Tinbergen building to be demolished

Oxford University has announced that the Tinbergen building is to be demolished and replaced with new state-of-the-art facilities. Tinbergen was abandoned in February 2017 after absestos was discovered in the building and has been empty ever since. The new centre will house the Departments of Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology which were once hosted […]

Continue Reading

Oxford commemorates end of First World War

On a bright Autumn morning on 11th November, crowds mustered along St. Giles to participate in the Remembrance Day service marking the initiation of the armistice and the end of fighting in the First World War. The service was led by faith leaders, including the Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker, Bishop of Oxford Rt Revd Steven Croft, […]

Continue Reading

Big man, bigger mountain: one man’s odyssey to Africa’s greatest peak

Image credit: Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons. Description: Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s 3am. I’m stumbling uncontrollably. It’s dark, cold and I’m relying entirely on other people to show me where to go. No, I’m not drunk, I’m 5000m or so up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.  Record Scratch.  I bet you’re wondering how I got here? Over a […]

Continue Reading

Brooker’s Merocyanine and Solvatochromism: How a chemical changes colour depending on its solvent

Picture Credit: NileRed (CC BY-SA 4.0) Dissolved in each member of this assortment of vials seen to the right is Brooker’s Merocyanine (or MOED). This prismatic array of solutions arises from very different interactions seen in each vessel between solvent (the liquid) and MOED (the solute). The fascinating property that allows the colour changes is […]

Continue Reading