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Trees are biggest methane 'vents' in wetland areas – even when they're dry

Trees are biggest methane 'vents' in wetland areas – even when they're dry
Description
Most of the methane gas emitted from Amazon wetlands regions is vented into the atmosphere via tree root systems – with significant emissions occurring even when the ground is not flooded.
Date:
06/12/2021

Molecular Sciences Visitors' Centre officially opens

Molecular Sciences Visitors' Centre officially opens
Description
The University of Birmingham officially opened the Molecular Sciences Visitors' Centre on Thursday 2 December, celebrating the start of the newest campus development with Morgan Sindall Construction.
Date:
03/12/2021

Nibbling prehistoric herbivore sheds new light on Triassic diversity

Nibbling prehistoric herbivore sheds new light on Triassic diversity
Description
A Triassic herbivore, known for its supposed similarities to a modern-day ostrich, has been revealed to have entirely different approach to feeding from previously thought, according to new resarch.
Date:
29/11/2021

Oldest theropod dinosaur in the UK discovered in southern Wales

Oldest theropod dinosaur in the UK discovered in southern Wales
Description
Scientists from the Natural History Museum and the University of Birmingham have described a new species of dinosaur from specimens found in a quarry in Pant-y-ffynnon in southern Wales.
Date:
06/10/2021

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere teaches old oaks new tricks

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere teaches old oaks new tricks
Description
Mature oak trees will increase their rate of photosynthesis by up to a third in response to the raised CO2 levels expected to be the world average by about 2050, new research shows.
Date:
04/10/2021

Bizarre armoured spikes belong to oldest ankylosaur ever discovered

Bizarre armoured spikes belong to oldest ankylosaur ever discovered
Description
An unusual fossil showing a series of spikes fused to a rib has been revealed to be the remains of the oldest ankylosaur ever found and the first from the African continent.
Date:
23/09/2021

New undergraduate programmes addressing major global challenges and their impact

New undergraduate programmes addressing major global challenges and their impact
Description
The University of Birmingham's College of Life and Environmental Sciences has introduced new undergraduate programmes in Human Sciences and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability.
Date:
22/09/2021

Ancient sea ice core sheds light on modern climate change

Ancient sea ice core sheds light on modern climate change
Description
A 170 m record of marine sediment cores extracted from Adélie Land in Antarctica by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme is yielding new insights into the complicated relationship between sea ice and climate change.
Date:
09/09/2021
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