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Earth Sciences - 07.08.2015
New book highlights global volcanic hazards and risks
Three University of Bristol volcanologists - Professor Steve Sparks, Dr Susanna Jenkins and Dr Sarah Brown - are lead editors and authors of a new book, Global Volcanic Hazards and Risks, published this month.

Earth Sciences - 04.08.2015
Comment: Forget the cheesy image - Cilla Black was a pioneer
Comment: Forget the cheesy image - Cilla Black was a pioneer By Professor Andy Medhurst , Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex Cilla Black was the only woman to have two number-one hits in the group-swamped mid-1960s pop charts.

Earth Sciences - Social Sciences - 31.07.2015
The Magna Carta of scientific maps
One of the most important maps of the UK ever made - described as the 'Magna Carta of geology' - is to go on permanent public display in Cambridge after being restored to its former glory.

Social Sciences - Earth Sciences - 31.07.2015
'Feed the fiery dragon'
On 11 August, researchers from Oxford University will fire up a Japanese potters' kiln in Wytham woods.

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 31.07.2015
I is for Iggy the Iguanodon
The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science and society.

Earth Sciences - Architecture - 30.07.2015
University welcomes approval of Masterplan proposal
University welcomes approval of Masterplan proposal
University welcomes approval of Masterplan proposal The University of Sussex's campus Masterplan has been given the go-ahead after the proposal's original rejection by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 29.07.2015
Chimps use clay to detox and as a mineral supplement
Wild chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda are increasingly eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, according to a long-term international study published in the early version of the journal PLOS ONE . The paper led by the University of Oxford describes how the researchers observed wild chimpanzees in the Budongo forest eating and drinking from clay pits and termite mounds.

Event - Earth Sciences - 28.07.2015
Mapping changes to dialects
Dr Iwan Wyn Rees will use the Eisteddfod to about changing Welsh dialects A Cardiff University linguist is using the National Eisteddfod to shed light on how Welsh dialects are changing around the country.

Earth Sciences - 23.07.2015
Discover Wordsworth in free online course

Earth Sciences - 16.07.2015
British Academy Fellowship for historical geography scholar
A historical geographer from The University of Nottingham has been elected to the British Academy , the UK's champion of the humanities and social sciences, in recognition of his outstanding research.

Earth Sciences - 13.07.2015
EXPERT COMMENT: Greece deal - "A political earthquake in Athens"

Earth Sciences - Linguistics / Literature - 10.07.2015
Is Shakespeare hiding in Maofeng Mountain?

Earth Sciences - 29.06.2015
Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of
Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of “public uncertainty”, expert says
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Social Sciences - Earth Sciences - 25.06.2015
Social geographer Jane Dyson awarded for Outstanding International Impact

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 24.06.2015
Newly-discovered ’ring of teeth’ helps determine what common ancestor of moulting animals looked like
A new analysis of one of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever discovered has definitively sorted its head from its tail, and turned up a previously unknown ring of teeth, which could help answer some of the questions around the early development of moulting animals.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 24.06.2015
How would you like to be buried - at Stonehenge?
How we would like to be buried is a question very few of us consider but that's what a computer scientist at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) wants to know.

Earth Sciences - 19.06.2015
Novel Thoughts #4: Simon Redfern on Chinghiz Aitmatov's Jamila
New film series Novel Thoughts reveals the reading habits of eight Cambridge scientists and peeks inside the covers of the books that have played a major role in their lives.

Earth Sciences - 16.06.2015
New map of UK tornadoes produced
Researchers have updated a map of the UK that pinpoints tornado hotspots for the first time in two decades.

Earth Sciences - History / Archeology - 13.06.2015
On the trail of King John before (and after) the signing of Magna Carta
­King John, that most restless of monarchs, is back in the spotlight as the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta approaches.

Physics - Earth Sciences - 12.06.2015
Comment: Why Japan can’t (or won’t) stop using fossil fuels any time soon
Dr Peter Matanle from the University of Sheffield's School of East Asian Studies comments on whether Japan will remain committed to lowering fossil fuel usage.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 10.06.2015
B is for Bear
The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science and society.

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 09.06.2015
New dinosaur discovered in Wales
New dinosaur discovered in Wales
A new dinosaur cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex has been found in Wales, the first meat-eating dinosaur ever found in the country. The fossilised skeleton of a theropod dinosaur, including razor sharp teeth, and claws, was discovered on a beach near Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan. It was analysed by experts from The University of Manchester, University of Portsmouth and the National Museum Wales.

Health - Earth Sciences - 08.06.2015
Mountaineering professor puts Sherpas under occupational health spotlight
Mountaineering professor puts Sherpas under occupational health spotlight
As tough jobs go, guiding tourists up and down the dangerous peaks of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayas must be high up the list. However, there has been little research on the occupational health of the Nepalese Sherpas that make a living scaling the world's tallest mountains on a regular basis.

Event - Earth Sciences - 05.06.2015
£3 million NERC award for research into melting ice sheet
Scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield and Aberystwyth have been awarded over £3 million by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for research into factors influencing the accelerated melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 04.06.2015
SMILE space mission passes first hurdle
SMILE space mission passes first hurdle
A space mission called SMILE (Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) which is jointly led by UCL and the Chinese National Space Science Center has received the go-ahead for an initial study phase this summer by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 04.06.2015
Bristol undergraduate identifies Gloucestershire fossil as new species of ancient reptile
Fossils found in a quarry in Gloucestershire have been identified by a student and her supervisors at the University of Bristol as a new small species of reptile with self-sharpening blade-like teeth that lived 205 million years ago.

Earth Sciences - 01.06.2015
Yorkshire's oldest new addition to the 'Jurassic World'
Yorkshire’s oldest new addition to the ‘Jurassic World’
Experts from the University of Manchester have identified Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast. The vertebra (backbone) originates from a group of dinosaurs that includes the largest land animals to have ever walked on Earth. This new sauropod dinosaur, from the Middle Jurassic Period at about 176 million years old, was found near Whitby, Yorkshire, after it fell out of a cliff face.

Earth Sciences - History / Archeology - 01.06.2015
Penguin Archive prompts new edition of Malthus
A new Penguin Classics edition of Thomas Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population and Other Writings, edited by Robert Mayhew, Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Bristol, is published this week.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 12.05.2015
Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?
The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe, according to a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 12.05.2015
Expert Comment- El Nino
Dr Grant Allen looks at predictions that a substantial El Nino event could occur this year, made by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and assess the possible impact on the UK and rest of the world.

Earth Sciences - 08.05.2015
Hot seats reaction: who have been the winners and losers in the key marginals?
Charles Pattie, Professor of Electoral Geography and a director of the Sheffield Methods Institute at the University of Sheffield, discusses the result of the General Election in Nick Clegg's Sheffield Hallam constituency.

Earth Sciences - 06.05.2015
Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods
River scientists and marine geophysicists from the US and UK have teamed up for a unique collaboration that could help protect the lives of thousands of people who live close to the banks of some of South Asia's biggest rivers.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 06.05.2015
Compiling a ’dentist’s handbook’ for penis worms
A new study of teeth belonging to a particularly phallic-looking creature has led to the compilation of a prehistoric 'dentist's handbook' which may aid in the identification of previously unrecognised specimens from the Cambrian period, 500 million years ago. Penis worms were fearsome beasts, and extremely successful ones at that Martin Smith It sounds like something out of a horror movie: a penis-shaped worm which was able to turn its mouth inside out and drag itself around by its tooth-lined throat, which resembled a cheese grater.

Earth Sciences - 30.04.2015
Most of Britain's national parks don't have the
Most of Britain’s national parks don’t have the “right rocks” for fracking
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Earth Sciences - 28.04.2015
Perspectives on the Nepal earthquake
As the death toll continues to rise in Nepal, Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Willis, and PhD student Evan Miles, from the Scott Polar Research Institute contemplate the fate of people in a remote part of the country, where they have been doing research for the past two years.

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 27.04.2015
Bizarre ’platypus’ dinosaur discovered
Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex , a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants. Palaeontologists are referring to Chilesaurus diegosuarezi as a 'platypus' dinosaur because of its bizarre combination of characters that resemble different dinosaur groups.

Health - Earth Sciences - 27.04.2015
Comment: Nepal quake: the challenges facing disaster response
Dr Andrew Lee from the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) discusses why the Nepal earthquake was a disaster waiting to happen and what challenges the response te

Earth Sciences - 27.04.2015
Nepal shows its vulnerability after devastating earthquake
Following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this weekend, Simon Redfern, Professor in Earth Sciences at University of Cambridge, explains in The Conversation how a combination of factors has come together with fatal consequences.

Economics - Earth Sciences - 20.04.2015
Comment: Hong Kong-based property buyers look to northern England as London overheats
Professor Rowland Atkinson, Chair in Inclusive Society at the University of Sheffield, and Hang Kei Ho, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University, discuss how Hong Kong property investors are buying in the north of England.

Earth Sciences - 15.04.2015
Reassessing China’s dinosaur ‘Pompeii’
New geological fieldwork in China has changed our understanding of a famous dinosaur fossil site. Up to now, the site at Lujiatun, in Liaoning Province, northeast China, was called the 'Chinese Pompeii' because it was assumed the animals had been killed by volcanic gases and buried at the same time under clouds of ash from erupting volcanoes.

Physics - Earth Sciences - 14.04.2015
Bury nuclear waste down a very deep hole, say Sheffield scientists
Technologies that will enable nuclear waste to be sealed 5km below the Earth's surface could provide a safer, cheaper and more viable alternative for disposing of the UK's high level nuclear waste.

Earth Sciences - 01.04.2015
Words for mud and mountain, wind and wetland: answers on a postcard, please
'Dumberclash' is an old Cheshire term for a short but violent storm. A 'lumpenhole' is a deep trench for fluid farmyard waste.

Earth Sciences - 01.04.2015
Improving schools from the inside out
'Towards Self-Improving School Systems: Lessons from a City Challenge' - a new book from professor of education, Mel Ainscow CBE, draws on over ten years of research including the Greater Manchester Challenge.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 31.03.2015
Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai
Despite being thousands of kilometres apart, a team of international scientists are collecting samples from the bottom of the Arabian Sea to find out how the growth of the Himalayan mountain range has affected the Asian Monsoon over the last 50 million years. The drilling, taking place off the coast of Mumbai, India, will also help scientists predict monsoon intensity in the future.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 27.03.2015
University of Sheffield supports city regeneration project
University of Sheffield supports city regeneration project
The first phase of an exciting and inventive project to help regenerate area is about to get underway.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 26.03.2015
A new view of Jupiter’s northern lights
Observations of Jupiter made by Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope are being analysed by Dr Sarah Badman at Lancaster University.

Social Sciences - Earth Sciences - 25.03.2015
On the margins of terror: Daesh and the new geography of hate in Sinai
Jessica Jacobs, Research Fellow at QMUL's School of Geography, argues that the systematic neglect of border regions by military-backed governments in the Middle East has enabled the success of extreme terrorist groups in these marginalised areas, resulting in "geographies of hate".

Earth Sciences - 23.03.2015
Volcanologist inspires a generation with new book
An environmental scientist at Lancaster University has published a book about his career as part of the "Coolest Jobs on the Planet" book series. Dr Hugh Tuffen of the Lancaster Environment Centre describes the incredible life of a volcanologist in the book which is aimed at young people who are looking for interesting and adventurous careers.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.03.2015
Warm ocean water is making Antarctic glacier vulnerable to significant melting
Warm ocean water is making Antarctic glacier vulnerable to significant melting
A valley underneath East Antarctica's most rapidly-changing glacier delivers warm water to the base of the ice, causing significant melting.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 11.03.2015
Epoch-defining study pinpoints when humans came to dominate planet Earth
The human-dominated geological epoch known as the Anthropocene probably began around the year 1610, according to new research published today in Nature.
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