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Find out about exciting research taking place at the University in these short videos

Friday 10th Mar 2017, 09.30am

Brain Development in Teenagers

As you journey from childhood into your teen years and then into adulthood, your brain is changing in ways that might explain why the teen years can be a bit of a roller coaster.

Tuesday 10th Jan 2017, 08.45am

What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is all around us; on our phones, powering social networks, helping the police and doctors, scientists and mayors. But how does it work? In this animation we take a look at how statistics and computer science can be used to make machines that learn.

Monday 17th Oct 2016, 08.00am

Keeping Social Media Social

Social media has become a huge part of many of our lives. But do we really know where all that information goes? In this animation we look at the ways that research can help us understand the world on and offline through the lens of social media, and some of the questions it raises.

Thursday 21st Jul 2016, 10.30am

Hip Hip Hooray

What’s the link between sports, bone development in the young, and arthritis? In this animation we explore research that is trying to figure out why very sporty people tend to develop a condition of the hip, and what can be done about it.


Explore The Big Questions with experts from around the University

Concord Plane
Monday 13th Mar 2017, 02.15pm

Will supersonic transport ever make a comeback?

It’s 1985 and Phil Collins, drummer and singer had a problem. He wants to play Live Aid at Wembley, London and then a few hours later make it to Philadelphia to play drums for Eric Clapton for the Live Aid show there. Thankfully science was able to get him there. By science we mean the Concord...

How do you turn an orange into a grapefruit?
Monday 27th Feb 2017, 09.00am The Big Questions

How do you turn an orange into a grapefruit?

Flavour is an art form. The right combination of compounds and you can make a crisp taste like bacon and still make it vegetarian. It’s a global industry and here in Oxford a group of scientists are getting a ‘taste’ of the action by making natural flavours by manipulating enzymes.