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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.

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The Price of Digital Privacy

BBC World Service 2nd October 2015

In a panel discussion, Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, discussed government surveillance, digital privacy, and the impact of revelations made by former CIA employee Edward Snowden. ‘Edward Snowden revealed a lot of data in terms of large number of documents…this doesn’t mean we now understand what he had revealed… Many of those journalists who have reported on the stories have never even spoken to a member of the intelligence community,’ he said.

UK creative industries get strong showing at World Expo 2015

Bloomberg 1st October 2015

Creative industries in the UK have contributed £76.9 billion to the country’s economy. Creative and cultural events for 2016 include a programme of performances, exhibitions and events being coordinated to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, hosted by King’s.

Chevening Leadership Programme

Hindustan Times 30th September 2015

King’s College London has announced the start of the 2015 Chevening Gurukul Programme for Leadership and Excellence. The 12-week course, hosted by King’s India Institute, is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship fellowship scheme for India.

Our knack for remembering faces is a highly evolved skill

New Scientist 29th September 2015

Wondering if genetics could shed any light, Nick Shakeshaft of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and his team tested more than 900 sets of UK twins – including both identical and non-identical pairs – on their face recognition skills. The ability turned out to be highly heritable, with identical twins having more similar abilities than fraternal ones. The same went for intelligence, which had earlier been tested as part of a long-running study. However, there was little relationship between face recognition abilities and intelligence: in other words you could be clever but bad with faces, or vice versa. Comparing individuals against their twin suggested that only 10 per cent of the heritability of face recognition was down to genes that also influenced intelligence. “That’s consistent with the idea that there are genes that drive the development of a specific brain region,” says Shakeshaft.

Thousands enter Syria to join ISIS despite global efforts

International New York Times 29th September 2015

Nearly 30,000 foreign recruits have travelled to Syria, many to join terrorist group Islamic State. However a report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s revealed disillusionment within the extremist group. Commenting on the report, Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘ISIS no longer has the momentum in its core territory of Syria and Iraq…It’s no longer the ever-expanding jihadist utopia that it seemed to be.’ Also reported in NDTV

Brains in a dish guide autism

Bloomberg 28th September 2015

The article quotes Declan Murphy, professor of psychiatry and brain maturation at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who researches the excitation-inhibition chemical balance in the brain that may contribute to autism.“It’s kind of like the accelerator and brake of your brain,” he comments, and adds that there is early evidence that scientists can influence that balance and thereby impact brain functions.

Why does the UK need China to build its nuclear plants?

BBC News 25th September 2015

It will be the first new nuclear plant in the UK for 20 years. Hinkley Point C in Somerset is expected to provide up to 7% of the UK's electricity needs and create thousands of jobs. Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, said: ‘I believe that if the UK government has confidence in the project it could and should invest directly - it would be cheaper to do that than paying to borrow money from the Chinese.’

Six reasons Americans may want to get their college degree abroad

Huffington Post 25th September 2015

The article discusses the advantages of travelling abroad for Americans wishing to pursue higher education. The author mentions the average cost of studying at King’s for international students, specifically that this is cheaper than American colleges. It also mentions that financial aid is available for prospective students.

From isolation to tech impact factory: A combo psych and tech lab helps Sofia University educate more impactful engineers, taking psychology and engineering from adversaries to allies

Reuters 25th September 2015

Sofia University and the Transformative Technology Lab have partnered to develop technology that aims to increase ‘human well-being’. Researchers from King’s, amongst other institutions, will be advising on the collaboration. Also reported in Bloomberg

Does breastfeeding lead to higher IQ?

BBC London Radio 24th September 2015

Professor Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the theory that there is a link between length of time breastfeeding and greater IQ in children. Also reported in Daily Mail and Nursing Times.

Mental health research 'needs cash boost'

BBC 24th September 2015

Professor Til Wykes of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) was lead researcher on a study published in the Lancet, which argues that argue UK research funding for mental health - which is currently £115m - should be trebled. The article outlines six steps to improve mental health, including investing in new treatments, or pooling mental health databases. Professor Wykes comments: 'The impact of mental disorders is rising - now we have the science to bridge these gaps, funding mental health research will benefit everyone in the long run - in health and wellbeing as well as financially.'.

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Here's why you should take more breaks during office hours

Hindustan Times 23rd September 2015

Research carried out by Dr Benjamin Gardner of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown that increasing levels of physical activity as an intervention is less effective at reducing prolonged sitting than directly attempting to decrease sitting time. "These findings will be of interest to researchers and practitioners designing new ways to reduce prolonged sitting". Some of the promising strategies included the provision of sit-stand desks at work, encouraging people to keep records of their own sitting time, setting individual goals for limiting sitting time, and using prompts and cues to remind people to stop them sitting were also found to help reduce sitting time. Also reported in Wall Street JOurnal

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VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Guardian 23rd September 2015

Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests means they may be responsible for nearly one million tonnes of air pollution each year. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘Since 2003 scientists have been saying things are not right. It’s not just the VW story; this is part of something much bigger. It has a serious public health impact.’ Many members of Environmental Research Group have been interviewed about this topic including Dr Heather Walton, Professor Frank Kelly and Professor Martin Williams. This was also reported by Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Channel 4, Daily Mail, ITV and Newsnight.

Trans fatty acids may be safe in small amounts, new research suggests

Daily Mail 23rd September 2015

Research has shown that processed food products may be safe to consume as long as it is in small amounts. Trans fatty acids (TFAs), also known as trans or hydrogenated fats, have previously been linked to high cholesterol, heart conditions, strokes, diabetes and some cancers. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, highlighted the limitations of the study including the possible confounding effect of poorer participants having a higher industrial trans fat intake and richer people consuming more dairy products.

What's in YOUR 'microbial cloud'? Bacterial 'aura' surrounding our bodies is as unique as a fingerprint...and is full of skin and gas

Daily Mail 23rd September 2015

Research has shown that each of us is surrounded by a cloud of invincible bacteria. Professor Tim Spector, comments in New Scientists: ‘I don’t think it’s crazy to think that in the future we could be recognising people by their bacterial mist.’ This was also reported by the New Scientist.

The Sutton Trust's summer school kickstarted a push for fairer access to UK's elite universities

Independent 23rd September 2015

King's College London already runs its own specialised scheme alongside the Sutton Trust summer school and now also runs its own summer school for teachers – to help them navigate their pupils' way through the applications process. The scheme has helped many disadvantaged pupils apply to prestigious universities such as King’s College London and Cambridge.

Mental health research 'needs cash boost'

BBC News 23rd September 2015

Professor Til Wykes, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), was lead researcher on a study published in the Lancet, which argues that UK research funding for mental health - which is currently £115m - should be trebled. The article outlines six steps to improve mental health, including investing in new treatments, or pooling mental health databases. Professor Wykes comments: 'The impact of mental disorders is rising - now we have the science to bridge these gaps, funding mental health research will benefit everyone in the long run - in health and wellbeing as well as financially.’

UK government called to rethink its policy on overseas students

BBC News 23rd September 2015

Thousands of international students have encountered problems due to the tough laws on visas. Professor Edward Byrne, Principal & President AC highlights the issue this may have on the international student population and economy. Professor Byrne said: ‘I would urge the government to look at the Australian experience, where the Labour government made the same decision. This had an impact on the number of international students who came to study in the country.’

How depression pills turned me into a zombie

Daily Mail 22nd September 2015

Professor Allan Young, chair of mood disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN),comments on the use of a type of anti-depressant: 'SSRIs have been under intense scrutiny for a number of years because of the claims by Dr Healy and others, but there's nothing in the literature to back up the claim SSRIs make suicidal thoughts or psychosis are increased in patients taking these drugs. Psychosis does not usually follow treatment with SSRIs,' he says. 'But people who are depressed can become psychotic for a variety of reasons. We are worried about the use of antidepressants in bipolar depression, for instance, when not only do they not work, they can cause a switch into mania".

China should not be the answer to Britain's nuclear problems

Financial Times 22nd September 2015

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, wrote a piece about George Osborne’s visit to Beijing. Professor Butler said: ‘Mr Osborne, on a visit to Beijing, has offered the Chinese two billion of government guarantees in return for their investment in the much delayed nuclear power project.’

Jihadists defecting from Isil after failed promises of heroism and luxury cars

Telegraph 21st September 2015

According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at least 58 people have left Isil since January because some feared that they were being used as suicide bombers or ‘cannon fodder’. The report by the ICSR said: ‘Some of those who left were disappointed by the ‘quality of life’ and were ‘typically among the ones who had joined the group for material and ‘selfish’ reasons, and quickly realized that none of the luxury goods and cars that they had been promised would materialize’. This report was published by Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, and was reported by Guardian, BBC World Service, Times, Metro, Huffington Post UK, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV, Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, Foreign Policy, Mirror, Reuters, Sky News and many others.

Hefce to pilot standardised student tests

The Times Higher Education 21st September 2015

Nationally administered standardised tests for students are to be piloted in English universities. The tests will evaluate whether they could be used to measure undergraduates learning gain. Professor Alison Wolf , Management, said: ‘The tests might be very helpful to individuals as a way of demonstrating their achievement.’

Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘outsider status’ and the flocking phenomenon

Guardian 20th September 2015

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery, wrote a piece about the increasing support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is receiving. Dr Glaser said: ‘The extraordinary swell in support for Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the Labour Party, can’t be explained by speaking to individual voters.’ This was also reported by NDTV.

17th century child mortality

Channel 4 20th September 2015

Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, comments on an old register which suggestS that people believed that the teething process was the cause of death of several children. Dr Mudway said: ‘One of the interesting things about the register is the number of deaths due to rickets. We know that it has an effect on bone development, but now we have an understanding that it plays a role in helping us fight infections.’

Why More U.S. Students Are Going Abroad for College

Wall Street Journal 20th September 2015

Increasing university costs in the US have caused many students to study abroad. The two most popular destinations are Canada and the UK because the tuition fees are lower. Chris Payne, head of USA Office, said: ‘The U.K. is more affordable than comparable U.S. colleges. Ivy League and top research universities in the U.S. can cost $50,000 or $60,000. King’s College London costs £15,200 (about $23,740) for the 2014-15 academic year.’

19th century bin-sitar hums with ageless music in London

The Hindu 19th September 2015

The instrument bin-sitar is a rare hybrid that shares structural and musical elements with both the rudraveena and the sitar. It was part of the collection of Major Charles Russell Day (1860-1900), the author of The Music and Musical Instruments of Southern India and Deccan (1891), who acquired it in the late 19th century. Dr Katherine B. Schofield, Music, comments: ‘This is an exciting and unprecedented moment. It is the first time that something like this has been tried, to have a contemporary musician play an ancient instrument in the collection.’

Gene-editing embryos should be banned to prevent 'genetically-enhanced children', scientists warn

Indpendent 18th September 2015

Scientists argue that there needs to be an international ban on the use of gene-editing technology to create genetically-modified babies. Professor Peter Braude, Women’s Health, said: ‘Clearly there needs to be a discussion about how this gene-editing technology is used. You should understand it before applying it. There has to be an understanding of the science, which is very new, but it would be wrong to have a moratorium that simply says ‘don’t do anything more’.’

Is Donald Trump a narcissist -- or a bully? Here's what psychologists say

Huffington Post 17th September 2015

In this article, Dr Adam Perkins, who is a neurobiologist of personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), comments on the traits of Donald Trump: "He is also highly intelligent, and so has a lot of problem-solving horsepower to direct at whatever goals his personality profile sets".

Indian scientific discovery in the twentieth century

BBC Radio 3 17th September 2015

Dr Jahnavi Phalkey, India Institute, says that India was at the forefront of scientific discovery in the 1930s and 1940s, when C.V. Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Dr Phalkey said: ‘Beneath the well-known stories of the soldiers, the industrial labour in India had expanded to support the British war and the empire. The war changes things radically and quickly, especially in cities and towns because there is a flood of new work.’

Women's hour takeover

BBC Radio 4 14th September 2015

Professor Myra Hunter of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) joins other guests to discuss ageing, not having children, and being single in your fifties.

Women and minorities struggle with elitist nature of the orchestral culture

BBC Radio 4 14th September 2015

Due to the elitist nature of the orchestral culture, women and ethnic minorities have experienced discrimination. Dr Christina Schariff, CMCI, said: ‘There seems to be a presumption that ethnic minorities are not the musicians. For example when they go to a stage room they are often mistaken for the cleaner.’

Fish diet could ward off depression

BBC Radio Five Live 11th September 2015

Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) commented on new research which found that a fish diet could reduce the risk of depression. He explained that consumption of nutrients found in fish could be helpful, alongside pharmacological treatments, for people with clinical depression. Interview begins at 55.10.

Molecular Switch Rewires Neurons Linked To Learning: Study

International Business Times (US) 11th September 2015

Researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, have discovered a new molecular ‘switch’ that controls the properties of neurons in response to changes in the activity of their neural network. Also reported by Medical News Today, Biotech News and The Scientist.

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Fish diet and depression

BBC Radio Five Live 11th September 2015

Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) commented on new research which found that a fish diet could reduce the risk of depression. He explained that consumption of nutrients found in fish could be helpful, alongside pharmacological treatments, for people with clinical depression. Interview begins at 55.10.

Dr Andrew Blick appointed expert adviser to devolution inquiry

King's News Centre 11th September 2015

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, has been appointed expert adviser to a new panel on devolution and the constitutional future of the UK. The new panel, under the chairmanship of Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Home Civil Service, was set up by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK.

Make it clear when drones can be used

London Evening Standard 10th September 2015

Dr Hugo Rosemont, War Studies, has written an article about how the UK needs new legislation to authorise military action against terrorist suspects. Dr Rosemont said: ‘Parliament should consider introducing legislation that would authorise the use of force against IS wherever it is based in the region.’

Alzheimer's could be passed on by humans

Times 10th September 2015

Professor Roger Morris,Chemistry, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, comments on a study that suggests the trigger for Alzheimer's could be passed on through contaminated surgical instruments. He notes that the procedure referred to has not been carried out in the UK for 30 years and asks: 'Does this nature paper presage an era in which Alzheimer's disease changes from being an isolated disease of each individual as they age to becoming infectious and able to attack everyone, young and old?’ This is reported by ITV News, Financial Times and STV Central East.

Brain cells get tweaked 'on the go'

King's News Centre 10th September 2015

Researchers from the MRC Centre for Development Neurobiology (MRC CDB) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have discovered a new molecular ‘switch’ that controls the properties of neurons in response to changes in the activity of their neural network. Professor Oscar Marín, IoPPN, who led the study, said: ‘Our study demonstrates the tremendous plasticity of the brain, and how this relates to fundamental processes such as learning.’

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E-cigarettes tempt young into smoking

Telegraph 9th September 2015

Although a study appears to show that e-cigarettes may encourage young people to smoke, Professor Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments: "Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London, said: “Sadly this study cannot throw any light at all on what influenced a proportion of these 16 people to soften their attitudes towards cigarette smoking."

European Union faces different crises

BBC Radio Scotland 9th September 2015

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, outlined the different crises that Europe is facing at moment, including the Eurozone crisis and the massive instability in the South and Eastern Europe. Professor Menon said: ‘There is lots of crisis internally and externally. Internally European integration has always been quite fragile and externally you’ve got the migrant crisis.’

E-cigarettes 'tempt young into smoking’

Telegraph 9th September 2015

A new study appears to show that e-cigarettes may encourage young people to smoke. However Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) cast doubt on the findings: ‘Sadly this study cannot throw any light at all on what influenced a proportion of these 16 people to soften their attitudes towards cigarette smoking.’

Unemotional traits in babies can hint at future personality

Daily Mail 8th September 2015

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have shown it’s possible to predict at just five weeks old whether babies will develop callous-unemotional (CU) traits. Dr Rachael Bedford said: 'We found that increased preference for a person’s face -rather than a ball - at just five-weeks of age was associated with lower callous unemotional traits. We also found that if a mother responds more sensitively to their baby during playtime, then the child is less likely to display callous unemotional behaviour as a toddler.We are the first to find this and others will need to confirm it before it can inform how we support families.’ Also reported in Telegraph, Huffington Post and Times of India.

Britain targeting its own citizens in Isil drone strike sets dangerous precedent

Telegraph 8th September 2015

Three UK citizens, Junnaid Hussain, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin were killed on 21 August in a RAF drone strike. Joanna Cook, War Studies, said: ‘This is the first time that the UK has engaged in targeted killing of its own citizens in the current conflict, and there are three key implications that emerge from this case for the UK. In Yemen, drone strikes have acted as a key recruitment tool for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and have contributed significantly to increased membership of the organisation.’

Britons Killed In Anti-IS Cyber-Army Operation

Sky News 8th September 2015

Dr Jack McDonald, War Studies, and Shiraz Maher, ICSR, commented on the death of the Britons killed by a drone strike. Dr McDonald said: ‘The international community has always supported domestic terror campaigns both in the UK and abroad, however the idea that people can conduct campaigns is relatively new.’

Syria and the crisis of world order

New Statesman 8th September 2015

Dr John Bew, War Studies, has written an article about the Syrian war and refugee crisis in Europe. Dr Bew said: ‘The crisis in Syria is developing fast. Iranian and Russian involvement is increasing by the week, in addition to the role played by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in funnelling money into the conflict.’

Helen McCartney on the symbolism of street shrines

BBC Radio 3 7th September 2015

Dr Helen McCartney, Defence Studies, comments on the historical importance and symbolism of street shrines in Great Britain. ‘It’s quite interesting they didn’t really start till August 1916 and the first one appeared in Hackney and then it started to grow. The Mayor had also promoted this in the media highlighting the importance of this issue,’ she said.

Save money on medicine: Big-name drugs can cost 500% more than identical supermarket versions

Mirror Online 7th September 2015

According to a new study by money-saving website Voucherbox, people spend around 500% more on branded medicine which are often identical to generic drugs. Commenting on the study, Professor Jayne Lawrence, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, said: ‘Brand names are more expensive because drug companies have to recoup their development costs. However, all products, branded or generic, have to be manufactured by law to the same minimum standard.’

Could a test reveal whether your newborn will grow up to be a PSYCHOPATH? Scientists claim that unemotional traits in babies can hint at future personality

Daily Mail 7th September 2015

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have shown it’s possible to predict at just five weeks old whether babies will develop callous-unemotional (CU) traits. Dr Rachael Bedford, said: 'We found that increased preference for a person’s face -rather than a ball - at just five-weeks of age was associated with lower callous unemotional traits. We also found that if a mother responds more sensitively to their baby during playtime, then the child is less likely to display callous unemotional behaviour as a toddler. We are the first to find this and others will need to confirm it before it can inform how we support families.’

Test shows how old your body really is

BBC News 7th September 2015

Research led by King’s College London has developed a way of testing how well, or badly, a person is ageing. Lead author of the study, Professor James Timmons, Medical & Molecular Genetics, said: ‘There's a healthy ageing signature that's common to all our tissues, and it appears to be prognostic for a number of things including longevity and cognitive decline. It looks like from the age of 40 onwards you can use this to give guidance on how well an individual is ageing.’ This is reported by ITV Online, Guardian, Daily Mirror, Independent, The Times, Daily Mail, Huffington Post UK, ITV News, BBC News, Daily Telegraph, Fox news, O Globo, Hindustan Times, Folha, Xinhua, Bloomberg Business, and Economic Times of India.

'She was phenomenal': Nicole Kidman gains standing ovation after West End return with first performance of Photograph 51

Daily Mail 6th September 2015

Nicole Kidman received a standing ovation on the first night of her new play, Photograph 51. In the play Nicole plays researcher Rosalind Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA at King’s. Nicole and the cast of Photograph 51 recently visited King’s Archives as part of their research about the life of Franklin. This is reported by Guardian.

Energy poverty, the plight that a billion people need not endure

Financial Times 6th September 2015

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, has written an article about the current worldwide energy crisis. According to the most recent forecast from the International Energy Agency, almost a billion people will still lack electricity, even in 2030. Professor Butler said: ‘Developing countries including Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are tackling energy poverty in rural areas, where more than half the villagers have no connection to the electricity grid.’

Why do refugees and migrants come to Europe and what must be done to ease the crisis?

Telegraph 4th September 2015

Academics at King’s explain why refugees and migrants risk their lives to travel to Europe and consider what can be done to solve the crisis. Since the beginning of the year, more than 160,000 migrants have made their way to Greece, nearly four times the 43,500 who arrived in the country in 2014.

Hormone-related depression and treatment

BBC Radio 4 2nd September 2015

At 11.15 the programme discusses the use of hormones to treat women experiencing depression at times of hormonal flux. Some women are vulnerable to changes in hormones and may develop hormonal-related mental health issues, and therefore could benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy than anti-depressants.

Moody neurotics are more likely to be creative geniuses, study says

Independent 28th August 2015

A new study by Dr Adam Perkins of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) suggests that neuroticism and panic tendency is closely linked to an over-active, threat-generating imagination, which although can cause negative emotions such as fear, can also lead to original thinking, problem solving and creative brilliance. He comments: 'We're still a long way off from fully explaining neuroticism, and we're not offering all of the answers, but we hope that our new theory will help people make sense of their own experiences, and show that although being highly neurotic is by definition unpleasant, it also has creative benefits.' Also reported in Daily Mail, Independent, Metro, Telegraph, Scottish Daily Mail, Mirror, Huffington Post, Fox news and Economic Times.

Google digs in for protracted antitrust fight tracking the fight in Europe

Wall Street Journal 28th August 2015

In a formal response to antitrust charges, Google rejected a European Union demand that it changes how its search engine functions. Professor Renato Nazzini, Law, commenting on the length of the ruling said: ‘These really drawn-out cases are not good for anyone.’

Is Britain good at inventing or developing?

BBC Radio Four 27th August 2015

Professor David Edgerton, History of Science and Technology, comments on what the British past track record on inventing and developing can tell us about Britain’s changes for future success. He said: ‘This is a very complicated subject and there is a lot of mythology about this topic. The greatest myth is that Britain is bad at inventing and only good at developing.’ This was reported on BBC World Service.

Dina Asher-Smith runs impressive PB in world championship 200m heat

Guardian 27th August 2015

King’s history student, Dina Asher-Smith has set another record at the World Championships in Beijing. Dina ran 22.22 seconds in her opening heat in the 200m race. This is the fastest first round 200m in World Championship history. She said: ‘I didn’t expect to run a personal best in the heat, I ran a good bend and when I saw where I was I tried to ease my way to the line to get a good lane for the semi-final. I’m absolutely over the moon.’ This is reported by Daily Mail, Guardian and Independent.

Mental health in the Asian community

BBC News 27th August 2015

Dr Dinesh Bhugra, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discussed the negative mental health stigma in the Asian community. He said: ‘It’s not only a South Asian problem, but there is a stigma of mental illness across the whole spectrum. However in the South Asian community the problem is slightly magnified because the families are worried that their daughters who are mentally ill may not get married.’

6-year-old boy able to stand again after Chinese surgeons use 3D printing

Telegraph 27th August 2015

Doctors in China have carried out the first orthopaedic surgery using 3D technology on a six year old boy, who had multiple painful fractures in his leg. Most doctors are now using 3D technology during surgery. Dr Tarique Hussain, Child Health Clinical Academic Group, used a 3D-printer to create a life-size plastic copy of a heart.

Dementia is set to become a trillion dollar disease

Daily Mail 26th August 2015

Treating dementia around the world has risen by 25 per cent over the last five years alone and will hit a trillion US dollars or £634million by 2018, researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have predicted. The findings, published in the 2015 World Alzheimer Report, estimated that dementia currently costs the UK economy £26.3 billion. Lead author Professor Martin Prince, said: ‘We estimate that 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia in 2015. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050.’ This leaves dementia care one of the biggest public health challenges facing public health today and in the future. Also reported in Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times, O Globo and CNBC.

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Stop counting calories and start a high-fat Mediterranean-style diet, health experts urge

Independent 26th August 2015

According to experts, people should stop counting calories and focus on the food they eat in order to improve their health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. However, Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Even a healthy dietary pattern can result in weight gain if too many calories are consumed. In my opinion, it is idiotic to suggest that calories don’t count and then advocate a high fat diet.’ This is also reported by Huffington Post.

London’s low-emission zone fails to improve air quality

New Scientist 26th August 2015

London’s campaign to reduce the city’s air pollution has not been as successful as hoped. The scheme was launched in 2008 and its aim was to improve the air quality. Earlier this year, London’s mayor confirmed plans to launch an ultra-low emission zone to enforce stricter pollution standards on vehicles. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical & Environmental Health, said: ‘If you really want to achieve an improvement in air quality, these vehicles should be banned.’

When India sought covert United States help to tackle the ‘triple squeeze’ of 1965

Indian Express 25th August 2015

During the 1965 war with Pakistan, India asked the United States to covertly provide experts to work with Indian military officials to tackle the ‘Chinese threat’. Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, explained how the requests, made verbally, were revealed by Indian MP Sudhir Ghosh. ‘Ghosh chanced upon these revelations sometime after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru died,’ he said.

A seismic shift in India’s Pakistan Policy

Diplomat 25th August 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commented on what he described as a ‘seismic shift’ in India’s Pakistan policy. ‘The much-hyped National Security Adviser (NSA)-level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for this week may have collapsed even before they could formally start. But the Modi government managed to convey the message that it has been successful in reshaping the terms of New Delhi’s engagement with Islamabad, perhaps forever,’ he said.

Intertek publishes study on improving inhalation medicines with King’s College London

Reuters 25th August 2015

Intertek, a ‘quality solutions provider’, announced the publication of a study with King’s College London. The study, looking at improving inhalation medicines, demonstrated that inhaler formulations must be co-optimised with the inhaler device during product development. Also reported in Bloomberg

Chinese government is comfortable with slower growth, says expert

O Globo (Brazil) 25th August 2015

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, explained the recent ‘significant transformation’ in the Chinese Economy. ‘We are seeing a bubble in the stock market break without much government intervention. As the expectation was that the state would intervene, which did not happen, many investors panicked,’ he said.

Life-saving test for bowel cancer we ignore because it's 'too much of a faff'

Daily Mail 25th August 2015

Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) is a new screening method to help test for bowel cancer. Professor Roger Jones, Primary Care and Public Health, said: ‘FIT tests for blood in the stools just like the FOB test, but it is much more sensitive which means only one stool sample is required - it can measure very low concentrations of stool blood whether from a tumour or a polyp.'

Michael Grandage: I've got the best of Nicole Kidman creatively – and personally

Evening Standard 25th August 2015

Director Michael Grandage and the cast of Anna Ziegler’s new play Photograph 51 visited King’s College Archives as part of their research into the life and work of Rosalind Franklin. Actress, Nicole Kidman, spent the afternoon viewing historical artefacts and papers relating to the DNA research that took place at King’s in the 1950s.

Dental device promises pain-free tooth repair

Reuters 25th August 2015

New technology developed by British scientists could dramatically reduce the need for painful dental drilling. Dr Rebecca Moazzez, Mucosal & Salivary Biology, said: ‘Traditionally, the way we have dealt with dental caries is to basically drill the decay out and fill it with a filling material. But the problem with that is, once you start in that cycle - fillings don't last forever - so the fillings will need to be repaired and replaced. And you're really in that cycle of repair and replacement for the rest of the tooth's life.’

Vaccine to protect against all strains of flu is ‘within reach’

The Times 25th August 2015

Scientists at King’s College London are developing a universal flu vaccine after two jabs were shown to protect animals against several different strains of the virus. Flu kills about 8,000 people in Britain each year, and it has been extremely difficult to vaccinate against because the strains vary from year to year.

Why sunlight could protect against multiple sclerosis

The Telegraph 25th August 2015

A study by McGill University in Canada and King’s College London havs discovered that sunlight can reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). The research revealed that people with low vitamin D levels are at increased risk from the disorder. The researchers say more work needs to be done to find out if Vitamin D supplements or greater exposure to sunlight could delay or prevent MS but said that the study provided ‘strong evidence in support of a causal role of vitamin D in MS susceptibility.’

Dementia is set to become a trillion dollar disease

Daily Mail 25th August 2015

Treating dementia around the world has risen by 25 per cent over the last five years alone and will hit a trillion US dollars or £634million by 2018, researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have predicted. The findings, published in the 2015 World Alzheimer Report, estimated that dementia currently costs the UK economy £26.3 billion. Lead author Professor Martin Prince, said: ‘We estimate that 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia in 2015. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. This leaves dementia care one of the biggest public health challenges facing public health today and in the future.’ This is also reported by Time, Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times, CNBC, NDTV and Globo

Elderly people warned over alcohol consumption

BBC News 24th August 2015

One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol, say researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Experts warned that GP's were "less attuned" to drinking problems among elderly people. Analysis of health records in London found that heavier drinkers tended to be male and relatively affluent. For older people, the report said, drinking more than the recommended amount carried an additional risk of confusion and falls. National guidelines advise no more than 14 units of alcohol a week for women and 21 units a week for men. Dr Tony Rao, the lead author, said: “As the baby boomer generation become seniors, they represent an ever-increasing population of older people drinking at levels that pose a risk to their health. This study shows the need for greater awareness of the potential for alcohol-related harm in older people, particularly those of higher socioeconomic status, who may suffer the consequences of ill health from alcohol at an earlier age than those in previous generations.” Also reported in Times, Independent, Telegraph, Guardian, Mail, Mirror, Sun, Daily Express, Metro, Mirror, Scottish Daily Mail, Press Association, i-paper.

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Taconic Biosciences to fund custom model development and breeding to support Vici syndrome research

Bloomberg Business 24th August 2015

Taconic Biosciences, a provider of genetically modified models and services, announced it will fund the development and breeding of a custom mouse model to study Vici Syndrome. Commenting on the model, Professor Mathias Gautel, Life Sciences & Medicines Research, said: ‘We hope this model will help us unravel the basic biology of Vici syndrome and eventually identify therapies and screen compounds.’

Elderly people warned over alcohol consumption

King's College London 24th August 2015

Researchers at King’s College London have found that one in five people over 65 who drink, consume an unsafe level of alcohol. The research also found that men tended to drink more than women and that unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population, than those from the Caribbean, African or Asian ethnic groups. Study Co-author Dr Mark Ashworth, Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, said: ‘The elderly who were most at risk were those from the white British population rather than from an ethnic minority, and those who were wealthier and better educated.’ Study author Dr Tony Rao, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) adds: ‘As the Baby Boomer generation become seniors, they represent an ever-increasing population of older people drinking at levels that pose a risk to their health.’ This was also reported by BBC, Mail Online, Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Independent, Mirror, Sky News Online, Telegraph, BBC London 94.9, Washington Post and the Economic Times of India.

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Cultural Challenge winner, Isabel Feeney

King's College London 24th August 2015

King’s graduate, Isabel Feeney, talks to King’s about what she has been doing a year after winning the Cultural Challenge. She said: ‘I was offered an internship as part of the King’s Cultural Challenge in 2014. I particularly wanted to work with the RSC as I love theatre and the company, which was quite local to me growing up. I started my internship last August and my role was to evaluate the Stratford-on-Sea programme, as well as assist with the running of the events.’

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Single hospital rooms - a good idea?

BBC News 24th August 2015

The ‘Nightingale Ward’, wards characterised by several beds separated only by curtains are reported to be ‘out of favour’. A study by King’s College London examined the experiences of patients and staff that were in single rooms. The results were mixed as patients felt more dignity, privacy and confidentiality in single rooms. However, one of the key problems was visibility as many patients, especially the elderly, were at risk of falling.

What is our Universe made of?

BBC Earth 24th August 2015

Researchers have recently monitored galaxies smashing into each other. During these powerful collisions, new particles such as WIMPS could be discovered. Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, Physics, said: ‘If WIMPs do make up the dark matter and we discover them at the Large Hadron Collider then we are in with a good chance of working out what the dark matter in the Universe is composed of.’

Big picture: 1965, fifty years later

Indian Express 23rd August 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the Indo-Pakistan war, Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, discussed the role of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the foreign minister for Pakistan during the conflict. ‘This was Bhutto’s war – an opportunity seized by a relatively young and ambitious actor working behind the scenes,’ he said.

Weiwei paints China in new light

Sunday Times 23rd August 2015

The Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei is under attack for making sympathetic comments about the Communist party’s authoritarian regime, given during a landmark trip to Germany. Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: ‘I see Ai Weiwei as a victim of oppression and it’s really important to keep that in mind.’

A British house overflowing with Lords draws scorn

International New York Times 22nd August 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to nominate new members to the House of Lords, which as an unelected body concedes on legislation if so demanded by the House of Commons. Commenting on the House, Dr Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: ‘One of its virtues is that it is different from the Commons…Turning it into an elected house would turn it into a clone.’

Big relief for India

Deccan Herald 22nd August 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commented on the shifting relations between India, China and Sri Lanka. ‘China’s role is now firmly embedded in Sri Lanka – economically as well as geopolitically. India will have to up its game if it wants to retain its leverage in Colombo. Rajapaksa or Sirisena, China’s role is only going to grow in the island nation,’ he said.

Why Islamic State' is increasingly attracting women

O Globo (Brazil) 22nd August 2015

The proportion of women wanting to join the extremist group Islamic State has risen dramatically. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, explained why the group would want women. ‘They want to create a new state…and very much want women to come, as part of their utopian politics,’ she said. Also reported in Folha De S.Paulo and the BBC

Tinned tomatoes, cold potatoes, frozen peas: the healthiest ways to eat veg

The Times 22nd August 2015

The article highlights the “do’s and don’ts” on how to make your vegetables more nutritious. Dr Megan Rossi, Nutrition, said: ‘Relying on supermarkets for your ‘fresh’ produce may no longer be the case. The time from farm to plate can take months and the older the fruit and vegetables, the greater the nutrient loss, particularly the water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C.’

How DNA detectives are helping solve the rise of superbug

Guardian 22nd August 2015

Research has shown that DNA sequencing could be key to quickly identify pathogen strains and track routes of transmission and monitoring mutations. Dr Lara Marks, Social Science, Health & Medicine, said: ‘Many of our hopes for using knowledge about the human genome to better fight the likes of heart disease and cancer, still lie years and decades in the future, but DNA sequencing in healthcare is not all about tomorrow. It is already revolutionising clinical microbiology.’

Number of dementia cases stabalising in UK says experts

Guardian 21st August 2015

The dementia epidemic may not have been as widespread as previously thought due to using outdated data from the 1980s, finds a recent study. Martin Prince, professor of epidemiological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said he would have come to more guarded conclusions from the evidence in the studies because the numbers of elderly are growing so steadily. “A wise approach for policymakers, until we have much clearer evidence to the contrary, is to assume that age-specific prevalence remains constant, and that, therefore, numbers will continue to increase in line
with population ageing,” he said. Also reported in Independent and Deccan Chronicle.

British health workers unsure how to spot and help trafficked patients

Daily Mail 21st August 2015

A study published today by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has found that NHS staff have treated many victims of human trafficking, but lack the confidence and skills to respond effectively. Senior author Dr Sian Oram comments: "You're essentially looking for people who might be showing signs of abuse or neglect, so that might be physical injury or sexual abuse," or another sign may be if the patient is reluctant to speak freely. In 2014, 2,340 suspected trafficking victims in Britain were passed to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a government scheme for identifying and supporting victims of human trafficking, up 34 percent from the previous year. "Certainly we're seeing year on year more trafficked people being identified, but we don't know if people are getting better at identifying, or there are more victims of trafficking," Oram said. Also reported in Metro and Reuters.

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Are India-Pakistan talks jinxed?

BBC News 21st August 2015

An article written by Professor Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies focuses on the relationship between security advisers in India and Pakistan, which has stalled over the disputed Kashmir region. ‘India's premise has largely been that a peace process will persuade Pakistan to cease supporting and sending extremists into India and start building good neighbourly ties. Pakistan, in contrast, has viewed the process as a means to nudge India into making progress on Kashmir, which is essentially a euphemism for concessions,’ he said.

King's College backs work visas for Indians

Times of India 21st August 2015

Professor Ed Byrne AC, President and Principal of King’s, has stated his support for Indian students studying in the UK. Professor Byrne, who will travel to India for the first time in September in his role at King’s, said: ‘Bright, motivated Indian students are an indispensable part of the British community and their presence in King's significantly benefits British society, culture and economy.’

What makes people gay?

Boston Globe 20th August 2015

The article discusses the many disparate factors that may affect sexual orientation, and refers to work carried out by Dr Qazi Rahman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). “Some gay people owe their sexual orientation to the fraternal birth order effect, others to genetics, some to prenatal hormonal factors or other neurodevelopmental factors,” Rahman says, “and many to interactions between these."

The crucial role of women within Islamic State

BBC News 20th August 2015

The number of women joining the Islamic State (IS) has increased dramatically in the last two years. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, believes that IS wants women to join them. She said: ‘What is really interesting is that people talk of IS as being a death cult, but that is the opposite of what they are trying to create. They want to create a new state and very much want women to join that as part of this utopian politics.’ Also reported by Daily Mail.

Sixth form transition

BBC Radio 4 20th August 2015

Dan Abramson, Head teacher of King’s College London Mathematics Schools talks about GCSE results and post-16 education. ‘We look at students who have a great academic aptitude and we want to nurture and cultivate their talents. Our specialist school is about Mathematics and what they can expect is to meet other students with the same interest,’ he said.

Ice bucket challenge boosts research into disease

BBC Brazil 20th August 2015

Experts have said that the ice bucket challenge campaign has increased funding towards research into motor neuron diseases. Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, discussed one project that has benefited - the Britain in Mine Project, which analyses genomes of 15,000 people with motor neuron diseases. Professor Al-Chalabi said of the project: ‘This is a huge project that will produce enough data to fill 10,000 hard drives.’ Also reported in Folha and Globo

What makes people gay?

Boston Globe 20th August 2015

The article discussed the many disparate factors that may affect sexual orientation, referring to work carried out by Dr Qazi Rahman, IoPPN. ‘Some gay people owe their sexual orientation to the fraternal birth order effect, others to genetics, some to prenatal hormonal factors or other neurodevelopmental factors, and many to interactions between these,’ he said.

Dismaland Exhibition

Sky News 20th August 2015

An exhibition called Dismaland by the artist Banksy features work from well-known artists such as Damien Hirst. Dr Ruth Adams, CMCI, said: ‘His show at Bristol Museum was a complete sell-out. Banksy is very accessible and his work can be seen on the street for free. He really opens up art to a wide audience that might otherwise feel excluded from some of the museums and galleries.’

E-cigarettes could be prescribed by the NHS to help smokers quit, report says

BBC News 19th August 2015

A leading report highlights that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking, and recommends that they should be prescribed on the NHS to help smoking cessation. The report was commissioned by Public Health England, and carried out by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in collaboration with Queen Mary Univeristy. Professor Ann McNeill of the National Addiction Cente said: '‘There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England's falling smoking rates. Instead the evidence consistently finds that e-cigarettes are another tool for stopping smoking and in my view smokers should try vaping and vapers should stop smoking cigarettes entirely. E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health in particular by reducing the enormous health inequalities caused by smoking. Also reported in Times, Daily Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Sina, Xinhua Net, and NDTV Profit.

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What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

BBC 19th August 2015

This article discusses 'emotional blindness', or alexithymia, in autism, and refers to expert Dr Geoffrey Bird from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He notes that around half of autistic people are perfectly capable of perceiving and responding to others. At the moment, misunderstandings can often stand in the way of some autistic people getting the help they need. “One autistic adult I worked with wanted to be a carer, but she was told ‘you don’t have empathy so can’t have the job’,” he says. “Our research shows that lots of people with autism are fully okay with emotions.”

The logic behind Argentina’s heterodoxy

Financial Times 19th August 2015

Dr Ingrid Bleynat and Dr Paul Segal, King’s International Development Institute, discuss Argentina’s current macro-economic policy which has been accused of being incoherent and inconsistent. Dr Bleynat and Dr Segal said: ‘For most of the last decade Argentina’s agricultural exporters have benefitted from record commodity prices. By raising the real exchange rate, these prices make domestic industry uncompetitive – a standard case of Dutch Disease that can reasonably be feared to slow down long-run growth.’

Early life adversity and later depression for teens

Reuters 18th August 2015

Tough experiences before age six, like family instability or abuse, are tied to changes in brain structure and to a higher risk of anxiety or depression, according to a study which followed 500 mother-son pairs in England during pregnancy, from 1991 or 1992. “Early adversity increases later symptoms of depression or anxiety, which, in turn, can associate with variation in cortical structure,” said senior author Edward D. Barker of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. He adds: “Most children will experience a degree of adversity, but this is not necessarily harmful,” Barker told Reuters Health by email. “Our research suggests that children who experience many forms of adversity are at risk.” Also reported in Fox News.

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Stab in the dark

Daily Mail 18th August 2015

The stabbing pain in the mouth is often caused by blocked salivary glands. Professor Tara Renton, Tissue Engineering & Biophonetics, commented on a procedure known as basket retrieval, where, she said: ‘A tiny tube with a camera at the tip is passed into the blocked duct to locate the stone, which is then pushed into a tiny basket and pulled out.’

Brazil protests

Russia Today 18th August 2015

Protests have taken place across Brazil, calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, as the country slides into economic crisis. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, explained that: ‘There were big demonstrations in several cities, the biggest in Sao Paolo. At the same time, there were some important statements by business leaders...They said it’s better for Brazilian political and business leaders to work together towards a resolution of the economic crisis, and not try to destabilise the government through talks of impeachment by way of removing President Rousseff.’

Early life adversity and later depression for teens

Reuters 18th August 2015

Tough experiences before the age of six, such as family instability or abuse, are tied to changes in brain structure and to a higher risk of anxiety or depression, according to a study which followed 500 mother-son pairs in England during pregnancy, from 1991 or 1992. ‘Early adversity increases later symptoms of depression or anxiety, which, in turn, can associate with variation in cortical structure,’ said senior author Dr Edward D. Barker, IoPPN.

Iran and the international community

BBC World 18th August 2015

In an interview with the BBC, Iranian Vice-President Masumeh Ebtekar said that Iran wants to work with other powers in the Middle East to promote peace following the recent nuclear deal. Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, said: ‘I think she’s really trying to make the case for reintegrating Iran back into the community of nations.’

Why millions of children are at risk from FGM

London Evening Standard 17th August 2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is on the rise, and many young girls are at risk of the dangerous and illegal practice. Professor Janice Rymer, Gynaecology, commented on the rise of the practice. ‘FGM is an abuse of women. It’s violence against women, doing something to women against their consent, an abuse of human rights. One has to take the stance that it’s not acceptable in any context,’ she said.

GPs put 1 in 20 under-aged girls on the Pill: Thousands of children as young as 12 are now on the contraceptive

Mail Online 16th August 2015

It has been revealed that one in 20 schoolgirls - many as young as 12 - are now being prescribed the contraceptive Pill by GPs without their parents’ consent. In the study, researchers at King’s College London looked at the official prescribing data and found that 12 to 15 year-old girls being prescribed the Pill rose from 3.3 per cent in 2002 to 5.2 per cent in 2011. Dr Asia Rashed, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, said: ‘I was surprised by the figure. Five per cent is high.’ This was also reported by The Sunday Times, The Telegraph.

Saudi Arabia’s hard choices on oil and regional influence

Financial Times 16th August 2015

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, writes about Saudi Arabia’s challenges in the oil market and comments that the oil price must be increased and stabilised. He said: ‘Concerns about Iranian influence led Saudi Arabia to intervene in Yemen, but the ill-conceived air campaign has achieved little beyond demonstrating the limitations of the Saudi military.’

Collection from ‘The School of Life’

Folha (Brazil) 16th August 2015

In 2008 ‘The School of Life’, a social enterprise organisation launched a programme of classes and workshops exploring the fundamental questions of life. The contents of the programme have been published in a series of books. Dr Christopher Hamilton, Theology & Religious Studies, authored one of these books: Dealing with Adversity, where he explored ways to recognise adversity as a source of learning.

Is live surgery a narcissistic exercise or useful educational tool?

Economic Times India 16th August 2015

Live surgery events (LSE) - where surgery is broadcast to show procedures and shared with other medical professionals – has become increasingly popular in India. Professor Prokar Dasgupta, Innate Immunity, commented on the practice. ‘Live surgeries do put extra pressure on the surgeons performing them and so carry an additional risk, however they are an important part of the process of learning for the surgeons who have not been exposed to new techniques…To enhance patient safety a number of published guidelines are in place,’ he said.

Black flags on Europe's doorstep: Inside ISIS's new capital Sirte on Libya's coast

Daily Express 15th August 2015

ISIS has founded a new capital in North Africa, its first outside Iraq and Syria. The Mediterranean port city of Sirte which is a few hundred miles from Europe’s Coastline is the new location for the Islamist group. Commenting on fears that the group could use this new area to travel to Europe, Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, said: ‘Entering Europe by boat is possible but not the most efficient way of wreaking terror on the continent.’

The secrets of extraordinary survivors

BBC News 14th August 2015

The article discusses the psychology behind surviving trauma, and quotes Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). In it he comments on the effects of friendly fire which is, "a violation of professionalism. It disrupts your worldview. It has a much more dramatic impact on PTSD.” He also analyses factors in the aftermath of the 2005 London bombings.

Dina Asher-Smith raises standards on and off the track on eve of world championships

Telegraph 14th August 2015

King’s history undergraduate Dina Asher-Smith discussed her trip to Japan and China for the World Championships. She is also preparing for the new academic year and has started to work through her extensive reading list. Dina said: ‘It is kind of stressful at times but I enjoy juggling the two things and it makes me a better athlete.’ Also reported by the London Evening Standard.

The U.S. embassy in Cuba is officially opened

BBC News 24 14th August 2015

Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Law, comments on the opening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba. It has been more than 50 years since the U.S. broke off their diplomatic relations with the country. He said: ‘This is a historic moment not only for the U.S. but also for Cuba. This will hopefully improve relations, although there is still a long way to go.’

8 UK universities recognised for tackling racial inequality on-campus as they are awarded Race Equality Charter Mark

Independent 14th August 2015

King’s College London has been recognised for its efforts in tackling racial inequality at the university. Out of a total of 30 universities, eight have received the Bronze Award, which recognises the quality of the work undertaken and the robustness of the action plans. Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal (Research & Development) said: ‘A critical assessment of our performance in this area was long overdue and this is a key step in us becoming the diverse and inclusive organisation we want to be.’

'A good relationship and good communication are not sufficient for patient-centred care'

BDJ, Nature Online 14th August 2015

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou, Population & Patient Health, discussed her research interests, which focus on behaviour change in oral health settings and the understanding of communication of risk information to increase patient adherence. She said: ‘I became interested in understanding how fear campaigns and the risk of further disease might sometimes be used inappropriately by the health system.’

A day in the life: At the centre of innovation

BDJ, Nature Online 14th August 2015

Professor Nigel Pitts, Centre for Dental Innovation & Translation talks about his day’s work and role at the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre. He said: ‘I can say with great certainty that no two days are ever the same. I am in a very privileged position of interacting with many scientists and technologists as well as clinicians.’

The geopolitics of yuan

O Globo (Brazil) 14th August 2015

In an article discussing the shifting relationship between the IMF and the Chinese Central Bank, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, explained that it is unclear what role the system led by China could play in the broader financial landscape. ‘These development banks have at least a complementary role in relation to the IMF and the World Bank,’ he said.

Promote e-cigarettes over harmful tobacco smoking, say experts

Guardian 13th August 2015

The article refers to a study on e-cigarette use carried out by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in collaboration with Queen Mary University. Experts suggest that for those not ready to quit, evidence shows using e-cigarettes, in the short term, poses a lower risk to health than smoking.

A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design, by Richard Howells

Times Higher Education 13th August 2015

Times Higher Education reviews a book written by Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, which focuses on his expression of Utopia. He describes it as a ‘human drive to create a better world’. According to Howell, Utopia is entirely cultural and it ought not to be understood as having anything to do with religion.

Narendra Modi's UAE trip highlights India's shifting Middle East approach

Diplomat 13th August 2015

Narendra Modi has visited the United Arab Emirates; the first by an Indian prime minister in 34 years. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said of the visit: ‘Modi’s visit to the UAE is going to be significant and it will once again underline India’s continuing stakes in a region that is growing through a period of momentous change. Much like the regional states, India would also like a stable balance of power to emerge in a region riven with multiple fault-lines.’

Ayman al-Zawahiri pledges allegiance

BBC World Service 13th August 2015

The leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the announcement. ‘The pledge of allegiance isn’t that surprising since the Taliban announced they had new leadership…Ayman al-Zawahiri has been silent for a while and I think that’s because of the broader dynamics being played out between Al-Queda and Islamic State,’ he said.

Asia's new geopolitics

Deccan Herald 11th August 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussed the fast paced changes seen in Asian geopolitics in the past few months. ‘Uncertainty of Chinese power and intentions in the region as well as of future American commitment to maintaining the balance of power in Asia rank high in the strategic thinking of regional powers,’ he said.

Is Greece to blame for the crisis?

Foreign Affairs 10th August 2015

Foreign Affairs asked a group of experts to discuss where the blame lay for the debt crisis in Greece. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘The blame lies in many quarters: with the Greeks…and with other member states…No one comes out of this well.’

The mental health of military personnel

BBC Radio 4 9th August 2015

Professor Sir Simon Wesseley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the mental health of soldiers, particularly when returning to civilian life in the community, and the role of institutions.

Airlines' double standards

BBC Radio 5 Live 7th August 2015

At 03.20 Dr Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses proposals to introduce jail sentences for drunk and disorderly behaviour on airlines. The civil aviation authority says the number of incidents involving disruptive passengers as more than doubled since 2010. Dr Marlow, a researcher in alcohol intake and addiction, suggests that airlines can't have it both ways. They either need to find a way to deal with drunk passengers or they've got to stop selling alcohol. Also covered by BBC 2 Wales.

The bombing of Hiroshima: 70 years on

Al Jazeera 7th August 2015

70 years on from the nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima, Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, discussed whether this attack ended the Second World War, or whether the Japanese were about to surrender in any case. ‘This strikes at the very heart of a long lasting controversy, about whether or not it was necessary to drop the bomb,’ he said.

IQ 'boosted as children leave behind ADHD'

Independent 6th August 2015

Children who grow out of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have higher IQs than those who do not, finds research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). The research examined 110 young people with ADHD and 169 controls over a six year period. They tested IQ, attention, levels of drowsiness and reaction time in children and did follow-up testing over an average of 6.6 years. It was found that the cases with ADHD which had gone into remission had a higher IQ than those whose ADHD persisted. Dr Jonna Kuntsi, who conducted the study said: “Our study reveals important differences in brain activity and cognitive performance between individuals who grow out of their ADHD. These findings will guide the development of interventions for ADHD persisters.”

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Cyberattacks as Significant as Traditional Threats, Says Battleship Manufacturer

Newsweek 6th August 2015

The prospective manufacturer of the Royal Navy’s next generation of warships argues that cyberattacks pose an equally important threat to the more traditional threats, such as missiles and torpedoes. Professor, Tim Stevens, War Studies said: ‘Hypothetically, you could alter the navigation system of a guided missile so that it comes back and blows the boat up. There's no such thing as an entirely secure system so the designers of these new systems will have to take into account many, many such scenarios.’

With Iran’s Help, India Eludes China in Race for Gas Riches

Bloomberg Business 6th August 2015

Closer Iran-India ties would allow New Delhi’s leaders to secure cheaper energy imports to bolster economic growth and reduce the influence of both China and Pakistan in the region. Professor Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies said: ‘Pakistan has essentially had a stranglehold over India’s policy in the region and India wanted to break that. Now, that constraint has been removed.’

Cyberattacks as significant as traditional threats, says battleship manufacturer

Newsweek 6th August 2015

BAE systems, the company negotiating with the Ministry of Defence to manufacture new warships, have said that cyberattacks pose a threat to the vessels. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, explained that: ‘Hypothetically, you could alter the navigation system of a guided missile so that it comes back and blows the boat up…There's no such thing as an entirely secure system.’

Inside Shells’ extreme plan to drill for oil in the Arctic

Bloomberg Business 5th August 2015

Shell, the Global oil company, announced plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, something that Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King’s, considers to be a ‘dangerous wager.’ He explained: ‘Given the environmental and regulatory risks in the Arctic and the cost of producing in that difficult setting, assuming they ever get to producing, Shell must anticipate an enormous find—and future oil prices much higher than they are today.’

Britain charges Anjem Choudary, radical preacher, with aiding ISIS

International New York Times 5th August 2015

British authorities have charged Anjem Choudary with inciting support for the terrorist group Islamic State. Commenting on the radical preacher, Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) said: ‘a network exists around him from which a number of people have joined the Islamic State.’ Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, also commented on the arrest for Washington Post and PBS. ‘He’s always been very careful to say that he wasn’t the one actually encouraging them or directly bringing them into these plots. But it is widely felt that he played an important role in radicalising them,’ he said.

Supercomputer race heats up as China bans exports of high-performance machines

Newsweek 4th August 2015

China announced that it was reducing exports of supercomputers and high performance drones, citing unspecified national security concerns as the reason for restrictions. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, explained the rise of supercomputing: ‘Traditionally, a lot of supercomputing has grown out of the nuclear industry. Once there was a moratorium on nuclear testing, you had to find some other way of doing it,’ he said.

Several recent university studies suggest that electronic cigarettes may be an effective aid to quitting smoking

Bloomberg Business 4th August 2015

Research conducted at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) found that the most common reasons for using e-cigarettes are to stop smoking completely and to reduce smoking. Professor Ann McNeill, IoPPN, said: ‘Most smokers want to stop but are struggling. If you are using an e-cigarette, use it more frequently and stop smoking cigarettes as fast as you can. If cigarettes don't work, try something else.’

Where’s the scientific research into how sexual orientation develops in women?

Slate 3rd August 2015

The article discusses the lack of scientific insight into sexual orientation of women, and refers to research carried out by Qazi Rahman and Andrea Burri of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), exploring the genetics of women's sexual orientation. By comparing patterns of orientation and sexual behavior in identical and fraternal twins, they determined that differences in genes must explain some (but not most) of how orientation develops in women. The exact genes—and the other, more important factors—are still a mystery.

Beach bugs: Illnesses often follow offshore swims

Wall Street Journal 3rd August 2015

Research conducted at King’s and published in the International Journal of Cancer found that a high mole count may reduce the chances of dying from malignant melanoma. The study found that of those melanoma patients with a high mole count, 91.2% survived for five years compare with 86.4% with a low count.

Soft robots

Al Jazeera 3rd August 2015

Dr Matthew Howard, Informatics, discussed research conducted in the informatics department at King’s, specifically looking at the development of ‘soft robots.’ ‘A soft robot is inherently safe…what we’d like is to make systems that humans can collaborate with,’ he said. They further discussed technology developed at King’s, which has been designed to make robotic surgery safer. More on this can be found at the link here.

Ice bucket challenge: What's happened since?

BBC 2nd August 2015

Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on research that analyses the genomes of 15,000 people with MND, which has been accelerated by funding from the ice bucket challenge. He adds that there is a danger the public might think these diseases don't need any more money - and yet the opposite is true: "We need a continuous ice bucket."

Equal terms of engagement

Telegraph India 1st August 2015

Pakistan-based terrorists were suspected to be behind a recent attack in Punjab, India. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said the attacks have stalled negotiations between the two countries. ‘This takes India-Pakistan ties right to where they have been for a long time - in a state of suspended animation,’ he said. Also reported in Deccan Herald.

India, Pakistan and the 1971 War POWs

Diplomat 1st August 2015

The Indian government has come under pressure to lobby Pakistan for the release of 54 missing prisoners of war, held since 1971. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussed how this could be an opportunity for reconciliation between the two states. ‘The PoWs case probably won’t change realities on the ground too much, but it could change public perceptions of the talks and help build confidence,’ he said.

Can IS grow in India? What Mullah Omars death means

NDTV 30th July 2015

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, discussed the reported death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, which he argues could open possibilities for Islamic State. ‘If Omar is no more, hundreds and thousands of Taliban foot soldiers will no longer feel compelled to adhere to the diktats of political agents thought to have been close him. These soldiers will look for new master,’ he said.

Invisibility cloaks and four more scientific wonders that could soon turn to reality

Economic Times India 29th July 2015

Technological developments are swiftly making fantasy items a reality. Dr Mark Miodownik, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, commented on the discovery of graphene, the thinnest material known to mankind. It was discovered he said, by ‘mucking about in a lab.’

Very premature or underweight babies at risk of being neurotic adults – study

Guardian 28th July 2015

Dr Chiara Nosarti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on a new study which found that children born very prematurely are at greater risk of growing up to become introverted, neurotic and risk-averse adults. Dr Nosarti said: ‘This is an important study which provides convincing evidence that events that occur early in development contribute to specific aspects of personality.’

Russian officer arrested in Ukraine

Al Jazeera 27th July 2015

Ukraine state border guards claimed to have arrested a Russian officer found to be driving a truck filled with weapons. Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, commented on the incident. ‘In a way it’s a minor incident because this truck was going to the southern part of Ukraine, and it deviated, without knowing, into the Ukrainian side. It was a mistake rather than an attempt to provoke in any way. It does however confirm what we already knew; a covert Russian military presence,’ she said.

Fighting extremism

NPR 27th July 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a programme to counter extremism, including greater integration of schools and public housing. Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: ‘He was putting a lot of emphasis on ideology, countering the narrative of violent extremists. He was also emphasising that this would also include non-violent extremists…who he believes are providing the mood music that allows these people to thrive.’

How to deal with adversity

NPR 27th July 2015

In an interview discussing his latest book ‘How to Deal with Adversity’, Dr Christopher Hamilton, Theology & Religious Studies, looked at why adversity exists, commenting that: ‘Adversity is inevitable.’

It’s time to reboot our relationship with Russia and Iran’s Neighbours

Newsweek 27th July 2015

Despite the economic benefits of relaxed sanctions in Iran, neighbouring countries in the South Caucasus are still affected by deep-rooted economic, political and social problems. Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Ambassador Denis Corboy, War Studies, said: ‘The prospect of intense contacts ahead with Iran, and challenges from a more assertive Russia, should cause the West to reshape and re-energize its South Caucasus strategy.’

A terrorism case in Britain ends in acquittal, but no one can say why I

International New York Times 25th July 2015

A reporter for the Guardian has been restricted from reporting potentially sensitive information on the recent acquittal of a British student, arrested on terrorism charges. Dr Cian Murphy, Law, questioned this decision. ‘How is the public to evaluate the state’s actions if the media cannot report on it?’ he said.

Genes influence academic ability across all subjects, latest study shows

Guardian 24th July 2015

Many of the same genes may affect exam results across various school subjects, according to a new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Kaili Rimfeld from the IoPPN said: ‘Our findings suggest that many of the same genes influence achievement across a broad range of disciplines, moving beyond core subjects such as English and maths to include humanities, business, art and languages. For the first time, we found that these general genetic effects on academic achievement remained even when the effects of general intelligence were removed.’ Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and The Conversation.

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Harmful drinking among middle-class over-50s

BBC Radio 4 24th July 2015

Dr Sally Marlow, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), was interviewed about a report which suggests that people over 50 who are healthy, active, sociable and highly educated are more at risk of harmful drinking than their less well-off peers. She said this reflects findings which indicate that the more disposable income people have, the more they spend on alcohol and the more they consume (interview starts at 02.42.55). Dr Marlow was also interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio London and Sky News.

Alzheimer's Disease Could Have A Drug-Free And Effective Treatment Via Table Tennis

Huffington Post 24th July 2015

Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is exploring the effects table tennis may have on a person with dementia.

Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight

Guardian 23rd July 2015

Children as young as eight can experience dissatisfaction with the size and shape of their body that puts them at risk of eating disorders in their teens, according to a major study which for the first time reveals how early anxieties about body image set in. The research was conducted by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Harvard. Also reported by Mail Online and Independent.

Why do people drink at the airport?

BBC London 94.9 23rd July 2015

Dr Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), comments on why holidaymakers drink at the airport.

India’s trouble with Pakistan

Wall Street Journal 23rd July 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has commented on the temperamental relationship between India and Pakistan following a recent meeting between the two states. Professor Pant said: ‘Unlike its predecessors, the Modi government seemed to have recognised from the very beginning that a quest for durable peace with Pakistan is a nonstarter. All that matters is the management of a neighbour that is viewed more as a nuisance.’

Russia uses MH17 crash for propaganda

Wall Street Journal 23rd July 2015

Following the Cold War, it was thought that free access to information would align the West and Russia, and ‘propel the world toward common beliefs’. However as conspiracy theories continue to emerge from Russian media on who was to blame for the MH17 crash in 2014, Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, argues that such common beliefs are ‘not quite true…there’s a whole reassessment going on now about what to do about it,’ he said.

Medically unexplained symptoms

BBC Radio 4 21st July 2015

Professor Rona Moss-Morris from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), was interviewed about medically unexplained symptoms, sometimes known as MUS. She said the NHS fails patients and much needs to change, including the name, MUS.

Stephen Hawking teams up with Russian Billionaire for $100 million alien search

Newsweek 21st July 2015

Stephen Hawking has teamed up with Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner, to head a $100 million project to search for extra-terrestrial life. Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, Physics, commented on the importance of the project: ‘If the human race did discover intelligent life out there, it would change everything about how life on Earth would go ahead. It would change our own perspective on ourselves and on each other and it would change the way that we view ourselves in the universe,’ he said.

She was a quiet commercial lawyer. Then China turned on her

Washington Post 19th July 2015

More than 100 lawyers in China have been detained as part of a raid across the country, which according to officials aimed to ‘smash a major criminal gang that was disturbing social order.’ Dr Eva Pils, Law, described one of those arrested, Wang Yu. ‘When she came out [of prison] she quickly became a part of this movement and really threw herself into it.’ Also reported in Guardian, South China Morning Post and Yahoo

The Greek dilemma

Telegraph India 18th July 2015

A Greek exit from the Eurozone was prevented following a decision by leaders to offer the country a third financial bailout. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said recent developments have left ‘many Greeks humiliated, with many…using the word, “surrender” to describe Greek government's response.’

Low chance of recovering normal body weight

BBC News 17th July 2015

The chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women, increasing to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women with severe obesity, according to a study of UK health records led by King’s. The findings suggest that current weight management programmes focused on dieting and exercise are not effective in tackling obesity at population level. Dr Alison Fildes, Division of Health and Social Care Research, said: ‘Losing 5 to 10 per cent of your body weight has been shown to have meaningful health benefits and is often recommended as a weight loss target. These findings highlight how difficult it is for people with obesity to achieve and maintain even small amounts of weight loss.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail, Independent, Times and Sun.

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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A Caro, book review

Independent 17th July 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, writes a review of the Pulitzer prize-winning biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker, originally published in 1974, and now published in Britain for the first time. Professor Bogdanor said: 'If you give someone the power to do good, you also give them the power to do evil. That is the dilemma of democratic government. Great results can be achieved only by those with power; but those with power are all too likely to misuse it.'

Should we genetically screen four-year-olds?

Guardian 17th July 2015

Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), is interviewed about the role genetics play in children's academic success.

Why it's okay to eat mouldy cheese

Daily Express 16th July 2015

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, writes for the Express and discusses the issue of wasted food. He states that we should ignore supermarket use by dates. He said: 'There are obviously things to steer clear of, particularly when it comes to raw meat such as mass-produced chicken where salmonella or campylobacter can take over and potentially cause stomach infections but When foods from supermarkets age they may lose taste and structure and their microbe composition may change but they are not harmful.'

Defence chiefs warn of Russian cyber attacks on the City - Telegraph

Telegraph 16th July 2015

Top defence chiefs fear banks and finance firms across the UK and US could become targets of Russian hackers if relations between Moscow and the West worsen. Former GCHQ director Professor Sir David Omand, War Studies, told an audience at the London Stock Exchange that state-led attacks on banks are an increasing threat. He said the background to any attacks may already be in place, waiting for an event to cause the hackers to pull the trigger: 'That is exactly the kind of action governments really don't want to have to deal with as they try to navigate some future crisis involving issues of peace and war.'

Can higher education’s golden age of plenty continue?

Times Higher Education 16th July 2015

Professor Alison Wolf, Management, argues that funding is at risk now that universities may recruit as many students as they want: 'Universities will expand their intakes rapidly. The academic record of new entrants will be lower. As participation rates rise higher, the average salaries of graduates will fall and so will loan repayments.'

Stem cell breakthrough may prevent the need for three parent babies

Daily Telegraph 16th July 2015

There may no longer be a need for three parent babies after scientists discovered a potential cure of mitochondrial diseases. Dr Dusko Illic, Women's Health, added that the study in questions was 'beautifully executed' and could allow mothers at risk of passing on such conditions to repair their eggs. This was also reported by the Independent.

Scholarship on the front line: life in Iraq and interviewing IS

Times Higher Education 16th July 2015

Dr Victoria Fontan, War Studies, has borne witness to Iraq’s unfolding tragedy. Here she discusses encounters with Islamic State and US troops and her fears for the country’s future and what drives a researcher to eschew the comforts of Western society for a life on the front line:'I feel that if I can show the humanity of the people, if I can show them to others the way I see them, maybe I am contributing to a normalisation of relations.'

Brexit: the perks and pitfalls for higher education

Times Higher Education 16th July 2015

After Tory victory in the general election, an EU exit could become reality. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, says that there are 'all sorts of good reasons for staying in the EU – but preserving university teaching and university research money cannot be one of the most important ones.' The UK 'pays a great deal out for research, we get maybe slightly more back in return but not much, there are lots of administrative overheads', she argues of EU funding. And she adds: 'If we’re no longer paying into the EU research fund, it beggars belief that it won’t get paid into a British research fund.'

Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict, by Jennie Bristow

Times Higher Education 16th July 2015

A book review by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Policy Institute, of Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict, by Jennie Bristow says that: 'What makes Mannheim’s work in this area so great is precisely the way he links the most natural facts – human mortality and reproduction – with an account of cultural attitudes. That is sociology at its best. The arguments presented in Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict, in contrast, are wrong-headed in their attempt to detach cultural shifts from demographic and social change.'

One year later, MH17 downing still impacts Ukraine crisis

Voice of America 16th July 2015

A year has passed since the Malaysian passenger jet, MH17, was shot down over Ukraine, allegedly by Russian-backed separatists. Considering the impact the crash had on the Ukraine conflict, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, said: ‘I believe that it was an important turning point, because it rallied all Europeans behind an escalation of the sanctions.’

Is Japan’s military heading for a fight?

Voice of America 16th July 2015

Protestors in Japan fear that their 70-year-old pacifist constitution is under threat, following proposed plans to expand the role of the Japanese military. Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, said: ‘From a security perspective, these reforms are long over-due. If you look at the content of the bills, the changes are relatively minor.’

Qatar crowned best government in world (and not just by Sepp Blatter)

Independent 15th July 2015

It is an autocracy where women are discriminated against, migrant workers are exploited and free speech is curtailed. But according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Qatar is a model of efficient government. Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, said the country’s strong showing in the table was 'hard to fathom' even if its questionable human rights record was set aside: 'I don’t know what they were trying to measure, but in no meaningful sense have they derived a sensible conclusion that Qatar is the most efficient government in the world. I don’t care how solid their methodology is, most people who work in Qatar would not recognise this study’s findings.'

Gulf countries skeptical About Iran nuclear deal

Voice of America 15th July 2015

Arab countries, mainly those in the Persian Gulf, have raised concerns over the recent Iran deal, which saw allowances made for it to possess nuclear capabilities. Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, said: ‘This deal implicitly recognizes and legitimizes illicit behaviour on the part of Iran for the past 12 years…I think others will be watching this carefully.’

Mitochondrial disease research makes progress

Huffington Post 15th July 2015

Scientists have made further developments in treatments for mitochondrial disease. However, Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, believes these could be prohibitively expensive. ‘The Nature study is beautiful work, but it may not be needed,’ he said. Also reported in Daily Telegraph

Peter Saunders sorts out confusion over ‘Epigenetics’

Huffington Post 15th July 2015

Emeritus Professor Peter Saunders, Mathematics, has suggested that confusion over the term ‘epigenetics’ is responsible for the concerns by ‘Neo-Darwinists’, over what they see as challenges to the theory of evolution. Professor Saunders, who authored a paper on epigenetics, said: ‘That wasn't what we meant by epigenetics, and it still isn't what we mean when we're talking about rethinking evolution.’

Found: gene that drives us to drink

The Times 14th July 2015

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), has identified a key gene associated with alcohol consumption in fruit flies and humans. It is hoped that the new findings could help with the development of targeted treatments aimed at tackling alcohol abuse and addiction.

Women dependent on cocaine or meth have less grey matter

New Scientist 14th July 2015

Dr Mitul Mehta, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), comments on the finding that women dependent on cocaine or methamphetamine appear to have less grey matter, even after they stop using them. Dr Mehta said longitudinal studies are necessary to untangle the causes and effects before any treatment decisions could be based on this research.

Pushy parents are the best parents and we need more of them

Telegraph 14th July 2015

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, has said that by sending their toddlers to state-run preschool nurseries, middle-class parents are 'colonising' nurseries, crowding out the children of poorer homes who would benefit more from a place. Professor Becky Francis, Department of Education and Professional Studies, argues that working class parents want their children to get on in life at least as much as their posher peers but just don’t have the same range of tools to help make that happen.

Vitamin Cease

Sun 14th July 2015

A piece by Kris Hallenga mentions that she and her twin sister are on the Twin Registry and King's. She also mentions that Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, has used twins to study the effects of microbes in our guts.

Treating bipolar disorder with virtual reality

Al Jazeera 14th July 2015

Researchers at the King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), have been using gaming technology to help improve treatments for those with mental health issues. Dr Lucia Valmaggia of the IoPPN, said: ‘We are trying to combine some of the new technologies available in the gaming industry… and one of the interesting new developments, is the use of virtual reality.’ Also reported by BBC World Service and Newsweek.

Strategic concerns impact Greek crisis

Voice of America 14th July 2015

Negotiations between Greek and other European leaders ensured that Greece remained in the EU and retained the common euro currency. Dr Aris Trantidis, Political Economy, considered what would have happened had Greek exited the EU. ‘That would have meant that the European Union is not an optimal currency union, something that economists have already stressed, but it’s also a very profoundly dysfunctional political project,’ he said.

CMA appoints standing counsel panel

Bloomberg Business 14th July 2015

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced a standing counsel panel, which includes David Bailey, Visiting Professor, Law.

The historic nuclear deal with Iran

BBC World Service 14th July 2015

International sanctions on Iran have been eased in exchange for limitations on the country’s nuclear program. Whether this will have an immediate effect on trade is doubtful, said Dina Esfandiary, War Studies. ‘Even if investments are driven by large multinationals, building the necessary infrastructure will take years,’ she said.

The US-UK divide on sex cases

BBC News 13th July 2015

Bill Cosby faces a string of allegations of sexual assault but cannot be prosecuted in the US because of the statute of limitations. In the UK there is no time limit in sexual abuse and other serious cases. What explains this difference?The notion dates as far back as ancient Greece, explains Professor Penney Lewis, Law. There are two main reasons behind it, she says. One is that there should be some finality, so that a person can move on with their life without the constant threat of prosecution hanging over their heads, Lewis says.

How diesel fumes give city dwellers old people's skin: Particles from engines make skin come out in blotches

Daily Mail 13th July 2015

Diesel fumes from cars in cities can seriously damage your skin, new research has found. Commenting on the study, Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘The possible impacts of pollutants (other than UV radiation and ozone) on skin have not been examined by enough investigators. I’m not aware of any appropriate studies that have been undertaken in a UK city.'

Exclusive: 'Grave concerns' for hard-won health visitor gains

Nursing Times 13th July 2015

Dame Sarah Cowley, Nursing and Midwifery, warns that it would be 'absolute madness' to allow public health spending cuts to hamper hard-won increases in the number of health visitors. Dame Sarah said: 'Two hundred million doesn’t sound much to the NHS, but when you look at the very much smaller budget for public health in local government then it’s a huge amount – something like a million pounds for each local authority.'

How support for a Chinese rights lawyer could have led to crackdown

Reuters 13th July 2015

A crackdown on human rights lawyers by Chinese authorities has resulted in the arrests of 101 lawyers and activists in the country. Dr Eva Pils, Law, commented on why this recent move is unprecedented. ‘Previously, it was much more covered, it was much less open, and the reason why people are saying this is a bit 'Cultural Revolution-style' is because it's so public,’ she said.

Devolution can only advance when basic rights are clear

Financial Times 12th July 2015

The welfare state was founded so benefits are distributed on need, not geography, writes Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History. Government and local authorities need to distinguish between powers that can be devolved from those that are the basis of our citizenship.

‘Ride the nerd wave’ to widen access to selective universities

Times Higher Education 11th July 2015

Children should have more positive ‘nerd’ role models, Dan Abramson, headteacher of King’s College London Mathematics School, told the audience at an educational conference hosted by King’s.

£2billion a year: Bosses' bill for apprentice levy

Daily Mail 11th July 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined plans for a new tax on the UK’s largest firms to fund three million apprenticeships. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, said: ‘If the Government is serious about having three million proper apprenticeships over the next five years it needs to be looking at having £3.5billion, not £1.5billion.’

Chinese authorities detain and denounce lawyers

New York Times 11th July 2015

At least five Chinese lawyers who specialise in human rights cases have been detained by police in Beijing, on accusations of running a criminal syndicate. Commenting on this attack on the movement of human rights defense lawyers, Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: ‘They see a need to delegitimize it, to officially declare the human rights lawyers enemies of the state.’

Will it help?

Deccan Herald 11th July 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, questions if the Indian Government will sustain interest in Central Asia, enabling them to establish a strategic profile in the region. ‘In a significant move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the five Central Asian countries this week…Modi’s decision underlines his government’s resolve to take these ties to a new level after years of neglect,’ he said.

Greece is flirting with Russia to make Europe jealous

Economic Times India 11th July 2015

Analysts have suggested that increased diplomatic relations between Greece and Russia may be part of tactical moves by both sides for short-term gains and long-term geo-strategic motivations. Dr Anna Matveeva, War Studies, said: ‘The recent Moscow-Athens dialogue has given a boost to Russia's soft power and made headlines across the world.’

Smoking 'may play schizophrenia role'

BBC News Online 10th July 2015

A new study by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) suggests that smoking tobacco is associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis. People who suffer from psychosis are three times more likely to smoke cigarettes than healthy controls, according to the meta-analysis published today in Lancet Psychiatry. Dr James MacCabe from the IoPPN said: ‘While it is always hard to determine the direction of causality, our findings indicate that smoking should be taken seriously as a possible risk factor for developing psychosis, and not dismissed simply as a consequence of the illness.’ This story was reported by BBC News Online, BBC Radio 4 Today (starts at 53.00), BBC Radio Five Live (starts at 03.20), BBC Radio 2, BBC London 94.9, BBC News Channel, LBC Radio, ITV News, Press Association, Associated Press, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sky News, Sun, Metro, Daily Mirror, BMJ, Guardian, Huffington Post, Reuters, Wired, Yahoo News, National Public Radio (US), Fox News (US), International Business Times, ABC News, Irish Times, O Globo (Brazil), Deccan Chronicle (India), Ani News (India), Zee News (India), Jakarta Post, RT (Russia), Australian, New Zealand Herald and Japan Times.

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Angry EU leaders lash out at Greece, eyeing endgame

AFP 10th July 2015

Criticism of Greece by EU leaders may be part of a strategy to manage public opinion prior to the end of the crisis. Dr Pablo Calderón Martínez, European & International Studies, said European leaders may be trying to pre-empt the fallout from the final resolution of the crisis. ‘Everybody seems to be trying to cover themselves from any kind of exposure...We're already playing the blame game, basically,’ he said. Reported in Economic Times of India

Antidepressants sweeping the nation

Mail Online 10th July 2015

Public attitudes towards mental illness and levels of healthcare spending may explain the huge variation in antidepressant use across Europe, according to a new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.

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Forming a habit that's hard to break makes exercise automatic, experts say

Daily Mail 10th July 2015

A study has found that the trick to regular exercising is to develop cues that make going to the gym or going for a run automatic actions. As part of the study, Dr Phillips and her colleague Dr Benjamin Gardner, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, asked 118 healthy adults to rate the strength of their instigation and execution habit. Approximately 25 per cent of participants were overweight or obese. Around 5 per cent reported not exercising, while nearly 50 per cent said they had regularly exercised longer than 12 months. The study found execution habit had no effect on exercise frequency, after controlling for instigation habit.

How big data has transformed research

Guardian 10th July 2015

The Guardian speaks to the academics behind four inspiring projects to see how big data is being used to develop and enhance research. Tobias Blanke, Digital Humanities, describes his project: 'he growing use of mobile and digital devices has led to a massive increase in the amount of data each of us generates, but until now, access to mobile data has been restricted to just a handful of companies and government agencies. And for this reason, we have little knowledge about the kinds of data that our mobile phones collect and transmit. The project – Our Data, Ourselves (ODO) – aims to reverse this. It makes the data and how it’s transmitted visible in order to develop new modes of citizen engagement, as well as new avenues for research and creativity.'

Granny gets down with the kids by copying teen slang

Evening Standard 10th July 2015

Tony Thorne, Language Consultant at the English Language Centre, says that teens are constantly inventing new slang terms and their parents and grandparents are catching on so quickly to their new language. He said that people in their 70s make their grandchildren 'cringe' by coining terms such as 'totes' and 'adorbs'.

New guidelines for FGM

BBC Two 10th July 2015

According to an estimate, 130,000 women living in Britain have been subjected to FGM, another 60,000 are at risk. New guidelines say that any healthcare professional who suspects FGM in a girl under 18 will have to report it to police. Professor Janice Rymer, Medical Education, comments on her experience: 'What we've been seeing for the last 20 years is that women who've had FGM done come to the country and want this reversed so that they can have intercourse and successful vaginal births.'

Researchers test virus to reverse forms of genetic deafness

BBC Brazil 9th July 2015

Research claims to have reversed some types of deafness in guinea pigs using a virus that can correct the genetic problem and restore some hearing. Professor Karen Steel, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented on the research. ‘I think this research is a very exciting advance in our understanding of what can be achieved using gene transfer…to reduce the impact of harmful mutations,’ she said. Also reported in Folha

An IS Secret to Success: Shock Troops Who Fight to the Death

New York Times 8th July 2015

An elite group of Islamic State troops, known as ‘Inghemasiyoun’, are credited with many of the group’s battlefield successes due to their ‘fight to the death’ tactics. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, said: ‘IS local commanders receive overall orders on strategy but are given freedom to operate as they see fit to achieve them.’ Also reported in Huffington Post, Time, Fox news, Daily Mail, The Indian Express, and the Economic Times of India

Ageing rates vary widely, says study

BBC News 7th July 2015

A study which focuses on people born within a year of each other has discovered a significant difference in the speed at which their bodies age. Dr Andrea Danese, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: ‘This is the first step to detect factors that influence the rate of ageing, and very early prevention (of diseases) may be one of the things we will be able to measure better.’ Also reported by Daily Telegraph

'Rambo' protein limits development of heart failure

Times of India 7th July 2015

New research by King’s College London has found that a protein which had been previously thought to cause death may, in fact, protect against heart failure. Professor Kinya Otsu, Cardiovascular Division, said: ‘The discovery of the Rambo protein's importance in protecting cells represents a step forward in understanding of disease processes at the cellular level.’

Doping in sports

BBC Radio 4 7th July 2015

Professor David Cowan, Drug Control Centre, has been advising officials in Japan, South Korea and Brazil on how to catch dopers at their upcoming olympics. Professor Cowan says that scientific methods available to his team allows them to detect most banned substances.

The new robot receptionist at the Strand campus

Independent 6th July 2015

Following a recent competition to design the face of the new robot receptionist for the Strand campus, a feature piece in the Independentexplores the new trend for creating robots that look more human. The piece is based around the work of the Centre for Robotics Research, which is developing a robot receptionist for the Strand Campus, among other robotics projects. Kinba (the new receptionist), however, is not as human as some. Dr Matthew Howard, Informatics, describes the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in which more lifelike robots make humans feel uncomfortable, however he says: ‘If you can make a humanoid robotic system that is very lifelike, then you start to increase your affinity again.’

London bombings after 10 years

O Globo (Brazil) 6th July 2015

On the 10th anniversary, the UK played tribute to those killed in the London terror attacks on 7 July 2005. Dr Hugo Rosemont, War Studies, said that the attacks ‘changed the whole outlook for the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy.’ Also reported by AFP, Le Figaro and Gulf News

Facing the Fats

The Sunday Times 5th July 2015

It has been suggested that coconut oil can aid weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease. However experts dispute this common assumption. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Coconut oil raises blood cholesterol more than most oils. I would never recommend it as health supplement or everyday cooking oil.’

British Muslims Integration

Sky News 5th July 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed by Sky News on the topic of the integration of British Muslims in society. He said: 'There are a number of Muslims who don’t feel integrated here despite being British citizens – we’ve seen that with the huge number of people who’ve left the UK to join Islamic State. If you look at the Prevent strategy and the idea of trying to bring British Muslims in to the state and make them feel more secure, confident and integrated in their role and position in society, we’ve got it wrong'

Dina Asher-Smith: 'It’s weird I’m in the world top 20 for 100m and 200m'

Guardian 4th July 2015

Dina Asher-Smith, undergraduate student, History, broke the British 100m record in May to become the world junior 100m champion. Commenting on balancing her studies with competing she said: ‘I found it quite stressful at first because not only did I have to make the transition from A-levels, but my training load also went up too.’ Also reported by Daily Mail, London Evening Standard Online

Don’t swallow myths about juicing, experts warn

The Times 4th July 2015

According to experts, juicing poses an unseen threat to the public health. A glass of fruit juice can contain well above the daily recommended intake of sugar, with the potential to cause type 2 diabetes. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Obesity is the reason for the increase in type 2 diabetes and it is affecting mainly people in their late fifties and sixties. The juice consuming population tends to be a younger age group.’

Antibody wipeout relives chronic fatigue

New Scienstist 4th July 2015

Results of a recent study about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) showed that a drug usually used to treat the blood cancer lymphoma or rheumatoid arthritis can treat the condition. Professor Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: ‘The belief that CFS is all in the mind has been around since the beginning. It’s tragic that it might take a study like this to take sufferers seriously.’

Islamic State's aim

BBC News Channel 4th July 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on the family of 12 from Luton who left Britain for Syria, following their statement: 'They've invited all Muslims to come and join them. They say 'we are a caliphate, we are here for all Muslims around the world'. For them, that is the real aim of their project.'

Caring for the old is everyone’s problem

Independent 3rd July 2015

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, highlights that the loneliness endured by about 900,000 old people does not only affect the body but also the mind. He encourages more Westerners to follow China’s ‘elderly rights law’, which punishes relatives who neglect their senior relatives. Professor Anthea Tinker, Gerontology, warned that this may not be a solution. ‘Even in the past we don’t know how much of it was what people chose, and how much was enforced,’ she said.

Murder, drug cartels and misery counter Argentina’s claims of falling poverty

Guardian 3rd July 2015

Although crime, poverty and unemployment rates have increased in Argentina, some analysts claim that there has been progress in tackling poverty and crime. Dr Paul Segal, King’s International Development Institute, said: ‘Many people have seen their living standards rise, unemployment is low and average wages have risen faster than prices during tenure.’

Official figures confirm health visitor target missed

Nursing Times 2nd July 2015

Latest figures confirm that the government missed its target to recruit an extra 4,200 health visitors by the end of March, though community nurse leaders have hailed the rise in staff numbers. Dame Sarah Cowley, Nursing and Midwifery, said: ‘The government missed their target of 4,200 health visitors, but only just – still an increase of 49.2% overall. It is a great achievement, but disappointing that the big cities – London, Birmingham, Manchester – are where there are still big gaps.’

Avoid another sticky night of insomnia by licking your wrists and freezing your sheets

Daily Express 1st July 2015

As the hot weather continues, Dr Lindsay Edwards, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, explains the science behind why freezing your bed sheets may help you get a better night sleep in the heat. He said: ‘As it dries, the water evaporates, taking with it any moisture on your skin. But once the sheets are dry, it will make no difference.’

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, Britian's oldest Jewish cultural organisation, celebrates centenary

Evening Standard 1st July 2015

Britain’s oldest Jewish cultural organisation is celebrating its centenary with a blockbuster show of art that reflects the social and art history of the 20th century. Out of Chaos - Ben Uri: 100 Years in London, presented in association with the Cultural Institute at King’s College, London, is at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, from 02 July.

HRH The Princess Royal opens one of the world's leading neuroscience institutes

Daily Telegraph 30th June 2015

HRH The Princess Royal opened the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s College London, one of the leading centres for neuroscience research in the world. HRH The Princess Royal met scientists who are undertaking ground breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy and stroke. This was reported by the Daily Telegraph.

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Medical Miscellany

Daily Mail 30th June 2015

A new study has found that people may inherit back problems. The piece mentions a 2012 study which found that a gene called PARK2 is likely to cause back pain due to degenerative spinal discs.

Here's to you Mr Robinson

Daily Express 30th June 2015

An article exploring the life of Matthias Archibald Robinson, in light of Robinson’s link with Wimbledon, mentions that Mr Robinson was also one of the founding subscribers at King’s. Robinson set up his own grocer’s business with his father. Throughout his success he served on a school’s charity board and was also supported by the King.

Napolean the Great

BBC Radio 4 Feedback 30th June 2015

Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies, was interviewed about his new book ‘Napoleon the Great.’ Professor Roberts said: ‘He was not Adolf Hitler, he was a much more enlightened figure. He wasn’t the warmonger he was made out to be, I’m just begging people to look again'.

UK researchers exploring possibility of longer-range wireless charging for robots

Xinhua 30th June 2015

A team of researchers from UK universities are exploring the possibility of longer-range wireless charging for robots and other digital devices. King’s is mentioned due to its involvement in the project.

Pilot scheme Freed to treat eating disorders

BBC Radio 4 29th June 2015

At 10.09.36, Ulrike Schmidt, professor of Eating Disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the first episode and rapid early intervention for eating disorders (Freed) trial, and reasons why early treatment from health services doesn't always happen.

Cameron reins in ministers as he aims to capitalise on poll win

Financial Times 29th June 2015

Downing Street has put ministers and civil servants on a tight rein since the general election as David Cameron seeks to capitalise on his election victory. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: ‘The problem for the Conservatives since Thatcher has been how to combine competitive capitalism with social responsibility. Cameron would very much like to resolve this problem.’

Taylor Swift in Hyde Park

BBC News 29th June 2015

Taylor Swift recently performed on stage at London’s Hyde Park and mentioned her first UK show which was sold out and took place at King’s.

Schools shut under a cloud of diesel

Sunday Times 28th June 2015

Two schools in South Yorkshire became the first in Britain to be shut because of air pollution.In London alone, more than 1,100 schools lie within 150 yards of major roads. A few of these have air quality monitors, installed by the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London as part of its air quality network and these confirm there is cause for concern.

Microdosing is seen as golden ticket for dopers wanting to trick the testers

Daily Mail 28th June 2015

In a piece looking at micro-dosing, a new method of doping which is thought not to be picked up on by traditional testing, Professor David Cowan, Director of the Drug Control Centre, says he remains confident that they will eventually catch microdosers: ‘It’s really tricky to do it reliably. What we’re doing is holding samples back and then doing a batch test that is more cost-effective and making use of intelligence where there is suspicion. That’s not to be complacent; we’re working on loads of new tools.’

Women scientists selected for career advancement scheme

Times Higher Education 28th June 2015

Dr Alexandra Santos, Department of Paediatric Allergy, has been selected to take part in a programme to help more women achieve senior research positions. Those chosen to take part in the inaugural SUSTAIN programme, run by the Academy of Medical Sciences, will take part in a year-long programme of training, mentoring and peer networking around research.

World Cup woes add to Qatar Business Jitters

Financial Times 28th June 2015

The Al-Wakran Stadium in Qatar is under construction for the World Cup, which will be taking place in 2022. The corruption scandal in Qatar has the World Cup under threat and may affect the stadium as causing a fall in oil prices. Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, said: ‘The depth of the cuts suggests that [Sheikh] Tamim and his prime minister are highly concerned about a chasm opening up in their future budgets if they don’t act now.’

Brain under siege

New Scientist 27th June 2015

This article outlines research carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) exploring the link between depression and inflammation, an immune response designed to keep us safe when we are sick. Studies have found that a third of people with depression have higher than normal levels of inflammatory cytokines in the blood. Professor Carmine Pariante comments: ‘Before, you’d only get stressed if you had a lion chasing you or if you were starving and had to hunt. Now we get stressed because of traffic or because our boss shouts at us. None of these wounds us physically, so we don’t need inflammation. But it’s still there, working away on our brain.’

The tech start up revolution

Metro 26th June 2015

The rise in start-ups is increasingly being seen in other UK and European cities. Dr Paolo Gerbaudo, Digital Humanities, commented on the trend. ‘There are major challenges for the digital economy in London due to the rent situation. That makes it very hard to develop viable enterprises,’ he said.

The right way to deal with Iran's nuclear past

Guardian 26th June 2015

A guest blog co-written by Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, states that: ‘In order for a comprehensive nuclear deal to be reached and effectively implemented, Iran’s security concerns must be understood and considered. By ignoring them, negotiators would shoot themselves in the foot. A final, lasting agreement can only be reached and implemented if Iran walks away feeling like its national security and dignity will remain intact.’

Alcohol effects on health

BBC Radio 5 Live 26th June 2015

Dr Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the negative effects of alcohol, which become worse over time, often due to increased tolerance levels, and what it is to be dependent on alcohol.

Terror attacks

CNN 26th June 2015

Dr Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on suspected terror attacks in France, which left one man dead and others injured. Dr Hitchens said: ‘This is not the first time you see tourists being targeted in the Middle East… One of the main things you achieve when you hit tourist industries in countries like this that really depend upon tourism is that you are hitting the economy.’ Also reported on BBC News Online

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

LA Times 26th June 2015

At least 39 tourists were killed at a Tunisian resort after two gunmen opened fire on a beach, one of three attacks on the same day following a call for violence by Islamic State extremists. Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, said of the attacks: ‘The terrorists are attacking Tunisia's reputation. Not just as a safe and welcoming destination for Western holidaymakers but as the one real success story to emerge out of the Arab Spring.’ His comments were reported in the LA Times, The Indian Express and Dr Hill was interviewed by Sky News. Dr Alexander Meleagrou - Hitchens, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation,was quoted in the New York Timesand Fox news. ‘We have people relaxing on the beach on their holidays being murdered – that is not going to help the attempts by the Tunisian tourist industry to get people to come to the country,’ he said. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was also interviewed by BBC London.

Women's role in the care sector

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour 26th June 2015

Dr Shareen Hussein, The Policy Institute, comments as part of a feature on the predominant role of women in the care sector. She discusses the fact that people are paid less than the minimum wage as travel time and preparation are not accounted for when calculating hours worked. She said: ‘It’s a very straining job and people take that home and we’re not recognising that.’ (Interview at 21.25 mins)

Syriza fault lines exposed on 'barbaric' EU demands

Guardian 25th June 2015

In a piece exploring the European Union demands to Greece, Dr Stathis Kouvelakis, French, said: ‘The only way to keep Syriza united is to avoid capitulation’ and that creditors clearly wanted to ‘break the party politically.’

David Cameron’s legacy depends on making Big Society work

Independent 25th June 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, asked how the government intends to restore values of community and trust in Britain, when Conservative free enterprise ethics seems to brush them aside. In the opinion piece, Professor Bogdanor states: ‘Cameron has always been underestimated. When he stood for the leadership in 2005, he was seen as an outsider with little chance. Ten years later, he is potentially master of all he surveys.’

The art of forgery: The minds, motives and methods of master forgers, by Noah Charney

Times Higher Education 25th June 2015

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, reviews a new book by Noah Charney. ‘Soundbites apart, Charney’s book is at its best when it considers the greyer, more nuanced aspects of the crime – including the role played by certain parts of the art world itself. Not every dimension of forgery is such delightful fun,’ he said.

Queens’ European speech in Berlin

Sky News 25th June 2015

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed by Sky News on the topic of the Queen’s European speech in Berlin. He said: ‘The Queen doesn’t get involved in matters of party political controversy. This issue is a matter of extreme controversy.’

Road traffic noise can reduce life expectancy

Times of India 25th June 2015

Research led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with Imperial College London and King's College London found that long-term exposure to road traffic noise may lead to an increased number of heart strokes and deaths.

Cameron steps up EU renegotiation as U.K. business says stay

Bloomberg 25th June 2015

David Cameron arrived in Brussels for a summit, where he will attempt further renegotiation around British membership in the European Union. Professor Anand Menon, European & International studies, commented on the meeting: ‘Whatever Cameron gets, he’s going to come back and say he’s achieved what he wanted.’ Also reported in Washington Post

Myanmar operation a step to bring back credibility

New Indian Express 25th June 2015

Following attacks by tribal guerrillas in Manipur, the Indian Army responded five days later with strikes on rebel camps inside Myanmar. Commenting on the attack, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘The speed with which this attack was carried out after the initial terror attacks was not only unprecedented but also demonstrates a new level of confidence in the political authorities in wielding the military instrument of coercion.’

Fighting Islamic State

BBC World News 25th June 2015

ISIS militants disguised as Kurdish security forces infiltrated a Syrian town and launched an attack on civilians. Commenting on the attack, Dr Jill Sargent Russell, War Studies, said: ‘It is likely a vague propaganda effort in support of the video they have just put out. If they have a spectacular military attack somewhere then that drives people to check them out online.’

Further Education may ‘vanish into history’ according to new report

Financial Times 24th June 2015

The education funding system is destroying economically vital post-19 education, according to a new report published today by respected academic Baroness Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King's College London. Heading for the precipice: can further and higher education funding policies be sustained?, published by the Policy Institute at King’s College, London, illustrates how the structure of education funding is squeezing further education - classified as adult education at all levels, but taught in a non-university environment - at such a rate it may ‘vanish into history’. This was reported by Financial Times, Times Higher Education, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Guardian, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Today.

Traffic free days on Regent Street cut pollution by 75%

Evening Standard 24th June 2015

A series of road closures next month will slash the levels of harmful gas breathed in by shoppers and workers by up to three quarters, reports suggest. A study by Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, found that the day long absence of vehicles cuts pollution levels to those that can be found in the capital’s parks.

Moving pictures may have been invented in Leeds

BBC Radio 4 Today 24th June 2015

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, comments on claims that the first film was shot in Leeds in 1888 by Louis Le Prince. Dr Howells said: ‘As an academic I would say Louis Le Prince invented moving pictures but, of course, it depends what you mean by invented. If you invent something and nobody hears about it, have you invented it?’ (01.46.00)

DNA’s third man

BBC Radio 4 Science Stories 24th June 2015

Professor Brian Sutton, Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, discussed the historical work at King’s on the structure of DNA.

The secret world of Isis brides

Guardian 24th June 2015

Western women who travel to Syria to join Islamic State are encouraged to do so by talking to extremists online, who promise a ‘utopian’ way of life. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence studies, explains that in joining the state, the women believe it’s possible to have a ‘perfect world’, and will become ‘perfect people.’ Also reported in NDTV

If Greece melts down, who really cares?

CNN 24th June 2015

Professor Anand Menon, European & International studies, considered the ramifications of a Greek exit from the European Union. ‘What is clear is that the political implications of a default and possible Euro exit would be huge and largely negative…such a scenario raises the possibility of a number of potentially harmful political outcomes both within Greece and further afield.’

Why we still care about the notorious pirate Captain Kidd

TIME 24th June 2015

Rebecca Simon, History, commented on why public fascination with piracy and buried treasure continues in media and popular culture. Ms Simon spoke of notorious pirate Captain William Kidd, whose long-lost treasure was recently reported to have been found. ‘The discovery of this loot proves that real pirates who were condemned and executed over 300 years ago are as interesting today as they have ever been,’ she said.

10 scientific reasons drinking beer is actually good for you

Metro 23rd June 2015

A new book, The Diet Myth by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research, claims that everything we know about losing weight is wrong – and that drinking Belgian beer is actually good for your gut bacteria, which can aid efficient digestion.

The case for capital controls in the UK?

Financial Times 23rd June 2015

Many Londoners wonder whether the influx of rich buyers has provided any benefit to less affluent residents. Research by Professor Chris Hamnett, Geography, is mentioned. Professor Hamnett studied the effect of foreign money on the city’s property market, likening it to a three-bowl fountain of the type often found in London parks. A jet of water fills the topmost and smallest bowl; overflow spills into the middle bowl and, eventually, into the bottom, largest bowl.

Britain struggles to stem flow of radicalised youth to Islamic State

Voice of America 23rd June 2015

Recent reports of Westerners travelling to fight for Islamic state were discussed by David Cameron at a security conference, where he said the Muslim community in Britain must do more to counter radical views. Joana Cook, War Studies, disagreed with this approach. ‘By a sweeping broad analysis like this, you risk alienating the law-abiding, peaceful citizens that are going to be your biggest allies,’ she said.


BBC World Service 23rd June 2015

Shells have been used as currency in West Africa since the 11th century, playing a significant role in the continent’s economic development. Dr Toby Green, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, said: ‘This was a monetised trade from a very early time…as the currency supply, and shell supply expanded, trade expanded. This was a process which was a big part of the economic relationship between West Africa and the World.’ Also reported on BBC Radio 4

Viagra does something very important: But it is unlikely to cause melanoma, researchers conclude

Bloomberg 23rd June 2015

An analysis of 20,000 medical records has shown that erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra, are not a cause of melanoma, despite the higher risk for the disease among users of these drugs. Hans Garmo, Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health, was credited for his involvement in the study.

This pita bread can hack your computer

Vice 23rd June 2015

A new portable devise for data hacking has been developed using a gadget designed to fit inside pitta bread. The gadget is called ‘Portable Instrument for Trace Acquisition.’ Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, commented on the technology. ‘It’s an interesting use of existing technology in a cheap and rough-and-ready way…I had no idea it was actually even possible,’ he said.

Here’s how to recognise and deal with adversity failures

Folha (Brazil) 23rd June 2015

The School of Life organisation, a social enterprise, has brought together a range of content in a collection of short books, including one by Dr Christopher Hamilton, Theology & Religious Studies, entitled ‘Dealing with Adversity’. In the book, Dr Hamilton looks at methods of recognising adversity as a ‘source of learning able to define our existence.’

Who is pioneering feminist foreign policy in Sweden, and who have they upset?

BBC World Service 23rd June 2015

The new Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, has placed gender equality at the center of her foreign policy strategy. Dr Magnus Ryner, European & International Studies, commented on the confrontations Wallström has subsequently faced with other countries, such as Saudi Arabia. ‘Sweden will face the classic dilemma. International relations versus national interest,’ he said. Also reported in O Globo

More women are reaching 100 but centenarian men are healthier

Mail Online 22nd June 2015

New research from King's has found that, whilst women are more likely to reach age 100, male centenarians suffer from less illness than their female counterparts. Researchers at King's College London studied 11,048 centenarians - 8,982 women and 2,102 men - reaching 100 between 1995 and 2013. This was also reported by Times, Telegraph, Xinhua and Business Standard.

Is the Queen the world's hardest-working monarch?

MailOnline 22nd June 2015

She may be 89 but the Queen has a social calender that would exhaust someone half her age. The past week, which saw the monarch carry out eight public appearances in just seven days, was proof enough. In this piece looking at the Monarch's public engagements, the launch of the George III Project in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle is mentioned. This is a collaboration with King's, of which Her Majesty is patron, to digitise the papers of King George III to make them available online.

Help us identify air pollution hotspots, Londoners urged

Evening Standard 22nd June 2015

Londoners are being invited to help create the most comprehensive picture of air pollution in the capital under a new project that aims to drive a shift to cleaner modes of transport. Entrepreneur Lord Drayson is working on the project with Professor Frank Kelly, head of the Environmental Research Group at King’s.

Crisis in Yemen

Al Jazeera 22nd June 2015

Following air strikes in Yemen, Saudi Arabian forces declared that they had achieved their military aims in the country. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the campaign. ‘Why did the Saudi’s go into war to begin with? They wanted to restore peace in Yemen, which is a very generic strategic goal. They also wanted to destroy ballistic missile capability,’ he said. Dr Krieg argued their aims had only been partially achieved.

Turkish heritage organisation deepens advisory board with global expertise

Reuters 22nd June 2015

The Turkish Heritage Organisation (THO) announced the expansion of its Advisory Board to include a number of experts, including Bill Park, Defence Studies. His expertise in Turkish regional strategy and Turkey-US relations was noted in the article.

NHS trial 'transforms lives' of young anorexia and bulimia sufferers

Guardian 21st June 2015

Ulrike Schmidt, professor of eating disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), heads the first episode and rapid early intervention for eating disorders (Freed) trial. This service helps young adults suffering from anorexia and bulimia to start specialist treatment within an average of 33 days rather than between four and eight months in the NHS. Early indications suggest that Freed patients achieved full weight recovery at six months after starting treatment, where patients in the clinical trial had not caught up at 12 months. Additionally drop-out was down from 30% in SLAM services to 13% in the Freed trial. Professor Schmidt comments: “If you have a child with cancer, you wouldn’t wait until they had reached stage four cancer before starting treatment. It’s no different with an eating disorder, because if you delay treatment, then the illness becomes more ingrained and more difficult to treat.”

Teen ‘liked’ radical preacher before family left for Syria

Sunday Times 21st June 2015

THE 14-year-old son of one of three Bradford sisters feared to have joined Isis in Syria with their children supported a notorious radical preacher before leaving Britain. The pieces mentions a report last year by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which found that Ahmed Musa Jibril was the most 'liked' on Facebook of 190 fighters they were tracking.

Gut reaction - Why is my hangover so bad?

Guardian 21st June 2015

Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research, writes about the effects of alcohol on the gut. He says: 'Hangovers occur due to the side-effects of the chemical produced when alcohol is broken down. Alcohol itself is fairly harmless – but enzymes convert it to acetaldehyde, which does the damage.'

The city from the saddle

Financial Times 20th June 2015

A review of the memoir of Dr Jon Day, English, who, prior to becoming a lecturer at King's, was a London bicycle courier. He cycled up to 300 miles a week.

All choked up - did Britain's dirty air make me dangerously ill?

Guardian 20th June 2015

This year, environment correspondent at the Guardian, John Vidal, had heart bypass surgery – a wake-up call that prompted him to investigate the state of the air we breathe. The piece mentions quotes Professor Frank Kelly of the Environmental Research Group and his research which shocked the British government in 2010, when they stated that air pollution caused the premature deaths of 29,000 people a year in Britain. Professor Kelly says: 'that today’s air pollutants are largely invisible and odourless, and are obvious only when dust is occasionally swept up from the Sahara or when traffic and industrial fumes get trapped on sunny days and a dull orange-grey smog develops.'

Illicit pills for the hyper competitive

Financial Times 19th June 2015

New findings show that prescription pills are being sought out by those who simply want an edge at work, despite known health risks. Researchers at King’s and the London School of Economics found that nine per cent of surveyed students had used Modafinil, Adderall or Ritalin at least once. Moda­finil is approved for helping shift workers stay alert in the US.

Muslim communties' role in the fight against extremism

Sky News 19th June 2015

Dr John Gearson, War Studies, comments on David Cameron's recent speech. He said: 'He's pointing out that more should be done and some have a level of acceptance to some of the ideology.'

Do we need disloyalty cards for theatre?

Guardian 19th June 2015

Feature on encouraging audiences to try new cultural venues. References Lauren Holden, King’s student, and the King’s Cultural Challenge, from Culture at King’. Lauren’s idea, the Disloyalty app, is currently in development with King’s Technology Society.

Women Scientists on Sexism in Science

BBC Radio 4 18th June 2015

Dr Sally Marlow, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), was interviewed on the subject of sexism in science, following the comments from Tim Hunt about women in laboratories (begins at 08.45).

Why do we love Jane Eyre?

BBC Radio 4 18th June 2015

Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Principal (Education) and Professor of English Literature, discusses the story of Jane Eyre for In Our Time on BBC Radio 4. The discussion was used again in a separate broadcast for Radio 4 in 4.

Bioethics as a Profession: Expertise and Accountability for the Gene Editing Debate

Huffington Post 18th June 2015

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health Medicine, considers what it means to be a bioethicist and the role she thinks these professionals should play in the ongoing debate about gene editing. ‘Just as bioethicists should be held accountable as professionals, so too do they have expertise in Bioethics that cannot be improvised. Hence, returning to the ethics of gene editing, I believe that it needs to be the bioethics professionals who drive the debate,’ she said.

Hope of test to spot Alzheimer’s early

Daily Telegraph 17th June 2015

A blood test could identify the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 10 years before symptoms develop, scientists believe. The study followed 100 sets of twins over 10 years, and found that there were lower levels of a particular protein present in the blood in people who go on to develop mild cognitive impairment, a disorder that often leads to dementia. Dr Steve Kiddle of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments: 'This could lead to the development of a reliable blood test which would help clinicians identify suitable people for prevention trials.' Also reported by Daily Mail, BBC News Online, O Globo, Bloomberg and Fox News.

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Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

CNN 17th June 2015

18 June 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the final battle of the Napoleonic wars that followed the French Revolution. It saw the French army, under Napoleon, defeated in modern-day Belgium by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, led in part by Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and founding father of King’s. Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, was interviewed on the history of the Battle by CNN, France 24 and LBC.

Fellowship for the Professor who puts patients first

Nursing Standard 17th June 2015

Professor Stephen Tee, Nursing & Midwifery, is among 55 people to be given a fellowship out of 180 nominees. Professor Tee has been a mental health nurse for more than 30 years and said: ‘I am absolutely delighted with this award. I am also very appreciative of all the encouragement and support I have received over the years from colleagues and students.’

Chief medical officer calls for statins review

Guardian 17th June 2015

Chief medical officer, Sally Davies, has called for a review to shore up public confidence about the safety and effectiveness of medicines in response to the controversy around statins and the Tamiflu vaccine. Professor Sir Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience has been appointed to head the working group.

Not By Grooming Alone: Why We Can't Just Focus On the PR Tactics of Islamic State

Huffington Post 17th June 2015

Following the death of Talha Asmal, Britain’s youngest suicide bomber, who took his own life fighting for Islamic State, Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, considers why individuals travel to Iraq or Syria to fight for the militant group. ‘Recognising the combination of local and global push and pull factors is essential to any response and counter-radicalisation strategy…. It requires more than a focus on Islamic State's PR outputs. Ultimately it requires an open and ongoing discussion about future possibilities for a 'good life' in Iraq, Syria and here in the UK,’ she said.

Public 'see Armed Forces as victims' survey says

Daily Telegraph 16th June 2015

Misconceptions that Britain’s Armed Forces are more likely to suffer from PTSD, commit suicide or to end up in prison could harm recruitment, a new study claims. More than half of the public wrongly thinks service personnel are more likely to kill themselves, according to the report from King’s College London, which included researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), and polling firm Ipsos Mori. A Royal British Legion analysis last year concluded they are alctually less likely to end up in prison, and across the whole Armed forces levels of PTSD are similar to civilians, though they are higher in combat troops and reservists.

Viewpoint: Does strategy of killing militant leaders work?

BBC News (Online) 16th June 2015

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, writes for the BBC about the relative ‘success’ of killing of militant leaders. He says: ‘The dispute between al-Qaeda and Islamic State has now given way to fratricidal conflict between the two groups and demonstrates both the limits and unintended consequences of killing terrorist leaders.’

Dirty bomb: Just how worried should we be as ISIS seeks ultimate threat?

CNN 16th June 2015

Following news that ISIS had reportedly obtained radioactive materials with a view to develop a ‘dirty bomb’, Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, and Dr Christopher Hobbs, War Studies, ask what the group could do with the newly acquired materials. ‘Ultimately, while the thought of ISIS using dirty bombs to further its terrorist agenda is unsettling, the threat should not be exaggerated, particularly when it comes to its impact on public health. These are not the nuclear weapons that ISIS supposedly desires, and will do nothing to further the group's ambitions in this regard,’ they said.

Lives at risk in NHS eating disorder crisis

The Guardian 15th June 2015

Professor Ulrike Schmidt of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on NHS eating disorder services. "Certain services only see people when they reach a certain level of severity with their eating disorder,” she says, “people might be told that their weight isn’t low enough to be seen, that they need to get sicker to get seen. It’s paradoxical. It’s horrible for patients to be told that you have to get worse before you get any specialist help." Also reported in Daily Telegraph.

Chilcot report is ‘delayed by a year’

Times 15th June 2015

Tony Blair’s biographer claims that the Chilcot inquiry on the Iraq war will not be published for at least another year. In the Independent on Sunday, Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, writes that this further delay in the 2009-commisioned report means it will have taken longer to produce than the time spent by British troops in Iraq.

Bacteria found in thin people could help to fight obesity

Times 15th June 2015

A new treatment for obesity using bacteria found in the guts of healthy people could soon be tested on humans. Professor Tim Spector, Twins Research, said that the bacterial species Akkermansia showed promise for treating problems linked to obesity.

Repentant 'godfather' of British jihad recalls extremism's lure

Reuters 15th June 2015

The story of Abu Muntasir, a former radical Islamic preacher once described as the ‘godfather of jihad’, has been told in ‘Jihad’ a documentary about why Western Muslims are travelling to fight for Islamic State militants. Research conducted by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has been mentioned in the piece. Also reported by the New York Times and the Daily Mail

What did Magna Carta do for Women?

Huffington Post 15th June 2015

On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, this article considers the lack of reference to women in the document. Professor David Carpenter, History, said that this reflects ‘the inequalities between men and women, and in particular the way women played a very limited part in public

Boffin or artist? It's in the genes

Sunday Times 14th June 2015

New research carried out by Professor Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown that genetics impacts the subjects children are good at in school. In a study following 10,000 twins, the chances of identical twins both choosing either science or arts at A-level was 80% compared with 50% for typical siblings. Plomin’s research also found genes accounted for up to 70% of the variation between teenagers’ scores at A-level. Other factors, such as school performance or pushy parents, swayed results by up to a third. He comments: “When you look at textbooks for teachers, there is nothing about genetics,” and says that a “one size fits all” education system is wrong. Also reported in Daily Telegraph, Hindustan Times and Economic Times.

Magna Carta scribe uncovered on eve of its 800th anniversary

BBC News 14th June 2015

A project led by the University of East Anglia and King’s has identified scribes who wrote two of the four original 1215 copies of the Magna Carta. Professor David Carpenter, History, said: ‘We now know that three of the four surviving originals of the charter went to cathedrals. This overturns the old view that the charters were sent to the sheriffs in charge of the counties. That would have been fatal since the sheriffs were the very people under attack in the charter.’ The findings were reported by the Sunday Times, Observer, BBC Radio 2, Mirror, Daily Mail, BBC and Guardian. Dr Andrew Blick, History, discussed the importance of the Magna Carta on Sky News. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, wrote about the ‘competing forces that cry out for a constitutional convention’ in the Independent. Also reported by BBC London 94.9 and Independent.

Toxic truth of ‘clean’ petrol cars

Sunday Times 14th June 2015

An article on pollution from vehicles mentions research by King’s which measured emissions from buses, taxis and cars. It found that vehicles were emitting between four and five times more nitrogen dioxide on the road than in the standard tests by which they were approved.

Egypt: 'New' Suez Canal to Open Aug. 6

Voice of America 14th June 2015

A ‘new’ Suez Canal will be opened on August 6th by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, an expansion that according to authorities will more than double the canal’s income over the next 10 years by making the trip faster and cheaper for shippers. Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, is sceptical about the level of income that will be generated and whether this could be enough to benefit the Egyptian population. ‘Egypt is a large, complex country with a very big population. It is highly unlikely it is going to be able to live off the kind of income it will get, even from two canals’, he said

Only connect

Financial Times 13th June 2015

A new book by Dr Laurence Scott, English Language and Literature, is reviewed by Sophie Elmhirst who says that Dr Scott has ‘set himself a tricky task’ in writing an account of the digital age in the more traditional medium of the book.

The inside story

Financial Times 13th June 2015

An essay about the importance of microbiomes includes reference to a new book by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research – The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat.

A broader Asian strategy

The Telegraph India 13th June 2015

We should not ignore the significance of visits by the Indian Prime Minister to Mongolia and South Korea, says Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, in this comment piece. ‘Delhi and Seoul need to advance their political ties so that a mutually beneficial and long-term partnership can evolve between the two sides. The resulting relationship could be as important for regional stability as it is for Indian and South Korean national interests’, he said.

New strategy takes shape

Deccan Herald 13th June 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on recent news that the US plan to send 450 military trainers to Iraq to help train and advise local forces. ‘The US … is being billed not as recognition of failure, but a continuation of success. The US Department of Defence is calling it a change in plans, not a change in strategy despite being a remarkable turnaround in Obama administration’s initial objections to such a policy posture.’

British Safety Council’s annual conference: An opportunity to get up to speed on what’s next

Bloomberg Business 12th June 2015

The British Safety council will be holding its annual conference ‘Health and Safety – What’s Next?’ on Wednesday 23 September. Mr Geoffrey Podger, Geography, will be delivering the concluding keynote speech.

Superior visual ability found early in children with autism

Health Day 11th June 2015

Exceptional visual perception might be an early hallmark of autism, which could help predict whether a child will be diagnosed with the developmental disability, a new British study suggests. Infants who more quickly perceived a mismatched symbol on a screen when they were 9 months old were more likely to receive an autism diagnosis by age 2, the researchers found. Most autism research to date has focused on difficulties children have with social interactions, behavior and communication, such as poor eye contact, the authors noted in their study. Focusing on above-average perceptual skills is a new direction to research.

Anderson report: Let UK agencies collect bulk surveillance data

New York Times 11th June 2015

David Anderson has conducted a comprehensive assessment of intelligence gathering in the UK in a new report which makes a series of recommendations to Government, reports the Telegraph. Dr Cian Murphy, Law, welcomed the conclusions of the report, writes the New York Times. ‘The report…gives Britain the best possible chance for effective and proportionate powers, in compliance with the law and protective of civil liberties’, he said.

Study suggests common genetic roots between creativity and psychiatric illnesses

Xinhua 10th June 2015

Genes linked to creativity could also increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). It suggests that creative people may have a genetic predisposition towards thinking differently which, when combined with other harmful biological or environmental factors, could lead to mental illness, said Robert Power, first author of the research paper. Also reported in Times of India, Hindustan Times, o Globo, and Deccan Chronicle.

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Tougher MoT to cut deaths from toxins

Sunday Times 7th June 2015

MoT testing will be strengthened to include pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide which will be measured at various engine speeds and loads. Scientists at King’s used a light beam to analyse the exhaust plumes of 25,000 vehicles. David Carslaw, Environmental & Analytical Sciences, said: “We found emissions for post-2005 diesels are four to five times higher on the road than in the Euro tests under which they were approved.”

Depression while pregnant 'gives your child blues'

Daily Mail 5th June 2015

Recent research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown that individuals are three times more likely to suffer from depression if their mother had the condition when pregnant. The study found that of 35 adult offspring exposed to maternal depression during pregnancy, 57 per cent met diagnostic criteria for depression, compared to 28 per cent of those not exposed to maternal depression during pregnancy. Lead author Dr Dominic Plant comments:‘Our study is the first to demonstrate the impact of mothers’ depression during pregnancy on depression in their children as young adults, and importantly, we found childhood maltreatment to be a strong mediating factor'. Also reported in Sun.

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Dina Asher-Smith, Britain's fastest woman: student and sprinter

BBC Sport 5th June 2015

Article looking at the career of King's history student Dina Asher-Smith who recently became the fastest British woman in history, bettering her personal best by 0.12 seconds and breaking the previous national record of 11.05 secs. Discussing her decision to study alongside pursuing a career in athletics, she said: 'It's a saving grace because when I go back to athletics the next day, I'm refreshed because I haven't been watching videos, going over and over my performance. The degree gives me a balance, which makes life easier and prevents me going stir crazy. It's given me a more rounded perspective.'

These are all the things Theresa May's legal highs bill could accidentally ban

Independent 5th June 2015

In this article Dr Adam Winstock of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) reflects on the potential effects of the proposed Psychoactive Substances Bill aimed at banning legal highs. He notes that the definition of psychoactive in the bill would also cover common solvents, plants such as nutmeg, common medications and pheremones. "The Global Drugs Surveys...saw a year-on-year decline in the use levels of research chemicals in the UK, spotting a decline in the use mephedrone two years before the national government did. It hit it’s peak with mephedrone and it’s been declining ever since. The government has also, as far as I know, not put in any measure as to how they’re going to determine whether or not their regulation is effective. Ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis are all banned and all illegal – lots of people still use them. What the government won’t do is engage in adult conversations with people who use drugs and treat them as sensible adults. That’s daft."

History isn't a backward-looking exercise. It nudges us forward: Sunil Khilnani

Times of India 5th June 2015

Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, discussed his ongoing radio 4 series ‘Incarnations – India in 50 lives’ and how it has explored Indian history in a new way. Professor Khilnani said: ‘We need to find different, more engaging ways to tell our own history…The lives of individuals offer a useful thread to enter into the labyrinth of Indian history, to discover its wonders but also its horrors, its creativity and its conflicts.’ The series, which can be listened to here, has received wide press coverage and positive reviews, including BBC News, New Statesman, Times of India, Telegraph, Financial Times, Spectator, Radio Times and BBC History Magazine, amongst others.

Clothing castoffs may be wearing economies thin

Washington Times 5th June 2015

Charitable donations of old clothes may be doing more harm that intended, by undercutting the clothing market for entrepreneurs in some of the world’s poorest countries. Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, said: ‘The sale of second-hand goods from charities in the US and other developed countries actually undercuts domestic sellers and stunts the local economy.’

City pollution blackspots revealed: air is too toxic for joggers

Evening Standard 5th June 2015

The City of London Corporation has produced a free mobile phone app to help people find the least polluted routes through the city. The City Air app, designed by experts from King’s College London, offers a choice of three routes to avoid pollution.

City pollution blackspots revealed: air is too toxic for joggers

Evening Standard 5th June 2015

The City of London Corporation has produced a free mobile phone app to help people find the least polluted routes through the city. The City Air app, designed by experts from King’s College London, offers a choice of three routes to avoid pollution.

Genetic changes affecting signals between brain cells could be cause of schizophrenia

The Independent 4th June 2015

Scientists have linked schizophrenia to variations in the gene sequences that are known to control chemical messages between synapses in the brain. The findings are part of a wider body of evidence that indicates there may genetic causes for the condition as well as environmental. Treatment for schizophrenia is currently focussed on dopamine neurotransmitters but the latest research suggests another approach. Professor Sir Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments: “The implication of this paper is that it would be more sensible instead to develop drugs which regulate the balance between the glutamate and GABA systems controlling synthesis of dopamine”.

Elastic App: meet the inventors of the indoor GPS app that shows you the way

Evening Standard 4th June 2015

Joseph Mambwe and Reeve Yew attended a hackathon organised by the rail industry at the end of March and the indoor GPS app they developed, Elastic Navigation, was such a hit with the organisers that the two students will have set up their start-up business by September. The piece mentions that Yew is a business management undergraduate at King’s.

Lives remembered: Charles Kennedy

Times 4th June 2015

Professor Lord Raymond Plant, the Dickson Poon School of Law, discusses the life of the late Charles Kennedy, reflecting on when he taught him as a student at Glasgow University. He wrote: 'He was an exceptionally clever and committed student and he had a particular interest in issues to do with social justice.'

Boston terror suspect's shooting: What we know and don't know

CNN 4th June 2015

Usaamah Rahim, a suspected radicalised religious extremist, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Boston after threatening them with a military knife. Nick Kaderbhai, researcher at International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the suggested terror connection to Rahim shown through social media activity. ‘There’s a certain tone to it, and it points to a certain direction. We can look back and say the warning signs were there,’ he said.

Education bill to close loopholes blocking academies expansion

Guardian 3rd June 2015

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has vowed to “sweep away bureaucratic and legal loopholes” obstructing the takeover of as many as 1,000 struggling local authority schools in England and their rapid conversion into academies. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, said: '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.'

60 seconds with Pearl Sakoane

Nursing Times 3rd June 2015

The Nursing Times speak to a nursing student at King's why she became a nurse, her training and her thoughts on changes in nursing over the next decade and what makes a good nurse. She said: 'I think a good nurse is someone who shows genuine concern for those around them - both patients and colleagues. It's someone who has integrity as well as emotional intelligence.'

Why Modi visit to Israel is important for India

NDTV 3rd June 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commented on Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel later this year, a first for any Indian prime minister. Professor Pant said: ‘The Modi government is doing well by repudiating the discredited Israel policy of its predecessors. An open relationship with Israel serves India well and it's about time Tel Aviv gets the recognition it deserves from New Delhi.’

John-Thor Dahlburg and Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili

Deccan Chronicle 3rd June 2015

Research from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) is mentioned in an article discussing the estimated number of Western individuals who have travelled to fight for Islamic state.

Global warming does what live aid never could

Times 2nd June 2015

Climate change has achieved what Bob Geldof and Live Aid failed to do by ending the drought in the Sahel region of Africa that killed more than 100,000 people in the 1980s, a study has found. Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, said the study was relevant to the debate about whether rich countries should compensate poor ones for the damage done by emissions: 'One should continue to remain sceptical of overconfident claims that ‘climate change’, by which is meant fossil fuel emissions, always causes negative effects in these African drylands.'

Being bullied as a child linked to depression in young adults

Daily Telegraph 2nd June 2015

The article covers a study carried out by Oxford University, which used research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). This followed 7,771 children whose parents provided information on their child's bullying when they were aged seven and 11.

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Taking antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of baby developing a rare circulation problem

Daily Mail 2nd June 2015

Professor Louise Howard of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on an American study which suggests a link between taking antidepressants during pregnancy and circulatory problems in the baby: 'The small increase in risk reported for the less severe forms of PPHN could be due to the effects of antidepressants, but may be due to other factors such as body mass index, smoking or the effect of depression itself,’ she said. 'Women considering whether or not to take antidepressants in pregnancy need to discuss with their doctor the risks of not taking well as the current evidence base on possible risks of medication.’

New survey finds Britons have more favourable view of Europe

Washington Post 2nd June 2015

A new survey has found that British attitudes towards the European Union (EU) are improving ahead of a referendum, which will decide whether the UK will remain in the EU. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said of the survey results: ‘I think the Brits have come to appreciate EU membership more now.’ Also reported in Economic Times

Has the strategy against ISIL failed?

Al Jazeera 2nd June 2015

At a summit in Paris, foreign ministers from several countries discussed why the strategy against ISIL is proving ineffective. This follows territorial gains madein Iraq and Syria by the radical group. Professor Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: ‘There has been a mix of different strategies that have been applied. The West, for different reasons, don’t want to put boots on the ground and therefore rely heavily on air power and on armed forces on the ground…provided by Iraqi armed forces, supported by militias. The problem with that strategy is a problem of coordination. It’s a problem to make sure you have a common objective and so far we are witnessing strong contention between different members of the coalition.’

Sectarian tensions in Iraq

Al Jazeera 2nd June 2015

Fears that Iraq will return to the sectarian violence seen in 2006, 2007 and 2008, have been sparked by viral videos of militia groups’ activities in the country. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented as part of a debate discussing the sectarian tensions currently in Iraq.

The last man to do National Service

BBC News Magazine 1st June 2015

Chris Stokel-Walker meets the last man officially discharged from National Service, 52 years ago. Professor Richard Vinen, History, is author of a book on National Service in the post war years and explains: 'It served different purposes at different times. Initially it was to train soldiers as a reserve force, and then it was to have them ready for immediate deployment, and then it was for colonial warfare.'

Do you need to go on a noise diet

Daily Mail 1st June 2015

There is increasing evidence that noise does not simply damage our hearing but can also have an effect on our health. This piece mentions 2013 research which found that people who lived near Heathrow were at greater risk of being admitted to hospital or dying prematurely.

Not brushing your teeth can trigger dementia and heart disease

Daily Mail 1st June 2015

Serpil Djemal, Dental Institute, advises ‘tickling’ (light brushing) every surface of every tooth is the best way to a clean mouth in this article which reports the experiences of Dr Christopher Van Tulleken, who avoided brushing his teeth for 2 weeks to find out more about the effects on his oral and general health. New research shows that chronic inflammation can affect your health.

London nurse urges women to run for cancer charity

Nursing Times 1st June 2015

Former King's nursing student, Sophie McCallum has just qualified as a chemotherapy nurse at Barts Health NHS Trust and is calling on women to join the fight against the disease by signing up for Cancer Research UK’s annual “race for life” following her own battle against cancer as a teenager.

Four new attitudes against obesity

O Globo (Brazil) 1st June 2015

Research by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, is quoted as one of four new attitudes in the fight against obesity. Professor Spector’s research found that eating junk and process food killed stomach bacteria which protect against obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, inflammatory bowel conditions and autism.

IS revamps recruitment, with savvy professional broadcasts

International New York Times 1st June 2015

Since 2012, Islamic State has invested heavily in increasing the quality of its propaganda, used to attract support and more fighters. However few who have left life under IS are willing to talk about it. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, said: ‘Right now it’s really only Islamic State who is telling a story. To have a counter-story being told by a former fighter would be potentially very powerful.’ Also reported by Economic Times, Fox News, Associated Press, Deccan Herald and Hindustan Times

House of Secrets

New Yorker 1st June 2015

A recent investigation by the Financial Times found that more than a hundred billion pounds’ worth of real estate in England and Wales is owned by offshore companies, of which two-thirds are in London. Research by Professor Chris Hamnett, Geography, into the effect of foreign money on London’s property market is mentioned, which states the impact is that of displacement of residents.

Air Pollution in the UK: the public health problem that won't go away

BMJ 30th May 2015

The government has been accused of a failure to act while drivers of diesel cars, who were encouraged to believe they were doing the environment a favour are now categorised as polluters in chief. Ian Mudway, Environmental Research group, says that the science is becoming more robust: 'It has become more pressing to deal with these issues. Meeting the current limits for particulates, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, should be seen as the minimum expectation for public health.'

Cancer drugs rankings suggest many are of little benefit to patients

Guardian 30th May 2015

Leading experts are calling on the pharmaceutical industry to focus on coming up with meaningful drugs and boosting levels of effectiveness. Professor Richard Sullivan, Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy and KHP Integrated Cancer Centre global health work, said they wanted pharmaceutical companies and those who fund drug discovery to focus on inventing meaningful drugs that help patients, rather than just making profits: 'Over the past decade, more and more medicines have been going on to the market with lower and lower levels of benefit.' Also reported in Reuters and Bloomberg.

Nicole and DNA co-star? They've got chemistry!

Daily Mail 29th May 2015

A new play based which tells the story of the work of Rosalind Franklin will star Nicole Kidman and Stephen Campbell Moore. Stephen Campbell Moore, who was in the original casts of award-winning plays The History Boys and Chimerica, will join Nicole in Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51, about the pioneering DNA research undertaken by biochemist Rosalind Franklin at King’s College, London. Nicole will play Franklin and Campbell Moore will portray Maurice Wilkins, who collaborated with her on some of the early DNA research.

Putin builds new bases to fight covert Ukraine war

Times 29th May 2015

Newly built military training camps close to the Ukrainian border have become launchpads for Russia to wage covert war against its neighbour, according to an authoritative report that uses satellite imagery and hundreds of photographs posted by soldiers on the internet. Eliot Higgins, a research student in the Department of War Studies, said: 'It's obviously clear that Russia is sending soldiers, military equipment, building up camp - they're heavily involved in the military activity in Ukraine.

Jessie J virtual duet with Leeds teen seen by millions

BBC News (Online) 29th May 2015

A teenager from Leeds has become an overnight internet sensation after singing a virtual duet with Jessie J.
Tom Bleasby's sing-a-long with the pop star has racked up more than seven million views on Facebook. Tom is a student of politics at King's.

You don't have to have a one-track mind to study law

Guardian 29th May 2015

A piece exploring the benefits of studying a joint honours law degree quotes Professor John Tasioulas, Director at the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law: 'By placing the law in the context of its underlying values and the social reality in which it operates. Such courses enable students to become more creative and penetrating thinkers.'

Rebel with a cause: artist Maggi Hambling on ignoring critics, Soho dandies and her latest exhibition

Evening Standard 29th May 2015

Hambling’s new show, a self-selected retrospective of work about war, death and memory, hosted by the Cultural Institute, is largely abstract, with pieces drawn from across three decades. As well as re-showing her Walls of Water canvases, there’s a homage to Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, an Eighties canvas of women in hijabs taking aim with rocket launchers, and a room of recent work, gnarled driftwood, cast in bronze and then painted, a reanimation of the discarded and decaying, with new life.

Fighting the crisis of liberalism, one suicide-bomber joke at a time

Financial Times 29th May 2015

A blog from Tom Burgis looks at the crisis of liberalism and quotes Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation: 'The west is very shy of its values – it doesn’t speak up for classical liberalism. We are unsure of them. They make us feel uneasy.'

'There is still a shocking level of ignorance regarding dementia'

Guardian 29th May 2015

A live discussion with an expert panel on the Healthcare Network asked 'What is the role of education in supporting joined-up care?' Mayumi Hayashi, Institute of Gerontology, King’s College, said: 'Could the integration be achieved in part by offering shared training and professional development - even initial orientation and a preparatory education course - to all destined to work in dementia care? This might make integration a metaphor, rather than an aspiration with nurses learning alongside care mangers and healthcare workers. It would remove the stale hierarchies and divisive social walls between the occupations.'

Attention tea lovers: Here’s everything you need to know about your favourite beverage

Huffington Post 29th May 2015

Research conducted by Dr Carrie Ruxton while she was at King’s College London is mentioned in the article regarding the health benefits of tea. The study found that tea can be beneficial for rehydration. ‘Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate. But even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid,’ she said.

The eternal prison of jihadist girls

Estadao 29th May 2015

Young Westerners who join Islamic State (IS) are unlikely to return home, with only two of the estimated 600 who have joined extremists in Syria having done so. Joana Cook, War Studies, said of those looking to escape IS: ‘Many middlemen people are working in Syria now, helping civilians to escape the violence. I wonder if there is also a growing market for these dealers to help those trying to escape IS.’

Islamic State: Women who join discover 'harsh realities'

BBC News 28th May 2015

A new report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's claims young women travelling to Syria to join Islamic State often end up 'domestically isolated in severe conditions'. Having monitored more than 100 of the 550 Western women believed to have join Islamic State on social media platforms, the researchers suggest that, whatever the women's reasons for joining IS, their 'first and foremost' responsibility will actually be 'to be a good wife to the jihadist husband to who they are betrothed and to become a mother to the next generation of jihadism.' Shiraz Maher, ICSR, said: 'Female recruits now make up a substantial part of those who have emigrated to join the ISIS cause, but little has been done to properly investigate the reasons why they are joining and how to prevent them.' Also reported by Mail Online, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Metro, BBC News, Reuters UK, ITV News, Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Folha, Huffington Post, International New York Times, Reuters, The Economic Times, Indian Express, Economic Times and Reuters

Human rights and the workings of democracy

Times 28th May 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written in to the Editor regarding the Human Rights Act. He wrote: 'Issues of human rights often concern vulnerable minorities, such as asylum-seekers or prisoners, unable to enter the electoral marketplace, or to win support from political parties. That is the case for judicial review.'

Campus news

Times Higher Education 28th May 2015

Professor Sunil Khilnani, director of the India Institute, is following a journey from ancient India to the 21st century in Incarnations – India in 50 Lives. The first 25 episodes of the 50-part series, which was recorded in India over the past year, are being broadcast on Radio 4 each weekday until mid-June.

Forcing doctors to report FGM ‘will scare off victims’

Evening Standard 28th May 2015

Professor Janice Rymer, Medical Education, has warned that new rules which compel doctors to report female genital mutilation to the police could stop women from seeking medical help. She told the Evening Standard: 'The concern is that pregnant women will hang back, thinking they’ll be investigated by the police. These are women who may need help for many reasons, including FGM-related complications around pregnancy.'

Mirchi ka Salan recipe: from Indian cook and author Mallika Basu

Evening Standard 28th May 2015

Dr Fiona Russell of the Cardiovascular Division and leading expert on the science of chillies is mentioned in this recipe column following a 'hilarious' talk she was involved with in which World of Zing brought bags of chillies and such spicy nuggets of information to London’s South Bank.

Historians weigh in on Britain’s relationship with Europe

Times Higher Education 28th May 2015

Historians for Britain is a campaign headed by some of Britain’s leading historians and academics who believe that there needs to be a substantial change in Britain’s relationship with the European Union. They list David Starkey, Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, among their supporters.

Grant winners

Times Higher Education 28th May 2015

Professor Alberto Sanchez-Feuyo, Transplantation Immunology & Muscosal Biology, has been awarded a grant for prospective randomised marker-based trial to assess the clinical utility and safety of biomarker-guided immunosuppression withdrawal in liver transplantation.

Exploring the State of Science in India

BBC World Service 28th May 2015

India is fighting to become a superpower in key scientific industries, such as space exploration, computing, biotech and engineering. At the same time, nearly 400 million Indians are not connected to the national grid. Dr Jahnavi Phalkey, India Institute, said: ‘Clearly in some areas, the success of science and engineering research has been celebrated…At the same time, there are issues of comparing India with other nations such as China. We should step aside from measuring success in terms of numbers of publications, to ask questions of what is it that bothers people in India?’

No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey

Washington Post 28th May 2015

For Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria, there is little chance that they would be able to leave the war zone. Joana Cook, War Studies, commented on the link between women and jihad. ‘There is great disillusionment for many who have travelled to Syria to join ISIL and you’ll find many stories of those who went abroad noting ‘this isn’t what we signed up for,’ she said.

The Queen's Speech

BBC Radio 4 Today 27th May 2015

An EU referendum, tax cuts for low-earners and an extension of Right to Buy will be promised in the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996. Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed how to define a bill that is of constitutional importance. He said: 'There's no clear definition of this but I think it's fair to say that if it relates to the fundamental workings of our political system or our rights and how we interact with government then it's fair to call it constitutional.' Dr Blick was also interviewed on Sky News on how Parliament updates laws, in relation to highway laws from the 19th century and driver-less cars.

Psychedelic drugs should be legally reclassified so that researchers can investigate their therapeutic potential

BBC Radio 4 27th May 2015

Interview on BBC Radio 4 Today at 53:20 with Dr James Rucker of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who argues that there are potential benefits to the use of psychadelic drugs when used in a supportive therapeutic environment, however, meaningful research is nearly impossible unless authorities downgrade their unnecessarily restrictive classification. He notes historical research that supported their use as psychotherapeutic catalysts, helping to provide insight into maladaptive behaviours and create mentally beneficial change. However, they are currently more legally restricted than cocaine and heroine, which stigmatizes research into their use and stalls grant funding. He comments: "psychedelics are not harmful in relation to other controlled substances and are not habit forming, and evidence suggests medical use".

Also reported in BMJ, Guardian, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Time, Estadao, Daily Beast and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Winners and losers from the startling rise in short-sightedness

Financial Times 27th May 2015

According to a King's study published in the Opthalmology journal, found that around a quarter of the European population is short-sighted but it is nearly twice as common in younger people, with almost half (47 per cent) of the group aged between 25 and 29 years affected. Katie Williams, Ophthalmology, discussed why people are becoming more short-sighted. She said: 'Myopia has been associated with education, near work, urbanisation, prenatal factors, socio-economic status, cognitive ability, season of birth, light and time spent outdoors.'

Mice in space develop thin skin

BBC News 27th May 2015

A study of three mice that spent 91 days on the International Space Station has found abnormalities in their skin. Dr David Green, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, said these experiments were particularly noteworthy because of their duration as never before has a non-human animal spent this long in zero-g. He commented: 'It suggests that the skin is sensitive to being in microgravity, and that over long periods of time that might create a dysregulation in the proliferation and the replacement of skin.'

Breaking the Saudi rules of succession

Washington Post 27th May 2015

Dr David B Roberts, Defence Studies, commented on the shifting power dynamics in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, following an announcement by current King Salman that Mohamed bin Nayef, a grandson of the state’s founder, would be second-in-line to the throne. Dr Roberts said: ‘The ultimate test will come when Salman, a 79-year old with significant health problems, shuffles off this mortal coil. Saudi history is not kind to sons of kings who pass away, and with Salman’s precedent-setting unpicking his predecessor’s decree and his bypassing of the Allegiance Council, Mohammed bin Salman in particular is eminently removable.’

Swap tea and smoothies for more water to beat fatigue, say experts

Telegraph 26th May 2015

Diet experts have warned that it is 'not enough' to rely on tea, coffee and soft drinks, experts say, as data show poor drinking habits are putting strain on the NHS. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'One of the issues is whether people are actually drinking water at mealtimes in the same way as they once did. When I grew up there was always a jug of water on the table. Schools have a habit of doing that, but a lot of people have got out of the habit. They expect to drink something else.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

Erasers are an ‘instrument of the devil' which should be banned, says academic

Telegraph 26th May 2015

Professor Guy Claxton, Education, has claimed that erasers are an ‘instrument of the devil' and should be banned from classrooms because they encourage children to feel ashamed about mistakes. Professor Claxton told the Telegraph: 'he eraser is an instrument of the devil because it perpetuates a culture of shame about error. It’s a way of lying to the world, which says ‘I didn’t make a mistake. I got it right first time.’ That’s what happens when you can rub it out and replace it.' Also reported by Mail Online, Independent, Guardian, BBC News, The Hindu, Huffington Post, London Evening Standard, BBC Portugal, Folha de S.Paulo and O Globo

The Human Rights Act

Sky News 26th May 2015

Professor Robert Wintemute, the Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on Sky News on scrapping the Human Rights Act. In Professor Wintemute's opinion, the European Court of Human Rights is Europe's response to the Holocaust. He compares the new government to a football player who doesn't like the ruling of the referee and, therefore, leaves the game. Professor Wintemute argues that the government would hugely damage the human rights system as it would set a dangerous precedent for countries which maybe have a less robust legal system.

Has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations?

BBC News 25th May 2015

A poll by the Times of India found 47 per cent of the respondents saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's performance in government had been 'somewhat good', and an ambivalent quarter saying that it had been 'neither good, nor bad'. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commented on how taking the lead in evacuating stranded people in conflict-zones like Yemen and rushing relief to earthquake-ravaged Nepal has earned his government rightful praise. He said: 'Two foreign policy priorities have emerged: South Asia and the management of a larger periphery with a focus on China.'

Cycling series: It’s all about the bike bod this summer

Times 25th May 2015

According to the CTC, the national cycling charity, almost 800,000 people now use a bicycle as their main form of transport to get to work. The piece mentions that researchers at King's recently discovered regular cycling can ward off the effects of ageing. Their study of 85 men and 41 women aged 55-79, all of whom cycled regularly, showed that on almost all measures of physical functioning and fitness, the cyclists didn’t show their age.

University guide 2016: King's College London

Guardian 25th May 2015

In the Guardian's 'at-a-glance guide to King's', the university is described as offering 'world-class teaching and research at its nine schools and six Medical Research Council centres. Analysis of the results from the government's latest research audit suggests that the university is seventh in the UK for its research 'power ranking'.'

Labour and the legacy of Blair and Brown

Guardian 25th May 2015

In a letter to the Guardian, Emeritus Professor Michael Redclift, Geography, comments on Labour's loss in the General Election 2015. He wrote: 'We do not need to disinter Tony Blair to win, we simply need radical and green policies that bring Labour supporters to the voting booth and stop defections to other parties (including the SNP, Green and Ukip).'

How European are you?

CNBC 25th May 2015

Dr Pablo Calderón Martínez, European & International Studies, discussed a project which analysed how ‘European’ individuals are, and revealed insights into ‘general life’ and politics. He said: ‘We are trying to put together publicly available data that has not been collected before…In the next stages of this development, we’re going to invest more into looking at holidays for instance, and also about how people work and productivity.

The great diesel car deception speeding us to a toxic death

Sunday Times 24th May 2015

Asthma can be triggered by many factors but it is no coincidence that whenever air pollution levels rise, Britain’s hospitals and GPs see a surge of patients with asthma. More than 20 years ago, scientists warned that the growing popularity of diesel vehicles could turn them into one of Europe’s greatest health threats. Professor Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group, said: 'The reason we have a problem with air pollution now is that UK policy has been focused on climate change, and reducing CO2 emissions, to the exclusion of much else, for most of the last two decades. Diesel was seen as a good thing because it produces less CO2, so we gave people incentives to buy diesel cars.'

Germany’s decision on coal brings a clash of wills

Financial Times 24th May 2015

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King's, asks whether Germany can claim to be an environmental leader while still burning more coal than any other developed country apart from the US. Discussing Germany's environmental footprint, he wrote: 'The country is not as pure and green as the rhetoric suggests. Emissions have risen over the past three years. Renewables have also grown, but 44 per cent of electricity still comes from coal, in particular carbon-intensive lignite or brown coal; coal-fired power plants account for a third of all emissions.'

Dina Asher-Smith sets new British 100m record of 11.02sec

Guardian 24th May 2015

History student Dina Asher-Smith became Britain’s quickest female sprinter of all time on Sunday after breaking the national 100m record at a meeting in the Netherlands. Asher-Smith’s time was 0.12sec faster than her previous best and came in her first 100m race of the outdoor season.

IMF fuel subsidies are not what they seem

Telegraph 24th May 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which usually restricts itself to bailing out indebted eurozone countries, has released a paper claiming that more than five trillion dollars is spent annually in subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. Professor Mark Pennington, Department of Political Economy, discussed rebranding externalities as subsidies. He said: 'all of the estimates given depend on politically charged calculations of carbon costs versus benefits, where the theorist plugs in assumptions to generate the result they want. The truth is that no one has a clue.'

How Britain became European

International New York Times 24th May 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed what the 2015 UK General Election has revealed about British politics and the upcoming discussions around the European referendum. Professor Bogdanor said: ‘It is a paradox that, as the world is becoming increasingly interconnected economically; it is also becoming more fragmented politically…In the referendum due to be held before the end of 2017, it is unlikely that the Conservatives will be able to preserve a united front.’

Palmyra: Islamic State locks down ancient city's museum

BBC News 23rd May 2015

Syrian officials have reported that Islamic State militants have locked Palmyra's museum and placed guards outside its doors, days after seizing the ancient city. Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, was quoted saying: 'The words written and arguments elucidated over the importance of saving cultural heritage sites are also a part of wider discussions and pressure to cobble together anything approaching a meaningful plan to intervene or otherwise halt the worst excesses of the violence in Syria.'

Should monkeys be granted human rights?

Telegraph 23rd May 2015

PhD candidate Sophia Ostler has written a piece on how the fate of Sandra, a 29 year-old orang-utan held in captivity in Buenos Aires Zoo, is to be decided in court this week. Commenting on animal rights, she wrote: 'Treating animals humanely and with respect should certainly be enshrined in the law. But broadening the scope of human rights to acknowledge some animals and not others will only dilute their significance to humans.'

'Little island with a big voice': Pride over Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

CNN 23rd May 2015

Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a vote, and consequently became a worldwide trending topic on social media. A tweet by Dr Cian C Murphy, Dickson Poon School of Law, was included in the article.

The politics of naming

Telegraph (India) 22nd May 2015

The article looks at how India's neighboring countries feel about the Narendra Modi government increasing India's international profile and enhancing its global standing. The article mentions in King's in relation to how Indian studies are becoming part of Western academic interest and states: 'It is time India becomes a little more demonstrative in asserting its strategic and civilizational centrality.'

Rewrite the rules

Prospect 22nd May 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece calling for a new constitution to resolve the conflict and save the union. He wrote: 'The three main issues on the political agenda are constitutional ones.'

Morale in the armed forces

BBC Radio 5 Live 22nd May 2015

Dr Jonathan Fennell, Defence Studies, was interviewed on morale in the armed forces following the release of Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey 2015. He commented: 'It is quite interesting what they are measuring - it's satisfaction rather than a willingness to do what they have been asked to do.'

E-cigs aiding 2.6m to give up smoking

Daily Mirror 22nd May 2015

The number of e-cig users has grown by half a million from the previous year according to anti-smoking campaigners. The article quotes Dr Leonie Brose of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who says: "The proven harm of tobacco is getting less coverage than the much smaller and far less certain harm from electronic cigarettes".

Will Isil destroy the Palmyra ruins?

Telegraph 22nd May 2015

Joana Cook, War Studies, discusses whether Isil will destroy the ancient Palmyra ruins and what the consequences will be if they do. She wrote: 'Isil would do well to learn that such unnecessary destruction will only further foster hate from those it aims to control, reduce its legitimacy as a government, and unify an increasing number of external actors who may challenge the group by widening the stakes and the interests under threat. These ruins are an important and historic symbol for all Syrians, and the wider world, and will remain a unifying motivation for action against Isil.'

Britain's relationship with the EU

BBC 1 Breakfast 22nd May 2015

David Cameron will start negotiating his plans to start reforming Britain's relationship with the EU. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, commented on the reception David Cameron will get in terms of credibility. He said: 'I think the overwhelming emotion will be curiosity. I think the other heads of state and government will be curious to know what Mr Cameron plans to do and when he plans to do it.'

Is the US-UK's special relationship in decline?

BBC News 22nd May 2015

Opinion piece on how the relationship between the US and UK may be becoming increasingly strained, despite the co-operation in intelligence matters and military efforts against Islamic State. Professor David Ucko, War Studies, commented: 'The US has acted as if it's always available - 'We surge, we do this, we do that. It's far more pro-active.'

Testosterone rules for women athletes are unfair, researchers argue

Fox news 22nd May 2015

Elite women athletes are banned from competing in top-tier competitions if their testosterone levels are found to be too high. However two new studies have put in doubt the definition of ‘normal levels’, upon which the regulations are based. Professor Peter Sonksen, Emeritus Professor of Endocrinology, who authored a previous study, GH-2000, said: ‘The policy that exists today is grossly unfair…It's not making the sport any fairer; it's just disqualifying these poor individuals who happen to have this condition.’

Ticklish Issue

Deccan Herald 22nd May 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the recent approval by the European Union (EU) of a naval mission to stem the influx of migrants trying to reach Europe. ‘The economic slump and nationalist backlash in Europe have made immigration a hot political topic, so low-skilled migrants are often unwelcome. The EU is struggling to come to terms with the growing disenchantment with the political establishment’s handling of immigration and it is likely to shape the organisation’s response to a crisis of growing magnitude,’ he said.

Plagued by mozzies? Can't feel pain? You must be in love

Daily Mail 21st May 2015

In an article looking at the effects that love has upon people, the piece mentions how brain-imaging scans by scientists at King's revealed that when people in love are shown a picture of their beloved, it triggers the same pleasure centres in the brain as cocaine, leading to similar elation.

The history of India in 50 personalities

Spectator 21st May 2015

Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, is focusing his new series Incarnations on India for Radio 4 on 50 great personalities who, he believes, have been crucial to the Indian story. He said: 'Biography has been under-used in the telling of Indian history. I chose individuals who interested me but also who could tell us something about their moment in time and how they are ‘incarnated today’.'

Thought for the week

Times Higher Education 21st May 2015

At the end of the article, it is mentioned that next week’s visiting lecturer in Times Higher Education's Built Environment series is from the Department of Architecture at King’s.

Dunkirk Spirit

BBC Radio 4 World Tonight 21st May 2015

It's the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Allied troops from the French beaches of Dunkirk. After that, Dunkirk Spirit has become British rallying cry. Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies, explained how what is in effect a retreat became a reason for celebration. He said: 'It was indeed a miracle of deliverance.'

Obituary: Professor Raymond Gosling

Times 20th May 2015

Professor Raymond Gosling, scientist, was born on July 15, 1926. He is best known for taking the first X-ray photograph in 1951 that revealed that DNA could crystallise and had a regular structure. Just over a year later, he also helped to take the photograph — known as Photo 51 — which allowed Watson and Crick to work out the double-helical structure of DNA. The piece reads: 'Raymond Gosling was the unassuming graduate student at the heart of one of the great scientific surprises of all time.' Professor Raymond Gosling was also remembered in a tribute on BBC Radio 4, Last Word.

Hospices: The wealth gap

Independent 20th May 2015

In a report published today on the state of palliative care, the Cicely Saunders Institute has found that while the proportion of people dying in specialist hospices in England doubled between 1993 and 2012, this still represents only 6 per cent of the population. Inequalities between rich and poor are also growing, with people in more affluent areas more likely to die in a hospice than those in deprived areas– a gap that has grown by 25 per cent since 1993.

Bullied children face heart risks

Guardian 20th May 2015

New research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has found that children who are bullied at school are more likely to grow up to be obese, and are at greater risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease in later life. Professor Louise Arseneault from the IoPPN said: ‘Our research has already shown a link between childhood bullying and risk of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and adults, but this study is the first to widen the spectrum of adverse outcomes to include risks for cardiovascular disease at mid-life. Evidently, being bullied in childhood does get under your skin.’ Also reported by Telegraph (front page), Times, Daily Mail, Reuters, Sun, Daily Mirror, New York Times, Huffington Post, ITV News, Channel 5 News, BBC Radio London, LBC Radio, BBC Radio Five Live and Xinhua News Agency.

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India and China: Charting a fresh course

DNA (India) 20th May 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece that discusses how the plain speaking of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to China will be all that the trip will be remembered by. He wrote: 'For years, Indian political leaders have gone to China and said what the Chinese wanted to hear. Modi changed all that when he openly 'stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realising full potential of our partnership' and 'suggested that China should take a strategic and long-term view of our relations'.'

50 years of appreciating China's achievements

Morning Star 20th May 2015

In an article that discusses The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding which was set up in 1965 to spread knowledge of China in Britain, an event held at King's on 30 May is mentioned. 'Challenging Britain’s Perceptions of China: 50 Years of Sacu' will take place on the Strand Campus between 10.30-17.00.

Obama, will it be Iran or the GCC?

Al Jazeera 20th May 2015

Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, has written an article on how Camp David might be a first step towards changing Gulf Cooperation Council perceptions of the US commitment in the Middle East. Discussing Obama's harsh criticism of the Gulf monarchies, he wrote: 'Obama's words only reinforced prevalent perceptions in the Gulf that the US is gradually disengaging from the region - something that has been fuelled by the perceived pivot to Asia and the strategy of 'leading from behind'. At the same time, the US engagement with Iran has done little to build confidence.' Dr Rickli was also interviewed on Radio Television Suisse (RTS) and TV5 Monde.

ISIS is trying to lure British recruits with cappuccinos

VICE News 20th May 2015

A British man who left the UK to fight in Syria has written a 46-page guide to to the Islamic State entitled A Brief Guide to the Islamic State 2015. The document promises to enlighten those wanting 'to know more about this new fledgling state and what life is really like under the Caliphate.' Dr Carool Kersten, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, commented on the guide. He said: 'The guide is clearly directed at the consumerism that also characterises the lifestyles of young urban Muslims. The author recognises food and drink as an integral part of the urban ‘comfort zone’ to the extent that what I had expected to be much more central to narrative—halal food—comes only as an afterthought.'

Professor Luiz Edson Fachin

Correio Braziliense 20th May 2015

Article on Visiting Professor Luiz Edson Fachin, the Dickson Poon School of Law, who needs the votes of 41 senators to take charge of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court. In the 'Who is he?' section, the piece mentions Professor Fachin speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French fluently.

How we made an octopus-inspired surgical robot using coffee

Scientific American 20th May 2015

Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Department of Informatics, discusses how a group of scientists and engineers has attempted to work out how an animal that has no bones transforms its tentacles from a soft state to one stiff enough to catch and even kill prey in order to replicate the abilities of an octopus tentacle in a robotic surgical tool. Commenting on octopus-inspired robots, he wrote: 'They could be used for industrial inspection especially where the robot needs to squeeze through a narrow opening and then extend into an otherwise inaccessible or dangerous area. This idea is of particular interest to the nuclear energy industry, which is already employing rigid, snake-like robots for such tasks.'

Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State

Huffington Post UK 20th May 2015

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's leader, has appealed to Muslims throughout the world to move to lands under its control — to fight, but also to work and to marry. The piece mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which reported that 3,300 Western Europeans and 100 or so Americans have travelled to Syria and Iraq.

Is nicotine all bad?

Reuters 19th May 2015

Professor Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the differences between smoking and nicotine, suggesting that: "We need to de-demonize nicotine". Smoking is the most effective way to deliver nicotine to the brain, but it is associated with harmful consequences and is the biggest preventable killer in the world. However, understanding that in fact there may be limited negative and perhaps even positive effects from the nicotine itself, may encourage individuals to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and successfully quit smoking. Also reported by Mail Online.

The US must ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty

New York Times 19th May 2015

Professor David Caron, Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece looking at how the US has been facing territorial questions for all oceans after the Second World War and discusses the ground rules necessary for navigating the realities of a new Arctic. Commenting on the Law of the Sea Treaty, Professor Caron wrote: 'The treaty would officially give U.S. fisherman priority over stocks adjacent to the American coast, and the U.S. Navy would continue to navigate the globe unimpeded. But the U.S., almost alone, has never ratified the treaty it sought and needed, despite the efforts of every President since, because the rule is so customary that it goes mostly unchallenged.'

Tonight: The Air We Breathe

ITV News 19th May 2015

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, will be appearing on ITV Tonight in a programme that investigates why levels of pollution are so high and what’s being done to protect the nation’s health from the air we breathe. Professor Kelly helped to find out what the levels of pollution were for four volunteers around the UK. Three volunteers along with presenter Fiona Foster each carried a personal air quality measuring device with them for a 48 hour period.

New mothers suffering postnatal depression shouldn't rule out medication

Daily Mail 19th May 2015

Emma Molyneaux of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has carried out research showing that the benefits of new mothers consumed by postnatal depression taking antidepressants are considerable, and should be considered as a treatment option. The study found that of 72 women with postnatal depression randomised to be given treatment with selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors - a form of antidepressant - 54 per cent reported 'much improved' symptoms or a more than 50 per cent reduction in their symptoms. Miss Molyneaux comments: 'We would urge that treatment decisions during the postnatal period consider the potential benefits as well as risks of medication, as well as the risks of untreated depression for both mother and baby.'

William Shakespeare: Experts 'deeply unconvinced' by claims that the earliest portrait of the Bard has been discovered

Independent 19th May 2015

A botanist writing in Country Life has claimed that the earliest drawing of Shakespeare has been discovered in a celebrated Elizabethan book on plants. Dr Lucy Monro, English, told the BBC the picture was 'unlikely' to be the Bard, adding: 'The idea you would have the writer depicted from life in quite this way, would be pretty much unprecedented.' Also reported by Economic Times (India).

Why Isil's victory in Ramadi is so important

Telegraph 19th May 2015

Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, has written a piece looking at how Ramadi's size, location and symbolism mean Isil's victory matters and discusses how the complex Iraqi counter-offensive to retake the city could truly reshape the country. Discussing the significance of the capturing of Ramadi over the weekend, she wrote: 'The city’s fall highlighted the failure and weakness of the Iraqi military. While it is no secret that the army struggles to recruit into its ranks, particularly amongst the Sunnis, its poor organisation and coordination became glaringly apparent.'

Binge drinking

BBC Radio 4 19th May 2015

Interview at 04:40 with Dr Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discussing the effects of alcohol consumption. Dr Marlow outlines the effects of different chemicals that occur in the brain when drinking alcohol, as well as theories of addiction, and the differences between men and women.

Out of business

Outlook (India) 18th May 2015

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, discusses the history of US-UK-India relations from 1965, and how since then non-involvement has become the US and UK's mantra. He wrote: 'The 1965 war may not have been a watershed conflict. It was unlike the more dramatic encounter in 1971 that led to the birth of a new country. Yet, for the large part, it seriously limited Anglo-American interest in a dispute that, as the CIA pointedly put it, is one best solved between the nations involved.'

Gu Tao: Inside and outside the forest (China) 18th May 2015

Gu Tao's documentary 'The Last Moose of Aoluguya' (2013) opened the Fifth Chinese Visual Festival held at King's this year. The article discusses the life of the director and the inspiration behind the film.

Screening for mental illness at work

BBC News Online 18th May 2015

The deaths of 150 people aboard Germanwings flight 9525 was tragic enough, but the possibility that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane brought a new level of disbelief. There has been a huge focus on the psychiatric history of the pilot and calls for greater screening for psychiatric disorders at work. Dr Max Henderson of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses what screening is and the issues of screening for psychiatric disorders. He comments: "Psychiatric disorders can't really be "screened" for. There is no recognised "latent" phase. Moreover, psychiatric diagnoses are based largely on symptoms, so the concept of "symptom-free" depression, for example, is difficult to sustain"

Antibiotic resistance is a growing menace – we must act before it’s too late

Guardian 18th May 2015

The AMR review launched by David Cameron last year will suggest ways to revitalise the research and development pipeline to produce about 15 new licensed antibiotics every 10 years, after research have shown that the profligate use of antibiotics has led to bacteria developing resistance to the drugs. The image that accompanies the piece is a picture of students' hands at King's who used glow gel to highlight remaining bacteria after washing their hands.

Cheese and wine: Eating to stay slim and healthy

Mail Online 17th May 2015

Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, has written a piece on how the key to losing weight and staying healthy is to look after your gut, as stated in his new book The Diet Myth. Commenting on how so many people have been caught up in fad diets and dogmas, Professor Spector wrote: 'It turns out we have been ignoring what some scientists call the ‘forgotten organ’ of our bodies, one that has the power to restore our balance. It is called our gut microbiome and is an area within our lower gut weighing 4lb and containing 100 trillion microbes. We all possess a unique set of these microbes, which vastly outnumber our cells and genes, and their function is to digest our food and keep us alive and healthy.' Also reported by Daily Express.

Incarnations: The 50 men and women behind India's story

BBC News 17th May 2015

An epic new series on the men and women who made India has been unveiled on BBC Radio 4. Presented by Professor Sunil Khilnani, director of the India Institute, Incarnations: India in 50 Lives takes listeners on a journey from ancient India to the 21st Century through the life stories of 50 of India's major figures. Professor Khilnani told Radio Times: 'Buddha's solution to suffering lay in the individual mind. But he was also sketching a new form of society. He was a moral meritocrat, and to an extent a social one too.' Also reported by Indian Express.

Is Harry right to fight for return of National Service?

Sun 17th May 2015

Prince Harry has called for the return of national service in Britain, crediting a military career for helping to keep himself and the soldiers he commanded on the right track. Professor Richard Vinen, History, discussed when National Service was first brought in. He said: 'Those most likely to fail their medical were from tough backgrounds. The Army in the 1950s didn't think its role was discipline.'

MH17: British investigator says Russians did fire missile that destroyed passenger jet in new documentary

Daily Mirror 17th May 2015

In a new documentary, research associate Eliot Higgins said he almost has certain proof Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from a Russian air base, after months analysing photos and video taken in the days before the Malaysia Airlines jet was downed over Ukraine in July 2014. He said: 'It very unlikely it was driven into rebel territory, the keys handed over, and the rebels told ‘there you go just press that button the launch a missile.'

Embryo engineering

BBC London 94.9 17th May 2015

Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, was interviewed on the genetic engineering of embryos, following scientists in China announcing they had successfully edited the genome of a human embryo. Commenting on what genetic engineering means, he said: 'We now have technology available that means you can correct mutations in genes. If some mutations are causing diseases, we have the ability to repair these mutations.'

We Are Many: The new movie teaching us lessons to learn from the 2003 Iraq war protests

Independent 16th May 2015

A new film 'We Are Many' looks back at the biggest protest in British history when more than one million people marched in London against the war in Iraq. Dr Eliza Filby, History, is mentioned in piece discussing how history has shown that there are three main ways of making an impact with a protest. She said: 'You can have huge numbers, as they did in 2003. You can have prominent people – that works. You’ve got to have lots of violence against property and destruction of property, because that breeds chaos.'

Ambassador to Brazil Alex Ellis speaks at King's

UOL (Brazil) 16th May 2015

At an event held by the Brazil Institute at King's, Ambassador to Brazil Alex Ellis discussed his experience of living in Brazil's capital Brasília, addressing the political and economic crisis the country is facing. He started the talk by asking 'Brazil, what happened?' before saying that eventually Brazil will once again become a safe country for investments and economic growth.

Preemies have 'fewer links in brain': study

Mumbai Mirror (India) 16th May 2015

A new study has found that premature birth can alter the wiring in key parts of a baby's brain. The discovery could help explain why being born too early increases the risk of neurodevelopmental problems ¬ including autism and attention deficit disorders, say researchers. Lead scientist Dr Hilary Toulmin, the Centre for the Developing Brain, said: The next stage of our work will be to understand how these findings relate to the learning, concentration and social difficulties ¬ which many of these children experience as they grow older.'

Can avocados cut the health risk of smog? Fruit's high levels of vitamin E may help to protect lungs from tiny particles

Daily Mail 15th May 2015

A new study from King’s College London and Nottingham University has found that higher levels of vitamin E may help protect the lungs from particulates which are tiny particles of smog. Particulate matter is one of the main air pollutants thought to be damaging to human health. Co-author Professor Frank Kelly, Head of the Environmental Research Group, said: 'These new findings are consistent with previous reports which observed lower levels of vitamin E in people with lung conditions such as asthma.' Also reported by Deccan Herald, Sun and Mumbai Mirror.

Is sweetener hidden in 6,000 products a danger to your health?

Mail Online 15th May 2015

The ingredient aspartame which is used in more than 6,000 products worldwide has sparked controversy across the world, and last month Pepsi announced that it was dropping the sweetener from diet drinks in the U.S. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Pepsi is under a lot of pressure to increase the popularity of sugar-free beverages in place of full-sugar ones. Commercially it seems to make sense to switch to a less controversial sweetener, providing it performs as well. But aspartame remains safe, and it is not the science that is driving the decision but consumer opinion.'

What does the summit between Barack Obama and Gulf leaders mean?

Telegraph 15th May 2015

Dr David B Roberts, Defence Studies, has written a piece that analyses why the Arab states in the Persian Gulf are increasingly perturbed by what they see as escalating US indifference to them and their region. Discussing the US’s refusal to stand by the ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the face of Arab Spring protests which angered the Gulf states, he wrote: 'If America can break one multi-decade relationship, the Gulf states fear, perhaps America would, if protests erupted, break their own long relationship.'

How defining British values can help in the fight against terror and extremism

Telegraph 15th May 2015

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, War Studies, and Nicholas Kaderbhai, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comment on how without a true consensus on what it means to be British, extremists will continue to take advantage. Discussing the importance of the new counter-terrorism bill, they wrote: 'The intellectual background to this comes from an ongoing discussion in response to extremist groups who promote violent ideologies in an effort to recruit and mobilise British citizens. Thus, the question of what it means to be British - and the role the answers to this deliberation have in the fight against terrorism and extremism - has been placed, once again, at the centre of the debate.'

Terror threat to the UK

ITV Good Morning Britain 15th May 2015

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, was interviewed on how the figures have risen for people in the UK being arrested for terrorism, with more than half of the arrests being related to Syria. She said: 'We are improving our counter-terror efforts as well, so this can be a positive story as well as a negative one.'

Academics from London awarded top history prize

Evening Standard 15th May 2015

Professor Richard Vinen, History, is one of two historians to be awarded the Wolfson History Prize at a ceremony at Claridge’s hotel. Professor Vinen won the award for his book National Service, which tells the story of Britons conscripted into the Army after the Second World War.

New drugs test can detect cocaine use from a simple fingerprint

Daily Mail 15th May 2015

Scientists from universities including King's have revealed that a new test can determine if a person has taken cocaine by analysing a single fingerprint, distinguishing between those who have ingested the class A drug, and those who have just touched it. The new test is hoped to lead to the introduction of portable drug tests for law enforcement agencies to use within the next decade. Also reported by Fox News.

Time to foster bilateral ties beyond Chinese shores

New Indian Express (India) 15th May 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece looking at prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia and South Korea this week. Commenting on the importance of these trips, he wrote: 'These visits are important in their own right and should not be sidelined in the din about the China visit. That Modi is making a point to visit Mongolia and South Korea after China is in itself significant as it is a signal that much as China is increasing its presence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean, India too can expand its profile in China’s periphery.'

Indian 'virtual university' on European model soon

Yahoo! News 15th May 2015

Four Indian universities will launch pilot open online courses by the beginning of next year to spearhead a major 'virtual university' concept funded by the European Union. They are working in collaboration with King's and the University of Bologna, Italy.

Opinion divided on outcome for heir to throne

Times 14th May 2015

Analysis of whether the 'spider letters' will damage Prince Charles' reputation. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, commented that Prince has the right to share his views: 'The Queen has the constitutional right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn. The heir to the throne does not have the right to be consulted, but he does, in my judgment, enjoy the right to encourage and to warn. The letters show him exercising that right.'

My dad made me eat McDonald's for 10 days. This is what happened

Telegraph 14th May 2015

Article by genetics student Tom Spector, son of Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, explaining why his father asked him to eat junk food for every meal and what the effects were on his body. He wrote: 'Straight after the experiment, I drove to the supermarket and got two big bags of salad. I ate them all. I was over the moon. And the test results were fascinating. I’d lost 1,400 bacterial species in my gut in just 10 days, which was extraordinary.'

Former MI6 chief Sir John Sawers joins BP board

Financial Times 14th May 2015

Sir John Sawers, former head of Britain’s secret intelligence service and Visiting Professor at King's, has joined BP as a non-executive director. BP are set to benefit from his extensive experience of the Middle East’s hotspots while a career diplomat, and his influential roles in formulating foreign policy. Also reported by Mail Online.

While the psychiatrists argue about antidepressants, I’ll keep taking them

The Guardian 14th May 2015

Journalist John Crace reflects on his experience of seconding Professor Allan Young of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at the latest Maudsley debates: Does the long-term use of psychiatric medication do more harm than good? Of Young's argument he said: "Young made what sounded to me like the reasoned response. Drugs are imperfect in all areas of medicine, but the science is improving and the data clearly shows that more people have benefited than have been harmed". Crace concludes from his experiences as a patient that: "Most mental health patients may be ill, but they aren’t stupid. Allow them to make their own informed choices... Nobody chooses to go on anti-depressants or other psychotropic drugs as a lifestyle choice. We do so because we are desperate. I had been in therapy for 10 years before my first depressive episode. I remain in therapy still. And I find it beneficial. But sometimes it’s not enough."

Terrorism detentions

BBC News 14th May 2015

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the number of people detained for terrorism related offences across England, Wales and Scotland which has reached record levels. He said: 'I think that it's interesting that the figures are going up, but what is particularly interesting is the breakdown of the figures - significant numbers of very young people are appearing in these charge figures.'

Tonight: How to Get into a Good School

ITV Tonight 14th May 2015

According to an exclusive Tonight survey, parents would o cheat in large numbers to get their youngsters into the best state schools, with more than 40 per cent saying they had or would be willing to pretend to live in the catchment area. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, said: 'I was also interested that almost half of parents believe that other parents are cheating the system in order to get their kids into a good school. How awful that almost half of parents think that we have a system that can be cheated and are anxious about bad practices that are clearly going on. This can't be socially healthy.'

Could wearing a Fitbit help manage schizophrenia?

Daily Mail 14th May 2015

Deteriorating sleep quality is one of the major hallmarks of a potential relapse event in schizophrenia patients, and now a new device that can objectively objectively measure sleep behaviour may help to prevent the relapse. The article refers to a study carried out by the University of Bonn and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) which discovered that twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy people similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. This went beyond low concentration to a loss of contact with reality.

Kerry to confront China over island-building in South China Sea

USA Today 14th May 2015

Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, discusses the impact the aggressive stance of the US over Chian's territorial claims in the South China Sea may have on US-China relations. He was quoted saying: 'The Chinese will not stand by. They're likely to deploy their own forces, both military and law enforcement. It's fair to assume it will get hotter around the area.' Also reported by Detroit Free Press.

Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good?

The Guardian 13th May 2015

The article discusses the key theme of the latest Maudsley Debate occurring at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN): Does the long term use of psychiatric medications cause more harm than good? The views expressed by Professor Peter Gøtzsche of the Nordic Cochrane Centre are countered by Allan Young, a professor of mood disorders at the IoPPN, and John Crace, a psychiatric patient and Guardian writer.
Also reported in the Telegraph, the Mirror and Press Association.

Embryo engineering a moral duty, says top scientist

BBC News 13th May 2015

Last month, a group in China announced it was the first to successfully edit the genome of a human embryo which sparked controversy across the globe, but Dr Tony Perry has told the BBC that advances in genetics posed a 'wonderful opportunity' for eliminating diseases such as cystic fibrosis. Professor Peter Braude, Women's Health, comments that screening for genetic diseases as part of IVF would be a better method of preventing disorders being passed down. He said: 'One does not manipulate the genes in any way, simply decide which of the embryos can be implanted into the woman safely in the knowledge they will not carry on that genetic disorder.'

UK at greater risk of terror attack because EU states ‘don’t trust each other’

Daily Express 13th May 2015

According to researchers, information which would help fight the threat of terrorism across Europe is being withheld by member states. The study, conducted by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University and King's, found member states were only knowledgable and concerned about their own country, rather than other members.

Is ISIS about to send women to die on suicide missions?

Daily Mail 13th May 2015

A document has been uncovered of an ISIS wedding certificate which stipulates that jihadi brides can carry out suicide missions without the husband's permission, and that the final decision over a bride's life lies with Islamic State's leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The piece also mentions that academics at King's have identified three British females as members of the group IS.

Is there any possible nuclear deal with Iran that would satisfy leaders of the Gulf states?

Telegraph 13th May 2015

Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, has written a piece looking at Iran's regional role and actions in the Syrian war and Yemen, and how the nuclear deal they want Iran to sign is one Tehran will never agree to. Discussing the nuclear deal in the eyes of Iran's neighbours, she wrote: 'At present, there is no acceptable nuclear deal with Iran that would satisfy the Gulf Arab states. The leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are nervous about Iran’s regional role. They see the nuclear agreement as an opportunity to rein in a rival regional power.'

Gulf leaders expected to seek tougher US line on Syria and Iran at Camp David Summit

Newsweek International 13th May 2015

Officials from Gulf states including Saudi Arabia travelled to Camp David in the US to demand a tougher line on president Bashar al-Assad's Syrian administration. Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, was quoted saying: 'They'll be pushing for ways to guarantee a rollback on Iran's intervention in Syria, which will be difficult because Iran is dead-set on its programme in Syria.'

Where do we go now?

Morning Star 12th May 2015

Professor Keith Ewing, Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece regarding the future vision of trade unions following last week's General Election result. Discussing the outcome for Labour, he wrote: 'Trade unions will now pay a heavy price for Labour’s defeat. Tory plans are set out clearly enough in their election manifesto, including the much-trumpeted proposals for yet more restrictions on strike ballots, most notably a requirement that strikes in certain sectors will need the support of 40 per cent of those eligible to vote, as well as a majority of those voting.'

Good morning, Miss Nightingale

Independent 12th May 2015

On International Nurses' Day, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, has said that mature students are valued for the experience they bring. She commented: 'Many come with skills and life experience and that serve them well in health care. For some, the course means financial hardship and they work part-time while studying.'

How can health and care integration help people living with dementia?

Guardian 12th May 2015

The Guardian is hosting a live discussion on Thursday 14 May between midday and 14.00 to discuss how integrated services can improve dementia care. Dr Mayumi Hayashi, Institute of Gerontology, will be on the panel.

Number of women freezing their eggs soars by 400 per cent in one year as careers are prioritised over motherhood

Daily Mail 12th May 2015

New figures have revealed that prioritising a career over motherhood has resulted in a huge rise in the number of women having their eggs frozen, with demand for the procedure having soared by 400 per cent in one year. Professor Susan Bewley, Women's Health, said: 'This is a profit-driven industry, which is fuelled by marketing and positive stories. But like most assisted reproductive technology, the reality is way behind the hype. Fertility clinics can be very in your face but there are certain facts about biology that can’t change.’

Seasons affect 'how genes and immune system work'

BBC News 12th May 2015

According to an international group of researchers, the seasons appear to have a profound effect on how human genes work. The scientists found genes involved with immunity were more active in cold months which whilst helping to combat viruses such as the flu, may rigger or worsen conditions, such as arthritis. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: 'Another dimension that could be as important are our gut microbes, which also change between seasons and could be driving these changes because of seasonal changes in diet.' Professor Tim Hubbard, Genetics and Molecular Medicine, also commented that there might be an evolutionary advantage behind the seasonal changes the researchers found.

‘I’m coming out of the mental health closet for my daughter’

The Daily Telegraph 11th May 2015

Professor Thalia Eley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) expert comment on anxiety: "We all experience anxiety to one degree or another, but when it inhibits us from living our normal daily lives, that's when it becomes a problem that warrants attention in terms of treatment. Coming out the the 'mental health closet' is important because it can empower you to do something about it and receive medical help".

Headaches? Tired all the time? You may need to drink more water

Daily Mail 11th May 2015

The article looks at how dehydration is a growing problem in Britain, with emergency hospital admissions for dehydration rising by 57 per cent over the past decade. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said busy lifestyles may be partly to blame for people not drinking enough. He was quoted saying: 'Traditionally, people would stop for a tea break mid-morning and have a proper lunch hour when they topped up their fluid levels, but this has been eroded.' Professor Sanders was also interviewed for a podcast by Nature.

Shortsightedness on the rise across Europe, say researchers

Guardian 11th May 2015

According to research carried out by King's, the number of people suffering from shortsightedness, also known as myopia, is increasing across Europe, with a study finding the problem to be nearly twice as common in those aged between 25 and 29 as from 55 to 59. The lead author, Katie Williams, Ophthalmology, said: 'We knew myopia was becoming more common in certain parts of the world – almost eight in 10 young people are affected in urban east Asia – but it is very interesting to find that the same pattern is being seen here in Europe.' Also reported by Press Association, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Independent.

How important is the battle for Iraq's Baiji oil refinery?

BBC News 11th May 2015

Jill S Russell, War Studies, has written a piece discussing the importance of Iraq's largest oil refinery, Baiji, for Iraqi government forces and Shia militia against Islamic State. She wrote: 'To the victor of Baiji go the spoils, according to the current narrative of the conflict in Iraq, but this conclusion is questionable given the effort required to take it combined with the equivocal gains.'

Jessica Ennis-Hill returns to action but despite feeling 'rusty' she's just happy to be back

Daily Telegraph 10th May 2015

The article mentions King's student Dina Asher-Smith started the outdoor season with a win over the double European sprint champion Dafne Schippers in the 150m. Dina led from the outset and won the race in 16.82sec. Also reported by Observer, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian.

Achingly hip

Mail on Sunday 10th May 2015

Senior honorary clinical lecturer Zameer Shah has written a piece answering a series of questions on hip pain and how to treat it. Discussing the causes of hip pain, he wrote: 'The vast majority of hip pain is caused by osteoarthritis, which is responsible for nine out of ten hip replacements. The condition causes cartilage – the spongy tissue that cushions joints – to deteriorate so the bones rub together, causing pain and reduced movement.'

Fast food kills bugs that keep you thin

Sunday Times 10th May 2015

Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, has found that diets built around fast food make people fat not just through excess calories but by killing off the gut bacteria that help people burn off their excess energy. These findings are published in Professor Spector's book 'The Diet Myth' which is out this week, and which investigates the links between gut bacteria and health. Discussing the importance of microbes, he said: 'Microbes are not only essential to how we digest food; they control the calories we absorb and provide vital enzymes and vitamins.' Also reported by Times, Press Association, Metro, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC London 94.9 Breakfast.

Human ‘guinea pig’

Times 10th May 2015

Elizabeth Manners, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, has written to the Times about how animal research can help cure genetic diseases: 'Animal research has made possible a clearer understanding, accurate diagnosis, and ameliorative or curative treatment for millions of families who were previously left without any hope or help.'

Pollutionwatch: A deadline missed, with deadly consequences

Guardian 10th May 2015

Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, has written a piece on how the government has missed the deadline of 2010 to meet European Limits for nitrogen dioxide. Commenting on how the happened, he wrote: 'Over the last 15 years a huge growth in the proportion of diesel vehicles on our roads has compounded the problem. Today, the locations with greatest nitrogen dioxide are close to major roads in urban centres, especially in locations that are dominated by diesel traffic, including the buses, taxis and delivery vehicles that make our cities work.'

Fruit snacking is a rotten idea for your teeth, warn dentists

Times 9th May 2015

Dentists have warned that snacking on fruit between meals is fast emerging as one of the biggest sources of tooth problems as teeth are subjected to near-continual erosion. Professor David Bartlett, Dental Institute, said: 'It’s not what you eat, it's how you eat it. It’s all about habits and frequency. People snack on fruit all day because they’re told that fruit’s good for you, but what you’ve got to do is modify the intake and keep it to meal times.' Also reported by Sun and Mail Online.

Plea for enforced ceasefire in Yemen

Times 9th May 2015

Professor Tony Allan, Geography, has co-signed a letter to the Times which discusses how the extreme fuel shortage caused by the fighting in Yemen is hampering the delivery of food and medicine to the population. The letter states: 'Fuel is essential to pump drinking water to Yemen’s towns and villages, to allow industries to operate and pay their workforces, to drive the irrigation pumps on which most Yemeni agriculture critically depends, to take produce to market and to power the fishing boats operating all along its long coastline.'

Not breathing easy

Economist 8th May 2015

On April 29 the Supreme Court ordered the next government to come up with a plan by the end of the year to reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide in the UK. Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, is mentioned in the piece for having said that yhe health effects of NO2 have not yet been calculated for Britain, but are thought to be as potentially damaging as fine man-made particulate matter.

University modern language courses easier to get on than five years ago

Guardian 8th May 2015

New figures suggest that a student’s chances of getting into a leading university to study languages have increased in the past five years, principally due to a plummet in applications and lack of interest in the subject. The article mentions that in 2010 there were 1,165 applications and 150 acceptances, and in 2014 there were 575 applications and 125 acceptances.

Summer school on cancer to begin on May 11

Times of India 8th May 2015

Specialists from King’s College London will travel to the Tata Memorial Hospital in India to teach in an oncology summer school for Indian medical students. For 10 days, fifty students will learn from specialists in the hospital. India currently has approximately 1,500 trained oncologists, but there is generally considered to be a shortage countrywide. Also reported in the Hindustan Times

Pop tribes

BBC Radio 4 Today 7th May 2015

Music allegiances used to simple and defined into categories, but this week Liam Gallagher called Blur's new release his song of the year. Dr Ruth Adams, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, discussed whether things are changing in popular culture. She said: 'I think the internet and the ready availability of all popular culture from the past 60 years certainly has made a difference. We live in a perpetual present in that sense.'

Commercial courts can assist in arbitration system

Financial Times 7th May 2015

Professor Jan Dalhuisen, Dickson Poon School of Law, has written in to the Financial Times regarding the commercial courts. He wrote: 'In matters that affect the public interest, private dispute resolution feels counter-intuitive and there is a natural suspicion particularly acute in foreign investments. It is not helped by the fact that this arbitration practice is often run like a business that may attract large fees.'

Experts on election rules to prevent hung Parliament hiccups

Times Higher Education 7th May 2015

In a piece on today's election, academics working with the media and government discuss current misconceptions on hung Parliaments. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, will be a guest during ITV’s election night coverage. He was quoted saying: 'I think the issue of electoral reform, proportional representation, will come on to the agenda after the election.'

OECD’s Ahelo project could transform university hierarchy

Times Higher Education 7th May 2015

The UK must decide by 31 May whether to take the next step with The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (Ahelo) to measure university teaching quality. The project would offer an opportunity for East Asian universities to improve their standing, but possibly at the expense of the Western elite. Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, said that Ahelo is 'unrealistic' and 'will not provide governments with any useful information.'

What can Britain learn from Israel's troubled coalition-building?

Telegraph 7th May 2015

Rob Pinfold, War Studies, discusses what British party leaders could learn from Israel, following news that Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a government with a 'wafer-thin' majority. Commenting on the UK, he wrote: 'The British government looks as though it could become as fragmented as its Israeli equivalent. Final polls in the UK suggest that no party will gain a decisive majority in today’s general election and there could be days of frenzied negotiations between the parties as they try to form a coalition government.'

Viewpoint: How far is Saudi-Iranian rivalry fuelling Yemen war?

BBC News 7th May 2015

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, has written a piece for the BBC discussing how Saudi Arabia projected the fighting in Yemen as a proxy war with Iran, deliberately or otherwise. He commented: 'the sense that the Gulf Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, are simply winging their policy in Yemen is inescapable. In lieu of anything approaching a cogent, strategic plan, the short-termist resort of bombing to win does not inspire hope for the near future.'

Inexcusable sexism calls for action

Times Higher Education 7th May 2015

Dr Christine Cheng, War Studies, has written in in response to the 'sexist nature of the peer review comments' on Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head’s Plos One journal submission on gender inequality in the life sciences. She writes: 'As a female academic, I personally found some of the sexist comments (such as only men have the personality necessary to make it to the top jobs in science) so outlandish that it was difficult to take them seriously. Surely no credible scientist could honestly believe that it is physical stamina that explains men’s publication advantage?'

What happens next in a hung UK parliament

Financial Times 6th May 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece looking at how the rules work if no party wins a majority. Discussing the election's outcome, he wrote: 'Perhaps the multi-party system — five parties in England, six in Scotland and Wales — is not an aberration but a permanent feature of the landscape, reflecting a fundamental change in our political culture.'

Three in every four British men will be obese by 2030, says World Health Organisation

Independent 6th May 2015

According to new predictions from the World Health Organisation, three in every four men and two in every three women in the UK will be overweight by 2030. These figures appear to counter more positive figures from Kings that appeared to show levels of obesity among young children in England beginning to 'level off'.

Dr Andrew Blick on The Paul O'Grady Show

ITV The Paul O'Grady Show 6th May 2015

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show on 'Break Time', answering school children's questions on the election. Responding to a question on why the parties are the colours that they are, Dr Blick commented: 'Once they used to pick a colour because it was to do with something that they stood for but now I don't think anybody can remember why. It's a bit like branding with football teams - you've got to have different colours out there so you know who's who on the pitch and it's like that in politics.'

How a glass of red wine a day could keep diabetics' hearts healthy

Daily Mail 6th May 2015

US and Israeli researchers have tracked the health of 224 diabetics over two years and found wine drinkers experienced an increase in their ‘good’ cholesterol. However Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said the link between higher HDL cholesterol and improved heart health was not clear-cut: 'In my experience, any health claims made for red wine need to be regarded with a jaundiced eye.'

Low breastfeeding rates help fuel epidemic of child obesity

Telegraph 6th May 2015

Low breastfeeding rates are fuelling the epidemic of childhood obesity, health experts have warned, as new figures show Britain has one of the worst rates in Europe. Another study, which is also being presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Prague, found that children as young as six are suffering dissatisfaction with their bodies. However previous research by Kings has suggested that the trends of childhood obesity may be balancing out.

Jihadist who left Britain to join ISIS in Syria was responsible for the slick footage showing Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage, says prominent Islamist

Daily Mail 6th May 2015

Portuguese ISIS jihadi Fabio Pocas has been identified as the depraved ISIS militant who filmed the murder of a Jordanian pilot. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the videos produced by ISIS: '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.'

What do economists think of the coalition’s economic record?

Buzzfeed 6th May 2015

Professor Amrita Dhillon and Professor Shaun Hargreaves Heap, Political Economy, have been quoted in an article on the government's economic performance. Professor Dhillon said: 'It would have been better if they had been honest about the mistakes that they made with the austerity policy, especially as it cut strategic investment in the public sector. But overall, you have to be happy with a government that changes policy when the circumstances change.' Professor Hargreaves Heap added: 'Unlike members of the eurozone, the UK controls its own money supply, and so it was never in the same danger as Greece.'

Too busy to be sick?

Nursing Standard 6th May 2015

Almost half of health workers have postponed visiting a doctor because they are unable to take time off, a survey has found. Nurses were among the 81 per cent of health workers who go to work feeling too unwell to do their job. Large multi-site trusts make it hard for staff to attend occupational health appointments, according to Jill Maben, the National Nursing Research Unit.

Cameron has championed India’s interests like few British PMs

NDTV 6th May 2015

In advance of the British 2015 General Election, Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the inclusion of policy related to India in the party manifestos. Dr Pant said: ‘David Cameron has championed Indian interests like few British Prime Ministers in recent years. A Conservative-led government will be good for India. But the rise of India as an economic power is transforming British attitudes…even a Labour Party government…won’t be in a position to ignore Delhi.’

Nuclear smugglers abusing Alibaba listings challenge Iran deal

Bloomberg 6th May 2015

As the United Nations (UN) sanctions to contain nuclear proliferation against Iran are eased, world powers may have to use online marketplaces to ensure long term effectiveness. Companies such as Ebay and Alibaba may be enlisted to ensure moderation of supply and demand of technology and products that could be used to develop weapons. Ian J. Stewart, War Studies, said: ‘If Iran continues to buy goods illicitly in defiance of UN resolutions, the whole agreement would be undermined.’

South Asian political tango

DNA India 6th May 2015

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, provides an analysis on the China-Pakistan bilateral relationship that has developed in recent years. Dr Pant said: ‘For a relationship that has been described as “higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the Indian Ocean and sweeter than honey,” there has been little to show.’

Why menopause isn’t the sex killer you thought it was

Time 6th May 2015

Research by King’s College London has revealed that menopause has less of an impact on sexual issues, such as sex drive and problems with sexual function, than previously thought. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, who led the research, said: ‘We were surprised by the results a little bit. They suggest that menopause has been exaggerated as an excuse for everything.’ Also reported in the Deccan Herald

Electricity could help relieve a dry mouth

Daily Mail 5th May 2015

A jolt of electricity may be a new way to tackle dry mouth with electricity being delivered via a flat pad placed on the jaw which stimulates the saliva glands beneath the skin and boosts the amount of fluid produced. Commenting on the findings, Professor David Bartlett, Dental Institute, said: 'It is an interesting concept, but this is a small study and more work is needed. We also need to know how long the stimulation would need to be applied and how practical it is.'

Eric Abidal opens up on his battle with cancer

Daily Mail 5th May 2015

Eric Abidal, who represented Barcelona from 2007 to 2013, has spoken out about his battle with cancer. The piece mentions that he has just launched the Eric Abidal Foundation which has established a link with King's.

How big a threat are Isil-inspired terror attacks to the US and western Europe?

Telegraph 5th May 2015

Jill Russell, War Studies, has written an article discussing how lone wolf attacks such as those in Texas, Boston and Paris present relatively little threat in their own right, but have the potential to drive a damaging wedge between authorities and minority communities. Commenting on how to combat Isil's terror attacks, she wrote: 'In addition to every bit of fine, proactive counter-terror tactic and policy, the single best weapon against Isil and its immediate and long-term threats within Western societies is the strength of relations between the relevant communities and individuals and the authorities.'

Online info about braces can be improved

Reuters UK 5th May 2015

According to a new study from the Netherlands, internet information about orthodontic braces varies in quality and may not be entirely accurate. Researchers evaluated 62 websites for accessibility, usability, reliability, readability and completeness of information. Dr Martyn Cobourne, Dental Institute, warned that on the internet 'medical information is uncensored, not peer reviewed and can often be plain wrong.'

UK youth activism

BBC Radio 1 Stories 5th May 2015

In the run up to the election, Tina Daheley follows five of the UK's leading youth activists as they campaign for their causes in the run-up to polling day. One King's student, Melanie, is working on Amnesty International's My Body My Rights campaign, which focuses on the reproductive and sexual rights of women.

The 2015 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research is awarded to Sir Paul Nurse, a geneticist and cell biologist and President of The Royal Society of London

Bloomberg 5th May 2015

The President of the Royal Society and Director of the Francis Crick Institute, Sir Paul Nurse, has won a prize in Health Research. The article mentions that the Francis Crick Institute is a consortium of six of the UK’s ‘most successful scientific and academic organisations’, including King’s College London.

Hip hop the real musical revolution as Beatles and Stones pronounced derivative

Newsweek 5th May 2015

Research conducted at King’s College London and Queen Mary University tracked musical evolution of 17,000 songs between 1960 and 2010. They concluded that it was the emergence of hip-hop and rap in the nineties that caused the biggest revolutionary shift in the modern history of pop music, rather than the explosion of rock music in the sixties.

Cyber warfare

BBC World Service 5th May 2015

Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, commented on the debate about cyber warfare and his book ‘Cyber war will not take place.’ Discussing the nuances of the attacks widely considered ‘cyber’ he says: ‘We should talk about the attacks that actually happen…These are non-violent attacks and yet they have a huge effect.’

Tam Dalyell: Unelected Sturgeon has no right to do post-election deals

Times 4th May 2015

Former Labour MP for West Lothian Tam Dalyell has challenged the right of Nicola Sturgeon to negotiate on behalf of her party after the election, arguing that her intention to take the lead in deals made in the event of a hung parliament is unprecedented in the past century. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, agreed, saying: 'You can appoint who you like to negotiate. I doubt if the SNP would be bound by any rules.' Professor Bogdanor was also quoted in the Guardian and Financial Times, and interviewed on BBC News.

Brain scans of premature babies reveal changes that may raise risk of autism

Guardian 4th May 2015

Researchers at King’s have found from brain scans of children who were born prematurely that there are differences in the connectivity of key regions that may play a role in developmental disorders. The findings may help doctors understand why preterm children are so often affected, and help them to work out how best to care for them. Dr Hilary Toulmin, Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, commented: 'In the future, it will help us to test whether changes in care, or different medications during the preterm period improve the outcome of these children. It is important to remember that the effects of prematurity persist into adulthood.' Also reported by Daily Mirror, Huffington Post, Press Association and Daily Mail.

The hell of having a hoarder for a husband

Daily Mail 4th May 2015

In an article discussing the difficulties of having a husband with a hoarding habit, it is noted that a a 2009 study of 5,000 twins at King’s showed hoarding can be genetically influenced.

In British comedy, sometimes the joke's on you

Huffington Post 4th May 2015

A blog post describing the author’s experience of comedy shows in London, as an American on a year abroad in the capital. King’s College London undergraduate student, Vanessa Matthews, is quoted in the blog, describing how she ‘always had an obsession with UK culture…and when she joined a newly formed improvisation group at her university, she felt she had finally tapped into the culture.’

What if no one wins in Britain?

Politico 4th May 2015

The British General Election on 7 May is likely not to produce one party with a majority. Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed the ‘rules’ that underpin British politics. He said: ‘There is a real question of the rules being fit for purpose in our modern era. We have conventions and understandings. These are rules that are politically binding, not legally binding.’

Economic Outlook: It’s like 2010 — but with a much starker choice

Sunday Times 3rd May 2015

Opinion piece on how this election differs from any the UK has seen previously. The article mentions a speech at King's Strand Group by Sir Dave Ramsden who said that the Government Economic Service (GES), which employs nearly 1,500 economists, came into being as a result of a policy failure.

Obama weighs up Saudi’s mystery new kid in town

Sunday Times 3rd May 2015

Article on how the international community will be looking at the future king of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at the Gulf leaders at Camp David next weekend hosted by President Barack Obama. Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, was quoted on the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. He said: 'Both sides are looking for a reset. Then comes MbS — an unknown quantity and a future king. So there will be tremendous curiosity.'

We've been taken for a ride by diesel

Telegraph 3rd May 2015

Last week, the Government was ordered by the Supreme Court to address the issue of diesel and the pollution it causes. Martin Withers, Professor of Air Quality Research, commented that the problem is that regulators in the UK solely concentrate on carbon emissions. He said: 'In California there is a 'smog index', so you get an overall measure of a vehicle's environmental impact. Here we only publicise CO2.'

'Hollywood' therapy eases agony of MS

Daily Mail 3rd May 2015

'Mindfulness has great potential for reducing stress in progressive MS' comments Professor Rona Moss Morris of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), after a recent study which followed 40 patients experiencing the most progressive forms of the neurological condition. Regular meditation sessions delivered by skype, and lasting up to half an hour, reduced distress scores significantly.

In Algeria, entrepreneurs hope falling oil prices will spur innovation

New York Times 3rd May 2015

Algeria is facing an economic crisis following a serious drop in oil prices. However, entrepreneurs such as Toufik Lerari and Marhoun Rougab believe that this will finally prompt economic reform in the country. Mr Rougab is mentioned as an alumni of King’s College London.

Tragedy highlights the political disaster experienced by Nepalese

Folha (Brazil) 3rd May 2015

The recent earthquake in Nepal, which has caused approximately 6,600 deaths, highlights serious political and economic problems within the country. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘The state in Nepal, in its different forms, has failed to win people’s trust. Moreover the government’s capacity is limited. With a disaster of this magnitude, there is no ability for efficient state intervention.’

A who's who guide to the team that will be holding Kate's hand for baby number two... aside from William, of course!

Daily Mail 2nd May 2015

The piece looks at who will be by Kate's side during the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child. A member of her household staff, Natasha Archer, who is Kate's PA, is mentioned as having been a former student of Hispanic Studies at King’s. Also reported by Telegraph.

Munchausen syndrome: Why bloggers like cancer fraud Belle Gibson fake sickness online

The Independent 1st May 2015

"In a world of global sympathy where you can suddenly have 20 million hits on youtube, it’s your one chance to be a celebrity – far beyond what you’d ever expected", comments Professor Simon Wesseley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in an interview on Munchausen syndrome. In this condition, an individual feigns a "sick role" or tragic situation in order to reap benefits such as financial rewards, compassion and excuse from responsibilities. The possible advantages are now far greater in the internet age where a wider audience can be reached and the ability to be seen as a victim is amplified. He adds that the individual is often not aware that they have the disorder which can build up slowly over time.

The thick of IT

Metro 1st May 2015

The article looks at how the 2015 election marks the biggest digital battle between election candidates and political parties in UK history, but how UK politicians actually have surprisingly lower followings on social media than their political counterparts in other countries. Dr Paolo Gerbaudo, Digital Humanities, commented that social media matters given the evolution since the last election, but added: 'Don't buy into what the marketing men and women are telling you. This election campaign has not been a demonstration of the power of social media.'

India must regain lost clout

Deccan Herald 1st May 2015

Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the significance of the visit: ‘Ghani’s visit to India has been an important opportunity for India to underline the role it will play in the unfolding strategic dynamic in the region. The Modi government has to make it clear that unlike its predecessor, it takes its responsibilities as a regional power seriously.’

Right between your ears

Psychologist 1st May 2015

Neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and filmmaker Sheila Marshall are putting the finishing touches to Right Between Your Ears, a documentary about how we can become convinced that we are right, even when we are completely wrong.

Maternity care experiences of women abused in childhood

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour 30th April 2015

Dr Elsa Montgomery, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, who has just completed her PhD on the maternity care experiences of women who were abused during childhood, discussed how she has talked to female survivors about their experiences of ante-natal care and childbirth. She said: 'My feeling now having conducted my research is that we should make it absolutely obvious that this is a subject that is ok to talk about but I don't think it's helpful to ask the question outright. It requires a great deal of trust for a woman to disclose abuse, so we need to let them be aware that, if they feel they can trust the staff around them, they can disclose. But equally we should ensure that we provide care that doesn't require disclosure.'

Why a hard day at the office may beat dementia

Daily Mail 30th April 2015

Those with a demanding occupation had half the rate of decline in memory and thinking capacity in later life than those in less challenging work, finds a study which followed 1,054 people aged over 75 in an eight-year period. The article refers to research conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) which found that a drug used to treat diabetes reversed memory loss in mice.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman announces major cabinet reshuffle and new heirs to throne

Independent 30th April 2015

Saudi Arabia’s new king has named his nephew as the country’s new crown prince, demoting his brother from the role, as part of the country’s biggest cabinet reshuffle in years. Dr Carool Kersten, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, was quoted saying this shift marks a 'radical move'.

Grant winners – 30 April 2015

Times Higher Education 30th April 2015

Jakub Radoszewski, Department of Informatics, has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship for his work on software and algorithms for manipulating 'next generation sequencing' data. These fellowships are given to non-UK early career postdoctoral researchers in the humanities, engineering and natural and social sciences to allow them to carry out research at UK institutions. The awards offer financial support in the region of £100,000 for a two-year placement.

Cutting out one fizzy drink a day slashes diabetes risk by 25 per cent

Daily Mail 30th April 2015

Research has shown that cutting fizzy drinks and hot chocolate and opting for drinking water and unsweetened tea could reduce your risk of developing diabetes by a quarter. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said drinks tended to reveal a lot about lifestyle. He commented: ‘Soft drinks are associated with fast food outlets compared to water, tea and fruit juice – which are associated with a healthy lifestyle.’ Also reported by Sun.

Sons of Hillary and Norgay took refuge in same village by chance during Nepal earthquake

Telegraph 30th April 2015

The sons of the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Jamling Tenzing Norgay and Peter Hillary, took refuge by chance in the same tiny Himalayan village when the Nepal earthquake struck. The article mentions that Peter Hillary had been leading a group of 11 fellow former King's College London classmates.

Saying no to a friend

Indian Express 30th April 2015

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, considers the implications of the Pakistani refusal to help Saudi Arabia in Yemen. He said of the recent rebuff: ‘This decision is the result of a series of circumstances. First, the Pakistani army is conducting a military operation in North Waziristan. To open another front would have been a dangerous distraction. Second, taking Saudi Arabia’s side could have alienated Iran at a time when Islamabad wants to engage Tehran in talks about a post-Nato Afghanistan.’

Small is beautiful. The democratic advantages of smaller states

Huffington Post 30th April 2015

Wolf von Laer, Political Economy, discusses the benefits of being a smaller democratic state. He said: ‘The complexities of the world we live in might be better handled by smaller institutions than by larger one, due to their responsiveness, their agility, and the increased potential for experimentation.’

Oxbridge rivals world’s best in subject ranking

Times 29th April 2015

Despite mounting competition from well-funded universities in Asia, Britain’s top universities are continuing to dominate many of the main academic disciplines across the globe. The article mentions that the UK's strength remains in arts and humanities, with 17 universities ranked in the top 30 for these subjects, including King’s.

Artist decks warship crew in gaudy masks

Times 29th April 2015

Follow criticism from historians, The Imperial War Museum has defended its decision to allow an artist to dress up its mannequins on HMS Belfast in carnival masks. Dr Tim Benbow, Defence Studies, said: 'I am stunned that HMS Belfast let it go ahead and cannot think that any supposedly serious museum would allow it – how about asking a museum of slavery or of women’s history if they would allow someone to put silly costumes on their models. There might be a place for this sort of tosh but a historical warship is not it.' Also reported by Evening Standard.

Alcohol consumption and weight loss

BBC Radio Tees 29th April 2015

Interview at 13.27 with Dr Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, where she discusses how weight-gain is linked to drinking and recent recommendations to label alcoholic drinks with caloric content.

What are the prospects for progress in nuclear disarmament

Telegraph 29th April 2015

Dr Hassan Elbahtimy and Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, has written a piece about how progress is being made for nuclear disarmament, even though enthusiasm may have waned. They wrote: 'Ultimately, while the current geopolitical climate has undermined the political momentum that disarmament has gathered in recent years, this should not detract from the expanding research and development agenda in the field.'

Limits on air pollution

BBC Radio 5 Live 29th April 2015

The Supreme Court has ruled that the government should speed up efforts to limit certain types of air pollution. Client Earth brought up the case after air quality records continued to break EU standards for Nitrogen Dioxide. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: 'We have managed to have clean up the exhaust that comes from diesel vehicles as well as we planned. You would hope that policy would be reactive.' Also reported by BBC London Drivetime.

We are Margaret Thatcher's children: meet the north Londoners keeping the Iron Lady’s legacy alive in her old constituency

Evening Standard 29th April 2015

Piece looking at how the legacy of Finchley and Golders Green's former MP Margaret Thatcher is still in place. Prem Modgil, a retired educational psychologist and head of the Hindu Cultural Society, was interviewed on her voting preferences. She said: 'My son trained as a dentist and is now a lecturer on artificial intelligence at King’s College London and my daughter is a barrister. Thanks to the Conservatives, Finchley has excellent schools, very low crime rate and on the whole the services offered are second to none.'

WWII drama Home Fires

BBC Radio 4 Front Row 29th April 2015

Home Fires is a new ITV drama about a group of women in a Cheshire village on the brink of World War II. Following the role the Women's Institute played in war time, it stars Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis. Dr Lara Feigel, English, said: 'I think I really appreciate the move towards women's stories over the last few years. I think's it's great to have a move here to older women as heroines.'

Civil servants should either perform or perish

New Indian Express 29th April 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a number of civil servants on Civil Services Day, stressing the importance of an energetic bureaucracy for governing India. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commented on the importance of the speech: ‘The Prime Minister’s remarks were significant in the light of the government’s bold moves in recent months in shuffling the ossified bureaucracy like never before.’

Other member states want the UK in the EU

Bloomberg 29th April 2015

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, considered whether the election has had an impact on the relationship between the UK and the EU. Professor Menon said: ‘There’s slight trepidation. All of the EU states…want the UK to remain within the EU. But all of them equally have made it quite clear that they won’t just give in to anything we ask for.’

It's not just women who get hot flushes

Daily Mail 28th April 2015

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) reduces symptoms of hot flushes by 40 per cent, and their frequency by 36 per cent finds a study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Professor Myra Hunter conducted a trial which provided CBT to 68 prostrate cancer patients experiencing hot flushes from hormone therapy, which proved successful in reducing the effects of the treatment. Professor Hunter comments: 'Beliefs about hot flushes can exacerbate symptoms', and that replacing negative thoughts about them with more positive ones can result in less of an impact.

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Anxiety is catching and can be passed on to children

Daily Mail 28th April 2015

Professor Thalia Eley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has carried out a landmark study demonstrating that anxiety can be passed on to children through parent behaviour over and above genetic factors. She notes that: ‘While a natural tendency when your child is anxious is to try to protect them, it can be more helpful to support them in taking small age-appropriate risks. This will teach them that the world is generally a safe place and they can manage situations that initially seem stressful, developing their sense of mastery and in turn promoting resilience.' Also reported in The Times.

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'Bribes' to get healthy only work for three months

Daily Telegraph 28th April 2015

A study between King's and Cambridge University has found that bribing people to live healthily only works for three months before they fall off the wagon. The researchers examined 34 international studies in which financial incentives were offered as a reward for healthy living. Dr Eleni Mantzari, from the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health, said: 'Our study is the first systematic review to provide an overall estimate of the impact of financial incentives across habitual health-related behaviours and to focus explicitly on effects after the incentives stop.' Also reported by Times and Daily Star.

Nepal earthquake: How India and China vie for influence

BBC News 28th April 2015

Opinion piece on how the alacrity with which India and China have reacted to the massive earthquake in Nepal again demonstrates how the two Asian giants continue to vie for influence. Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: 'Nepal is central to India. Nepal has a special place in Indian thinking. It cannot be compared to China. India's response to the earthquake would have been strong and one of a kind, anyway.'

The King's warning: expert says George VI should be anti-smoking image

Guardian 28th April 2015

Speaking to the Royal College of Surgeons on Tuesday, Professor Harold Ellis, Department of Anatomy, has suggested that images of the Queen’s father, George VI, should appear on cigarette packets as a warning of the perils of smoking. Professor Ellis said: 'I think George VI should be on every cigarette packet, because he had severe vascular disease in his legs – 99 per cent due to smoking. He had carcinoma of the lung – 99 per cent due to smoking. [And] he died of coronary thrombosis – 90 per cent due to smoking.'

Experts tell U.N. council: Feeling left out drives youth to Islamic State

Reuters 28th April 2015

A meeting was held by the United Nations Security Council to discuss the role of youth in countering violent extremism. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who spoke at the meeting said: ‘What many, if not most of them, had in common is that they didn't feel they had a stake in their societies. They often felt that...they weren't European, they didn't belong, that they'd never succeed however hard they tried.’ Also reported in New York Times

Why an Iran deal won’t lead to nuclear proliferation

Washington Post 28th April 2015

Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, has co-written a piece following the announcement of a framework for a nuclear deal in Iran. Ms Esfandiary said of the impact of the talks in the Middle East: ‘A final agreement on the Iranian nuclear program would be a win for the region. A regional proliferation cascade is an unlikely result. There are too many barriers to it. It is time to remove the cascade assumption from the policy equation.’

Warning issued on risk of UK military procurement errors

Financial Times 27th April 2015

According to a report by the Policy Institute at King's, Britain’s next government risks making flawed decisions in spending its £34bn military budget because of a dearth of official data on the value of the UK defence industry to the economy. Professor Matthew Uttley, Defence Studies, said: 'We are not criticising the way the MoD conducts weapons acquisition. But there are questions around the long-term implications of certain choices and we were not able to identify conclusive answers. There needs to be a rigorous, evidence-based review of this area.' Also reported by Daily Telegraph.

5bn people 'lack access to surgery'

Daily Mail 27th April 2015

According to a new report by Andy Leather, King's Centre for Global Health, a large majority of people in the world do not have access to safe and affordable surgery, with In low and middle-income countries as many as nine out of 10 individuals were said to lack basic surgical care. Mr Leather said: 'The global community cannot continue to ignore this problem - millions of people are already dying unnecessarily, and the need for equitable and affordable access to surgical services is projected to increase in the coming decades, as many of the worst affected countries face rising rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and road accidents.' Also reported by Reuters, BBC News, BBC World Service and Independent.

Is being dehydrated really as bad for you as being drunk?

Daily Mail 27th April 2015

A new study has suggested that getting behind the wheel when dehydrated makes you just as hazardous as being under the influence of alcohol. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying that dehydration is likely to be the cause of why the number of people taken to A&E with painful kidney stones has soared.

Nurse training

BBC London 94.9 27th April 2015

Listeners get in touch with their views on nurse training. One listener who studied at King's refutes another listener's suggestion that there are no set courses for nurse practitioners.

Sponges' brainlessness might be a positive thing

MSNBC 27th April 2015

New research has found that that complex brains were in place as early as 520 million years ago, but animals may have evolved to lose them as they had no need for them. Frank Hirth of Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) says: "In their ancient evolutionary past, sea sponges did have neurons, but they have experienced evolved loss of these structures".

LGBT mental health: are we doing enough?

VICE 27th April 2015

Dr Qazi Rahman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience comments on the gay-shaming attitudes of straight men, saying: "It's a way of boosting social status among heterosexual male friendship networks and self-esteem by exalting the in-group (fellow heterosexuals) through holding particular kinds of prejudice". He adds: "The human tendency to form out-groups and in-groups is part of our coalitional psychology, but it is also malleable and so can change. This is why gay-straight alliances in schools are a good idea because they promote a newer kind of 'coalition' between LGBT and straight students."

Rich List 2015

Sunday Times 26th April 2015

In the Sunday Times Rich List 2015, Gautam Thapar and family are listed as a new entry. Founded by Thapar, the entry notes that the Avantha Group gave King's £3.5m to contribute towards setting up an India Institute.

Lesbos...the first Magaluf!

Daily Mail 26th April 2015

In a new BBC documentary, former Apprentice star Margaret Mountford will look at the Greek island of Lesbos and how in ancient times it was a notorious playground for straight men. Professor Edith Hall, Department of Classics, told the programme: 'Lesbos had a very particular reputation for producing very beautiful women. They really were supposed to be the sexiest people in the entire Greek world.'

Turbo-charge your life in just seven days

Sunday Mirror 26th April 2015

Scientists believe that there is a link between bacteria in the stomach and weight. Researchers at King's found that certain bacteria were more common in slim people. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, said: 'Our findings show specific groups of microbes living in our gut could protect against obesity.'

UK election: The Scottish pivot

Financial Times 26th April 2015

The Conservative party has made the threat posed by possible Scottish National Party influence over a minority Labour government into a central theme of its election campaign. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, commented on how the voting system is shaping the SNP's future. He wrote: 'First past the post used to be defended on the grounds that, whatever its theoretical unfairness, it did at least yield strong and stable single-party government. In a multi-party system, it does not work.'

Mitochondria editing tried in mice

BBC News 26th April 2015

A study of mice has led researchers to developing a technique to edit out bits of mitochondrial DNA that could otherwise pass on incurable diseases. Dr Duscko Ilic, Women's Health, aid the technique had many hurdles to overcome: 'Although this clever alternative approach for correcting genetic errors in mitochondria is a technical masterpiece, it is unlikely to make it to clinic in the near future.'

Can we trust scientists' self-control?

Guardian 26th April 2015

Filippa Lentzos, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, has co-written a piece looking at how the self-control of scientists is not enough to protect us, or to secure public trust, and suggesting that national governments must step in. They wrote: 'There is more at stake than just a certain set of experiments or the degree of freedom of research. There will be further loss of public trust in scientists and in the institution of science itself if it appears that decisions about such exceptionally risky projects are taken without substantial, genuine involvement by the public and wider civil society.'

Summer school for budding oncologists at Tata Memorial Hospital

DNA India 26th April 2015

Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) will be opening a summer school in collaboration with King’s College London. The course will consist of a series of lectures and seminars over ten days.

Your middle-age health check

Times 25th April 2015

An article looking at how people's bodies change when they hit their forties. The piece mentions a recent study by Professor Stephen Harridge, director of the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences which found that there was little physical difference between keen cyclists at 79 and at 55 and it all comes down to exercising.

Nick Clegg’s rules on coalition-building are ‘absurd’, says constitutional expert

Guardian 25th April 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has described claims by Nick Clegg that a government would lack legitimacy if formed by the party that finished second as absurd. Professor Bogdanor said: 'Last time it seemed that the Liberal Democrats were closer to Labour on its policy on austerity and cuts. What are their views now? Which party are they closer to? They are deliberately not saying because they want to maximise their leverage. But is that fair to the voter?'

World crises may be multiplying, but campaign turns Britain further inward

Washington Post 25th April 2015

The 2015 General Elections are fast approaching, yet analysts in the US say that Britain is likely to continue to turn away from global issues. One way this will be displayed is in the cuts made to the UK defence budget. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, said: ‘What’s worrying is that our capacity to support any substantial overseas operation has already been diminished significantly.’

An uncertain future

The Telegraph Calcutta 25th April 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the upcoming 2015 British national elections. He said of the vote: ‘This is one of the most unusual elections in the country in recent memory, as there is no telling who might be the winner...No side has succeeded so far in making a winning argument.’

Huge rise in short-sighted children blamed on indoor lifestyles

Times 24th April 2015

Short-sightedness among young people has doubled over the past 50 years, with a study finding that 23 per cent of British 12 and 13-year-olds suffer from myopia compared with 10 per cent in the 1960s. According to research by Professor Chris Hammond, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, people with a degree are twice as likely to be myopic as those leaving education after primary school, which points to the rise in cases being linked to more time sitting in the classroom. Professor Hammond said: 'Clearly the simplest thing is that kids should spend more time each day not on class work, phones, tablets and books. We don’t know how much, but in an ideal world kids should be outside two hours a day.' Katie Williams was also interviewed on BBC Radio West Midlands.

Labour £6K fees policy ‘not incredibly sensible’, says IFS expert

Times Higher Education 24th April 2015

The Labour Party’s policy to lower fees to £6,000 has been described as 'not incredibly sensible' by the head of education at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, is also quoted in the article on the coalition’s policy on private providers. She said: 'Some of them, I’m sure, are great. But it’s the sort of programme which is guaranteed to produce, sooner rather than later, at least one or two examples of fraud which will blow the whole thing out the water.'

Anxiety is 'catching' and can be passed on to children, scientists warn over-protective parents

Daily Mail 24th April 2015

A new study of twins by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s shows anxiety can pass between the generations and found that the attitudes of over-anxious parents strongly affects their children’s behaviour. Professor Thalia Eley, lead author from the IoPPN, said: 'Our research shows that even if you have had to cope with high levels of anxiety yourself, it is not inevitable that this will follow in your children. There are many things that can be done at home to prevent or reduce anxiety in children and adolescents.'

Genetically modified embryos: a panacea for mankind – or a crime against scientific ethics?

Independent 24th April 2015

The announcement that Chinese scientists have attempted to genetically engineer human embryos has sparked controversy across the world, with the study being rejected by two leading journals due to ethical concerns. Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, said: 'If the technology exists, scientists will continue doing such experiments and eventually, one day, repair of mutation-causing genetic diseases can become a reality.'

French counter terrorism forces ‘at breaking point’

Newsweek 24th April 2015

Despite an investment in national security following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, discontent and fractions are increasingly evident in French police and military forces. Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, said: ‘Tensions are particularly high between police forces and the intelligence agency. The intelligence agency has stepped on the turf of the police and relations have not been good.’

Diabetes drug could hold back Alzheimer's

Daily Mail 23rd April 2015

King's College London is participating in a clinical trial that could transform the way in which Alzheimer's is treated. It follows initial research showing that a drug used to treat diabetes may reverse memory loss in mice with late-stage Alzheimer’s.

Nicole Kidman returns to the West End stage

Telegraph 23rd April 2015

17 years after her West End debut, Nicole Kidman is to return to the London stage in a new production for Michael Grandage titled Photograph 51. The title refers to an x-ray crystallography image of the DNA double helix structure produced by Franklin and a PhD student in 1952 at King’s.

UK's top prosecutor 'ignored advice of two QCs who told her to charge Janner because of overwhelming evidence and accounts of victims'

Daily Mail 23rd April 2015

Prosecutor Alison Saunders decided against pressing charges against Lord Janner, citing that it was not in the public interest due to his advanced Alzheimer’s. The article notes that Mrs Saunders appointed two of the country’s foremost dementia experts, one of which was Professor Michael Kopelman, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, who concluded his dementia is at an advanced stage and would never improve.

Question time: THE election panel grill the politicians

Times Higher Education 23rd April 2015

Times Higher Education ask a panel of experts from across higher education to put the questions that need answering to representatives from the four political parties. Amanda Goodall asks whether a few universities should be allowed to go private, given that the best universities in the world are private US institutions. Sal Brinton answered: 'In the latest THE World Reputation Rankings, the universities of Cambridge and Oxford came second and third respectively after Harvard University, while institutions such as University College London and King’s College London have been steadily climbing up the rankings.'

Obituary: Sir Christopher Bayly

Guardian 23rd April 2015

Obituary of historian Sir Christopher Bayly, who has died suddenly aged 69. The piece notes that he was made Doctor of Letters honoris causa of King’s in November last year.

Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first

Guardian 23rd April 2015

Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos in a world first that has re-ignited the debate over the ethics and safety of genetic therapies. It has been reported that two journals rejected the paper due to ethical objections. Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, commented: 'What the paper really emphasises is that we are far away from using genomic editing because it’s not safe. The idea of using this for designer babies is very far-fetched. The technology is too far off.'

King's College London gets Strand go-ahead

Evening Standard 23rd April 2015

King's College London has been given the go-ahead to redevelop some of its buildings at the Strand in order to allow for the modernisation of one its central London campuses. A spokesperson for King's said: 'A thriving centre of excellence in education and research on the Strand brings considerable value and public benefit.'

Ex-colleague praises trader as 'legend' in student presenation

Evening Standard 23rd April 2015

Navinder Sarao was praised by former Futex employee as a 'legend' at a presentation to student at King's. Miltos Savvidis told a group of aspiring traders: 'This guy called Nav... was a legend at our firm.'

Create a clinical chief executive role in hospitals

British Medical Journal 23rd April 2015

Professor John Fabre, Transplantation Immunology & Muscosal Biology, has written in to the 'If I Ruled the NHS' pages to discuss how the absence of a national clinical leadership structure is one of the root causes as to why the NHS is in decline. He wrote: 'If I ruled the NHS I would begin by establishing a clinically strong NHS England board. Currently, only four of 17 board members have a medical or nursing background.'

Depression treatments: study finds mindfulness as effective as anti-depressants

Huffington Post (Canada) 23rd April 2015

A two-year study of 428 depression sufferers has found that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) may provide a suitable alternative to using anti-depressants, with 44 per cent relapsing in the former group compared with 47 per cent in the latter. Co-author Professor Sarah Byford from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments that: "As a group intervention, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy was relatively low cost compared to therapies provided on an individual basis".

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Weakened Gazprom is target

New York Times 23rd April 2015

Antitrust regulators in Europe are investigating Russian energy giant Gazprom’s pricing policies and control over natural gas pipelines. In addition to regulatory questions, the company is under the pressure of market forces. Dr Adnan Vatansever, Russia Institute, said that with competition rising: ‘It is just getting more difficult to sell its gas at its own terms.’

Tank e-cig users better at quitting

Press Association 22nd April 2015

Using less-realistic 'tank' e-cigarettes is more likely to lead to successfully quitting smoking than using 'cigalikes'. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) followed 1,500 smokers over a year, and found that 28 per cent of those using 'tanks', which are fatter and refillable, had given up smoking, compared with 11 per cent of 'cigalike' users. Dr Sara Hitchman suggests: "Tanks might deliver nicotine more effectively and perhaps be more satisfying to users, but there may also be other factors, including price and the ways that tanks allow the user to adapt the product, such as the nicotine content and flavour of the liquid".

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Major asthma breakthrough as scientists discover root cause of the condition - and say a new treatment is less than 5 years away

Daily Mail 22nd April 2015

A team of scientists from King's and Cardiff University claim to have found the root cause of asthma, a breakthrough which could pave the way for a new treatment within five years. They discovered a protein within the airways which they believe triggers all asthma attacks and which could be deactivated by a drug that already exists. Also reported by Daily Express, Press Association and Times.

Ebola doctor set to run London Marathon in isolation suit

Evening Standard 22nd April 2015

Junior doctor Dr Claire Ferraro, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, is running the London Marathon in her specialist protective gear in a bid to raise funds to help rebuild Sierra Leone's health system. She signed up for the marathon 11 weeks ago and hired Idrissa Kargbo, the country’s national marathon champion, to help her train. Dr Ferraro said: 'He is the reason I am able to run the marathon. We were running four to five times a week at 6am as it was too hot after that. It’s difficult terrain as the road surfaces are poor so I was forever avoiding potholes or jumping over piles of rock.'

Judi Dench and the anarchists: why British theatre has gone election mad

Guardian 22nd April 2015

Article looking at how British theatre has caught election fever, with Camden People’s Theatre in London running a three-week season devoted to politics. The piece mentions how interactive theatre Coney is running workshops for first-time voters and collaborating with a political economist at King’s.

Universities told to raise profile of research or pay the price

Nursing Standard 22nd April 2015

Funding for nursing research could be at risk because universities are not submitting enough work by nursing academics for scrutiny. Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, said there should be far greater investment in academic clinical careers: 'There has long been a prejudice against nurse research. Building the infrastructure and capability will help break through the prejudice.'

Death knell or new beginning for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood?

Voice of America 22nd April 2015

Former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, a move criticised by human rights groups as a ‘travesty of justice’. Current Prime Minister, Abdel-Fattah el Sissi, is not concerned with ensuring rights for his former opponents, argues Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies. He said: ‘His main concerns were to establish his credibility, ensure the security situation.’

PM's Sturgeon tactics put UK at risk, says Tory peer

Guardian 21st April 2015

According to Lord Forsyth, the senior Tory peer, the Conservatives are playing a dangerous game that could threaten the future of the UK. Following the Scottish independence referendum last year, Lord Forsyth accused the the prime minister of having 'shattered' the pro-UK alliance in Scotland and of stirring up English nationalism. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, told the Guardian it was dangerous to polarise Scotland against England


BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth 21st April 2015

Dr Federico Caprotti, Geography, discusses eco-cities and in particular, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. He said:'It's a functioning, experimental area. I don't think there is much of a society in Masdar to speak of.'

General election 2015

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 21st April 2015

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has spoken out about the ' recipe for mayhem' that would be caused by a minority Labour government propped up by the Scottish National Party (SNP). Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed how the Labour-SNP fear narrative is impacting the Conservatives. He said: 'I think it's in general probably true that what we call negative campaigning, which is an appeal to fear, works better than an appeal to hope. In this election, the Conservatives are appealing to that fear that a Labour-SNP government would be unsustainable.' Professor Bogdanor has also written a piece on the era of the coalition government for the Financial Times.

Bionomics initiates phase II clinical trial of BNC210 for treatment of anxiety

Reuters (Australia) 21st April 2015

Professor Allan Young at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is conducting a study with pharmaceutical company Bionomics, evaluating the capacity of drug BNC210 to treat anxiety and depression.

Can the sex and love hormone cure anorexia

The Times 21st April 2015

Professor Janet Treasure of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is leading a research trial into the use of oxytocin as a pharmaceutical treatment for anorexia nervosa. She hopes that the hormone can help patients manage social anxiety and 'become more interested in connecting with others' which may 'reduce anxiety'.

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E-cigarette users trying to quit smoking should vape every day, studies suggest

Guardian 21st April 2015

Quitting smoking is more likely when using e-cigarettes every day, finds a study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). The research followed 1,500 smokers over the period of a year, and showed that 65 per cent of daily e-cigarette users successfully gave up smoking, compared with 52 per cent of less frequent users, and 44 per cent of non-users. Prof Ann McNeill of IoPPN said: 'Most smokers want to stop but are struggling, and disadvantaged and deprived groups are struggling most. If you are using an e-cigarette, use it more frequently and stop smoking cigarettes as fast as you can. If cigalikes don’t work, try something else.' Also reported by Press Association, Independent, Reuters, Times, Daily Mail, Sun, Bloomberg and Washington Post.

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Why deterrence won't solve the Mediterranean migrant crisis

Telegraph 21st April 2015

Dr Carol Bohmer and Professor Richard Ned Lebow, War Studies, have written a piece on the migrant crisis, pointing out how the only way to stem the tide is to end the wars that compel people to flee their homelands. Discussing what could be done, they wrote: 'Going after the smugglers is laudable, but unlikely to succeed, because the profits are too high and the operations are relatively risk free for them. They already know how dangerous it is and more deaths do not affect their business as migrants must pay in advance and the queue is very long.'

Lockwood handed two-year doping ban

Daily Mail 21st April 2015

James Lockwood has been given a two-year ban for breaching the Rugby Football League's anti-doping regulations. In a statement, UKAD said: 'The Drug Control Centre at King's College London identified the presence of Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (pralmorelin) and its metabolite in Mr Lockwood's body.'

If universities censor, they can't complain when the state censors them

Spectator 21st April 2015

Nick Cohen has written a blog following speaking at a Guardian event hosted at King's earlier in the week. He wrote: 'The only justification for censoring opinion is when it incites violence. You can use every other weapon a free country gives you to confront speakers you oppose.'

Manifestos are pure symbolism: It’s the post-election horse trading that matters

City A.M. 20th April 2015

Article looks at the significance of manifestos and whether they actually mean anything until Britain has a government in place on 7 May. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, says that, because of coalition government, manifestos are merely aspirations rather than cast-iron pledges.

Electric shock treatment for cancer patients

BBC London 94.9 20th April 2015

Cancer patients are to benefit from a pioneering electric shock treatment available on the NHS for the first time. NanoKnife therapy involves using tiny needles to kill tumours with a 3000 volt current. Dr Praveen Peddu, consultant radiologist at King's, commented on the procedure. He said: 'This is usually performed by interventional radiologist in a radiography suite where patient is fully anathematised. The radiologist uses CT as a guidance to put between two and six needles into the tumour directly.'

Theory of evolution

BBC Radio 4 Today 20th April 2015

Charles Darwin gets all of the credit for his theory of natural selection, however a horticulturalist Patrick Matthew had laid out his version of a law which is often forgotten. Dr Michael Weale, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, has published a paper looking at Matthew's contribution. He said: 'He published a brief outline of the idea of species being able to change into other species through natural selection - this great transformative idea that unites us all in a single tree of life. He did that 27 before Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace did so.'

Do we worry too much about what we eat?

Guardian 19th April 2015

The article looks at how anxiety around food is on the rise, from nut-free schools to gluten-free diets. The piece mentions a recent report from King’s College London’s Department of Paediatric Allergy which suggests very young children who risked developing a peanut allergy could be helped by 'repeatedly exposing' their immune system, 'from an early age to peanut'.

Uwe Johnson in Sheerness: Why did a major East German writer move to an English seaside town?

BBC News 19th April 2015

John Goudie asks why famous German writer Uwe Johnson chose to live in the unlikely setting of Sheerness, Kent, in 1974 at the age of 40. Professor Patrick Wright, English, has looked closely at Sheerness and Johnson's life there and commissioned new English translations of his writing about the town. He said: 'Sheerness was often stigmatised as a place of industrial dereliction and defeated people.'

Migrant backlash in Africa

BBC Radio Oxford 19th April 2015

Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, discusses whether the issue of migration is contentious throughout the continent. He said: 'Inevitably you have different drivers for migration such as refugees fleeing conflict. In North Africa the countries are staging posts for onward migration to Europe and this has been in the news lately.'

YouTube 'haulers' get ethical with a new #haulternative campaign for Fashion Revolution Day

Telegraph 18th April 2015

Article looking at who makes our clothes, ahead of Fashion Revolution Day. The piece mentions Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, who has written a book titled Clothing Poverty. He quotes the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, which calculates the cost of making a denim shirt in America as $13.22 ($7.47 of which is labour) and in Bangladesh as $3.72 ($0.22 of which is labour).

High hopes for Julie Bishop's Iran trip

Daily Mail 17th April 2015

Article looking at how Australia and Iran now share a common goal to help Iraqi security forces defeat Islamic State militants. Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, commented on whether Australia's involvement in the sanctions regime may have damaged its standing among Iranian hardliners. She said: 'As long as the sanctions are progressively removed once a nuclear agreement is signed, there is no reason for Iran to bear a grudge against Canberra.'

Overseas student surge drives expansion at London universities

Financial Times 17th April 2015

Earlier this year, a survey by the Times Higher Education named London as the city with the largest number of highly regarded universities in the world. Principal & President Professor Ed Byrne, said that the most interesting trend among top universities in the past decade has 'not been the ongoing strength of Oxford and Cambridge — which have been great forever and still are — but the relentless rise of the great London universities.'

'Their reward is slaughter': ISIS beheads 'six Syrian soldiers' in front of young children

Daily Mail 17th April 2015

IS has publicly beheaded six men accused of exploding a car bomb and uploaded the video to the internet. In the clip, an announcer then tells a furious horde the men are Alawites, a derogatory term used by Islamist fundamentalists to describe President Assad's soldiers. Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, the Middle East Forum at Kings, translated the militant's speech for MailOnline.

What is the biggest threat facing the world today?

Telegraph 17th April 2015

A number of King's academics discuss what will threaten global stability most, from Vladimir Putin's expansionist aims to the advances of Islamic State. Alexander Clarke, Dalibor Rohac, Dr Harsh V. Pant, Jeroen Gelsing, Richard Brown, Dr Jonathan Hill, Eugenio Lilli, Pablo de Orellana, Giorgio Bertolin and Katherine Stone all offer their opinions. Dr Hill, Defence Studies, believes that democracy is important for the Middle East but fears that it gives a voice to those hostile to the West. He said: 'The West has to be seen to support it yet democratisation is a difficult and unsettling process, and also provides opportunities to groups and figures which are suspicious and hostile to the West.'

Products that make you feel like a natural woman

Wall Street Journal 17th April 2015

Former PhD student Dr Simon Jackson, has launched a natural skincare range, using his experience of Pharmacognosy, the study of medicines. Dr Jackson specialised at King’s in African medicinal plants in the treatment of malignant melanoma and solar keratosas.

Bullied teenagers increasingly want to have cosmetic surgery, says survey

The Guardian 16th April 2015

A survey by anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label have found increasing numbers of bullied teenagers wanting to have plastic surgery. The article includes insight from Dr Andrea Danese from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), who researches the link between bullying, obesity and mental health. He comments: "Puberty is a difficult time. They will be trying to define their identity and what others think of them".

Court Circular

Times 16th April 2015

The Princess Royal, President, the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences, visited the Strand Campus at King's yesterday as part of the Leaders Conference Study Tour. Also reported by Daily Telegraph.

With its rampant abuse of statistics, this must be the most dishonest election ever

Telegraph 16th April 2015

Opinion piece on how the widespread manipulation of numbers by both Labour and the Conservatives has provoked a large group of academic fact-checkers fighting to dispute their claims. The article mentions the charity Full Fact, who are currently head-quartered at the Strand Campus at King's, which comprises researchers working 18 hours a day during the election to dissect the claims and counter-claims emerging from the body politic.

Desmond Tutu and 'terrorist's son' Zak Ebrahim reveal how religion helped them change the world

Huffington Post UK 16th April 2015

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Zak Ebrahim, the son of a World Trade Centre bomb plotter, have spoken out about how religion inspired them both to dedicate their lives to peace. The Archbishop is quoted saying he studied at King's.

Anthony Seldon to become university vice-chancellor

Telegraph 16th April 2015

Sir Anthony Seldon, outgoing master of Wellington College, is to step into the role of vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham from September this year. The piece notes he holds positions at universities across the country, including at King's.

Experimenting at home with air quality monitors

International New York Times 16th April 2015

Levels of pollution in cities vary in different areas and consequently residents’ exposure can differ considerably. Research conducted by Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, is mentioned in the piece, particularly his use of portable monitors to study how pollution affects people living in sky-scrapers in Hong Kong.

Anti-trust probe could hit Google's business: Law expert

CNBC 16th April 2015

After 5 years, an investigation by the European Commission into conduct by Google is expected to reach a conclusion. Professor Renato Nazzini, Dickson Poon School of Law, said: ‘If there is a decision…I think this will be a very significant interference with how Google runs its business. The allegation is that Google somehow manipulates search result to favour itself. The question here is really, is favouring one’s business not what all competition and business is about?’

Not a zero sum game

Indian Express 16th April 2015

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, comments on the upcoming visit to India by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. Professor Jaffrelot said: ‘The new Afghan president does not have the image of a great friend of India. In fact, he is coming to Delhi after five official trips to other countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan (twice) and the US.’

Al-Shabaab in Kenya

BBC World News 16th April 2015

A report by the BBC looked at the recruitment by Al-Shabaab for new members from within Kenya. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: ‘Al-Shabaab has been successfully recruiting in Kenya for years…It’s hard to say whether [preventative] measures from the government will help. I think the amnesty is a good idea. I’ve spoken to a number of former members of Al-Shabaab, who have said that they join on false pretences.’

Why is Cancer Care expensive in India?

Economic Times India 16th April 2015

Despite an estimated 1 million cases of cancer present in India, prevention and treatment is hindered by a lack of organised national screening programmes. Research conducted by Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, is mentioned in the article: ‘Reducing burden even in the poorest settings is firstly a matter of prevention; and for India one of the most critical issues is tackling smokeless tobacco.’

Television debate

BBC Radio 4 World at One 16th April 2015

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, discussed whether she would be watching the televised election debates. She said: 'Actually, I'm much more interested in reading about the policies and the pledges, and much less about personalities, and very much less about sniping and arguing. What I'm doing is sitting down with the policies and going through them very carefully to see what's being promised.' Deborah also appeared on ITV's the Agenda.

What does the increasing assertiveness of Persian Gulf states mean for regional security?

Telegraph 15th April 2015

Dr David B Roberts, Defence Studies, has written a piece looking at how the British assertion of quiet influence in the Gulf states will be tested as the states begin to edge to the forefront of maintaining regional peace. Discussing the history of influence in the Gulf, he said: 'For much of the past two centuries, security in the Persian Gulf has been underwritten by the Ottomans, the British, or the Americans though a web of treaties, security guarantees, and military bases.'

Struggle to explain motivation of co-pilot in Germanwings crash

Time Magazine 15th April 2015

There may never be a convincing explanation for devastating acts of violence, but experts say certain personality disorders can help push people who want to take their own lives to take those of others at the same time. Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on the difficulties of understanding the mind of the Germanwings pilot: “We don’t have a clue what was going through his mind”.

General election: Do party manifestos still matter?

Financial Times 15th April 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written an article looking at how pledges for voters are just a starting point for negotiations. Discussing the importance of manifestos, he wrote: 'Perhaps manifestos are the product of an era of single-party majority government which is now passing away. If so, they may well have lost their significance. Their days may be numbered. Would anything be lost if they were to disappear?'

Rousseff nominates Law Professor for seat on Brazil’s top court

Bloomberg Business 15th April 2015

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has nominated a former visiting Professor at King’s, for the role of Supreme Court judge. The appointment of Professor Luiz Edson Fachin, who was a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law, has yet to be approved by the Senate. Also reported in Folha

Struggle to explain motivation of co-pilot in Germanwings crash

TIME 15th April 2015

There may never be a convincing explanation for devastating acts of violence, but experts say certain personality disorders can help push people who want to take their own lives to take those of others at the same time. Professor Simon Wessely, Psychological Medicine, comments on the difficulties of understanding the mental state of the Germanwings pilot: ‘We don’t have a clue what was going through his mind.’

Why sleep is a vital weapon against dementia

Daily Mail (Ireland) 14th April 2015

A study carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is referred to in this article. The research analysed 8,000 over-50s and found that smokers performed worst in memory tests, learning ability and reasoning.

Hetty Baynes Russell: Bulimia will always be a part of my psyche

Daily Express 14th April 2015

Actress Hetty Baynes Russell discusses her experiences of an eating disorder, and a study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is mentioned reporting a 15 per cent rise in eating disorders in the last 15 years.

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Election 2015

Bloomberg TV 14th April 2015

The Conservatives were yesterday in the process of setting out their 2015 Manifesto, trying to establish themselves as the party of the working man. Discussing the current multi-party system, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: 'We used to be known for having a two-part system. In the 1950s, over 95 per cent of people would vote Labour or Conservative. Now in England there are five parties in contention.'

Her Majesty’s Jihadists

New York Times Magazine 14th April 2015

Front page of the New York Times magazine, is a feature piece on the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s, including an interview with Shiraz Maher. The piece discussed the work done by the centre and its experts. Mr Maher said of their work researching terror groups: ‘Building these relationships with these guys, you get to know them. You build and develop rapport…One Eid, the first message I got was not from my parents, but from a member of Al Qaeda. It was surreal.’

Race, sexuality and policing collide in first episode of Logo’s ‘Cucumber’

Washington Post 14th April 2015

British drama “Cucumber”, is to be shown on US channel Logo TV, exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and race. The article quotes a book written by Professor Paul Gilroy, English, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack, where Professor Gilroy said: ‘The discourse of black criminality has been articulated not just by the police who have sought to mobilise popular support for the increase of their resources and the expansion of their powers, but by the extreme right who have organised marches against the level of black crime and sought to link these fears to the argument for repatriation.’

Election 2015

Bloomberg 14th April 2015

The Conservatives were yesterday, in the process of setting out their 2015 Manifesto, trying to establish themselves as the party of the ‘working man’. Discussing the current multi-party system, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: 'We used to be known for having a two-part system. In the 1950s, over 95 per cent of people would vote Labour or Conservative. Now in England there are five parties in contention.'

Boko Haram has fled but no one knows the fate of the Chibok girls one year on

Time 14th April 2015

A year after the abduction of 219 girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, the newly elected government have announced renewed plans to find the missing students. Elizabeth Pearson, War Studies, commented on attacks by the terror group in the year since the kidnapping: ‘When Kano saw four explosions in the space of a week in July, all apparently involving young women or teenagers, the first thought was: Is this the Chibok girls? However, evidence is inconclusive. There has been no DNA testing, and the damage wrought by the bombs makes visual identification all but impossible.’

Genome Editing: Time to ask the tough questions

Huffington Post US 14th April 2015

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, considers the questions we should be asking about genome editing. She said: ‘Questions posted on the moral implications are the wrong questions to ask…We need to start asking the upstream questions: “Why this technology, now?”’

Letters to the Editor: Nuclear UK

City A.M. 13th April 2015

Professor Andrew Dorman, Defence Studies, has written in to the Editor with regard to nuclear weapons. Discussing the arguments for and against, he wrote: 'First, what's the greater evil, the threatened use of such weapons, or the potential cost if abandonment led to war?'

Hospital care

BBC London 94.9 13th April 2015

People from overseas might have to show passports when using hospital care under new rules introduced by the Department of Health. Hospital trusts are going to face financial penalties if they don't make sure that they get the money back. The report mentions that King's wrote off £18 million in unpaid fees from foreign visitors.

Cholesterol levels

BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine 13th April 2015

The BBC programme Trust Me I'm A Doctor alongside King's are looking for healthy 18-70 year olds with high cholesterol. They are investigating food that can lower people's cholesterol levels.

Modi’s can-do attitude clicks in Europe

NDTV 13th April 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour of Western nations, as part of his initiative to encourage investment from European economies. Professor Pant said: ‘Modi’s unabashed selling of India as an investment destination is the most striking aspect of his outreach to the West. One of the most important roles that leaders of major economies are expected to play in today’s day and age is that of a salesman.’

Genes make Tories hardest voters to sway

Times 12th April 2015

Researchers at King’s have discovered that genetic factors have a significant influence on voting tendencies, with David Cameron being the leader most likely to benefit from DNA voting. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, said: 'There is no mythical single ‘Tory gene’ but there are hundreds or thousands of genes that combine to alter your preferences on right-wing conservative issues.'

Pollutionwatch: Groundhog spring

Guardian 12th April 2015

Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, discussed the high levels of air and particle pollution in the UK. The article mentions a study by King's that separated days according to different pollutant mixtures and health data. Commenting on potential solutions, Mr Fuller said: 'Controlling air pollution would be helped if we knew which sources were the most harmful. To answer this question scientists traditionally compare measurements of one pollutant at a time to death and hospital statistics.'

Wish UFO were here

Sun 11th April 2015

Last Friday London was blanketed by high levels of air pollution and runners competing in the forthcoming London Marathon were warned to stay inside. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying: 'I wouldn't go for a jog when it's like this. You are breathing in litres of air every minute.' Professor David Green, Geography, was also interviewed on Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live on the issue of air pollution.

A tale of two Prime Ministers

The Telegraph Calcutta 11th April 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on recent news that the Narendra Modi government will build a memorial for the late Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao. Professor Pant said: ‘By honouring Rao after his death, the Modi government will only be giving Rao what should have been his due during his lifetime.’ Also reported in The New Indian Express

‘Introducing the Ancient Greeks’, by Edith Hall

Financial Times 10th April 2015

A review of ‘Introducing the Ancient Greeks' by Professor Edith Hall, Department of Classics. The article says: 'Pondering what could possibly unite the geographically diffuse Greek world, she isolates 10 common attributes linking the pagan Greeks from their first stirrings in the Mycenaean era to their defeat under the onslaught of Christianity.' Professor Hall was also interviewed on BBC World Service.

Carlton Cole and Nathaniel Clyne continue calls to help fight the battle against Ebola

Evening Standard 10th April 2015

Premier League footballers Carlton Cole and Nathaniel Clyne have appealed to the world of football to continue the battle against Ebola, raising awareness for the work being undertaken by the King's Sierra Leone Partnership in West Africa. Dr Claire Ferraro, who is part of the team at King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, said: 'We are extremely grateful for the support of Carlton, Nathaniel and their colleagues. The football community can play an important role in reminding people that we still have a huge amount of work to do in Sierra Leone - both to get to the end of this outbreak, and to help rebuild the local health system once it is over.'

Scientists are investigating ayahuasca as a treatment for depression

Huffington Post 10th April 2015

The article covers an American study which investigates the use of an Amazonian hallucinogenic plant-based tea for treating mental health issues. It quotes Dr James Stone of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience on the potential use of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of depression.

Uncertainty looms

Deccan Herald 10th April 2015

As the British national elections approach, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, considers the lack of certainty over the result. Professor Pant said: ‘Britain stand on the verge of some fateful choices…The rise of regional and smaller parties are a testament to the uncharted waters into which British politics seems to have entered. It will be a while before there is some clarity.’

How healthy will your baby be?

Metro 9th April 2015

This month, US doctors will begin sequencing the genomes of healthy babies to explore the benefits and risks of gene testing at birth. Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), commented on the testing. He said: 'It's going to happen some time - so let's see what the problems are now in a randomised trial.' Also reported by New Scientist.

Air pollution warning

BBC London 94.9 9th April 2015

City Hall has issued its second air pollution warning of the year, just days before campaigners go to the Supreme Court to challenge what they say is the government's failure to comply with set legal limits. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, commented on the high levels of pollution in London. He said: 'This type of pollution can cause up to eight per cent of early deaths in some central London boroughs. People with existing cardiovascular or respiratory conditions should certainly take this seriously and reduce strenuous exercise outside.' Also reported by Evening Standard London.

Top universities for student experience - the list in full

Telegraph 9th April 2015

The results of the Times Higher Education (THE) survey, which ranks universities according to answers from almost 14,700 undergraduate students across the UK on their student experience, has been published today. King's is listed as number 80. Also reported by Times Higher Education.

£9K tuition: Courses linked to poor pay suffer

Times Higher Education 9th April 2015

According to Dr Filipa Sá, Department of Management, the introduction of £9,000 tuition fees in England had a greater negative impact on applications to courses which are likely to lead to poorly paid careers. Dr Sá analysed the effect of the 2012 funding reforms on university applications and attendance and told the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference that Ucas applications by English-domiciled students to courses predicted to lead to the lowest salaries fell by between 20 per cent and 28 per cent compared with what would otherwise have been expected in 2012-13.

Levels of air pollution

BBC Radio 4 PM 9th April 2015

Discussing the areas that will be most affected by the high levels of air pollution, Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: 'This is what I call a blanket of air pollution so it depends on where the pollution has been and where it is going. It looks at the moment like the forecast is going up through the centre of the UK, with perhaps a little bit catching the South East.'

Muslim Brotherhood

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 9th April 2015

With a presence in more than 70 countries, the Muslim Brotherhood is the biggest and most controversial organisation. The Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an investigation into the activities of the group last year, but its findings are yet to be published. Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, Theology and Religious Studies, said: 'I think the British Government was actually not considering the consequences of such a review or enquiry. I'm pretty certain that the British Government has a very good knowledge of the Muslim Brotherhood and activist organisations that operate on British soil. However it responded to pressure in my view from Saudi Arabia.'

Ways to right the coalition wrongs of NHS reorganisation

Guardian 9th April 2015

Professor Paul McCrone, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, has written in regarding the letter from 140 health professionals on the NHS problems over the last number of years. He wrote: 'Key to the future is the issue of funding. The NHS accounted for less than 4% of GDP in its early years and this has risen to more than 9% now, with a particularly steep increase under Labour from 1997.'

Good looks and the Ancient Greeks

BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour 8th April 2015

In a documentary Natalie Haynes will explore the British Museum's exhibition on the Greek preoccupation with the human form and explores how these sculptures capture and enforce the Ancient Greeks ideals of body shape. Professor Edith Hall, Department of Classics & Centre for Hellenic Studies, was interviewed on Athenian women. She said: 'Athenian women lived lives very separate from their men. It was a curiously divided society. They did not do public athletics and it would have been very shocking if they had shown themselves naked in public.'

How IS message lures Western women

BBC News 8th April 2015

Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, has written a piece on how Islamic State indoctrinates and radicalises young Western women. Discussing the difficulties these women face, she wrote: 'They are offered a false choice: either they get rights and feminism, or, 'tradition' and 'faith'. Asking for both is seen within their communities and by mainstream public discourse as unreasonable. IS capitalises on this, constantly questioning the status of women in the West, highlighting battles over body images, the double bind of domestic work and paid labour, rape culture, pornography, racism, and so on.' Dr Katherine Brown also appeared on a programme on BBC 2 about jihadi brides.

Jihadi schoolgirl's dad took her to hate preacher's rally at 13

Daily Mail 7th April 2015

The flag-burning father Abase Hussen of runaway British jihadi schoolgirl Amira yesterday admitted taking his daughter to an extremist rally when she was 13. Following the release of footage placing him at a protest outside the US embassy in London in 2012, he has admitted to attending two further rallies with his daughter in tow. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, tweeted: 'Remember that Amira Abase’s father blamed the police for his daughter going to Syria and effectively misled Parliament with this nonsense.'

Why sleep is a vital weapon against dementia

Daily Mail 7th April 2015

As part of their Good Health series on dementia, the Daily Mail looks at ways to help minimise the impact of the memory problem. The piece mentions a study by King's which analysed 8,000 over-50s and found that smokers performed worst in memory tests, learning ability and reasoning.

Instability likely after five years of coalition

Financial Times 7th April 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece on the coalition and on how a formal deal would be tougher to agree and risks failure. Looking ahead to the outcome of May's General Election, Professor Bogdanor wrote: 'Many in 2010 thought the coalition would prove unstable. But we may come to see 2010-15 as a last period of stability before the unknown world that we are about to enter.' Professor Bogdanor has also been mentioned in Nature.

'Everyday disasters' driving flight from Sundarbans

Reuters UK 7th April 2015

Worsening flooding and storm surges linked to climate change are driving a growing exodus from the low-lying islands facing the Bay of Bengal. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, released last year, predicted higher storm surges, more powerful tidal bores and stronger cyclones. Professor Mark Pelling, Geography, said: 'The Sundarbans is sadly a powerful example of how creeping climatic changes accumulate disaster risks. The expansion of environmental threats to social ones highlights an urgent need for governance processes and systems to target this.'

Science: not just for the school holidays

Guardian 7th April 2015

Article looking at how, across England, the education and outreach work of the four museums in the Science Museum’s Group cover far more than an afternoon's entertainment during the school holidays. The piece mentions that the group is partnering with King's to analyse data regarding what 'works' in exciting schoolchildren to dig deeper into science.

Is cancer money well spent?

BBC Radio 4 7th April 2015

Matthew Hill investigates how money is spent on cancer treatments and asks have we got the balance right? Professor Irene Higginson, Cicely Saunders Institute, was interviewed on palliative care. She said: 'In cancer research, we know that for every £100 spent, 30 pence goes on palliative or end of life care.'

Few 'like politicians playing God'

Press Association 6th April 2015

Dr Eliza Filby, History, has declared that very few British voters like 'politicians doing God' and that 'in fact they prefer bishops doing politics.' According to Dr Filby, author of God and Mrs Thatcher, the British 'hate being preached to.'

Slang discussion

BBC Radio 4 Today 6th April 2015

Language consultant Tony Thorne discusses young linguistic terminologies such as 'Reem' - a term that appeared when Joey Essex popularised it in 2010 on The Only Way is Essex. He said: 'It's actually much, much older. It's one of those interesting words because it was never written down for possibly hundreds of years. It is an old dialect word for cream.'

The Lion Wakes: a Modern History of HSBC by Richard Roberts and David Kynaston: review

Telegraph 5th April 2015

Review of the The Lion Wakes: a Modern History of HSBC by Richard Roberts, Institute of Contemporary British History, and David Kynaston. Discussing the book, the writer comments: 'The Lion Wakes provides both an absorbing trip down memory lane and a fascinating insight into many of the complexities and challenges facing modern finance.'

Myths and realities of mental health

Observer 5th April 2015

Professor Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), has written a piece on how the Germanwings tragedy got us talking about mental illness but how it also highlights 'the tendency for myths and rare but salient incidents to colour public perception in unhelpful ways.' She wrote: 'For a more compassionate society, we need radically to rethink our attitudes to mental illness and developmental disabilities; not us and them, but all of us together.'

Petrobras scandal prompts wave of investor lawsuits

Financial Times 5th April 2015

One of Sweden’s largest investors AP1 has pledged to take direct legal action against Petrobras, becoming the third large investor to seek damages individually from the Brazilian oil group. Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King's, discussed the 'strong' case of the investors. He said: 'The investor relations statements from the company over several years have clearly been misleading.' Professor Butler was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today.

Tulip Siddiq: Fighting for Britain's most marginal seat in the shadow of tragedy

Independent 5th April 2015

Article on the new Labour candidate for the north London seat Tulip Siddiq. The piece mentions she studied her Masters at King's prior to working at Amnesty International and as a social-responsibility adviser to firms including Rolls-Royce.

Ellie Harrison predicts Countryfile axe as popular host claims 'hot' new replacement is 'inevitable'

Daily Mirror 5th April 2015

Countryfile star and King's graduate Ellie Harrison has spoken out that being replaced on the popular BBC programme is inevitable, despite former presenter Miriam O’Reilly, 58, successfully suing the BBC for age discrimination after being dropped from the line-up in a 2009 revamp. She said: 'It’s a funny business and the nature of the beast with females is that what you get is not down to you. You are hot one year but completely out of favour the next. I know next year someone will be hotfooting it. I accept that and I know that.'

As tensions with West rise, Russia increasingly rattles nuclear saber Wall Street Journal, 05

Wall Street Journal 5th April 2015

Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, Russian officials have continued to openly discuss the nuclear weapon capacities of the country. Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, said: ‘Putin stresses the nuclear dimension as a warning to the West to stay away. How much he means it, who knows? But that’s what he does.’

What Idlib takeover means for Turkey

Al Jazeera 5th April 2015

Aaron Stein, PhD student, War Studies, discusses Turkish policy in the Syrian conflict and how their efforts at engaging with rebel groups in the north of the country have conflicted with US strategy. Mr Stein said: ‘Ankara may have simply given up on the US and has chosen to pursue its own strategy of working to foment its own “Sunni awakening” in northern Syria.’

Schools 'failing to expel students who bully teachers' as verbal abuse in the classroom soars by a third

Telegraph 4th April 2015

The NASUWT union has said that schools are failing to expel threatening pupils who bully teachers, following the release of a survey which found that the main reasons for pupils unruly behaviour are lack of parental support, students coming to school not ready to learn, low aspirations and large class sizes. The piece mentions that a team at King's examined data on 7,771 children whose parents provided information on their child's bullying when they were aged seven and 11.

The human battlefield

Lancet 4th April 2015

Piece on artist Maggi Hambling who currently has an exhibition on at King's, War Requiem and Aftermath, which is a combination of old and new work on the theme of conflict. The exhibition, presented by the Cultural Institute at King's, is being held in the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing.

How the Romans used crucifixion, including Jesus’s, as a political weapon

Newsweek 4th April 2015

The Romans used crucifixion, amongst other violent methods of torture and execution, as a political weapon to warn it’s populace against dissent. Professor Jeremy Ward, Physiology, commented on these practices: ‘Crucifixion was a method of torture—not just putting to death. It was a particularly cruel and unusual form of disposing of people.’

What will be the cost of containing Iran?

Daily Telegraph 3rd April 2015

Professor Wyn Bowen and Dr Matthew Moran, Defence Studies, have written an article looking at the Iranian nuclear saga and how both sides can present the outcome as a victory to domestic audiences. Discussing the agreed framework, they wrote: 'While it is far from a perfect deal - many will argue that it rewards Iranian bad behaviour - the alternative would have been no deal at all and a significant deterioration of the diplomatic and security context.'

CITY INTERVIEW: Why Hans Vestberg is investing in the UK to secure Ericsson's future

Daily Mail 3rd April 2015

The telecoms giant Ericsson will work with King’s College London to explore the impact of so-called 5G technologies, which will enable everyday items to connect over the internet. Chief executive Hans Vestberg said: 'You can always think that we’re old and not innovative, but there is no company that can limp on for 139 years without being creative and having the genes to change.'

How advances in battlefield medicine can save civilian’s lives

NPR 3rd April 2015

Research conducted at King’s highlights advancements in battlefield medicine and provides recommendations on how these treatments can be used in civilian situations. Professor Richard Sullivan, King’s Centre for Global Health, who led the research, said: ‘With new technologies and some innovative tricks, Army medics have become really good at treating injured troops. It’s one positive thing that has come out of these conflicts.’

Time to keep score on female scientists

Times Higher Education 2nd April 2015

Research Councils UK has published data for the first time on female success rates for each specific research council’s grants and fellowships. Dr Michael Robson, Transplantation Immunology & Muscosal Biology, is mentioned in the article in relation to the PAVE trial.

British nationals held at Syria border expected back in Britain today

Evening Standard 2nd April 2015

Nine British nationals including two women and four children detained in Turkey after allegedly trying to cross illegally into Syria are expected to be returned to Britain today. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said the latest nine Britons to be arrested were detained in the town of Reyhanli, which has been a popular crossing point for fighters trying to get into Syria.

Air pollution may cause more UK deaths than previously thought, say scientists

Guardian 2nd April 2015

Experts believe that the death toll from air pollution, usually put at around 29,000 a year in the UK, could be substantially higher because the lethal effect of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Dr Heather Walton, Environmental Research Group, said that the relative risks of PM2.5 and NO2 were similar. Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, discussed how fumes and particles are a cause of lung damage. He said: 'If you then show that actually you can address the deficit by reducing air pollution you go beyond the point of saying it’s an association. You begin to have something which is a much more causal relationship.'

The IB: a qualification that defies boundaries

Telegraph 2nd April 2015

According to some teachers, the International Baccalaureate gives pupils a global outlook, with the breadth of its outlook being a key part of its appeal. The piece mentions that some universities, including King's, have lowered their entry requirements for IB students.

How to find a nuclear bomb - podcast

Guardian 2nd April 2015

As foreign ministers from the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany met this week with the aim of reaching a deal with Iran to curb the country's nuclear activities, the Guardian talks to Professor Wyn Bowen, Defence Studies, on the enforcement of nuclear treaties. Commenting on Iran's ambitions, Professor Bowen said: 'The current Iranian nuclear crisis has been going on for the best part of 12 years. Iran claims that it only has civil designs behind its programme but because of the dubious nature of the technology that can be applied to military purposes also, there has been this concern that Iran may have ulterior motives.' Professor Bowen was also interviewed on BBC Newsnight, BBC 2, and BBC World News.

Evaluation backs use of nurse-designed 'barometer' of NHS culture

Nursing Times 2nd April 2015

According to a new report, a tool developed by leading nurses to identify whether a workplace is suffering from a poor culture could be extended and rolled out across the NHS. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery and the lead author of the report, said: 'The Culture of Care Barometer is designed to kick start conversations about culture within organisations.'

Closing the doors on a museum of political repression in Russia

Washington Post 2nd April 2015

Dr Susanne Sternthal, Russia Institute, criticises the recent decision made by the Russian government to close the only museum of political repression in the country. Following the closure of the Memorial Historical Center of Political Repression Perm-36 Dr Sternthal said: ‘Instead of honouring the millions of political prisoners who suffered and died under Soviet repression, the site will henceforth be called “The Museum of the History of Camps and Workers of the Gulag”’.

Bengal boys of ‘the good war’

The Telegraph Calcutta 2nd April 2015

Diya Gupta, PhD student, English, remembers the Bengali volunteers of World War II and considers how their efforts have been missed in history: ‘Two-and-a-half million soldiers from undivided India fought in World War II, forming the largest volunteer army in the world at the time. Today, this is a largely overlooked fact. The challenge lies in piecing together a new, non-Eurocentric perspective of this war and of its forgotten people.’

King George III's private papers

BBC London 94.9 1st April 2015

The programme briefly mentions that King George III's private papers are to be digitised by King's College London and the Royal Archives.

Queen stunned by inventory of historical Royal gifts

Telegraph 1st April 2015

Academics from King’s College London are working with the Royal Household on a project to digitise the archives of George III's private papers. President & Principal Professor Edward Byrne, said: 'King’s was founded by King George IV – George III’s eldest son and successor – and with Her Majesty the Queen as our present-day patron, we are delighted and honoured to have been approached by the royal household to work on this prestigious project and to continue our long history of association with the Crown.' Dr Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International) accompanied the Queen on her tour of the library at Windsor Castle. She said: 'The Queen said she was stunned by the beauty of the gifts and letters, especially the Persian book of poetry that she was looking at earlier.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Times, Press Association, BBC, Times Higher Education, Daily Express, Metro, and BBC London 94.9.

King's press release related to 'Queen stunned by inventory of historical Royal gifts'

Plea for pregnancy care blood tests

Press Association 1st April 2015

According to research, checking the blood pressure of pregnant women accurately and regularly is the best way of diagnosing potentially fatal hypertensive disorders. Professor Andrew Shennan, Women's Health, said: 'There are several things clinicians can do to increase the accuracy of their BP measurement, such as becoming more aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the various available devices; having the confidence to raise concerns regarding any devices that are inaccurate for use in pregnancy; and correcting any poor techniques they've observed.'

New equations in South Asia

Deccan Herald 1st April 2015

Following a visit from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to the United States, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the shifting relations between the two states and their attempts to curb Taliban militancy through negotiations with Pakistan. Professor Pant said: ‘Pakistan has emerged as central to the outreach to the Taliban by Washington and Ghani. Though he has faced criticism at home…Ghani defended his position as critical to ending the ongoing conflict with armed militants.’

Arab League Sets New Defense Force at 40,000

Defense News 1st April 2015

According to an Arab League source, the newly unveiled joint Arab defense force will be twice the size of NATO's Response Force at 40,000 men. Professor Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: 'If they decide to use it for major operations, the NATO Response Force [NRF] could be used as a template for smaller operations; the concept of framework nations as used by the European Union Battlegroup would make sense.' Professor Rickli has also been interviewed on Swiss Radio RTS (Switzerland) and Wiadomosci (Poland).

Parents' income could indirectly affect structure and growth of a child's brain, US study claims

Independent 31st March 2015

Dr Andrea Danese, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), commented on research which showed that parents’ income could indirectly affect the structure and growth of a child’s brain. He said: ‘The experience of socio-economic disadvantage could have caused changes in brain development among young people. Other adverse experiences associated with socio-economic disadvantage, such as child abuse, could have affected brain development.’

Climate change debate

BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth 31st March 2015

Professor Mike Hulme, Department of Geography, participated in a panel discussion on how best to communicate anomalies that don't appear in climate models and make the science sometimes hard to comprehend.

Nigeria elections

BBC Radio 4 World Tonight 31st March 2015

Charles Abiodun Alao, King's International Development Institute, commented on the Nigeria elections. Discussing what led to Muhammadu Buhari 's victory, he said: 'Quite a number of things played to his advantage. The first is the general conception of the country that his opponent has been unable to address the situation with Boko Haram in the Northeast. Nigerians are particularly tired of the way that Boko Haram has held the nation hostage for quite some time.'

According to Indian MPs, cigarettes don’t cause cancer in India!

India Times 31st March 2015

Article criticises recent claims by the Indian MP Dilip Gandhi that there is no link between chewing tobacco and the incidence of cancer. Research by Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy and King’s Centre for Global Health, is mentioned as a counter to these claims.

New diabetes pump predicts blood sugar lows: Device mimics the pancreas by anticipating blood sugar level and stopping insulin being delivered

Daily Mail 30th March 2015

A new type of diabetes pump has been launched which uses sensors to anticipate blood sugar levels and suspend the delivery of insulin if those levels are going down. Dr Pratik Choudhary, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented that between 20 and 30 patients were using the new pump at his unit. He said: 'Our early experience is that patients love it for the peace of mind and safety it gives them overnight due to its ability to protect them against hypoglycaemia.' Also reported by Telegraph and Press Association.

How can older people play a bigger role in society?

Guardian 30th March 2015

Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, participated in an online discussion on how to make the best use of older people’s skills, knowledge and experience. Commenting on how the environment is geared towards (or against) older people taking part in their communities, Professor Tinker said: 'The Age Friendly City research in London showed that there were some excellent features such as the freedom pass and better accessibility on buses and tubes but some way to go with such things as overcrowding, antisocial behaviour, lack of handrails and not enough time to cross roads at traffic lights.'

Mumbai Summer School 2015

New Indian Express 30th March 2015

Article mentions the entrepreneurial summer course offered by King’s College London in Mumbai.

Iran talks shed light on nuclear tensions between India, Pakistan

NPR 30th March 2015

Frank O’Donnell, War Studies, discussed the bilateral relationship between two nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. Mr O’Donnell said of the two countries: ‘What concerns me is that there is not a sustainable, ongoing dialogue to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan…both sides adopt a tough stance and start escalating, and they both wait for the United States to intervene. There are not mechanisms to de-escalate once a crisis emerges.’

Carol Morley: ‘Mass hysteria is a powerful group activity’

Guardian 29th March 2015

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), was interviewed about mass hysteria. He said: 'I define it in a narrow way. I avoid mixing it up with social movements and moral panics. With mass hysteria people have to believe they are ill and collectively communicate that illness through psychological means.'

Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight

Associated Press 29th March 2015

'Even if we had all of his medical records and had conducted interviews with him, it would probably still be impossible to explain such an inexplicable act', said Professor Sir Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), in reference to Andreas Lubitz and what might have motivated him to deliberately crash the Germanwings plane carrying 149 other people into the French Alps. Reported by Daily Mail and Time.

Mine safety: Relaxing rules 'could save owners money but cost lives,' say critics of new regulations

Independent on Sunday 29th March 2015

Britain’s mine-safety rules are about to change next week, when nearly a thousand pages of regulations are to be rewritten. The article mentions how the changes follow a report from Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, Geography, who reviewed the existing health and safety legislation in 2011.

Why IS this Election so odd? Because, says PM's Oxford tutor, the main parties' stance on gay marriage, Europe and immigration has left Britons baffled, belittled and betrayed

Daily Mail 29th March 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece looking at the election campaign which begins on Monday. Discussing the complexities of the 'strangest Election of modern times', he wrote: 'Most expected that, with economic recovery, and Cameron ahead of Miliband in the polls as favoured Prime Minister, the Tories would pull ahead. That has not happened. Labour and the Tories remain neck and neck. Only a fool, or a social scientist, would predict the outcome.' Professor Bogdanor was also interviewed on BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Honoured at last: A tribute to an inventor who saved millions of lives during World War II

Independent 29th March 2015

Engineer Alan Dower Blumlein, who pioneered the first stereo recordings and created a vital radar system, will receive long-overdue recognition on Wednesday when a commemorative plaque will be unveiled in his honour during a special ceremony at Abbey Road Studios. Professor Anthony Davies, Emeritus Professor of Electronic Engineering, said: 'Blumlein’s many contributions to electronic engineering are not as well known as they should be, and if this plaque helps to remedy that, it will be an extra bonus.'

British jihadists: The friends who want to be martyrs

BBC News 29th March 2015

An article on British jihadists mentions Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who comments on the role played by social media in inflaming opinion and radicalising extremists. Discussing six friends from Portsmouth who travelled to Syria, four of which are now dead, Mr Maher said: 'They were a close-knit group of friends, united around the same sorts of ideas. They were broadly conservative Muslims and engaged in street preaching in their hometown… they decided to take collective action.'

Young election voters

BBC Radio 4 The Westminster Hour 29th March 2015

The BBC has invited 200 young voters to join BBC Generation 2015 from different parts of the country and different backgrounds. Matt Watts, a King's student, discussed immigration. He said: 'Immigration can be a really positive thing and it has certainly been positive for this country but I do think you need to have some measure of control.'

New drug to prevent arthritis is being trialled on at risk patients

Daily Express 28th March 2015

A drug designed to prevent people developing rheumatoid arthritis is being tested by doctors on patients considered most at risk are at 31 hospitals and universities. The study, led by rheumatologist Professor Andrew Cope, Centre for Molecular & Cellular Biology of Inflammation, will involve more than 200 people who are at high risk of developing the disease. Professor Cope said: 'This is a very exciting study. It is an important first step towards curing this chronic, disabling disease that affects over half a million adults in the UK.'

'I turned my son in. Now I feel betrayed'

Times 28th March 2015

Article on how mother Majida Sarwar regrets going to the police after she found a note from her son at their home in Birmingham telling her he had gone not on a college trip to Turkey, but to Syria. The piece mentions Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who commented on how in early 2013 many British Muslims travelled to Syria to fight Assad, as opposed to Islamic State: 'There was a sense it was a good fight and it didn't seem morally or legally ambitious.'

DIY health tests are ‘a waste of money’

Times 28th March 2015

Scientists have warned that genetic health tests that identify risk factors for more than 50 diseases and conditions are a waste of money for most people and potentially dangerous. Professor Frances Flinter, Professor of Clinical Genetics, is concerned that the tests identify only selected genetic variants associated with some conditions where there are other linked variants, particularly with 23andMe which looks at three mutations on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes as she believes there is a risk that customers who test negative with 23andMe may get false reassurance.

Weight training at 60: exercises you should do every day

Times 28th March 2015

Research at King’s College London found that people who continue to exercise in their 70s are as fit as those in their 50s. Lead author Professor Stephen Harridge, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, said: 'It is not ageing itself which brings about poor function and frailty, but the fact that people have stopped exercising and are no longer active.'

British Academy announces Rising Star Engagement winners

Times Higher Education 28th March 2015

The British Academy has announced 34 awards for early career researchers under its new scheme. Dr Toby Green, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, and Nahee Kang, King's International Development Institute, were among the winners.

Who pays for our politics?

Prospect 28th March 2015

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, has written a piece looking at how public funding of political parties is not perfect, but it’s better than the alternative. He wrote: 'In an ideal democracy, political parties would be financed entirely by individual membership subscriptions. But no democracy achieves this ideal.'

The warning signs straight-A student was on road to Syrian Isis stronghold

Guardian 28th March 2015

Opinion piece on how the warning signs on social media were clear months before British medical student Lena Mamoun Abdel Gabir left for Syria to volunteer in Islamic State-controlled areas. According to a study published by King's exploring how radical preachers inspire and guide British and other western Muslims who go to fight, Palestinian-American preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril has been identified as the leading online cheerleader for foreign jihadists in Syria.

How drone systems could prevent similar disasters in the future

City A.M. 28th March 2015

According to aviation experts, drones could provide the solution to preventing future disasters similar to the Germanwings Airbus crash that took place in the Alps last week. Professor Mischa Dohler, Department of Informatics, said: 'We have all the technology in place so the aircraft can talk to the ground directly or via the satellite link, so that is all possible. It's just a question of cost.' Also reported by Sky News.

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).

Anti-doping regulations debate

BBC World Service 27th March 2015

Sprinter Dutee Chand has appealed against her disqualification from competing in athletics, following test results that show she produced high levels of testosterone that exceed the ‘normal’ limits as set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, told BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight: '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.' Also reported in BBC World Service World Have Your Say, Huffington Post, BBC World Service News and BBC Hindi

PM Modi, is there a method to this madness?

NDTV 27th March 2015

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has said that the Indian government is facing a crisis over its lack of clarity on Pakistan foreign policy. Professor Pant said: ‘In an absence of a clear strategy, there have been several U-turns that have befuddled this government's supporters and critics alike. The Modi government’s Pakistan policy has taken so many turns in the last 10 months that it is in danger of becoming a joke.’

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.

Speedy scans

Nature 26th March 2015

A team led by Sebastian Kozerke, Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, increased the speed of some MRI scans by up to ten-fold. Speed is particularly important when scanning the heart because people often have to hold their breath during the procedure.

National newspaper journalist crowd funds her debut children’s story

Bloomberg Business 26th March 2015

Newspaper journalist and King’s alumni Sabuhi Gard is publishing a new children’s story called ‘The Valentine’s Day Cat.’ The article notes that Sabuhi was ‘bitten by the writing bug when she was studying Classics at King’s College London.’

Beijing shuts down coal power plants as air pollution costs economy

Newsweek 26th March 2015

Chinese authorities are shutting down their last major coal power station next year in an attempt to tackle air pollution, which is costing the economy more than 10% of its GDP. Dr Ramon Pardo, European & International Studies, said that this closure is positive: ‘It’s a step in the right direction…if we look at China five years ago, no one was thinking China would change polices, invest in renewables and shut down coal plants.’

'Close the Door Campaign': New research reveals that closing shop doors protects against harmful pollution

Reuters 26th March 2015

Research from King’s College London and Imperial College has found that closing shop doors to air pollution on the street during trading hours, results in a 1/3 reduction in the levels of hazardous air pollutants. Dr Ben Barratt, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘In many of the UK’s towns and cities we still face levels of air pollution that carry serious health risks, both in the short and long term.’

Examining the UK’s place in Europe

Bloomberg Business 26th March 2015

Nine senior research fellows have been appointed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of their new initiative on ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’. The director of the initiative is Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, who said of the appointments: ‘This will help us in providing impartial research findings to all interested stakeholders, helping to provide a solid evidence base for debates on the UK’s relationship with the EU.’

'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.

Russia Signs Deal to Build $10bn Nuclear Plant in Jordan

Newsweek 25th March 2015

A $10bn deal has been signed between Russia and Jordan, which will allow Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom to build the first nuclear power plant in Jordan. PhD candidate Oscar Jonsson, War Studies, said that this deal represents Russia seeking greater nuclear diplomacy: ‘I’d see this as a potential move to counteract Jordan’s relationship with the west…If it’s the case that Jordan is getting a sweet deal, then that this is significant.’

The strategies of the Islamic State to attract women

UOL 25th March 2015

Of the 3,400 Western fighters who travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State, 550 were women. Islamic state has different strategies to attract women, including a manifesto that purports the negative elements in fighter’s countries of origin. Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, said: ‘These women talk about the failure of Western societies and speak negatively about the restrictions of the practice of Islam, such as banning the wearing of the burqa in France.’

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.'

The heavy metal in science: researchers use musical style in their studies

UOL 24th March 2015

An article looking at the amount of research into the impact of listening to heavy metal music, mentions that the library at King’s offers 3,415 references for academic study on heavy metal. It also references King’s as ‘one of the best universities in the world.’

Have research ethics committees got it wrong? A new study looks at what participants in medical research actually want

Huffington Post 24th March 2015

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, discusses the issues around using consent for participation in medical research, particularly in large global research projects. Professor Spector said: ‘We urgently need new forms of consent that take into account both the needs of research, and the preferences of participants that incorporate the protections participants want.’

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.

So who needs reservations?

The Indian Express 23rd March 2015

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, discussed the recent debate held by the Supreme Court in India about positive discrimination towards emerging groups. Professor Jaffrelot said of the judgement: ‘New practices, methods and yardsticks have to be continuously evolved, moving away from a caste-centric definition of backwardness. This alone can enable recognition of newly emerging groups in society, which would require palliative action.’

Piketty to US: Fix your student debt crisis

The Washington Post 23rd March 2015

French economist Thomas Piketty warns that the rise of student debt in the United States could severely undermine economic growth. A picture is used in the article of Piketty when he spoke at an event at King’s in 2014, where the article mentions he spoke about income inequality.

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.

Unstated factor in Iran talks: Threat of nuclear tampering

The New York Times 21st March 2015

In late 2012, amidst diplomatic discussions between Iran and the United States, American intelligence agencies sabotaged efforts by an Iranian businessman to send materials to Iran that could have been used in building nuclear infrastructure. Industrial sabotage has been effective in impeding Iran’s nuclear drive argues Ian J. Stewart, War Studies, who said: ‘It’s clearly slowed things down.’ Also reported by Seattle Times

Britain heralds a new era

Deccan Herald 21st March 2015

Britain has recently announced that it will join the $50 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) along with France, Germany and Italy. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commented on the decision: ‘By deciding to join the AIIB, London has heralded the beginning of a new era in global politics.’

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.

Excitement, anxiety greet LHC restart

Science 13th March 2015

Following 2 years of repairs, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be restarted at the European particle physics lab, CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. Professor John Ellis, Physics, comments on their attempts to find dark matter and states that this could be a longer process than hoped for: ‘These particles could have different, more complicated signatures…physicists have a good decade before they should worry.’

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’.
Also reported by

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.'

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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