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Elephants get emotional

It's no secret that OxSciBlog likes elephants but how do they feel about us and each other?

BBC 1's The Secret Life of Elephants [starts 14 Jan, 9 pm] intends to answer this question by giving us the gamut of elephant emotion from love and lust, through jealousy, fear and anger to grief.

Interview: Helen Mardon talks stem cells

Professor Helen Mardon is codirector of the Oxford Stem Cell Institute, part of the James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford. I asked her about the potential for stem cell research:

Did you miss? Christmas round-up

Highlights from Oxford science in the news over Christmas:

Could that Christmas chocolate and wine have done you some good?

Yule blog: robins exposed

A helping of seasonal science in which Oxford's Joseph Tobias exposes the scandalous life of the robin:

Probes to kick-start drug discovery

‘Epigenetics is a blossoming area of science,’ says Dr Chas Bountra, chief scientist at the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) in Oxford. ‘We believe it will deliver new drugs for many common diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and inflammatory diseases.’

Yule blog: ancient ice skating

A helping of seasonal science in which Oxford's Federico Formenti tells me about research into the origins of ice skating:

Ask OxSciBlog: under pressure

As part of our 'Any questions?' campaign a question sent in by Silvan Griffith is answered by Claire Vallance from Oxford's Department of Chemistry.

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Accelerate! entertains with physics

This week sees the launch of Accelerate! a programme of interactive physics show for Oxford schools.

The aim is to bring the excitement of particle and accelerator physics to ages 11 and up: the fun kicks off with a launch event this Friday.

Did you miss? Meters, docs & binocs

Highlights from OU science in the news this week:

Could your electricity meter save £££s and the planet?

That's the hope behind the smart meter technology being developed by Oxford spinout Intelligent Sustainable Energy, as Martin Arnold reports in the FT.

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