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Postgraduate Open Day - at Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

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Postgraduate Open Day MAPS

2 December 2015, 2pm-5pm.

The open day is a chance for prospective students for taught and research postgraduate degrees (MSc, MRes, PhD) to find out more about UCL's courses, as well as to meet potential tutors. It's also an opportunity to visit UCL's campus and see if this is the place for you.

James Sowerby: the Enlightenment’s natural historian.

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Sowerby Book by P. Henderson

New book by Prof Paul Henderson - a fascinating artistic and historical, first full biography of Sowerby.

Earth Science Week 2015.

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2015-10-10Earth Science week 2015 Displays

The Age of the British Isles: Come on a date with UCL Earth Sciences #UCLESDating!

As part of the International Earth Science Week 2015, UCL Earth Sciences and UCL PACE (Public and Cultural Engagement) presented a special pop-up exhibition exploring the age of one of the most geologically diverse places on Earth - the British Isles.  The Earth Science Week is a yearly event run since 2011 and coordinated by the Geological Society with events all over the UK and Ireland. 

Fun with Minerals.

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Nadine Gabriel our Geology student writes about her involvement in UCL Public and Cultural Engagement.

Mineralogical Society- Max Hay Medal award.

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Max Hay Award 2016

Congratulations to Philip Pogge von Strandman, the recipient of the 2016 Max Hay Medal.

Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann was awarded the Max Hey Medal of the Mineralogical Society for 2016. The award is given "to recognise existing and ongoing research of excellent carried out by young workers, within the fields of either Mineralogy, Crystallography, Petrology or Geochemistry. The award of this medal was founded in 1993 and named in honour of the eminent British mineralogist Dr M.H. Hey (1904–1984).

The Earth has rusted heart.

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A seismologically consistent compositional model of Earth’s core

"No one knows precisely what the composition of the center of the Earth is. This is one of the best kept secrets of our planet as mankind has never reached deeper than 12 km below its surface." writes  Tristan Vey in Le Figaro. In fact only laboratory experiments, seismological analysis and thermodynamic models can help us get a better understanding of this mysterious inner core. These show the existence of a liquid metallic outer core with a diameter of about 5000 km that contains a “small” and spinning solid inner core about 2400 km wide. While this solid part is almost exclusively composed of iron-nickel alloy (with a 16/1 ratio), seismological surveys have shown that the surrounding environment of liquified metal contains significant quantities of lighter elements such as sulphur, carbon, silicon as well as oxygen. But in what proportion? 

Processes controlling top, bottom and lateral melt of Arctic sea ice.

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Arctic Melt

Michel Tsamados introduces a recent study published in a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 'Arctic sea ice reduction: the evidence, models and impacts'.

The core thermal history - it is cooling more quickly than assumed.

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Joined study published in Nature Geoscience with UCL contributors:  Monica Pozzo and Dario Alfe.

Cool summer of 2013 boosted Arctic sea ice

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2015 - Arctic study

The lead author of the Nature paper, PhD student Rachel Tilling, talks about her scientific findings. 

Animals breathe freely for the first time 520 million-years ago.

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Shields-Nature Communication

Joined study published in Nature Communications shows that the 'Cambrian explosion' was in step with the expansion of oxygenated bottom waters in the global ocean.  

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