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Gently stroking babies before medical procedures may reduce pain
'Parents intuitively stroke their babies at this optimal velocity,' says senior author Rebeccah Slater, professor of paediatric science at the University of...
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The authors argue that the best forum for treaty politics is Parliament, and that by changing the rules for treaty scrutiny we can provide stronger democratic...
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Recent research has shown that 86% of students rely on family support during their time at University. However, around 9,000 UK students have no contact or...
Oxford suffrage flag
A host of Oxford University colleges and departments, as well as local schools, are flying the flag as part of an ongoing initiative to commemorate the...
Harmful placebos
How could a sugar pill placebo cause harm? A new review of data from 250,726 trial participants has found that 1 in 20 people who took placebos in trials...
Instruments on InSight's spacecraft deck
A UK instrument, co-designed by the University of Oxford, has captured the first sounds ever recorded directly from Mars. The NASA InSight lander, which is...

WOMEN IN SCIENCE: Portraits, Archive Material, Trails and Talks

Basement Gallery, Museum of the History of Science Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AZ

March – December 2018

100 years ago, the first group of women won the right to vote in the UK. In this centenary year, there is widespread recognition of the political role women have played in society. But what...


Bacterial World

A new exhibition is aiming to show the positive impact of bacteria.

Bacteria World at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History has 55 exhibits, including a 92ft (28m) long inflatable E.coli sculpture.

Director Paul Smith promised the exhibition would explore "our very intimate relationships with bacteria".