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Rise of online work captured in the first Online Labour Index


The 'online gig economy' is a new labour market where employers use online labour platforms to engage workers for piecemeal, short-term or project-based work delivered over the internet.

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The science behind the 1.5 °C climate goal


The ambition of the 2015 Paris Agreement of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took the world by surprise.

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Largest UK trial of treatment for prostate cancer publishes first results

Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Chinese construction workers

China's infrastructure investments 'threaten its economic growth'


The study authored by Atif Ansar, Bent Flyvbjerg, Alexander Budzier and Daniel Lunn is based on the largest dataset of its kind. It analyses 95 large Chinese road and rail transport projects, and 806 transport projects built in rich democracies.

Ethiopian boys want high status jobs but there are scarce opportunities, says research.

The economy's improving but many Ethiopian boys still 'feel hopeless'


A picture has emerged of many boys being taken out of school to work on the family farm or business, or in paid work. Girls had greater flexibility to combine their household responsibilities with their schooling so were able to progress academically.

Liverpool Football Club fans.

Downs as well as the ups of a football club's fortunes build fans' loyalty


Anthropologists have discovered that intense experiences of crucial wins and losses shared with fellow fans bind them more tightly to one another and their club.

The sun emits a solar flare. Such activity increases radioactivity in the atmosphere and this change is detected in tree-rings.

'Clocks' in tree-rings that could reset chronologies across the ancient world


Until now scholars have had only vague evidence for dating when events happened during the earliest periods of civilisation, with estimates being within hundreds of years.


New research challenges Uber's claims about making roads safer


Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Southern California examined whether road traffic deaths related to drunk driving declined in counties where Uber had started operating.

A capuchin using a stone stool to crack a cashew nut in Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil.

Monkeys in Brazil have used stone tools for hundreds of years at least


Researchers say, to date, they have found the earliest archaeological examples of monkey tool use outside of Africa.

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Deaths during heatwave in two cities 'due to man-made climate change'


They calculate that in Paris, the hottest city in Europe during the heatwave in summer 2003, 506 out of 735 summer deaths recorded in the French capital were due to a heatwave made worse by man-made climate change.

Blombos Cave, South Africa.

Innovation of Stone Age humans 'not linked with climate change'


Environmental records obtained from archaeological sites where there are Middle Stone Age deposits are the subject of the study published in the journal, PLOS ONE.

40% of carers said they had not received any support following abuse allegations.

Foster carers facing allegations of abuse 'need better support'


The study drew on 190 records of unproven allegations against foster carers from all over England.

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Different ethnic groups 'not likely to join the same local clubs'


The research, published in the American Sociological Review, focuses on how Turkish and Moroccan immigrants have integrated in the Netherlands in the last decade by looking at joining and leaving rates for sports, leisure and neighbourhood associations of different ethnic composition.

Researching the Reef: fish and coral of the Caribbean

Researching the Reef: fish and coral of the Caribbean


Dominic and Vanessa are DPhil candidates investigating the impact of human activity on the soft corals and fish populations off the coast of Honduras. Their work is supported by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) and Operation Wallacea.

Researchers sampled online conversations around time of Ethiopian elections.

Mapping online hate speech


Researchers from the University of Oxford and Addis Ababa University examined thousands of comments made by Ethiopians on Facebook during four months around the time of  Ethiopia's general election in 2015.

Dancing children

Dancing to the same beat connects groups of children


Around 100 children who took part in the Oxford University study were divided into groups and performed their moves facing one another, wearing headphones for their rhythmic cues.

Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence

Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence


Adolescent to parent violence has remained under-explored and largely unarticulated within the fields of youth justice, domestic violence, policing, and criminology, particularly in the UK. The project aims to map the contours of the problem, exploring how it is defined, experienced and negotiated by parents and adolescents and how violent assaults committed by adolescents within the home are currently processed and managed within the criminal justice system.

Reading of online news.

Half of online users get news from Facebook and other social platforms


Its fifth Digital News Report says the combined effects of the rise of social platforms, an accelerating move to mobile devices and a growing rejection by consumers of online advertising has undermined many of the business models that support quality news.

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Oxford spinout OMass Technologies provides native mass spectrometry to pharma and biotech


OMass Technologies, a spinout from the University of Oxford's Department of Chemistry, is the first company to conquer the challenge of deciphering the interactions of membrane proteins by using...
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Leading female scientists get on their soapboxes

Oxford Science Blog

Some of the UK's top female scientists will be taking to their soapboxes in Oxford this weekend to share their passion for their subjects with the public.


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