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Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide ‘healed’ the defects and immobilised ion movement, which to date have limited the...

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Opinion: how mental health problems can affect early-career researchers

My research focuses on developing devices that can manipulate electrons one at a time. I also happen to have long gaps on my CV that take some creativity to explain in job interviews. This is because...

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Plastic crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

The researchers, whose work appears in the journal Science, say their findings could be a “game changer” by allowing the energy from sunlight absorbed in these materials to be captured and used more...

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DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural...

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say their lipid-scrambling DNA enzyme is the first to outperform naturally occurring enzymes – and does so...

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Homeward Bound

Earlier this year a team of 78 women from around the world took part in a three-week expedition to Antarctica, a trip that marked the culmination of the year-long Homeward Bound leadership programme...

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Scientists identify exoplanets where life could develop as it did on Earth

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB), found that the chances for life to develop on the surface of a rocky planet...

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Cambridge partners in new €1 billion European Quantum Flagship

The Quantum Flagship, which is being officially launched today in Vienna, is one of the most ambitious long-term research and innovation initiatives of the European Commission. It is funded under the...

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New efficiency record set for perovskite LEDs

Compared to OLEDs, which are widely used in high-end consumer electronics, the perovskite-based LEDs, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, can be made at much lower costs, and can...

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Work begins on new home for Cavendish Laboratory

The development, at the West Cambridge site off Madingley Road, will provide a purpose-built centre for the University’s world-leading physics research, bringing together all of the Cavendish...

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‘Magnetic graphene’ switches between insulator and conductor

The international team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, say that their results, reported in the journal Physical Review Letters, will aid in understanding the dynamic relationship...

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New programme to support academic and industrial links with Greece

Supported by a donation from Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, a Greek businesswoman, parliamentarian and President of the 2004 Athens Olympics, the Gianna Angelopoulos Programme for Science, Technology...

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Cambridge receives new funding to support PhD students in science and...

The funding, from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industrial and institutional partners, will support the establishment of five new CDTs at Cambridge. The University...

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What does it take to make a better battery?

Like many of us, when I wake up I reach for the phone on my bedside table and begin scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, email and news apps. I listen to streamed music as I get ready for work and...

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Machine learning algorithm helps in the search for new drugs

The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, used their algorithm to identify four new molecules that activate a protein which is thought to be relevant for symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and...

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Physicists get thousands of semiconductor nuclei to do ‘quantum dances’ in...

Quantum dots are crystals made up of thousands of atoms, and each of these atoms interacts magnetically with the trapped electron.  If left alone to its own devices, this interaction of the electron...

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A new spin on organic semiconductors

The international team from the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic, have found that these materials could be used for ‘spintronic’ applications, which could make cheap organic semiconductors...

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Design work on ‘brain’ of world’s largest radio telescope completed

The SKA’s Science Data Processor (SDP) consortium has concluded its engineering design work, marking the end of five years’ work to design one of two supercomputers that will process the enormous...

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Smallest pixels ever created could light up colour-changing buildings

The colour pixels, developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge, are compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication on flexible plastic films, dramatically reducing their production...

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‘Forbidden’ planet found wandering ‘Neptunian Desert’

The Neptunian Desert is a region close to stars where large planets with their own atmospheres, similar to Neptune, are not expected to survive, since the strong irradiation from the star would cause...

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Taking pride in our researchers

Shorthand Story: nBzrWLzfHzShorthand Story Head: Taking pride in our researchersShorthand Story Body: MenuTaking pride in our researchersDuncan AstleGiulia BarsuolaLisa NicholasSean CollinsCelebrating...

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