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Oxford Sparks: bringing science to life

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Check out our animations about the cutting-edge research taking place at the University of Oxford. From a quick look around the LHC and an underwater adventure to explore the insides of a volcano, to finding out what makes us tick and how we're devel...Show More
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Power People: what are we doing with all that energy?

02:22 | May 5th, 2016

Did you know that you are in charge of a power station? It's true. Every time you flick a light switch, a power station somewhere in the UK will respond and generate that little bit of extra power you need for your light. Did you know that you are i...Show More
Run for Your Light

02:44 | Apr 12th, 2016

You may have heard the word “quantum” bandied around a lot. But what does it mean? In this animation we take a look at how the photon – the quantum particle of light – is being harnessed to help create new technologies like quantum computers. To do t...Show More
What Makes You Tick?

02:33 | Apr 12th, 2016

How do you know when it's time to wake up or go to sleep? More powerful than any alarm are your circadian rhythms. In this animation we take a look at how these rhythms work and what controls them; inspired by the TeenSleep project being carried out ...Show More
Shedding Light on the Situation

02:45 | Apr 12th, 2016

Light is more than just light bulbs and sunshine! Researchers at the University of Oxford use different types of light to learn more about all sorts of interesting things. To celebrate the International Year of Light we’ve taken a tiny handful of exa...Show More
Give us a hand

05:20 | May 18th, 2015

Oxford Sparks explore what chirality is. What links drugs, shells, springs and vines? Chirality, when mirror images of things don't look the same, is explored and we learn what maths can tell us about it - from designing drugs to the very meaning of ...Show More
You've Got a Nerve

04:52 | Mar 5th, 2015

In the early 1900s, Charles Sherrington examined microscope slides of muscles, nerves, the spine and the brain and traced the connections between them building a picture of how muscles are controlled. Researchers today still use principles he establi...Show More
Give Peas a Chance

04:55 | Mar 5th, 2015

Nitrogen could be one of the most interesting elements in the periodic table. Find out more about this fascinating element and how research into peas and beans at Oxford could help feed the world! www.oxfordsparks.net/nitrogen.
A Case of Crystal Clarity

02:37 | Mar 5th, 2015

Oxford Sparks presents an adventure in X-ray crystallography. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/crystal.
Jet Plight

02:28 | Mar 5th, 2015

Take a journey through a jet engine with Ossie from Oxford Sparks. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/jet.
A spin around the brain

02:23 | Mar 5th, 2015

Take a journey around the brain with Ossie from Oxford Sparks. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/mri.
Rogue planet

02:38 | Apr 15th, 2013

Oxford Sparks presents a journey around the planets. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/planet.
Underwater volcano disaster

02:19 | Apr 15th, 2013

Oxford Sparks presents a visit to the Stromboli volcano. Find out more and explore other volcano resources at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/volcano.
Another case of heart trouble

02:14 | Apr 15th, 2013

Oxford Sparks presents a look at how a single change in DNA can cause the human heart to go wrong. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/heart.
Towards absolute zero - a low temperature journey

02:27 | Apr 15th, 2013

Oxford sparks presents a ride to the land of the extremely cold. Find out more, and read the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/coldchem.
A quick look around the Large Hadron Collider

02:19 | Apr 15th, 2013

Oxford Sparks presents a visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. Find out more and explore other LHC resources at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/lhc No protons were harmed in the making of this animation.