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15 December 2010
Edoardo Borgomeo, MSci Environmental Geoscience, and Tom Wesby, MSci Geology and Geophysics, are ambassadors for the College’s carbon reduction campaign, StepChange. Reporter finds out why they got involved in the project and what simple things we can do on a daily basis to be more sustainable.
25 August 2010
Earlier this month students from across Europe completed a summer school , designed to show how to develop economically sustainable and innovative solutions to climate change. The students spent six weeks learning from leaders in academic, corporate and public spheres in order to further understand both how to go about tackling climate change and how to make a business case for doing so. They spent a fortnight in Paris, before travelling by train up to London, where they were hosted by Imperial, and then travelling on to Zurich.
12 August 2010
A unique blob-like creature that lived in the ocean approximately 425 million years ago is revealed in a 3D computer model in research published by Imperial scientists on 4 August in the journal Biology Letters. The model is helping researchers to understand what primitive species on early Earth looked like and how they might have evolved into the types of creatures that are on Earth today.
Imperial scientists have developed a detailed 3D model of the only known fossilised specimen of a creature called Drakozoon. The specimen was found by one of the research team approximately 6 years ago in the Herefordshire Lagerstätte, one of England’s richest deposits of soft-bodied fossils.
The research reveals that Drakozoon lived 444 to 416 million years ago. It was a cone-shaped, blob-like creature with a hood and it probably had a leathery exterior skin. It appears to have survived in the ocean by attaching itself to hard surfaces such as rock. It was approximately 3mm long, and used filament-bearing tentacles to catch and eat organic particles in seawater. It pulled its hood down over its body for protection against predators, pulling it back again to expose its tentacles when danger passed.
Dr Mark Sutton (Earth Science and Engineering) said:”Excitingly, our 3D model brings back to life a creature that until recently no one knew even existed, and provides us with a window into the life of Drakozoon. By looking at this primitive creature, we also get one tantalising step closer to understanding what the earliest creatures on Earth looked like.”
— Colin Smith, Communications
28 July 2010
Imperial researchers who are developing medical robots, improving combustion engines, refining mining technologies and creating computer models to advance manufacturing and agriculture have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to engineering.
21 July 2010
The world’s first hybrid, diesel-electric, black cab is one of three green vehicle technologies developed at Imperial that was showcased in a low emission rally on 7 July.
20 July 2010
Oil spills can increase levels of toxic arsenic in the ocean, creating an additional long-term threat to the marine ecosystem, according to research published on 2 July in the journal Water Research.
28 June 2010
Professor Al Fraser, Chair in Petroleum Geoscience (Earth Science and Engineering), joined Imperial on 1 June. He previously worked at BP, looking into opportunities in Libya for offshore oil exploration. His new role involves fostering links between the College and the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. Al says: ‘I’m excited to finally give something back to the students and for them to find out what life is like in the oil industry.”
22 June 2010
New research by Imperial researchers has revealed that when two parts of the Earth’s crust break apart, this does not always cause massive volcanic eruptions. The study, published on 16 June in the journal Nature, explains why some parts of the world saw extreme volcanic events millions of years ago and others did not.
7 June 2010
On 27 May, Imperial students driving an electric supercar became the first to drive an all-electric vehicle around the M25 twice on one battery charge – making a new UK record – in the lead-up to the team’s attempt to cross the Americas in July this year and create a world record.
7 May 2010
A design for a human colony in space has won 12 school pupils a trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, following a national competition held at Imperial on 22 – 23 April.
22 April 2010
Imperial students’ opinions on the College’s tutoring system, and on the experience of studying for a Master’s degree, have been revealed in two new surveys, the results of which have now been sent to all departments.
21 April 2010
An early ancestor of the cockroach that lived around 300 million years ago is unveiled in unprecedented detail in a new 3D ‘virtual fossil’ model, in research published on 14 April in the journal Biology Letters.