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Oxford Sparks animation: Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

Oxford Sparks animation: Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

Oxford Sparks

A new animation by Oxfrod Sparks has been launched as part of the latest exhibition at the Oxford Museum of Natural History called Bacterial World

Dorothy Hodgkin: Britain’s only female Nobel scientist deserves to be on the new £50 note

Dorothy Hodgkin: Britain’s only female Nobel scientist deserves to be on the new £50 note

Chemistry Medical science The Conversation

In an article originally published on the Conversation, Professor Elspeth Garman, Professor of Molecular Biophysics in the Department of Biochemistry, argues the case for Dorothy Hodkin to be the face of the new £50 note.

SCIENCE BLOG: Shifting desires for forbidden goods

SCIENCE BLOG: Shifting desires for forbidden goods

MPLS Zoology

Ahead of a symposium organised by the Oxford Martin School on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, and international IWT conference hosted in London this week, Diogo Veríssimo, from Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, reveals how campaigns have attempted to influence harmful consumer habits.

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’.

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