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SCIENCE BLOG: Are water voles at risk from development?

SCIENCE BLOG: Are water voles at risk from development?

Research Zoology

Professor David Macdonald and Dr Merryl Gelling of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) discuss recent work which questions the efficacy of the mitigation technique and looks at ways to better protect one of Britain’s most endangered wild mammals, the water vole.

SCIENCE BLOG: A world of parasites

SCIENCE BLOG: A world of parasites

MPLS Zoology

Alex Betts, Craig MacLean and Kayla King from the Department of Zoology, shed light on their recent research published in Science, which addressed the impact that parasite communities have on evolutionary change and diversity.

Oxford receives Race Equality Charter bronze award

Oxford receives Race Equality Charter bronze award

MPLS

Oxford University has received a Race Equality Charter bronze award from Advance HE. It means Oxford is one of only 10 UK universities to hold this award.

From visual to verbal – there’s more than one way to understand maths

From visual to verbal – there’s more than one way to understand maths

Maths The Conversation

Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, and Lizzie Kimber, Programme Leader for Mathematics at Bishop Grosseteste University, discuss the different ways of thinking about maths in an article first published on the Conversation

SCIENCE BLOG: ‘Simplicity bias’ in science

SCIENCE BLOG: ‘Simplicity bias’ in science

Maths Physics Research

Professor Ard Louis from the Department of Physics explains the maths behind a phenomenon observed in science and engineering termed ‘simplicity bias’, which makes simple outputs far more likely than complex outputs.

Spin-out company SugaROx to produce and market novel crop stimulant

Spin-out company SugaROx to produce and market novel crop stimulant

Chemistry Research Spin out

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry have developed a crop stimulant that increases yields by 20%.

SCIENCE BLOG: Counting perovskites

SCIENCE BLOG: Counting perovskites

Materials science Research

Marina Filip, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, and Feliciano Giustino, Professor of Materials, both in the Department of Materials, explain how elementary geometry and modern data analytics can be combined to predict the existence of thousands of new materials called ‘perovskites’, as shown in their recent publication in PNAS.

Tricks of the Tour - optimising the breakaway position in cycle races using mathematical modelling

Tricks of the Tour - optimising the breakaway position in cycle races using mathematical modelling

Maths Research

Cycling science is a lucrative and competitive industry in which small advantages are often the difference between winning and losing. For example, the 2017 Tour de France was won by a margin of less than one minute for a total race time of more than 86 hours. Such incremental improvements in performance come from a wide range of specialists, including sports scientists, engineers, and dieticians. How can mathematics assist us?

SCIENCE BLOG: Plant relationships breakdown when they meet new ‘fungi’

SCIENCE BLOG: Plant relationships breakdown when they meet new ‘fungi’

MPLS Plant sciences

Gijsbert Werner, Postdoctoral Fellow and Stuart West, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, both in the Department of Zoology, explain the process of plant cooperation, in relation to their new study published in PNAS, which has shed light on why cooperative relationships breakdown.

DTC and Zoology DPhil student publishes the 'Student Guide to Bayesian Statistics'

Research Teaching Zoology

Dr Ben Lambert, who recently achieved his DPhil through the Doctoral Training Centres and the Department of Zoology, is soon to publish a book on Bayesian statistics. Ben wrote the majority of the book alongside his DPhil as well as running courses in Bayesian statistics in the DTC. Here, he explains the journey behind the 'Students Guide to Bayesian Statistics'.

SCIENCE BLOG: What do Uranus's cloud tops have in common with rotten eggs?

SCIENCE BLOG: What do Uranus's cloud tops have in common with rotten eggs?

This blog post is adapted from an article published by the Gemini Observatory. Even after decades of observations, and a visit by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, Uranus held on to one critical secret: the composition of its clouds. Now, one of the key components has finally been verified.

SCIENCE BLOG: How can we balance people's needs with conserving biodiversity?

SCIENCE BLOG: How can we balance people's needs with conserving biodiversity?

Zoology

Is it possible to use natural resources effectively and protect the Earth's wildlife and biodiversity? Oxford University scientists have proposed a new framework that could achieve exactly that. William Arlidge, a doctoral student and Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity; Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science; Fellow of Merton College, discuss their new research as featured in BioScience.

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work

Chemistry The Conversation

Emily Flashman, Research Fellow in Enzymology in the Department of Chemistry, discusses the recent discovery of bacteria that can break down PET in an article first written for the Conversation.

Impact beyond academia: leaping into the unknown

Impact beyond academia: leaping into the unknown

Funding Innovation and Enterprise Maths Physics Women in science

Caoimhe Rooney, a postgraduate researcher in the Mathematical Institute, applied for an award from the EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund managed by MPLS Division. It enabled her to take part in the 2018 International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in Australia, aimed at those hoping to enter the space industry. Here Caoimhe writes about that experience and what she hopes to do next.

Redesigning complex networks with artificial intelligence

Redesigning complex networks with artificial intelligence

Computer science Research Women in science

Professor Marta Kwiatkowska from the Department of Computer Science discusses her research specialism in developing modelling and analysis methods for complex systems in an interview for the University's Science Blog. This work includes those arising in computational networks (which are applicable to autonomous technology), electronic devices and biological organisms.

Making artificial intelligence ethical

Making artificial intelligence ethical

Computer science Research Women in science

Dr Paula Boddington is a research associate in the Department of Computer Science, specialising in developing codes of ethics for artificial intelligence. She was interviewed for the University's Science Blog.

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