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Fizzy drinks tax 'would reduce obesity'

A 20% tax on sugary drinks would cut the number of overweight people in the UK by 285,000 over 10 years, according to experts from Oxford and Reading universities.

A 20% sugary drink tax would cut the number of overweight or obese people in the UK by 285,000, researchers say. Credit: PA

A tax on the drinks, which the researchers say are linked to "ill health" and have "no beneficial nutrients", could reduce cut the number of people who are obese by 180,000 alone, according to the findings printed in British Medical Journal .


Finding terrorists and criminals through face recognition

We are all programmed to recognise faces and download vital information about a person's identity, gender and personality. But we all make mistakes. Now new research at the Universities of Surrey and Oxford is making face recognition by computer deadly accurate.

In fact, their work is becoming an important tool in the hunt for terrorists and criminals. Fred joined PhD student Paul Koppen for a photo session.

Oxford science research leads to new drug

A new drug has been approved by the European Medicines Agency which could offer better treatment to patients with multiple sclerosis. Alemtuzumab will give people who have the disease the chance to live without the side effects for much longer.

Symptoms of the disease can include loss of physical skills, sensation, vision and bladder control.

Professor Herman Waldmann was involved in the early discovery work of the antibody drug called Campath-1H at Cambridge University. It was originally used to treat leukaemia. He continued to study the drug for two decades while at Oxford University.

Oxford explains inner workings of brain

The university have launched a new animation to replicate a MRI scan and how our brain works.

Dr Stuart Clare of Oxford University, lead scientific advisor on the animation, said:

‘The animation beautifully shows what is going on inside the body during an FMRI scan, right down to the atomic level, and how the very strong magnet at the core of the machine gives us incredible detail on brain function.

‘Ruby Wax has a real interest in the neuroscience of mental health, something that we are researching here in Oxford, and we were delighted that she agreed to voice the animation.’


Oxford uni gives insight into brain science

The animation is the latest video from Oxford Sparks from Oxford University Credit: Karen Cheung

Oxford University have launched a new animation to look at our brain and how we move and talk.

The video is the latest from the web portal which gives people access to some of the exciting science happening at the university.

The animation shows what is going on inside the body during a MRI scan Credit: Karen Cheung

Ruby Wax narrates the animation where a Magnetic Resonance Kmaging (MRI) scanner sees inside our brains and detects surges of oxygenated blood to how we move.

The scanner looks inside our brains Credit: Oxford University

Dr Stuart Clare of Oxford University, lead scientific advisor on the animation, said: ‘Functional MRI is revolutionising our understanding of the brain. As long as someone can do something lying down then we can scan their brain and discover the activity behind the action."

"As technology improves and magnet strength increases, we can determine finer detail about brain activity related to particular tasks or behaviours. This isn't just about finding out how our brains work, but also how they respond to damage or treatment.

Mel Smith dies at the age of 60

Mel Smith has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. The comedian celebrated for the long-running sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, first became interested in drama while a student at Oxford University.

While at the University he produced The Tempest and this then led to him joining the Royal Court Theatre. He was also heavily involved in the Oxford Dramatic Society and performed with them at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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