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New species of rare ancient ‘worm’ discovered in fossil hotspot

New species of rare ancient ‘worm’ discovered in fossil hotspot

Earth sciences Research

Scientists have discovered a new species of lobopodian, an ancient relative of modern-day velvet worms, in 430 million-years-old Silurian rocks in Herefordshire, UK.

Better sleep linked with family tree strength

Better sleep linked with family tree strength

MPLS Maths Research Zoology

The question of why we sleep has been a longstanding subject of debate, with some theories suggesting that slumber provides respite for the brain, which allows it to filter out insignificant neural connections, build new ones, strengthen memories and even repair itself. However, new Oxford University research has used mathematical approaches to tackle the adaptive significance of sleep, and suggests that it has another equally significant purpose - boosting our ‘fitness’ and future family line reproductive success.

New Teaching Laboratories for Chemistry

New Teaching Laboratories for Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry’s new state-of-the-art teaching labs will provide new space for undergraduates in a fully-accessible building.

Oxford researchers honoured by Royal Society

Oxford researchers honoured by Royal Society

Award Earth sciences Physics

Three researchers, including two from MPLS, have received prestigious awards from the Royal Society in recognition of their work in the fields of science and medicine.

Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards champion high-impact research

Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards champion high-impact research

Award Engineering MPLS Maths Physics Zoology

Oxford University has celebrated high-impact research with the first Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. MPLS researchers were among those recognised.

MeerKAT telescope unveiled in South Africa

MeerKAT telescope unveiled in South Africa

MPLS Physics

Data gained from a giant telescope in South Africa will help to shape our understanding of the universe and how stars and galaxies are formed.

Focussed ultrasound used to improve effects of cancer drugs

Focussed ultrasound used to improve effects of cancer drugs

Biomedical engineering Engineering MPLS

Researchers have made a breakthrough in more precisely targeting drugs to cancers. Using ultrasound and lipid drug carriers (liposomes), a multi-disciplinary team of biomedical engineers, oncologists, radiologists and anaesthetists at the University of Oxford have developed a new way to improve the targeting of cancer drugs to tumours.

17 women in MPLS are now live and part of MSD’s Women in Science project website

17 women in MPLS are now live and part of MSD’s Women in Science project website

MPLS Medical science Women in science

The Women in Science project has a collection of 56 interviews with women scientists all working at Oxford. This includes new interviews from 17 women working in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences completed in 2017/18, alongside the original 39 women interviewed in Medical Sciences in 2014/15.

Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics

Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics

Zoology

Using data from nearly 74,000 images, volunteer armchair scientists have helped Oxford University researchers to capture and better understand, the breeding habits of penguin breeding colonies across the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and South Georgia.

Nano-scale ‘vibrational wave’ research could revolutionise super materials

Nano-scale ‘vibrational wave’ research could revolutionise super materials

MPLS Materials science

A new Oxford University research collaboration could transform the design and development of a number of next generation materials, including thermoelectrics.

Rising CO2 may increase dangerous weather extremes, whatever happens to global temperatures

Rising CO2 may increase dangerous weather extremes, whatever happens to global temperatures

Physics Research

New research from the University of Oxford and collaborators at several other institutions provides compelling evidence that meeting the global warming target of 1.5°C may not be enough to limit the damage caused by extreme weather.

MPLS academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

MPLS academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Award MPLS Physics Plant sciences Zoology

The pioneering work of members of the University, including several in MPLS, has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Rosalind Franklin Institute will 'transform' life sciences research through disruptive technologies

Rosalind Franklin Institute will 'transform' life sciences research through disruptive technologies

MPLS Medical science

Business Secretary Greg Clark has today launched the £103m Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI), a national centre of excellence that will harness disruptive technologies such as AI and robotics to improve dramatically our understanding of biology.

L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship for Dr Nicky Farrer

L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship for Dr Nicky Farrer

Chemistry MPLS Women in science

Nicky’s research focusses on the targeted delivery of anti-cancer drugs to improve the quality and length of life for cancer patients.

Sir Andrew Wiles appointed first Regius Professor of Mathematics at Oxford

Sir Andrew Wiles appointed first Regius Professor of Mathematics at Oxford

Maths

Oxford mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles, renowned for his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to be Oxford's first Regius Professor of Mathematics.

New estimates of the environmental cost of food

New estimates of the environmental cost of food

Research Zoology

Research published in the journal Science highlights the environmental impacts of thousands of food producers and their products, demonstrating the need for new technology to monitor agriculture, and the need for environmental labels on food products.

Could we work with our bacteria to prevent infection?

Could we work with our bacteria to prevent infection?

Research Zoology

As microbes have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials scientists have become interested in new solutions to the growing superbug crisis, including the use of defensive microbes and faecal transplants. In new research, Oxford University scientists have developed a fast lab-based approach, creating positive co-dependent relationships between hosts and bacteria - termed ‘mutualisms’. These lab-developed bacterial relationships demonstrate how microbes can work with their hosts to prevent infection.

Oxford to lead major new project to help establish trust in artificial intelligence

Oxford to lead major new project to help establish trust in artificial intelligence

Computer science Funding Research

The Department of Computer Science will lead the EPSRC-funded project entitled ‘ReEnTrust: Rebuilding and Enhancing Trust in Algorithms’, while researchers from the Faculty of Law will play a key role in a related project to make future artificial intelligence systems more transparent and accountable.

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