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 crystallography to determine the structure and...
Listen to podcasts on the science of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.
The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division is one of the four academic divisions of the University of Oxford. They have over 6,000 students and research staff, and generate over half of our funding from external research grants. They collaborate closely with colleagues in Oxford across the medical sciences, social sciences and...
Transits of Venus online exhibition
The observations of the Transits of Venus in the 18th and 19th centuries sought to determine the dimensions of the solar system. They were international collaborations on an unprecedented scale; collaborations that rose above war and personal conflict. Expeditions were sent all over the world and their data was collected and analysed by the...
Scientists, solar eclipses, and smartphones
‘Interdisciplinary collaboration’ is a phrase familiar to many scientists. It is tied into funding applications, policy decisions, and teaching. But sometimes, it is the wonder of science and science alone that brings people from all different walks of life...
Light, sleep and brain rhythms
Learn more about how our brains are affected by light and dark, and what this means for our sleep.
Victorian optical toys online exhibition
Origins 1 - Origins of the universe
Professor Jo Dunkley explains how we can look back in time at the light from the early Universe. This ultra-cold light can be used to create a picture from soon after the Big Bang.
With no stars or galaxies, the image formed shows a universe that was just starting to grow the features we see today.
Oxford May Music - The Dark Side - "Pitch Black"
Featuring Professors Russell Foster & Ron Douglas & The Phronesis Jazz Trio
The Centre of the Universe
What’s at the centre of the Universe? Or, to put it another way, where did the Big Bang happen?
Fourteen billion years ago, the universe began with a big bang. The whole universe expanded from this single point. Where is that point? What’s there now?
Lockdown Walks - What's that solar panel doing?
Have you ever walked down the street and seen a rooftop covered in black shiny panels? Ever wondered exactly what they are and what they're doing? In this episode of 'Lockdown Walks' we're talking SOLAR PANELS. Sit back, relax, and let Sebastian Bonilla tell you all about them...Then why not see if you can spot some on your next walk?