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Bringing back the big beasts: conservation for the 21st century?

The idea of bringing back big beasts, or 'megafauna', is certainly an intriguing one. Many of its proponents, who recently gathered in Oxford for the first conference of its kind, are themselves larger than life characters, and are pushing fo... Read More »


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Economic inequality: Why we're not 'all in it together'

  The long ignored issue of inequality is now center stage in the global debate about economic policy. The collapse of the global financial system in 2007 and 2008 and resulting economic downturn and debt crises have acted as a catalyst f... Read More »

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Computer science is certainly no longer a male preserve

Has the gender balance changed in computer science? Well, the recent Oxbridge Women in Computer Science Conference, held in Cambridge on 27 February, was proof that the number of women involved in computer science is increasing. And I belie... Read More »

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Do we have a reverse gear?

Imagine you wake from a deep sleep to discover that you are at the helm of a supertanker which is heading at high speed towards some cliffs. The instrument panel is unresponsive and you are unable to steer – crashing into the rocks seems inevit... Read More »

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The innovation tree, overshadowed in the innovation forest

Many have pronounced the era of innovation dead, peace be to its soul. From Tyler Cowen's decree that we've picked all the low hanging fruit of innovation, through Robert Gordon's idea that further innovation growth is... Read More »

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Organic Farming Benefits Go Beyond The Food, Into The Field

Organic farming is a trade off: it prohibits the use of certain chemicals and inorganic fertilisers, which usually results in lower yields, and hence higher prices. With arguments about health benefits inconclusive, one might ask what reasons there a... Read More »

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New theory probes the fundamental limits of technology

What are the fundamental limits of technology?  A new paper from Professor David Deutsch describes an innovative new approach to how to think about physics and the terminal state of technology. 'Constructor Theory' draws on von Neuman... Read More »

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Climate change is already affecting Nepal's breadbasket - how can farmers there prepare for the future?

Jessica Thorn reports from Nepal on her work with the Systemic Integrated Adaptation programme of CCAFS (Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security), and reveals what adapting to climate change to ensure food security means... Read More »

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"Don’t count on nanotechnology to find the ‘fix’ for C02 emissions"

“Imagine what the world might be like if we were really good at making things, better things, cleanly, inexpensively and on a global scale. “ That is the world of radical abundance imagined in Dr Eric Drexler’s latest book. In an... Read More »

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Taking drones out of the warzone? Advantages and concerns for drone use in everyday life

Discussion about drones has to date mostly centred around their use in military operations in the Middle East. Public opinion has been predominantly negative; however, part of the problem was that discussions about the technology itself has been diff... Read More »

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Robert Rogers and Paul Van Lange on Social Dilemmas

In a joint event on November 15th, Prof Robert Rogers and Prof Paul van Lange presented their scientific work related to social dilemmas. Social dilemmas are situations in which private interests conflict with collective interests. This ... Read More »

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Food, health and the environment: towards a more sustainable diet

On November 27, Professor Susan Jebb,  Professor of Diet and Population Health at the University of Oxford's Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, gave the first annual lecture for the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of... Read More »