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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

Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest

Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest
Description
A previously undiscovered species of crocodile-like amphibian that lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth's top predators more than 200 million years ago, a study shows.
Date:
26/03/2015

Lapworth redevelopment gathers pace with latest grant announcement

Lapworth redevelopment gathers pace with latest grant announcement
Description
The redevelopment of the University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology has taken another leap forward with the news that the project has received a £100,000 grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation.
Date:
05/03/2015
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'Planning for Hyper-diversity in a Global City: The Politics of Diversity in London'

'Planning for Hyper-diversity in a Global City: The Politics of Diversity in London'
Date
11/05/2016
Location:
Aston Webb (R6 on campus map) - WG12
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Mike Raco (UCL) - Wednesday 11 May (13:00-14:00)

'Hipsters on the High Street: retail gentrification, class and disgust'

'Hipsters on the High Street: retail gentrification, class and disgust'
Date
18/05/2016
Location:
Geography and Environmental Sciences Building (R26 on the Edgbaston Campus map) Room 311
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Phil Hubbard, University of Kent - Wednesday 18 May (16:00-17:00)

'Plumbing the Aquatic Conduit for Terrestrial Carbon: How far can we get with the Riparian Zone?'

'Plumbing the Aquatic Conduit for Terrestrial Carbon: How far can we get with the Riparian Zone?'
Date
25/05/2016
Location:
Aston Webb Building - G33
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Kevin Bishop, University of Uppsala - Wednesday 25 May (13:00-14:00)
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