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Superconductors

Some Superconductors Can Also Carry Currents of ‘Spin’

Spin is a particle’s intrinsic angular momentum, and is normally carried in non-superconducting, non-magnetic materials by individual electrons. Spin can be ‘up’ or ‘down’,...
infrared light

Researchers Develop Infrared-Based System to Read Body Language

The ability to use invisible light to determine someone’s role and attitude in social settings has powerful implications for individuals and organisations that are...
potassium

Potassium Gives Perovskite-Based Solar Cells an Efficiency Boost

Perovskites are very tolerant to additives – you can add new components and they’ll perform better. Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi An international team of researchers led by the...
Cyphochilus beetle

Ultra-White Coating Modelled on Beetle Scales

These cellulose-based materials have a structure that’s almost like spaghetti, which is how they are able to scatter light so well. Silvia Vignolini The material –...
drug stability

Method to Predict Drug Stability Could Lead to More Effective Medicines

This is a very old problem, and for pharmaceutical companies, it’s often too big of a risk. Axel Zeitler The researchers, from the Universities of Cambridge...
chronic pain

Identification of Brain Region Responsible for Alleviating Pain Could Lead to...

Pain can actually help us recover by removing our drive to do unnecessary things - in a sense, this can be considered ‘healthy pain’. Ben...
autism

Scientists Link Genes to Brain Anatomy in Autism

This takes us one step closer to understanding why the brains of people with and without autism may differ from one another Richard Bethlehem Previous studies...
Parkinson’s disease

Calcium May Play a Role in the Development of Parkinson’s Disease

This is the first time we’ve seen that calcium influences the way alpha-synuclein behaves. Janin Lautenschlӓger The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found...
Artificial Intelligence

Cambridge and AI: What Makes This City a Good Place to...

In my experience, Silicon Valley is 10% tech and 90% hype, but Cambridge is just the opposite. Vishal Chatrath On any given day, some of the...
Trufflesvideo

Illuminating the Hidden Kingdom of the Truffle

Truffles are remarkable organisms and interesting ambassadors for our fascinating but fragile soil ecosystems Elizabeth Johnson “A unique aroma, a combination of newly plowed soil, fall...
robots

Robots Can Go All the Way to Mars, but They Can’t...

That last metre is a really interesting problem, because it's the barrier to robots really being able to help humanity. Fumiya Iida Stacks of vertical shelves...
mobile shopping

Newly-Developed Image Guidelines Will Improve Mobile Shopping Experience Worldwide

We want to improve the e-commerce images used for every product, at every retailer, in every country in the world. Sam Waller The concept, known as...
Zero gravity graphenevideo

Zero Gravity Graphene Promises Success in Space

This is the first time that graphene has been tested in space-like applications. Andrea Ferrari Working as part of a collaboration between the Graphene Flagship and...
honeybees

Think of Honeybees as ‘Livestock’ Not Wildlife, Argue Experts

Honeybees are artificially-bred agricultural animals similar to livestock such as pigs and cows Juan P. González-Varo The ‘die-off’ events occurring in honeybee colonies that are bred...
climate changevideo

Glacial Archaeology on the Roof of Norway

Town-dwellers needed mountain products such as antlers for artefact manufacture and probably also furs James Barrett Climate change is one of the most important issues facing...
soil nutrient

Plants Increase Flower Production Within a Day of Soil Nutrient Application

This knowledge could be utilised to select for plants with higher seed yields Benoit Landrein A team of plant scientists examined the processes through which plants...
battery life

Cambridge to Lead £11.9m Research Project to Extend Battery Life for...

The funding for the four projects, totalling up to £42 million, was announced this week by the Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent national battery...
brain regions

New Brain Mapping Technique Highlights Relationship Between Connectivity and IQ

This could take us closer to being able to get an idea of intelligence from brain scans, rather than having to rely on IQ...
global biodiversity

Political Instability and Weak Governance Lead to Loss of Species, Study...

We now know that governance and political stability is a vital consideration when developing future environmental policies and practices Tatsuya Amano A vast new study of...
birdsvideo

Birds Learn from Each Other’s ‘Disgust’, Enabling Insects to Evolve Bright...

We suspect our findings apply over a wide range of predators and prey. Social information may have evolutionary consequences right across ecological communities Rose Thorogood Many...