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Reef built by animals 550 million years ago discovered

Newly found fossils show animals built living reefs twenty million years earlier than previously thought. More...

Climate scientists need professional body, says UCL policy commission

Climate scientists need to establish a professional body to help define their roles, values and practices to satisfy society’s needs, and to provide guidance to improve their training and development, according to a report published today by the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science.  More...

A formula for cheating at dice

A perfectly fair die has one chance in six of landing on each side when it is rolled. But load the dice by making some of the edges longer than others, and the probabilities suddenly become more complicated. In fact, nobody has ever produced a comprehensive theory of the probabilities of such a biased die landing on any given face – a challenge for physicists, as well as for anyone who might want to cheat a casino. More...

Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to be the building blocks for the origins of life, may hold clues to how carbon-rich chemicals created in stars are processed and recycled in space. More...

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. More...

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