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Victorians’ Fears About the Ills of Modern Technology Sounded a Lot Like Ours

Late-night overdrinking? Writer’s cramp? Spoiled kids? Such complaints haunted 19 th -century Britons. The blog Diseases of Modern Life is run by a group of historians at the University of Oxford, working on a research project about Victorians who feared that new technologies and configurations of social life were making people sick. Show More Summary

Oxford 10th Annual Academic Tax Symposium

The 10th Annual Academic Tax Symposium concludes today at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation: Allison Christians (McGill University), Not So Soft Law: The OECD BEPS Regime Discussant: John Vella (Oxford University) Dominika Langenmayr (KU Eichstatt-Ingolstadt & CESifo), Why The Current Tax Rate Tells You Little: Competing for Mobile...

Pea plants demonstrate ability to 'gamble' -- a first in plants

An international team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and Tel-Hai College, Israel, has shown that pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk - namely, that they can make adaptive choices that take into account environmental...Show More Summary

'Scooby Snack' Added to Oxford English Dictionary, Presumably After Bribe of Scooby Snacks

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

There are two food groups in the Scooby-Doo universe. One is the giant sandwich, crafted from whatever ingredients can be found in a haunted kitchen. The other is the Scooby Snack, a treat with delicious powers of bribery and persuasion—and now, an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. Read more...

Tracking African Migrations of People Through the Last 4,000 Years Through Genetics

Researchers from the University of Oxford have revealed that the genetic ancestries of many of sub-Saharan Africa's populations are the result of historical DNA mixing events, known as admixture, within the last 4,000 years.Their study,...Show More Summary

Tory Leadership: This Was Boris's Dunkirk Moment And He Bottled It

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It’s just like old times, former friends David Cameron and Boris Johnson might have once trashed restaurants together at dinners held by the Bullingdon Club—an Oxford University drinking society—but now they’ve graduated to entire countries. Show More Summary

Why Even The C-Suite Might Not Be Safe From Automation

Algorithms are already outperforming execs in key C-level tasks at a time when anti-hierarchical headwinds are blowing stronger. In 2013, two University of Oxford professors published a study analyzing 702 different occupations. Of those, they determined that the role of chief executive fell within the 10% they deemed "not computerizable." Read Full Story

Oxford 10th Annual Academic Tax Symposium

The 10th Annual Academic Tax Symposium continues today at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation: Lily Batchelder (NYU), Accounting for Behavioral Biases in Business Tax Reform: The Case of Expensing Discussant: Michael Devereux...Show More Summary

Scientists Find 'Life-Saving' Stash Of Precious Helium Gas

The world’s supply of helium is running out, but Oxford and Durham university scientists are about to change that.

Oxford 10th Annual Academic Tax Symposium

The 10th Annual Academic Tax Symposium kicks off today at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation: Reuven Avi-Yonah (University of Michigan), Evaluating BEPS Discussant: Henk Vording (Leiden University) Niels Johannesen (University of Copenhagen), The Role of Tax Havens in International Trade With Services Discussant: Katarzyna Habu (Oxford University) Ben...

Adults Who Were Bullied as Children Can Suffer From Debilitating Symptoms Similar to PTSD

The negative symptoms of Adult Post-Bullying Syndrome can mimic those of PTSD or the effects seen from child abuse. The following is an excerpt from the new book Bullying Scars by Ellen deLara (Oxford University Press, 2016):  In interviewing the people in my research study, I began to notice something unusual. Show More Summary

'Since She Went Away,' A Conversation with David Bell

Photo: New American Library David Bell, an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University, received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American literature and creative writing...Show More Summary

Harmful and Undesirable review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Guenter Lewy on Book Censorship in Nazi Germany, in Harmful and Undesirable, just out from Oxford University Press. Not really relevant to the book per se but certainlyShow More Summary

Vox Notes Cluelessness of Oxford Students on Brexit Vote

The shocked reaction of Oxford University students to the Brexit vote yesterday was notable for the fact that they were so firmly esconced in their liberal bubble that even Vox took note of their extreme divorce from reality. As we shall see, it never even occurred to them that (gasp) the vote would be to leave Brexit. Show More Summary

Small brain -- astounding performance

The elephantnose fish explores objects in its surroundings by using its eyes or its electrical sense - sometimes both together. Zoologists at the University of Bonn and a colleague from Oxford have now found out how complex the processing of these sensory impressions is. Show More Summary

Scientists “Root Out” Oldest Plant Root Cells

Oldest Plant Roots Identified Scientists from Oxford University and the Departamento de Biología Molecular de Plantas, Instituto de Biotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico), have identified the oldest known population of plant root cells in a 320 million-year-old fossil. Show More Summary

Apple designer Jony Ive receives honorary doctorate from University of Oxford

Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, was one of nine "distinguished" people to receive an honorary doctorate on Wednesday from the University of Oxford.

Jony Ive received an honorary degree from the University of Oxford (AAPL)

Jonathan Ive, Apple's chief design officer, has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford. These degrees are often awarded as a way of honouring a distinguished person's contributions to a particular field or to society in general. Show More Summary

Jony Ive picks up second honorary doctorate this month, this time from Oxford

Another week, another honorary degree for Apple design chief Jony Ive. The UK's University of Oxford has bestowed upon Ive an honorary Doctorate of Science. Ive was recognized for his contributions to the world of design. From Oxford: Sir...Show More Summary

Researchers find more uses for immune system's 'Swiss army knife'

Oxford University research has found that a little-studied and relatively unknown part of the human immune system could be twice as important as previously thought. Mucosal Associated Invariant T-cells (MAIT cells) were first identified in 1993 but largely ignored until recently. Show More Summary

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