Darwin 200: humanity's roots

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

Darwin famously delayed his masterwork, On the Origin of Species, over concerns about how it would be received.

Darwin 200: worms & vertebrates

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

I asked Peter Holland of Oxford's Department of Zoology about early vertebrates, worms and us:

Butterfly mimics 'talk' like ants

To most people the idea that ants communicate using sound is pretty surprising.

So how much more surprising is that these ant sounds (in particular queen ant sounds) are mimicked by the pupae and caterpillars of an ant parasite: the Rebel's Large Blue butterfly?

Dementia: a million challenges

This week the government announced a new five-year strategy to improve the quality of treatment of dementia in England.

Locusts pick swarms as lesser evil

You are starving, a prolonged drought means the nearest remaining food lies across miles of desert full of hungry predators ready to gobble you up: what do you do?

If you are a Desert locust you undergo a Jekyll & Hyde style transformation and turn from a shy, solitary individual into a gregarious, swarming migrant.

Calling all brain donors

In a recent study, Professor Margaret Esiri of the Department of Clinical Neurology set out to try and find changes in a deep part of the human brain that might be associated with autism.

Cosmic rays in MINOS's labyrinth

In this week's Geophysical Research Letters Oxford's Scott Osprey and Giles Barr report how data collected from the MINOS experiment in a disused US iron-mine is shedding light on what's happening 20 miles up in the Earth's stratosphere.

Interview: Graham Richards talks spin-outs

In his new book Graham Richards, who recently retired from Oxford where he was Head of Chemistry, tells the story of his involvement in technology transfer, launching the spin-out Oxford Molecular Ltd and his role in the founding of the University's technology transfer company,

Did you miss? Birds, zoos and bugs

 Highlights from OU science in the news this week:

Where does the Manx Shearwater go on its 20,000km migration?

A team of scientists including Oxford's Tim Guilford have been following the seabird on its travels using electronic tags.