Latest Oxford University Stories

2011-07-27 10:50:00

Researchers from Oxford University studying the eye sockets and brain capacity of 55 human skulls from 12 different populations across the world found people from northern parts of the world evolved bigger brains and larger eyes, aiding in coping with long, dark winters and dim skies, Reuters is reporting. "Having bigger brains doesn't mean that higher latitude humans are smarter, it just means they need bigger brains to be able to see well where they live," explained Eiluned Pearce from...

2011-07-21 11:10:00

A new study led by Oxford University has concluded that some of the most common and deadly cancers are more prevalent for taller women than they are for shorter females, The Guardian is reporting. Although height is known to affect cancer risk, this latest research published in the Lancet Oncology shows that taller women have a higher risk of getting at least 10 types of cancer, more than previously thought. They include breast, bowel, ovarian and skin cancer, leukemia and malignant...

2011-07-13 13:14:42

Researchers say intervening early during teen years may help to prevent adult problems later Training teenagers to look at social situations positively could help those with anxiety and may help prevent problems persisting into adult life, new research from Oxford University is beginning to suggest. The researchers found that tasks designed to prompt either positive or negative interpretations of unclear situations can shift how healthy teenagers think about such events. The approach is...

2011-07-07 07:49:48

An Oxford University researcher is developing a pair of eyeglasses that will allow people with poor or limited vision to see again. The glasses, which use technology typically seen in smartphones and gaming consoles, is one of the main attractions of this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in Britain. "We want to be able to enhance vision in those who've lost it or who have little left or almost none,' said Dr. Stephen Hicks of the Department of Clinical Neurology at Oxford...

2011-06-15 13:40:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's uncertain economic climate, one thing is definite - anyone can get fired. Presidents, vice presidents, general managers and yes, even CEOs get fired! What separates the front-page headlines from quiet, amicable splits is what that executive or entrepreneur negotiated before employment began or how well they were represented after termination. For the practitioner looking to represent these executives and entrepreneurs or the...

2011-05-11 00:00:28

The Medical Sciences Division Learning Technologies Department of The University of Oxford ranks ZK, the leading Java web framework in the industry, as the best Ajax framework to build high performance Student Record Systems. The system based on ZK is used in a wide range of departmental administration units across the Division replacing multiple spreadsheets that were previously used to manage student information. (PRWEB) May 10, 2011 The Medical Sciences Division Learning Technologies...

2011-03-30 12:35:00

Unicorn Media Technology Platform Provides Syndication and Analytics Across any Platform TEMPE, Ariz., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unicorn Media, Inc., a leading digital media management provider, today announced that its patented technology platform and robust API now support leading mobile app company, Handmark to syndicate video content to thousands of mobile devices including BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, webOS and others. With more than 10 years of experience, Handmark...

2011-03-26 08:35:00

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the premier dictionary of the English language and published by Oxford University Press, has added a new list of words and expressions to its already 600,000-long list.In its latest online update, OED has listed such expressions as OMG! (oh my god), LOL (laughing out loud), and FYI (for your information) as valid English entries in its authoritative reference book.The words and expressions will be added to the online edition of the dictionary by the end of...

2011-03-02 13:57:40

Experts agree that long-term alcohol abuse is detrimental to memory function and can cause neuro-degenerative disease. However, according to a study published in Age and Ageing by Oxford University Press today, there is evidence that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may decrease the risk of cognitive decline or dementia. Estimates from various studies have suggested the prevalence of alcohol-related dementia to be about 10% of all cases of dementia. Now researchers have found after...

2011-02-28 12:00:00

CAPE CORAL, Fla., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Iris L. Hanney, founder and president of Unlimited Priorities Corporation®, has announced its expansion into the European market with the opening of an Oxford office supported by Howard Stanbury. Unlimited Priorities launched in 2006 having identified a niche market of small to medium-sized information industry businesses needing assistance in a multitude of management areas. Further expansion took Unlimited Priorities into...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.