forge a common outlook on international terrorism. He wrote: 'India believes that secular, non-theocratic states are the best antidote to radical forces. The US, in contrast, does not find it difficult to accommodate theocracies and anti-secular regimes.'

UK Isis fighters reveal deadly predicament

Sunday Times 28th September 2014

British jihadists in Syria and Iraq who have become disillusioned are reported to have told their families they fear being killed by western airstrikes, or beheaded if they try to flee the Islamic State ranks. The article mentions Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who commented earlier this month that at least 20 per cent of British jihadists could be trying to find a way out.

British military limitations

BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend 28th September 2014

Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, discussed how sea launch in Libya would have given the UK a major advantage. Commenting on Britain's ageing aircrafts, he said: 'Six tornadoes won't give you permanent cover over Northern Iraq.'

Belief in God

BBC Radio 4 Sunday 28th September 2014

The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge FKC, Dean of King’s College London, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 on the rise of new atheism and the increasing number of Sunday Assembly meetings, which are often referred to as ‘atheist churches'. He said: 'I think human beings are wonderful because God made them and my concern for an atheist humanist is how do they know they have any value?'

World Pollutionwatch: A breath of not-so-fresh air

Guardian 28th September 2014

On 6 September, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency’s twitter feed issued air pollution warnings for rural Ireland as sulphur dioxide concentrations reached peaks that resembled those experienced downwind of large, old coal power stations. The article mentions scientists at King's who also detected traces of mineral dust in the air as the sulphur dioxide passed through.

Update your garden in an instant

Times 27th September 2014

Article by Joe Swift on how to refresh your garden by painting walls, pots and other objects. The piece mentions his current project that involves the Greenwood Theatre at King's.

Isis 'fanboys' may now switch to attacks in UK, say terror experts

Guardian 27th September 2014

Following the decision to begin air strikes in the Middle East, experts have warned that hundreds of Islamic State sympathisers could cancel their plans to travel to Syria and Iraq and instead choose to launch attacks on home soil. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said that the MPs' vote for air strikes in Iraq had, in the minds of some Isis supporters, moved the frontline from Syria and Iraq to Britain.

Multiverse me: Should I care about my other selves?

New Scientist 27th September 2014

Opinion piece on the multiverse that features a quote by Professor David Papineau, Philosophy. He is quoted saying: 'Say you put your money on a horse which you think is a very good bet. It turns out that it doesn't win, and you lose all your money. You think, 'I wish I hadn't done that.' But you brought benefits to your cousins in other universes where the horse won.'

For your genes only

Spectator 27th September 2014

Article on how the revolution that began with the Humane Genome Project is finally being realised. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, commented on the future of genetics saying that patients will no longer only be genetically tested after they have developed symptoms of a disease, but before.

Vodafone tries to steal march on 5G network

The Times 26th September 2014

In an article about 5G network technology, there is mention of King's research collaboration with the University of Surrey to develop new wireless technologies. Also reported by Independent and City AM.

Doctors lead backlash against expensive cancer drugs

FInancial Times 26th September 2014

Professor Richard Sullivan, director of the Institute of Cancer Policy at King’s, commented on the government’s Cancer Drugs Fund. He said: ‘The newer cancer drugs are often more toxic, and when you take stock of their effect after a few years in the real world, they are a waste of money.’

Exercise detoxes body of depressive chemicals, scientists find

Daily Telegraph 26th September 2014

A new study has found out why working up a sweat is so relaxing and mood-boosting.Commenting on the research, Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, says: "Exercise is always good for mental and physical health. This study shows one of the mechanisms by which exercise is beneficial but is not the only one good thing – people should exercise anyway.”

Sex sirens and symbols

BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour 26th September 2014

As Bridget Bardot approaches her eightieth birthday this weekend, the programme analyses the differences between the terms 'sex siren' and 'sex symbol.' Professor Ginette Vincendeau, Film Studies, discusses how Bardot fits the bill for a 'sex siren'. She said: 'She has this duality between being a perfect sex symbol for the male audience but also being a powerful female figure.'

Alibaba: Weapons of mass ecommerce

Financial Times 26th September 2014

Whilst sought after by the makers of racing bikes and jet aircrafts, the high-strength carbon fibre made by Japan’s Toray Industries is also perfect for supersonic centrifuges which are used to enrich the uranium in nuclear bombs. To buy it directly requires an export licence but it can be purchased from, the Chinese trade website owned by Alibaba Group. Nick Gillard, Project Alpha, commented: 'Virtually every dual-use item needed for a proliferator to produce nuclear weapons is advertised for sale on Alibaba.'

Why border stand-offs between India and China are increasing

BBC News 26th September 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, analyses why minor incursions by troops are common on the border between India and China. He writes: 'There are differing perceptions on where the border lies and overlapping claims about the lines up to which both sides patrol. As a result, both Indian and Chinese troops routinely transgress into areas claimed by the other side.'

The north-south student divide: While northern undergraduates splash their cash on having fun southern scholars spend more wisely on books and DIY

Daily Mail 26th September 2014

According to Amazon Student, a new index consisting of data compiled from sales of items purchased by Amazon account holders between March and June, King's has the most studious undergraduates. The data found that those who study at King's purchase more academic textbooks than any other students in Britain.

Will Narendra Modi's visit improve US-India ties?

Telegraph 26th September 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the arrival of Narendra Modi in the United States this weekend to woo corporate investors for the Indian space programme. He wrote: 'It is unlikely that the visit will deliver much beyond showmanship. The focus is likely to be on further strengthening defence, economic and technology ties.'

PM apologises to the Queen

BBC News 25th September 2014

Dr Matthew Glencross, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed about David Cameron's apology to the Queen, following a remark about her view on the Scottish independence referendum. He said: 'The Queen will probably have some choice words for the PM.'

Autism risk of having babies close together

Times 25th September 2014

According to new research, babies conceived within a year of a sibling’s birth are more likely to be autistic. The article mentions a separate study by King's that found that babies were ten times more likely to develop the condition if they had a brother or sister with autism.

Surge in take-up of STEM subjects

Times Good University Guide 2015 25th September 2014

Students are increasingly choosing to study science and engineering courses at university and picking universities with strong reputations for research prowess. Professor Michael Luck, Informatics, discussed how universities have also been modernising their approach to science degrees. He said: 'Over the last few years, King's has been building up its strength in STEM subjects with an integrated approach that brings together the disciplines, rather than treating them as distinct.'

Turn the corner in Afghanistan

New Indian Express (India) 25th September 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, on the signing of a power-sharing pact by Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Commenting on the international response to the agreement, Dr Pant wrote: 'The Obama administration heaved a sigh of relief with this pact and hailed it as an “important opportunity” for unity and increased stability.'

Autism risk of having babies close together

The Times 25th September 2014

Article mentions research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience from earlier this year which found that children are 10 times more likely to have autism if they have a brother or sister with the condition.

Does Nicolas Sarkozy have a chance in 2017?

Daily Telegraph 25th September 2014

Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, writes about Nicholas Sarkozy's prospects of regaining presidency in 2017. He said: 'Despite the media storm around Mr Sarkozy's return, his road back to the Elysée is long and littered with obstacles.'

Christopher Hogwood, early-music devotee, dies at 73

New York Times 25th September 2014

Piece on the life of conductor, harpsichordist and scholar, Christopher Hogwood. It mentions that he once held an academic position at King's.

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Scientific American 24th September 2014

Commenting on how cannabis use changes the brain, Professor Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, says: “It's likely these are adaptive changes, which will probably disappear when they stop taking cannabis.”

Woman's Hour - Male bulimia

BBC Radio 4 24th September 2014

Professor Janet Treasure, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, discusses male bulimia.

EU plans for Iran gas imports if sanctions go

Reuters UK 24th September 2014

As relations with top gas supplier Russia have begun to deteriorate, the European Union is increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran. Dr Frank Umbach, War Studies, said: 'Iran's interest to deliver gas to Europe is very big. Parts of Iran's economical and political elite as well as Western companies are preparing for an end of the sanctions.'

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Telegraph 24th September 2014

The human eye has long intrigued scientists, and over the last decade there has been an increase in interest that is unlocking the eye's full potential. Professor Chris Hammond, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discussed his long career in Ophthalmology. He said: 'I think we’re at a key moment. The pace of our genetic understanding, cell-based therapies and artificial devices for the treatment of eye disease is advancing faster than ever.'

10 amazing breakthroughs in breast cancer

Huffington Post UK 24th September 2014

The article mentions a study co-led by The Institute of Cancer Research, London, King’s, and Queen Mary University of London, which identified the first genetic variant specifically associated with the risk of a difficult-to-diagnose cancer sub-type which accounts for as many as 10-15 per cent of all breast cancer cases. Dr Elinor Sawyer, Research Oncology, said: 'A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating, particularly if it is not picked up early and the cancer is at a stage when it may be more difficult to treat.'

Britain edges closer to military actions against IS

Voice of America 24th September 2014

The article discusses David Cameron recalling parliament to debate taking military action against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Dr Craig Larkin, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, was quoted saying: 'While ISIS might be deterred, and there will be a step back from territorial gains, they cannot be fought like a conventional army. There is going to be a further requirement for feet on the ground by Western forces.'

Katherine Grainger sets off on long trip to Rio Olympics

Times 23rd September 2014

Katherine Grainger, King's fellow and Olympic champion, ended two years of deliberation yesterday by returning to the Great Britain squad. Commenting on setting her sights on Rio 2016, she said: 'There are going to be big challenges ahead in coming back after two years away.'

Analysis: What was the aim of IS's John Cantlie video?

BBC News 23rd September 2014

Article by Shiraz Maher and Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussing the release of a second Islamic State video featuring captured British journalist John Cantlie. They wrote: 'Gruesome beheading videos of Western hostages released by Islamic State are by now, unfortunately, to be expected. However, the videos featuring Mr Cantlie mark a dramatic shift in the group's propaganda strategy.'

Are the US-led air strikes in Syria legal - and what does it mean if they are not?

Telegraph 23rd September 2014

Professor Theo Farrell, War Studies, wrote an article on the legality of the United States extending the bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria. Air strikes were conducted against ISIL facilities across four provinces in Syria, including its capital, the city of Raqqa. He wrote: 'The upshot is that US strikes against ISIL in Syria are probably illegal but widely recognised as legitimate. We are likely to see a rerun of what happened in 1999.'

University towns set for a term-time boom as it's revealed students boost local economies by almost £20bn a year

Daily Mail 23rd September 2014

According to a study by Amazon Student which has compiled its first Student Index to pinpoint how young people in different towns are spending their money. It revealed that King’s has the most studious undergraduates, who purchase more academic textbooks than any other students in the UK.

Scientists develop 3D model to see how smog moves among Hong Kong skyscrapers

Bloomberg Businessweek 23rd September 2014

Researchers from King's, the University of Hong Kong, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia, are in the process of designing a 3D model to map how pollution moves around in a city of skyscrapers. Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying: 'Developments in miniature air sensors, coupled with rapid advancements in 2-D urban pollution modeling, mean that this ambitious project is now feasible. City-scale three dimensional models have never been explored before in urban pollution monitoring.'

Hero we go again

The Sun 22nd September 2014

Commenting on the Help for Heroes campaign, Prof Greenberg, King's Centre for Military Health Research, said: “While the plight of these individuals and their families is often discussed by politicians, the actual services available are often lacking. Hopefully this work, and the more detailed study, will lead to better co-ordinated and more effective care."

Barack Obama urges United Nations to set up global ban on fighters

Guardian 22nd September 2014

Following Barack Obama's plans to press the UN security council to pass a new resolution that would impose global travel bans on fighters looking to enlist in overseas wars, Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying that events in Syria had jolted the international community into tackling the phenomenon of foreign fighters. He commented: 'From an international point of view, foreign fighters actually make these conflicts more difficult to resolve.'

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

MSN News 22nd September 2014

The article discusses how prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars and of crime on the streets. It mentions the book The Social Order of the Underworld by David Skarbek, Political Economy, which focuses on the California prison system - a system housing the second-largest inmate population in the country.

Drop in price of oil

BBC World Service Radio 22nd September 2014

Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute, discusses why the price of oil has fallen so fast and is down by 15 per cent. He said: 'I think it's of great concern to countries such as Russia and several others who absolutely depend on export oil revenues.'

Under the lid

The Sunday Telegraph 21st September 2014

Professor Chris Hammond from the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology was interviewed about the latest research into common eye diseases. He said: 'I’ve been working in ophthalmology for nearly 25 years,” he says. “And I think we’re at a key moment.The pace of ourgenetic understanding, cell-based therapies and artificial devices for the treatment of eye disease is advancing faster than ever.'

We are staying together: so what does it mean to be British now?

The Sunday Telegraph 21st September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, reflected on the consequences of last week's referendum for British identity. He said: 'This referendum has probably reawakened the slumbering beast of English nationalism.' Professor Bogdanor was also interviewed by The Independent on Sunday.

Looming quakes may be betrayed by groundwater changes

New Scientist 21st September 2014

Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, discussed a study by researchers at Stockholm University that revealed a link between chemical changes in groundwater and earthquakes. He said: 'There is still a lot more evidence that needs to be gathered, in other study sites and for longer time spans, before we can consider large changes of groundwater chemistry to always be a precursor to medium-to-large seismic activity.'

Managing Mr Xi

Sunday Business Standard (India) 21st September 2014

Article by Professor Harsh V Pant on the visit of the Chinese President to India. He wrote: 'The visit clearly was not as substantive as many were hoping for. But this is the new normal in Sino-Indian ties.'

So, what gender is your toy?

Deccan Herald (India) 20th September 2014

The article discusses how Lego's latest collection, Research Institute, could be significant in breaking gender stereotypes. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, supports the new toys which show women doing intellectually-demanding jobs.

How worried should India be about China?

Daily Telegraph 19th September 2014

Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes about India's relationship with China, claiming that tensions between the two nations show no sign of abating.

Phones 4u billionaire's son has been trapped in his house by agoraphobia for nine years

Daily Mail 19th September 2014

Commenting on news that Rufus Caudwell, son of billionaire businessman John has agoraphobia, Professor Kevin Gournay, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience added: ‘The stresses of divorce could trigger agoraphobia. It’s fair to say the children of parents who are in the limelight – high achievers – are often under terrific pressure to emulate their parents. That can lead to anxiety, which can lead to agoraphobia.’

Scottish independence referendum

Sky News 19th September 2014

Dr Andrew Blick, (ICBH) was interviewed before and after the Scottish independence polls closed by CNN and provided comment on Sky News, BBC London News, Al Jazeera, O Globo Xinhau, Phoenix TV and Russia Today.

Constitutional reform debate

BBC Radio 4 19th September 2014

Following David Cameron's speech about the future of the UK which called for change in Scotland to also be reflected in Northern Ireland, Wales and England, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed on its implications. He said: 'I suspect that the English MPs will want to look very carefully at these new powers that are being given to Scotland. I think it's very difficult to set up a precise timetable. Parliament will want to scrutinise this very carefully indeed.'

Silent jihadis keep governments guessing about terror returnees

Washington Post 19th September 2014

The article discusses how intelligence agencies are focusing on the threat posed by men and women who aren’t seen tweeting from Syria. It mentions researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have been identifying and tracking several hundred foreign fighters in Syria. Also reported by Daily Beast.

Richard Ayoade swaps comedy for academia for festival to celebrate new film The Double

Evening Standard 18th September 2014

Article reports that actor and film-maker, Richard Ayoade, will participate in a panel discussion about his critically acclaimed film 'The Double' at King's Arts and Humanities Festival in October.

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

The Atlantic 18th September 2014

Interview with Dr David Skarbek, Political Economy, on his new book 'The Social Order of the Underworld: How prison gangs govern the American penal system'.

Why is it so hard for British agents to track down hostages?

Daily Telegraph 18th September 2014

Dr Huw Dylan, War Studies, writes about the difficulties faced by British agents attempting to track down hostages in Iraq and Syria.

Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists

Guardian 18th September 2014

Dr Christopher Corpe, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on research which suggests artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar levels by promoting growth of certain gut bacteria. He said future work must draw on larger numbers of people who consume more realistic amounts of artificial sweeteners.

Scottish referendum: yes and no agree it's a once-in-a-lifetime vote

Guardian 18th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said a second Scottish independence vote after a 'no' result was not impossible. He added: 'As Disraeli said: Finality is not the language of politics.' Professor Bogdanor was also interviewed by Daily Telegraph, Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4.

The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How to Master It, by Walter Mischel

Times Higher Education 18th September 2014

Dr Natalie Gold, Philosophy, and principal investigator on the European Research Council-funded project 'Self-control and the Person: An Interdisciplinary Account', reviews The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How to Master It, by Walter Mischel.

Pleas for Alan Henning

Sky News 18th September 2014

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed about an appeal by Muslim leaders for Islamic State to release British hostage Alan Henning. He said such appeals are 'important' but that they must not appear to be Government-orchestrated.

Hostage rescue attempt

BBC Radio Five Live 18th September 2014

Dr Huw Dylan, War Studies, was interviewed about attempts to rescue hostages taken by Islamic State. He warned that intelligence agencies are ‘not omnipotent’ and face difficulties in finding hostages who are so well hidden by adversaries who are themselves trying to evade capture. Interview begins at 13.00.

Yes may mean early election, says PM's tutor

Daily Telegraph 17th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said a vote for Scottish independence could leave the Government in 'limbo'. He added: 'The Government would lose a lot of authority. Some have said David Cameron would have to resign.'

Unethical cancer screening trial has to stop, say experts

The Times 17th September 2014

An ‘unethical’ breast screening trial for women should be halted, according to a letter to the BMJ by a group of medical experts, including lead signatory and professor of obstetrics at King’s, Susan Bewley. The BMJ letter stated: ‘Lack of a proper research question and competence, inherent bias, and under-informed women have resulted in improper science and an unethical trial. We call for the age extension trial to be halted and for an independent review.’

The Immortality of the Crab

BBC Radio 4 17th September 2014

Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, Social Science Health and Medicine, took part in a discussion on Ageing and Mortality/Immortality with the writer Bryan Appleyard and the Priest/Social commentator Giles Fraser.

How easily could Scotland set up its own armed forces?

Daily Telegraph 17th September 2014

Professor Andrew Dorman, Defence Studies, outlines five reasons why creating armed forces for an independent Scotland might prove problematic.

Healthy heart may lessen risk of dementia

The Times 17th September 2014

Stopping smoking, starting to exercise, keeping the brain active and controlling diabetes can all help reduce the risk of dementia “even in late life”, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2014, produced by the Institute of psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Professor Martin Prince (IoPPN) said: “There is already evidence from several studies that the incidence of dementia may be falling in high income countries, linked to improvements in education and cardiovascular health. We need to do all we can to accentuate these trends. With a global cost of over US$600 billion (£370 million), the stakes could hardly be higher.” Also reported by The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Press Association, O Globo (Brazil), Correiro Braziliense (Brazil), Nursing Times and BBC Radio London 94.9.

King's press release related to 'Healthy heart may lessen risk of dementia'

Britain shows off its brilliant brains in table of world’s top universities

The Times 16th September 2014

King’s is ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 850 global higher education institutions. This ranking is an improvement for King’s of three places since last year. During the same period, King’s has also moved up one place to 5th in the UK. Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, BBC News Online, Evening Standard, Huffington Post and Press Association.

King's press release related to 'Britain shows off its brilliant brains in table of world’s top universities'

Can a phone app really tell if that mole is cancerous?

Daily Mail 16th September 2014

John Hawk, emeritus professor of dermatology at King’s, said phone apps which claim to detect skin cancer ‘have to be considered unreliable.’ He added: ‘They are very likely to miss moles that are a malignant melanoma, or highlight ones that are not. They can get it wrong both ways and that represents a huge risk to the patient.’

Alan Henning: Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release British aid worker following kidnap

The Independent 16th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on reports that Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis for the release of a British aid worker. He said: 'Al-Qaeda has been critical of Isis in recent months. It understands how its behaviour will be perceived by the Western public. Although the two groups’ underlying ideology is still very similar, Al-Qaeda is much more strategic. For example, it is not opposed to beheadings but realises it makes no sense to carry them out in the way that Isis does because this tactic will lose them a lot of friends.’ Also reported by Daily Express and The Sun.

Green energy sector fears Scottish Yes vote

Financial Times 16th September 2014

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King's, commented on the ramifications of a 'yes' vote in the Scottish independence referendum for Scotland's renewable energy ambitions. He said: ‘If the public policy’s there they can be good businesses, but you are dependent on that policy remaining in place – and I don’t think they could afford the renewable policy on their own, it is dependent on them being part of the UK market.’

Why Xi Jinping's visit to India is significant

BBC News Online 16th September 2014

Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes about the significance of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India. He said: 'Given the recent history of turbulence in Sino-Indian ties, the visit of the Chinese president to India will be closely watched and analysed.'

Drawings made ​​in childhood influence intelligence in adulthood

Correio Braziliense (Brazil) 16th September 2014

Children's drawings at age 4 indicate intelligence at age 14, according to research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr Rosalind Arden adds: "Many children who had low results will be brilliant. We noticed a trend, not a certainty."

Isis videos 'excite' group's supporters

Guardian 15th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on social media reaction to videos released by Islamic State, amongst its supporters. He said: 'There are three types of reaction. There is pure jubilation, comments that America and now Britain are getting what they deserve, and the thought that this is not pretty, but that this is the kind of thing that happens with revolutions.'

Mayor of London calls for air strikes in Iraq

BBC London 94.9 FM 15th September 2014

Professor Victoria Fontan, a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies, argues that airstrikes in Iraq would be counter-productive.

World leaders meet to discuss ISIS

CNN 15th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said the latest video released by ISIS is aimed at recruiting sympathisers of the jihadists who might be interested in joining a fight against the US.

International response to ISIS

BBC London 94.9 FM 15th September 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, said a 'strong international response' is required to tackle the threat posed by Islamic State. She also discussed reasons why individuals from the UK become radicalised. Item begins at 02.35.

ISIS' Use of Social Media Is Not Surprising; Its Sophisticated Digital Strategy Is

Huffington Post 15th September 2014

Alessandro Bonzio, a former master's student in International Relations, writes about Islamic State's use of social and digital media.

Can the West defeat Isil?

Daily Telegraph 15th September 2014

Bill Park, Defence Studies, outlines five reasons why the West will not find it easy to defeat Islamic State.

ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey

The New York Times 15th September 2014

According to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, at least 12,000 foreign militants are fighting in Syria and Iraq — many of them with ISIS.

How many more Western captives is ISIS holding?

CNN 15th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said the beheading of Western captives by Islamic State represents a 'low cost strategy' for the jihadist group. He said: 'They are seeing that in order to capture the world's attention and recruit people, they no longer need to take down the World Trade Towers or hit the Pentagon.'

Hunt is on for the British woman jihadi doctor who posed with a severed head

The Sunday Telegraph 14th September 2014

In an article about British jihadi women in Syria, there is mention of research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which believes that around 60 British women have travelled to Syria. Also reported by Daily Mail.

The next question: should England have a new Magna Carta?

The Sunday Times 14th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, writes about the constitutional consequences of the Scottish independence referendum - for Scotland and England.

Sugar is bad for blood pressure

The Sunday Times 14th September 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said he is unconvinced by new research linking sugar to high blood pressure.

Oil price slide sets the stage for M&A

Financial Times 14th September 2014

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King's, says he knows of at least three major oil and gas companies that have ordered 'full scale strategic reviews', following a slide in oil prices.

Advancement of 'yes' in the final stretch takes London by surprise

O Globo 14th September 2014

Professor Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed about the Scottish independence referendum.

Qatar asks Muslim Brotherhood members to leave country

Daily Telegraph 13th September 2014

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, commented on reports that Qatar has asked several Muslim Brotherhood members to leave the country, which has previously been seen as a safe haven for Islamists. He said: ‘Qatar has been under massive pressure to do something for some time now. This is a strong statement, and they will hope it is enough.’

Breakaway threatens to pull plug on green energy ambitions

Financial Times 12th September 2014

According to energy sector analysts, a 'yes' vote in the Scottish referendum could have severe implications for renewables. Professor Nick Butler, Social Science & Public Policy, commented that Scotland does not have a cost or climate advantage for renewables. He said: 'I don't think they could afford the renewable policy on their own, it is dependent on them being part of the UK market.'

Franklin ship found – but its disappearance remains a mystery

BBC History Magazine 11th September 2014

Despite the discovery of Sir John Franklin's ship, which vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago, we are no closer to solving the mystery of how it happened, according to Professor Andrew Lambert from the Department of War Studies.

Spiralling costs of dementia 'being unfairly picked up by carers'

Independent 10th September 2014

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, the number of people affected by dementia is rising steadily and will reach 850,000 over the next year. Prepared by King's and the London School of Economics, Dementia UK: The Second Edition has revealed that people with dementia and their carers are left to pay the £5.8bn social care bill for help with everyday tasks. The researchers have stated that the billions of hours of unpaid care that carers provide would cost the state £11.6bn if it wasn't provided for free. Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today, Daily Express, BBC Radio 2 and BBC London 94.9 FM.

Vacancy at Scott Trust

Daily Telegraph 10th September 2014

Piece on the resignation of Professor Maleiha Malik, The Dickson Poon School of Law, from the board of The Scott Trust. Professor Malik has resigned following nine years on the board to focus on her increased work commitments.

Daily cannabis smokers risk health, wellbeing and achievement

Reuters 10th September 2014

Researchers have found that teenagers who use cannabis on a daily basis have a higher risk of becoming dependent on drugs, committing suicide or trying other drugs. They are also less likely to succeed at their studies than those who don't use drugs. Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said that the study 'reminds us that it is important to discourage cannabis use among teenagers, and that educational campaigns outlining the risks of heavy cannabis use are warranted whatever (its) legal status.'

Air pollution

BBC London News 10th September 2014

Boris Johnson has faced a committee of MPs to explain why the capital regularly fails to reach EU standards. According to Public Health England, air pollution is responsible for the premature deaths of nearly 3500 people in London each year. The report mentions research by King's that has found that emissions have been reduced by 3 per cent over the last six years.

Yes vote could force Queen to appoint Australian-style governor general to act on behalf of the sovereign in an independent Scotland

Daily Mail 10th September 2014

Experts have suggested that the Queen may be forced to appoint an Australian-style representative to rule in her name should Scotland vote for independence. Professor Robert Blackburn, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed how the Queen may need to reconsider her role. He said: 'Politically, the Queen could find herself in difficulties if she received contradictory advice on her Royal duties or public utterances on matters of common interest, particularly in foreign or diplomatic matters, where the British and Scottish governments might happen to be at loggerheads.'

Socrates among the psychopaths

New Scientist 10th September 2014

Review of Alien Landscapes? Interpreting disordered minds by Professor Jonathan Glover, The Dickson Poon School of Law. The reviewer writes: 'A subtler conclusion is that the thinking of people with disorders of the mind can enrich philosophy. Glover believes that it can, from ethics to epistemology.'

Apply now for older people's care fellowship

Nursing Standard 10th September 2014

Senior nurses in the UK are being encouraged to apply to an older person's nurse fellowship programme. This will be held at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery and will help nurses develop their skills and knowledge in end of life care planning.

Scottish independence: The Queen is urged to intervene

Telegraph 9th September 2014

Following a TNS poll showing the Yes and No campaigns running neck and neck, senior MPs have suggested that an intervention from the Queen could have an impact on the referendum. The Prime Minister has been urged by both parties to consider asking the Queen to speak out, as she did in 1977. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, commented that he did not think it likely David Cameron would approach the Queen. He said: 'She could be required by David Cameron to make such a speech, but I think it highly unlikely. She would be loath to do it, as she has always avoided controversy.' Also reported by Times.

How cells from your hip can repair heart damage

Daily Mail 9th September 2014

Stem cells have been discussed for more than 15 years as a future cure for many health problems as they are capable of developing into different tissue types. In particular,those from bone marrow can now be made to grow into heart muscle cells. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, commented on the potential of stem cells. He said: 'We are still in very early days. The best successes have been with very simple tissues, such as cartilage. It will take five to ten years before we really understand what can be done in the future. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to use stem cells to regenerate all the organs and tissues of a human.’

Mirror-image twins: One mind in two bodies

Independent 9th September 2014

Mirror-image twins Christie and Louise Miller have spoken out about regularly experiencing visions that affect them both simultaneously. The term 'mirror-image twins' refers to a set of twins who share the same DNA but develop asymmetric features. Dr Kirsten Ward, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology Unit, was quoted saying that there isn't a test to determine mirror image.

UN Security Council to set out plan to stop foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere

Telegraph 9th September 2014

The UN Security Council has drawn out plans to demand countries take measures to prevent the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups, by making it a criminal offence under domestic laws. This comes following the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation confirming that 12,000 fighters from 74 nations have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with groups such as the Islamic State. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, was quoted saying that this is the most significant foreign fighter mobilisation since the Afghanistan war in the 1980s. He commented: 'Networks are being forged (in Syria and Iraq) that will be consequential and relevant for an entire generation to come.' Also reported by Reuters, International Business Times, New York Times and New Scientist.

Scottish independence: a defining moment for England, too

Telegraph 9th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed the implications for English nationalism if Scotland votes for independence. Based on an opinion poll which indicated that the Union between Scotland and England might come to an end on September 18, Professor Bogdanor commented on the effect this could have upon the monarchy. He wrote: 'If Scotland were to become independent, it proposes to retain the monarchy, and the Queen would not want to antagonise the rulers of her new kingdom. The likelihood, therefore, is that Her Majesty, like the rest of us, will suffer in silence until the referendum is over.' Also reported by Channel 4 News, Times, Evening Standard London and Guardian. Professor Bogdanor has also written a piece on the constitutional implications of a 'yes' vote in the Times.

British women run extremists’ religious police force

Times 8th September 2014

A teenager from Manchester who travelled to Syria to become an Islamic State bride has posted a photograph of herself holding a gun on social media. It has also been reported that British women are the ones running the Islamic State's religious police force. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have said that the group's social media accounts are run by British jihadists as they are written in English. Also reported by Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.

NHS and type 1 diabetes

BBC Radio 4 Today 8th September 2014

The programme looks at treatment on the NHS for the incurable type 1 diabetes which affects 400,000 people in Britain and 29,000 children. Dr Simon Chapman, Child Health Clinical Academic Group, commented on the condition. He said: 'The legacy of the research that's happened over the last twenty years has shown that the more intensive you are with your management, the better your outcome.'

Scottish independence

BBC News 8th September 2014

According to a YouGov poll, 51 per cent of the Scottish population are currently backing independence. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed the impact this could have on England and English MPs. He said: 'The English may start complaining and the union between England and Scotland could come under pressure from the English. The English factor's been ignored.'

British female jihadi wants 'Cameron's head on a spike'

Channel 4 News 8th September 2014

A British teenager in Syria has spoken out on Twitter against David Cameron and measures proposed by the Prime Minister to block the passports of those returning to the UK. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have identified at least four British women to be part of an ultra-religious police force that punishes un-Islamic behaviour in Islamic State territory. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, is quoted saying: 'Sunni jihadis have never called on women to fight, they come to be the home-front, to cook, clean and offer logistical support. They are almost all married to Isis fighters.'

Where fact and fiction intersect - journalists on their favourite novels

Guardian 8th September 2014

Blog post on the Joy of Influence which will take place at the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre at King's in October. Andrew Marr, India Knight, Paul Mason, Paul Morley and Gaby Wood will explain how they were influenced by their favourite fictional work.

Pollution is worse in your car than on street

Sunday Times 7th September 2014

According to a new King's study, car and taxi users are being exposed to air pollution levels inside their vehicles that are higher than those on the roads that they're driving along. The researchers equipped five MPs with devices to measure airborne pollution levels and to show in which parts of London they were exposed to the highest doses. Ben Barratt, The Environmental Research Group, discussed the recent study. He said: 'Our monitoring equipment showed that people in vehicles were far more exposed to air pollution than they would be walking.'

Experts raise fears over strategy to deal with jihadists back from war

Times 6th September 2014

According to experts, Britain should adopt a more flexible policy towards the hundreds of British jihadists returning to the UK. This comes following the news that dozens of militants are looking to come back to the UK after becoming disillusioned. The men contacted researchers at the the ICSR via social media, telling them that they had gone out to fight President Assad but instead were being forced to fight other rebel groups. Also reported by Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Evening Standard London, Telegraph, Observer and Sunday Telegraph.

Playing the army game

Times 6th September 2014

Review of National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945-1963 by Professor Richard Vinen, History. According to Professor Vinen, the two million men drafted into the British armed forces were essential for Britain to maintain her status as a great power and to defend the Empire.

Twice as many cases of early dementia than was thought

Telegraph 6th September 2014

According to a report due to be published this week, over twice as many people in Britain have dementia before the age of 65 than experts had previously thought. It is estimated that 42,000 people could be suffering early onset dementia, including thousands of cases among those in their 40s. The figures, set to be published on Wednesday, come from a report by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Ask a grown-up: Why do grown-ups shrink when they get quite old?

Guardian 6th September 2014

Dr David Green, Physiology, answers the question as to why adults seem to shrink as they get older. He wrote: 'We actually lose height on a daily basis. Measure yourself in the morning and again at bedtime, and you'll see that you've lost about 1cm over the day. That's because gravity pulls us down to the surface of the Earth, compressing our bodies.'

Lives could be saved with e-cigarettes, say experts

BBC 1, Breakfast 5th September 2014

Around 2 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes but opinion surrounding them is divided. Researchers have said that more than 6000 early deaths could be prevented in the UK for every million smokers that switch to them. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented: 'What we do know is that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking is so dangerous that the single best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking as quickly as possible. If e-cigarettes can help a smoker to stop smoking, then that will be very beneficial to their health.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, BBC Radio 2 and Sky News.

Let us come home, say young British jihadists

Times 5th September 2014

A British fighter claiming to represent 30 Britons currently in Syria and Iraq has become so disillusioned that he has contacted researchers from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation asking to return to the UK. The militants, most of whom are in their early twenties, are from a group with affiliations to the Islamic State but, according to Shiraz Maher, ICSR, they are now regretting their involvement in the conflict. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, added that he believed as many as 20 per cent of British jihadists could be trying to find a way out. Also reported by Independent, BBC Radio 4, Today, BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Al Qaeda Issues Response to Rival Group

The Wall Street Journal Europe 5th September 2014

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri this week delivered his first response to rival militant group Islamic State since it cut a swath across Iraq and Syria this summer, erecting a de facto state the size of Belgium. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: 'The message was to show that al Qaeda is expanding into new markets where the Islamic State is not present and frankly, al Qaeda is not, either.'

WHO report gives misleading view on e-cigarettes, experts argue

Reuters 5th September 2014

A World Health Organisation-commissioned review of e-cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, meaning policymakers may miss their potential health benefits, a group of tobacco addiction experts said. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, said: 'I was shocked and surprised when I read it. I felt it was an inaccurate portrayal of the evidence on e-cigarettes.' Also reported by Reuters (India).

Islamic State terrorism

BBC Radio 5 live 5th September 2014

Dozens of British jihadists fighting in Syria have asked the UK for help to come home. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the importance of a deradicalisation programme for returning militants. He said: 'Some of them said they would be prepared to go to that type of scheme. What they're very worried about, of course, is going to prison.'

Restrictions on e-cigarettes

Sky News 5th September 2014

Although cleaner and safer than tobacco smoke, the cloud emitted from e-cigarettes has divided medical opinion. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, discussed the benefits of electronic cigarettes. She said: 'They contain far fewer toxins both for the person who is using it and for people around a user. We believe that they have the potential to help smokers to stop smoking.' Also reported by Channel 5 News, BBC News, Telegraph and BBC Radio 5 live.

One in seven British jihadists may be women

Telegraph 5th September 2014

According to new research, it is estimated that up to 15 per cent of Western jihadists in Syria and Iraq are women and as many as 60 Muslim women may have left the UK in the last year to travel to the conflict zones. The article mentions that International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who are closely monitoring the activity of British jihadists via social media.

Ukraine crisis

BBC News 5th September 2014

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, discusses the significance of the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels. Commenting on Russia's position in the conflict, she said: 'There is a real danger that although a ceasefire has been reached and there is no more fighting, we're finding ourselves in similar situations as we did in some parts of Georgia or in Transnistria with Moldova - these unrecognised states behind a ceasefire line. It's very important to make sure that there is some progress in the negotiations.'

Winning friends and influence

New Statesman 5th September 2014

Article co-authored by Jim Moher, Institute of Contemporary British History, on how history has shown that unions achieve their aims only through working with employers and the state.

Putting some thought into new GCSEs

Times Higher Education 5th September 2014

Letter by Laurie Smith, Education & Professional Studies, addressing the new GCSEs that will come into play in 2017. Addressing the new specifications for English that will challenge students further, he said: 'Teaching needs to encourage students to develop higher-order thinking skills, which most can achieve.'

New test will diagnose type 2 diabetes years earlier

Daily Mail 4th September 2014

The current way of diagnosing type-2 diabetes using blood glucose levels needs to be revised, according to researchers at King’s. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘The current method of categorising type 2 diabetes solely by a patient’s glucose levels means that many will already have suffered blood vessel damage and so will experience poorer outcomes.’

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Slain journalist's family accuses ISIS leader of violating Islam with execution

CNN (US) 4th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is quoted in a piece about the execution of US journalist Steven Sotloff and reaction in the US. 'It is almost the exact same choreography,' he said.

China targets family, friends to coerce activists

Huffington Post (US) 4th September 2014

To deter political and social activists, Chinese authorities routinely target their family members, friends and associates, pressuring them to be unwilling agents of persuasion or penalizing them directly. Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: 'By making the parents or the children suffer, (the authorities) try to prevent the target person from continuing. And it's very effective because of the guilt you feel for bringing all this anxiety and suffering to them.'

Times Higher Education Awards 2014 shortlist announced

Times Higher Education 4th September 2014

For 10 years the Times Higher Education Awards have recognised talent and dedication across the university sector. The winners of this year's ceremony will be announced on Thursday 27 November at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. King's has been shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year and Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.

Many mentally ill women assaulted

Press Association 4th September 2014

According to a new study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, two in every five women with severe mental illnesses have suffered rape or attempted rape. Researchers from King's and UCL have found that more than half of these victims had attempted suicide as a result. Professor Louise Howard, Women's Health, said: 'This study highlights that patients with severe mental illness are at substantially increased risk of being a victim of domestic and sexual violence.'

AHRC/British Library research project on academic books launched

Times Higher Education 4th September 2014

Due to campaigns for open access publishing, a research project is being launched by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library to look into the future of academic books. A team from King's and UCL will act as a consulting body over the two-year funding period.

National data centre for academics goes live

Times Higher Education 4th September 2014

In order to support the research requirements of academics, a new national data centre has been set up and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. King's College London is one of the London-based university partners.

Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

Fox News (US) 4th September 2014

As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. Dr Colin Brown, who recently worked in Ebola clinics in Sierra Leone for King's College London's partnership with the country, said local hospitals should be able to provide survivors' blood if doctors want to offer it. Also reported by Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Seattle Times.

Change study supports the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

Veja (Brazil) 4th September 2014

Researchers have found way to predict the disease before rate increase blood sugar - and before most of the damage occurs to the body of diabetes. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'The blood vessels are damaged as part of the disease, but these problems begin before the blood sugar rise in pre-diabetic framework.'

Mentally ill women face increased risk of sexual assault, reveals study

India Today 4th September 2014

Despite public concern about violence being perpetrated by patients with mental illness, researchers have found that women with severe mental illness are more likely to face sexual assault and domestic violence. Professor Louise Howard, Women's Health, said: 'This study highlights that patients with severe mental illness are at substantially increased risk of being a victim of domestic and sexual violence.' Also reported by Times of India.

Al-Qaeda vs Islamic State?

Al Jazeera 4th September 2014

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced a new branch in South Asia, and promised to, 'raise the flag of jihad' across the subcontinent. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, participated in a debate discussing the video statement.

Apparent ISIS executioner: 'I'm back, Obama'

CNN (US) 3rd September 2014

The similarities are striking. An American journalist kneels in the desert, dressed in an orange prison-style jumpsuit. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, compared ISIS videos showing the deaths of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, and said: 'It is almost the exact same choreography.'

UK government responds to Sotloff murder

Channel 4 News 3rd September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed about the reported beheading of a second US journalist. He said Islamic State is trying to engineer a confrontation with the West in order to boost its legitimacy and ability to recruit foreign fighters. Professor Neumann also appeared on BBC News.

Islamic state

BBC Radio 4 3rd September 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed about foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. He said ‘there is a class of person who has realised that they’ve made the wrong choice [in joining foreign fighters] and want to came back’. Shiraz urged the government to explore the use of deradicalisation programmes for returning foreign fighters (interview begins at 27.00). Shiraz was also interviewed by Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph.

Was ISIS hostage video inspired by Homeland's opening credits?

Daily Mail 3rd September 2014

Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on propaganda videos produced by Islamic State, suggesting that they are a 'means of psychological warfare' that offer young Muslims 'the illusion to escape the rigid world of boredom.'

Compulsory setting in schools

Guardian 3rd September 2014

In an article about government plans to separate school pupils by ability, there is mention of research at King's into the value of 'compulsory setting.'

Anti-terror package still leaves gaping holes in move to tackle British jihadis

Guardian 2nd September 2014

Opinion piece that the limited new anti-terrorism package agreed by David Cameron and Nick Clegg is an extension of existing measures. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which monitors militants from the West fighting in Syria and Iraq. Among the new proposals are measures to give the police temporary powers to seize the passports of those travelling to Syria to partake in jihadi activity and to stop UK nationals who are already there from coming back.

Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State'

BBC Radio 4 2nd September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, suggests the reported beheading of Steven Sotloff is an attempt by Islamic State to ‘draw America more deeply into a conflict’, with the aim of prompting a confrontation between the West and Islam (interview begins at 09.10). Professor Neumann was also interviewed by BBC World News.

Police to be given new powers to seize passports

ITV Good Morning Britain 2nd September 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, argues that the UK should 'proceed with caution' and consider returning foreign fighters on a case by case basis - rather than imposing a blanket seizure of passports in response to the terrorist threat.

Why is mental health such a low priority for the UN?

Guardian 2nd September 2014

Article co-authored by Professor Graham Thornicroft, Centre for Global Mental Health, looking at the attention paid by the UN to the issue of mental health. Professor Thornicroft said: 'There is a very important opportunity now to make sure that the new goals, for the period after 2015, will clearly address the needs of people with mental illness.'

Hallucinating in the deep waters of consciousness

Psychologist 1st September 2014

Dr Vaughan Bell, Institute of Psychiatry, reviews the French short film, Narcose, which documents the dive of world champion free diver, Guillaume Néry. The five-minute film focuses on the hallucinations the diver experiences from carbon dioxide narcosis. Dr Bell said: 'The film is visually stunning. A masterpiece of composition, light and framing. It's also technically brilliant.'

Breakthrough in the fight to cure glaucoma

Daily Express 1st September 2014

Following a breakthrough by British scientists, the cure for glaucoma, an age-related blindness, is getting closer. From analysing tests on more than 35,000 people from seven different countries, four new genes associated with high inner-eye pressure were identified which could mean that a way of pinpointing those at risk of glaucoma could be being established. Professor Chris Hammond, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, directed the study. He said: 'It could lead to another eyedrop which might be more effective and there is potential to alter how genes are working in the eye.'

Common variants near ABCA1, AFAP1 and GMDS confer risk of primary open-angle glaucoma

Nature Genetics 1st September 2014

Paper on primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), a major cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and a genome-wide association study into the condition. One of the study's affiliates is Professor Peter McGuffin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The girl with three biological parents

BBC News 1st September 2014

Alana Saarinen is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people. Conceived through a pioneering infertility treatment in the USA which has now been banned, she is one of only 30 to 50 people in the world who have some mitochondria from a third person. Professor Peter Braude, Life Sciences & Medicine, pointed out that having a third person's DNA in somebody's system isn't a new phenomenon. He said: 'Think about bone marrow transplants. Let's say unfortunately you have leukaemia and you have to have your bone marrow radiated for the cancer to be killed and then it is replaced by bone marrow from someone else - say me. Effectively from that time onwards, you will have circulating in your body DNA from me.'

Republican says 'hundreds' of Americans have joined Islamic State. True?

Yahoo News (US) 1st September 2014

Article asks whether hundreds of disaffected Americans have traveled overseas to train with the Islamic State, quoting figures from ICSR. Also reported by LA Times (US).

Parents of ill Briton boy, 5, fight extradition from Spain

Fox News (US) 1st September 2014

Article on how Britain has become riveted by the case of little Ashya King, whose parents plucked him from a hospital in southern England and fled to Spain amid a dispute over treatment - with British justice close on the family's heels. Professor Penney Lewis, Law, said that these kinds of cases normally result from a communication breakdown. She said parents are typically only prosecuted when they fail to engage with the medical care entirely and the child dies as a result.

Scientists identify DNA glaucoma link

South China Morning Post 1st September 2014

Scientists say they have identified six genetic variants linked to glaucoma, a discovery that should help earlier diagnosis and better treatment for the often-debilitating eye disease. Professor Chris Hammond, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'Although eyedrops already are available to treat glaucoma, these are not always effective.'

Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

Huffington Post (Canada) 1st September 2014

Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is quoted.

Study on radicalisation

Sky News 31st August 2014

The show focuses on the issue of how to deal with radicals returning to the UK. Adam Ramsay, a Scottish Independence campaigner, mentions studies by King's which are monitoring the activity of British militants in Iraq and Syria.

Relative value: Designers of education

Mumbai Mirror 31st August 2014

Article on Indian family the Shahanis, who, 'plan to repackage Indian curricula for the new world.' Indu Shahani is head of HR College of Commerce and Economics. Article mentions that her son, Siddharth Shahani, introduced King's Summer School programme at HR in 2012.

If Scotland Breaks Free, Queen Elizabeth Could Speak for Two Countries at Once

Newsweek (US) 31st August 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, is quoted on Scotland's vote for Independence: 'If the Scots want to be independent, it’s really a matter of identity—of whether they feel they don’t belong, as the Irish decided,' he said.

FT weekend interview series

Financial Times 30th August 2014

On 9 September 2014, historian Dr Yuval Noah Harari will attend an event at King's to discuss his book 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind'. He will be interviewed by John Thornhill, deputy editor of the Financial Times, on our evolutionary roots to the age of capitalism and genetic engineering.

How the arts enhance sport

Independent 30th August 2014

Following the Cultural Olympiad in 2012, it is possible other events may look to receive a boost from being linked to arts and culture. According to a King's study, 54 per cent of people believe that cultural events can enhance sporting ones. Deborah Bull, Cultural Institute, discussed the body being set up by King's to ensure a lasting legacy for cultural programmes. She said: 'This is the first time attitudes to culture have been tracked on an ongoing basis.'

Tackling extremism

BBC 1, Breakfast 30th August 2014

The Prime Minister has proposed new measures to combat extremism after the Government raised the UK's threat level to severe. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed David Cameron's measures. She said: 'In terms of increasing the control orders, I believe that they are trying to control movements within the country and also to prevent people from leaving the country if they are under suspicion for holding extremist views.'

Russian sanctions

BBC Radio 5 Live 30th August 2014

Following accusations that Russian troops are fighting inside Ukraine, EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider new sanctions against Putin. Dr Rob Thornton, Defence Studies, commented on John Lockland's different take on the situation in Ukraine, stating that it was refreshing that the show spoke to somebody who wasn't an apologist for Kiev and NATO.

Islamic State's media-savvy militants spread message with ease

LA Times (US) 30th August 2014

Article on the use of social media technology by media literate militants in Syria and Iraq. A year-long study of the social media profiles of 190 Western foreign fighters was undertaken by ICSR.

Brilliant women who explain things to me

Atlantic Monthly (US) 30th August 2014

Profile of Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard, notes that she obtained a PhD from King's.

Harsh V Pant: The Modi-Abe Connection

Business Standard (India) 30th August 2014

Article on relations between India and Japan's leaders by Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies: 'After disappointing the Japanese by cancelling his earlier scheduled trip to their country in early July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving no stone unturned in making sure his visit to Japan is viewed as a success,' he said.

Bin Laden's final triumph

New Statesman 29th August 2014

Article by Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discusses how Osama Bin Laden's ambition has finally been realised with the announcement of a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria. His argument had always been to weaken the West's involvement in the Middle East to bring about the emergence of a new Islamic state. Commenting on Bin Laden's vision, Mr Maher wrote: 'His main thesis on the failure of the Islamist project was that Western interference in the Middle East prevented the rise of Islamic governments.'

Any questions

BBC Radio 4 29th August 2014

A panel responds to the question as to whether the UK is a deeply elitist country, as claimed by a report released by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. Professor Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, discussed the issue of widening participation in the university sector. He said: 'Over the whole sector, British universities pay £1 billion in what we call outreach activities.'

Uber has brought Washingtonians the transport they dreamt of

Financial Times 29th August 2014

Professor Michael Singer, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the effect that the mobile app, Uber, is having on Washington taxi drivers. He wrote: 'Uber has dramatically changed the situation. Washingtonians now enjoy the kind of reasonable, civilised transport that residents of European cities have long taken for granted.'

Battery On Ashya King's Feeding System Likely To Have Expired

Huffington Post UK 29th August 2014

According to police, the battery on the feeding system on a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without consent is thought to have expired. Professor Penney Lewis, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on the legal issues and ethics surrounding whether an offence had been committed by Ashya King's parents. She said: 'There has never been a case where parents have done something like this and they have been prosecuted.'

It's Been A Great Year For Student Feminist Societies: Here's What They Achieved

Huffington Post UK 29th August 2014

Opinion piece on how the past year has seen the feminist movement witness a revitalisation, thanks to campaigns led by UK students, and with the new academic year approaching, feminist societies across the country are hoping to maintain the momentum. What has been highlighted in the past is the need for feminism to include all women from all backgrounds, and the article mentions the intersectional society at King's that strives to be more inclusive.

Stephen Hawking and Cambridge v-c take on ice bucket challenge

Times Higher Education 29th August 2014

To raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease, academics across the world are taking part in the the ice bucket challenge. The Motor Neurone Disease Association posted a YouTube video of Stephen Hawking, who has suffered from ALS since the age of 21, taking part in the challenge. On Friday, 40 researchers at the University of Sheffield undertook the challenge and have nominated staff at King’s College London.

Inside the mind of a western jihadist

Wall Street Journal (US) 29th August 2014

Feature profile of Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation: 'On 9/11, Shiraz Maher thought to himself: "Yeah, you Americans deserve this. For meddling in the Arab world. For supporting Israel. You shall reap what you sow, and this is what you've sown for a long time." Within days the college student would quit alcohol, dump his girlfriend and join Hizbut Tahrir, a radical Islamist group he describes as the "political wing of the global jihad movement." He quickly climbed the ranks before eventually leaving the U.K. Islamist movement and rededicating his life to countering it.

The Europe of Jihad

Istoe (Brazil) 29th August 2014

Feature article discussing how the growing acceptance of young foreign terrorist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq illuminates an alert in the West. The article mentions research from ICSR which found that the prison system is a common passage in the life of Europeans who join the jihad.

Are you tempted at the checkout walk of shame?

Guardian 28th August 2014

With Aldi announcing plans to ban sweets and chocolates from its tills, the Guardian investigated the amount of treats other supermarkets have on offer at their checkouts. The article mentions Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who refers to the aisles as 'the walk of shame'.

Mental health stigma hasn't gone away

Guardian 28th August 2014

Article mentions research by the Institute of Psychiatry which suggests that mental health stigma has a real impact on help-seeking behaviour.

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Bullying at school 'damages future career prospects'

Daily Telegraph 28th August 2014

Professor Louise Arseneault, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on the link between being bullied at school and poor career prospects. She says:

London pollution

BBC Radio 4 28th August 2014

The report focuses on London's air pollution levels and how the inhalation of pollutants mostly made of carbon pose considerable health risks. It mentions findings by King's that found that London had some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in the world.

Sunny Delight

BBC, The One Show 28th August 2014

Sunny Delight entered the market at a time when the government was beginning to advise the public on the importance of fruit and vegetables. By 1999, Sunny Delight had become the third biggest selling soft drink in the UK. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on Sunny Delight's nutritional content. He said: 'It had a claim for Vitamin A in, but that was Beta Carotene, and we don't get Vitamin A deficiency in this country.'

Brian Cox: universities need to play a bigger role in society

Telegraph 28th August 2014

Brian Cox has taken on the challenge of persuading young people to pursue a degree in STEM-related subjects, giving his backing to a science summer school initiative. Established three years ago, the summer school, run by the St Paul’s Way Trust School, has grown from single school participation to over 30 schools taking part. Sponsors of the Science Summer School include entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson, Tesco and the Canary Wharf Group, as well as universities including King's.

The paintings of Beryl Bainbridge, Somerset House

Huffington Post UK 28th August 2014

Review of the Cultural Institute's exhibition at King's which looks at Beryl Bainbridge's painting and drawing, including the canvas Aaron and Jonjo, mid 1960s, and The Bath, late 1950s. The journalist commented: 'The variety of works that have been collated together is impressive - from a number of etchings and drawings of her children and partners, to large oil paintings that blur fact and fiction - and show Beryl's talent as an artist.'

The paintings of Beryl Bainbridge, Somerset House

Huffington Post (US) 28th August 2014

Article on the new Beryl Bainbridge exhibition at the Cultural Institute at King's. The article states that the exhibition, 'offers a fascinating insight into a creative mind. Well known for her writing, this exhibition looks at Beryl Bainbridge's painting and drawing in the context of her writing output, and how each fed the other.'

Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic

BBC News 27th August 2014

Earlier generations never suffered from as many allergies as we do today, with one in three people nowadays being allergic to something. Findings have shown that one of the greatest threats to allergy-protecting bacteria comes from antibiotics which, although they are meant to protect us, often can drastically reduce the harmless friendly bacteria. The article references new research from King's and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, which has found that the use of antibiotics in early life may increase the risk of developing eczema by 40 per cent.

Emerging Hanoi-Delhi Axis

New Indian Express (India) 27th August 2014

The article by Dr Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Vietnam this week to boost bilateral ties between India and Vietnam. Commenting on the Arc of Advantage and Prosperity in Southeast Asia agreement in 2003, Dr Pant said: 'Both sides realise that a stronger bilateral relationship starts with economic ties.'

Education, Research Program Boosts Struggling Mental Health Sector

Voice of America (Zimbabwe) 27th August 2014

A psychiatry education and research program in Zimbabwe involving the Institute of Psychiatry has boosted the number of psychiatrists in the country, ensuring improved mental health services. Dr Melanie Abas, IoP, says that “Child’s mental health is very under recognized as an area of need, as a lot of children’s mental health needs are hidden because children don’t tend to complain, they sit quietly”

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India Knight faces up to the ex factor

Evening Standard 27th August 2014

For King's' The Joy of Influence, an event that will see five journalists being interviewed by an interviewer of their choosing on the novel that changed their lives, India Knight has chosen to discuss Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love. She will be interviewed by the novelist Andrew O'Hagan on Friday 3 October.

In wake of James Foley's murder, does Britain have a jihadi problem?

CNN 27th August 2014

Joseph Carter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on how ISIS' British recruits are being tracked. Discussing how ICSR are monitoring 450 alleged militants online, he said: 'Before, in a conflict, you would have to have intelligence you gleaned on the ground, and now you can see that stuff on Twitter.'

Innovation happens because you stimulate flow inside company: Paul Stein

Economic Times (Bangladesh) 27th August 2014

Engineering graduate from King's, entrepreneur Paul Stein shared his valuable lessons for start-ups. He said: 'Innovation does not happen by accident. It happens because you stimulate the flow of innovation inside the company.'

The G-spot may not exist, but the 'CUV complex' could be the key to sexual pleasure, experts say

Huffington Post UK 27th August 2014

Published in the journal Nature Reviews Urology, a new study has suggested that a woman's G-spot may not even exist. The article mentions findings by King's in 2010 which supports this new research, also showing that there is no evidence to suggest that there is an anatomical site for the erogenous zone.

Reading at a young age increases intelligence

Estado de Minas (Brazil) 27th August 2014

A study carried out by King's College London and Edinburgh University using twins found that reading well at a young age boosts intelligence later in life. In Brazil, the Ministry of Education has stipulated that children should be literate from the age of eight, but they do not specify at what age the process of learning to read should start.

Ebola nurse defied bosses to go back and help the dying

Times 26th August 2014

A British nurse who contracted the ebola virus whilst working in Sierra Leone had asked his bosses to allow him to work at the Kenema government hospital at the centre of the outbreak. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is a friend of the nurse and described him as a person prepared to take the risk of catching ebola for the sake of his patients and colleagues. Also reported by Daily Mirror.

Boris Johnson's proposal for British fighters in Syria and Iraq is dangerous and counterproductive

Independent 26th August 2014

Co-authored by Shiraz Maher and Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the article discusses Boris Johnson's comment that all the British fighters in Syria should be presumed guilty unless proven innocent. Commenting on British fighters overseas, they wrote: 'Their motivations for travelling to Syria are diverse, and it is wrong to think of them as a homogenous group. Some of them will pose a significant national security threat, and some will turn to international terrorism. For them, there must be a strong punitive approach, involving arrest and prosecution.'

A Fresher's Guide To King's College London

Huffington Post UK 26th August 2014

In anticipation of the new arrival of freshers to King's, Huffington Post has compiled a guide to the different campuses, with tips on where to go, how to stay safe and which societies to join. In it's segment on the Strand campus, the guide mentions the Waterfront bar, with its great views over the River Thames.

Shakespeare could have been depressed when he wrote Timon of Athens, Simon Russell Beale says

Daily Telegraph 25th August 2014

According to actor Simon Russell Beale, Shakespeare could have been depressed at the time he wrote King Lear and Timon of Athens, given that both plays are so dark they must have been written during a difficult period in the playwright's life. Professor Sonia Massai, English, commented on Russell Beale's suggestion. She said: 'It would be foolish to assume that there is no connection between biography and art. It's not wise to think of Shakespeare as someone who would write in a kind of disembodied sort of fashion, as if he didn't belong to a place and a time and a family group and friends and fellow actors, and would be unaffected by what happened around him.'

Government is the acceptable face of violence

Times 25th August 2014

Opinion piece on how the threat of force is fundamental in law and order but the realities of the situation in Missouri is shocking for a modern state. The author references a new book by Professor David Skarbek, Political Economy, titled 'The Social Order of the Underworld,' which documents how the expansion of the American prison population in the 1970s led to the breakdown of the simple 'convict code.'

London jihadi call vies with banks in Canary Wharf shadow

Bloomberg News 25th August 2014

The execution of American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent has led to a debate in the U.K. as to why so many extremists leave Britain for the Middle East. Alexander Hitchens, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the impact of social media as a factor drawing the younger generation to Iraq and Syria. He said: 'The social media element has helped seduce young men to the conflict. That and the face-to-face group interaction - you find groups of guys going together.'

No peace farther East: The Indo-Pak road to nowhere

Foreign Policy 25th August 2014

Dr Harsh V. Pant commented on Nawaz Sharif’s visit to New Delhi for the inauguration of the Narendra Modi government in May. He wrote: 'The surprise invitation to Sharif had led some to hope that perhaps it would indeed be a new beginning in India-Pakistan relations. But that was not to be.'

Landing on their feet

Sunday Times Culture 24th August 2014

John Carey reviews 'National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945-1963' by Professor Richard Vinen, History. He commented: 'Even readers with personal memories of national service will learn a lot from this explanatory book.'

UK scientists launch hunt for 'anorexia gene': Plea for 1,000 volunteers to help prove health victims are born with deadly condition

Mail on Sunday 24th August 2014

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry have joined forces with experts from around the world in a bid to prove that sufferers of anorexia are born with the illness. The target is to analyse the DNA of 25,000 anorexia victims worldwide, including 1000 volunteers from Britain. Dr Gerome Breen and Professor Janet Treasure (IoP) were interviewed on BBC Radio London 94.9.

China blocks Beijing Independent Film Festival from opening

Outlook (India) 24th August 2014

Chinese authorities have blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, forbidding it from going ahead. Professor Chris Berry, Film Studies, said: 'It's very clear that the (President) Xi Jinping regime is determined to control the ideological realm, which has not been emphasized so much for a long time.'

British jihadists: How Britain became the Yemen of the West

Telegraph 23rd August 2014

Following the beheading of an American journalist by a militant with a British accent, the article looks at the key reasons behind how a disproportionate number of fighters in Iraq and Syria are British. According to Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, 'in many respects preachers and mosques no longer matter', because social media is seducing potential Isil recruits far more effectively.

Scoring victory on the Somme

Daily Mail 22nd August 2014

Football temporarily united British and German troops on the Western Front during World War I, when on Christmas Day, a ceasefire was called between the two sides. The article references a former King's student, Leigh Richmond Roose, who was a famous footballer at the time, known as the 'Prince of Goalkeepers.'

Crisis in Iraq

BBC Radio 5 Live 22nd August 2014

The United States says the Islamic State is the most dangerous threat that America has faced in recent years. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, commented on the issue of British extremists joining the Islamic State militants. He said: 'There are challenges because the government is not the best organisation to tell Muslims how they should feel about, what is to many people on the outside, complicated sectarian conflicts.'

U.S aid workers recover from Ebola

BBC Radio 5 Live 22nd August 2014

Two U.S. aid workers diagnosed with Ebola have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery, following being treated with an experimental drug. Dr Annette Rid, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the ethics behind the drug used. She said: 'It was ethically acceptable to give them this drug, given that it is a life threatening disease with a high mortality rate and there are no specific treatments, no preventive measures so it's justified to assume higher risks with the patients.' Also reported by BBC Radio Scotland.

NATO needs strong policy against cyber threats

Boston Globe 22nd August 2014

It has been argued that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization needs to tackle the issue of cyber conflict by formulating a clearly defined policy. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, commented that cyber deterrence 'needs to be practiced, not just announced.'

The interview: Professor William Philpott

France 24 22nd August 2014

Author of 'War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War, Professor William Philpott, War Studies, was interviewed on the legacy of the Great War. Commenting on how the methods of warfare differed from previous conflicts, he said: 'Essentially there were far too many men and in far too smaller space for manoeuvre. They didn't have the technologies that allowed the rapid warfare that we associate with the twentieth century.'

Islamic State terrorism

Sky News 22nd August 2014

By establishing an Islamic caliphate, the Islamic State wants to do away with the modern Arab state set up by European diplomats. Dr John Bew, War Studies, commented on the West's response to the crisis. He said: 'You can make the case that there has been a strategic drift in the sense that we are responding to crises on the ground, without having a coherent grand strategy for both Iraq and Syria.'

The 13-year-old Belgian boy fighting in Syria

Daily Telegraph 22nd August 2014

Believed to be one of the youngest of the Islamic State's foreign fighters, a teenager from Belgium is reported to have travelled to Syria with his older brother earlier this year. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has reported that the boy was only 13 when he left to join the forces waging jihad in Syria. Also reported by Daily Mirror.

Social media should be used to find James Foley's killer

Telegraph 22nd August 2014

According to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the authorities should be able to track down the IS militant who murdered American journalist James Foley using social media, given that 80-90 per cent of foreign fighters from Western countries are present on online channels. He said: 'They are young people of a certain generation. It's completely normal for them to have a Twitter account or a Facebook account. A lot of them do want to show off about the fact that they are in Iraq.'

Demanding, low-control jobs linked to type 2 diabetes

Reuters 22nd August 2014

In a new German study, researchers have found that people with high-stress, low-control jobs were over 60 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than unstressed workers. Loretta Platts, a King's researcher, commented on the study's findings. She said: 'The investigators could only measure work stress at one time-point, and it is likely to be the cumulative impact of work stress over individuals’ whole working lives which may affect their chances of developing type 2 diabetes, not necessarily stress happening at any specific time-point.'

Can Qatar, Saudi Arabia ease tensions at Gulf Cooperation Council?

CNN 22nd August 2014

Article by Dr David B. Roberts, Defence Studies, on the grave diplomatic crisis that the Gulf Cooperation Council has ever faced. Dr Roberts is quoted saying: 'The root of the current problem? Qatar simply will not do as it's told by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have spent months trying to force the energy-rich nation to fundamentally alter its foreign policy. Bahrain, the UAE and the Saudis withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in March, and have kept up the pressure ever since.'

Ambition of emerging powers

BBC Radio 4, Today 21st August 2014

China may be gaining ground on the U.S. when it comes to cultural domination, with Asian powers emerging and projecting themselves globally. Professor Chris Berry, Film Studies, comments on China's initiatives to export its pop culture. He said: 'The Chinese government is certainly very aware of the success that South Korea has had and it would like to see greater achievements within its own creative industries.'

Fat's all, folks

Channel 4 News 21st August 2014

The common view that fats are bad for us is beginning to come under scrutiny. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discusses the debate surrounding a high fat diet. He said: 'You still have to control your total fat intake because body fat effectively is dietary fat.'

Experts warn of trauma after watching Foley death video

BBC News 21st August 2014

Commenting on the psychological impact of viewing the video of the beheading of James Toley, Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, says the key issue is whether you choose to view the images or whether they are forced upon you.

Two Americans who had been infected with Ebola leave Atlanta hospital

Telegraph 21st August 2014

According to doctors, the two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Liberia have recovered and have been released from an Atlanta hospital. Dr Annette Rid, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, and Professor Ezekiel Emanuel, the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a paper in the Lancet, calling for experimental drugs to not be limited to wealthy or 'well-connected' patients.

The big questions answered

Independent 21st August 2014

Professor Paul Joyce, Head of Theology & Religious Studies, commented on the unique qualities of religious studies graduates. He said they are 'intellectually richer and more reflective people.'

Beheading of American journalist

BBC Radio 4, Today 20th August 2014

James Foley, an American journalist, appeared in a video posted on the web kneeling down on the ground before being beheaded by a fighter with a British accent, who declared himself to be from the Islamic State. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the involvement of British fighters and their radicalisation. He said: 'Unfortunately, the British participation in the conflicts now raging in Syria and Iraq has been one of full participation, one that has seen them on the front lines, taking part in the conflict in every way. We have seen British fighters out there operating as suicide bombers, as executioners. Unfortunately they are amongst some of the most vicious and vociferous fighters out there.' Also reported by BBC News, Times, Daily Mail, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 2.

Stroke patients are more likely to die if fewer nurses at weekends

Daily Telegraph 20th August 2014

According to a research study of NHS hospitals, stroke patients are 35 per cent more likely to die on wards with fewer nurses on duty at weekends. Dr Benjamin Bray, Health & Social Care Research, commented on the study which showed a strong link between patient deaths and nursing ratios. He said: 'Weekend nursing ratios were strongly associated with mortality outcomes, not only for patients admitted on a weekend but also for those admitted on a weekday.' Also reported by Times, Nursing Times, BBC and Press Association.

Don't paint your daughter's room pink (like I did)

Times 20th August 2014

Opinion piece on marketers wanting parents to buy into 'girly' colours and toys. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, studied the learning potential and social messages of toys. She said: 'I worry the toys children are given in early years are already helping shape their futures.'

British jihadists in Iraq

BBC World News 20th August 2014

International leaders have expressed their horror at the beheading of an American journalist by a British fighter for the Islamic State militants. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on the radicalisation of British jihadists. He said: 'We believe between four and five hundred Brits have gone to Syria over the past three years. Of course there is a concern that they are doing bad things inside of Syria and Iraq but that also, if and when they return, they may subsequently become involved in terrorism.'

'Third option' Marina Silva is still unknown, say analysts

BBC Brasil 20th August 2014

A candidate with progressive social policies and plans for orthodox economic measures, Marina Silva entered into the running for the Brazilian presidential election on Wednesday, up against Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, commented on Marina being classed as the third option, stating that this implies she represents a compromise between social democracy and neoliberalism.

Can the Islamic State be defeated without the West ramping up military intervention?

City A.M. 19th August 2014

Opinion piece by Professor Michael Kerr, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, arguing that the Islamic State can be contained without the intervention of Western troops. Commenting on the political vacuum created following the West's withdrawal from Iraq, he said: 'In the absence of a military guarantor to the Middle East state system, the West must forge a holistic strategy to fill this vacuum and create a new balance of power.'

All hail the new GCSEs

Guardian 19th August 2014

Following the latest reform of qualifications, Professor Alison Wolf, Management, argues that this week's GCSE results will be a lot more valuable. The students receiving their results this year are the first to have been affected by the coalition's exam reforms. Professor Wolf said: 'This year's exam reforms and emphasis on maths and English in the sixth form takes us significantly closer to other countries. We need to stay there.'

Hitting the 100 without being a total crock

Sun 19th August 2014

According to a new report, hospitals are being put under increasing pressure as a record number of people are living to 100 or more. It is predicted that the NHS and care homes will struggle to cope as the population soars. A study by King's has estimated that the number of people living to see their 100th birthday will increase to half a million by 2066.

The intelligence test for your four-year-old? It’s child’s play

The Times 19th August 2014

A four-year-old’s ability to draw a picture of a child can predict intelligence ten years later, a new study suggests. Rosalind Arden, Institute of Psychiatry, said: “The draw-a-child test was devised in the 1920s to assess children’s intelligence, so the fact that the test correlated with intelligence at age four was expected. What surprised us was that it correlated with intelligence a decade later." She adds: "Our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly." Also reported in the Daily Mail, The Independent, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Press Association, BBC News online. Dr Arden was interviewed by BBC 5 Live, Sky News and BBC World Service. The story was reported internationally by Huffington Post (US), Time magazine (US), FOX News (US), Washington Post (US), O Globo (Brazil) and Xinhua (China).

King's press release related to 'The intelligence test for your four-year-old? It’s child’s play'

Missouri protests

BBC News 19th August 2014

In the U.S state of Missouri, what began as peaceful protests have soon turned violent with police reporting that criminals have become involved. Dr Harvey G Cohen, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, comments on the grievance that sparked the situation in Ferguson. He said: 'The mayor and all the city council, almost none of them are black and the police force are 94 per cent white - you can understand how these people are feeling that they're not being heard at all. There's not really any representation for them.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 4 19th August 2014

More than 2200 people in West Africa have become infected by the Ebola outbreak. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, describes the situation in Sierra Leone. He said: 'There was an initial moment where there were a cluster of cases in the far east of the country where I hoped we could have contained it in that district, but it's in the last month really that it's then gone out to other areas.'

'Should I take my partner and can you get iPlayer?'

Evening Standard 19th August 2014

Before launching her website on students studying abroad, Lizzie Fane hadn't anticipated they would be so concerned with how to watch British television abroad and with whether to keep a relationship going. Ms Fane launched the website with experts, including those from King's, on call to answer questions regarding funding and language learning, but who instead have ended up responding to less urgent enquiries.

Indo-Pak relations and the journey to Neverland

Business Standard (India) 19th August 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, writes an opinion piece arguing that statecraft not emotion should govern Indo-Pak relations. 'The decision to call off the foreign secretary talks is an apt moment for Delhi to scrutinise recent history and re-craft a Pakistan policy that is both realistic and modest in its ambitions,' he said.

Independent Scotland could lose royal family

Times 18th August 2014

According to constitutional experts, Scottish independence could lead to Scotland becoming a republic and losing the royal family, despite the Scottish National Party saying it wants the Queen as head of state. Professor Robert Blackburn, Law, commented on the complications that could follow independence. He said: 'Politically, the Queen could find herself in difficulties if she received contradictory advice on her royal duties or public utterances on matters of common interest, particularly in foreign or diplomatic matters, where the British and Scottish governments might happen to be at loggerheads.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

NPR 18th August 2014

Stefano Sandrone, Institute of Psychiatry, is the lead scientist who uncovered manuscripts from Mosso, a scientists in the 1880s attempting to weigh thoughts. "It sounds like a romantic story, like a dream came true: trying to weight the thoughts," he says.

Scotland prepares to vote on independence from the UK

Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) 18th August 2014

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, is quoted in a feature on the upcoming Scottish Referendum, arguing that if independence is voted for, it will send a hard message to London: 'The government will have to talk with two million people who want to stop being part of the UK,' he said.

Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer's disease

ABC News 18th August 2014

A team of researchers has identified several genes where DNA methylation was much more common in individuals who had Alzheimer's disease, and in the regions of the brain specifically affected by the disease. Professor Jon Mill, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "This is really the first step in probably a long pathway of trying to work out what's going on."

King's press release related to 'Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer's disease'

Dina Asher-Smith Reaches 200m Final On Morning Of A-Level Results

Huffington Post UK 17th August 2014

British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was vying for a place in the 200m finals after finding out her A Level results the morning of the race. Commenting on securing her place to study History at King's, she said: 'I was probably more nervous for my exams results than the heats to be fair. I was absolutely petrified of not getting into university but I got in.' Also reported by Evening Standard London, Daily Telegraph Sport, Sun and Daily Mail.

As Scotland votes, the Welsh dragon is waking

Sunday Times 17th August 2014

Article by Professor Kenneth O. Morgan, Institute of Contemporary British History, on next month’s vote on Scottish independence. He said: 'It has serious implications for every aspect of British government. It affects Northern Ireland, maybe the English regions. And it has big consequences for the other devolved nation in these islands, Wales. Whether Scotland votes yes or no, the relationship between Wales and the remainder of the United Kingdom may never be the same again.'

The machine that tried to scan the brain - in 1882

NPR (US) 17th August 2014

Stefano Sandrone, Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, is quoted in an item on 19th century physiologist Angelo Mosso.

Hundreds use clearing to grab top university places

Times 16th August 2014

Hundreds of students have secured their places at top universities through the process of clearing. The article refers to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, in which King's College is ranked 59th. Also reported by Independent.

Inge Trott obituary

Guardian 16th August 2014

Former King's laboratory assistant, Inge Trott, has died at the age 94. During her time at the College, she worked alongside Professor Maurice Wilkins, future Nobel Prize winner, and met her husband, Nigel Trott, a nuclear physicist.

Car crash television at its worst: How star of Channel 4's Child Genius was reduced to tears in front of millions - while his parents are critical of its makers

Daily Mail 16th August 2014

After a chance to reach the final was ripped away from him, 12-year-old maths prodigy Rubaiyat Rahman, couldn't help but cry on national television and refused to face reliving the trauma he endured. His father, Dr Miraz Rahman, Pharmaceutical Science, said: ‘I don’t know inside whether I would do it again. They could have left out his tears.’

Bipolar disorder packs a very mean punchline

The Times 16th August 2014

Professor Tony Cleare, Institute of Psychiatry, agrees that there is convincing evidence for a link between bipolar disorder and creativity. “This suggests some basic temperamental difference that both puts you at risk of bipolar and [makes you] more likely to be creative.”

Analysis reveals mental health trust funding cuts

Health Services Journal 16th August 2014

Professor Paul McCrone, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on cuts to mental health services. He said the data collected by the HSJ presented "a very worrying state of affairs"

Indian Institute of Science among top 500 universities in world ranking

Economic Times (India) 16th August 2014

Article looking at a Chinese league table of the world's best 500 educational institutions, notes that King's is in the 101-150 category. Also reported in India by Deccan Herald, NDTV, New Indian Express, Outlook, Times of India, India Today.

Opportunity in the Southeast

New Indian Express 16th August 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's relations with its south-eastern neighbours following the 12th India-ASEAN Meeting: 'New Delhi needs to assure the regional states of its reliability not only as an economic and political partner but also as a security provider. As the regional balance of power changes and as the very coherence of the ASEAN comes into question, there will be new demands on India. While the past 20 years in India-ASEAN ties have been productive, the next 20 years are bound to be more challenging. India will have to think more creatively to enhance bilateral and multilateral ties in this rapidly evolving regional context,' he said.

European Athletics Championships 2014: Dina Asher-Smith makes the grade on and off track

Independent 15th August 2014

Describing yesterday as the greatest day of her life, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith not only broke the British 200m junior record at the European Athletic Championships 2014, but also achieved the necessary A Level grades to secure her place at King's College London to read History. She had needed three As to guarantee a spot at her first-choice university, and found out the news from her mother, prior to competing in the semi-final. Commenting on her two achievements, she said: 'Without a shadow of a doubt, a junior record, I got into King’s, I made the final, I just really couldn’t have asked for much more out of this day.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Times, Daily Express, Guardian, BBC, BBC Radio 5 Live.

Man was already culturally diverse before he left Africa: Differences in stone tools hint at a variety of traditions

Daily Mail 15th August 2014

According to research carried out by King's College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Bordeaux, early modern humans had already developed distinct cultural traditions before they left North Africa. The study involved taking over 300,000 measurements of stone tools from 17 archaeological sites across North Africa, These tools, all of which were made in different ways, point to a diversity of cultural traditions and characteristics.

Islamic State caliphate

BBC Radio 4 15th August 2014

For some, the caliphate is a political leadership, for others, a spiritual figurehead. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'If someone comes along and wants to click their fingers and say, I can transform all of this overnight, that's a seductive thing.'

Reporting financial crisis - what the media did right... and wrong

Guardian 15th August 2014

There will be a new book published next month concerning the impact that the media had on the financial crisis. The editors are Richard Roberts, History, and Steve Schifferes, professor of financial journalism at City University London. They argue that the media has been central in shaping our response to the financial crisis and by examining performance in comparative and historical perspectives, it can help to ensure improved reporting on the next occasion.

Law and nursing among most popular Clearing subjects

The Telegraph 15th August 2014

According to UCAS, the five most-searched for subjects on Results Day were law, psychology, economics, nursing and business studies. One of the most sought after universities in Clearing was King’s College London.

A Level results day

Sky News, Sunrise 14th August 2014

Today hundreds of thousands of students find out their A Level results and discover whether they have achieved the grades for their preferred university. A pupil was featured on the programme who hoped to get three As in order to secure their place at King's. Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

Particle question

BBC Radio 4, Inside Health 14th August 2014

Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, Physics, explains what a neutrino is and how they are able to penetrate matter. He said: 'They are particles that are charged but not with normal charge, only with weak charge, and the weak force doesn't travel a long distance, and that's why they can find the gaps in matter.'

Defeated at Mount Sinjar but still defiant: Islamic State continues advance towards Baghdad by massing militia at town just 70 miles north despite U.S. airstrikes

Daily Mail 14th August 2014

Seeking to hold more territory closer to Baghdad, Jihadist forces have pushed through to the town of Erbil, 70 miles north of the capital. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the Islamic militants' latest movements. He said: 'IS is coming under pressure and they need to show results to fuel their media machine. They certainly want to take over Kurdistan. But that is more wishful thinking than reality. The West will not allow Kurdistan to fall.'

My super internship: a student's summer at NASA

Evening Standard 14th August 2014

A former King's student, Cosima Gretton, was handpicked by Google to join a team of interns on a ten-week programme in a NASA hothouse.

Two-thirds of Britons with depression get no treatment

The Guardian 14th August 2014

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says that less than a third of people with common mental health problems get any treatment at all – a situation the nation would not tolerate if they had cancer. Also reported in the Daily Mail.

Online open days

The Guardian 14th August 2014

Maria Suessmilch, who will be starting an MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in September talks about the success of the virtual open days.

Ukraine in crisis

CNBC (Europe) 14th August 2014

Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will do everything in its power to prevent further bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, discussed Russia's motivations. He said: 'They needed to put Ukraine in a bit of different light and show that they could do something that looked at least constructive and I think that's fundamentally what this aid convoy is about.' Also reported by Bloomberg, Countdown.

Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report

Hindu 14th August 2014

Each year almost one million new cancer cases are diagnosed in India, with the most common cancers being lung and oral cavity in men, and breast and cervix in women. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, said: 'Almost three of five cancer deaths in India are associated with tobacco or infectious diseases.'

Take a peek at medical history

Huffington Post (US) 14th August 2014

The Wellcome Library recently announced that it is in the process of digitizing 15 million pages of books and pamphlets from 19th-century medical books. Along with the Wellcome Library and digital services company Jisc, libraries from nine other institutions are also contributing their collections to partner in the digitalisation effort, including King's College London.

Anorexia: UK scientists research DNA link

BBC News 13th August 2014

Dr Gursharan Kalsi, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about a new project to collect 25,000 DNA samples from people with anorexia to understand the genetic links to the disorder. Also reported by BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC World News and BBC News Channel.

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Cloning of pets a 'rip-off' that ends in animal distress

Times 13th August 2014

As the first cloned pet arrives in Britain this week, dog owners have been cautioned by scientists against replicating their own animals. Dogs have previously only been cloned for scientific purposes, and little is known about the abnormalities that pets could develop later in life. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, commented on the process. He said: 'We cannot clone personality which is what people are paying for. It's exploitation of people who love their pets.'

Use of social media for Islamic recruitment

BBC Radio 5 Live 13th August 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on how British jihadists use social media sites to recruit teenagers in the UK to fight with the Islamist militants. He said: 'We have followed the trajectory of people who, on their Facebook websites, talk about going to Syria and are interested in going to Syria.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 and Daily Mail.

Depression in South Asian communities

BBC Asian Network 13th August 2014

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses the stigma of depression in South Asian communities, and how this affects help-seeking.

New surgical trial offers fresh hope for breast cancer sufferers

Evening Standard 13th August 2014

A woman from London took part in a new clinical trial that could revolutionise cancer surgery. The new procedure, trialled by Guy's and St Thomas NHS and King’s College London, involves surgeons using imaging technology to detect within minutes whether a tumour has been removed in full. The technology could also be used for lung and prostate cancers.

Iraq and the consequences of turning non-intervention into a principle

Guardian 13th August 2014

Dr Rod Thornton, Defence Studies, discussed the issues associated with arming different groups of Kurds, commenting that they need protecting, not arming. He said: 'So, we are arming the peshmerga of the Kurds of northern Iraq? But which peshmerga? The peshmerga of which political party, of which sectarian division, which linguistic group are we arming? And are we making sure we give arms to all the different peshmerga, in order to keep the balance that has kept the peace between all these rival peshmerga since their civil war of the 90s?'

Heading for Armageddon? Islamic State advances in Syria

Channel 4 News 13th August 2014

According to the Islamic State Twitter account, jihadists have advanced closed to the Turkish border, close to a town associated with the countdown to Armageddon. Accounts that have been verified reported that the forces had taken the towns of Akhtarin, Al-Masoudiya and Turkmen Barah. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'You generate large revenue if you control the border crossing. Goods come through and the people bringing them through have to grease the palms of certain people. If you are at the border you can also direct those goods into your own areas.' Also reported by BBC World Service Radio.

'The dawn of a new era has begun': ISIS supporters hand out leaflets in London's Oxford Street encouraging people to move to newly proclaimed Islamic State

Daily Mail 13th August 2014

Scotland Yard has stated that it is investigating whether the ISIS supporters who have been handing out pamphlets on Oxford Street are in breach of terror laws. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the power ISIS exerts over local populations in Syria and Iraq. He said: ''ISIS control is very fragile as people only co-operate due to fear not because they want to. Just because they have seized territory from official statutory power, it does not make them a statutory power.'

Qatar shifts foreign policy after supporting revolts

Bloomberg News 13th August 2014

After backing rebels in Libya and Syria and supporting an Islamist government in Egypt, Qatar is now mediating between Israel and Hamas to put an end to the conflict in Gaza. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented that with the truce between Hamas and Israel extended yesterday, Qatar is using its links to Hamas to be a crucial go-between in talks over a longer term accord.

Has the Iraqi PM outstayed his welcome?

Al Jazeera, Inside Story 13th August 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, resists pressure at home and abroad to step down. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on this chapter in Iraqi political history. He said: 'There are grounds for cautious optimism as there seems to be support right now for removing Maliki and changing the prime minister.'

Scan hope for breast cancer surgery

Press Association 13th August 2014

With the potential to prevent the removal of healthy tissue during breast cancer surgery, surgeons are testing a new scanning technology using new imaging tools that can scan tumours during the operation instead of afterwards. The clinical trials are being conducted by researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London. Professor Arnie Purushotham, Research Oncology, commented on the potential of the new devices. He said: 'It should greatly improve surgical accuracy, which is desperately needed because around a quarter of breast cancer patients who have a lump removed need a second operation to remove cancer cells missed in the first surgery.'

Chilling threat from Islamic State jihadist: You ain't seen nothing yet

Daily Mirror 12th August 2014

As RAF fighter jets were heading for Iraq yesterday, a senior spokesperson for the Islamic State issued a warning to the West that the worst was yet to come. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been quoted saying that the recent turmoil has increased the Islamic State's chances of taking over Baghdad.

For peace and friendship

Telegraph (India) 12th August 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies, discusses how the visit to Nepal by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, should start the process of rebuilding bridges between to the two countries. He writes: 'India’s outreach to Nepal in recent days has hit all the right notes. It has managed to capture the imagination of Nepalese people and politicians alike.'

Lebanon's fragile democracy survives Islamist State spillover - for now

Conversation 12th August 2014

Article by Professor Michael Kerr, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, discussing the impact of the Islamist State's campaign as it arrives in Lebanese territory. He writes: 'This alarming development, and the incremental disintegration of Iraq and Syria, heighten concerns that Lebanon cannot insulate itself from the conflicts surrounding it.'

Use of untested drugs on Ebola patients

Al Jazeera UK, News 12th August 2014

The World Health Organisation has backed the use of untested drugs on those who have contracted Ebola. Sridhar Venkatapuram, Social Science, Health & Medicine, discussed the ethics of using unlicensed treatments to cure the virus. He said: 'One of the greatest problems in global health right now is the fact that a number of diseases that affect poor people in poor countries do not get enough research and support.'

From one war zone to another: thousands of desperate Yazidis now make brutal trek in 45C heat to Syria in bid to escape ISIS

Daily Mail 12th August 2014

Thousands of people trying to escape from the Islamic State have had to flee from one war zone to another as they approach the Syrian border, but aid has finally started to reach the Yazidis. Dr Andreas Kreig, Defence Studies, commented on the UK's and the U.S.'s involvement in the evacuation. He said: 'This has to do with the Western reluctance to put boots on the ground. An evacuation operation requires a high degree of force protection for the involved units who will have to operate both on ground and in the air close to ground.'

15 million pages of historic medical books to go online

Fox News 12th August 2014

Approximately 15 million medical books from the 19th century are about to go digital. Nine universities and institutions are sending their collections to the London-based Wellcome Library, including King's. Also reported by Huffington Post.

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure?

Guardian 12th August 2014

A video showing how Camden council and King's Healthy Air Campaign have been using members of the public to track their exposure to air pollution in London. They all travelled on different routes around the city via different means of transport. The exercise found that the car driver was exposed to the highest levels of pollution and the person on the bus was exposed to more than the cyclist, which shows that sitting inside a vehicle does not lower the chances of exposure.

A crackdown in China sets off alarms at major corporations

New York Times 11th August 2014

The arrival of almost 100 government antitrust investigators into four Microsoft offices in China last month has set off alarm bells in boardrooms around the world. Dr Angela Zhang, Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the Chinese investigations. She said: 'China has a very large bureaucracy, but each agency has its incentives and missions, so when they enforce the law, they try to maximise their own interests.' Also reported by Boston Globe and Economic Times.

Islamic State's strength grows as it seizes more territory

ABC, Lateline 11th August 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, War Studies, is interviewed with regard to the expansion of the Islamic State. He said: 'They want to continue to expand in all directions. Two months ago, before ISIS became the big force it now is, a lot of experts, including myself, were quite skeptical about their ability to push forward and we were proven wrong. A lot of politicians were proven wrong.' Also reported by ABC News.

Misunderstanding secularism

Indian Express, Delhi 11th August 2014

Article by Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, discussing how teaching Gita doesn't go against Indian secularism. He writes: 'The specificity of Indian secularism transpires clearly in these quoted passages. Far from being areligious, irreligious or anti-religious, this principle is, on the contrary, perfectly compatible with religiosity.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 5 Live 11th August 2014

The World Health Organisation has held a meeting with medical ethics experts today to discuss giving unlicensed medication to those suffering from Ebola. Dr Annette Rid, Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the ethics of using new drugs. She said: 'It could be justified to bring in some of the drugs provided so we can also gather some data, given that these patients are in such a dire situation.' Also reported by BBC News.

Many breech babies still born vaginally, risks still high

Reuters 11th August 2014

According to a new report, many babies in the breech position are still born vaginally, which can increase the risk of complications. Dr Lucy Chappell, Women's Health, told Reuters Health that in the safest vaginal birth, the baby turns and lies head-down in the pelvis before delivery, yet in a 'breech', the baby does not turn and the head can get trapped, which can lead to problems with the birth.

Mobile phone companies have failed, it's time to nationalise them

Guardian 11th August 2014

Article discussing the issue of nationalism and the possibility of nationalising mobile phone companies, in light of the fact profit is often put before the needs of the consumer. Dr Oliver Holland, Informatics, supports the idea, based on technical grounds. He said: 'If you had just one body, instead of dividing the spectrum into chunks, they can use it more efficiently.'

Who needs a constitution when UK politics is in such good shape?

Huffington Post UK 11th August 2014

One of the most constitutional documents in history, the Magna Carta, will celebrate its 800th anniversary next year. Working with King's College London, Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee has been working for five years on a project to develop several possibilities of what a democratic settlement for the UK could look like.

World War I centenary

BBC Asian Network 11th August 2014

The programme looks at the involvement of Indian soldiers in the First World War. Dr Santanu Das, English, commented on the role they took on. He said: 'Behind each fighting army there's this huge amount of men that were supporting them and the Indian Labour Corps played a very important role.'

Nothing would be finer for Dina Asher-Smith than double success in Zurich

Independent 10th August 2014

This Thursday will not only mark Dina Asher-Smith's first individual senior event as she competes at the European Athletics Championships but is also the day she finds out her A-level results. At stake is a place to study History at King's College London, for which she will need to have achieved three As. Also reported by Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, Daily Mail and The People.

A fair society should prize its care workers

Observer 10th August 2014

An investigation into pay and conditions in the sector has highlighted the low pay and status attached to care work. According to the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's, 150 000 workers are receiving less than the minimum wage.

British 'Primark jihadist' killed fighting with Islamic State

Telegraph 10th August 2014

According to Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, a British fighter with the Islamic State militants, Hamidur Rahman, has died. His death brings the total number of British fighters who have been killed in Syria to 19. Mr Maher commented on a conversation he had had with Rahman before his death. He said: 'From my interactions with him, Rahman was very focused, committed and serious about his cause.' Also reported by ITV News, Guardian, Daily Star, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 1, Newsbeat and Times.

Chapman Pincher, 100; was Fleet Street newsman

Boston Globe 10th August 2014

Chapman Pincher, considered by the London Daily Express as the world's greatest reporter, died last week at his home in Kintbury. A graduate from King's College London, Mr Pincher also taught science in Liverpool and wrote articles for farm publications before becoming a reporter. Also reported by Seattle Times, New York Times and Washington Post.

What makes a movie scary

Sunday Express Mumbai 10th August 2014

Researchers from King's were asked about what makes a movie scary. Mathematicians found that it wasn't a film with a 'The' in the title, but rather came up with a complicated formula which included chase scenes, escalating music and film setting.

US and genocide: Who gets bombed, who gets saved?

Aljazeera (U.S) 10th August 2014

Article by Dr Victoria Fontan, War Studies, discusses how invoking 'genocide' to validate US strikes on the Islamic State group cannot be morally justified after Halabja. She writes: 'No one can rejoice when airstrikes are being carried out by a superpower which is responsible for having created the situation in the first place.'

Stroke victims back to normal after stem cell injections

Times 9th August 2014

Those who have suffered severe strokes have seen their health fully restored following treatment with a new stem cell therapy. Five people injected with cells from their bone marrow are still alive, but scientists have cautioned that these results could be down to chance. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, was quoted saying that the numbers involved were very limited and that it is too early to draw conclusions.

Online open days

Guardian 9th August 2014

Student Maria Suessmilch, who is about to start a masters in neuroscience at King's, has spoken out about the online open day she attended. She said: 'The online open day went really well. It was online but laid out like a campus, so it was very intuitive.'

Concerns over Ebola outbreak

ITV News 8th August 2014

Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has spoken out about the dangers of Ebola as the World Health Organisation declared an international health emergency. He said: 'The real challenge now is how do we all hold our nerve and stick to our posts and see this through, because if we all step away, this is going to get away from us.'

Drugs watchdog condemns Roche for high price of breast cancer therapy

Guardian 8th August 2014

The pharmaceuticals company, Roche, has been criticised for refusing to lower the price of the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, whose current price is well over the NHS's limit. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, commented on how the Cancer Drug Fund undermines judgments made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He said: 'I have always thought it grossly unfair to other diseases that cancer should have a short-circuit around Nice.' Also reported by Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

Universities hand out more offers

Press Association 8th August 2014

Amid major changes to higher education and competition for top students, a number of universities are increasing the number of offers on degree courses. This follows reforms to the university system which allow institutions to recruit as many students as they like who have scored at least an A grade and two Bs at A-level. A number of top universities, including King's College London, have stated they will have a limited number of places in clearing.

Yunnan quake unlikely to affect wider Chinese economy

Xinhua News Agency 8th August 2014

According to British experts, the earthquake that struck China's Yunnan province is unlikely to have an effect on the wider Chinese economy. Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, was quoted saying: 'This is a particularly forceful kind of earthquake where the waves radiate out horizontally, and it caused the buildings to shake back and forth, not just up and down.'

Could US have prevented ISIS?

MSNBC 8th August 2014

President Obama made the case that the crisis in Iraq is not going to be solved quickly by US intervention. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the world ISIS want to create. He said: 'They want to essentially recreate a version of the 7th century. They believe that you have to live exactly as people were living at the time of the prophet Mohammed.'

Ditch the beach for a chance to teach

Daily Mail 7th August 2014

In an ever competitive job market, graduates who utilise their gap-years volunteering or doing something constructive are more likely to impress potential employers. The article mentions a former King's College London student as an example of a graduate who worked at a primary school in Fiji before studying at university.

We're fuming

Sun 7th August 2014

Millions of drivers have been left angered having been persuaded to buy diesel cars, and now asked to pay fines for their toxic diesel fumes. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the situation. He said: 'Drivers wrongly bought diesel cars after being told they were the green option. Instead they have now found they bought cars that emit more harmful pollutants.'

Anger as project axed after scholars buy one-way ticket

Times Higher Education 7th August 2014

Due to a lack of funding, a project that would have seen 18 academics fly out to work in the Czech Republic has been cancelled at the last minute. Professor Andrew Miller, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, commented on the implications of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport's decision. He said: 'Their actions are so obviously damaging to the good name and reputation of Czech scientific research.'

Health issue: collective treatment for old practices

Times Higher Education 7th August 2014

The Wellcome Library and Jisc have announced a programme of digitisation that could potentially transform knowledge of 19th century medicine by creating an online library. The partners of this initiative include six top universities, including King's College London.

Foreign experts, media applaud China's swift earthquake response

Xinhua (China) 7th August 2014

Foreign experts and media have spoken highly of China's disaster relief efforts, saying China responded swiftly and efficiently to Sunday's deadly earthquake in its southwestern province of Yunnan. Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, said: 'Looking at all the media that has come out, the news reports reporting on the effort, it has been a very rapid effort where they have mobilised a large number of resources and people.'

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

BBC Radio 4 7th August 2014

Aid agencies say that one of the most difficult challenges facing aid workers are the suspicions against them from local communities. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, comments on how he and his team responded to the outbreak in Sierra Leone. He said: 'We wanted to make sure we had the right guidelines and training so that everybody in the hospital knew how to identify Ebola.'

Study of Vietnam vets finds those with worst PTSD improve little over the years

Dallas Morning News (US) 7th August 2014

Most veterans who had persistent post-traumatic stress a decade or more after serving in the Vietnam War have shown surprisingly little improvement since and a large percentage have died, a new study finds, updating landmark research that began a generation ago. Veterans with lifetime, war-related PTSD were heavy users of veterans health services, and two-thirds of them reported discussing mental health issues in those visits in the past six months, compared with 11 percent without the disorder. Professor Simon Wessely said: 'Now that is a striking figure, because clearly it doesn’t seem to have done much good.'

Combat stress among veterans is found to persist since Vietnam

New York Times 7th August 2014

A new study has found that even a decade or more since serving in the Vietnam war, many veterans are still suffering from post-traumatic stress. Dr Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, commented on recent findings that showed two-thirds of Veterans with war-related PTSD reported discussing mental health issues in their visits to veteran health services in the past six months, compared with 11 percent without the disorder. He said: 'Now that is a striking figure, because clearly it doesn’t seem to have done much good.' Also reported by Dallas Morning News.

Saturated fats that actually beat diabetes

Daily Mail 6th August 2014

Contrary to popular belief that saturated fats increase the risk of diabetes, researchers have found that some fats found in dairy products can reduce its development. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on the recent findings. He said: 'This is an observational study, not a trial of modification of diet. However, the findings are in line with some other reports that suggest the consumption of dairy products is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.'

Go-ahead given by Government for expansion of UTCs

Independent 6th August 2014

Ministers have been given the go-ahead to set up a network of University Technical Colleges for 14 - 18 year olds. In a bid to meet the demands of modern industry, seven new colleges are to open, with more expected in the new year. Top industries are backing the scheme, including King's College London.

Centralised stroke care saves more lives, says study

Guardian 6th August 2014

A study carried out by academics from institutions including King's College London has found that the centralisation of stroke services in London saves nearly 100 lives a year. Researchers estimated that if Manchester had adopted the London model, more than 50 lives a year would have been saved. The findings are predicted to confirm the arguments of clinicians who say fewer, more specialised centres are more efficient. Also reported by Press Association.

How did Lego become a gender battleground?

BBC News 6th August 2014

Lego's new range, the Research Institute, has been hailed a significant breakthrough in child marketing and gender stereotyping. The three new female figures - a palaeontologist, an astronomer and a chemist - are a contrast to the common pink-branded toys on offer to girls. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, commented that this latest range is a useful way of banishing the 'bluestocking' image of women doing serious jobs.

Collaborative caring in eating disorders

Star and Tribune 6th August 2014

Eating disorders have a profound impact on individuals, as well as the people who care for them. Professors Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt are at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minisota discussing caregiver skills training which is intended as an adjunct to the individual’s treatment program.

My time in the Israeli Defence Force tells me the level of casualties in Gaza is avoidable

The Conversation 6th August 2014

Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies, writes an opinion piece on the conflict in Gaza: 'It seems, judging from the sheer number of Palestinian casualties in the current Gaza war, that the Israelis are not following their own rules – or the rules were produced at the time as a PR exercise to silence international criticism,' he said. Also reported by Independent, Washington Post and New Statesman.

Fairground ride leaves woman, 26, feeling dizzy for a year

Daily Mail 6th August 2014

A woman who went on a fairground ride at Reading Festival is still suffering from dizziness a year later. She has since been diagnosed with Migraine Variant Balance Disorder, a condition that affects the memory and leaves sufferers feeling permanently dizzy. Dr Andy Dowson said: 'Migraine sufferers are quite often tested to see whether they suffer hypersensitivity to certain foods. If a patient were to be very sensitive to these foods, it may trigger an attack.'

Do combined degrees attract extra kudos?

Telegraph 6th August 2014

One in five undergraduate opt to take a joint degree, allowing them to study two or more courses in the same time frame as a single subject. Due to increasing demand for flexible courses, rising numbers of institutions plan to offer US-style 'major / minor' degrees, including King's College London.

Gaza war gives Hamas shot in arm, but for how long?

Hindustan Times (India) 6th August 2014

Paul Schulte, War Studies, is quoted in an article looking at the history of Hamas and its role in the Gaza conflict with Israel: 'None of the objectives that Hamas has set seem deliverable,' he said. Also reported by Times of India.

Lost lives

Daily Mail 5th August 2014

The former governor of the Bank of England is reported to compare the period leading up to the Great War with the financial crisis between 2007 - 2009. Professor Richard Roberts, Contemporary British History, found that one of the few places where shares could be traded were on the Daily Mail's City pages.

In the past they studied hairdressing and tourism. Now it's Conrad and Joyce

Times 5th August 2014

As students await their A-level results, the Brilliant Club is helping the next generation of gifted children from poorer backgrounds win places at top universities including King's College London. Since its launch in 2011, nearly 50 per cent of the Brilliant Club's students have been offered a place at selective Russell Group institutions.

Ebola outbreak

BBC London News 5th August 2014

In light of the outbreak of the Ebola virus, British Airways have announced they are suspending flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, discusses the possibility of the virus spreading to other countries. He said: 'It is very unlikely to be a risk to the UK more broadly and there is just a slim chance that someone who has travelled somewhere around West Africa to get sick.'

Raise a glass! Drink doesn't kill off brain cells

Daily Mail 5th August 2014

Commenting on how memory becomes much poorer with age, Professor Rob Howard, Institute of Psychiatry, says: 'It's part of healthy ageing that our memory for people's names that we don't use regularly declines and we struggle to recall them,'

Four Student Occupations And Protests Which Actually Won Their Demands

Huffington Post (US) 5th August 2014

Feature article on student protests mentions activity by students at King's.

Remember the quiet glory of the old soldiers of Whitehall

Financial Times 4th August 2014

Article discussing how those who fought for their country from Whitehall during the First World War should be remembered. Professor Richard Roberts, Contemporary British History, spoke to Treasury civil servants earlier this year on how the war triggered an international financial breakdown.

100 years ago Britain declared war on Germany

BBC Radio 5 Live 4th August 2014

On the anniversary marking 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany, Professor Richard Roberts, Contemporary British History, comments on the impact the Great War had on the lives of people at home. He said: 'There were two ways of paying for the war: taxes had to go up and debt had to increase.'

Doctor at centre of Ebola epidemic

Press Association 4th August 2014

Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is part of a team of British medics who were working to strengthen the healthcare system in Sierra Leone before the Ebola outbreak struck. He said: 'From the moment we heard about the first Ebola cases, all of our instincts on the team here and back in London were to do everything we could to help our colleagues overcome this new challenge.'

Sir Michael Howard: They knew there would be a war - but not so terrible

Evening Standard 4th August 2014

Article by Professor Sir Michael Howard, War Studies, which discusses the expectations of the British prior to the outbreak of the First World War. He writes: 'If the war had indeed been as brief, bloody and decisive as was generally expected, we would certainly now be commemorating it in a very different way.'

'What's shocking is how Ebola patients look before they die': British doctor working in Sierra Leone describes the horror of deadly disease

Daily Mail 4th August 2014

A British doctor, Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has spoke out about the horrors he and his team have witnessed since the outbreak of Ebola. Despite health workers being among those most at risk of contracting the virus, the team took the decision to remain in Sierra Leone to work alongside local medics dealing with the crisis. Dr Johnson said: 'We're all aware that there is a risk and that we have to be extremely careful. However, we also know that if we wear the protective equipment properly and follow the protocols then we'll be OK.' Also reported by Press Association.

India - US ties at a turning point

DNA (India) 4th August 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on relations between India and the US, following a visit to India by US Secretary of State John Kerry: 'The Obama administration is trying to recover some of the lost ground in reaching out to the Modi government. It was only in February 2014 that the US ended its decade-long boycott of Modi when then US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell paid a visit to Modi,' he said.

Montsho tests positive for drugs

Sunday Times 3rd August 2014

The Botswana athlete, Amantle Monthso, has become the highest-profile competitor at the Commonwealth Games to test positive for drugs. The 'B' sample is to be analysed at her request by King's College London. Should the sample confirm the presence of a proscribed substance, Montsho will be able to attend a full hearing to explain why the drug was in her system.

Gaza conflict

BBC World Service Radio 3rd August 2014

Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies, comments on the challenges facing the Israeli defence force in light of the recent attacks in civilian areas. He said: 'There is no justification to strike near facilities such as schools and hospitals which endangers so many people.' Dr Bregman added: 'The Israeli army must change and must modify the rules of engagement.'

Why Modi’s India aligns more closely with Israel than with Palestinians

Al Jazeera 3rd August 2014

Feature article discussing why India's political commentators see traditional support for Palestinians as anachronistic and inimical to the national interest. Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, argues that India is disappointed by what it sees as the Arab world’s simplistic position on the thorny issue of Kashmir: 'India has received no worthwhile backing from the Arab countries in the resolution of problems it faces in its neighborhood, especially Kashmir. There have been no serious attempts by the Arab world to put pressure on Pakistan to reign in the cross-border insurgency in Kashmir.'

One hundred years after World War I, there are similar economic challenges in 2014

O Globo (Brazil) 3rd August 2014

Professor Richard Roberts, Director, Institute of Contemporary British History, compares the financial crisis of WW1 with today's global economy, for a special feature on WW1.

Attrition: Fighting the First World War by William Philpott, review: 'refreshingly balanced'

Daily Telegraph 2nd August 2014

Review of Attrition: Fighting the First World War by Professor William Philpott, War Studies. The reviewer states that whilst the First World War has been fought over and interpreted by many historians, Professor Philpott 'takes a refreshingly balanced view of the war.'

Why hobbits triumphed in the Great War

Times 2nd August 2014

Professor Joseph Laconte, History, comments on JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and their service in the Great War. He writes: 'Despite the slaughter in the trenches, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis saw heroism and nobility in the war to end all wars.'

A revolution up in flames

Al Jazeera Newshour 2nd August 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, participates in a debate as part of feature programme 'Inside Syria'. The three-year war has intensified in Syria and witnessed its bloodiest phase in July.

Ebola outbreak

BBC News 1st August 2014

The outbreak of the Ebola virus is moving more quickly than the efforts to control it. So far, 729 people have died in the outbreak. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, explained the challenges facing medical practitioners in the hospitals. He said: 'The challenge over the next week is can we convince patients that their best option is to come to hospital early for treatment and can we convince staff that they're safe working here in this unit. If we can do that, then this outbreak can be turned around.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

New spray will speed up hunt for evidence in rape cases

Evening Standard 1st August 2014

A new spray is currently being developed by scientists from King's College London that will speed up police investigations. The 'biosensor' detection molecules in the spray turn different colours when they come into contact with saliva, blood and semen, which could halve the time it normally takes to search for bodily fluids. This latest development has been hailed a technological breakthrough by the Home Office.

Ebola virus in West Africa

BBC Radio 5 Live 1st August 2014

The World Health Organisation is set to meet leaders of several West African countries to try to agree how to tackle the Ebola virus. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, commented on the hospitals and medical facilities in West Africa. He said: 'The sort of work that King's has been doing in Sierra Leone over the last few years has been to try and strengthen the healthcare system in those areas.' He added: 'This is a reminder that we really need to redouble efforts in strengthening weak healthcare systems.'

Maths school revolution gets off to a slow start

Times Education Supplement 1st August 2014

King's College London is among just three universities to have agreed to back specialist maths schools for students between the ages of 16 and 18. In November 2011, government sources had suggested that between 12 and 16 schools would be set up.

Ebola's frontline: Battling fear and deadly virus

CNN (US) 1st August 2014

Feature article written by Dr Oliver Johnson, Medicine, who travelled to Sierra Leone with a small team of volunteers from King's Health Partners to work on a project to improve day-to-day health care: 'Ebola is the main conversation, in government, the media and on the street. People are now starting to truly understand the scale of risk. Businesses have buckets of chlorine at the doorstep, people wear gloves and have stopped shaking hands,' he said. Dr Johnson was also interviewed by the Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Why do women live longer than men?

Newsweek (US) 1st August 2014

Professor David H Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, King’s College London, is quoted in a piece exploring the reasons why women tend to live longer than men: 'The female immune system is known to produce a more vigorous response to biological insult than the male immune system, he said.

A Himalyan Opportunity

The New Indian Express 1st August 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece about India's relationship with Nepal: 'External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s maiden visit to Nepal last week was an important opportunity to recalibrate Indo-Nepalese ties and lay the foundation for prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit from August 3—the first bilateral visit to Nepal by an Indian PM in 17 years,' he said.

If the robe fits... you're lucky

Times Higher Education 31st July 2014

Louise Byrne discusses the difficulties traditional academic gowns pose for female graduates. In 2008, Vivienne Westwood created a new robe for King's College London which made use of buttons on the shoulders to help the gown stay in place.

As the conflict in Gaza continues, are we seeing a realignment of the Middle East?

City A.M. 31st July 2014

Dr Simon Waldman, Theology & Religious Studies, comments on how the Israel-Gaza conflict shows how little has changed in the Israeli-Palestine war. He said: 'There have been dangerous developments in the region, especially the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the breakdown of Syria. But they have little to do with Israel’s conflict with Hamas.'

Ucas webchat: Prepare for Result's Day 2014

Telegraph 31st July 2014

Due to a record number of applications to the UK's leading universities, competition for places is on the rise. Among other institutions, King's College London has reported substantial increases in applications over the past year.

New Dynamics

Outlook (India) 31st July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India-Japan relations and the shifting power dynamics in the Asia region: 'Asia’s leading nations have been slowly coming together to face the challenge of an assertive China. To the chagrin of Beijing, US, Indian and Japanese naval vessels gathered for a joint exercise in the Pacific ostensibly against piracy and terrorism. The rise of nationalist leaders in Japan and India, combined with growing US concern about aggressive Chinese policy, have created new dynamics in the region,' he said.

All new taxis will be hybrid by 2018

Times 30th July 2014

Due to the health concerns raised over toxic diesel fumes in London, taxis and buses will automatically switch to 'zero emission' electric mode on Oxford Street. This follows research by King's College London that found high levels of nitrogen dioxide on Britain's busiest high street.

Five-a-day is all you need

Daily Mail 30th July 2014

According to researchers, eating more than the recommended five-a-day won't make you live any longer. A recent study claims that five pieces of fruit or vegetables is the optimum amount when it comes to reducing a person's chances of dying. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented that the findings shouldn't put people off eating plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Increase diesel taxes to fight pollution, says Boris Johnson and green groups

Guardian 30th July 2014

The Mayor of London, alongside green groups, has called on the government to increase taxes on diesel fuel to combat the Capital's levels of air pollution. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the prevalent image of diesel cars as the 'green' option. He said: 'This image of diesel cars however is wrong as they emit more harmful air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. Given the shortcoming of diesel vehicles, a sensible option would be to discourage their use through a higher fuel taxation.'

First World War testimonies

BBC Radio 4 30th July 2014

No conflict in history has been so well documented by ordinary soldiers as the First World War. BBC Radio 4 visited London's Royal Artillery Museum to view their collection of archives. Dr Helen McCartney, Defence Studies, commented on the various artifacts, contextualising them in terms of the different stages of the war.

Ebola virus outbreak

Channel 4 News 30th July 2014

According to the latest figures, 672 people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola, which started in Guinea and has spread to neighbouring countries. UK Doctors have been told to be on alert for people coming back from West Africa with flu-like symptoms. In Sierra Leone, Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is currently treating patients at the Connaught Hospital. He said: 'I have never seen in my career people who look so healthy, dying so quickly.' Also reported by BBC World News, BBC World Service Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Immunotherapy targets breast cancer

Press Association 30th July 2014

A new technique is currently being developed by British scientists to encourage the body's immune system to attack one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer. Led by Dr John Mayer, Breast Cancer Biology Group, a team from King's College London are working on an immunotherapy treatment which specifically targets HER2-positive tumours.

Indo-U.S. relations: moving beyond the plateau

Foreign Policy 30th July 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussing the importance of the U.S. Secretary of State's visit to India. This week John Kerry will meet the newly elected Prime Minister and his government. Dr Pant writes: 'There is certainly a window of opportunity now for both Washington and New Delhi to re-launch their partnership.'

Diesel drivers face new charges to cut pollution

Times 29th July 2014

Under new plans to combat the problem of air pollution, diesel drivers could have to pay an extra £10 to drive through central London. This charge would be on top of the current congestion charge and would come into play in 2020. This new development follows research by David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, which last month found that London had high levels of nitrogen dioxide. Also reported by BBC London 94.9.

Bright idea! The CSI spray that collars culprits

Daily Mail 29th July 2014

A pioneering technique set to revolutionise crime-fighting has been developed by scientists at King's College London. The spray, which uses the latest bio and nano technologies, can identify whether an offender has left behind saliva, sweat or other bodily fluids by lighting up in one of four different colours. The Home Office hopes this latest development will provide police officers with vital leads in the first critical hours of an investigation, allowing them to make immediate arrests.

University of Cambridge staff to be paid the living wage

Telegraph 29th July 2014

All members of staff directly employed by the University of Cambridge are to be paid the living wage from the beginning of August. It will now join the likes of King's College London who are fully accredited as Living Wage employers.

Running just a few minutes a day 'cuts risk of dying early'

Telegraph 29th July 2014

A recent study has found that running for just a few minutes on a regular basis can dramatically reduce the risk of dying early. Professor Albert Ferro, Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology, commented on the significance of the new findings. He said: 'This is an important study because it establishes for the first time, in a large population of subjects studied, that even very low level exercise is associated with improved survival.'

Extra charge for diesel drivers

BBC London 94.9 29th July 2014

Motorists who drive diesel vehicles may have to pay £10 should they wish to drive through Central London. According to the Times, plans are being drawn up that would see diesel drivers charged on top of the existing congestion fee. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Health, commented on why these measures have to happen. He said: 'These pollutants are causing big health problems in cities now and we need to act as fast as possible.'

New pollution tax proposed

ITV 1, London Today 29th July 2014

In order to solve London's chronic pollution problem, the Mayor of London has announced plans to charge £10 on top of the current congestion charge for diesel vehicles. Commenting on the Capital's air pollution levels, Professor Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group, discussed the health risks of nitrogen dioxide particulates. He said: 'They become absorbed and they affect a lot of the reactions that go on inside the body, which causes inflammation in the system and then leads subsequently to heart attacks and premature death.' Also reported by BBC Radio 2, Drivetime, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio London 94.9.

Driving under the influence of drugs

BBC Radio 4, Inside Health 29th July 2014

New legislation that comes into play next March sets out thresh hold levels for 16 different drugs and medicines, both illegal and prescription. Similarly to the blood-alcohol limit, exceeding these thresh holds will result in prosecution. Dr Kim Wolff, Addiction Science, commented: 'There are medicines involved in this and this is because they are also quite powerful drugs, and many of them are misused as well as legitimately prescribed.'

Indonesia's jarring wealth gap

Al Jazeera 29th July 2014

Dr Andy Sumner, International Development Institute, writes an opinion piece on rising inequality in Indonesia as the country announces a new President: 'The gulf between rich and poor has widened in Indonesia more than in any other developing country. It has grown by as much as 60 percent over the last decade, according to our comprehensive look at inequality in the country. While the rich get richer, around 40 percent of the country's 250 million people still live with less than $2 per day,' he said.

How 14 Childhood experiences shape you as an adult

Times of India 29th July 2014

Article mentions a study from King's Institute of Psychiatry which found of 26,000 people found that if you experienced various forms of maltreatment, you're 2.27 times more likely to have recurrent episodes of depression.

Universities resort to cold-calling ex-students to raise funds

Independent 28th July 2014

In order to raise funds, universities are targeting over nine million of their former students. Although philanthropic donations are at a record high, there has been an increase in fundraising calling for graduates to donate. During the last academic year, King's College London was amongst several institutions in the UK to receive the largest individual cash gifts.

Without World War I, what would literature look like today?

Conversation 28th July 2014

Article by Professor Max Saunders, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, discusses how central the Great War is to Britain's conception of its own history. He writes: 'The war poets are routinely taught in schools. And the memoirs, novels, paintings, films and pieces of music produced in that period haven’t just produced our cultural memory of the war. They’ve made our culture virtually unimaginable without it.'

Sun safe?

Sunday Times 27th July 2014

With skin cancer on the rise, doubts have emerged over the efficacy of sunscreens. According to researchers, anti-inflammatory ingredients which are routinely added to sunscreens may dramatically skew SPF readings, allowing the product to be given a higher SPF, yet this could lead to skin damage from UV light. Professor John Hawk, Dermatology Skin Sciences, commented: 'If a sunscreen contains anti-inflammatories, it reduces sunburn without necessarily protecting from DNA damage, which is potentially worrying.'

Early reading skills positively influence intelligence

Deccan Herald (India) 27th July 2014

Further coverage of research led by the Institute of Psychiatry.

Useful blood gene variants spread in humans worldwide

Deccan Herald (India) 27th July 2014

While studying patients of African and South Asian descent, researchers at King's noticed that two genetic variants control¬ling the red blood cell regulator gene are of similar genetic structure - not only in them but also in individuals of other populations.

Feeling the strain - the EU or Putin?

Financial Times 26th July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the international community remains torn on how to respond. Dr Gonzalo Pozo Martin, European & International Studies, comments on the possible sanctions that could be imposed on Russia by the EU. He said: 'What we don't really know is whether the effects of these sanctions are going to translate in Putin changing course in his policy on the Ukraine.'

India's Israel Posturing

Business Standard (India) 26th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's ties with Israel in the wake of the latest upsurge in violence in Gaza: 'There are hypocrites and then there are Indian politicians. Israel's right to self-defence has been deemed so unacceptable by our parliamentarians that all perspective has been lost,' he said.

England may pay dearly for staying united with Scotland

Financial Times 25th July 2014

Article by Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Contemporary British History, which looks at how England's constitutional dilemmas could be intensified, should Scotland reject independence on September 18. As the only country in the UK not to have its own parliament or assembly, Professor Bogdanor argues that England suffers the effects of an unbalanced and asymmetrical constitution. He writes: 'This is the price that England, the most powerful nation in the UK, pays for maintaining the union with Scotland.'

Sea temperature off Plymouth hotter than California

Telegraph 25th July 2014

According to marine scientists, the water temperature off the coast of Devon has soared, making the seas of southwest Britain hotter than those of California. However, the hot temperatures are bringing with them pollutants which, when they react with sunlight, can cause health risks. Dr David Carslaw, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, commented: 'When we have hot temperatures, a lot of the heat air is coming across from Europe. So, you can have emissions from, say, Germany, in this air and they react to form other pollutants under heat.'

Justice for MH17

Foreign Policy 25th July 2014

When a disaster such as the crash of flight MH17 occurs, there is always a demand for accountability. Dr Philippa Webb, Public International Law, comments on previous cases that involved the International Court of Justice. She said: 'The ICJ does not have an encouraging track record for resolving aerial incidents. No case has ever reached the merits.'

Early reading boosts health and intelligence later on

Times 24th July 2014

According to psychologists, improving children's reading skills could make them more intelligent in later life, as well as healthier and more creative. In a study conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Edinburgh, researchers have found that children who did better in reading tests at an early age went on to outscore their classmates in both pattern recognition and vocabulary. Also reported by Daily Mail and Press Association.

Middle-class parents who've ruined their children's teeth - by giving them 'healthy' treats

Daily Mail 24th July 2014

According to new figures, tens of thousands of children in England between the ages of five and nine have been hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions in the last year. Although enamel on baby teeth is just as hard as enamel on adult teeth, the layer is thinner thus making children's teeth more vulnerable. Professor Raman Bedi, Dental Public Health, commented on how parents can prevent their children developing cavities. He said: 'Proper tooth brushing, twice daily with toothpaste containing fluoride, is vital.'

Academy chains outperform state schools

Times 24th July 2014

New research shows that students in schools run by academy chains do noticeably better than children at other state schools. The study, co-authored by Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, was the largest attempt to date to quantify the performance of chains that run three or more academies. Also reported by Press Association.

MH17: What happens to the victim's bodies?

CNN (US) 24th July 2014

Miles away from the somber ceremony on a tarmac where coffins containing the remains of victims of Flight MH17 were returned, dozens of forensic scientists at a military base in the Netherlands were preparing for the grim task of identifying the remains. Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science, said some identifications will be relatively simple: 'It sounds as if they have perhaps 200 body bags with identifiable bodies or parts of bodies in,' she said. 'And while they have been at the site for some time, I would expect that it will be possible to get good DNA profiles from most of those.'

Has Islamic State ordered FGM for all women and girls?

Channel 4 News 24th July 2014

According to the UN, Islamic State has ordered all women and girls in Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, although there are claims that the edict may be a hoax. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying that, in his opinion, the edict could have been spread by the Islamic State's opponents. Also reported by Independent.

Homecare needs a highly-skilled workforce to care for our ageing society

Guardian 24th July 2014

In order to meet the demands of the UK's ageing population, there is a growing need for more people to take on caring roles. According to the International Longevity Centre, the current homecare workforce may need to be doubled over the next decade. Dr Shereen Hussein, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, said she wasn't optimistic about the UK's capacity to meet this demand without significant changes.

My university is better than yours - what students and graduates think

Guardian 24th July 2014

In a survey to determine which universities students and graduates thought were on the same level as their own, students from King's College London were among the 21 other institutions whose pupils tended to aim higher when making their selection.

China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly - state-run newspaper

Reuters UK 24th July 2014

According to China's state-run newspaper Securities Times, China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the biggest mobile chipmakers in the world, has a monopoly. The U.S chipmaker is suspected of abusing its monopoly and market position by overcharging, which could see it fined over $1 billion. Dr Angela Huyue Zhang, Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the newspaper's report. She said it was a 'loose expression that the NDRC has gathered facts that Qualcomm has abused its dominant position.'

Maths and Music: An inseparable learning duo

Huffington Post (US) 24th July 2014

Article on learning mentions King’s researchers recent discovery that 50 percent of the genes used that influence a child's reading ability also impact mathematics aptitude.

China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly - state-run newspaper

CNBC (US) 24th July 2014

China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the world's biggest mobile chipmakers, has a monopoly, the state-run Securities Times newspaper reported on Thursday, as Qualcomm's chief executive held talks in China. Dr Angela Zhang, The Dickson Poon School of Law, said the report was a, ‘loose expression that the NDRC has gathered facts that Qualcomm has abused its dominant position.’ She added: ‘It seems likely that the decision will be announced soon.’ Also reported by South China Morning Post, Global Post (US), Reuters, Reuters (India) and NDTV (India).

We must not whitewash the first world war

Guardian 23rd July 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, discusses how the prevalent Eurocentric view of the first world war ignores the four million men from Africa and Asia who fought on the side of Europe and the U.S during the conflict. He said: 'The recent global turn in first world war studies and commemorative events is partly propelled by Europe's changing image of itself: we live in multicultural societies.'

The rain drain

Guardian 23rd July 2014

Despite the sewers of the Victorian era fixing the issue of filth in the River Thames, findings suggest that trouble may be brewing again. Professor David Green, Geography, commented on how the insanitary river carried water-borne diseases such as typhoid in the 1830s. He said that Liverpudlians were less prone to suffer than Londoners because of their fondness for tea, as this meant that they boiled their water prior to drinking it.

Sir Lawrence Freedman: 'Great situations create great strategists'

Guardian 23rd July 2014

Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, discusses what makes a good strategy, ahead of the Account Planning Group's 'Big Thinking on Strategy' event in October. He said: 'What makes an effective strategic practitioner, as opposed to a theorist, is the ability to read a changing situation and see new opportunities as well as how objectives may have to be adapted to fit changing circumstances.'

Guardian marks first world war centenary with ambitious interactive documentary in seven languages

Guardian 23rd July 2014

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war, today the Guardian has launched 'First World War: the story of global conflict', an interactive documentary exploring the war's global impact. The project includes input from ten leading historians from around the world, including Dr Santanu Das, English. Commenting on the project, he said: 'Weaving together images, film-clips, documents, maps, sound-effects, and voices of historians from ten different countries, it shows how modern technology can help to immerse us in the complex, multiple and parallel histories of the First World War, as we move across empires, nations and fronts.'

EU sanctions against Russian elites could pose existential threat to Putin regime

Huffington Post UK 23rd July 2014

On Tuesday, the EU moved further towards imposing economic sanctions on associates of Vladimir Putin, in a response to the crisis in Ukraine. Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, commented on the implications these sanctions could have for Russian elites and Putin's aim to maintain a steady state. He said: 'What becomes a threat to him is if the system is unbalanced and everyone comes to the conclusion that they might be better off without him and with some other leadership.'

Three parent babies banned from knowing 'second mothers'

Telegraph 23rd July 2014

Under new government guidelines, babies born through a new 'three parent' technique will never be allowed to find out who their 'second mother' is. With this technique, babies at risk of being born with severe disabilities will be offered donor DNA to mend genetic flaws. Professor Frances Flinter, Clinical Genetics, commented on the urgency for the government to push through the legislation prior to next year's general election. He said: 'Many couples would like to have a healthy child soon, and while they understand that it takes time to assess the safety and efficacy of new treatments, they will be anxious about any further delays in bringing legislation before parliament.'

Conflict over arms sales

BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight 23rd July 2014

Professor Andrew Doorman, Defence Studies, discusses whether it is possible to have an arms industry and maintain an ethical policy on exports. He said: 'The real challenge you've got when you look at ethics is whose ethics are we talking about and how do you evaluate that?' He added: 'What we're dealing with is political compromise at any one time.'

Arms trading with Moscow

BBC Radio 5 Live 23rd July 2014

Following revelations that 250 government licences to Russia are in place despite pledges by ministers to prevent arms trading with Moscow, David Cameron has promised to act if he finds Britain has breached its own embargo. Paul Short, Defence Studies, said: 'It is symbolically important and embarrassing for the government, particularly as they are in a row with the French.' He added: 'What's more important is that there will be fewer and fewer investment links and long-term contracts with Russia. There will be a slow process of unlocking because of the political and strategic tension that Putin has caused.'

Who are the rebel's controlling MH17's crash site?

Time (US) 23rd July 2014

On Monday the two black boxes from flight MH17 were finally handed over to Malaysian experts who had been petitioning for their safe recovery. The black boxes, however, weren’t returned by the Ukrainian government, but by pro-Russian separatists from the so-called, 'Donetsk People’s Republic'. Dr Sam Greene, Director, King's Russia Institute, said: 'The people who are leaders in east Ukraine are not playing leading roles. They hold the de facto power in that part of the Ukraine but that’s all. They don’t have long established electoral legitimacy.'

Black and ethnic minority students far less likely to receive offers, new study reveals

Huffington Post (US) 23rd July 2014

Article on discrimination against ethnic minority students at UK universities mentions that King’s students were among those who shared the 'I, too, am Harvard' photo campaign about alienation at university.

'Eighty new genes linked to schizophrenia'

BBC News 22nd July 2014

Scientists have uncovered 80 previously unknown genes which may put people at risk of developing schizophrenia, research in Nature suggests. Commenting on the study, Dr Gerome Breen, Institute of Psychiatry, said: "I think this is revolutionary. We now have a massive amount of new biology to investigate - a whole new set of ideas which could provide many potential avenues for treatment." Also reported in the Daily Mail and Agence France Presse.

Wooing BME ethnic vote and winning Croydon voters

BBC News 22nd July 2014

With less than a year until the general election, political parties need to do more to win over ethnic minority voters. Professor Richard Webber, Geography, discusses how parties should recognise the importance of the BME vote. Commenting on the changes in migrants' circumstances, he said: 'It is questionable that they should continue to vote for the same party as they did when they arrived.'

MP with anorexic past gives DNA to establish genetic links in sufferers

Independent 21st July 2014

A Conservative MP who suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager has donated his DNA to a pioneering study looking for genetic links between anorexics. The samples will be analysed by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry.

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British science: the next frontier

Sunday Times 21st July 2014

Article about investment in UK biosciences mentions research by King’s College London and Proteome Sciences, a British biotechnology company, developing a potential test for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Widen Your View

Times of India 21st July 2014

Article on the availability of humanities courses such as politics and international relations in the US and the UK, notes that they are offered at King's College London. Also reported by the Mumbai Times (India).

10 ways to make public engagement work for you

Guardian 21st July 2014

College PhD candidates, Ella Parry-Davies and Penny Newell, present 10 ways for academics to build up a presence in public debate. According to the students, there is a need for young academics to support each other in breaking outdated moulds and to voice their perspectives.

Britain should ratify convention to protect cultural objects in time of war

Telegraph 21st July 2014

A letter urging the government to ratify the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Following the 2003 looting of archaeological sites and museums in Iraq, Britain announced its commitment to ratification but is yet to introduce the necessary legislation. Dr Hafed Walda, Digital Humanities, is one of the letter's signatories.

Murder in the sky - flight MH17

Channel 4, Dispatches 21st July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Dispatches investigates the crash scene to determine who could have been responsible. Upon viewing footage of pro-Russian separatists, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, commented: 'If these tapes are actually accurate, they seriously implicate the rebels.'

No place at Oxbridge, even with top grades

Sunday Telegraph 20th July 2014

With only a few weeks to go before the publication of A-level results, many Russell Group universities have witnessed applications reach a new high in 2014. The number of students applying to King's College London has risen to 40,000 for the first time - the equivalent of 10 pupils chasing every place. According to education experts, the increase in applications to the UK's top universities reflects the desire to get maximum return for higher tuition fees combined with a high demand for places among foreign students. Also reported by Daily Telegraph.

Ukraine plane crash

BBC News 20th July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, comments on Russia's possible involvement and the country's response to the investigation into the crisis. She said: 'It is debatable to what extent they can fully manipulate fighters on the ground. I am certain that they can exert a lot of pressure on them.' Also reported by BBC Radio Five Live, Sunday Breakfast.

Four decades of occupation, and more

Guardian 19th July 2014

Avi Schlaim reviews 'Cursed History: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories' by Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies. Bregman served in the Israeli army for six years and is the author of four books on Israel and its history of conflict.

'Safer IVF' with kisspeptin hormone shows promise

BBC News 19th July 2014

According to UK doctors, 12 babies have been born using the hormone kisspeptin, which stimulates women's ovaries to produce eggs. Whilst fertility researchers hope kisspeptin will prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, in 10% of patients, the ovaries can go into overdrive and produce too many eggs. Dr Yakoub Khalaf, Medicine, said: 'The bottom line is an interesting product but more clinical data is needed to demonstrate that kisspeptin is not just safe but also does not reduce the chance of a pregnancy.'

Flight MH17: relatives grieve over families

Telegraph 19th July 2014

In recent media coverage of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, there is mention of one of the victims, John Allen, who had previously studied at King's College London. Also reported by Sunday Mirror and Sunday Times.

International community searches for answers on MH17

MSNBC (US) 19th July 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is interviewed discussing what needs to be done for families of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 to get answers.

Malaysia Airlines crash

Sky News 18th July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, spoke to Sky News regarding the political implications of the disaster and commented on Russia holding the Ukraine responsible. She said: ‘Officially, of course, they cannot admit that the separatists were behind this sort of attack. So, in a way, trying to shift the blame and point it to the Ukrainians is, to a certain extent, understandable.’ Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, discusses the possibility that the launch-pad from which the missiles were fired was not necessarily targeting the passenger plane. Acknowledging the bad visibility and unclear radar signature, he told Sky News: ‘It may very well have been a case of mistaken identity.’

British Academy announces 42 new fellows

Times Higher Education 18th July 2014

Over 40 academics have been elected as fellows to the British Academy. The fellows are elected for their outstanding research and distinction in the humanities and social sciences. Francesca Happé, Institute of Psychiatry, and Paul Gilroy, English, are amongst the 42 elected and will play a vital role in continuing the Academy’s activities and in sustaining support and public interest in research across the disciplines.

Top universities 'must do more' for poor students

Daily Telegraph 17th July 2014

According to the Government's higher education access adviser, leading universities must make further changes to admissions in order to ensure a more balanced intake of students. Figures reveal that top universities, including King's College London, have set specific targets to increase the proportion of places awarded to pupils from state schools and poorer backgrounds.

Summer reads

Times Higher Education 17th July 2014

Dr Lucy Wooding, History, sets out the two books she plans to read over the summer. For the 'new must-read' category, she has chosen Leif Dixon's 'Practical Predestinarians in England,' and for 'a classic worth revisiting,' Dr Wooding vows to reread works by Thomas Harding, the great Elizabethan Catholic apologist.

Do Research Beyond Curriculum

Deccan Herald (India) 17th July 2014

King's College London is among a list of UK universities recommended to a reader asking for recommendations for where to pursue degree studies.

Malaysia Airlines crash: Who shot down MH17?

Telegraph 17th July 2014

Martin Navias, Defence Analyst, speculates as to what and who could have brought down the Boeing 777, which killed all 295 passengers on board. He believes that it was most likely Ukraine rebels in possession of a surface to air missile yet stated that both Russia and the Ukraine are equally viable suspects.

Take on the Taliban

Prospect 17th July 2014

Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, discusses the decision of Pakistan's government to avoid peace negotiations with the Taliban given the success of the army in pushing back local rebels. He writes: 'Pakistan is right to send its army to fight against extremists - but it is only buying time.'

Between arts and academia

Arts Professional 17th July 2014

Article by Deborah Bull, Cultural Partnerships, exploring the relationship between the arts and academia. She writes: 'Universities and the cultural sector can work in partnership to drive innovation, widen participation and engage a broader public.'

Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

Guardian 16th July 2014

The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals. The research was led by the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Manchester.

Filling the Autism Gap

BBC Radio 4 - Face the Facts 16th July 2014

Discussing the use of untested treatments for autism, Professor Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, says "People who are peddling treatments without proof and not doing randomised controlled trials are quite frankly wicked."

Publishing Lives

BBC Radio 4 16th July 2014

Robert McCrum explores the story of one of the great British publishers, John Murray. Dr Chris Kenyon-Jones, External Relations, discusses Jane Austen's working relationship with the editor during the publication of 'Emma.'

Patients ‘pay price of research gender bias’

The Australian 16th July 2014

Article about new research from King's which claims a gender imbalance in medical faculties is leaving areas under-researched, 'at a cost to patients and society'. Lead author Professor Jonathan Grant, Head of King's Policy Institute, said there was also an imbalance in clinical specialties. Men were overrepresented in areas such as anaesthesia, radiology and particularly surgery while women gravitated to general practice, psychiatry, pediatrics and obstetrics. 'Just as there are gender differences by clinical speciality, there may be gender differences by discipline or research approach,' he said. 'Given the under-representation of women in clinical academic medicine, this may be shaping research agendas in an unconscious way.'

Weeks of combat in Iraq show Shiite militias have few offensive capabilities

Miami Herald (US) 16th July 2014

Andrew Exum, a former US Army officer, is quoted in an article about the Islamic State's military presence in Iraq. The article mentions that he has a doctorate in counter-insurgency studies from King’s College London.

Coming late to the war

Indian Express 16th July 2014

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, writes an article on Pakistan's military ambitions in Afghanistan on the eve of Nato's withdrawal: 'Last month, the Pakistani army launched a new offensive in North Waziristan, which came close on the heels of unprecedented air strikes aimed at Islamist groups. This troop deployment is different from previous ones, in its sheer magnitude and its targets,' he said.

Hamas Bragging Rights Grow With Drones Use Against Israel

Bloomberg (US) 16th July 2014

Report on grainy footage taken by an Israeli warplane shows an alleged Hamas-run drone facility in the Gaza Strip. Within seconds, the building explodes. Israel’s justification for the attack came hours earlier, when a Patriot missile intercepted a drone as it approached Israeli airspace and blew it to pieces. Though the drone flight ended in failure, Hamas’s drone program has fulfilled broader goals. Dr Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: 'They (Hamas) want to appear as a sophisticated player. The drone makes a difference psychologically but not tactically. Look at the operational context in which it was used. Israel has complete military superiority. It’s not a game changer.'

10 Things You Might Not Know About Fats

Washington Post (US) 16th July 2014

Dietary advice has moved away from the mantra that we should just eat less saturated fat, salt and sugar, and toward a more discerning pattern that emphasizes fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy food. Professor Tom Sanders, Nutrition & Dietetics , details 10 things you might not know about fats.

Childhood cancer

BBC Radio 4, File on 4 15th July 2014

A new generation of drugs will be fundamental in the fight against childhood cancers, but these treatments are not always accessible to some children and can have harmful side effects. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, comments on new drugs in development which target specific weaknesses within the cancer cells. He said: 'In order to improve the long term side effect profiles for the current regimens that we are using, we have to find new molecular targeted agents.'

Breast cancer screening dispute

BBC Radio 4, Inside Health 15th July 2014

Whilst Switzerland could become the first country in Europe to halt routine breast cancer screenings, the UK's NHS Breast Cancer Screening program looks set to continue. Dr Susan Bewley, Complex Obstetrics, comments on the debate. She said: 'Everyone must make her own decision, based on her preferences and her values, but we all need the same good quality information.'

Nursing guidelines

BBC Radio Five Live 15th July 2014

According to recommendations, hospitals in England should have a minimum of one nurse per eight patients. Jane Ball, National Nursing Research Unit, was involved in the review of evidence that led to the guidelines and commented on the importance of having enough nurses. She said: 'It's about making sure that the nurses we've got in post, stay in post.'

'It is a very dangerous world to be gay in'

Guardian 15th July 2014

S Chelvan, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards ceremony last month. Over the past decade, Chelvan has campaigned across immigration and asylum law, and is best known for representing LGBTI clients fleeing from homophobic persecution. He commented: 'The reason I'm at the Bar is to be the mouthpiece for those who have no voice.'

'I would fight in Syria today if I could'

BBC News 15th July 2014

Following the decision of two teenage sisters to travel to Syria, concerns have been raised over the role of British women in the conflict. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been monitoring the flow of people who have travelled to Syria from Europe. She said: 'These women appear to be motivated above all by the opportunity to respond to Baghdadi's call for them to form an integral part of the new 'Islamic state'.'

Chimpanzee brain power is strongly heritable

New Scientist 15th July 2014

New research suggests that chimpazee intelligence is highly heritable. Commenting on the research, Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "They are bang on with human results in showing substantial g and in showing that results in nearly all of the tests are significantly heritable," Also reported in Nature

Overhaul Defence Policy

New Indian Express 15th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion-piece on Defence policy under new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi: 'There is a new government in power and there are expectations that it will be able to give India’s moribund defence policy a new direction,' he said.

The Problem with BRICS

DNA (India) 15th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on relations between the BRICS countries as they meet in Brazil. India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Brazil for the annual BRICS Summit in Fortaleza and Brasilia, 'his first foray into multilateral diplomacy'. Dr Pant said: 'The dominance of China in the alliance has made other member nations wary of it.' Dr Pant's comments also appeared in Veja (Brazil).

The 'B' in BRICS: Beautiful or Bombastic?

The BRICS Post 15th July 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, Director, King's Brazil Institute, writes an opinion piece on the changing relationships of the BRICS countries as they meetb in Brazil: 'The Sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil marks an interesting shift in the activities and discourse of the five-member bloc, and raises questions about what Brazil, in particular, hopes to gain from its involvement with this group,' he said.

Healthier living could prevent Alzheimer's

The Guardian 14th July 2014

3 in 10 cases of Alzheimer's disease could be prevented if people led healthier lifestyles, exercising more and not smoking, research by King's, Cambridge and San Fransisco suggests. Dr Sam Norton, co-author of the study, was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live, and Channel 4 News online. The study was reported internationally by Times of India, Economic Times (India), Veja (Brazil) and Istoé (Brazil).

Sitting on a powder keg

Telegraph (India) 14th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on what the Iraq crisis means for India: 'The Middle East is back, and back with a bang. For some time now, the West — the United States of America in particular — had lulled itself into believing that if it would only ignore the region, its problems would go away. After all, at a time of diminishing economic resources in the West, the Indo-Pacific, with a rising China at the centre of its changing strategic landscape, was the region that deserved greater attention,' he said.

Poor language skills costing the economy

BBC Radio Five Live 14th July 2014

A group of MPs has said that the UK is losing £50 billion a year due to poor language skills. Commenting on calls for languages to be treated as seriously as maths and sciences, Dr Simon Coffey, Education & Professional Studies, said: 'The fear is if you only speak one language then you only have one world view, and so you are less able to empathize with speakers of other languages.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 FM, Breakfast.

Isis: Terror in Iraq

BBC Panorama 14th July 2014

In light of recent developments in Iraq, Shiraz Maher comments on Isis' objective to subjugate the population to its version of political Islam. He said: 'Unfortunately, at one stage or another, we are going to be drawn into a confrontation with them. The issue is, how long is that event horizon?'

Iran Nuclear Talks Remain Deadlocked

VOA (US) 14th July 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry held inconclusive meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna Monday, as efforts continued to break the deadlock in talks on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, was interviewed: 'The domestic political sphere in Iran is characterized by factionalism. Iranian politicians, like anywhere else, they will disagree over a whole range of issues. But around the nuclear issue there is consensus. Around nuclear advancement there is consensus. So it’s quite difficult to roll back,' he said.

Brazil World Cup

CTV (Canada) 14th July 2014

Dr Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, was interviewed on CTV's Canada AM morning news programme, on the impact of the World Cup on Brazil.

Entrepeneurs need Mentors

Huffington Post (UK) 14th July 2014

Article about the benefits of mentoring mentions a recent report by King's which said mentoring of students in the NHS needed to be given a higher priority to improve levels of care.

Review of 'The Restoration of Rome' by Professor Peter Heather

Sunday Times Culture 13th July 2014

Dan Jones reviews 'The Restoration of Rome' by Professor Peter Heather, History, which argues that there have only been two long-lasting European empires: the Roman one and that of the Roman Catholic Church. According to Jones, the book 'presents an exciting and learned argument in a convincing, passionate way designed to be intelligible to a popular audience.'

Brainwashed to be Isis fangirls

Sunday Times News Review 13th July 2014

Whilst thousands of western-born Muslims have become radicalised through male preachers on the internet and social media, experts now say that women are becoming increasingly involved in recruiting. According to King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation & Political Violence,up to 40 Isis 'fangirls' are active at any one time on social media.

Jihadi Videos Push Islamic Music's Austere Boundaries

NPR (US) 13th July 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is interviewed on how Islamic militants have been using modern media technology.

Piece of organic fruit or veg 'adds up to two of your five a day'

Daily Telegraph 12th July 2014

According to studies, eating organic fruit and vegetables could be the equivalent to two extra portions of the recommended five a day. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying that whilst the research does show differences between conventional and organic crops, he is not convinced these differences are nutritionally relevant. Also reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, Press Association, Guardian and BBC Radio 4, Today. Reported internationally by Veja (Brazil) and Huffington Post (US).

The secret life of your charity shop cast-offs

Daily Telegraph 12th July 2014

According to new findings, clothes that are donated in Britain are just as likely to end up being sold in a store in Africa as in the UK. Increasing numbers of young consumers in sub-Saharan countries prefer to buy Western fashions, even if they are cast-offs. Dr Andrew Brooks, Development Geography, stated that it is common for local salesmen in Mozambique to scuff new shoes made in China and conceal them among used European ones in a bid to make the footwear more attractive to young shoppers.

We have to clean up our city's filthy air

Evening Standard 12th July 2014

It has been reported that the only solution to London's worrying levels of pollution is to move away from diesel. This was prompted following findings carried out by researchers at King's College London which show that the levels of nitrogen dioxide on Oxford Street exceed the EU limits. Also reported by Daily Mail, BBC Radio Five Live and Independent.

Does Britain need a new Magna Carta?

Telegraph 12th July 2014

Following the publishing of a report put together by King's College London and a constitutional reform select committee, a national debate has been launched. The report, 'A New Magna Carta?', sets out arguments for and against a new written constitution for the UK.

Stem cell teeth grow at a science soiree

Newsweek (US) 12th July 2014

The annual Summer Science Exhibition, London, offers a select group of scientists and technologists the opportunity to showcase their latest research. This year, Professor Paul Sharpe, Dental Institute, exhibited his research into growing human teeth from stem cells - an advance that could put an end to dentures and implants.

Even low levels of drinking bad for heart, study says

Guardian 11th July 2014

A new study has found that as little as one alcoholic drink a day could increase the risk of heart disease, which contradicts previous studies showing that low consumption can have a protective effect. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, commented that the study 'rightly concludes we should not accept the dogma that alcohol drinking is good for us.' Also reported by the Times, NDTV (India), Hindustan Times (India), New York Daily News, Yahoo News (US), Huffington Post (US) and South China Morning Post.

Building harbours and roads would end piracy

Independent 11th July 2014

A study by King's College London and Oxford University has shown that Somalia's piracy problem could be solved by investing in local infrastructure. The report concluded that the building of harbours and roads would encourage locals from more remote areas to engage in legitimate trade and cease to offer protection to pirates. Also reported by Daily Mail.

UK failure to tackle air pollution 'longest ever breach of EU law'

Guardian 11th July 2014

The European court of justice was informed yesterday that Britain's failure to act on its breach of European air pollution limits was arguably one of the longest running infringements of EU law. This comes following a discovery by King's College London that found that levels of nitrogen dioxide on Oxford Street were some of the highest in the world.

Number of animal experiments continues to rise in UK

Guardian 11th July 2014

Despite the coalition's efforts to reduce the number of scientific experiments using animals, official figures show that they have continued to increase. Professor Roger Morris, acting head of Chemistry, commented that the studying of modified animals is important for understanding the early stages of complex diseases, including cancer and dementia, and monitoring their progression. Also reported by Press Association.

‘Asian Glow’ Gene Shows Drinking Less Cuts Heart Risk

Bloomberg (USA) 11th July 2014

Those who suffer from ‘Asian glow’, a type of facial flushing after a few drinks, should thank their genes for the side effect because it may help keep their hearts healthy. The gene in question is alcohol dehydrogenase 1B, or ADH1B. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research, commented: ‘Gene markers are often a better way of assessing behaviour than unreliable questionnaires,’ he said.

Nitrogen dioxide levels

BBC Radio Five Live 11th July 2014

In a report discussing the high nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK's major cities, there is mention of recent research by King's College London surrounding NO2 levels on Oxford Street.

Brazil’s World Cup a 7 Out of 10: Pereira

Bloomberg (US) 11th July 2014

Professor Anthony Perira, Brazil Institute, rates this year's World Cup and its impact on Brazil.

How good you are in solving maths problems could be in your genes

Times of India 11th July 2014

Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, according to new research from King's and the University of Oxford. Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, said: 'This is the first time we estimate genetic influence on learning ability using DNA alone. The study does not point to specific genes linked to literacy or numeracy, but rather suggests that genetic influence on complex traits, like learning abilities, and common disorders, like learning disabilities, is caused by many genes of very small effect size,' he said. Also reported by LA Times, NPR (US) and South China Morning Post.

Our liberties must not be given away lightly

Daily Telegraph 10th July 2014

Prompted by the upcoming 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a proposal by the Commons political and constitutional committee has been published today promising a 'new democratic settlement'in the UK. Research from King's College London suggests a new document should be drawn up, incorporating all of the conventions and statutes that form part of our constitution. Also reported by BBC News, ITV News and Press Association.

Cadaver Liver Split into Two Saves Men from Across States and Faiths

The Indian Express 10th July 2014

It’s a paradox that most liver transplant surgeons will blankly refuse to deal with - handing the liver to one patient and sealing the other’s fate. Professor Mohamed Rela, Medicine, a liver transplant surgeon at Global Health City in Chennai said that of the 6,000-odd transplants that they had done there, only two-three had been split livers for adults.

What are you reading?

Times Higher Education 10th July 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Reader in Culture, Media & Creative Industries, commented on Caleb Crain's book 'Necessary Errors.' He said: 'I began it out of personal loyalty; I’m continuing for sheer literary pleasure.'

Cooling protects oxygen-deprived infants

BBC News 10th July 2014

New research suggests that brain damage in babies could be prevented by cooling. A study by King's College London found that treated babies had better mental and physical health to those untreated. Professor David Edwards, Perinatal Imaging and Health, said: 'The bottom line is that this doubles a child’s chance of normal survival.'
Also Reported by Nature.

Process of elimination

Times Higher Education 10th July 2014

Following the Charities Act 2006, students' unions have had restrictions and regulations placed on what they're able to do. The article refers to King's College London Students' Union who witnessed their motion to campaign against Israeli military action overturned.

The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers

Times Higher Education 10th July 2014

Professor Brian Hurwitz, Director of the Centre for Humanities and Health, reviews the book 'The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers' by Joanna Burke. He commented: 'Here at last is a work that in its historical reach and narrative plenitude returns sharable pain to our midst.'

Militants seize nuclear material

BBC Radio Five Live 10th July 2014

Iraq has warned the United Nations that international help is needed following the Sunni militants' seizing of nuclear material. Professor Wyn Bowen, Centre for Science and Security Studies, who acknowledged there was cause for concern, commented: 'The material involved doesn't appear to be high risk at all.'

Airport security

BBC Radio 4, Inside Science 10th July 2014

With the school holidays starting next week, Dr Brooke Rogers, Department of War Studies, comments on the security processes at the airport in identifying potential threats. She said: 'When we talk about the terrorist threat in the UK, we're not talking about a large number of individuals.'

New surveillance legislation

BBC Radio Five Live 10th July 2014

Emergency laws are to be passed by Parliament to oblige phone and internet companies to record their customers' calls. Professor John Gearson, Department of War Studies, said: 'The government is saying they have to rush through this legislation to keep things as they are.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 FM.

New study says local infrastructure, especially roads, key to ending Somalia's piracy problem

Fox News (USA) 10th July 2014

A new study by two British universities says Somalia's piracy problem can be sustainably solved by building roads and harbors to encourage people in remote areas to engage in legitimate trade.
The study by Oxford University and King's College London says Somali clans do not offer protection to pirates if they have a steady stream of income from taxing trade in their ports and markets.

Genes that influence children's reading skills also affect their maths

The Guardian 9th July 2014

Many of the genes that affect how well a child can read at secondary school have an impact on their maths skills too, according to new research. Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "Children differ genetically in how easy or difficult they find learning, and we need to recognise, and respect, these individual differences." Also reported by Press Association, BBC News, Daily Telegraph, Free Press Journal, Mumbai,The Asian Age, New Delhi.

King's press release related to 'Genes that influence children's reading skills also affect their maths'

Bad at maths? Don’t blame it on your genes

The Times 9th July 2014

Some people may claim to be biologically wired to be bad at arithmetic, but a study suggests that most of the genes that influence maths skills are also linked to reading ability. Professor Robert Plomin, a geneticist at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry and the senior author of a study published in the journal Nature Communications, said: 'Environmental factors are primarily responsible for why people are better at one skill than another.'

Welcome to London - the planet's most toxic town

The Guardian 9th July 2014

A discussion of pollution in London, mentions that research from King's College London found nitrogen dioxide concentrations on Oxford Street to be worse than they are anywhere else on Earth. It also quotes Dr David Carslaw from King's College London, who led the research, as saying: 'To my knowledge this is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean.'

Sleep deprivation can lead to schizophrenia symptoms

Times of India 9th July 2014

Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to schizophrenia-like symptoms in healthy people, according to research by King's and the University of Bonn. Also reported in India by the Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express and Hindustan Times.

World Cup football

BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine 9th July 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, is interviewed about the consequences Brazil's recent loss against Germany in the World Cup semi-finals could have upon the host nation. He discussed the possibility of reform in Brazilian football and raised the question: Does football really need to remain so central to Brazilian national identity?

UK promises more Chevening scholarships in India

The Hindu 9th July 2014

India will see a four-fold increase in the budget for the prestigious Chevening scholarships in the next two years that will take the total number of scholarships awarded to Indians to 150 by 2015-2016. The budget allocation will increase from the present level of £600,000 to £ 2.4 million. These include the 12-week bespoke Chevening Gurukul programme at King’s College London and the 10-day intensive Chevening Parliamentary Programme for around 10 Indian parliamentarians at King’s.

24-hours of sleep deprivation leads to schizophrenia-like symptoms

Hindustan Times (India) 9th July 2014

Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia, says a study. "It was clear to us that a sleepless night leads to impairment in the ability to concentrate," said professor Ulrich Ettinger from the University of Bonn in Germany. The discovery was made by an international team of researchers under the guidance of the University of Bonn and King's College, London. The study involved 24 healthy participants of both genders aged 18 to 40. In an initial run, the test subjects were asked to sleep normally in the laboratory.

Reagan-Era Weapons Hinder India Army as Modi Strives to Stem Decay

Bloomberg (US) 9th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, is quoted in an article on the state of India's weaponry: 'The fact India has not been able to buy artillery is symptomatic of the problems of governance within its armed forces,' he said.

Big ticks companies

Financial Times 8th July 2014

King’s is named in the Financial Times’ Race for Opportunity Awards, which recognises business tackling barriers in the workplace faced by black people and those from other ethnic minorities.

Do I really need...?

Daily Mail 8th July 2014

Professor John Hawk, honorary consultant dermatologist, has commented on an after-sun gel which claims to 'activate the skin's biological repair system.' He said: 'The important thing to remember is that no after-sun product is going to be able to reduce damage caused by the sun.'

Beheading #WorldCup Shows Islamic State’s Online Savvy

Bloomberg (US) 8th July 2014

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaeda offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. It also has postings of smiling children, pet birds and German pancakes. A photo posted elsewhere online purports to show a militant in Syria posing in a grocery store with a jar of Nutella, the hazelnut-chocolate spread popular in Europe. Joseph Carter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: ‘Part of it is a charm offensive, people trying to normalize the Islamic State and make it acceptable to the audience in the West.’

Blood test breakthrough in search for Alzheimer's cure

The Guardian 8th July 2014

Scientists identify 10 proteins which can predict onset of disease over 12 months in those with mild memory loss. Dr Abdul Hye, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "There are thousands of proteins in the blood, and this study is the culmination of many years’ work identifying which ones are clinically relevant." Also reported in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Reuters, Washington Post, TIME magazine, CBS News, Chicago Tribune, New Scientist, TIME magazine online, Reuters, CBS News, Al Jazeera, The Week, Fox News, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Independent, Times of India, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, Daily Mirror, Financial Times, Press Association, Health Service Journal, The Independent, New York Daily News The Times of India, Chennai, Kolkata,The Hindu, Hyderabad, China daily, Broadcast coverage on Al Jazeera, CBS News, BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC local radios, Channel 4 News, BBC News at 6pm, LBC.

King's press release related to 'Blood test breakthrough in search for Alzheimer's cure'

Can staying awake all night help combat depression?

Daily Mail 8th July 2014

Commenting on whether sleep deprivation can help combat depression, Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, says: 'By putting sleep deprivation with other sleep-related therapies that have shown some effectiveness in depression, there is a reasonable expectation the antidepressant action will be stronger and more sustained."

'Jihadistan': Can Isis militants rule seized territory?

BBC News 8th July 2014

Since the beginning of June, Isis - which has recently rebranded itself as an "Islamic State" - has burst out of its stronghold in eastern Syria to seize Mosul, Iraq's second city, then advance down the length of the Euphrates Valley to threaten the edge of Baghdad itself. Wherever it has taken over, its black-clad and balaclava'd fighters have imposed a draconian version of Sharia, or Islamic law, prompting thousands to flee as refugees.Shiraz Maher, an expert on the Syrian jihad at King's College London, says there is little appetite for concerted international action to dislodge them.

Alzheimer's Blood Test Progress Boosts British Biotech Company

The Wall Street Journal (USA) 8th July 2014

Shares in Proteome Sciences PLC jumped 12% in early trading Tuesday after the biomarker discovery company said a study it co-authored with King's College London marks a significant step' towards developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

Is reliance on airport security technology putting us at greater risk?

Al jazeera America 8th July 2014

Security is being tightened at European and Middle East airports operating direct flights into the United States, following what is believed to be a 'credible threat' from Syrian and Yemen-based al-Qaeda affiliates with access to European passports, bomb-making skills and new explosive technologies. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, writes about methods to increase security at airports.

Cleric popular with militants faces new restrictions

USA Today 7th July 2014

A US federal judge has cracked down on the travel and computer activities of a Dearborn cleric popular worldwide with the extremist militant group ISIS. Article mentions a recent report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which found that Jebril has become the most popular cleric for Western fighters in Syria. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘He has been directly in touch with a number of foreign fighters, even with the families of fallen foreign fighters.’

Living with the consequences of assisted dying

Guardian 7th July 2014

In a letter to the Guardian, Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, writes: "We strongly advocate for compassionate end-of-life care, but argue that assisted suicide is not merely an extension of current practice and should not be construed as such."

Video shows militant leader emerging at sermon in Iraq

New York Times (US) 7th July 2014

Feature on a 21-minute video released by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said that the video was, 'a sign of confidence' and a, 'message to all these other jihadists, this is really happening, it's not going to go away anytime soon.'

Oxford Street is the most polluted place in the world, say scientists

The Independent 7th July 2014

Principal Air Quality Scientist, Dr. David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, commented on the air pollution levels on Oxford Street. He told the Sunday Times that the concentration of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide on the high street is the highest in the world. Also reported by the Evening Standard.

20 best Android apps and games this week

Guardian 7th July 2014

An app developed by the Environmental Research Group has been listed in the Guardian's top 20 Android apps and games this week. The app, City Air, informs Londoners about likely air quality across the capital and offers tips on how to reduce exposure and emissions.

Thai Rice and Nigerian Politics

The New York Times 7th July 2014

In the upcoming Nigerian elections a King's alumni is in the running. Even the opposition agreed that he was a fine gentleman, an intellectual with a doctorate in social science from King’s College London.

Oxford Street worst in the world for diesel pollution

The Sunday Times 6th July 2014

Dr David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, was quoted in relation to air pollution levels on Oxford Street. He said: 'To my knowledge this [level] is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean. NO2 concentrations [in Oxford Street] are as high as they have ever been in the long history of air pollution.' Also reported by ITV News London and Metro.

What's a caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government

MSN News (USA) 6th July 2014

Experts say, this has more to do with the Sunni militant group's rivalry with al-Qaida than with any plan to replicate the last caliphate. Dr Carool Kersten, said: 'The Islamic State prefers a comparison to the 'Golden Age' of the four original caliphs, which would cast the radical group's caliphate as a return to Islam's 'perceived 'pristine' origins'.

Spy agencies fear export of jihadi terror

FInancial Times 4th July 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the mentality of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. He said: 'They are obedient and they are willing. They are like child soldiers. They do what they are told to.'

Europe's busiest airports boost screening over US fears of militants using hard-to-detect bombs

Economic Times (India) 4th July 2014

US officials publicly demanded enhanced security for airports in Europe and the Middle East which have direct US flights. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, said that for extremist groups, bringing down an aircraft was the, 'ultimate prize'. 'If the attackers succeed, it will be spectacular for them,' she said. Also reported by NDTV (India).

Celebrate the Fourth of July by Making Your Own Fireworks

Scientific American 4th July 2014

Sparklers are great, but it’s hard for us to hold more than two at a time. Scientists at the Center for Robotics Research at King's are hard at work on a robotic octopus. The researchers are drawing inspiration from the way octopi coordinate their many soft, flexible limbs to build a many-armed machine to help out in difficult surgery.

Gene linked to higher stroke risk

BBC News (Online) 3rd July 2014

Scientists at King's have identified a gene that may put people at greater risk of strokes and heart attacks. They say that developing a genetic test could help predict people at highest risk, which would allow doctors to suggest more potent medication or lifestyle changes. Professor Albert Ferro, Cardiovascular Division, said: 'We would now need to validate this test and see how useful it is in the clinical world.' This was also reported by the Daily Mail and Xinhua.

Campus close up - Monty Python

Times Higher Education 3rd July 2014

John Cleese and Terry Jones joined a symposium at King's London to explore religion through the lens of their film Life of Brian. The Monty Python stars spoke about the 1979 film with the Reverend Canon Richard Burridge, dean of King’s College London, as part of a three-day religious studies conference.

Enrich your research with a creative, engaging approach

Times Higher Education 3rd July 2014

Article discussing collaboration within the arts sector and how it can be beneficial for universities. Notes that Dr Ricarda Vidal, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, gave an interactive presentation on her 'translation games' project last week at at the Culture, Creativity and the Academy Conference, organised by the Culture Capital Exchange and held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

H. G. Wells’ Socialism and the Great State

Times Higher Education 3rd July 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, reviews H. G. Wells’ Socialism and the Great State.

One glass of wine or a beer at the age of 14 could set teenagers on the path to binge drinking, new study finds

Daily Mail 3rd July 2014

A new study has identified a range of life experience, personality and brain structure which are strong determinants of future alcohol use. Professor Gunter Schumann, Institute of Psychiatry, who was involved in the study, says: "We aimed to develop a ‘gold standard’ model for predicting teenage behaviour, which can be used as a benchmark for the development of simpler, widely applicable prediction models." Also reported by Press Association, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman.

Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'

BBC online 3rd July 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry are studying how hypnosis can turn healthy subjects into ‘virtual patients’ suffering delusions, such as being possessed by a paranormal entity, allowing them to understand the underlying illness in a new way, and potentially find treatments. Dr Mitul Mehta, Dr Eamonn Walsh and Dr Quinton Deeley are the IoP team leading the research.

We must not deprive dying people of the most important protection

British Medical Journal 3rd July 2014

An article by Rob George, Cicely Saunders Institute, in response to a recent article by Ray Tallis supporting Charles Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. He said: 'Legalising medical treatment intended to end life is a momentous step: it alters the very nature of medicine at a stroke.'

Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

Independent 3rd July 2014

Natalie Haynes reviews this book written by Professor Edith Hall, Classics. The review notes that Professor Hall has taken on the task of providing an introductory history to all these Greeks - a diverse group who lived across 2,000 years.

UK terror threats

Sky News 3rd July 2014

Professor John Gearson is interviewed by Sky News on the tightening of security measures at airports which follows US warnings. He said: 'This particular announcement is the result of several months of discussions in the security community in America who have been very concerned about the number of foreign fighters going to Syria and now Iraq.' Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed on the detecting of explosives by BBC Radio 4 PM and also by BBC Radio 2 Drivetime.

Airport Security Tightened

BBC World News 3rd July 2014

Airport security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US in response to American warnings. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is interviewed.

Instability in Iraq Fuels Kurdish Independence Move

VOA (US) 3rd July 2014

The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government has told VOA the situation in the country has increased the urgency of creating an independent Kurdish state. Bill Park, Defence Studies, said: 'They want to present themselves as not so much declaring independence from a functioning, ongoing Iraqi state, but being forced into independence as a consequence of the chaos around them.'

What's a Caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government

Miami Herald (US) 3rd July 2014

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world. Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, answers questions on the Caliphate: 'The move is an effort by the group to make strategic use of powerful historic and religious symbols,' he said. Also reported by O Globo (Brazil) and Middle East Eye.

Go beyond cut-offs, study abroad

Hindustan Times (India) 2nd July 2014

Nearly 3,000 Indian students go overseas every year for university education, which costs India a foreign exchange outflow of $15 to $20 billion per year. King's is described as one of the UK's top institutions.

Leverage goodwill in Dhaka

DNA 2nd July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's relations with Bangladesh: 'External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has returned from a successful visit to Bangladesh. In line with the Modi government's focus on strengthening ties with South Asian neighbours, this visit was timely and will have a positive impact on Dhaka-Delhi ties, especially as Swaraj chose Bangladesh for her first stand-alone foreign visit since assuming office,' he said.

Feedback tool helps improve teamwork

Nursing Standard 2nd July 2014

Researchers in Nursing & Midwifery have helped develop a tool that encourages multidisciplinary teams to work together better. Lead researcher, Cathy Taylor, said: 'While there is a high level of agreement about the characteristics of effective multidisciplinary teams, until now there has been no structured way for teams to monitor their work.'

Major stem-cell findings retracted

BBC News (Online) 2nd July 2014

Research into one of the biggest recent stem-cell 'breakthroughs' has been withdrawn because of 'critical errors'. Japanese scientists had claimed stem cells could be made cheaply, quickly and ethically just by dipping blood cells into acid, but have now written a retraction that apologises for 'multiple errors' in their report. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, said: 'It is easy to be judgmental, and pointing fingers after all is over. Gaining knowledge is difficult. It requires both time and persistence, I hoped that Haruko Obokata would prove at the end all those naysayers wrong. Unfortunately, she did not. The technology, indeed, sounded too good to be true, though I still find fascinating how a 30-year-old scientist could pass scrutiny of her co-workers and multiple reviewers in Nature with a complete fabrication.' This was also reported by the Times.

Online tool allows IBD patients to measure fatigue levels

Nursing Times 2nd July 2014

Crohn’s and Colitis UK has launched an online tool for patients with inflammatory bowel disease to measure their fatigue levels. The charity said that patients will be able to measure the severity and impact of their fatigue 'objectively' using a new IBD Fatigue Scale, which has been developed in partnership with researchers at King’s College London and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The war on terror didn’t defeat al-Qaeda. But ISIS could.

The Washington Post 2nd July 2014

One of the great ironies of the current battle for Iraq is that for all the billions spent on the war on terror, all the bullets fired, all the lives lost, what may ultimately defeat al-Qaeda isn’t the United States or another Western power. Peter Neumann, who studies radicalization at King’s College London, “For ideological jihadists, the caliphate is the ultimate aim, and ISIS — in their eyes — have come closer to realizing that vision than anyone else…. This could be the end of al-Qaeda…. This could mark the end of Bin Laden’s vision and his legacy.”

Greer quits 'white, male' blue plaques panel

Daily Telegraph 1st July 2014

Bonnie Greer has become the latest figure to step down from the Blue Plaques Panel, the committee that awards blue plaques, saying that she refuses to be its 'token black woman'.The writer and critic follows Gillian Darley, the architecture critic, and Professor David Edgerton, History, whose resignations came to light at the weekend.

The invasive IVF checks most women do not need

Daily Mail 1st July 2014

Doctors have warned that thousands of women trying for a baby through IVF are being given unnecessary and expensive procedures to examine the womb. Dr Yacoub Khalaf, Women's Health, said: 'In some clinics, the first thing they do is hysteroscopy before the patients get any IVF. It’s standard in some clinics and could cost £2,000 to £3,000 under general anaesthetic. It’s an unpleasant experience and this study shows it does not add value.' This was also reported by the Evening Standard.

How being switched to cheaper drugs could put you at risk

Daily Mail 1st July 2014

A migraine sufferers problems were kept at bay with Topamax. However, her symptoms returned in June last year when her GP switched her from Topamax to a generic version of the epilepsy drug. Professor Jayne Lawrence, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, stresses that in the vast majority of cases people won't notice a difference.

Better mentoring must be priority for trusts, not 'soft option' for cuts

Nursing Times 1st July 2014

Dr Sarah Robinson, National Nursing Research Unit, has claimed that the mentoring of students must be a higher priority for those seeking to improve nurse education and the overall quality of care. She said: 'Everyone is anxious about quality of care and student nurse education and mentorship is a really important part of that'

Tajikistan must release academic

Guardian 1st July 2014

Professor Brian Salter, Deputy Head of the department of Political Economy, signs this letter calling for the release of academic, Alexander Sodiqov, who has been detained in Tajikistan.

If hay fever's giving you hell, try laying off the kiwi fruit

Daily Mail 30th June 2014

As Britain faces one of the worst seasons of hayfever for years, Dr Stephen Till, Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Science, comments on related allergies: 'Fruit and nuts are a giant version of pollen but cooking makes them instantly tolerable.'

The war on terror didn’t defeat al-Qaeda. But ISIS could

Washington Post (US) 30th June 2014

The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a declaration of war, according to experts including Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. He said: 'They [Isis] haven't lost any of the momentum they gained when capturing Mosul. On the contrary, they've held on to it, gained more territory and have seen jihadists from other groups swear allegiance to Isis.' Original reporting by Press Association.

Dangers of fruit juice: Why the high sugar drink should be banned

Daily Express 30th June 2014

Britains war on obesity must start with sugary drinks. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, called for all sugary drinks to be removed from children’s diets. He said: 'Kids should be getting their fluid from drinking water. We need to reintroduce the habit of people putting a jug of water on the table and drinking water with their food instead of some sort of fruity beverage.' This was also reported by the Sun.

Proclamation of Islamic Caliphate

BBC World Service 30th June 2014

Professor Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, is interviewed on the proclamation of an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria by ISIS: 'Historically the Caliphate is seen by Muslims the world over as a genuine means of political organisation,' he said. (1.00-5.30). Professor Kersten was also interviewed by Radio Free Europe, Middle East Eye, BBC News Channel and BBC World News.

Meet your Dr Octopus: Surgical Octo Arms

Scientific American 30th June 2014

A team of researchers is hoping to use inspiration from the octopus’s flexibility and chemical complexity to develop a new tool for surgeons to use in the operating room. Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Director of the Center for Robotics Research, said that, 'the findings by our colleagues could be extremely valuable to provide us with a biologically inspired solution. These discoveries could suggest ways robotic arms could be coordinated in their actions to perform an operation, possibly at a point very deep inside a patient’s anatomy.'

Rolf Harris' conviction

Sky News 30th June 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, comments on the conviction of family entertainer, Rolf Harris. Dr Howells said that in addition to the affect it obviously had on his victims and indeed Harris himself, there was a 'collective loss of innocence' when such a formerly well-loved family entertainer such as this was found to have been leading a sexual double life. Howells hoped, however, that such verdicts would not lead to a wider public belief that no-one in the entertainment industry, social or public life was ever worthy of trust. Dr Howells was also interviewed on LBC radio.

Should Sharapova serve sugar?

Independent 29th June 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, has criticised tennis player Maria Sharapova for endorsing a range of confectionery. He said: 'I find sporting celebrity endorsements of unhealthy foods such as sweets and soft drinks reprehensible. The use of player’s clothing to promote cigarettes was outlawed almost 30 years ago – now it is time to crackdown on player endorsement of unhealthy foods.'

Polluted city air stunts babies’ lungs in womb

The Sunday Times 29th June 2014

Scientists at King’s have warned that air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs. Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘Children are vulnerable because their lungs are developing so fast and their defences are not evolved. They also spend more time outside.’

Isis announces caliphate in 'declaration of war'

Guardian 29th June 2014

The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a declaration of war, according to experts including Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. He said: 'They [Isis] haven't lost any of the momentum they gained when capturing Mosul. On the contrary, they've held on to it, gained more territory and have seen jihadists from other groups swear allegiance to Isis.' Also reported by Press Association, Daily Mail, Independent and Huffington Post.

Iraq receives Russian fighter jets

BBC Radio Five Live 29th June 2014

Paul Schulte, War Studies, was interviewed about the significance of Tikrit in the battle for power in Iraq. Item begins at 1.06.00.

Internet of Things

BBC Radio Five Live 29th June 2014

Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, participated in a discussion about the ‘Internet of Things.' He said it would bring a 'completely new era' akin to the invention of the internet. Discussion begins at 7.15.

Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India's Modi

Reuters (India) 29th June 2014

Western governments are rushing to visit India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defense industry to foreign investment. Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, said: 'All the countries are trying to make their case, especially as there is the sense that the Indian market will undergo a shift.' Also appeared in NDTV, Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, and in the US in Reuters and the New York Times.

ISIS jihadists fighting in Syria, Iraq crucifies 9 men, establishes ‘caliphate’

Times of India 29th June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is mentioned as estimating that round 80 per cent of western fighters in Syria have joined the group. Also appeared in Deccan Chronicle, Economic Times, Livemint, and India Today.

The Royal activist

BBC Radio 4 29th June 2014

In an documentary looking at Prince Charles' unique career as an activist, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, comments on how far the monarch can go in politics. He said: 'We have no constitution, by convention the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn. The Prince of Wales has no right to be consulted but he does have the right to encourage and to warn.' (04.55)

A conflict that shaped the modern world

New York Times (US) 28th June 2014

Analysis of the legacy of WW1 includes comment by Professor Lawrence Freedman, War Studies.

The War to End All Wars? Hardly, but It Did Change Them Forever

NDTV 28th June 2014

Analysis of the legacy of WW1 includes comment by Professor Lawrence Freedman, War Studies: 'The sense that the war was futile and unnecessary still hangs over a lot of the discussion in Britain,' he said.

Lithium-water in suicide study

Daily Mail 27th June 2014

Professor Allan Young, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on a study looking at levels of lithium in drinking water. He said: "We have a considerable body of evidence that suggests that high levels of the chemical in the water supply could save lives." Also reported by Press Association.

Heartbreaking last picture of new mother who died two days after giving birth

Daily Mail 27th June 2014

Professor Andrew Shennan, Women’s Health, commented on the death of a new mother two days after giving birth. He said pre-eclampsia was the most likely explanation, adding: ‘Around two days after birth can be a risky time it has gone undetected because the blood pressure builds up and can cause a stroke.’

Telling the story of war and peace

New Statesman 27th June 2014

Professor Bill Philpott, War Studies, was interviewed about historical interpretations of World War One. He dismissed the work of Sir Max Hastings, who has reopened the argument over whether the war has been necessary, as ‘broad-brush and judgemental.’

UK's Cameron opposes Juncker's election

CNN (US) 27th June 2014

Professor Christoph Meyer, sheds light on the European Commision leadership tussle: 'Cameron has little influence at the European level,' he said.

Enquiry to investigate arts access for young people

Arts Professional 27th June 2014

The various ways in which successive governments have tried to provide access to the arts for children and young people is to be the subject of a short Cultural Enquiry by King’s. The Enquiry will assess the impact of policies and plans that have been developed and implemented since 1945, shedding light on successes and failures, and using lessons learned to propose models for the future and evidence-based recommendations for action.

Public urged to ditch soft drinks in obesity battle

The Times 26th June 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said parents should replace fizzy drinks with water at the dinner table in order to cut sugar intake: ‘People need to get back into the habit of putting a jug of water on the table. People just don’t drink water any more.’ Professor Sanders' comments were also mentioned on BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 2 and BBC London 94.9. His recommendation was also reported by Press Association, BBC News Online, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Sky News and Guardian.

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