Wind more effective than cold air at cooling rooms naturally

The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of experiments by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 20, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: heating cooling cities sustainability sustainable-earth climate-change engineering

A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked

On some of the Galapagos Islands where human-introduced predators of Darwin’s finches were eradicated over a decade ago, the finches are still acting as though they are in danger, according to research published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 20, 2019 | cambridge
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Climate change could double greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater ecosystems

Every drop of fresh water contains thousands of different organic molecules that have previously gone unnoticed. By measuring the diversity of these molecules and how they interact with the environment around them, research has revealed an invisible world that affects the functioning of freshwater ecosystems and can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-sustainable-earth

Saving ‘Half-Earth’ for nature would affect over a billion people

Plans to save biodiversity must take into account the social impacts of conservation if they are to succeed, say University of Cambridge researchers.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: conservation spotlight-on-conservation spotlight-on-sustainable-earth biodiversity

Sir David Attenborough: "Our planet hangs in the balance"

Forests burn, glaciers melt and one million species face extinction. Can we humans save the planet from ourselves? Here, Sir David Attenborough speaks to us about the climate crisis and his hopes for the future. His words begin our new focus on Sustainable Earth, looking at how we transition to a carbon zero future, protect the planet's resources, reduce waste and build resilience.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-sustainable-earth climate-change sustainability biodiversity conservation environment

Women in STEM: Dr Stephanie Höhn

Dr Stephanie Höhn is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a member of Trinity Hall. Here, she tells us about her unusual path to an academic career, the advantages of being a biologist in a mathematics department, and how an organism that can turn itself inside out might one day help us prevent certain birth defects.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 14, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: women-in-stem mathematics physics cell

Visualising heat flow in bamboo could help design more energy-efficient and fire-safe buildings

Modified natural materials will be an essential component of a sustainable future, but first a detailed understanding of their properties is needed. The way heat flows across bamboo cell walls has been mapped using advanced scanning thermal microscopy, providing a new understanding of how variations in thermal conductivity are linked to the bamboo’s elegant structure. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, will guide the development of more energy-efficient and fire-safe buildings, made from natural materials, in the future. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 13, 2019 | cambridge
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‘Messy’ production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material’s use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 11, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: physics solar-cells perovskite energy advanced-materials

Ambitious project launched to map genomes of all life in British Isles

An unprecedented insight into the diverse range of species on the British Isles will be made possible by Wellcome funding to the Darwin Tree of Life project.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 8, 2019 | cambridge
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GP clinics could help bridge mental health treatment gap, study finds

Patients experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues could be managed effectively by GP practices, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. This could also help reduce the stigma faced by these individuals. However, specialist treatment may still prove more cost-effective in the long term, say the researchers.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 7, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-public-health spotlight-on-neuroscience mental-health

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