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Reef built by animals 550 million years ago discovered.

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The animals – called Cloudina – were the first in the world to have a hard shell and are believed to have built the reefs to protect themselves from predators, or to get a competitive advantage in acquiring food or living space.

Prof Ron Cohen receives international award

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Ron Cohen Award

Prof Cohen received the International Award of Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications of 2014 in Kyoto, Japan at the 31st meeting on Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications (FMA) “For contribution to the progress in knowledge of ferroelectric materials through first principles research”.Prof. Cohen has worked on ferroelectrics since the 1980’s, his 1992 cover article in Nature being critical work on why some perovskites are ferroelectric. During his trip Prof. Cohen presented at seminars and spoke with students at the University of Tokyo and at Waseda University, and met with scientists from Kyoto University.

IRDR Annual Conference

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A day of thought-provoking discussions, talks by experts and presentations of the latest research in risk and disaster reduction, aimed at researchers and practitioners, NGOs and City professionals, and the interested public.

Crises at Calderas.

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Research by the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre on pre-eruptive unrest at volcanoes has been used for the near real-time simulations of emergencies at large calderas.

Facing the Floods

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Floods ABUHC

The Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre (ABUHC) has launched a new initiative for visualizing the risk from major floods

Marine ice regulates the future stability of a large Antarctic ice shelf.

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A new study by Peter Sammonds and his collaborators at Swansea University and the British Antarctic Survey demonstrates how salty marine ice, accreted onto to the underside of the largest Antarctic Peninsular Ice Shelf, Larsen C, stabilises the ice shelf.

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

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A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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