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Antarctica retreating across the sea floor

Antarctica’s great ice sheet is losing ground as it is eroded by warm ocean water circulating beneath its floating edge, a new UCL and University of Leeds study has found.  

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Unlocking the secrets of ice

The complex properties of water and ice are not well understood but a team from UCL and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source have revealed new information about a phase of ice called 'ice II'.

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Animals shield their families from a harsh world

Animals living in volatile habitats can gain major evolutionary benefits by shielding their families from the changing environment, suggests research from UCL, the University of Bristol and University of Exeter.

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New alien species invasions still rising globally

Up to 16% of all species on Earth could qualify as potential alien species and if they invade new regions, impacts will be difficult to predict, according to new research involving UCL.

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When did flowers originate?

Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new UCL-led research.

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Green energy blueprint for cutting UK electricity prices

A blueprint to cut UK electricity prices to bring them into line with competitor countries such as Germany and France as we move to low-carbon power generation has been proposed by UCL researchers.

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Six UCL papers in Altmetric Top 100

UCL research captured the public’s imagination last year with six papers featuring in the Altmetric Top 100 of 2.2 million research outputs tracked in 2017.

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Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction

Mammals only started being active in the daytime after non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out about 66 million years ago (mya), finds a new study led by UCL and Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.

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How $14 billion protected Earth's species

Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to a new University of Oxford-led study involving UCL.

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Help (and beer) needed for UK wasp survey

Wasps, although an annoyance to many, are useful predators that control garden pests and pollinate flowers. Now their abundance and diversity in the UK are being investigated by a team from UCL and the University of Gloucestershire.

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Measuring distance with a single photo

Most cameras just record colour but now the 3D shapes of objects, captured through only a single lens, can be accurately estimated using new software developed by UCL computer scientists.

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Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.

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UCL’s first satellite ‘UCLSat’ launched

UCLSat, a satellite designed and built by UCL engineers and scientists, has been launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India as part of an international mission called QB50.

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How RNA formed at the origins of life

A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a UCL-led team of researchers.

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Improving defence against earthquakes and tsunamis

A pioneering new computer model has been developed to simulate the whole chain of hazard events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes, by a team involving UCL and Bristol engineers.

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