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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

Team of Birmingham students announced as BP Ultimate Field Trip finalists

Team of Birmingham students announced as BP Ultimate Field Trip finalists
Description
A team of undergraduate students from the University of Birmingham have been announced as finalists for the BP 2015 Ultimate Field Trip (UFT), the UK's leading university STEM competition that asks teams of three students to come up with a solution to a real-world global energy challenge.
Date:
19/02/2015

Funded initiative to train specialists in risk, mitigation and Big Data

Funded initiative to train specialists in risk, mitigation and Big Data
Description
The University of Birmingham forms part of a consortium of universities awarded £2.5m by NERC to train the next generation of researchers to become experts at assessing and mitigating risk using Big Data.
Date:
03/02/2015

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks
Description
Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.A study led by the University of Birmingham (UK), shows vast carbon-rich layers of peat (dead plant debris) found across the world are under threat from a drop in general water table levels and warmer temperatures, as a result of climate change. With drier peatlands becoming more prevalent and wildfire activity on the increase, the peat's carbon content is at a higher risk of being released into our atmosphere.
Date:
27/01/2015

School performs strongly in Research Excellence Framework 2014

School performs strongly in Research Excellence Framework 2014
Description
The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has achieved a very strong performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014).
Date:
18/12/2014
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