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Blows not concussion cause brain disease, according to new research

Blows not concussion cause brain disease, according to new research

Biomedical engineering Research

The effects of repeat concussion injuries on athletes, particularly American football and rugby players, is one of the biggest concerns in competitive sports today. However, a new Oxford University collaboration suggests that blows to the head can cause lasting trauma - even in the absence of signs of concussion.

Smart sensor could revolutionise crime and terrorism prevention

Smart sensor could revolutionise crime and terrorism prevention

Engineering Materials science Research

Crime, terrorism prevention, environmental monitoring, reusable electronics, medical diagnostics and food safety, are just a few of the far-reaching areas where a new chemical sensor could revolutionise progress.

Sunlight holds the key to planet’s shine

Sunlight holds the key to planet’s shine

Physics Research

Scientists have discovered how the sun’s influence on the remote planet Uranus changes its brightness in the sky.

Mars: Not as dry as it seems

Mars: Not as dry as it seems

Earth sciences Research

Two new Oxford University papers have shed light on why there is no life on Mars.

Oxford Becomes UK Partner in IBM’s Quantum Computing Network

Oxford Becomes UK Partner in IBM’s Quantum Computing Network

Physics Research

International Business Machine Corp (IBM) has announced the University of Oxford as one of the first clients to use their early-access, commercial quantum computing network.

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’

Research Zoology

Scientists have found a direct link between physical contact and gut bacteria in red-bellied lemurs. Likely passed through ‘huddling’ behaviour and touch, the findings suggest implications for human health.

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.

Antarctic telescope shows how the Earth stops high-energy particles

Antarctic telescope shows how the Earth stops high-energy particles

Physics Research

Scientists working with the world’s largest particle detector have for the first time demonstrated the Earth’s ability to stop highly energetic neutrino particles.

It’s (not) complicated: relationships may be simpler than they seem

It’s (not) complicated: relationships may be simpler than they seem

Research Zoology

New Oxford University research has shed light on the complexities involved in forming social bonds, and suggests that the process is much simpler than first thought.

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

Research Zoology

A new study from Kyoto and Oxford universities and Indianapolis Zoo has shown chimpanzees spontaneously taking turns to complete a number sequencing task.

British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

Research Zoology

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

Research Zoology

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

Medical science Research Zoology

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

Research Zoology

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

Research Zoology

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.

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