How Science Works
How tricky is it to make a COVID-19 tracing app?
As we search for a way out of the global coronavirus crisis, there’s been plenty of discussion surrounding a potential COVID-19 tracing app. Many of us carry a mobile phone with us wherever we go, so it seems logical to use this pre-existing infrastructure in the transition towards a ‘new normal’. But how tricky is it to make such an app? What’...
What's in the Indian Ocean?
Much less is known about the Indian Ocean than either the Atlantic or Pacific. It's also less protected. What secrets lie beneath the waves? What new species wait to be discovered…? Dr Paris Stefanoudis tells us all about the Nekton project, its past and planned missions, and the role it’s playing in helping us to find out “What’s in the Indian...
I was obsessed with animals from childhood and was very lucky to have a parent that happily indulged my passion. It was a logical choice to study Zoology when I finished school, and I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Zoology in 2011 before completing an MRes in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation at Imperial College...
Lectures from the Oxford Earth Sciences Department
Learn about the fascinating topics being studied in the Earth Sciences department - from meteor impacts, to climate change, to the formation of planetary systems. Click the link below to access a series of 9 lectures on diverse topics:
Imagine a never-ending power-cut, or getting a sore throat because your light at home is coming from a kerosene candle. For over 600 million people in Africa, this is the daily reality as they do not have reliable access to electricity, especially in rural communities. I want to help to change that through my research, which is looking for...
Using your science to explore the climate history of Mars
Mars today is colder than Antarctica and drier than the Sahara — but scratch just beneath its dusty red coating and tales of a different planet emerge. The young Mars of three billion years ago was an Earth-like place of rain, rivers, and perhaps even oceans. Though long-gone, the rocks remember. In the lab, and through a simple understanding...
What did Hollywood get right and wrong in these movies?
King Kong, PI, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and Superman III. What do these 4 films have in common? SCIENCE! They caught attention of one film fan Edwin Davies. On this episode of the Big Questions podcast we are separating the fact and fiction and asking the question: What did Hollywood get right and wrong in these movies?
I’m a mathematician who applies maths to cancer and medicine – I didn’t even realise that existed when I was at school! I studied Maths and Philosophy at the University of Southampton and became interested in applied maths there, but I always thought that “applying maths” to real world problems meant “doing some sort of physics”.
Saturday Science Club - Festive Fun in Abingdon
Create a Winter Wonderland by making your own snow, growing sugar crystals for holiday treats and decorating your own super-slime Christmas tree to take home. A whole stocking-full of festive fun!
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Download a mineral mastermind game
Think you've got what it takes to be a mineral mastermind? This is a card game for two or more friends which you can download and print off at home. Use your knowledge of minerals to do battle over which minerals are the hardest, shiniest, most colourful, and so on!
For links to the card game and a full set of rules, click below...