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Amazon rainforest

Study identifies global ecosystems most sensitive to changes in climate


The report identifies vital ecologically sensitive areas for ecosystem provision and poverty alleviation. The identification of properties that contribute to the persistence and resilience of ecosystems despite climate change constitutes a research priority of global relevance.

Report finds mismatch between the regulation governing distribution of offline pornography and its online equivalent.

Preventing children from accessing online pornography


The report by a panel of experts lays out the scale of the problem and possible measures to limit and mitigate risks.

Details from portable shrine of Vishnu as Venkateshwara. Credit: The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Fear of divine retribution linked to spread of human civilisations


The researchers conducted games with people of different religions and interviewed them about their beliefs.

Schoolgirls in Zimbabwe

How best to tackle the stigma of menstruation?


Although current results are 'promising', the study concludes that policymakers need to carry out large, comprehensive reviews of such programmes, and also conduct research into any potentially damaging unintended consequences, such as 'outing' menstruating girls in cultures where such behaviour

Caribbean men found to spend most time doing household chores in UK study.

Who does most of the housework in multicultural Britain?


Meanwhile, Indian men report taking on a fairer share of routine housework than white British men – even though Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women report spending significantly more time on housework than white British women.


Man-made climate change helped cause south of England floods, say scientists


Human-induced climate change increased the risk of severe storms like those that hit the south of England in the winter of 2013/14, causing devastating flooding and costing several people their...
The UK petition for Donald Trump to be barred from the UK rapidly succeeded: being signed by more than 500,000 in just days.

Predicting political surprises and uprisings before they happen


The researchers focussed on the digital traces left by tiny acts of political participation to find clues for why movements or campaigns snowball into significant collective action while others quickly fail.

Scales of justice

The public gives its verdict on how ombudsmen deal with complaints


In terms of what was valued most about those dealing with their complaint, the survey revealed the public wanted ombudsman staff to 'keep their word' and wanted the outcome properly explained.

Humanities digital

TORCH's 2016 headline series to be launched with live-streamed event

Oxford Arts Blog

'Humanities and the Digital Age' is the topic of this year’s Annual Headline Series in The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

Women's same-sex marriages outnumbered those of men by 5 to 4, says the research.

'No rush for same-sex weddings when compared with civil partnerships'


The paper published in the journal Family Law, shows there was no rush for same-sex marriages compared with the numbers wanting civil partnerships, which first became available in December 2005 (with the Civil Partnership Act).

Definition of word morality in dictionary

Professor Jeff McMahan

How to live a happy life

Being a morally good, and in some ways self-sacrificing, person is one of the best ways to have a life that is not only objectively good, but also subjectively satisfying. This is something that psychologists have been confirming and I think people have known it for a long time.
Feeding the Mind – With Oily Fish

Feeding the Mind – With Oily Fish


Could a substance found in certain fish help childhood reading scores – and if so how?

Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive at Microsoft, on a visit to Saïd Business School in 2014.

New CEOs who 'talk the talk' drive up stock prices


The study of the effects on stock prices of more than 900 public presentations on strategy by the CEOs of leading American companies revealed that new CEOs who present their strategy within the first 100 days of their appointment can see stock prices rise by an average of 5.3% on presentation day


Professor Will MacAskill

How to live a happy life

Making these decisions about how you spend your income – deciding to live on less in order to give more rather than just spend it on yourself – is an exceptional way to not really make your life any less happy but do huge amounts for other people.
Carimbo dancers of Marajó teach Dr Bronwyn Tarr their traditional dance Image credit: Emanoela Neves

Dr Bronwyn Tarr

How to live a happy life

Our life expectancy is closely linked to our sense of community and the quality of the relationships that make up our communities. The reality is that even in the modern world, we can’t actually get by just on our own – we do rely on friendships to keep us happy and help us live a long and healthy life.

Professor Liz Tunbridge

How to live a happy life

Psychiatric disorders are the disorders of what makes us human, they’re the disorders of social interactions with other people, of how you perceive the world and I found that absolutely fascinating.
BAGAN, MYANMAR - DEC 6: Unidentified young Buddhism novices at Shwezigon temple on Dec 6, 2014 in Bagan. Buddhism is predominantly of the Theravada tradition, practised by 89% of the population.

Professor Richard Gombrich

How to live a happy life

What messages does Buddhism give about how we can be content or ‘happy’?

Shared bad experiences at the hands of hostile outsiders can lead to 'identity fusion'.

'Shared bad memories' bind fighters and terrorists to their groups


Previous research has shown that such extreme behaviour can be driven by 'identity fusion', a strong sense of ‘oneness’ with their group.

Songs and games learned at children's centres were adopted in the home.

Children's centres 'improve parenting skills of disadvantaged families'


An Oxford University study says children’s centres across England have successfully reached out to support vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities, especially in supporting parenting...
US dollars

‘$20 billion of hidden fees charged by private equity firms’


Dr Ludovic Phalippou, Associate Professor of Finance at the Saïd Business School, and his coauthors Dr Christian Rauch and Professor Dr Mark Umber examined the portfolio fees of 592 US companies worth $1.1 trillion in total.


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