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Oxford Sparks Big Questions

Feb 14, 2024

Have you ever considered when kissing first started? Who, or what, first decided that this was a good way to show affection?

 

Ancient historian, Troels Pank Arbøll, and hedgehog researcher, Sophie Lund Rasmussen, joined forces to attempt to find an answer. Cuneiform scripts, which are the world’s oldest written...


Jan 31, 2024

How do we battle the energy use and soaring costs required to keep our homes warm?

We spoke to Dr Brenda Boardman from the Environmental Change Institute about the best ways to keep out the winter chill. Did you know that draughts not only let cold air in, but they also push the warm out of your home? And that sitting...


Jan 17, 2024

People have been interested in wine growing and quality vintages since the Roman times, but as the climate warms, what does this mean for the future of wine growers in the UK (and beyond)?

 

Andrew Wood, from the Department of Biology, has been studying the records of wine critics, which reveal much more than whether...


Dec 13, 2023

As we count down to the festive season and the days get colder, will we see a white Christmas this year? In the last episode of the Big Questions podcast for 2023, Dr Neven Fučkar from the Environmental Change Institute tells us more about the science behind weather forecasts and how climate change is impacting...


Nov 29, 2023

Lions are iconic species, but they are threatened with extinction. In Zambia, researchers and conservationists are working together to find ways of conserving these majestic animals and preventing them from becoming by-catch of poaching. In this new episode of the Big Questions podcast, we speak to Dr Egil Dröge from...