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Is Deference to Supernatural Beings Present in Infancy?

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The FINANCIAL -- From shamans and mystics to cult leaders and divine kings, why have people throughout history accorded high status to people believed to have supernatural powers? According to a study led by researchers from the University of Oxford, this tendency to attribute social dominance to such individuals is rooted in early development…

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Is Deference to Supernatural Beings Present in Infancy?

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The FINANCIAL -- From shamans and mystics to cult leaders and divine kings, why have people throughout history accorded high status to people believed to have supernatural powers? According to a study led by researchers from the University of Oxford, this tendency to attribute social dominance to such individuals is rooted in early development…

Researchers Say We Don’t Know How Most Mammals Will Respond to Climate Change

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The FINANCIAL -- Researchers at the University of Oxford, alongside international collaborators, have found that there is a significant knowledge gap in the risks posed by climate change to mammals.…

Children Learned ‘Little or Nothing’ During School Closures, Despite Online Learning

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The FINANCIAL -- School closures in the last year have led to serious learning losses, with primary-age school pupils making virtually no progress studying at home, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, published in Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Learning losses were particularly pronounced…

One of the world’s most secretive mammals photographed in WildCRU’s Togo survey

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The FINANCIAL -- Researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford, confirmed that it has captured the first ever images of Walter’s duiker (Philantomba walteri) alive in the wild according to University of Oxford.…

Oxford research given significant boost to develop lithium-rich battery cathodes

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The FINANCIAL -- A team of scientists, including those based at the University of Oxford as part of the Faraday Institution CATMAT project, researching next-generation cathode materials have made a significant breakthrough in understanding oxygen-redox processes involved in lithium-rich cathode materials, according to University of Oxford.…

Existing vaccines may protect against the Brazilian coronavirus variant

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The FINANCIAL --  Scientists at the University of Oxford have released pre-print data measuring the level of antibodies that can neutralise – or stop infection from – variants that are circulating in South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere.…

Thousands of children have not seen parents for a year: hidden impact of COVID on prisoners’ families

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The FINANCIAL -- Much has been heard about the devastating impact of COVID-19 on families, torn apart by lockdown restrictions. But Oxford research today has found thousands of children in the UK, have not seen their parents for a year according to University of Oxford.…

Regular meat consumption linked with a wide range of common diseases

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The FINANCIAL -- Regular meat consumption is associated with a range of diseases that researchers had not previously considered, according to a large, population-level study conducted by a team at the University of Oxford.…

Drug trial that could improve respiratory recovery from COVID-19 now underway

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The FINANCIAL -- According to University of Oxford, a clinical trial has commenced this week to test whether a drug called Almitrine can help people who are seriously ill with COVID-19 to recover from the disease.…

On a mission: Innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems

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The FINANCIAL -- The World’s First Conservation Venture Studio has today been launched, with a mission to bring forward novel and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. OXGAV, as it will be known, is a partnership between the University of Oxford, Global Accelerated Ventures and the university’s research commercialisation arm, Oxford University…

Severe flood threat caused by climate change – landmark Oxford study

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The FINANCIAL -- For the first time, researchers have proved human-caused global warming is directly responsible for creating a ‘critical threat’ of a devastating outburst flood - putting a city of some 120,000 people in the path of potential floodwaters, according to new research from the University of Oxford and the University of Washington, published…

Oxford academics team up with charity to help disadvantaged babies & toddlers

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The FINANCIAL — Developmental psychologists at University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University have raised enough money to provide outdoor baby and toddler weather gear for 70 local families. The rain-sets, provided at discount by Wet Wednesdays, have been distributed by volunteers from Home-Start Oxford to disadvantaged families struggling this winter. The researchers were inspired…

National COVID-19 Infections Survey reveals changes to pandemic over time

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The FINANCIAL -- Data from the National COVID-19 Infection Survey, done in partnership between the University of Oxford, the Office of National Statistics, Public Health England, University of Manchester and the Wellcome Trust, has revealed detailed characteristics of England’s coronavirus pandemic, including which factors have contributed most to case numbers over different phases and the…

UK-piloted space telescope to untangle cosmos’ mysteries

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The FINANCIAL — The European Space Agency has given the green light to the world’s first space telescope dedicated to studying how exoplanet atmospheres form and evolve Its mission is to understand the links between a planet’s chemistry and its environment by charting approximately 1,000 known planets outside our own Solar System, arming scientists with…

Obesity is a cause of kidney disease, new research says

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The FINANCIAL — Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered that obesity can increase the chances of someone developing kidney disease. Funded by Kidney Research UK and the Medical Research Council, this new study has found that fat all over the body increases risk, not just fat around the middle (tummy fat), and suggests…