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Maryam Mirzakhani’s success showed us the challenges women in maths still face

Maryam Mirzakhani’s success showed us the challenges women in maths still face

Maths Women in science The Conversation

Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, discusses the work of Maryam Mirzakhani in an article first published on The Conversation.

New evidence that volcanic eruptions triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs

New evidence that volcanic eruptions triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs

Earth science Research

Professor Tamsin Mather, Professor of Earth Sciences, and Lawrence Percival, DPhil candidate, explain their findings in an article that first appeared on The Conversation.

Has Everest’s iconic Hillary Step really collapsed? Here’s the science

Has Everest’s iconic Hillary Step really collapsed? Here’s the science

Earth science The Conversation

Professor Mike Searle from the Department of Earth Sciences gives his expert view on the recent news about the possible collapse of the Hillary Step, in an article first published on The Conversation.

The solar-powered observatory bringing astrophysics to rural India

The solar-powered observatory bringing astrophysics to rural India

Physics Astronomy Women in science Outreach

A worldwide network of observatories established by Professor Katherine Blundell from the Department of Physics is helping young people, especially girls, in the developing world to engage with science education.

A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet's magnetic field

A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet's magnetic field

Earth science The Conversation

Paula Koelemeijer from the Department of Earth Sciences writes about her new research in an article first published on The Conversation.

Battling to save the Ethiopian wolf - Africa's rarest carnivore

Zoology The Conversation

Claudio Sillero, Associate Professor of Conservation Biology and Deputy Director of WildCRU in the Department of Zoology, writes about his research in an article originally published on the Conversation.

World Penguin Day 2017: ‘people power’ and robotics

World Penguin Day 2017: ‘people power’ and robotics

Zoology Citizen science Research

To mark World Penguin Day, the Oxford ScienceBlog talked to Tom Hart, penguinologist at Oxford University, about his team’s massively popular ‘citizen science’ platform, Penguin Watch.

Learn to love maths: The mathematics of why our grandmothers love us

Zoology Maths

Based on the strong reactions that it provokes from people, it would be fair to say that mathematics has an image problem.

Promiscuous birds challenge the idea that more sexual partners speeds up evolution

Promiscuous birds challenge the idea that more sexual partners speeds up evolution

Zoology The Conversation

Stuart Wigby, BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, writes about new research on this subject in an article first published in the Conversation.

Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

Maths Women in science The Conversation

Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, considers the beauty of maths in an article first published on The Conversation.

Helping students to fulfil their potential with engineering

Helping students to fulfil their potential with engineering

Engineering Schools Outreach Access

An interview with Gabby Bouchard, Engineering Access Officer at Oxford University, who uses her love of engineering to encourage more pupils to study the subject at university. Her work focuses on attracting students from schools with limited progression to Oxford, disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and neighbourhoods with low participation in higher education.

The power of computing pushes forward genetic discovery and heralds faster drug delivery

The power of computing pushes forward genetic discovery and heralds faster drug delivery

Research Maths Computer science Data analytics

Software developed by Oxford e-Research Centre in collaboration with C4X Discovery Limited and the Mathematical Institute should reduce the time taken to develop new drugs for complex disorders such as Parkinson’s disease

The TERESA Project - the friendly face of robots

The TERESA Project - the friendly face of robots

Research Computer science

The TERESA Project, a collaboration between several European universities with scientific coordination provided by Professor Shimon Whiteson in the Department of Computer Science, has developed a robot that enables elderly people and others with mobility issues to continue to interact socially with others, without ever having to leave their room.

Lakes as well as oceans: understanding new evidence of the impact of climate change in the Early Jurassic Period

Lakes as well as oceans: understanding new evidence of the impact of climate change in the Early Jurassic Period

Research Earth science

Geochemical and biological research offers academics a window into earth history, enabling them to piece together events that occurred before records began. Much of our understanding of past climate change is based on geology, in particular the study of sedimentary rocks deposited in the oceans.

Bubbles, ultrasound and radiotherapy: creating a new approach to drug delivery

Bubbles, ultrasound and radiotherapy: creating a new approach to drug delivery

Research Engineering Biomedical engineering Women in science

A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, including Professor Eleanor Stride from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, are sharing their respective expertise to unlock exciting new approaches in chemotherapy and radiotherapy using ultrasound.

Speeding up the process of analysing and delivering crucial data about seismological events and hazards

Speeding up the process of analysing and delivering crucial data about seismological events and hazards

Research Computer science Big data Earth sciences

In 2012, Professor John Woodhouse at Earth Sciences at Oxford introduced a big data problem to Professor Min Chen at the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC). During Professor Chen's first visit to the International Seismological Centre (ISC) at Thatcham, Dr. Dmitry Storchak, the ISC Director, explained "The volume of seismological data has been increasing rapidly, largely due to the increasing numbers of sensors installed around the world and the higher data capabilities of new sensors. Despite the recent data explosion, the revenue of the ISC does not scale up at the same rate. It is hence not feasible to solve the data explosion problem by simply employing more data analysts."

Innovative use of tech to enhance museum visits for blind and partially sighted visitors

Innovative use of tech to enhance museum visits for blind and partially sighted visitors

Research Computer science

Going to a museum, whether it be a small local exhibit or one of the most famous museums in the world should be a fascinating exploration of knowledge, wonder and discovery. But for the 2 million people in the UK who are blind or partially sighted, this experience can be significantly reduced. A project at the Oxford e-Research Centre aims to improve the museum experience for the blind and partially sighted.

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