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New way to detect heart damage caused by chemotherapy

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:08:54 +0000

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new way to detect heart damage caused by chemotherapy.

Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:24:39 +0000

Researchers from Oxford have been using virtual reality software to compile genetic data to create models which explain how genes are controlled within their natural chromosomal environments.

Neutrino facility could change understanding of the universe

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:31:09 +0000

The University of Oxford’s Department of Physics will play a pivotal role in a flagship global science facility that could change our understanding of the universe.

Oxford launches digital portal to get school students tackling the 'Big Questions'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:30:27 +0000

Oxford University has launched an innovative new digital outreach portal aimed at engaging school students aged 11 to 18 with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.

Research reveals the hidden history of sociable reading in 18th century homes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Books had a social function in 18th century homes, according to new research from Oxford University.

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:27:48 +0000

A highly drug resistant malaria 'superbug' from western Cambodia is now present in southern Vietnam, leading to alarming failure rates for dihydroartemisinin (DHA)-piperaquine — Vietnam’s national first-line malaria treatment, leading malaria scientists warn.

Oxford researchers highlight ‘hidden’ learning condition

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:32:59 +0000

Researchers have launched a campaign to end 200 years of confusion in diagnosing a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects two children in every classroom.

Citizen science project to help victims of Hurricane Irma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:58:41 +0000

An unusual collaboration between engineers at Oxford, the Zooniverse citizen science platform and international disaster response organisation Rescue Global is enabling a rapid and effective response to Hurricane Irma.

New partnership aims to be "paradigm of scientific excellence"

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:38:43 +0000

Oxford University has entered into a partnership with the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), which will support a number of science research developments.

Urgent emission reductions needed to achieve 1.5°C warming limit

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:32:48 +0000

Significant emission reductions are required if we are to achieve one of the key goals of the Paris Agreement, and limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5°C; a new Oxford University partnership warns.

New resource traces lives of British convicts transported to Australia

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:25:51 +0000

Family historians, teachers, crime writers and academics can now follow the lives of people convicted and transported to Australia or imprisoned in Britain using a vast, free online resource, the Digital Panopticon website.

'Mysterious' ancient creature was definitely an animal, research confirms

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:23:00 +0000

It lived well over 550 million years ago, is known only through fossils and has variously been described as looking a bit like a jellyfish, a worm, a fungus and lichen. But was the 'mysterious' Dickinsonia an animal, or was it something else?

Tectonic plates 'weaker than previously thought', say scientists

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:28:06 +0000

Experiments carried out at Oxford University have revealed that tectonic plates are weaker than previously thought. 

Cassini – the final curtain

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:38:35 +0000

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

Earliest recorded use of zero is centuries older than first thought

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:32:46 +0000

The concept and associated value of the mathematical symbol ‘zero’ is used the world over as a fundamental numerical pillar. However, its origin has until now been one of the field’s greatest conundrums.

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

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:47:53 +0000

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.

Cancer survivors who quit smoking sooner can live longer

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:36:13 +0000

Lung cancer survivors who quit smoking within a year of diagnosis will live for longer than those who continue to smoke, according to new research led by the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham.

Genes linked with education and fertility depend on when and where you live

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:27:42 +0000

Different genes affect educational attainment and fertility in different times and places, according to new research from the University of Oxford. This means we could be missing important variations when we try to draw conclusions about the influence of genes on human behaviour, because combining data sets from vastly different countries and historical periods could muddy the waters.

Experts urge rethink of ‘outdated’ asthma categorisation

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:43 +0000

A group of respiratory medicine experts have called for an overhaul in our thinking about how asthma and other airways diseases are categorised and treated, saying the current approach is outdated and does not reflect advances in treating these conditions.

Fathers can influence the sex of their offspring, scientists show

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:59:01 +0000

It has traditionally been thought that in mammals only mothers are able to influence the sex of their offspring.

The hospital costs of self-harm

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:07:51 +0000

A new study from Oxford reveals the health service costs for hospital care of people who self-harm, emphasising the need for effective clinical services and prevention initiatives.

Oxford college announces new measures to 'broaden diversity' and support less advantaged students

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:25:49 +0000

Christ Church, one of Oxford University's largest colleges, is to launch a suite of new initiatives aimed at attracting applicants from a wider range of backgrounds and improving the student experience for undergraduates from lower-income families.

Monkey tool use threatens prey numbers, say researchers

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:42:50 +0000

Using tools to search for food is affecting primate prey numbers and could potentially lead to prey species extinction, new Oxford research suggests.

New sensor to improve intensive care monitoring of breathing

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:35:42 +0000

An innovative new sensor could improve how hospital staff monitor patient breath rates and stability, according to new Oxford University research.

Treating insomnia may reduce mental health problems

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:00:59 +0000

Treating insomnia with online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could reduce mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia, according to a large randomised controlled trial published today in The Lancet Psychiatry.

Statement from Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:58:45 +0000

Statement from Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.

Four Oxford researchers awarded Royal Academy of Engineering fellowships

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:50:02 +0000

Four engineers at Oxford University are among fifty to have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering today.

Oxford University claims top world ranking for second year

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:01:14 +0000

Oxford University has claimed the top spot in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, which judge the performance of 980 universities across 79 countries.

Late surviving Neanderthals ‘much older’ than previously thought

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:49:01 +0000

Late surviving Neanderthals from Croatia were much older than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Oxford.

University of Oxford comment on the death of Sir David Tang

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:39:32 +0000

Lord Patten, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, comments on the death of Sir David Tang.


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

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:27:26 +0000

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

Sense of smell is key factor in bird navigation

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:09:56 +0000

How do birds navigate over long distances? This complex question has been the subject of debate and controversy among scientists for decades, with Earth's magnetic field and the bird's own sense of smell among the factors said to play a part.

New scan developed to predict stroke risk

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:08:46 +0000

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new type of MRI scan to predict the risk of having a stroke, thanks to funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:24:29 +0000

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.

'Amazing' summer camp for talented Oxford Academy pupils

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:17:56 +0000

Forty talented Oxford Academy pupils attended a two-week summer camp run by Oxford University. 

Oxford scientist shortlisted in national image competition

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:10:51 +0000

An Oxford University scientist has been announced as the judges’ runner-up in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) national ‘Reflections of Research’ image competition.

Social background makes 'no difference' to Oxford students' career prospects

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:08:32 +0000

Analysis of nearly 3,000 undergraduate leavers from Oxford University reveals there is no significant difference in career outcome associated with a student's social background.

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:45:59 +0000

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

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:09:44 +0000

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

Calculating the value of technology start-ups

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:42:25 +0000

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a novel way of determining the value of new technologies in the information and communications sector, filling a significant gap in existing methods and potentially creating a decision-making tool for investors.