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Read more at: New evidence of an anomalous phase of matter brings energy-efficient technologies closer
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New evidence of an anomalous phase of matter brings energy-efficient technologies closer

14 July 2021

Researchers have found evidence for an anomalous phase of matter that was predicted to exist in the 1960s. Harnessing its properties could pave the way to new technologies able to share information without energy losses. These results are reported in the journal Science Advances . This work puts us a step closer toward...


Read more at: Watching a virus expand in E-coli bacteria offers new perspective on the adaptability of viruses
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Watching a virus expand in E-coli bacteria offers new perspective on the adaptability of viruses

9 July 2021

A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge has developed a new experimental and theoretical platform to study how viruses evolve while spreading within an organism. Our findings show that viral expansions can retain genetic diversity much longer than previously thought, suggesting that viral populations expanding...


Read more at: Leverhulme Trust Fellowship success for early career researchers
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Leverhulme Trust Fellowship success for early career researchers

9 July 2021

Congratulations to Dr Rene Poncelet and Dr Jan Behrends who have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. This highly prestigious, fiercely competitive award is intended to assist those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic career to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. More...


Read more at: Through the nano hole: Lego technique reveals the physics of DNA transport through nanopores
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Through the nano hole: Lego technique reveals the physics of DNA transport through nanopores

29 June 2021

A new technique established by a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Massachusetts reveals the fundamental physics of how a polymer such as DNA threads through holes 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Polymers are long, chain-like molecules which are everywhere in...


Read more at: Low-cost imaging technique shows how smartphone batteries could charge in minutes
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Low-cost imaging technique shows how smartphone batteries could charge in minutes

24 June 2021

Researchers have developed a simple lab-based technique that allows them to look inside lithium-ion batteries and follow lithium ions moving in real time as the batteries charge and discharge, something which has not been possible until now. This technique could be an important piece of the puzzle in the development of...


Read more at: Cambridge researchers contribute to Human Capital Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy
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Cambridge researchers contribute to Human Capital Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy

14 June 2021

The 2021 African Radio Interferometry Winter School , a series of free online workshops presented by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) in collaboration with the Cavendish Laboratory and Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge / REACH project and the Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technology (RATT)...


Read more at: Watching the chemistry of a single proton in real time using atomically-trapped light
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Watching the chemistry of a single proton in real time using atomically-trapped light

7 June 2021

A new technique from the Cavendish’s NanoPhotonics Centre traps light down to a single atom, enabling researchers to watch individual molecules and their chemical changes. Acid concentration is crucial for the chemistry of life, and the transformation of chemicals into useful materials. However it is less clear how such...


Read more at: Cavendish Student awarded grant from innovative Institute of Physics Research-scholarships fund
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Cavendish Student awarded grant from innovative Institute of Physics Research-scholarships fund

4 June 2021

Ayngaran Thavanesan, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge has been awarded one of this year’s prestigious grants from the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund. Ayngaran will be completing his PhD in theoretical cosmology at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC), which brings together Cavendish Astrophysics...


Read more at: It takes some heat to form ice
it takes some heat to form ice

It takes some heat to form ice

1 June 2021

A new study from the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the University of Surrey and Graz University of Technology (Austria), reveals that energy is needed for water to proceed through the first step of ice formation on graphene. In a paper published in Nature Communications , the research team details the...


Read more at: Final year PhD student Stuart Macpherson wins Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award
Stuart Macpherson

Final year PhD student Stuart Macpherson wins Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award

21 May 2021

Many congratulations to Cavendish PhD student Stuart Macpherson, from Sam Strank’s Lab, one of nine students to be recognised in this year’s Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award. Presented every year to students who show exceptional achievement and commitment to positive social change, the prize recognises Macpherson's...