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Tipping Points Annual Report 2013-14

IHRR’s Tipping Points project has now published its fourth annual report. It provides recent updates on the multiple strands of its research that combines different fields in the physical and social sciences, and arts and humanities. The project has generated a tremendous amount of academic research exploring the many different kinds of tipping points in […]

Recent findings from the Tipping Points project

Spread of smoking behaviour in populations through multiple peer influence Researchers from the Tipping Points project have developed a new modelling approach for understanding the spread of unhealthy behaviours through multiple peer influence, such as people’s tendency to follow social norms by imitating their peers or in response to peer pressure, using smoking as a case study. Peer influence […]

The Cold after the Summer of Snowden

Dr Philip Garnett, a researcher on the Tipping Points project, reports on the 30th Chaos Communications Congress he attended in Hamburg, Germany in December that addressed topical issues such as mass surveillance, the future of the Internet and the Snowden affair. The 30th Chaos Communication Congress (30C3) was always going to have at its heart the events surrounding the leaks […]

Tipping Points Annual Report 2012-2013

This has been a busy and productive year for the Tipping Points project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. With all five Work Packages (WPs) now active the Tipping Points team have produced research on a wide variety of ‘tipping points’, carrying the project forward into new frontiers of knowledge, and creating opportunities to encourage new […]

Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of the Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre. Speakers Include: John Adams (London School of Economics) Derek Attridge (University of York) Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London) Christopher Norris (Cardiff University) Santiago Zabala (ICREA/University of Barcelona) And members and advisors of the Tipping Points project […]

Instability: A Barrier to Fusion Energy?

Nuclear fusion — the physical process that powers the Sun — has massive implications for generating energy on Earth, yet not all of the fundamental physics needed for its practical realisation is well understood. Attempts to replicate fusion on Earth have been ongoing for over half a century, but doing so in a controlled fashion has proven more difficult than originally thought. […]

Prof Alex Bentley featured on BBC’s The Forum about Imitation

Prof Alex Bentley, an associate researcher on the Tipping Points project was on an episode of the BBC World Service programme The Forum that looks at why humans copy each other. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p013bkmt

Are key climate science words going out of style?

November 16, 2012 by

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Are words from climate science no longer as important in scientific, public and political forums as they once were? According to new research, keywords from climate science are being used less overall and are currently on a downward trend. Similar to pop music or designer clothes words go in and out of fashion over time. […]

Uncovering the climate of the past in Greenland Part 2

Dr Eleanor Maddison a researcher on the Tipping Points project based at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience investigates the climate of the past in Greenland by studying tiny insects known as non-biting midges that provide clues to what the climate was like thousands of years ago.  This is Part 2 of an ongoing […]

Biodiversity Tipping Points

As part of the 2012 Tipping Points Conference held at Durham University, Prof Patricia Howard gives an inspiring keynote presenting the role of biodiversity in human societies. Howard explores the notion of ‘biodiversity tipping points within the context of indigenous communities and species focusing on where human culture and nature meet forming a unique ecological […]

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