5 January 2022
A new Nature Climate Change paper highlights the urgency of emission reductions and emphasises the need for social and environmental integrity. There are clear risks of getting net zero wrong. If interpreted right and governed well, net zero can be an effective frame of reference for climate action.
23 December 2021
Depleted oil fields are one of the targets for carbon dioxide burial and related technology development. New research from the Department of Earth Sciences, published in Nature, shows that subsurface microbial activity may make this type of carbon burial target more complex than originally thought.
New approach to predicting battery failure could help maintain electricity for millions around the world
15 December 2021
The new method of predicting battery failure is 15 – 20% more accurate than current approaches.
14 December 2021
Scientists have discovered a new potential treatment that has the ability to reverse antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause conditions such as sepsis, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.
9 December 2021
Estimates of COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the USA based on large surveys that are used to guide policy-making decisions tend to overestimate the number of vaccinated individuals, research published in Nature suggests.
9 December 2021
As part of their research project Amanda Matthes and Jonas Beuchert, supervised by Professor Alex Rogers, developed ‘SnapperGPS’, a low-cost, low-power wildlife tracking system based on satellite navigation. In summer 2021, they deployed it for the first time on wild animals: endangered loggerhead sea turtles in Cape Verde.
7 December 2021
Researchers at the University of Oxford uncover the importance of iron for the development of complex life on Earth – which also may hint at the likelihood of complex life on other planets.
2 December 2021
For the first time, mathematicians have partnered with artificial intelligence to suggest and prove new mathematical theorems.
23 November 2021
Islands are biodiversity hotspots yet, paradoxically, are also extinction hotspots.
19 November 2021
Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research suggests.
19 November 2021
The Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) celebrated its third anniversary on Wednesday 17 November.
16 November 2021
Method will allow researchers and wildlife conservationists to significantly cut back on time and resources spent analysing animal behaviour in video footage.
9 November 2021
The HumBug project has developed methods to detect and identify different species of mosquitoes using the acoustic signature (sound) of their flight tones, captured on an inexpensive smartphone.
2 November 2021
Taking an unconventional approach, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford’s Advanced Nanoscale Engineering group have been inspired by the ancient art of Calligraphy to develop a technique that has the theoretical capabilities of patterning atomically thin structures at the nanoscale.
New research provides compelling evidence of the connection between AMR surgical-site infections and arthropods
30 September 2021
AMR could render many of the current mainstay and last-resort antibiotics useless, resulting in many more deaths from previously treatable infections. In 2019, a UN report estimated that drug-resistant microbes could lead to ten million deaths per year, and cost the world $100trn, by 2050.
28 September 2021
New research has revealed that shifts in the timing of egg laying by great tits in response to climate change vary markedly between breeding sites within the same woodland and that this variation is linked to the health of nearby oak trees.