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Smart Handpumps are installed in test sites in rural Kenya.

RCUK highlights Oxford's 'innovative' smart handpumps project

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The Research Councils UK is showcasing an Oxford University project which uses mobile phone technology to transmit data on handpump use in rural Kenya. 
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Complex leases 'a major reason for cold, damp flats'

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The Future-proofing Flats report identifies that one particular category of flats, older houses that have been converted into private flats, as the least energy efficient with the highest levels of damp.

Children's centres at risk of losing their welcoming open access services?

Children's centres 'popular but under pressure to deliver more with less’

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The research, commissioned by the UK Government’s Department for Education, suggests that while children’s centres continue to be popular, almost half of the staff are dealing with families 'on social workers' books' who have complex needs and are increasingly the focus of their work.

Supporting police reform in Nigeria

Supporting police reform in Nigeria

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Dr Oliver Owen’s five-year fieldwork study within the Nigerian Police Force is providing unique research evidence for reforms aimed at improving police performance, effectiveness and accountability.

The film changing lives in the Indian Himalayas

The film changing lives in the Indian Himalayas

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Dr Jane Dyson’s documentary on the challenges facing young people in the Indian Himalayas has reached school children, students and policymakers worldwide.

Turning orange into grapefruit

Turning orange into grapefruit

Impact case study

Research in the Department of Chemistry into the action of natural enzymes is finding a commercial application in the global flavours and fragrances market.
Voice analysis for everyone: health monitoring by phone

Voice analysis for everyone: health monitoring by phone

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Dr Ladan Baghai-Ravary is developing a fully automatic system to record and analyse speech, using existing telephone lines. This could lead to dramatic changes in the treatment of patients with speech disorders around the world, especially where smartphones might not be affordable or convenient.

News accessed from smartphones has jumped significantly over the last year.

Mobile users ‘resist use of ads’ in news

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The report finds that many news brands are struggling to cut through on mobile with access to content increasingly mediated by third-parties such as Facebook, Apple and Google.

Newborn with mother.

Study pinpoints what part genes play in the age of first-time mums

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The research was carried out by an international team working on the Sociogenome project, led by the University of Oxford and funded by the European Research Council.

Long delays in resolving immigration cases found to leave many children destitute.

Children in poverty due to UK government’s ‘dysfunctional system’

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It finds that changes by central government to immigration and welfare benefits under the ‘no recourse to public funds’ policy have left local authorities with a duty of care to safeguard children when their parents are precluded from working or accessing benefits.

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Professor Alison Etheridge

Randomness and order

Stepping into Professor Alison Etheridge’s office in the Peter Medawar Building at the east end of South Parks Road, you might be surprised to hear that the focus of her work is randomness. Neat piles of paper sit on the table; tidy rows of books line the shelves. Everything seems very well ordered indeed.
GENEVA - NOVEMBER 30: Antoine Marguier conducts the United Nations Orchestra rehearsal at the Victoria Hall November 30, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The concert supports PVA-Geneva work in Cameroon.

Professor Jonathan Cross

Randomness and order

This series grew out of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) conference ‘Randomness and Order’, at which academics in the fields of quantum physics, music, probability

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Professor Chris Wickham

Randomness and order

What does randomness and order mean in a historical context?In the Randomness and Order conference, I interpreted the randomness question in terms of the historical past and how you turn it into history by ordering it.  

Atomic series. Interplay of lights and fractal elements on the subject of quantum mechanics, particle physics and energy.

Professor Ian Walmsley

Randomness and order

What does randomness and order mean in quantum physics?

Galaxy (Collage from images from www.nasa.gov).

Robert MacLaren and Nightstar

Entrepreneurial academics

Professor Robert MacLaren, from the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, gives us an insight into his life as an entrepreneurial academic surgeon – a busy life, and one that gave rise to a gene therapy for an inherited form of progressive blindness called choroideremia.
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Mina Bekheet and Oxford Biotech

Entrepreneurial academics

Mina Bekheet is a 2nd-year DPhil (PhD) student in the Department of Oncology and co-founder and President of Oxford Biotech (OB), a student-led biotech communication and transfer platform. OB aims to get academia, industry and government to talk to each other and share ideas and, in turn, 'translate innovative science into disruptive business'.
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Husayn Kassai and Onfido

Entrepreneurial academics

A determined group of friends at Oxford University founded Onfido, a successful start-up that has raised $4.5 million in funding to help it grow in new markets (particularly the US). Onfido offers a service that automates background checks on prospective employees before they are accepted for work.
Food at an Indian market

Taxes on goods and services 'linked with increased infant mortality'

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A new study published in The Lancet suggests that taxes on goods and services could potentially increase infant mortality in developing countries because they make it harder for poor families to...
People on the streets of New York

Claims about the decline of the West are ‘exaggerated’

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The publication in the journal, Population Studies, by Professor David Coleman and Associate Professor Stuart Basten, provides a more optimistic demographic picture of the future in the West, in contrast to the commonly accepted narrative.

site of Batadomba-lena in Sri Lanka, where the oldest 20,000 year old teeth were discovered.

Early humans adapted to living in rainforests much sooner than thought

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This study, published in the early online edition of the journal, Science, shows that early modern humans adapted to living in the rainforest for long periods of time.

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