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Discover how #OxfordAI is helping change the world

Discover how #OxfordAI is helping change the world

Research

The University of Oxford have launched a campaign dedicated to Oxford AI research to highlight the breadth of Oxford’s research and innovation.

More big companies commit to addressing environmental impacts

More big companies commit to addressing environmental impacts

Research Zoology

Some of the world’s biggest private sector companies are committing to address their environmental impacts and factoring biodiversity into their sustainability reports, according to new Oxford University research.

Pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine offers hope

Pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine offers hope

Medical science Research Zoology

Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology have demonstrated pre-clinical success for a universal flu vaccine.

Tracking the evolution and transmission of yellow fever

Tracking the evolution and transmission of yellow fever

Research Zoology

Genome sequencing sheds light on yellow fever outbreak in Brazil.

Getting to the root of plant evolution

Getting to the root of plant evolution

Plant sciences Research

Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth’s ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their roots. However in new research, published in Nature, Oxford University scientists describe a transitional root fossil, from the earliest land ecosystem, that sheds light on how roots have evolved.

New species of rare ancient ‘worm’ discovered in fossil hotspot

New species of rare ancient ‘worm’ discovered in fossil hotspot

Earth sciences Research

Scientists have discovered a new species of lobopodian, an ancient relative of modern-day velvet worms, in 430 million-years-old Silurian rocks in Herefordshire, UK.

Better sleep linked with family tree strength

Better sleep linked with family tree strength

Maths Research Zoology

The question of why we sleep has been a longstanding subject of debate, with some theories suggesting that slumber provides respite for the brain, which allows it to filter out insignificant neural connections, build new ones, strengthen memories and even repair itself. However, new Oxford University research has used mathematical approaches to tackle the adaptive significance of sleep, and suggests that it has another equally significant purpose - boosting our ‘fitness’ and future family line reproductive success.

Rising CO2 may increase dangerous weather extremes, whatever happens to global temperatures

Rising CO2 may increase dangerous weather extremes, whatever happens to global temperatures

Physics Research

New research from the University of Oxford and collaborators at several other institutions provides compelling evidence that meeting the global warming target of 1.5°C may not be enough to limit the damage caused by extreme weather.

New estimates of the environmental cost of food

New estimates of the environmental cost of food

Research Zoology

Research published in the journal Science highlights the environmental impacts of thousands of food producers and their products, demonstrating the need for new technology to monitor agriculture, and the need for environmental labels on food products.

Could we work with our bacteria to prevent infection?

Could we work with our bacteria to prevent infection?

Research Zoology

As microbes have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials scientists have become interested in new solutions to the growing superbug crisis, including the use of defensive microbes and faecal transplants. In new research, Oxford University scientists have developed a fast lab-based approach, creating positive co-dependent relationships between hosts and bacteria - termed ‘mutualisms’. These lab-developed bacterial relationships demonstrate how microbes can work with their hosts to prevent infection.

Oxford to lead major new project to help establish trust in artificial intelligence

Oxford to lead major new project to help establish trust in artificial intelligence

Computer science Funding Research

The Department of Computer Science will lead the EPSRC-funded project entitled ‘ReEnTrust: Rebuilding and Enhancing Trust in Algorithms’, while researchers from the Faculty of Law will play a key role in a related project to make future artificial intelligence systems more transparent and accountable.

Feeling the beat through the elephant's feet

Feeling the beat through the elephant's feet

Earth sciences Research Zoology

Iconic and intelligent creatures, elephants continue to fascinate curious onlookers and scientists alike. Now, a new Oxford University collaboration with Save The Elephants, has shown that elephant behaviour can be determined in a new way: through the vibrations they create.

Measuring earthquakes on Mars

Measuring earthquakes on Mars

Physics Research

Oxford University is to contribute to a new mission to Mars, which will be the first to study the heart of the Red Planet and measure ‘Marsquakes’ from its surface.

Extreme beam control

Extreme beam control

Physics Research

An Oxford team has succeeded in stabilising the arrival time of a ‘relativistic’ beam of electrons, travelling at almost the speed of light, to 50 femtoseconds. This overcomes one of the major challenges facing the proposed Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

Medical science Research Zoology

Researchers at the University of Oxford have proposed an evolutionary framework to understand why microbes living in the gut affect the brain and behaviour, published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Body temperature liver storage technique improves transplant success

Body temperature liver storage technique improves transplant success

Biomedical engineering Medical science Research

Preserving livers at body temperature has been shown to improve transplant success and to increase the number of viable donor livers available for transplant, which could lead to shorter waiting lists for patients and lower mortality rates.

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...

Scientists solve mystery of why comets emit X-rays

Scientists solve mystery of why comets emit X-rays

Physics Research

The mystery of how comets are able to emit X-rays has been solved by a team led by the University of Oxford.

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

Research Zoology

A new study has confirmed that the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined by 72% during a five-year period. The population represents the last remaining leopards in all of eastern Indochina – a region incorporating Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

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