A good egg: robot chef trained to make omelettes

A team of engineers have trained a robot to prepare an omelette, all the way from cracking the eggs to plating the finished dish, and refined the ‘chef’s’ culinary skills to produce a reliable dish that actually tastes good.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~5 min

Tags:  robot  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence  food

Antarctic ice sheets capable of retreating up to 50 metres per day

The ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic coastline retreated at speeds of up to 50 metres per day at the end of the last Ice Age, far more rapid than the satellite-derived retreat rates observed today, new research has found.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change polar-science antarctic-ice-sheet antarctic ocean

Tackling COVID-19: Professor James Wood

“Cambridge’s infectious diseases community is making a huge contribution to tackling the pandemic,” says Professor James Wood. He leads several large-scale programmes at the University that rely on his research expertise: infectious diseases that jump from animals to humans. This is, he says, a research area that was ‘colossally neglected’ before COVID-19 emerged.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus

Professor Andrew Fabian awarded Kavli Prize

Professor Andrew Fabian from Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy has been awarded the 2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, one of the world's most prestigious science prizes. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy x-ray

School segregation by wealth is creating unequal learning outcomes for children in the Global South

Millions of the world’s poorest children are leaving school without mastering even basic levels of reading or maths because of an overlooked pattern of widespread, wealth-based inequalities in their countries’ education systems, new research suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education africa international-development inequality

Antibody designed to recognise pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found a way to design an antibody that can identify the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells – a potential advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease chemistry neuroscience dementia

Healthcare rationing could see ‘unlawful deaths' from COVID-19, researchers claim

Current medical guidelines risk unlawful deaths of patients – with doctors, hospitals, and even the government potentially liable – if a second peak forces hard choices due to shortages of ventilators and other critical care resources.     

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: hospital covid-19 ethics law

Surging numbers of first-generation learners at risk of being left behind in education systems worldwide

‘First-generation learners’ – a substantial number of pupils around the world who represent the first generation in their families to receive an education – are also significantly more likely to leave school without basic literacy or numeracy skills, a study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education africa international-development

National trial launched to test re-purposing existing drugs to treat COVID-19 patients

A new trial to prevent organ failure and death in COVID-19 patients has been launched led by clinicians and scientists in Cambridge and London.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

Most young people with increased suicide risk only display ‘mild to moderate’ mental distress – study

Around 70% of young people who report self-harming or suicidal thoughts are within normal or non-clinical range of mental distress.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: public-health mental-health suicide

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