Why "brontosaurus" is no longer a dirty word for dinosaur hunters
A team of palaeontologists is claiming to have "resurrected" Brontosaurus, the famous long-necked, pot-belled dinosaur. No, they haven't conducted some mad DNA cloning experiment. They have built a big ne ...
Twitter maps UK regions happiest about Christmas
Researchers at The University of Manchester have identified Doncaster as being the most positive city in the UK about Christmas, whilst Oxford is the most negative.
Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched
Researchers have completed the first phase of the world's most extensive digital archive of Scottish Gaelic texts as part of a landmark project to revolutionise access and understanding of the language to ...
Physicist demonstrates dictionary definition was dodgy
It is the defining moment that demonstrates a QUT physicist was correct in pointing out a 99-year-old mistake to one of the world's most authoritative dictionaries.
Oxford Nanopore unveils portable genome sequencer – MinION
Selfie tops twerk as Oxford's word of the year
Selfie is the 2013 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday, edging out some stiff competition from twerk.
First papal 'selfie' goes viral on social media
Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a "selfie" photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican.
Oxford Questions seek to pull back the curtain on the foundations of quantum physics
Our ambiguous world of words
(Phys.org) —Ambiguity in language poses the greatest challenge when it comes to training a computer to understand the written word. Now, new research aims to help computers find meaning.
Premiership referees more like to book foreign ethnic minority players
(Phys.org)—A major analysis of referee's decisions in the Premier League has shown that officials are around 15% more likely to book foreign players who are from the same background as the most sizable ethnic minority groups ...
Skeletons found in Oxford could be '10th-century Viking raiders'
(Phys.org) -- Thirty-seven skeletons found in a mass burial site in the grounds of St John's College may not be who they initially seemed, according to Oxford researchers studying the remains.
Nanopore: the Oxford story
Last month Oxford University spinout firm Oxford Nanopore revealed that it is to produce a new DNA sequencing machine the size of a USB stick. ...
Oxford Nanopore announces groundbreaking GridION and MinION gene sequencers
Merriam-Webster adds 'tweet,' other new words
(AP) -- Here's something for your Twitter feed: "Tweet" has earned a spot in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.