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British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

Zoology Research

Certain British birds have evolved longer beaks than other species, and new research suggests that our fondness for feeding them may be the reason why.

Breakthrough in efforts to 'supercharge' rice and reduce world hunger

Breakthrough in efforts to 'supercharge' rice and reduce world hunger

Plant sciences Research

Scientists have taken an important step in a long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice to increase crop yields and help meet the food needs of billions of people around the world.

Women in science ask fewer questions than men, according to new research

Women in science ask fewer questions than men, according to new research

Zoology Research

Stereotypes suggest that women love to talk, with some studies even finding that women say three times as much as men. But, new research from a team from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, shows there is an exception to this rule: professional STEM events, which could be indicative of the wider problem of gender inequality in the field.

Worm study reveals role of stem cells in cancer

Worm study reveals role of stem cells in cancer

Zoology Research Medical science

A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has used flatworms to look at the role of migrating stem cells in cancer.

Study measures light's radical impact on bird behaviour

Study measures light's radical impact on bird behaviour

Zoology Research

Migratory birds are both attracted to and influenced by light. As a result, their behaviours alter drastically in the presence of artificial light at night, according to a new Oxford University collaboration, that was conducted at a unique landmark: the 'Tribute in Light' in New York.

Scientists create 'brain-like' photonic computer microchips

Scientists create 'brain-like' photonic computer microchips

Materials science Research

Scientists have made a crucial step towards unlocking the 'holy grail' of computing – microchips that mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information.

The volatile processes that shaped Earth

The volatile processes that shaped Earth

Earth sciences Research

Oxford University scientists have shed new light on how the Earth was first formed.

Cassini – the final curtain

Cassini – the final curtain

Physics Research

Oxford University scientists are today mourning the demise of the landmark Cassini Space Mission, launched almost twenty years ago.

Low-level radiation less harmful to health than other lifestyle risks

Low-level radiation less harmful to health than other lifestyle risks

Zoology Research

Low-level radiation exposure poses less of a health risk than other modern lifestyle threats, such as smoking, obesity and air pollution, according to Oxford University research.

Volunteers find ‘spiders’ on Mars - but not where they expected

Volunteers find ‘spiders’ on Mars - but not where they expected

MPLS Physics Research Citizen science

Armchair astronomers have helped Oxford University scientists discover landforms known as ‘spiders’ on parts of Mars where they were previously thought not to exist.

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Zoology Research

Human interference in the deep sea could already be outpacing our basic understanding of how it functions, University scientists have warned. As a result, without increased research and an immediate review of deep ocean conservation measures, the creatures that live there face an uncertain future.

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

Chemistry Research Spin out Medical science

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures.

Mechanism behind sudden cardiac deaths in sports uncovered

Mechanism behind sudden cardiac deaths in sports uncovered

Computer science Medical science Research

Researchers have worked out the mechanism behind sudden cardiac deaths that follow a hard blow to the chest.

Growing better trees faster

Growing better trees faster

Plant sciences Research

A new research collaboration could significantly increase the quality and economic productivity of one of the UK’s largest crop outputs, Sitka spruce conifer trees.

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