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Ear to the ground: Locating elephants using ground vibrations

Research Zoology

Researchers from the University of Oxford, Mpala Research Center and Save the Elephants, have used a combination of acoustic microphones and seismometers to locate elephants.

Oxford University collaborate with Formula 1 to increase diversity and inclusion in engineering

Engineering Equality and Diversity

Oxford University is to collaborate with Formula 1 on a new scholarship to support talented undergraduate engineers from under-represented backgrounds into careers in the motorsports industry.

New network Oxford Cancer launches

A new pan-divisional initiative has launched at the University of Oxford, bringing together the collective force of cancer research, outreach and care that happen across the city of Oxford.

Oxford researchers develop tool to predict where people go after a disaster

Research Statistics

Researchers at Department of Statistics, University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), have developed an open source software package to estimate displaced populations post-disaster, currently with a focus on earthquakes and cyclones.

Oxford University Innovation announces Mairi Gibbs as its new COO

Innovation and Enterprise

Dr Mairi Gibbs, formerly Head of Operations at Oxford University Innovation (OUI), has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at OUI, taking the reins from the outgoing Dr Adam Stoten.

Oxford overseas research facility expands to include diagnostics and genetics testing centre

Biomedical engineering COVID-19 Funding Medical science Physical sciences underpinning health Research

The Oxford-Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research, known as OSCAR, has marked another significant milestone with the launch of OSCAR-Prenetics Innovation and Technology Centre for Advanced Molecular Diagnostics (the OSCAR-Prenetics ITC).

Artificial Intelligence pioneered at Oxford to detect floods launches into space

AI and data science Computer science Engineering Research Space

A new technology, developed by Oxford researchers, in partnership with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Φ-lab, will pilot the detection of flood events from space. It was deployed on hardware on D-Orbit’s upcoming ‘Wild Ride’ mission being launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, 30 June, 20.00 UK time.

Project championing cleaner energy production announced

Business and Industry Energy Engineering Materials science

The Energy Systems Accelerator pilot (Mini TESA), to be based at Osney Mead in Oxford, is a world-leading multi-disciplinary hub, championing green innovation

New study finds elephants show risk-avoidance behaviour in response to human-generated seismic cues

Research Zoology

Researchers at the University of Oxford and Save the Elephants have found evidence that African elephants (Loxodonta africana) listen and react to ground vibrations created by human activity.

Oxford scientists show how green mining could pave the way to net zero and provide the metals we need for a sustainable future

Earth sciences Research Sustainability & the environment

Scientists from the Department of Earth Sciences demonstrate how it is possible to directly extract valuable metals from hot salty fluids (‘brines’) trapped in porous rocks at depths of around 2km below dormant volcanoes.

Botanists name astonishing new species of ‘fairy lantern’ from Malaysian rainforests

Food security & biodiversity Plant sciences Research

Oxford University scientist, Dr Chris Thorogood, from Oxford Botanic Garden teamed up with Siti-Munirah at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, and local explorer, Dome Nikong, to describe a strange plant from the depths of the Malaysian rainforest.

A breakthrough development in Deep Reinforcement Learning

Materials science Quantum Research

Dr Natalia Ares from the Department of Materials and a team from Oxford and the University of Basel have been working on a machine learning approach which could significantly accelerate the development of quantum technologies.

Beautiful clouds, Mr Bond: Philip Stier and why you shouldn't look up the same way again

Climate Physics

A Science Blog interview with Philip Stier, now at the forefront of climate science as a leading researcher into clouds.

International collaboration sheds light on the mechanism of magnetic sensing in birds

Chemistry Research

A collaboration of biologists, chemists and physicists from the Universities of Oxford (UK) and Oldenburg (Germany) have been accumulating evidence that the magnetic sense in night migratory birds, such as the European robin, is based on a specific light‐sensitive protein in the eye.

The Conversation: what 7000 English names for birds tell us about our changing relationship with nature

The Conversation Zoology

Andy Gosler from the Department of Zoology writes about a unique project on ethno-ornithology.

Binks Trust gift to boost photovoltaic research

Energy Funding Physics

The Department of Physics is delighted to have received a significant philanthropic donation from the Binks Trust, which will be used to enhance its solar energy research over the next few years.

G7: last chance to board the green pandemic recovery ship before it sails

Climate

Climate pledges at this week’s G7 meeting of the world’s major economies in Cornwall represent positive action. But, in response to the summit agenda, the climate experts call for strong leadership from the leading economies and insist the world needs to stop using fossil fuels now – if global warming is to be tackled effectively.

Global Jet Watch: discovery of jets in classical novae

Physics Research Space

Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered that classical nova explosions are accompanied by the ejection of jets of oppositely-directed hot gas and plasma, and that this persists for years following the nova eruption. Previously, such jets had only been encountered emanating from very different systems such as black holes or newly collapsing stars.

Green light for European Space Agency mission to Venus

Physics Research Space

Oxford University scientists will play a leading role in a new mission to study the geology and atmosphere of Venus, our neighbouring planet, helping determine whether it was once habitable – and why Earth became the only known planet that can sustain life.

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