Turtle and crocodile species with unique characteristics are more likely to go extinct
28 March 2023
New research led by the Department of Biology has revealed that the most endangered turtle and crocodile species are those that are most unique. Their loss could have widespread impacts on the ecosystems they live in since they carry out critical processes important for many other species.
New study shows AI could help locate life on Mars
20 March 2023
AI and data science Research Space
A new study involving Department of Computer Science researchers has found that artificial intelligence could accelerate the search for extraterrestrial life by showing the most promising places to look.
Use of colistin in animal feed is increasing antibiotic resistance amongst humans
15 March 2023
Antimicrobial resistance Research
The antibiotic colistin is being widely used to prevent infections and promote growth in animals grown for human consumption such as poultry.
New method shows promise for locating deposits of critical metals
10 March 2023
Earth sciences Research Sustainability & the environment
A new technique developed by researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford could help locate new deposits of critical metals needed to enable the green-energy transition.
MPLS early-career researchers celebrated at STEM for BRITAIN 2023
8 March 2023
Award MPLS Public Engagement Research
The annual STEM for BRITAIN competition gives early-career researchers an opportunity to present their work directly to Members of Parliament and other UK policy makers.
Earth Sciences study could help pinpoint hidden helium gas fields – and avert a global supply crisis
3 March 2023
Research led by Oxford's Department of Earth Sciences offers a new model to account for the existence of previously unexplained helium-rich reservoirs, with findings that could help overturn the current supply crisis of the gas by locating untapped reservoirs of accessible helium.
Major collaboration reveals new insights on binary star systems
2 March 2023
Researchers from the University of Oxford have contributed to a major international study which has captured a rare and fascinating space phenomenon.
New hub receives £2m to develop the communications technology of tomorrow
1 March 2023
The Future Communications Hub on All Spectrum Connectivity is being supported by investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in a project led by Professor Dominic O’Brien (Department of Engineering Science).
Large-scale fossil study reveals origins of modern-day biodiversity gradient 15 million years ago
16 February 2023
Researchers have used nearly half a million fossils to solve a 200-year-old scientific mystery: why the number of different species is greatest near the equator and decreases steadily towards polar regions.
From The Conversation: Bird flu continues to spread in mammals – what this means for humans and wildlife
13 February 2023
Biology Research The Conversation
'As bird flu continues to decimate poultry and wild bird populations around the world, the virus – a deadly strain called H5N1 – appears to be spreading to mammals', writes Divya Venkatesh, BBSRC Discovery Fellow in the Department of Biology.
€2m grant awarded to Oxford researcher for fundamental research in machine learning
10 February 2023
Computer science Funding Research Statistics
Associate Professor Patrick Rebeschini, in the Department of Statistics, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant worth €2 million, to develop theoretical foundations that could advance machine learning methods used to analyse Big Data.
Showcase success for Science Together research
6 February 2023
A local collaboration teaming researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University with the Urban Music Foundation finished on a high note with an immersive sound and art installation at Oxford’s Old Fire Station.
Wellcome funding for multidisciplinary project to improve understanding about deadly disease outbreaks
3 February 2023
Climate Engineering Funding Medical science Research
DART (Dengue Advanced Readiness Tools) is a new, Oxford-led project involving scientists around the world, and one of 24 Wellcome-supported projects that will use climate data to better predict and prepare for infectious diseases outbreaks.
COVID-19 is a leading cause of death in children and young people in the US
31 January 2023
COVID-19 Computer science Medical science Physical sciences underpinning health Research
A new study led by researchers at the Department of Computer Science has found that, between 2021 and 2022, COVID-19 was a leading cause of death in children and young people in the United States, ranking eighth overall.
From The Conversation: Deep sea reefs are spectacular and barely-explored – they must be conserved
26 January 2023
Biology Research Sustainability & the environment The Conversation
Largely hidden from the masses lie great expanses of deep reefs, which collectively have a larger geographic footprint than their shallower counterparts.
Leaping beetles inspire new, miniature jumping robots
24 January 2023
Inspired by jumping insects, researchers from the Mathematical Institute have helped develop a miniature robot capable of leaping more than 40 times its body length- equivalent to a human jumping up to the 20th floor of a building. The innovation could be a major step forward in developing microrobots for a wide range of applications.
New study shows that most plastic debris on Seychelles beaches comes from far-off sources
19 January 2023
Biology Earth sciences Research Sustainability & the environment
A new high-resolution model to quantify the sources of plastic debris accumulating on beaches across the Seychelles and other island states in the western Indian Ocean reveals that most of this waste originates from distant sources and not from the islands themselves.
Winners of inaugural MPLS Awards for Outstanding Research Supervision announced
18 January 2023
Research staff and academics across the Division have been recognised as winners of the inaugural MPLS Awards for Outstanding Research Supervision, announced today.
Climate goals can be achieved at affordable cost, if fossil fuel producers pay for carbon clear up
13 January 2023
Climate change could be constrained by implementation of policies to ensure fossil fuel producers pay for carbon clear-up, or capture, according to new Oxford-led research, published in Environmental Research Letters.
Raising the minimum age of trophy hunted lions could make hunting more sustainable
13 January 2023
Biology Research Sustainability & the environment
Raising the minimum age threshold for trophy hunted male lions, and accounting for additional deaths caused by poaching and conflict with people, could increase hunting sustainability, suggests a new study from WildCRU, based in the Department of Biology.