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‘Lost’ world’s rediscovery is step towards finding habitable planets

The planet, the size and mass of Saturn with an orbit of thirty-five days, is among hundreds of ‘lost’ worlds that astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, are using new techniques to...

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‘Quantum negativity’ can power ultra-precise measurements

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, Harvard and MIT, have shown that quantum particles can carry an unlimited amount of information about things they have interacted with. The results,...

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AI shows how hydrogen becomes a metal inside giant planets

Dense metallic hydrogen – a phase of hydrogen which behaves like an electrical conductor – makes up the interior of giant planets, but it is difficult to study and poorly understood. By combining...

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Hints of life discovered on Venus

Astronomers have speculated for decades that high clouds on Venus could offer a home for microbes – floating free of the scorching surface, but tolerating very high acidity. The detection of phosphine...

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Astronomers discover the first ‘ultrahot Neptune’: one of nature’s improbable...

The planet orbits so close to its star that its year lasts only 19 hours, and stellar radiation heats the planet to over 1700 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, heavy elements like iron can be...

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Identification of viruses and bacteria could be sped up through computational...

The researchers, led by the University of Edinburgh, with colleagues from Cambridge, London, Slovenia and China, used a combination of theoretical and experimental methods to develop a strategy to...

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Cambridge researchers awarded European Research Council funding

One hundred and eighty-five senior scientists from across Europe were awarded grants in today’s announcement, representing a total of €450 million in research funding. The UK has 34 grantees in this...

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Magnetic vortices come full circle

Magnets often harbour hidden beauty. Take a simple fridge magnet: somewhat counterintuitively, it is ‘sticky’ on one side but not the other. The secret lies in the way the magnetisation is arranged in...

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Hidden symmetry could be key to more robust quantum systems, researchers find

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have shown that microscopic particles can remain intrinsically linked, or entangled, over long distances even if there are random disruptions between...

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Cambridge academics recognised in 2021 New Year Honours

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre and a Fellow of Trinity College, has been knighted for services to autism research and autistic people. He is one of the top...

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Quantum projects launched to solve universe’s mysteries

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting seven projects with a £31 million investment to demonstrate how quantum technologies could solve some of the greatest mysteries in fundamental physics....

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‘Magnetic graphene’ forms a new kind of magnetism

The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, were able to control the conductivity and magnetism of iron thiophosphate (FePS3), a two-dimensional material which undergoes a transition from an...

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New method developed for ‘up-sizing’ mini organs used in medical research

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used their method to culture and grow a ‘mini-airway’, the first time that a tube-shaped organoid has been developed without the need for any...

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Light used to detect quantum information stored in 100,000 nuclear quantum bits

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, were able to inject a ‘needle’ of highly fragile quantum information in a ‘haystack’ of 100,000 nuclei. Using lasers to control an electron, the...

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Hubble sees new atmosphere forming on a rocky exoplanet

The planet GJ 1132 b appears to have begun life as a gaseous world with a thick blanket of atmosphere. Starting out at several times the radius of Earth, this ‘sub-Neptune’ quickly lost its primordial...

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New result from LHCb experiment challenges leading theory in physics

Results from the LHCb Collaboration at CERN suggests particles are not behaving the way they should according to the guiding theory of particle physics – suggesting gaps in our understanding of the...

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Following atoms in real time could lead to better materials design

The results, reported in the journal Physical Review Letters, could be used to design new types of materials and quantum technology devices. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, captured...

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From extravagant to achievable - pushing the boundaries of research to find...

Led by 2019 Physics Nobel Laureate Professor Didier Queloz, the Cambridge Initiative for Planetary Science and Life in the Universe will be the driving force for the development of a new Cambridge...

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Twelve Cambridge researchers awarded European Research Council funding

Two hundred and nine senior scientists from across Europe were awarded grants in today’s announcement, representing a total of €507 million in research funding. The UK has 51 grantees in this year’s...

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Atom swapping could lead to ultra-bright, flexible next generation LEDs

The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge and the Technical University of Munich, found that by swapping one out of every 1,000 atoms of one material for another, they were able to triple...

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