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Cancer hijacks natural cell process to survive

(University of Oxford) Cancer tumours manipulate a natural cell process to promote their survival suggesting that controlling this mechanism could stop progress of the disease, according to new research led by the University of Oxfo...

The Australian National Dictionary Online.

The main page of The Australian National Dictionary says: In the tradition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Australian National Dictionary Centre – a joint initiative of the Australian National University and Oxford University Press – published The Australian National Dictionary: A Dictionary of Australianisms on Historical Principles in 1988. Show More Summary

Political bots are poisoning democracy – so, off with their heads

Propaganda bots posing as people are increasingly being used on social media to sway public opinion around the world. So says new research from the University of Oxford's Internet Institute, which found automated accounts and other forms of social media propaganda are rife in Russia, the US and Germany among other countries.

Social Media Is A Propaganda Powerhouse

Social media's real killer app is spreading propaganda, disinformation and fake news, according to a new study from the University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Research Project.

The ocean predicts future northwestern European and Arctic climate

A new study in the journal Nature Communications by researchers from the University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway, and University of Oxford, UK, demonstrates that there is a clear potential for practical and useful predictions of northwestern European and Arctic climate based on the state of the ocean.

Language learning startup Lingokids scores $4M funding and partners with Oxford University Press

Madrid, Spain-based (and U.S. incorporated) edtech startup Lingokids is on a mission to get young kids learning a second language. The company, previously known as Monkimun, offers language lessons in the form of interactive games for children aged 2-6 and delivered via an online subscription and parental portal. Show More Summary

Experts set out plan to tackle 'questionable integrity' of medical evidence

(BMJ) A plan to tackle 'serious flaws in the creation, dissemination and implementation of medical evidence' is set out by experts from The BMJ and Oxford University's Centre for Evidence Based Medicine today, ahead of Evidence Live which opens today (June 21, 2017).

Here's when robots will start beating humans at every task

Don't expect to see a human behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler by 2027. Or a set of human hands performing a delicate surgery by 2053. According to a new study from Oxford and Yale University researchers, those are the years artificial intelligence is slated to take over each of those tasks. Show More Summary

Geometry, skull growth and brain mechanics

Professor Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical modelling at Oxford University's Mathematical Institute and founder of the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL). He talks to ScienceBlog about the key findings from...Show More Summary

Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs

(University of Oxford) Huge pulses of volcanic activity are likely to have played a key role in triggering the end Triassic mass extinction, which set the scene for the rise and age of the dinosaurs, new Oxford University research has found.

Warner Music owner is knighted for philanthropy

Len Blavatnik, owner of  large chunk of the music business, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday List. He has donated a school of government to Oxford University and an extension to the Tate Modern gallery. The Halle Orchestra music director Sir Mark Elder has been made a Companion of Honour, as has […]

Handbook of the Science of Science Communication published by Oxford

(Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania) From vaccinations to climate change, nuclear power to fracking, the weight of scientific evidence and the perceptions of the public are often deeply at odds. Political controversies arise over issues involving long-settled scientific issues as well as emerging technologies. Show More Summary

Chemists have created a self-healing plastic that could increase the durability of vehicles

In a collaboration between Reading and Oxford University, chemists have created a polymer that can repair itself.  They hope it can soon be used to dress wounds like a layer of artificial skin. Read more... More about Uk, Chemistry, Medicine, University Of Oxford, and Real Time Video

The Eagle and Child in Oxford, England

During the 1930s, a small, unofficial club was formed in the intellectual hub of Oxford University. Every week, a group gathered to drink a few beers and discuss the latest adventures in worlds inhabited by lions, wizards, and hobbits, which were slowly materializing from the fertile imaginations of its most famous members: J.R.R. Show More Summary

Vast "Ocean" of Water Detected at Nearby Galaxy's Core --"30 Trillion Times Earth's Oceans, With a Diameter 15 Million Times Distance of Earth to the Sun"

A new study led by Miguel Pereira Santaella, Research Associate at the Oxford University Department of Physics used the ALMA Observatory and detected the (670 ?m) water transition in space, for the first time. The molecules were spotted in a...        

Book Note: Cognitive Science and the New Testament (István Czachesz)

István Czachesz. 2017. Cognitive Science and the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Finally we have a introductory "textbook" that covers the main tenets of the cognitive science of religion as they are applied to the field of New Testament and early Christianity. Show More Summary

New Book Announcement: “Gender Equality in Law” by Barbara Havelková

Hart Publishing has just released Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism by Barbara Havelková, the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at the University of Oxford. Here is the publisher’s description of the book: Gender equality … Continue reading ?

Detecting water in space and why it matters

Miguel Pereira Santaella, Research Associate at the Oxford University Department of Physics, discusses his newly published work observing never before seen water transitions in space. He breaks down how the discovery will help scientists to answer big planetary questions and build a more accurate understanding of the universe.

In Praise of Litigation review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alexandra Lahav's book In Praise of Litigation, recently out from Oxford University Press.

Study reveals sweetened drinks during pregnancy puts infants at higher risk for obesity

(Oxford University Press USA) A recent Danish study of children born to women with gestational diabetes, found that maternal daily consumption of artificially-sweetened beverages during pregnancy was associated with a higher body mass index score and increased risk of overweight/obesity at 7 years.

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