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Writing on the Church Wall

Writing on the Church Wall

Archaeology Magazine, 10 August 2015
www.archaeology.org/issues/190-1509/letter-from/3554-letter-from-england-medieval-church-graffiti

Graffiti from the Middle Ages provides insight into personal expressions of faith in medieval England

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When hurricanes hardly happen

When hurricanes hardly happen

The Guardian, 22 June 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jun/22/weatherwatch-when-hurricanes-hardly-happen

Kate Ravilious on the current North American hurricane drought, and why it might have another year to run.

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Meteorology outwits malaria

Meteorology outwits malaria

The Guardian, 15 June 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jun/15/weatherwatch-meteorology-outwits-malaria

Kate Ravilious on how thousands of lives could be saved by a new system that uses targeted weather forecasts to predict outbreaks of malaria.

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Terrawatch: the enemy below

Terrawatch: the enemy below

The Guardian, 31 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/31/terrawatch-volcano-eruption

Kate Ravilious on the near impossibility of predicting eruptions, even on well-monitored volcanoes, let alone those that appear inactive.

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How to keep wind turbines turning

How to keep wind turbines turning

The Guardian, 25 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/25/weatherwatch-wind-turbines-research

Research from the University of Colorado on wind data from Australia, Canada and the US, shows how careful spacing of turbines can keep the power on.

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Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

BBC News, 13 May 2015
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32721277

The magnitude 7.3 earthquake that shook Nepal on Tuesday lies right under one of the most landslide-prone parts of the country.

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Pollen shed in rain – brings more showers

Pollen shed in rain – brings more showers

The Guardian, 13 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/may/13/weatherwatch-ravilious-research-michigan-pollen-trees-rain-clouds-asthma

Cycle of plant growth revealed as scientists find trees’ pollen exploding in downpours helps to form clouds.

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Terrawatch: a continental pile up

Terrawatch: a continental pile up

The Guardian, 3 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/03/terrawatch-nepal-earthquake-fault

Kate Ravilious explains the geological background to the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal.

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Why some quakes are worse than others

Why some quakes are worse than others

BBC News, 1 May 2015
www.bbc.co.uk/news/32549706

Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?

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Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over

Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over

Cosmos , 27 April 2015
cosmosmagazine.com/earth-sciences/kathmandu-earthquake-nightmare-not-yet-over

Geologists believe unrelieved strain still remains within the fault line that ruptured in Nepal on Saturday and claimed thousands of lives. Kate Ravilious reports

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Nepal earthquake: how to prevent thousands more deaths

Nepal earthquake: how to prevent thousands more deaths

New Scientist, 27 April 2015
www.newscientist.com/article/dn27416-nepal-earthquake-how-to-prevent-thousands-more-deaths.html#.VT5EfbqR8UU

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake taught us that managing and preventing landslides could save thousands of lives in Nepal over the coming weeks

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Even a deluge can have its upside

Even a deluge can have its upside

The Guardian, 27 April 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/27/weatherwatch-even-deluge-upside

Kate Ravilious on how analysis of satellite data overturned an assumption about the effect of rainfall on violent winds.

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Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’

Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’

BBC News, 26 April 2015
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32472310

Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday was primed over 80 years ago by its last massive earthquake in 1934, geologists working in the region say.

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Case of the Giant Blob

Case of the Giant Blob

The Guardian, 16 April 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/16/weatherwatch-case-giant-blob

Kate Ravilious on how an unusual envelope of warm water in the Pacific has been bringing extraordinary weather to parts of the US.

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Terrawatch: the history of dirt

Terrawatch: the history of dirt

The Guardian, 5 April 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/apr/05/terrawatch-soil-earth-origins-life-erosion

Kate Ravilious on the soil to which we owe our existence, relatively new to Earth at a mere 450 million or so years old, and now under increasing threat of eroding away.

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Weatherwatch: It may feel like spring, but we are not out of the winter woods yet

Weatherwatch: It may feel like spring, but we are not out of the winter woods yet

The Guardian, 23 March 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/mar/23/weather-spring-oceans-snow

Warmth is on its way, once the oceans have caught up

 

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Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery

Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery

The Guardian, 16 March 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/16/solar-eclipse-wind-uk-friday-experiment-weather

Kate Ravilious on why meteorologists are asking people throughout the UK to take part in an experiment during Friday’s solar eclipse

 

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Iron from the sky

Archaeology, 1 March 2015
www.archaeology.org/issues/

Archaeologists and planetary scientists experiment with meteorites, ancient Egypt’s first source of precious iron

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Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

The Guardian, 1 March 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/01/terrawatch-oil-energy

Oil is millions of years in the making: we consume it at a rate of 30 billion barrels per year. We have to accept that it is going to run out.

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Weatherwatch: Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment indoors

Weatherwatch: Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment indoors

The Guardian, 23 February 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/23/weatherwatchuk-environment

Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment

 

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Weatherwatch: The ups and downs of North Atlantic storms

Weatherwatch: The ups and downs of North Atlantic storms

The Guardian, 16 February 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/16/weatherwatch-north-atlantic-storms-historical-research

Kate Ravilious on research that tracks the historical intensity of storms

 

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Terrawatch: The rain that fell in the light of the faint young sun

The Guardian, 1 February 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/feb/01/terrawatch-fossil-raindrops-atmosphere

Kate Ravilious on a project using fossil raindrop craters to study Earth’s early atmosphere

fossil raindrops

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Looking for microbes on Mars

Looking for microbes on Mars

Cosmos, 29 January 2015
cosmosmagazine.com/physical-sciences/looking-microbes-mars

Scientists are fossicking in our planet’s most unearthly places to practise searching for life on Mars. Kate Ravilious investigates.

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Weatherwatch: Juno storm switches tack barrelled along by jet stream

Weatherwatch: Juno storm switches tack barrelled along by jet stream

The Guardian, 28 January 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/28/weatherwatch-us-juno-storm-jetstream-alberta-clipper

Kate Ravilious New Yorkers braced for severe blizzard receive milder Alberta Clipper storm

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Weatherwatch: Too hot for take-off

Weatherwatch: Too hot for take-off

The Guardian, 18 January 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/18/weatherwatch-aviation-take-off-speed

Kate Ravilious on a study showing that higher temperatures could lead to increased numbers of aircraft carrying reduced cargo or fewer passengers to achieve take-off speed.

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When Earth was a frozen Snowball

When Earth was a frozen Snowball

BBC Earth, 12 January 2015
www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150112-did-snowball-earth-make-animals

715 million years ago the entire planet was encased in snow and ice. This frozen wasteland may have been the birthplace of complex animals

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Weatherwatch: A real icy blast

Weatherwatch: A real icy blast

The Guardian, 12 January 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/12/weatherwatch-real-icy-blast

Kate Ravilious explains the ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon that was responsible for the unusually strong winds that have been pounding Scotland and northern England

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Terrawatch: Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

Terrawatch: Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

The Guardian, 31 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/31/terrawatch-a-closer-look-at-ben-nevis

Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

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Under Stonehenge

Under Stonehenge

Archaeology, 15 December 2014
www.archaeology.org/issues/161-1501/features/2782-england-stonehenge-neolithic-ceremonial-landscape

Remote-sensing technologies reveal that Stonehenge is surrounded by thousands of yet-to-be-interpreted Neolithic archaeological features.

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Weatherwatch: If it’s snow you want – head for the heights

Weatherwatch: If it’s snow you want – head for the heights

The Guardian, 14 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/14/weatherwatch-snowfall-britain-altitude

Kate Ravilious compares the statistics for snowfall in the UK, and finds that your chances of getting out the toboggan this winter depend on where exactly you live

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Weatherwatch: Why a chilly morning was good news for Oxfordshire slatters

Weatherwatch: Why a chilly morning was good news for Oxfordshire slatters

The Guardian, 8 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/08/weatherwatch-slatters-stonesfield-slate-oxford-quarry

Stonesfield slate, which covers many Oxford colleges’ roofs, needs a frost – a cold snap meant plenty of work for quarrymen

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Terrawatch: Fire and ice creators of Yosemite’s plains and canyons

Terrawatch: Fire and ice creators of Yosemite’s plains and canyons

The Guardian, 3 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/03/terrawatch-ravilious-yosemite-fire-ice-granite-canyons

How did fire and ice create Yosemite’s plains and canyons?

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Transport pollution killed nearly quarter of a million in 2005

Environmental Research Web, 25 November 2014
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/59309

Particulate matter from vehicles caused 242,000 premature deaths

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Climate change could cut West African sorghum yields by a fifth

Environmental Research Web, 24 November 2014
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/59308

Rising temperatures, rainfall changes and shifting monsoon set to harm crop output

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Sun’s magnetic field alters lightning strikes on Earth

Environmental Research Web, 19 November 2014
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/59305

Sun’s magnetic field alters lightning strikes on Earth. Findings could ultimately help with lightning forecasts

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Weatherwatch: ‘No flowers, no birds – November!’

Weatherwatch: ‘No flowers, no birds – November!’

The Guardian, 16 November 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/nov/16/weatherwatch-no-flowers-no-birds-november

Kate Ravilious finds Thomas Hood’s poem describes a different month to the ones we experience today

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Weatherwatch: All eyes on the sun

Weatherwatch: All eyes on the sun

The Guardian, 10 November 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/nov/10/country-diary-all-eyes-sun

Kate Ravilious on why astronomers are keeping an anxious watch on AR 12192, the biggest sunspot to appear since 1990

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Terrawatch: Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time

Terrawatch: Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time

The Guardian, 5 November 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/05/terrawatch-tibetan-plateau-shift-height-zhada-basin-shells

Kate Ravilious on the Tibetan Plateau shift

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Weatherwatch: The greatest droughts in a thousand years

Weatherwatch: The greatest droughts in a thousand years

The Guardian, 19 October 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/oct/19/california-drought-dust-bowl

Kate Ravilious on a study showing that California’s current crippling three-year drought may be caused by the same atmospheric conditions as triggered the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s

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Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves

Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves

Horizon - The EU research and innovation magazine, 16 October 2014
Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves

Using a protein taken from nature, scientists have made artificial leaves that can harvest energy faster than natural ones, and the ultra-lightweight material opens up the possibility of wearable technology and paint-on solar cells.

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Weatherwatch: Clouds are weighty wonders, but how do they stay up?

Weatherwatch: Clouds are weighty wonders, but how do they stay up?

The Guardian, 13 October 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/oct/13/weatherwatch-clouds-environment

Kate Ravilious explains why clouds don’t fall to earth – until it rains

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Terrawatch: Mount Ontake eruption

Terrawatch: Mount Ontake eruption

The Guardian, 1 October 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/01/terrawatch-mount-ontake-eruption-japan-steam

Kate Ravilious on why the eruption of the Japanese volcano may have been almost impossible to predict.

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Weatherwatch: Every leaf tells a story

Weatherwatch: Every leaf tells a story

The Guardian, 14 September 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/sep/14/weatherwatch-leaves-shape-climate

Kate Ravilious on how the shape of a tree’s leaf is influenced by the climate that the tree prefers

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Weatherwatch: Prediction impossible

Weatherwatch: Prediction impossible

The Guardian, 8 September 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/sep/08/weatherwatch-prediction-impossible

Kate Ravilious on why those alluring ‘super precise’ forecasts of summer showers are so frequently inaccurate

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Terrawatch: Bárðabunga plays the waiting game

Terrawatch: Bárðabunga plays the waiting game

The Guardian, 5 September 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/05/terrawatch-iceland-volcano-bardabunga

Kate Ravilious reports on the stirrings of a volcano that has erupted more lava than any other on Earth in the last 10,000 years.

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The Great War in miniature

Archaeology, 1 September 2014
www.archaeology.org/issues/144-1409

The excavation of a unique battlefield model provides insight into military tactics and the evolution of warfare

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Weatherwatch: Every drop counts

Weatherwatch: Every drop counts

The Guardian, 29 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/aug/29/weatherwatch-rainfall-data-school-children

Kate Ravilious on how a project involving primary school children with the collection of rainfall data could significantly improve weather forecasts

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Weatherwatch: Every flash – as it happens

Weatherwatch: Every flash – as it happens

The Guardian, 17 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/aug/17/weatherwatch-lightning-map-live

Kate Ravilious on how a network of enthusiasts with lightning detectors has created a live online map of the world’s electrical storms

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Weatherwatch: Boomerang Bertha

Weatherwatch: Boomerang Bertha

The Guardian, 11 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/aug/11/weatherwatch-storm-bertha-boomerang

Kate Ravilious on how it may become more common in the future for tropical storms to bounce back across the Atlantic and batter western Europe

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Terrawatch: The everlasting fire

Terrawatch: The everlasting fire

The Guardian, 1 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/01/terrawatch-everlasting-fire

Kate Ravilious describes what happens when a coal seam catches alight deep beneath the ground.

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