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Threesome: the hidden partner in lichen symbioses

Threesome: the hidden partner in lichen symbioses | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Groundbreaking new research has revised our understanding of one of the oldest symbiotic partnerships on Earth; scientists recently discover that lichens comprise more than just two mutually beneficial organisms.

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Seeing is knowing: From physics, philosophy, and Shakespeare to a new set of geological visualisation models for the UK

Seeing is knowing: From physics, philosophy, and Shakespeare to a new set of geological visualisation models for the UK | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Observations are the root of scientific knowledge. Because we can observe distant galaxies in the vast expanse of space, we also can learn about the laws that control our universe and uncover our solar system’s fourteen billion year history. 

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From Keyworth to Kisumu: Aquaculture in Lake Victoria, Kenya - A student adventure

From Keyworth to Kisumu: Aquaculture in Lake Victoria, Kenya - A student adventure | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

I have almost completed my 1-year industrial placement in the Inorganic Geochemistry team at BGS, and will soon be back in New Zealand to finish my undergraduate degree at Waikato University. My experience has included fieldwork in Kenya, aqueous chemistry analyses for BGS science projects and external clients.

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Packing, perils, and positives — how to survive your first (Drake Passage) cruise

Packing, perils, and positives — how to survive your first (Drake Passage) cruise | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

The turnaround from me knowing this cruise existed, and leaving home for the longest time I’ve ever been away, to go to the furthest place I’ve ever been from home, in my life was no longer than six weeks. In hindsight, this was probably for the best, as I didn’t really have time to get nervous about the trip...

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A baptism of ice - fieldwork training in Svalbard

A baptism of ice - fieldwork training in Svalbard | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Arriving in the remote Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard was like crossing a threshold into my childhood dreams. The many books on polar exploration I devoured as a child (as described in a previous blog), suddenly became crystallised into reality as we touched down onto a land with more polar bears than people, and where transport beyond the town is by helicopter, boat and snowmobile.

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Hunting for critical metals in the south-west Atlantic

Hunting for critical metals in the south-west Atlantic | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

We departed Santos, Brazil on the RRS Discovery on the 20 October heading to the Rio Grande Rise, which is about 1300 km offshore, in international waters.

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Reconstructing droughts and wetter periods in the Leandra area, South Africa

Reconstructing droughts and wetter periods in the Leandra area, South Africa | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Physical Geographer David Nash from the University of Brighton reports on his work with the GCRF drought project in Leandra, South Africa.

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Investigating natural and human impact on Eastern Australia wetlands

Investigating natural and human impact on Eastern Australia wetlands | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

The impact of recent climate change and humans on sensitive ecosystems in Australia is a hot topic. I have teamed up with researchers from the University of Adelaide and University of Queensland to combine our expertise to try and solve some of these questions. 

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Using geochemistry to study ancient glass

Using geochemistry to study ancient glass | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Before moving to the UK, my main academic background was focused on the archaeological aspect of glass, hence mainly typology (the study and comparison of artefacts shape and decoration). I then discovered a whole different approach to the subject: I have learned that through chemical analysis it is possible not only to understand what raw materials have been used to make the glass, but also to assess where they were made. 

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The Papua New Guinea tsunami, 20 years on

The Papua New Guinea tsunami, 20 years on | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

20 years ago today, on the evening of the 17th July 1998, 2200 people died when a 15-metre high tsunami devastated an idyllic lagoon on the north coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG).  The event was to prove a benchmark in tsunami science as the tsunami was generated, not by an earthquake, but by a submarine landslide. 

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Sensing the Earth: UKGEOS, statistics and streaming data

Sensing the Earth: UKGEOS, statistics and streaming data | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a workshop on streaming data organised by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics, at Cambridge University. The meeting brought together some formidable mathematical brains with the sorts of people that might want to use those brains. People with data.

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Which bit is the trunk?

Which bit is the trunk? | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

It seems like a simple question, right? We have all climbed a tree and know perfectly well that the branches are the bits that stick out, and the trunk is the bit in the middle. However, when it comes to giving a robust definition that holds for all types of trees, I am having some difficulties.

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The anatomy of a grad students desk… 

The anatomy of a grad students desk…  | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Common Name: Brooke Johnson Taxonomy: Anthrolithicus maximus (DPhil Geology) Brooke Johnson, aka the Giant Northern Rock Fondler, can be found haunting places as remote and desolate as Australia’s Northern Territories and the North Yorkshire Coast.

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The Paris Agreement, is it all empty promises and false hope?

The Paris Agreement, is it all empty promises and false hope? | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

For most, March 2015 and September 2016 may have faded from memory. However as someone who studies the climate, these months stand out.

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Can we use carbon isotopes to tell us about past levels of CO2 in the atmosphere?

Can we use carbon isotopes to tell us about past levels of CO2 in the atmosphere? | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Understanding both the long term carbon cycle and rapid perturbations in atmospheric CO2 observed through the geological record has become increasingly important as we enter a period of human induced carbon cycle variations especially the rapidly increasing atmospheric CO2.

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Extinction to art in the Deccan Traps

Extinction to art in the Deccan Traps | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

The Deccan traps, in West-Central India, are deposits of lava and volcanic rocks creating mountains up to 3km high and covering an area about the size of France. This mountainous landscape has provided a unique base for religious communities from 700 BC onwards. Beautifully decorated caves carved from 400BC to 1000AD by Buddhists first, then Hindus and then Jains, are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Watching volcanoes from space

Watching volcanoes from space | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

There are numerous hazards associated with volcanic eruptions. Some of these, such as lava flows, tend to be localised, while others, such as plumes of ash and gas can travel across the globe. To minimise the risk presented by these hazards it is essential to closely monitor volcanoes and understand their behaviour. How can we do this?

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Line of Algae Deaths Marks Uplift in 2016 Chilean Earthquake – Seismological Society of America

Line of Algae Deaths Marks Uplift in 2016 Chilean Earthquake – Seismological Society of America | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it
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Apprenticeships: an alternative route to a successful career

Apprenticeships: an alternative route to a successful career | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it
It is easy to fall into the mind-set that university is the only option if you want a solid career with a good wage. That is the mind-set I fell into when I was picking out which A levels I wanted to work towards. The problem was, at 16, I had no idea what I wanted to do or what I was working towards. As a result, I had no direction. I did my AS exams (I did not entirely fail...or pass) and then I decided that the best thing for me to do was drop out.
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Getting involved in 'stuff' outside your PhD

Getting involved in 'stuff' outside your PhD | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Throughout my PhD I have sought out a number of extracurricular activities. They have helped me better understand my research topic, meet people from different fields and countries, and taken me across the world. 

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Scientists are people too: mentoring with the Social Mobility Foundation

Scientists are people too: mentoring with the Social Mobility Foundation | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Many BUFI students are involved with activities outside their research such as volunteering and outreach programmes, making them much more rounded and contributing further to their personal development skills.

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Building resilient futures: how climate change could affect subsidence hazards

Building resilient futures: how climate change could affect subsidence hazards | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Most people are aware that the climate is changing and will continue to do so into the future, which is why at BGS we have been looking at whether climate change, in particular rainfall, will affect subsidence in future years.

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Accordions, the Adriatic and Analytical Chemistry

Accordions, the Adriatic and Analytical Chemistry | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

It was the 9th Workshop on Proficiency Testing (PT) in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine, held in the coastal town of Portorož. This three-day workshop attracted delegates from 53 countries.

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World Heritage Sites under threat! BGS scientists strive to protect them

World Heritage Sites under threat! BGS scientists strive to protect them | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

The climate is changing. We know this. And while many dedicated scientists, researchers, activists, politicians and people in their own homes are trying to understand, tackle and find ways we can be more resilient to it, we have also been looking at how the changing climate may affect geohazards such as landslides, sinkholes and shrinking and swelling clays.

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Not a boring story: the impact of sharing data

Not a boring story: the impact of sharing data | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it

Large infrastructure projects regularly over-run due to unforeseen ground-conditions, so in order to minimise the project risk, desk studies and site investigations are carried out which often include drilling boreholes. But boreholes are expensive and time consuming to drill, around £4k for a 20m deep borehole, so consultants try and gather as much historic information about the site as possible before planning their site investigation works.

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From lab to Lake Victoria, Kenya: a student learning experience

From lab to Lake Victoria, Kenya: a student learning experience | NERC science blogs | Scoop.it
My name is Kelsey Ferris, a biotechnology student from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. I have been supporting Dr Andy Marriott in his project - Aquaculture: Pathway to food security in Kenya, looking at the link between anthropogenic pollution in Lake Victoria and the geochemical content in caged and wild fish, sediments and lake water. 
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