Current Affairs Science & Tech News

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…

Current Affairs Science & Tech News

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).

Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland, source: Wikimedia Commons
Current Affairs Environment News Science & Tech News

‘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.”

Current Affairs Science & Tech News

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.

Current Affairs Science & Tech News

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…

Current Affairs Science & Tech News

Oxford and Google research shows that tracing apps are effective at reducing COVID-19 impact

Research has found that the number of infections, deaths and hospitalisations caused by COVID-19 could be reduced through digital contact tracing systems, when used alongside other measures like social distancing and effective testing. A team of researchers from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine and Google Research have used data from three counties Read More…