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Oxford Sparks: bringing science to life

Check out our animations about the cutting-edge research taking place at the University of Oxford. From a quick look around the LHC and an underwater adventure to explore the insides of a volcano, to finding out what makes us tick and how we're developing new technology to build quantum computers using light.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Power People: what are we doing with all that energy? Did you know that you are in charge of a power station? It's true. Every time you flick a light switch, a power station somewhere in the UK will respond and generate that little bit of extra power you need for your light. Phil Grunewald 05 May 2016
2 Run for Your Light You may have heard the word “quantum” bandied around a lot. But what does it mean? In this animation we take a look at how the photon – the quantum particle of light – is being harnessed to help create new technologies like quantum computers. Robert Taylor, Steven Kolthammer, Josh Nunn 12 Apr 2016
3 What Makes You Tick? How do you know when it's time to wake up or go to sleep? More powerful than any alarm are your circadian rhythms. Christopher James-Harvey, Stuart Peirson, Russell Foster 12 Apr 2016
4 Shedding Light on the Situation Light is more than just light bulbs and sunshine! Researchers at the University of Oxford use different types of light to learn more about all sorts of interesting things. Jena Meinecke, Chris Rennick, Brianna Heazlewood, Clarence Yapp 12 Apr 2016
5 Give us a hand Oxford Sparks explore what chirality is. Jo Dunkley, Alain Goriely, Robert Llewellyn 18 May 2015
6 You've Got a Nerve In the early 1900s, Charles Sherrington examined microscope slides of muscles, nerves, the spine and the brain and traced the connections between them building a picture of how muscles are controlled. Researchers today still use principles he established. Jo Dunkley, Robert Llewellyn 05 Mar 2015
7 Give Peas a Chance Nitrogen could be one of the most interesting elements in the periodic table. Find out more about this fascinating element and how research into peas and beans at Oxford could help feed the world! www.oxfordsparks.net/nitrogen. Jo Dunkley, Robert Llewellyn 05 Mar 2015
8 A Case of Crystal Clarity Oxford Sparks presents an adventure in X-ray crystallography. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/crystal. Mel Giedroyc 05 Mar 2015
9 Jet Plight Take a journey through a jet engine with Ossie from Oxford Sparks. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/jet. Elliott Webb 05 Mar 2015
10 A spin around the brain Take a journey around the brain with Ossie from Oxford Sparks. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/mri. Ruby Wax 05 Mar 2015
11 A quick look around the Large Hadron Collider Oxford Sparks presents a visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. Find out more and explore other LHC resources at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/lhc No protons were harmed in the making of this animation. Alan Barr 15 Apr 2013
12 Towards absolute zero - a low temperature journey Oxford sparks presents a ride to the land of the extremely cold. Find out more, and read the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/coldchem. Tim Softley 15 Apr 2013
13 Another case of heart trouble Oxford Sparks presents a look at how a single change in DNA can cause the human heart to go wrong. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/heart. Hugh Watkins, Anna Michell 15 Apr 2013
14 Underwater volcano disaster Oxford Sparks presents a visit to the Stromboli volcano. Find out more and explore other volcano resources at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/volcano. David Pyle 15 Apr 2013
15 Rogue planet Oxford Sparks presents a journey around the planets. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/planet. Chris Lintott 15 Apr 2013