Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers

Cambridge researchers have captured the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning electron microscope.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 23, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth

Virtual investment experiment indicates informed consumers choose sustainable funds even with reduced returns

A new study has shown that when given clear social and environmental performance data, consumers display an appetite for sustainable investment, even with lower returns.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 22, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: finance sustainability sustainable-earth investing

Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling

“Weather” in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. 

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: astronomy space black-hole galaxy

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: sustainability energy climate-change sustainable-earth fuel

Prevention better than cure at keeping young users from getting involved in cybercrime

Highly-targeted messaging campaigns from law enforcement can be surprisingly effective at dissuading young gamers from getting involved in cybercrime, a new study has suggested.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: computer-science cybercrime cybersecurity crime

Cambridge joins new transatlantic research alliance to detect cancer at its earliest stage

Cambridge scientists are set to benefit from a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK and partners to develop radical new strategies and technologies to detect cancer at its earliest stage.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: cancer future-therapeutics physics

Women in STEM: Emma Glennon

Emma Glennon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her research on infectious disease and how they emerge, the importance of interdisciplinary work, and learning how to catch bats.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 17, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: epidemiology infectious-diseases women-in-stem public-health

Menu labelling linked to less fat and salt in food at major UK restaurant chains

Food sold at restaurants whose menus display energy information are lower in fat and salt than that of their competitors, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 16, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health food obesity

Risk of Ebola outbreaks could be reduced by understanding how ecosystems influence human health

The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. 

Cambridge University News | Oct. 15, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: infectious-diseases mathematical-model

Vice-Chancellor’s awards showcase University’s societal impact and public engagement

Twelve students, academics and professional members of staff from across the University of Cambridge have received Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards in areas as diverse as prostate cancer, family law, museum public engagement and police mental health.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 14, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: infectious-diseases mathematical-model

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