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We are still sharing all things brain 🧠 related for British Science Week!

Don’t forget you can still join in via the link in our bio! Tomorrow we will be revealing the results from our experiment to find out whether cramming or planning for an exam is best.
This is a polarised light imaging of the human brain cerebellar white matter, identifying the microscopic fibre orientation from myelinated axons.

How do birds lay eggs? 🥚🐦 This is the question we are asking in our latest Big Questions podcast episode.

Listen via the link in our bio 🤘

Most new-born mammals and some reptiles emerge from their mothers through the usual channels. But baby birds are stuck cracking open eggshells – but why?

In this week’s Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we are visiting Marie-Claire Koschowitz, evolutionary biologist and asking: Why do birds lay eggs?
Find out via the link in our bio ;-)

Brain Awareness Week 🧠
This picture is a simulation of an axon bundle in brain white matter.
Have you downloaded our free ‘find the brain app?’ Find out more via the link in our bio :-)

We are officially celebrating British Science Week with the launch of our ‘Find the Brain’ 🧠 App and dedicated microsite all about the learning brain!
Take part in our experiment this week as we ask the question does the brain learn better when you cram or when you plan. Full details via the link in our bio!

Picture if of thin bundles of neutrons traversing the main white matter pathways of the brain, reconstructed with diffusion MRI tractography.

It's INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2019 and there's so many fascinating women @uniofoxford - from badger behaviour to aerospace experts, We have explored how our female researchers are leaving no science stone unturned…

Take a look at just some of them via the link in our bio ;-) @womensday #BalanceforBetter #IWD2019 @internationalwomensday_global

NEW ANIMATION…. If we could travel inside our body, shrinking down to a cellular level, we could see how amazing our immune system really is!
The role of the immune system is to protect us against disease or invading threats, such as viruses, bacteria and parasites. But how does it do that? Watch our animation via our link in our bio...

Enabling targeted interventions to reduce the burden of mosquito-borne diseases... The global population at risk from mosquito-borne diseases - including yellow fever, Zika and dengue - is expanding with changes in the distribution of two key mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The spread of these species is largely driven by a combination of factors: human movements and climate change.

Find out more via the link in our bio

Should you cram for exams or should you plan? Find out with @oxford_uni with our brand new app - find the brain!

Throughout British Science Week (11-15th March) we are encouraging as many people as possible to play the app and then we will be revealing the results via the Oxford Sparks Facebook Page at 3pm via a live MRI scan and interview

Plus, we have created a whole micro site dedicated to Oxford research about the learning brain. Find out more via our link in our bio 😊

You can’t turn on the TV or read a newspaper article without a daily reporting of crime. As technology and algorithms advance will there be a computer model that could know us better than ourselves?

In our latest episode of the Big Questions podcast we visited Seena Fazel, Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford to ask the question: Can computers predict crime?
Listen via the link in our bio ;-) #crime #computers #algorithym #predictcrime #psychiatry #oxforduniversity #oxford #research #science #humanbehaviour #technology #repeatoffenders

Astronomers detect hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies... A major new radio sky survey has revealed hundreds of thousands of previously undetected galaxies, shedding new light on many research areas including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve.

An international team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries, including researchers from the University of Oxford, has published the first phase of the survey at unprecedented sensitivity using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope.

Read more via the link in our bio ;-)

Oxford students and Seychellois volunteers team up for an epic beach-clean mission... A group of Oxford graduate students is setting off to spend five weeks taking part in the Aldabra Clean-Up Project – an ambitious collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). The five-strong team supported by The Queen’s College, Oxford, and spanning the Departments of Plant Sciences, Zoology, and Materials Science will be united with seven Seychellois volunteers to achieve an ambitious goal – the cleaning up of Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean, which is badly affected by plastic pollution.

Read more via the link in our bio ;-)

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