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Low-cost imaging technique shows how smartphone batteries could charge in...

Using the low-cost technique, the researchers identified the speed-limiting processes which, if addressed, could enable the batteries in most smartphones and laptops to charge in as little as five...

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Mathematical model predicts best way to build muscle

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used methods of theoretical biophysics to construct the model, which can tell how much a specific amount of exertion will cause a muscle to grow and...

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Scientists set out immediate actions and future research priorities to help...

Achieving this target will require a mix of technological, societal and nature-based solutions working together to enable systemic change. Research in the 2020s must be prioritised into solutions for...

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Nano ‘camera’ made using molecular glue allows real-time monitoring of...

The device, made by a team from the University of Cambridge, combines tiny semiconductor nanocrystals called quantum dots and gold nanoparticles using molecular glue called cucurbituril (CB). When...

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Four Cambridge researchers recognised in the 2022 Breakthrough Prizes

Professors Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman, from Cambridge’s Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, have been awarded the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences – the world’s largest...

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‘Back to basics’ approach helps unravel new phase of matter

Researchers from the University of Cambridge used computer modelling to study potential new phases of matter known as prethermal discrete time crystals (DTCs). It was thought that the properties of...

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Researchers identify and clear efficiency hurdle for organic solar cells

The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, identified a loss pathway in organic solar cells which makes them less efficient than silicon-based cells at converting sunlight into electricity....

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Cambridge physicists announce results that boost evidence for new fundamental...

In March 2020, the same experiment released evidence of particles breaking one of the core principles of the Standard Model – our best theory of particles and forces – suggesting the possible...

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Rapid transition to a net zero world

The opportunity to make real and lasting change has never been greater. But we all need to act, and act now.

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New results deal a blow to the theoretical sterile neutrino

The results were gathered by an international team at the MicroBooNE experiment in the United States, with leadership from a UK team including researchers from the University of Cambridge. The two...

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Mystery of high-performing solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

The most commonly used material for producing solar panels is crystalline silicon, but achieving efficient energy conversion requires an energy-intensive and time-consuming production process to...

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Colour-changing magnifying glass gives clear view of infrared light

Detecting light beyond the visible red range of our eyes is hard to do, because infrared light carries so little energy compared to ambient heat at room temperature. This obscures infrared light...

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Could acid-neutralising life-forms make habitable pockets in Venus’ clouds?

It’s hard to imagine a more inhospitable world than our closest planetary neighbour. With an atmosphere thick with carbon dioxide, and a surface hot enough to melt lead, Venus is a scorched and...

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Templating approach stabilises ‘ideal’ material for alternative solar cells

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used an organic molecule as a ‘template’ to guide perovskite films into the desired phase as they form. Their results are reported in the journal...

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Cambridge launches new Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe will bring together an international team of scientists and philosophers, led by 2019 Nobel Laureate Professor Didier Queloz. Thanks to simultaneous...

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Historic buildings could use solar panels to protect from rising energy costs

Researchers have carried out a feasibility study and found that installing solar panels on the Grade I listed Bath Abbey could save around 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, significantly reducing...

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Two-dimensional material could store quantum information at room temperature

Quantum memory is a major building block to be addressed in the building of a quantum internet, where quantum information is securely stored and sent via photons, or particles of light. Researchers...

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Cambridge researchers awarded European Research Council funding

Cambridge received the most awards of any UK institution, alongside University College London, which also received five awards. The Cambridge winners are among 313 winners of the latest round of...

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Supermassive black holes put a brake on stellar births

Star formation in galaxies has long been a focal point of astronomy research. Decades of successful observations and theoretical modelling resulted in our good understanding of how gas collapses to...

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Existing infrastructure will be unable to support demand for high-speed internet

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and BT, have established the maximum speed at which data can be transmitted through existing copper cables. This limit would allow for faster internet...

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