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Earth Sciences - 17.12.2015
Nepal earthquake caused fewer landslides than expected
Scientists join together toámap and assess thousands of co-seismic and post-seismic landslides in aftermath of earthquake. Knowing where the landslides are is very useful for policymakers to be able to assess ongoing hazards and plan rebuilding. Evan Miles The 2015 Nepal earthquake which led to the death of around 9,000 people and caused widespread damage initiated fewer landslides than similar seismic events and could have been much worse, according to research released by geologists and glacier experts.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.12.2015
Greenland ice sheet during the twentieth century – a missing link in IPCC's climate report
Greenland ice sheet during the twentieth century – a missing link in IPCC’s climate report
Direct observations of the reduction and melting of the Greenland ice sheet during the last 110 years, made by an international team of climate researchers led by the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and including Professor Jonathan Bamber of the University of Bristol, have been published today in Nature.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 07.12.2015
Stonehenge 'bluestone' quarries confirmed 140 miles away in Wales
Stonehenge ’bluestone’ quarries confirmed 140 miles away in Wales
Excavation of two quarries in Wales by a UCL-led team of archaeologists and geologists has confirmed they are sources of Stonehenge's 'bluestones'- and shed light on how they were quarried and transported.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 03.12.2015
Bristol academics support international climate talks
Bristol academics support international climate talks
Academics from the University of Bristol Cabot Institute are representing the University at the Conference of Parties (COP21), the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.

Earth Sciences - 02.12.2015
Scientists probe ’mystery of the Moho’
Prof Chris MacLeod leads team on a cruise to the Indian Ocean to drill into the Earth's interior An international team of scientists, co-led by Professor Chris MacLeod from the School of Earth and Oc

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 30.11.2015
Opinion: Six amazing dinosaur discoveries that changed the world
David Norman (Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences) discusses the fossil discoveries that really made a difference to science.

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 30.11.2015
Rare fossil of a horned dinosaur found from ’lost continent’
A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by Dr Nick Longrich. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur evolution. During the Late Cretaceous period, 66-100 million years ago, the land mass that is now North America was split in two continents by a shallow sea, the Western Interior Seaway, which ran from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.

Earth Sciences - Administration - 24.11.2015
Cardiff academic to raise concerns on breastfeeding rates
An academic from Cardiff University's School of Planning and Geography will today (24 Nov) present her research to a cross-party group of Westminster MPs and peers looking at the issue of breastfeeding in the UK.

Earth Sciences - Event - 19.11.2015
Royal award recognises global impact of Bristol's volcanology research
Royal award recognises global impact of Bristol’s volcanology research
The University of Bristol has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education - the highest accolade for any academic institution - in recognition of its world-leading research in volcanology.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 16.11.2015
’Fourth strand’ of European ancestry originated with hunter-gatherers isolated by Ice Age
Populations of hunter-gatherers weathered Ice Age in apparent isolation in Caucasus mountain region for millennia, later mixing with other ancestral populations, from which emerged the Yamnaya culture that would bring this Caucasus hunter-gatherer lineage to Western Europe.

Physics - Earth Sciences - 16.11.2015
Research to help in nuclear clean-up at Fukushima
Research to help in nuclear clean-up at Fukushima
An Imperial team is carrying out research to help with the clean-up of nuclear waste following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

Earth Sciences - 13.11.2015
World's 10 most dangerous volcanoes identified
World’s 10 most dangerous volcanoes identified
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Event - Earth Sciences - 12.11.2015
Three UCL researchers awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes
Three UCL researchers awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Environment - Earth Sciences - 10.11.2015
King's scientists study El Niño fires in Indonesia
Scientists at King's College London have received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to use drones to measure how Indonesian wildfires made worse by El Ni˝o affect the atmosphere.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 05.11.2015
Drone used to scan mysterious Hemlock Stone in Nottinghamshire
The University of Nottingham has used a drone to survey a 200-million-year-old red sandstone pillar in Nottinghamshire to determine if it was made by prehistoric humans or is a natural feature.

Event - Earth Sciences - 03.11.2015
Fireworks are fun but can reduce visibility
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered that there is a sharp reduction in visibility caused by fireworks and bonfires on Guy Fawkes' night.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 02.11.2015
Engraved stones revealed at ice age pioneer basecamp
Engraved stones revealed at ice age pioneer basecamp
Archaeologists from the UK working in the Channel Island of Jersey have found the remains of a 14,000 year old hunter-gatherer settlement offering great views over landscapes now drowned by the English Channel. The site, called Les Varines, is located in the Jersey parish of St Saviour and has produced over 5,000 scattered stone artefacts during the past five years of excavation, but in the summer of 2015 the team unearthed denser concentrations of tools and burnt bone and, for the first time, fragments of engraved stone.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 02.11.2015
Archaeologists unveil remains of 14,000-year-old Ice Age settlement
Archaeologists unveil remains of 14,000-year-old Ice Age settlement
Experts from The University of Manchester are working to understand the significance of the finds, on Jersey, which could represent some of the first hunter-gatherer communities Archaeologists from t

Earth Sciences - 27.10.2015
Earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan - an area prone to magnitude 7 quakes
Professor Simon Redfern (Department of Earth Sciences) discusses the devastating earthquake that struck Afghanistan on October 26 and the geological triggers that caused it.

Earth Sciences - 26.10.2015
Earthquakes without frontiers
The Alpine-Himalayan belt, which stretches from the Mediterranean to the Pacific, is one of the world's most seismically active regions.

Earth Sciences - 22.10.2015
Outlaws, trolls and beserkers: meet the hero-monsters of the Icelandic sagas
Rebecca Merkelbachá(Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic) discusses the monstrous heroes of Scandinavian mythology and literature.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 21.10.2015
Tracing cyanobacteria’s tree of life in Earth’s extreme environments
The tree of life of cyanobacteria, a key group of microorganisms widely considered to be the most successful on Earth, which emphasises cyanobacteria from extremely cold habitats such as the Poles an

Earth Sciences - 16.10.2015
Researchers create open data portal for every UK local authority
Researchers create open data portal for every UK local authority
Researchers from the University of Liverpool, working as part of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), have built a data portal for every local authority in the UK.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 13.10.2015
Meteorite impact turns silica into stishovite in a billionth of a second
Simon Redfernáfrom theáDepartment of Earth Sciencesádiscusses a study that has recreated the conditions experienced during the meteor strike that formedáthe BarringeráCrater in Arizona.

Economics - Earth Sciences - 13.10.2015
'Extreme Sleepover #16' - the mystery of a damp bed and other tales
Girija Godbole travels to a remote village in western India to understand the effects of the increasing incidence of land sale on a rural society, and makes the acquaintance of a naughty goat.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 08.10.2015
Public lecture on Mineral Depletion, Economic Growth and Climate Change
Professor Ugo Bardi, of the Club of Rome, and author of Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet , will be giving a public lecture next week.

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 08.10.2015
125 million-year-old wing sheds new light on the evolution of flight
Some of the most ancient birds were capable of performing aerodynamic feats in a manner similar to many living birds, according to a new study of the fossil wing of a primitive bird, led by a PhD student at the University of Bristol.

Earth Sciences - 05.10.2015
Lancaster academics named HR top thinkers
Professor Stephen Bevan and Professor Michael West have been voted in the top 20 of HR Magazine's 'Most Influential Thinker 2015' list.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 02.10.2015
From a Fallow Field - echoes from 100 years ago
Drew Mulholland, who is composer in residence in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and department of Physics and Astronomy, has marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos by premiering a new work.

Earth Sciences - 30.09.2015
Postcard: Setting sail on an Atlantic voyage
Postcard: Setting sail on an Atlantic voyage
Postdoctoral researcher Robyn Tuerena and PhD student Charlotte Smith from the University of Liverpool'sáSchool of Environmental Sciencesáhave set off oná a research cruise aboard RRS James Clark Ros

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 29.09.2015
Animals built of glass inspire art exhibition at the UCL Grant Museum
Animals built of glass inspire art exhibition at the UCL Grant Museum

Earth Sciences - 24.09.2015
Scientist advises BBC on landmark documentary series
Volcanologist Dr Hugh Tuffen has helped the BBC make Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise. Dr Hugh Tuffen , from Lancaster Environment Centre, was a scientific advisor on the first programme in the three-part series, which starts tomorrow.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.09.2015
Cold snap: climate cooling and sea-level changes caused crocodylian retreat
Cold snap: climate cooling and sea-level changes caused crocodylian retreat
Fluctuating sea levels and global cooling caused a significant decline in the number of crocodylian species over millions of years. Crocodylians include present-day species of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gavials and their extinct ancestors. Crocodylians first appeared in the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 85 million years ago, and the 250 million year fossil record of their extinct relatives reveals a diverse evolutionary history.

Earth Sciences - 23.09.2015
Icelandic volcano’s toxic gas is treble that of Europe’s industry
A huge volcanic eruption in Iceland emitted on average three times as much of a toxic gas as all European industry combined, a study led by the University of Leeds has revealed. Discharge of lava from the eruption at Bßr­arbunga volcano, starting in August 2014, released a huge mass – up to 120,000 tonnes per day – of sulphur dioxide gas.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.09.2015
Seven Ponds in Seven Days
Seven Ponds in Seven Days
Kicking off on 20 September, a conservation project in Norfolk is highlighting the vital role of ponds in the English countryside as part of a "seven ponds in seven days" restoration challenge.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 09.09.2015
Citizen science project to measure air pollution
Citizen science project to measure air pollution
One of the biggest ever citizen science projects needs volunteers from Manchester to help measure air pollution in our environment.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 03.09.2015
Bristol seismologists join carbon capture research initiative
Ways to improve monitoring of carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites are being investigated by three University of Bristol seismologists as part of a new international collaborative research initiative.

Earth Sciences - 02.09.2015
Only 44% of people in England capable of getting to work by walking or cycling
Most people in England could not get work without motorised modes of transport, according to new research by the University of Leeds.

Administration - Earth Sciences - 02.09.2015
City regions: bigger is better?
Research presented to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference today looks at the argument for backing larger city regions in the north.

Earth Sciences - Event - 01.09.2015
Life-size T-Rex offers a ’roarsome’ start to the University of Birmingham’s annual Community Day

Earth Sciences - Economics - 01.09.2015
Research has implications for forecasting geological disaster
Research by the University of Liverpool will contribute to the next generation of tools for forecasting geological disasters, including volcanic eruptions. Geoscientists from the University's School of Environmental Sciences were able to define the primary control on the accuracy of forecasting the failure of materials – which leads to a disaster – by studying magma involved in explosive eruptions.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 26.08.2015
Sampling CO2 and methane over Ascension Island using UAVs
A team of scientists and engineers have been able to sample methane and CO2 gases in the remote South Atlantic thanks to the redesign of an autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) octocopter.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 25.08.2015
Bats wake up and smell the coffee
Intensive agriculture is taking a toll on bats in the Western Ghats of India, but shade-grown coffee, remnant rainforest patches and riverine vegetation strips may help struggling species hang on.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 24.08.2015
New research sheds light on end of Snowball Earth period
The second ice age during the Cryogenian period was not followed by the sudden and chaotic melting-back of the ice as previously thought, but ended with regular advances and retreats of the ice, according to research published by scientists from the University of Birmingham today (24 August 2015). The researchers also found that the constant advance and retreat of ice during this period was caused by the Earth wobbling on its axis.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 20.08.2015
Rosetta mission uncovered at Museum
Senior Science Adviser at European Space Agency discusses 'most exciting space exploration mission in decades' Almost a year since the Rosetta spacecraft rendezvoused with a comet over 400 million km

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 19.08.2015
L is for Limpet
TheáCambridge Animal Alphabet seriesácelebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science and society.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 18.08.2015
Most comprehensive projections for West Antarctica’s future revealed
A new international study, led by the University of Bristol, is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how much that could add to sea-level rise. The study, which paints a clearer picture of West Antarctica's future than was previously possible, is published today in The Cryosphere, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

Economics - Earth Sciences - 18.08.2015
Simple hospitality could be the answer to the European migrant ‘crisis’
The crisis facing migrants on the shores of Europe shows no sign of abating. As EU member states prevaricate on how to manage a human and political crisis, Dr Jessica Jacobs from QMUL's School of Geography says: "The system is paralysed.

Earth Sciences - 10.08.2015
Mass extinction survival is more than just a numbers game
Widespread species are at just as high risk of being wiped out as rare ones after global mass extinction events, says new research by University of Leeds scientists.

Economics - Earth Sciences - 10.08.2015
Tunnels Through Time: Manchester's century-long transport headache
Tunnels Through Time: Manchester’s century-long transport headache
Geographer maps repeated attempts to bring cross-city monorail and tube travel to Manchester Failed bids to connect Manchester city centre to its airport over the decades have been mapped at The University of Manchester.
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