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What are the challenges and opportunities of urban artificial intelligence and robotics? article icon

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What are the challenges and opportunities of urban artificial intelligence and robotics?

Formerly the preserve of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is now increasingly embedded in technologies which underpin everyday life in our towns and cities. Indeed, cities of multiple intelligences which include both artificial and human ones have arrived.

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Solving the perplexing mathematicians' problem of the spectre article icon

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Solving the perplexing mathematicians' problem of the spectre

In 2023, a UK maths enthusiast called David Smith discovered a shape that had one incredibly special property. Using copies of this shape, nicknamed ‘the spectre’, one can cover a flat surface forever – without the pattern repeating itself. This special property is called aperiodicity, and David’s discovery solved a problem that had been ...

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International Planetary Protection Week

The Inaugural International COSPAR Planetary Protection Week is 22–25 April so we’ve collated some FREE resources on protecting planetary bodies as humans explore extra-terrestrial environments.

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Planetary Protection of Icy Worlds

As our understanding of life and its potential beyond Earth improves, attention is moving towards smaller bodies, including moons and dwarf planets in the outer regions of our Solar System. But how can we strike a balance between exploring these new worlds and ensuring they remain unspoilt?

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Planetary Protection of Mars

Mars continues to be at the forefront of international space exploration programmes, but as plans to bring samples back from the red planet and perhaps even send humans there edge closer, how can we ensure we do not contaminate the very environment we’re interested in understanding more about?

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What is Planetary Protection?

As we explore the Solar System, it is important that we do not accidentally contaminate untouched and unspoilt extraterrestrial environments in any way. This is especially true when searching for evidence of life. This article explores the concept of ‘Planetary Protection’ and why it is critical for the future of space exploration.

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Mycoprotein - could this meat alternative be a food for the future? article icon

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Mycoprotein - could this meat alternative be a food for the future?

How do we feed a growing global population? James McCarron compares the production of mycoprotein to meat. With significantly less impact on the environment than meat, does mycoprotein deserve more recognition?

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Food, shelter and re-designing home as a living system article icon

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Food, shelter and re-designing home as a living system

Housing has become the most valuable asset on Earth while people are increasingly going without food and shelter. How can we design for people to have a home, while also regenerating the living systems on which we depend?

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Brain Awareness Week

11-17 March is Brain Awareness Week. From our OU PhD students' fascinating research into the brain to new articles with mind-blowing facts, we've got a host of FREE brainy learning materials.

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The selective breeding of dogs

How does the selective breeding of dogs work? Why are poodles and German Shepherds different? What about designer dogs? This science article explores.

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Co-design approaches

There are many different approaches, methods and tools that can be used to enable co-design at different stages in the process.

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A brief introduction to co-design article icon

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A brief introduction to co-design

Co-design is becoming important in the face of complex social, political, environmental, educational and technological issues.

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