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Oxford Sparks Big Questions

Jul 3, 2024

Scientists are returning to the moon, but when they get there, what time is it?

Dr Carly Howett from the Department of Physics explains the basics: what time is, and how we found a globalised way of understanding time zones so we can meet for a 3pm coffee or international video call, and everyone is in the right place...


Jun 19, 2024

Discover how the ancient art of origami is revolutionising sustainable energy!

Researcher Jingyi Yang, from the Department of Engineering Science, has loved origami since childhood. Now she’s channelling that passion to tackle engineering challenges. Using the intricate papercraft to develop clam-like models,...


Jun 5, 2024

When you think of fossils, you probably imagine dinosaurs. But did you know that soft body parts, like the brain, can become fossils too? 

In this episode, forensic anthropologist Alexandra Morton-Hayward explores the science of brain fossilisation. Skeletons have been found in wells, Incan temples, salt mines and many...


May 22, 2024

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head that you just can't shake? A few bars or lyrics that just keep looping all day long? Well, we have delved into the science behind 'earworms' with Dr Jacob Kingsbury Downs from the Faculty of Music.

A melodic mix of musical imagery, auditory neuroscience, memory and impressive...


May 8, 2024

Are seals the fishermen's friends or foes? The UK is home 35% of the world’s grey seals and we know they like to get their flippers on many of the same fish as we do. So, how are seals impacting the fishing industry?

In our latest podcast, Dr Claire Tanner from the Department of Biology explores the unseen conflict...