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Read more at: What can astrophysical data-intensive science do beyond the Universe? – PolyChord, the next generation optimisation technology

What can astrophysical data-intensive science do beyond the Universe? – PolyChord, the next generation optimisation technology

22 September 2022

Founded by Dr. Will Handley, Prof. Mike Hobson and Professor Anthony Lasenby from Cambridge AstroPhysics, PolyChord is a next generation data technology. A spin-off from the University of Cambridge, the core PolyChord technology is uniquely able to cope with complex, messy, noisy and multivariate data as it was invented to...


Read more at: Reshaping RNA to an origami identifier opens new avenues for understanding and advancing disease diagnostics

Reshaping RNA to an origami identifier opens new avenues for understanding and advancing disease diagnostics

21 September 2022

RNA is omnipresent, it is found anywhere from the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 to RNA drugs and mRNA vaccines. However, RNA sequencing is a labour-intensive process and suffers enzyme biases, which leads to the loss of native RNA information including RNA identity and quantity. RNA identity is needed for cancer and...


Read more at: Congratulations to Professor Eugene Terentjev on being one of the recipients of Proof of Concept Grants, ERC

Congratulations to Professor Eugene Terentjev on being one of the recipients of Proof of Concept Grants, ERC

7 September 2022

Professor Eugene Terentjev is among one of the fifty-five successful frontier researchers who has been awarded the Proof of Concept Grants for his research project – Mesodamp. It was a relief to win this POC grant, because we have our resources overstretched and fully committed to the existing projects – now we will have...


Read more at: Dr Hannah Stern awarded the Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022

Dr Hannah Stern awarded the Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022

31 August 2022

Dr. Hannah Stern has been appointed by the Royal Society as a University Research Fellow and will take up her post at the Cavendish Laboratory from the start of October. I am very honoured to be awarded such a prestigious fellowship. Being a University Research Fellow will allow me to build my own team of students to...


Read more at: A technique to guide the development of faster and longer lasting next-generation batteries

A technique to guide the development of faster and longer lasting next-generation batteries

16 August 2022

Clean and efficient energy storage technologies are essential to establishing a renewable energy infrastructure. Lithium-ion batteries are already dominant in personal electronic devices, and are promising candidates for reliable grid-level storage and electric vehicles. However, further development is needed to improve...


Read more at: HERA Project - Impacting local development through employment creation and encouraging participation of researchers in South Africa

HERA Project - Impacting local development through employment creation and encouraging participation of researchers in South Africa

13 July 2022

The University of Cambridge is one of the seven international institutions, outside of South Africa, that collaborated on the international project – HERA, Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array. HERA, is an international astronomy infrastructure, a radio telescope dedicated to observing how the first structures formed in...


Read more at: Seeing recharging of lithium-ion batteries with fibre Raman spectroscopy

Seeing recharging of lithium-ion batteries with fibre Raman spectroscopy

3 July 2022

Similar to a blood test, Raman spectra of battery electrolytes provide unique information on their chemical state-of-health. Dr Tijmen G Euser Improved analytical tools are urgently required to identify degradation and failure mechanisms in Li-ion batteries. However, understanding and ultimately avoiding these harmful...


Read more at: Single-atom tractor beams power chemical catalysis

Single-atom tractor beams power chemical catalysis

27 June 2022

Unlocking possible new ways to make light act powerfully and drive chemical transformations Single metal atoms are the anvil where catalysis forges new chemical bonds and we can start to watch this process happening and control it Prof Jeremy Baumberg By trapping light into tiny gaps only a few atoms wide, a team from the...


Read more at: Electrons take the fast and slow lanes at the same time
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Electrons take the fast and slow lanes at the same time

19 June 2022

Researchers have observed the formation of two quantum seas for spin and charge of electrons, by squeezing a small number of them down to a very narrow wire. These results could now aid in the development of new quantum technologies and quantum materials. Imagine a road with two lanes in each direction. One lane is for...


Read more at: Richard Hills FRS (1945 – 2022)
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Richard Hills FRS (1945 – 2022)

6 June 2022

We are sad to learn the death of Emeritus Professor Richard Hills FRS on 5th of June, after a period of ill health. Dr. Richard Hills had a remarkable career as a world leading expert on millimetre and submillimetre astronomy, both astronomically and technically. His technical expertise was unparalleled and he performed...