Our mysterious ocean floor
Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface, yet only 15% of the ocean floor has been mapped in detail. Much remains unknown, including the location of potentially hundreds of thousands of seamounts, which can be hazardous to navigation. Scientists at the University of Oxford are working...
Can we make a sensor that can match a sniffer dog?
When it comes to sensing potentially-dangerous vapours, sniffer dogs are still considered the gold standard. In this animation we learn about chemiresistive sensors, a new type of sensor that may be able to match the noses of our furry friends.
What can Chemists learn from nature?
Nature is full of chemicals – flavours, fragrances, medicines. Living systems have been making these useful chemicals for billions of years, but usually only tiny quantities, because that’s all they need! In this animation we find out how chemists are learning from nature to create these...
Shedding Light on the Situation
Light is more than just light bulbs and sunshine! Researchers at the University of Oxford use different types of light to learn more about all sorts of interesting things. To celebrate the International Year of Light we’ve taken a...
A Case of Crystal Clarity
Usually when we want to see the structure and shape of objects we can look at them with our eyes or, if the objects are quite small, through light microscopes. However, really tiny things like the proteins in our bodies can’t be seen with visible light. Instead we use a technique called X-ray...
Towards Absolute Zero
Ossie wouldn't really have survived the ride in our animation, but much of the science is accurate. Here is more background about what's going on.