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Energy efficiency symposium - new attendees welcome

The inaugural, one-day Winton Symposium on energy efficiency will be held on Monday, 1 October 2012 at the Cavendish Laboratory. The event will bring together some of the leading scientists from...

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Scientists create artificial mother of pearl

Mimicking the way mother of pearl is created in nature, scientists have for the first time synthesised the strong, iridescent coating found on the inside of some molluscs.  The research was published...

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Study to reduce radiotherapy toxicity

About half of all people with cancer receive a course of radiotherapy, a form of treatment in which X-rays are used to shrink or destroy the tumour. With the benefit of advanced systems, it is now...

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Cambridge extends MIT exchange partnership

Originally set up in 2000, the Cambridge-MIT exchange programme has to date enabled more than 300 Cambridge students to benefit from a chance to study in the United States as part of their...

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Opening new windows on the Universe

How do planetary systems form? What do the surfaces of stars look like? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe? Astronomers have developed many theoretical models, but until now the ability to...

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World-renowned astrophysicist to join Cavendish Laboratory

One of Europe’s top experts on exoplanets, planets located beyond the Solar System, will be joining the University’s Department of Physics.  The world-leading astrophysicist Professor Didier Queloz...

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Quantum kisses change the colour of nothing

Even empty gaps have a colour. Now scientists have shown that quantum jumps of electrons can change the colour of gaps between nano-sized balls of gold. The new results, published today in the journal...

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The dance of quantum tornadoes

Tornado-like vortexes can be produced in bizarre fluids which are controlled by quantum mechanics, completely unlike normal liquids. New research published today in the journal Nature Communications...

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3D microchip created

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions. Currently, microchips can only pass...

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Finding malaria's weak spot

After over a decade of research into malaria, biologists Dr Teresa Tiffert and Dr Virgilio Lew at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience found their efforts to observe a key stage...

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Graphene joins the race to redefine the ampere

The world’s first graphene single-electron pump (SEP), described in a paper in Nature Nanotechnology, provides the speed of electron flow needed to create a new standard for electrical current based...

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Unraveling tumor growth one stem cell at a time

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered that a single mutation in a leukemia-associated gene reduces the ability of blood stem cells to make more blood stem cells, but leaves their...

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New Centre will bring together frontier physics research and the needs of...

Combined government and business funding of £63 million has been announced today for the creation of a new centre at the Cavendish Laboratory on the West Cambridge site dedicated to world-class...

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Molecular ‘sieves’ harness ultraviolet irradiation for greener power generation

New research shows that exposing polymer molecular sieve membranes to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the presence of oxygen produces highly permeable and selective membranes for more efficient...

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Electron ‘spin’ key to solar cell breakthrough

Organic solar cells, a new class of solar cell that mimics the natural process of plant photosynthesis, could revolutionise renewable energy - but currently lack the efficiency to compete with the...

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Winton Symposium‘s material world

This year’s focus on ‘Materials Discovery’ will bring together leading scientists from around the world, revealing unexpected breakthroughs in a wide range of subjects from electronics to life...

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Inspired by nature

Through billions of years of evolution, life on Earth has found intricate solutions to many of the problems scientists are currently grappling with. Physicists at the University of Cambridge’s...

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Building ‘nanomachines’ in biological outer space

Cambridge scientists have uncovered the mechanism by which bacteria build their surface propellers (flagella) – the long extensions that allow them to swim towards food and away from danger. The...

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Two for one in solar power

Solar cells offer the opportunity to harvest abundant, renewable energy. Although the highest energy light occurs in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum, most solar energy is in the infrared. There...

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Cambridge awarded major EPSRC funding for doctoral centres to train...

Details of how a £350 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be funding over 70 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across 24 UK universities,...

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