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Oxford Grad Sues University Over His Failed Law Career

Faiz Siddiqui wants $1.27M because Oxford had 'appallingly bad' teaching

(Newser) - An Oxford University graduate says the prestigious school's "appallingly bad" teaching is why he failed to become a successful lawyer, so he's suing it for $1.27 million, the American Lawyer reports. Faiz Siddiqui graduated Oxford in 2000 with a degree in modern history and later studied... More »

3 Alarming Stats From Florida Under 'Stand Your Ground'

Homicides have spiked, including those of African-Americans

(Newser) - For years, people have claimed "Stand Your Ground" laws have led to an increase in violence . A new JAMA study suggests their observations were right, at least in Florida. It finds homicides in the state spiked 24% from 82 per month from 1999 to October 2005, when Florida's... More »

When We Have Kids, How Many May Be Partly Genetic

DNA variants can also predict probability of a woman remaining childless

(Newser) - For the first time, scientists have identified areas of DNA—specifically, 12—associated with reproductive habits, in this case the age when men and women have their first kid and how many kids they have. Reporting in the journal Nature Genetics , researchers at the University of Oxford analyzed more than... More »

The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

'Game Changer': Giant Helium Field Found

A 'globally significant' find that could boost world supply of precious gas

(Newser) - What scientists are calling a "game changer" for society has been discovered deep in Tanzania's Rift Valley: a massive helium gas field with enough of the precious commodity to fill more than 1.2 million MRI scanners, Phys.org reports. Besides the sheer amount of gas, the discovery... More »

Prof Solves 300-Year-Old Math Mystery, Wins $700K

Oxford professor had been trying to crack Fermat's Last Theorem since he was a boy

(Newser) - An Oxford professor is now $700,000 richer for solving a 300-year-old math mystery, the Telegraph reports. In 1994, Andrew Wiles, 62, cracked Fermat's Last Theorem, which was put forth by 17th-century mathematician Pierre de Fermat. Wiles will be traveling to Oslo, Norway, in May to collect the 2016... More »

Shia LaBeouf Is Stuck in an Elevator— on Purpose

And he's livestreaming the whole thing

(Newser) - Trapped in an elevator for 24 hours with Shia LaBeouf. Sound like the stuff of nightmares? Not for the Oxford students currently lining up to ride the lift with the actor-turned-performance-artist. The Verge reports LaBeouf is spending a full day inside a university elevator, inviting people to ride with him,... More »

This Is the World's Top University

Yup, Harvard leads the pack yet again

(Newser) - Harvard University is the best university in the world, according to US News ' ranking of 750 universities around the globe. Harvard, which also topped the Best Global Universities rankings in 2014, kept the top spot despite an additional 250 schools that were evaluated this time around. Not only does... More »

With Eyes Shut, We Can't Tell Our Toes Apart

Many people can't differentiate in new study

(Newser) - This little piggy went to market—or was it that little piggy? According to researchers at Oxford University, it may be hard for people to tell which toe is which if their eyes are closed and someone's touching their lower digits—a condition called agnosia, AFP reports. In a... More »

7 Best Quotes From Kanye West, Oxford Lecturer

'It's still February, right?'

(Newser) - Kanye West's latest gig: Oxford lecturer. The rapper gave a guest lecture at the storied university yesterday, speaking to 350 students at the school's Museum of Natural History for a half-hour. Vulture has the full transcript. Highlights:
  1. "OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally
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Weird Battery Still Runs 175 Years Later

The Oxford Electric Bell has rung about 10B times

(Newser) - Like scientific mysteries? Then check out the Oxford Electric Bell, a battery-powered device that's still ringing 175 years after it was made, the Smithsonian reports. Sitting in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, it makes a little metal ball move swiftly back and forth between two bells. How its... More »

Scientist 'Solves' Yeti Mystery

Geneticist suspects it's a polar bear-brown bear hybrid

(Newser) - Whether you call it the Abominable Snowman or yeti, the mythical creature may have just jumped from the pages of fiction to the world of fact. Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes performed DNA testing on 27 suspected yeti samples that had been sent to him from around the world, and got... More »

MIT Tops World University Rankings

It beats Cambridge, Harvard to first place

(Newser) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has soared to the top of world university rankings for the first time, knocking Britain's University of Cambridge into second place and Harvard into third, the Guardian reports. University College London, Oxford University, Imperial College, Yale, University of Chicago, Princeton, and Caltech also made... More »

Oxford Scholars Search for Yeti

Will use genetic analysis in serious investigation

(Newser) - The search for the yeti is going high-tech. Thanks to genetic analysis, Oxford researchers hope to say for sure whether the creature of lore exists, Gizmodo reports. Working in conjunction with the Lausanne Museum of Zoology, researchers are asking people who claim to have evidence of the yeti to send... More »

Cambridge Named Best University ... Again

Harvard takes second, MIT third, and Yale fourth

(Newser) - For all the Harvard grads out there, don't kick yourself—but your school has come in second around the world... again. The Independent reports that QS World University Rankings has given the prize of best university to Cambridge for the second year in a row. Filling out the top... More »

'Lost Michelangelo' Found on Oxford Wall

Italian expert spots unknown masterpiece in Jesuit residence

(Newser) - A previously unknown painting by Michelangelo has been hanging on the wall of an Oxford University residence for Jesuit scholars since the 1930s, a respected Italian expert claims. Infrared technology has revealed that the painting at Campion Hall, previously believed to have been the work of Michelangelo's lesser-known contemporary... More »

Comma Drama Ends: Oxford Rule Stands

Grammar nerds rallied to defense of serial comma

(Newser) - Grammar fiends took a ride on an emotional roller coaster this week on news, erroneous as it turned out, that Oxford University was ditching its famous comma rule. (It requires a comma before the word "and" in a series: Not "a, b and c" but "a, b,... More »

Spring Births Linked to Higher Anorexia Risk

Those born in fall in least danger, study suggests

(Newser) - Those born between March and June face a higher risk of developing anorexia, a study suggests. Oxford scientists reviewed the birthdays of 1,300 people with the eating disorder and found “clear evidence” leading to their conclusion, the New York Post reports. September and October produced the fewest anorexia... More »

Iran Blasts Oxford Tribute to Dead Protester

Regime lodges protest against Neda Soltan scholarship

(Newser) - The Iranian regime has condemned Oxford University's offering of a scholarship in the name of a young woman killed in protests earlier this year as a politically motivated move staged by its enemies. The scholarship is named after Neda Soltan, a 26-year-old philosophy student who became the symbol of the... More »

Domesticated Swedes Make Best Husbands

Brits, Americans land in top 5 on 'egalitarian index'; Aussies last

(Newser) - Swedish men make the best husbands, while Australian men, preferring beer and sports over housework, rank lowest on an “egalitarian index” outlined in a study of 12 developed nations. Domestic roles carry less stigma in egalitarian societies, one researcher tells the Telegraph, “so the likelihood of forming a... More »

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