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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...
Published: Oct 21, 2014 12:30:44 PM
Using Bluetooth wireless networking to send information to nearby smartphones, beacon technology
could transform how retailers engage with their customers. But
customers will notice how their information is used to personalise these
unsolicited adverts, and companies that fail to respect their privacy
may get burned, writes Dr Charlene Jennett (UCL Interaction Centre) & Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) in The Conversation.
Published: Oct 17, 2014 12:59:21 PM
The Ukraine crisis caused relations between Russia and the EU to fall to their lowest point since the Cold War. But despite the bickering and outright conflicts, both still need each other: Europe relies on Russian gas to keep warm, and Russia in turn needs revenues. With winter on its way and capital flight from Russia reaching dangerous levels, the outlook should draw the EU and Russia back together, writes Dr Catalina Spataru and Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) in The Conversation. More...
Published: Oct 16, 2014 12:26:22 PM
London is fortunate in having a record in ground-breaking science that other cities can only envy. We have a long and proud history of research which we should strive to maintain, for the good of our society, and for the good of our city too. Investing in science will pay richer dividends, in every sense, than any of us can imagine, writes Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice-Provost, Enterprise & London) in City AM. More...
Published: Oct 10, 2014 12:16:56 PM
The Islamic State (IS) now occupies significant swaths of Iraq and Syria, has pushed as far as the border with Turkey,
and has succeeded in dragging “the West” into two civil wars in the
Middle East. The West’s offensive, spearheaded by the US and supported
by the UK and others, is to “degrade and ultimately destroy” IS. But in the face of IS’s state-building efforts, that strategy will only work if it manages to degrade the group’s legitimacy as a governing enterprise, writes Dr Kristin Bakke (UCL Political Science) in The Conversation.
Published: Oct 10, 2014 11:05:55 AM