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Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods

Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods
Description
River scientists and marine geophysicists from the US and UK - and led by the University of Birmingham - 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.
Date:
07/05/2015

The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur

The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur
Description
When the platypus was discovered in very late 18th century, its bizarre features that appeared to be a mash-up of other animals perplexed naturalists. Now a creature from the past that would have looked like strange mix of unrelated dinosaurs has been discovered. And our research suggests that it belonged to a hitherto unknown lineage of herbivores that lived around 145m years ago, in the Jurassic period.
Date:
28/04/2015

Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered

Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
Description
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 extremely bizarre combination of characters that include a proportionally small skull and feet more akin to primitive long-neck dinosaurs.
Date:
27/04/2015

The Birmingham Brief - 'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle

The Birmingham Brief - 'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle
Description
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:
17/04/2015

Call for volunteers: If you are living on a road with heavy traffic, are you curious to know what your exposure to air pollution at your residence is?

Call for volunteers: If you are living on a road with heavy traffic, are you curious to know what your exposure to air pollution at your residence is?
Description
A research team in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences are recruiting volunteers living on roads with heavy traffic, to take part in a research project investigating personal exposure to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities, such as sitting in traffic and cooking.
Date:
15/04/2015

Environmental Health postgraduate students to attend Universitas 21 conferences

Environmental Health postgraduate students to attend Universitas 21 conferences
Description
Two postgraduate students have been selected to represent the University at Universitas 21 (U21) conferences this year. They were chosen to represent the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences out of a very competitive pool of candidates.
Date:
14/04/2015

The Birmingham Brief: 'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

The Birmingham Brief: 'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities
Description
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.
Date:
02/04/2015

Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai

Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai
Description
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.
Date:
31/03/2015
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'Urban Emotions meets Live Geography - Fusing Data from Human and Technical Sensors'

'Urban Emotions meets Live Geography - Fusing Data from Human and Technical Sensors'
Date
10/02/2016
Location:
Aston Webb Building - G33
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Asst. Prof. Bernd Resch, University of Salzburg - Wednesday 10 February (13:00-14:00)

'Geology of the 5/22-1 exploration well, Rockall Trough, offshore NW Ireland: the role of break-up magmatism on trap development'

'Geology of the 5/22-1 exploration well, Rockall Trough, offshore NW Ireland: the role of break-up magmatism on trap development'
Date
15/02/2016
Location:
Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Part of the Lapworth Lecture Series. Speaker: Professor Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson, Imperial College, London - Monday 15 February (17:00-18:00)

'Multinationals and Regional Development'

'Multinationals and Regional Development'
Date
17/02/2016
Location:
Biosciences NG08
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Dr Riccardo Crescenzi (London School of Economics) - Wednesday 17 February (16:00-17:00)

'Austerity and economic development governance in England'

'Austerity and economic development governance in England'
Date
24/02/2016
Location:
School of Education G33
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Andy Pike, Newcastle University - Wednesday 24 February (13:00-14:00)

'The ophiolite enigma resolved?'

'The ophiolite enigma resolved?'
Date
14/03/2016
Location:
Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Part of the Lapworth Lecture Series. Speaker: Professor John Dewey, University of Oxford - Monday 14 March (17:00-18:00)
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