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The benefits of being made to experiment: Striking evidence from the London Tube

The benefits of being made to experiment: Striking evidence from the London Tube


Oxford researchers analysis of the London Tube strike in 2014 found that despite the inconvenience to tens of thousands of people, the strike actually produced a net economic benefit, due to the number of people who found more efficient ways to get to work.


Taxes on profit create high social costs


New research from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation estimates that for every £100 of corporation tax collected by HMRC, there is a cost to society as high as £29.
Do people who move together bond together?

Do people who move together bond together?


Emma Cohen, Arran Davis and Jacob Taylor of Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology are examining the causal links between exertion and cooperation, and between social support and performance.

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'Welfare cuts mean charities struggle to meet migrants' needs'


The research, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, shows that small charities and faith organisations are critical service providers for this vulnerable group, which includes a significant proportion of British children.

Tom Hart

To the Zooniverse and beyond

Impact case study

Harnessing the time and skills of millions of volunteers worldwide is proving to be an extremely powerful way of driving research in fields as diverse as history, zoology, physics and even the response to humanitarian disasters.

Nieduszynski group to launch innovative genome replication analysis project


Furthering the understanding of genome replication is critical to advancing insights into the mechanisms behind genomic disorders such as cancer, and the Nieduszynski group has secured funding from the Biotecchnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to do just that.

Bioengineering for vaccine development project gets BBSRC funding


"Bioengineering for vaccine development" is the focus of an innovative research project by the Sattentau group launched in April 2016 and funded by the BBSRC.


#HugaBrit: the science of hugs and why they (mostly) feel so good

The Conversation

“Hugging it out” is often touted as a good way to solve a problem. Now a group of Europeans have decided that that’s all Britons need to convince them to stay in the EU.

Wellcome Trust support to Acuto group's autoimmunity research continues


It is hoped a better understanding and treatment of autoimmunity will be the outcome of research by Oreste Acuto following a grant award from the Wellcome Trust in April 2016, building on a decade of support from the organisation.

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Pro-Trump camp 'colonised' pro-Clinton Twitter campaign


A growing number of political movements are employing both people and 'bots' to shape political conversations and influence election results. Bots can deliver news and information but also undertake malicious activities, while passing as human users.


Choir singing improves health, happiness – and is the perfect icebreaker

The Conversation

A decade ago, any mention of a choir would probably have brought Sunday morning hymns to mind. But there’s been a revolution in attitudes towards joining the local choir.

Dunn School new recruit secures Wellcome Trust funding to understand ER-associated protein degradation


New Dunn School group leader Pedro Carvalho has secured Wellcome Trust funding for research into ER-associated protein degradation.
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Getting it 'just right' in the immune system


Two Kennedy Institute scientists have proposed a solution to a puzzle of the human immune system: how our immune system scales its response in proportion to any threat to our health to make it 'just right'.

How cute things hijack our brains and drive behaviour

The Conversation

What is the cutest thing you have ever seen? Chances are it involves a baby, a puppy or another adorable animal. And chances are it is forever imprinted on your mind. But what exactly is this powerful attractive force and how is it expressed in the brain?
Pokemon Go

What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation?


The augmented reality game, designed for mobile devices, allows users to capture, battle and train virtual creatures called Pokémon that appear on screen as if part of the real-world environment.

Nomadic reindeer herders in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of West Siberia.

Reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked with retreating sea ice


Scientists interviewed nomadic reindeer herders in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of West Siberia, the world’s most productive reindeer herding region, to examine how global warming is affecting their way of life.

modern and archaic humans

Genetic studies reveal diversity of early human populations – and pin down when we left Africa

The Conversation

Amazingly, all humans alive today – from the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego on the southern tip of the Americas to the Sherpa in the Himalayas and the mountain tribes of Papua New Guinea – came from one common ancestor.

Why cutting spending on public health is a false economy

The Conversation

Public health spending is under threat. This despite the fact that increasing investment in prevention is the foundation of a sustainable NHS. Cutting these budgets is alarmingly short-termist and indicates a fundamental failure of the government to understand the changing nature of health and disease in the UK.
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Study reveals why the brain can’t forget amputated limbs, even decades later

The Conversation

Amputees often report the phenomenon of “phantom limbs”, where they can still sense the presence of missing fingers, hands, arms, feet or legs, and even feel pain where the amputated parts once were.

Want to be popular? You’d better follow some simple moral rules

The Conversation

Imagine that an out of control trolley is speeding towards a group of five people. You are standing on a footbridge above, next to a large man. If you push him off the bridge onto the track below, his body will stop the trolley before it hits the five people. He will die, but the five others will be saved. Should you push the man off the bridge?


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