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  • Isolation of infected individuals can help to stop the spread

    Understanding Covid-19 transmission, informing control

    Tackling a previously unseen pathogen – like the one that causes COVID-19 – is like piecing together a puzzle. There are many different parameters to investigate before the pathogen can be fully understood, and before effective control measures can be put in place. So how do scientists go about solving the puzzle, and why is…

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    Are video games good for my mental health?

    Most of us have probably heard of video games being described as “addictive”, but is there evidence of this? Are they damaging to our mental health, or could they actually have a positive impact on our metal wellbeing? In this episode of the Big Questions podcast we’re booting up our consoles, and asking Prof Andrew…

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  • Fantasy Football

    How do I win Fantasy Football?

    Did you know that the winner of the 2019/2020 Fantasy Premier League, beating over 7 million other players, was Dr Joshua Bull – a researcher at Oxford’s Mathematical Institute? How did he win? Turns out that ‘mathematical thinking’ and a strategic approach, combined with “gut instinct and a healthy dose of good luck” might just…

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    How is technology being used to track Black Lives Matter protestors?

    We’ve probably all heard the phrase ‘Big Brother is watching you’ (a reference to the fictional character in George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’) – but are we really under constant surveillance? Is it actually possible to be a fully functioning member of modern society without being tracked by some sort of surveillance system? And how is technology…

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