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Sweet potato research challenges early contact between America and Polynesia

Sweet potato research challenges early contact between America and Polynesia

MPLS Plant sciences

New research led by Oxford University has revealed that sweet potato likely arrived naturally in Polynesia in pre-human times - challenging the long standing view that one of the world’s most widely used crops was transported from America to Polynesia by people.

Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons manoeuvre to catch agile prey

Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons manoeuvre to catch agile prey

MPLS Zoology

Using detailed computer simulations, Oxford University research has revealed why falcons dive at their prey using the same steering laws as man-made missiles.

Oxford showcase AI research

Oxford showcase AI research

Computer science Engineering MPLS Oxford Sparks Research Spin out

The University of Oxford demonstrated its artificial intelligence (AI) research with a one-day expo on 27 March 2018...

Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought

Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought

MPLS Zoology

We have only known about the existence of the unusual yeti crabs (Kiwaidae) - a family of crab-like animals whose hairy claws and bodies are reminiscent of the abominable snowman - since 2005, but already their future survival could be at risk.

13% rise in visitors to Oxford University’s gardens, libraries and museums

13% rise in visitors to Oxford University’s gardens, libraries and museums

MPLS Plant sciences

Oxford University’s gardens, libraries and museums enjoyed a 13% rise in visitors in 2017, according to the latest figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). This compares with a 7.3% increase for UK visitor attractions as a whole.

Scientists shed light on Burgess Shale preservation for first time

Scientists shed light on Burgess Shale preservation for first time

Earth sciences MPLS

Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits tend to decay before they can be fossilised, and are extremely rare. As a result little is known about the environmental conditions which stop this process. However, new Oxford University research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and finding more exceptional fossils. Part-funded by NASA, the work could potentially support the Mars Rover Curiosity in its sample analysis, and speed up the search for traces of life on other planets.

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Fuel – A New UK-China-Saudi Arabia Initiative

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Fuel – A New UK-China-Saudi Arabia Initiative

Chemistry MPLS

A major new initiative brings together top scientists in the UK, China and Saudi Arabia to transform CO2 into super-clean fuel and other commodities.

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

MPLS Zoology

Much like animals and to a degree humans, bacteria enjoy a good fight. They stab, shove and poison each other in pursuit of the best territory. While this much is clear, little is known about the tactics and strategy that bacteria use during their miniature wargames.

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

MPLS Zoology

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts.

Elsevier supports mathematics at Oxford with £1 million donation

Elsevier supports mathematics at Oxford with £1 million donation

Funding MPLS Maths

Global information analytics business Elsevier is donating £1 million to Oxford Mathematics, in support of fellowships, research meetings and workshops.

Cells protect genes more than rest of genome

Cells protect genes more than rest of genome

MPLS Plant sciences

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered that a cellular mechanism preferentially protects plant genes from the damaging effects of mutation.

Weighing massive stars in nearby galaxy reveals excess of heavyweights

Weighing massive stars in nearby galaxy reveals excess of heavyweights

MPLS Physics

An international team of astronomers has revealed an 'astonishing' overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

Replicating peregrine falcon attack strategies could help down rogue drones

Replicating peregrine falcon attack strategies could help down rogue drones

MPLS Zoology

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that peregrine falcons steer their attacks using the same control strategies as guided missiles.

Migration makes breeding harder for seabirds

Migration makes breeding harder for seabirds

MPLS Research Zoology

An international collaboration has for the first time revealed the key drivers of seabird migration. The new study suggests that puffin colonies that travel great distances during the winter often find it more difficult to breed than others, and that escaping your habitat with far-flung migration therefore carries a cost.

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