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Seeking pleasure: food, sex & music

‘Pleasure is fundamental to us,’ says Morten Kringelbach who holds a dual appointment as senior research fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University and professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. He should know – he’s been studying the basis of pleasure and how the emotion is generated by the brain.

Celebrate with a slice of pi

Did you know that the origins of the number pi can be traced back at least as far as ancient Egypt?

Plants, sex & Darwin

John Pannell of Oxford's Department of Plant Sciences has been studying the mysteries of plant sexuality using Annual Mercury [Mercurialis annua].

What's eating the Small Tortoiseshell?

Owen Lewis of Oxford's Department of Zoology is investigating the decline of the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae).

Robots get sense of 'déjà vu'

Software that gives robots a sense of ‘déjà vu’ is the key to them operating effectively in unfamiliar environments, as New Scientist reports in an article on the work of Oxford engineers.

Slime cities & bacteria signals

Stuart West, who recently joined Oxford's Department of Zoology, has just published in Current Biology about his research into how bacteria cells interact.

I asked Stuart about what bacteria working together or cheating each other means for infection in humans:

Serendipity & seeing in STEREO

I really enjoyed this article in New Scientist about Lagrangian points - 'dead zones' in the solar system where opposing forces cancel out gravity and all kinds of items from cosmic dust to asteroids may accumulate becalmed.

Galaxy Zoo 2: meet the mergers

Today saw the launch of Galaxy Zoo 2: the project that enables web users to contribute to research into galaxies and how they evolve.

Darwin 200: CD: 21st Century scientist

All this week we're celebrating Darwin and the advances in evolutionary theory that have built upon his work.

From The Beagle to the beard Charles Darwin and his world seem rather distant from our lives today: little wonder perhaps, as so much has changed in 200 years.