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Oxford Success in Recent Malaria Vaccine Trials

Oxford University’s Jenner Institute has recently confirmed success in trials for an effective vaccine against malaria. The trial took place in Nanoro, a region in Burkina Faso, and involved 450 children between the ages of 5 and 17. The institute is the same one that trialled the recent AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine’s efficacy has Read More…

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Smartphone addiction in nearly 4/10 students

I thought that social media couldn’t become any larger a part of our lives, but after a year of intense lockdowns and with staying at home becoming the norm, I was wrong. UK citizens spent 46% more time on their phones since July 2020. Children have spent the majority of the day on screens because Read More…

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Detecting seismic waves on Mars: new opportunities for discovery in NASA mission

A spacecraft, named InSight, deployed three years ago to Mars, has been tested in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. Scientists hope that it will be able to detect the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on the surface of Earth’s neighbouring planet next month, helping scientists to better understand the interior structure Read More…

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New Experimental Psychology and Biology Department building approved for construction

A new “Life and Mind Building”, which will be funded and delivered in partnership with Legal and General, is to become home to the University of Oxford Departments of Experimental Psychology and Biology (combining Zoology and Plant Sciences).

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‘Greenwashing’ concerns over £100m INEOS donation for Oxford antimicrobial research

Concerns have been raised over the £100m donation from the petrochemicals company INEOS to create a new Oxford University institute to fight antimicrobial resistance, with the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC) claiming the donation “is a clear example of greenwashing.”

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS donates £100m to new Oxford antimicrobial research institute

The University of Oxford yesterday announced that £100m is being donated by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company INEOS to fund the creation of a new institute researching antimicrobial resistance, called The INEOS Oxford Institute for AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance) Research.

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New Research Finds Psychedelic Substance with Potential to Treat Depression

Research from the University of California published in the journal Nature has found that tabernanthalog (TBG), an analogue of the plant-based substance ibogaine, has anti-addictive and antidepressant effects on rats. These promising results suggest that TBG, which is a non-hallucinogenic, safer form of ibogaine, could be useful in treating addiction and depression in humans. Scientists Read More…