Flu Vaccine Spinout Secures a Further £20m in Funding

Vaccitech, an Oxford University spinout company developing a universal flu vaccine, among other vaccine-related products, has secured £20 million in Series A financing. 

Finding the Tipping Point for Sleep

Sleep is essential for many aspects of normal life, but how we actually fall asleep remains a mystery.

Weighing Massive Stars in Nearby Galaxy Reveals Excess of Heavyweights

An international team of astronomers has revealed an 'astonishing' overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

Children's Screen-Time Guidelines Too Restrictive, According to New Research

Digital screen use is a staple of contemporary life for adults and children, whether they are browsing on laptops and smartphones, or watching TV. Paediatricians and scientists have long expressed concerns about the impact of overusing technology on people’s wellbeing. However, new Oxford University research suggests that existing guidance managing children’s digital media time may not be as beneficial as first thought.

Why The World Needs to Rethink The Value of Water

Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice.

Dual Project Supports Understanding of Climate Change and Astronomy

A team of researchers from across the country will work together to design a satellite instrument, which will sit on board the International Space Station (ISS). The technology will monitor the complex interaction between the Earth’s upper atmosphere and the climate, and could advance our understanding of earth observations and aeronomy. 

Is Grass-Fed Beef Good or Bad for the Climate?

An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change, adding clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption. 

Worm Study Reveals Role of Stem Cells in Cancer

A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has used flat worms to look at the role of migrating stem cells in cancer.

Low-Level Radiation Less Harmful to Health Than Other Lifestyle Risks

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear.  Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusion for the public and for policy makers.  

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.Printing high-resolution living tissues is hard to do, as the cells often move within printed structures and can collapse on themselves. But, led by Professor Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology in Oxford’s Department of Chemistry, the team devised a way to produce tissues in self-contained cells that support the structures to keep their shape.