University of Oxford

Climate models questioned: Global warming may be slower than previously thought

The computers were wrong. There’s still hope for Planet Earth.<p>That’s the conclusion of some of the world’s leading geoscientists, who conducted a study that found global warming is occurring more slowly than computer models forecast a decade ago.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature …

Climate Change

Lose your fears through virtual reality - how technology can help ease phobias

Whether it’s arachnophobia, claustrophobia or agoraphobia, a phobia can be debilitating to your everyday life. In the UK, <b>a 2014 YouGov survey</b> …

Virtual Reality

New Study: Global Warming Limit Can Still Be Achieved

By Tim Radford<p>Scientists in the UK have good news for the 195 nations that pledged to limit global warming to well below 2°C: it can be done. The …

Climate Change

Robots 'could take 4m private sector jobs within 10 years'

Survey from the Royal Society of Arts argues that technology could phase out mundane roles, raise productivity and deliver higher wages<p>Four million jobs in the private sector could be replaced by robots in the UK in the next decade, according to business leaders asked about the future of automation …

Robots

This Study Says We Might Actually Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

Our odds of keeping warming below 1.5°C and avoiding really serious problems have gone up, according to new research by the Met Office and others.<p>A combination of a "revolution" in renewable energy, a faster-than-expected reduction in carbon emissions, and slower-than-expected warming mean that the …

Climate Change

Another Major Study Confirms The IPCC’s Climate Models Were Wrong

Another group of prominent climate scientists have published research claiming humanity may have a couple extra decades before pushing the world past …

Climate Change

We’re Not the Only Primate With Unsustainable Eating Habits

Monkeys using tools in Thailand might be driving their prey to extinction.<p>Driving other species to extinction might be something of a primate …

Culture

Insurers under pressure to do more after the summer they will never forget

It was a summer the insurance industry will never forget. Floods like the one caused by Hurricane Harvey are supposed to happen once every 500 years. But Houston has seen three in three years, with Harvey being the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in half a century. Meanwhile, Irma, which …

Climate Change

Earliest use of zero ever discovered on ancient manuscript

<b>Carbon dating shows an ancient Indian manuscript has the earliest recorded origin of the zero symbol.</b><p>The Bakhshali manuscript is now believed to date …

Archaeology

Nothing to See Here: India's Oldest Use of Zero Found

The concept of zero as a number was revolutionary in mathematics. Historians have long known the idea came from India, but its exact origins remain …

Archaeology

Earliest recorded use of zero is centuries older than first thought

Scientists from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries have used carbon dating to trace the figure's origins to the famous ancient Indian …

Archaeology

Zero: Scientist find first use of numerical symbol was 500 years earlier than previously thought

The earliest ever use of the zero symbol dating back to the third century was found on an ancient Indian text that has been housed in a library in …

Archaeology

Much ado about nothing: ancient Indian text contains earliest zero symbol

Exclusive: one of the greatest conceptual breakthroughs in mathematics has been traced to the Bakhshali manuscript, dating from the 3rd or 4th century<p>Nowt, nada, zilch: there is nothing new about nothingness. But the moment that the absence of stuff became zero, a number in its own right, is …

Archaeology

Why the University of Oxford introduced the new role of professor of political communications

<b>Credit: Image from Pixabay.com</b><p>The University of Oxford has introduced the role of professor of political communications for the first time in its …

Journalism

This digital sleep therapy could reduce depression and anxiety symptoms, says new study

It uses CBT and has shown promising results<p>Sleep is intrinsically linked to health – physical <i>and</i> mental. Which is why it may come of little surprise …

Depression

Ebola, Zika & More: How Many Viruses Can Get into Men's Semen?

During recent outbreaks of the Zika virus, researchers discovered that the virus could find its way into men's semen and stay there for months. But …

Science

Sydney University ranked fourth in world for graduate employability

The University of Sydney has been ranked fourth in the world for graduate employability, coming in ahead of leading institutions such as the …

Education

Respiratory experts urge rethink of 'outdated' asthma categorisation

A group of respiratory medicine experts have called for an overhaul of how asthma and other airways diseases are categorised and treated.

Medicine

Foreign aid money spent on cutting smoking rates among workers in China

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of British taxpayer's money is being spent on keeping Indian houses cool during the summer and cutting smoking rates among migrant workers in China, a new report has revealed.<p>Despite a promise not to spend UK aid in developed nations like India and China the £1.5 …

Foreign Aid

ISIS is still stealing, spilling and smuggling oil in Iraq

Despite being recently defeated from their major strongholds of Mosul and Tel Afar in Iraq, more than two years after Iraqi forces specifically …

Islamic State (ISIS)

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

Different genes affect educational attainment and fertility in different times and places, according to new research from the University of Oxford. …

Research

Revolutionary process could signal new era for gene synthesis

A team of scientists led by the University of Southampton has demonstrated a groundbreaking new method of gene synthesis - a vital research tool with …

Biology

Ichnological evidence for meiofaunal bilaterians from the terminal Ediacaran and earliest Cambrian of Brazil

Article<p>Luke A. Parry ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-3910-0346,<br>• Paulo C. Boggiani,<br>• Daniel J. Condon ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-9082-3283,<br>• Russell J. Garwood …

São Paulo

An Oxford psychologist says treating insomnia could help with anxiety and depression

Around a third of adults struggle to get enough sleep on any given night. For many of us, it’s a short-lived problem.<p>But clinical insomnia—defined as persistent difficulty falling and staying asleep, with additional negative effects for daytime functioning—affects 5 to 10 percent of adults.<p>We know …

Mental Health

Could Hurricane Harvey and climate change be linked?

The field known as “attribution science” might have the answer<p>As Houston, Texas starts to pick up the pieces from the destruction of Hurricane …

Climate Change

The Secret Logic of Cows

A new mathematical model explores the complex reasons herd animals stay with a group or leave it.<p>A cluster of cows browsing under the summer sun might look like they haven’t a care in the world. But the life of a herd animal is filled with trade-offs and decisions. Although they seem …

Cows

Hurricane Irma: why are there so many hurricanes and will there be more in the future? We asked the experts

The destruction left by hurricanes Irma and Harveyhas left many wondering why this year has been particularly bad for disastrous weather.<p>Harvey pummeled Texas, while Irma has been barrelling through the Carribbean and Bahamas, hurtling towards Florida.<p>Many thousands of homes have been destroyed and …

Climate Change

Malala calls for defence of Rohingya

<b>Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says the "global community" needs to intervene to protect Myanmar's Muslim minority.</b><p>She urged Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to speak up for the Rohingya.<p>"We can't be silent right now. The number of people who have been displaced is hundreds of …

Malala Yousafzai

Commentary: Merkel’s moral authority sets direction for Europe

Germans choose a government on September 24, and that government is likely to be headed, for the twelfth year running, by Angela Merkel. The uncharismatic 63-year-old from East Germany may not have captured her fellow Germans’ hearts, but she has appealed so strongly to their rational selves that …

Germany

Online therapy could be the cure to insomnia, scientists say

Online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could hold the cure to insomnia, scientists from the University of Oxford have found.<p>A new study, …

Sleep