What does Hollywood get right and wrong when science is in the storyline?
In this week’s episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we are diving into the world of TV and films and looking at what comes first: the science or the storyline?
We take a look at popular films including: Star Wars, The Martian, Gravity, Terminator, Chain Reaction as well as popular TV drama Mr Robot.
To help us find...
How do you teach a machine to drive a car?
You may have seen the story last year about an electric pod travelling 1.25 miles (2km) through pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes, reaching speeds of up to 15mph while having to cope with walkers and cyclists while missing one key feature – a driver.
Fully automated cars were once only seen in sci-fi movies, but new technology is...
I have always been fascinated by how and why things work. In particular, when I was at school, I was interested in engines and fuels; but the engineering answers I was given didn’t always satisfy my curiosity, so I started looking into the chemistry of the fuels themselves - this led me to studying Chemistry at the University of Oxford. For my...
How fast is Greenland moving?
Greenland has some many fascinating facts like it’s the world's largest island, it belongs to Denmark, it actually isn’t that green but mostly covered in ice. But did you know that Greenland is actually on the move?
To walk us through how an ice sheet moves, we visited Professor Ian Hewitt from Mathematical Institute Oxford to ask the...
How open should open data be?
Do you remember life before Citymapper? Thanks to Transport for London opening its data, a new wave of innovative transport apps were made possible. This is just one example of how open data has contributed to our everyday lives financially, socially, culturally and more.
Open data impacts everybody. Through it we can access healthcare...