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World Penguin Day 2017: ‘people power’ and robotics

With one of the biggest fan-clubs in the animal kingdom, penguins are undeniably cute. From Pingu to Happy Feet and the countless wildlife documentaries centred around them, they continue to capture the public’s imagination. Despite their enduring popularity though, the knock- on effects of climate change and over-fishing have sent species numbers into decline.

Read the full article on the Oxford Science Blog: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog

Wildlife summit gives reasons to be cheerful about conservation

An international wildlife event, organised by the University of Oxford and partners, has highlighted the wide progress being made in conservation.

During a two-day run, more than 250 people attended the Conservation Optimism Summit in London, highlighting environmental success stories from around the world. Hundreds more attended the linked public event at ZSL London Zoo on Earth Day, as well as sister events in cities around the world, including Washington, Cambridge, Hong Kong and Colombia.

Women in Science: Brightening the conservation conversation

As the much anticipated Conservation Optimism Summit begins, Scienceblog talks to Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Laventis Professor of Biodiversity in Oxford’s Department of Zoology. Co-creator of this landmark movement, she shares how she is working to protect some of wildlife’s most endangered species, what we can all do to be more environmentally conscious and why she has had enough of the doom and gloom around nature.

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Learn to love maths: The mathematics of why our grandmothers love us

Based on the strong reactions that it provokes from people, it would be fair to say that mathematics has an image problem.

Maths is one of the few skillsets, unlike reading for example, that people are not embarrassed to admit they do not possess. Class room memories of daunting equations and fractions with no immediate resonance to the real world, scare people into declaring they are frankly, “rubbish at maths”.

Should I take a selfie with a wild animal?

Travel companies around the world profit from some of the cruellest types of wildlife tourist attractions on earth.

Whether it is riding elephants, taking selfies with tigers, or performing dolphin shows, these activities can cause lifelong suffering for wild animals.

In the latest edition of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast, we visit Conservation Ecologist Dr Tom Moorhouse to ask: should I take a selfie with a wild animal?

Listen to the podcast: http://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk/content/should-i-take-selfie-wild-animal