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Professor John O'Keefe wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Professor John O'Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, Division of Biosciences at UCL, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an ‘inner GPS’ - that enables us to orient ourselves.

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UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A technique pioneered by Professor Geoffrey Raisman (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation) has helped a paralysed man regain some function after a transplant of cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Times (£), Sky News, Herald, Belfast Telegraph, The Australian, Times of India, UCL News More...

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Supplies of rare earth materials are still far from secure

Materials essential for technology products such as electric vehicles, wind turbines or hard disks, known as rare earth elements, aren’t becoming any less rare, or any less crucial. In fact, experts at a major rare earths conference in Milan on October 16 – the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) – agreed supply shortages will continue for the time being. This isn’t just a matter for tech companies: their gloomy outlook should be of crucial importance for the future of international relations, writes Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) in The Conversation. More...