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New research stresses the urgent need for serologic testing to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak

Medical science Research Zoology

Serologic tests are blood tests that look for antibodies in your blood, and would allow scientists to decipher what fraction of the British public have already had COVID-19 and recovered, and provide an improved estimate of the number remaining at risk of serious illness.

Oxford and King’s developing prototype for rapidly deployable ventilator

Biomedical engineering Engineering Medical science

An interdisciplinary team of engineers and medics is addressing ways to increase the UK’s capacity for ventilator manufacture.

Oxford scientists develop rapid testing technology for COVID-19

Biomedical engineering Innovation and Enterprise Medical science Research

Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Engineering Science Department and the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) have developed a rapid testing technology for the novel corona virus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The team, led by Prof. Zhanfeng Cui and Prof. Wei Huang, have been working to improve test capabilities as the virus spreads internationally.

Why an Indian ocean deep sea mission will help the Maldives and Seychelles manage their oceans

Research The Conversation Zoology

Lucy Woodall from the Department of Zoology writes about the “First Descent: Midnight Zone” deep-sea scientific mission in the Indian Ocean, in an article from The Conversation.

Australia’s bushfires 'made 30% more likely by climate change'

Engineering Research

Study explores role of human induced climate change in the 2019–2020 South-Eastern Australian bushfire season.

AI finds “smell” genes might have a role beyond the nose

Biomedical engineering Medical science Research

Research in the Department of Engineering Science finds that the genes that help you smell could also be assisting the spread of colon cancer.

Carbon capture and storage has stalled needlessly – three reasons why fears of CO₂ leakage are overblown

Earth sciences Research The Conversation

Stephanie Flude (Department of Earth Sciences) and Juan Alcade (Earth Sciences, Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra Jaume Almera) discuss how to keep sequestered CO₂ locked away underground, in an article published on The Conversation.

Oxford professor joins the leadership team for National Quantum Computing Centre

MPLS Materials science

Professor Simon Benjamin, Professor of Quantum Technologies at the University of Oxford, has today been appointed Deputy Director for Research at the National Quantum Computing Centre.

400 Marsquakes detected by UK sensors in one year

Physics Research

The NASA InSight lander, which is supported by the UK Space Agency, has recorded 400 likely ‘Marsquakes’ in the first year of its mission.

Green ammonia could slash emissions from farming – and power ships of the future

Chemistry Research The Conversation

In an article first published on the Conversation, Professor Bill David in the Department of Chemistry writes about a Royal Society report that shows producing zero-carbon green ammonia could cut global carbon emissions by almost 2%.

Himalayan wolf discovered to be a unique wolf adapted to harsh high altitude life

Research Zoology

Researchers from the University of Oxford have discovered that the Himalayan wolf is a unique wolf characteristically adapted to the harsh life in the Asian high altitudes where low oxygen levels challenge all life forms.

Oxford wins £5.5 million EPSRC funding for High Performance Computing

Computer science Engineering Funding Maths

The University of Oxford has been awarded £5.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as part of a £27 million investment in seven High Performance Computing (HPC) services.

Science Blog: Outbreak: fighting coronavirus

Maths Medical science Research Zoology

What do a mathematician, an epidemiologist, a vaccine developer, a protein crystallographer and a whole bevy of immunologists and infectious disease specialists have in common? Answer: they’re just some of the Oxford University researchers coming together to fight the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

MPLS Impact Awards 2020 winners announced at Winter Reception

Award MPLS

MPLS Impact Awards aim to recognise and reward researchers at all career stages, for research that has had, or will have significant social or economic impact.

Science Blog: Meet the scientist delivering a treatment revolution - with bubbles

Biomedical engineering Engineering Women in science

Eleanor Stride has taken an unconventional path to becoming one of Britain’s leading scientists. She tells Sarah Whitebloom how she moved from dance to design and onto biomedical science, but being a 'woman in science' is not one of the identities she seeks.

Using the power of pop to change minds over sea turtle meat consumption

Research Zoology

Researchers at the University of Oxford and Programa Tatô have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.

Branching out for a new green revolution

Plant sciences Research

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 rice.

Science Blog: Darwin’s finches and honeycreepers

An article by Guillermo Navalon, Department of Zoology, about Darwin’s finches, among the most celebrated examples of adaptive radiation in the evolution of modern vertebrates.

Mapping the global distribution of Novel Coronavirus

Medical science Research Zoology

Researchers at the University of Oxford have led a large collaboration to map the global distribution of nCoV-2019, commonly known as the Coronavirus.

Man vs machine: citizen science project discovers its first exoplanet

Citizen science Physics Public Engagement Research

Citizen science project Planet Hunters TESS (part of Oxford's Zooniverse platform) proved its worth when its army of volunteers discovered an exoplanet – a planet beyond our own Solar System – that computer algorithms had missed.

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