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SCIENCE BLOG: Big data’s crucial role for future of ecology and conservation

SCIENCE BLOG: Big data’s crucial role for future of ecology and conservation

Research Zoology

New research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution from the Department of Zoology aims to show how big data can be used as an essential tool in the quest to monitor the planet’s biodiversity.

Evidence, at least when supported by a vocal public voice, can influence policy and politics

Evidence, at least when supported by a vocal public voice, can influence policy and politics

Zoology

WildCRU's David Macdonald writes a blog about the efforts to ban logging at Ulu Muda forest reserve (one of their clouded leopard study sites (in Malaysia) and how WildCRU’s research played a significant role in this achievement.

SCIENCE BLOG: Half-a-billion-year-old fossil offers new clues to how life exploded on sea floor

SCIENCE BLOG: Half-a-billion-year-old fossil offers new clues to how life exploded on sea floor

Zoology

Stephen Pates, a researcher from Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, has uncovered secrets from the ancient oceans.

Oxford Sparks animation: Discovering life-changing dementia treatments

Oxford Sparks animation: Discovering life-changing dementia treatments

Oxford Sparks

Your beautiful, complex brain is a network of microscopic cells that connect together to form your thoughts and personality, and control your body. The network is fragile and requires constant upkeep, like a garden. The brain has its own gardeners, specialised cells called microglia. In this animation we look at how researchers at the University of Oxford are developing drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, by harnessing the power of the brain’s microglia.

Oxford Sparks launch new competition - Beyond Boundaries

Oxford Sparks launch new competition - Beyond Boundaries

Oxford Sparks Public Engagement Schools

A new art competition has been created to get students in years 7, 8 and 9 inspired by Oxford researchers...

SCIENCE BLOG: Hunting the elusive Higgs boson

SCIENCE BLOG: Hunting the elusive Higgs boson

Physics Research

Professor Daniela Bortoletto of the Department of Physics explains how a new result from the Large Hadron Collider sheds vital light on the elusive Higgs boson.

SCIENCE BLOG: Seeding a new 'Green Revolution'

SCIENCE BLOG: Seeding a new 'Green Revolution'

MPLS Plant sciences

Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered a new gene that improves the yield and fertilizer use efficiency of cereal crops such as wheat and rice.

Making sunlight liquid – a brief history of sunflowers

Making sunlight liquid – a brief history of sunflowers

Plant sciences The Conversation

Stephen Harris, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, explores the history of sunflowers in an article first published on the Conversation.

Oxford Sparks new animation: Ancient Mysteries in Marvellous Mud

Oxford Sparks new animation: Ancient Mysteries in Marvellous Mud

Earth sciences Oxford Sparks

It took over a billion years for life to transition from simple eukaryotic cells, like primitive algae, to simple animals like sponges or jellyfish. But, why did it take such a long time?

Why cheetahs in the Maasai Mara need better protection from tourists

Why cheetahs in the Maasai Mara need better protection from tourists

The Conversation Zoology

Femke Broekhuis, Senior research associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford writes in the Conversation....

Scientific Glassblowing: a beautiful and endangered craft

Scientific Glassblowing: a beautiful and endangered craft

Chemistry

Susan Davis, Alumni Relations and Communications Manager in the Department of Chemistry, writes about the skilled work of glassblower Terri Adams.

SCIENCE BLOG: ‘Rare Rising Star’ says ‘keep dreaming, no one knows what the future holds’

SCIENCE BLOG: ‘Rare Rising Star’ says ‘keep dreaming, no one knows what the future holds’

Engineering Equality and Diversity Women in science

An Oxford University graduate named as one of the UK’s top black students has news for those that believe people are born smart. Revealing that you don’t necessarily have to be gifted to succeed in life, and with hard work and determination there is hope for us all – even underachievers.

SCIENCE BLOG: Do plant-feeding insects affect photosynthesis?

SCIENCE BLOG: Do plant-feeding insects affect photosynthesis?

Plant sciences Zoology

Kristiina Visakorpi, a doctoral researcher in Oxford’s Department of Zoology, sheds light on her work studying insect herbivores and the effect that they have on plant processes such as photosynthesis, their carbon emission levels and the potential long-term implications for the environment.

SCIENCE BLOG: Why Love Island is turning you into a scientist

SCIENCE BLOG: Why Love Island is turning you into a scientist

Chemistry

If you listen to Piers Morgan, Love Island, the reality TV programme that has had 3.4 million people hooked night after night this summer, is for the ‘uneducated’ and ‘dim-witted’.

How the latest tech and some healthy activism can curb fake news

How the latest tech and some healthy activism can curb fake news

Computer science MPLS The Conversation

Jakob Foerster, Doctoral student, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, from the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, writes in The Conversation...

What do Angry Birds know about your children?

What do Angry Birds know about your children?

Computer science

When evaluating games for children to play on mobile devices, parents tend to focus on content, rather than personal information gathered. Yet these apps track a notable amount of information, prompting an Oxford team to work on increasing parents’ and children’s awareness of privacy issues, as Senior Researcher from the Department of Computer Science Dr Jun Zhao explains.

SCIENCE BLOG: Nature is our greatest ally in the fight against climate change

SCIENCE BLOG: Nature is our greatest ally in the fight against climate change

MPLS Zoology

Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Oxford’s Department of Zoology, discusses the launch of her new Nature-based Solutions Initiative , which took place at the Adaptation Futures 2018 Conference, in Cape Town last week. Through policy advice and advocacy, the interdisciplinary, research-led programme aims to increase the use of natural solutions in the fight against climate change.

Who’s storing your conversations?

Who’s storing your conversations?

Computer science

DPhil student William Seymour from the Department of Computer Science writes in Medium: The data collected by your Echo belongs to Amazon and not you

SCIENCE BLOG: Sound waves in lipid films can annihilate each other upon collision

SCIENCE BLOG: Sound waves in lipid films can annihilate each other upon collision

Engineering Medical science Research

Shamit Shrivastava, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering Science, writes about a recent finding that has far-reaching consequences for the fundamental understanding of the physics of the brain. The research was conducted in partnership with Professor Matthias F Schneider at the Technical University in Dortmund, Germany.

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