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Oxford mourns the loss of Mrs Mica Ertegun, CBE

1 day 14 hours ago

The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, the Ertegun Scholars and Alumni, and the entire University of Oxford community are deeply saddened by the news that Mica Ertegun has passed away at the age of 97.

Expert Comment: Catchy headlines do not lead to action and change. It looks likely we will overshoot 1.5 C

4 days 17 hours ago

We are not on track for the much-discussed and debated 1.5-degree C restriction on global warming, which has been the cherished target of every COP since 2015 in Paris, according to Oxford Professor Lavanya Rajamani, an expert in International Environmental Law. The Report of the Technical Dialogue of the Global Stocktake from September was very clear about this. Despite all the pledges and all the talk, we are on an overshoot pathway.

No ‘smoking gun’ mental health harm from internet: landmark Oxford survey

6 days 17 hours ago
  • Study of two million individuals’ psychological well-being from 2005 to 2022 in 168 countries, in relation to country-level internet-use and mobile broadband statistics
  • Negative and positive experiences had increased on average, but little to no evidence suggesting (mobile) internet use was associated with these changes

Three Oxford academics awarded European Research Council Consolidator Grants

1 week 4 days ago

Today, the European Research Council (ERC) has announced the awarding of 308 Consolidator Grants to excellent scientists and scholars across Europe. Totalling €627 million this year, the grants enable recipients to consolidate their independence by establishing their own research teams to pursue their most promising scientific ideas. The projects span all disciplines of research, from medicine and physics, to social sciences and humanities.

Expert Comment: How our novel model resolves the key pandemic policy debates

2 weeks 3 days ago

Were lockdowns an effective response to Covid-19 or would it have been better to limit intervention and let individuals spontaneously reduce their own risk of infection?  Three years on from the public health emergency that caught governments across the world off-guard, official inquiries into pandemic policy responses are gathering pace, aiming to provide a definitive answer to this hotly contested question. 

By Professor Doyne Farmer, Director of the Complexity Economics Programme at INET Oxford, and Marco Pangallo, a Researcher at the CENTAI Institute (Centre for Artificial Intelligence) in Turin.

AI that automatically detects methane plumes from space could be a powerful tool in combating climate change.

2 weeks 3 days ago

University of Oxford researchers, in partnership with Trillium Technologies’, have developed a tool to automatically detect methane plumes on Earth from orbit using machine learning with hyperspectral data. This could help identify excessive ‘super emitters’ of methane and enable more effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

New study reveals that bees cannot taste even lethal levels of pesticides

2 weeks 3 days ago

New research from the University of Oxford has revealed that bumblebees cannot taste pesticides present in nectar, even at lethal concentrations. This means bumblebees are not able to avoid contaminated nectar, putting them at high risk of pesticide exposure and posing a threat to crop pollination. The research has been published in eLife.

Six Oxford social scientists scoop top awards for world-leading research

2 weeks 4 days ago

Six Oxford social scientists were last night given major government-backed prizes for their influential and life-changing research. Dr Kate Orkin and doctoral student Lukas Lehner were category winners in the Economic and Social Research Council Impact awards, while prestigious runners up awards went to Dr Julia Ebner and a team including Professor Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Tom Mayne and Dr Tena Prelec.