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Parasites from medieval latrines unlock secrets of human history

Parasites from medieval latrines unlock secrets of human history

Zoology

A radical new approach combining archaeology, genetics and microscopy can reveal long-forgotten secrets of human diet, sanitation and movement from studying parasites in ancient poo.

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.

Bold male birds fall faster and harder for their partners

Bold male birds fall faster and harder for their partners

MPLS Zoology

Research from Oxford University has revealed that bold male birds focus on forming strong relationships with their future breeding partners while shy male birds play the field.

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.

Weather forecasting sheds light on where and when birds will fly

Weather forecasting sheds light on where and when birds will fly

Zoology

Using a combination of AI and weather forecasting can help scientists to predict the movements of millions of birds and support their conservation goals, according to new Oxford University research.

New understanding of worm stem cells could untap potential of our own

New understanding of worm stem cells could untap potential of our own

MPLS Zoology

Research from Oxford University published today in the journal Genome Research has found that a special combination of epigenetic modifications crucial to stem cell growth evolved in animals much earlier than previously appreciated.

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.

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.

Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards champion high-impact research

Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards champion high-impact research

Award Engineering MPLS Maths Physics Zoology

Oxford University has celebrated high-impact research with the first Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. MPLS researchers were among those recognised.

Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics

Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics

Zoology

Using data from nearly 74,000 images, volunteer armchair scientists have helped Oxford University researchers to capture and better understand, the breeding habits of penguin breeding colonies across the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and South Georgia.

MPLS academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

MPLS academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Award MPLS Physics Plant sciences Zoology

The pioneering work of members of the University, including several in MPLS, has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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.

Awards and grants for MPLS researchers

Awards and grants for MPLS researchers

Award Chemistry Funding Maths Physics Plant sciences Zoology

Two MPLS academics have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, with a number of other academics receiving awards and significant grants.

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.

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.

Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance

Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance

Zoology

Researchers at Oxford University have shown that it is possible to identify genetic catalysts that accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria – and that this knowledge could be used to design treatments to stifle the development of resistance.

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.

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Citizen science Engineering Public Engagement Zoology

Researchers from Engineering Science, Zoology and Kew Gardens have developed a way of alerting people to the presence of mosquitoes with an app that detects their distinctive buzz.

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.

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