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Laser scientists' new research should improve the treatment of the 5 million asthma sufferers in the UK

Laser scientists' new research should improve the treatment of the 5 million asthma sufferers in the UK
Description
GEES researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave as they are projected through the air. Their findings could improve the effectiveness of inhalers for the 5 million people in the UK suffering from asthma.
Date:
14/11/2014

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot
Description
Pollution from soot and ozone has caused a major decrease of crop yields in India, with some densely populated states experiencing 50% relative yield losses. Zongbo Shi argues that to ensure the world has enough food, we need to look directly at air pollution.
Date:
04/11/2014

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not
Description
To exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK's former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are "widely exaggerated". A more pertinent question is: does the way in which scientists and politicians speak publicly lead to wild exaggeration?
Date:
17/10/2014

Study ties groundwater to human evolution

Study ties groundwater to human evolution
Description
A new study, led by Dr Mark Cuthbert of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, shows that our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species.
Date:
11/09/2014

First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered

First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered
Description
A new dinosaur species from South America has been identified, according to new research by an international team of scientists. The 200 million year old fossils are from the La Quinta Formation in Venezuela, making this the first dinosaur find in the north of South America. The species is named Laquintasaura venezuelae, after its location, in a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Date:
06/08/2014

A word in your ear, but make it snappy

A word in your ear, but make it snappy
Description
Crocodiles usually conjure images of sharp teeth and powerful jaws – but they are not famous for their hearing. However this could all change as new research sheds light on the reptiles' ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the modern era.
Date:
28/07/2014

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
Description
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
Date:
28/07/2014

Rock and roll – Lapworth staff celebrate historic multimillion pound redevelopment grant

Description
The University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology is celebrating the receipt of a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant towards a £2.5 million redevelopment project.
Date:
22/07/2014
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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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