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Oxford researchers crack sweet potato mystery

For over a century, the evolution of the sweet potato has been a huge mystery. New research from Oxford’s Plant Sciences department has revealed a key missing link that completely changes the prevailing understanding of not only this crop, but also migratory history of early humans.

The pain scale needs a revamp

If you've been to A&E, you’ll probably be familiar with the pain scale. It goes something like this: a caregiver shows you a scale...

Science’s addiction to plastic: Something needs to be done

Are scientists complicit in the increasing amounts of plastic waste polluting our earth? Or is the waste generated by research an unavoidable by-product of...

In Conversation With Dr. Robert Lefkowitz

Eight-year-old Robert Lefkowitz was a man (well, boy) with a plan. Inspired by his family physician, Dr Feibush, he knew he wanted to become...

Risk of blood clots from COVID-19 seven times higher than from vaccines

'The Head of the Transneural Biology Group at Oxford University, Professor Paul Harrison, said: “We’ve reached two important conclusions. Firstly, COVID-19 markedly increases the risk of CVT, adding to the list of blood clotting problems this infection causes. Secondly, the COVID-19 risk is higher than we see with the current vaccines, even for those under 30; something that should be taken into account when considering the balances between risks and benefits for vaccination”.'

General Motors’ stake in China’s Electric Vehicle market

"The Chinese government is, on the whole, more committed to the EV transition and they have promising start-ups. I forecast that China’s EV market will continue to lead global demand and there will be a rise of Chinese automakers." Gabriel Ng looks at the future of electric vehicles and General Motors' involvement in a burgeoning Chinese market.

Hallucinogenic healing

"Some scientists argue that the use of psychedelics can drastically cut medical costs by generating a shift in psychiatry from the current palliative approach towards a curative one. "

Science Snippets: Outrageous Octopuses

"octopuses are prone to a peculiar habit. They have been seen punching (yes, punching) fish"

In Conversation with Colin Wilson

“Why do we care about this? Well, it's like a parallel earth. It's the same size as Earth, made of the same sort of materials formed around [...] the same amount of time ago. But it's evolved really differently with this huge greenhouse effect.”

Wake up and smell the… nothing

Once you lose your ability to taste, what do you eat?

Oxford students awarded £80,000 research grants

Three DPhil students at the University of Oxford have been given £80,000 each to fund their research.  The award was made by the Royal Commission...

Oxford resumes COVID-19 vaccine trials after pause

Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University are set to resume, after they were halted on September 6th following concerns...

Speed or Safety? Science publishing in the time of COVID-19

Global pandemics demand fast, evidence-based responses. This poses a conundrum. Communication of scientific research is deliberately and excruciatingly slow. After an article is submitted...

A Reflection on Social Media in Lockdown

While isolated in college, scrolling through social media and endless FaceTime calls became my lifeline. But social media also became an addictive whirlpool of...

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