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Reef built by animals 550 million years ago discovered.

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. More...

Published: Jul 6, 2014 5:03:24 PM

Ron Cohen Award

Prof Ron Cohen receives international 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. More...

Published: Jun 27, 2014 12:05:42 PM


IRDR Annual Conference

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.

Published: Jun 11, 2014 10:41:20 AM


Crises at Calderas.

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. More...

Published: May 30, 2014 10:40:59 AM

Floods ABUHC

Facing the Floods

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

Published: May 30, 2014 10:28:36 AM


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

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. More...

Published: May 9, 2014 4:06:58 PM


Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

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

Published: Mar 31, 2014 2:01:04 PM

First animals oxygenated Earth's oceans

First animals oxygenated Earth's oceans

The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated Earth's oceans: contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development. 

Published: Mar 11, 2014 1:53:46 PM

Arctic Research

Arctic Research

Ice Spy - a blog about UCL's contribution to CryoVEx 2014: An Arctic field experiment to validate measurements of sea ice made by the European Space Agency CryoSat-2 satellite. More...

Published: Mar 10, 2014 12:22:57 PM

Dobson Award

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Warmest congratulations to Prof David Dobson, the recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for his outstanding research activity and world leading role in high pressure research. More...

Published: Mar 3, 2014 12:57:06 PM