Cambridge researchers advise county council on net zero policy actions

A team of early-career researchers from the University of Cambridge are working with the county council to identify the best ways for Cambridgeshire to reach net zero emissions.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 19, 2020 | cambridge
~9 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change policy east-of-england engineering

Zooming in on breast cancer reveals how mutations shape the tumour landscape

Scientists have created one of the most detailed maps of breast cancer ever achieved, revealing how genetic changes shape the physical tumour landscape, according to research funded published in Nature Cancer.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 17, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: cancer breast-cancer health

Women in STEM: Dr Natasha Morrison

Dr Natasha Morrison is a Research Fellow in mathematics at Sidney Sussex College and a member of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. She completed her PhD at Oxford and her undergraduate studies at Durham. Her research focuses on a branch of mathematics which models the behaviours of networks, from how diseases spread to how viral stories circulate on social media.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 13, 2020 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: maths mathematics mathematical-model women-in-stem

Create a WTO-equivalent to oversee the internet, recommends new report

The internet needs an international World Trade Organization (WTO)-style body to protect and grow it as one of the world’s unique shared resources: a communications infrastructure that is open, free, safe and reliable, concludes a new report published today.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 12, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: internet digital-technology

Women in STEM: Dr Francesca Chadha-Day

Dr Fran Day is a theoretical physicist, a research fellow at Peterhouse, and a science comedian. Here, she tells us about her lifelong love of physics, her work on dark matter and particles called axions, and the high that comes with making a roomful of people laugh. 

Cambridge University News | Feb. 6, 2020 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem physics astronomy dark-matter

Cuttlefish eat less for lunch when they know there’ll be shrimp for dinner

Cuttlefish can rapidly learn from experience and adapt their eating behaviour accordingly, a new study has shown. 

Cambridge University News | Feb. 4, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other

Even though they are inanimate objects, sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other, researchers have found. A team from the University of Cambridge has found that as they move, sand dunes interact with and repel their downstream neighbours.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 4, 2020 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: physics sand desert flow

Women in STEM: Shagita Gounden

Shagita Gounden is a systems engineer working on the world’s largest radio telescope, an Executive MBA candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, and a member of St Edmund’s College. Here, she tells us about being part of a massive global science project, the benefits of working with an international team, and how it makes her hopeful as a South African.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 30, 2020 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: astronomy space engineering women-in-stem

Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Cambridge University News | Jan. 29, 2020 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children teenagers brain mental-health

Drug improves symptoms of autism by targeting brain’s chemical messengers

Bumetanide – a prescription drug for oedema (the build-up of fluid in the body) – improves some of the symptoms in young children with autism spectrum disorders and has no significant side effects, confirms a new study from researchers in China and the UK. Published today in Translational Psychiatry, the study demonstrates for the first time that the drug improves the symptoms by decreasing the ratio of the GABA to glutamate in the brain. GABA and glutamate are both neurotransmitters – chemical messengers that help nerve cells in the brain communicate.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 27, 2020 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience autism

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