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Olfactory cell transplant

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Professor Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) comments on the olfactory cell transplant pioneered by Professor Geoffrey Raisman (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation) and the need for further trials to insure the treatment is safe and efficacious. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 2 hours 56 mins)

Tiny tubes in your neck that could cut the risk of a stroke

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Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led Professor Martin Brown (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation). Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

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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, Bloomberg, Times of India, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio Scotland ‘Breakfast’ (from 47 mins 52 secs), More: BBC 5 Live ‘5 live Breakfast’ (from 1 hour), BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hour 12 mins), BBC WM 95.6 ‘Breakfast’ (from 2 hours 12 mins)

Supplies of rare earth materials are still far from secure

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Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says: “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”. Read: The Conversation

The quiet art of being a good listener

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Professor David McAlpine (UCL Ear Institute) gives his tips for mitigating the effects of hearing loss. Read: Financial Times

A poem a day

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Following Dame Judi Dench's revelation that she tries to learn a new verse of poetry a day to boost her memory, Professor John Sutherland (UCL English Language & Literature) recommends which ones we should pick. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘The World at One’ (from 40 mins 25 secs)

Experimental drugs for patients could be available from March after Government backs Saatchi Bill

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Department of General Surgery) comments on the Medical Innovation Bill, which if passed would make it easier for doctors to use experimental drugs on dying patients. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, The Week

World's first space detective agency launched

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Professor Ray Harris (UCL Geography) and Ray Purdy (UCL Laws) have launched Air & Space Evidence Ltd of London, the world's first space detective agency. Read: New Scientist, More: Daily Mail, Times (£), Independent, Huffington Post, Herald Sun, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘The World Tonight’ (from 49 mins), More: BBC London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 51 mins)

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