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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Migrants in peril on the sea: illegal immigration, past and present

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On 15 April, reports that a migrant ship carrying an estimated 550 refugees had capsized off the coast of Libya, resulting in the deaths of 400 people, dominated news headlines. Three days later, another vessel foundered south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, with a staggering death toll of 800 people, including children. With only 28 survivors rescued, officials predict that the event will go down as the deadliest migration disaster in the Mediterranean to date.
Date:
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 16th April 2015

'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle

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I doubt that John Martyn was thinking about the conversion of carbon dioxide and water to wood when he wrote his 1970s classic, Solid Air. His lyrics focus on the difficulty of moving forward through life as though through solid air. But, as metaphors go, it could hardly be better suited to the springtime reawakening of the plant world.
Date:
Thursday 16th April 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 9th April 2015

What next at the Large Hadron Collider?

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It is rare for an academic discipline to double the observable landscape that it's able to study, but that's what's currently happening in particle physics. Over the past two years, around 400 engineers and technicians have together put in about a million hours to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to produce collisions between protons at almost twice the energy previously attained.
Date:
Thursday 9th April 2015
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 2nd April 2015

'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

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The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Yet, among palaeontologists the Triassic is renowned, and with good reason.
Date:
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Categories:
International, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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