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Discovering 'the secret of life' - 70th anniversary of DNA double helix...

The DNA structure breakthrough at Cambridge has led to world-changing advances in many fields. But the discovery was only possible because of the work of a host of talented scientists. 

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Humanity’s quest to discover the origins of life in the universe

For thousands of years, humanity and science have contemplated the origins of life in the Universe. While today’s scientists are well-equipped with innovative technologies, humanity has a long way to...

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Photosynthesis ‘hack’ could lead to new ways of generating renewable energy

Researchers have ‘hacked’ the earliest stages of photosynthesis, the natural machine that powers the vast majority of life on Earth, and discovered new ways to extract energy from the process, a...

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Early universe crackled with bursts of star formation, Webb Telescope shows

One of the largest programmes in Webb’s first year of science is the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey, or JADES, which will devote about 32 days of telescope time to uncover and characterise...

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Developing solutions for the energy transition

Solutions are being developed at Cambridge that can be implemented, grown to scale, and used to accelerate the rapid transition to a net zero and then zero emissions economy.

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Webb sees carbon-rich dust grains in the first billion years of cosmic time

Similar observational signatures have been observed in the much more recent universe, and have been attributed to complex, carbon-based molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It is...

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Switching ‘spin’ on and off (and up and down) in quantum materials at room...

Spin is the term for the intrinsic angular momentum of electrons, which is referred to as up or down. Using the up/down spin states of electrons instead of the 0 and 1 in conventional computer logic...

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Explore life in the Universe with new postgraduate programme

A new postgraduate programme will train researchers to understand life's origins, search for habitable planets and consider the most profound question of all: are we alone?

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Cambridge and Boeing celebrate a 20-year partnership

Over the last two decades, the two organisations have worked together on a wide range of topics such as transitioning the aviation sector to net zero, developing electric and hybrid-electric...

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Simulations of ‘backwards time travel’ can improve scientific experiments

If gamblers, investors and quantum experimentalists could bend the arrow of time, their advantage would be significantly higher, leading to significantly better outcomes.  Researchers at the University...

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Four Cambridge researchers awarded consolidator grants from the European...

The grants are part of the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme. They are given to excellent scientists and scholars at the career stage to support them to pursue their most promising scientific...

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Diamonds and rust help unveil ‘impossible’ quasi-particles

Researchers led by the University of Cambridge used a technique known as diamond quantum sensing to observe swirling textures and faint magnetic signals on the surface of hematite, a type of iron...

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Mysterious missing component in the clouds of Venus revealed

What are the clouds of Venus made of? Scientists know they are mainly made of sulfuric acid droplets, with some water, chlorine, and iron. Their concentrations vary with height in the thick and hostile...

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Accelerating how new drugs are made with machine learning

Predicting how molecules will react is vital for the discovery and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, but historically this has been a trial-and-error process, and the reactions often fail. To predict...

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Astronomers detect oldest black hole ever observed

The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, used the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to detect the black hole, which dates from 400 million years after the big bang, more...

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Astronomers spot oldest ‘dead’ galaxy yet observed

Using the James Webb Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge have spotted a ‘dead’ galaxy when the universe was just 700 million years old, the oldest...

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Enterprising Minds: Meet the CEO of Nu Quantum

Meet the brilliant founder and CEO of Nu Quantum, a Cambridge spinout paving the way for a new era of quantum computing. 

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Cancer's climate innovation

An enzyme inspired by brain cancer DNA that has the potential to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the production of nylon won the 2024 Cambridge Climate Challenge.

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