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Happy Anniversary to ERC

Happy Birthday To You

This year sees the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council ( ERC ). The ERC funds scientific projects that enable Europe’s brightest minds to tackle the greatest research challenges. This is an amazing long-term funding route, that prioritises the most exciting science, even if it is risky.

Deadly spider’s spinning technique could inspire tougher materials

One of the most feared and venomous arachnids in the world, the American brown recluse spider has long been known for its signature necro-toxic venom, as well as its unusual silk. Now, a new Oxford University, collaborative study offers an explanation for how the spider is able to make its silk so strong.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-15-deadly-spider%E2%80%99s-spinning-technique-could-inspire-tougher-materials

The drone inspired by a dragonfly.

Meet Skeeter, the first of a generation of animal-inspired mini-vehicles that could revolutionise drone technology — and save lives.

Read the article : http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/interviews/drone-inspired-dragonfly

Some animals are more equal than others - to the media

Animal welfare issues receive varying levels of UK media attention, with some species being more widely reported than others, a new University of Oxford study has found.

Researchers from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection have published the first review of how wild animal welfare is reported in the UK media.

Read the article : http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-08-some-animals-are-more-equal-others-m...

Our Planet, Our Health

A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their Our Planet Our Health programme.

The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health. It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.