This is a pretty incredible find: a map of Middle Earth featuring annotations from its creator, J.R.R. Tolkien was recently discovered in a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes, which sheds some light on some of the inspiration behind it.
Driving a car is easy. Engine on, eyes open, foot on the gas and you’re all set. So why is it taking autonomous cars so long to learn?
This year's Oxford University season's greetings explores different Christmas items throught the lens of a microscope. From the hard fur of a reindeer to the iconic Santa's wool cap. Not surprisingly, everything looks gorgeous under the microscope. Christmas too.
Oxford scientists just revealed a new kind of display technology that can render images smaller than the width of a human hair. The detailed images you see above were rendered on these flexible, nano-pixel displays. Would you believe that each one is smaller than the width of a human hair? And that's only the…
As far as humans are concerned, the world didn't exist until, well, they existed. That means anything that happened before you were born is mere fairy tales and make believe conversation. But what about those words that filled those tales and conversations? When did they start existing? When were those words born?…
Oxford's Bodleian library—aka the Bod—is one of England's largest libraries, a 414-year-old research hub steeped in tradition and history. For example, only three types of chair have ever been designed for use inside its walls. Until now, that is: According to Co.Design, the library has chosen a fourth design to…
To celebrate Gizmodo's tenth birthday in the UK, we're partying at The Jame Factory in Oxford. Given that Gizmodo is a US-based website, how will it play out? This is the live blog of how it's going.
If you've ever wondered where all the world's tweets come from, wonder no more. This visualization, put together by researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, shows the origins of the entire globe's tweets.
"Siri, do I have Parkinson's?" That might sound flippant, but actually new research shows that it's possible to detect Parkinson's symptoms simply by using algorithms to detect changes in voice recordings.
While most of us probably suspect that the yeti is a mythical beast, the finest minds in the world beg to differ. Which is why Oxford University has just announced that it is going on a yeti hunt, to establish once and for all whether the creature has ever existed.
A 24-year-old Oxford history graduate is doing something wonderful for all of you right now: narrate World War II in Twitter, in real time. It may not be as academic as a John Keegan book, but so far it's excellent.
"Falling away by tens per cent a year," the print dictionary market "is just disappearing." That's what Oxford University Press' CEO Nigel Portwood says. And that's exactly why the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may be online only.
Drawing individual strands of DNA through nanoscopic pores in a chip could do in a matter of minutes what the human genome project took more than a decade to achieve – sequence an entire human genome.
This isn't a review. It's not even breaking news. It's just a reminder that someone somewhere is doing something awesome.
The New Oxford American Dictionary declared "Unfriend" the word of the year. It beat out hashtag, netbook and sexting, among other nominated words. Oxford defines the verb as: "To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook." I think they should include offline usage, too, like when you…