A scientific oddity: Does being sexually aroused trump disgust?

We’re all grossed out by things like eating a biscuit with a worm in it, or putting someone else’s used pants in the washing basket, but a study at the University of Groningen has found that women are less likely to be repulsed by disgusting things, if they are sexually aroused. This research builds on […]

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A difficult path to walk well: Technological Innovation

At the heart of technological innovation is the transformation of scientific or engineering research into novel commercial products. Innovative technologies can solve problems, generate improvements, and drive change in the way we do almost everything. Creating and exploiting such technologies has great potential for economic gain, for both the innovator and wider society. Big business […]

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Caught red-handed – the truth about lie detectors

This September, Gary Smith was charged with involuntary manslaughter of fellow Army Ranger and roommate Michael McQueen in 2006. According to the jury, he was guilty; according to the latest brain scanning technology, he was innocent. Which do you trust more? The technology under question is fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which is capable of […]

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Technology: Meeting healthcare demands affordably

Meeting healthcare needs affordably is truly a global challenge. Rapidly expanding populations, fast changing lifestyles and demographics all over the world make the issue manifold and complicated. Even in countries with well-developed healthcare infrastructures such as the UK, which has relatively straightforward access to care, affordability is not to be taken for granted. We are […]

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How to snag the perfect college spouse in ten days…

“…To love and to cherish, till death us do part.” Those words – uttered by the besotted, the head-over-heels-in-love and in my humble opinion, the brave – promise eternal bliss in the holy state of matrimony. Whilst the thought of walking the isle may be far from your thoughts as you embark on your highly […]

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Through the looking glass – the feelings behind the façade

What we would give to know what that person is thinking… and maybe, we are one step closer to scientifically reading people’s emotions. It sounds extraordinary and it is. This summer, a very high-tech pair of glasses hit the market: the O2 Amps. Their purpose extends beyond providing the usual shade by reflecting and absorbing […]

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Shaken, not stirred: does tasty Vodka actually exist?

“Work hard, play hard” is perhaps the national motto of students surging through the gates of universities topping the league tables this year. Oxonians are no exceptions, with freshers stumbling into their (or a new friend’s) college room after a night out pumping their best moves. But, your student budget might crumble under the pressure […]

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Transient electronics which ‘melt in the body’

When it comes to development in electronics, we expect to see a trend towards smaller, faster and longer lasting devices.  However, a team of researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University are working on ‘transient electronics’ which physically disappear over time in a controlled way.  Aside from reducing the amount of consumer electronics […]

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Over the past year, mobile data usage within the UK has doubled.  As more and more people purchase smartphones and other mobile devices, the demand for faster, more reliable, data services has increased dramatically.  A new generation of cellular standards has appeared approximately every decade since 1G systems were introduced in 1981.  Each successive generation […]

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Melting ice fields contributing to climate change

Recent studies in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres have shown ice fields to be melting at a rate that is much higher than previously predicted.  White ice reflects sunlight, helping keep the atmosphere cool, but as it melts, a vicious cycle is created as more sunlight is absorbed and the air temperature increases further. […]

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