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Research spotlight: Supercharging the future

Materials science Research

Associate Professor Robert Weatherup is a new arrival in the Department of Materials. Continuing its series of ‘amazing people at Oxford you should know about’, ScienceBlog talks to Rob about his research in ‘interfaces science’ and the advances he’s working on for batteries, electric vehicles and sustainable technology.

Professor Eleanor Stride is a finalist in prestigious Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK

Award Biomedical engineering Engineering

Scientists are recognised for innovative discoveries and advances which are already changing science.

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

Earth sciences Research

New research, published today in Nature, led by scientists at the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences, and at the Geological Survey of Israel, provides evidence from Siberian caves suggesting that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean plays an essential role in stabilising permafrost and its large store of carbon.

Science Blog: Building sustainability into traditional Chinese medicine trade on the new Silk Roads

Research Zoology

A Science Blog article by Dr Amy Hinsley, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Zoology and the Oxford Martin School

From the Conversation: Kenyan wildlife policies must extend beyond protected areas

Research The Conversation Zoology

Peter Tyrell, DPhil student in the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the Department of Zoology, discusses whether Kenya’s protected areas and policies adequately conserve its less well known mammals, birds, and amphibians, in an article first published on the Conversation.

Zooniverse: 10 years of people-powered research

Citizen science Physics

The citizen science platform, Zooniverse, is 10 years old; it boasts a community of over 1.9 million volunteers and has supported 229 citizen science projects.

Waymo acquires Latent Logic to accelerate progress towards safe, driverless vehicles

Business and Industry Computer science Spin out

Waymo is acquiring Latent Logic, an Oxford, UK-based technology company, spun out of Oxford University’s Department of Computer Science.

New Oxford unit will assemble AI experts from across Europe

Computer science Engineering Funding Statistics

Oxford University will be home to one of 17 new ELLIS units, part of a pan-European effort to shape how machine learning and artificial intelligence will change the world. The units' efforts span from core theoretical underpinnings and methodologies to applications in robotics, finance, health and biology.

Oxford researchers launch a 21st century conservation plan

Research Zoology

Researchers at the University of Oxford and their collaborators have launched a new approach called the "Conservation Hierarchy" to support governments, businesses, individuals, communities and local authorities in their efforts to tackle the loss of nature in a coordinated way.

Large atmospheric waves in the jet stream present risk to global food production

Physics Research

Researchers at Oxford University, together with and international colleagues, have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food production.

Social influencers: what can we learn from animals?

Research Zoology

Research from Oxford University calls us to reconsider how behaviours may spread through societies of wild animals, and how this might provide new insights into human social networks.

Study reveals climate change impact on Antarctic penguins

Research Zoology

New research has revealed how penguins have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica and why some species are winners or losers in this rapidly changing ecosystem.

Rice to feed the world given a funding boost

Plant sciences Research

Research led by Oxford University into revolutionising global rice production has been given a $15 million funding boost by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Evidence for anisotropy of cosmic acceleration

Physics Research

The observed acceleration of the Hubble expansion rate has been attributed to a mysterious ‘dark energy’ which supposedly makes up about 70% of the universe. Professor Subir Sarkar and colleagues have used observations of 740 Type Ia supernovae to show that this acceleration is a relatively local effect.

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