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Environment - 04.01.2019
Upstart sparrows and chasing waterfalls: News from the College
From textbook-defying sparrows to powerful waterfalls, here is some quick-read news from across the College. Textbook-defying sparrows A seemingly well-established hypothesis in biology may need a rethink. The ‘status signalling hypothesis' says that certain physical attributes of animals reflect their dominance in the group, regardless of age, body size and body condition.

Environment - Life Sciences - 03.01.2019
Climate change research produced reasons for concern and hope in 2018
In 2018, climate scientists and energy researchers at Stanford not only documented the devastating effects of climate change on the world, but also developed new technologies to help reduce carbon emissions and considered strategiesáto keep societies safe as the climate continues to change. The past year brought multiple extreme events to the US, including devastating wildfires to California and deadly hurricanes on the east coast.

Environment - Life Sciences - 03.01.2019
Window into previously unseen part of glacial environment
The Greenland Ice Sheet emits tons of methane, according to a new study showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought. An international team, including researchers from Cardiff University, camped for three months next to the Greenland Ice Sheet, sampling the meltwater that runs off a large catchment (> 600 km2) of the Ice Sheet during the summer months.

Environment - Life Sciences - 02.01.2019
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere
The Greenland Ice Sheet emits tons of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought. An international team of researchers led by the University of Bristol camped for three months next to the Greenland Ice Sheet, sampling the meltwater that runs off a large catchment (> 600 km2) of the Ice Sheet during the summer months.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 02.01.2019
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A "pacemaker" for North African climate
Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity. The Sahara desert is one of the harshest, most inhospitable places on the planet, covering much of North Africa in some 3.6 million square miles of rock and windswept dunes. But it wasn't always so desolate and parched.

Health - Environment - 02.01.2019
Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?
Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?
In 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native wildflowers and herbs, grown in nurseries and then planted in ecological restoration sites around California, were infected with Phytophthora tentaculata , a deadly exotic plant pathogen that causes root and stem rot.

Environment - 02.01.2019
Feisty hummingbirds prioritize fencing over feeding
Feisty hummingbirds prioritize fencing over feeding
Most hummingbirds have bills and tongues exquisitely designed to slip inside a flower, lap up nectar and squeeze every last drop of precious sugar water from their tongue to fuel their frenetic lifestyle. But in the tropics of South America, University of California, Berkeley, scientists are finding that some male hummers have traded efficient feeding for bills that are better at stabbing and plucking other hummingbirds as they fend off rivals for food and mates.

Environment - 02.01.2019
Protecting proboscis monkeys from deforestation
A 10 year study of proboscis monkeys in Borneo has revealed that forest conversion to oil palm plantations is having a significant impact on the species. Nearly half of all primate species are threatened with extinction, with habitat destruction acting as the key driving force. New research studied proboscis monkeys from 2004 to 2014, finding that the protection of swamp forests is vital for their survival.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 01.01.2019
Martian drill set for Antarctic climate mission
A drill originally developed to break through Martian rocks is set to be deployed to Antarctica on a mission which could help us understand the history of Earth's changing climate. A team of University of Glasgow engineers are heading to a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research station named Skytrain Ice Rise on Thursday 3 January with a sophisticated drill they originally developed for use on future unmanned Martian rover missions.

Health - Environment - 01.01.2019
From cycling to Eurovision - how Imperial can help your New Year’s resolutions
We take a look back at Imperial research from the past year to give you some inspiration for your 2019 new year's resolutions. Reduce alcohol intake Thinking of doing dry January? According to Imperial research , this may be something you want to keep up throughout the year… Earlier this year, Imperial researchers were among a team of international scientists to suggest there is no safe level of alcohol and instead the health risks outweigh any possible benefits.
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