Cambridge scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier state. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 14, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: multiple-sclerosis-ms stem-cells brain spotlight-on-neuroscience

Governments are failing to understand global catastrophic risks and need to take urgent action, says new report

Governments are failing to understand the human-driven catastrophic risks that threaten global security, prosperity and potential, and could in the worst case lead to mass harm and societal collapse, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 13, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: risk risk-and-uncertainty spotlight-on-risk

Women in STEM: Dr Anita Faul

Dr Anita Faul is a Teaching Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory and a Fellow of Selwyn College, where she specialises in algorithms. Here, she tells us about what it's like to teach at Cambridge and whether we can trust the answers that computers give us. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 8, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem big-data artificial-intelligence machine-learning

Machine learning to help develop self-healing robots that ‘feel pain’

Researchers from the University of Cambridge will use self-healing materials and machine learning to develop soft robotics as part of a new collaborative project.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 7, 2019 | cambridge
~2 mins   

Tags: robot automation advanced-materials machine-learning artificial-intelligence engineering

Prenatal parental stress linked to behaviour problems in toddlers

Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioural problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the first time, that couple conflict helps explain emotional problems in very young children.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 6, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: children parents spotlight-on-neuroscience

New stem cell combination could help to repair damaged hearts

A combination of heart cells derived from human stem cells could be the answer to developing a desperately-needed treatment for heart failure, according to new research by scientists at the University of Cambridge, published in Nature Biotechnology.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 5, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: stem-cells heart-disease innovation

Women in STEM: Valentina Ndolo

Valentina Ndolo is a Gates Cambridge Scholar in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, where she is a PhD student developing mathematical models to identify areas of Uganda most at risk of anthrax. In 2016, she founded the STEMing Africa Initiative to advocate for the active inclusion of African women in STEM by supporting talented female graduates to secure scholarships for advanced degrees at leading universities worldwide.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 1, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

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

High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. The findings are published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Cambridge University News | July 29, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children autism hormone

Women in STEM: Dr Kate Dry

Dr Kate Dry is Information Specialist in Professor Steve Jackson’s Lab at the Gurdon Institute. Here, she tells us about unexpected career paths, working in science while raising a family, and being a member of a world-leading cancer research lab. 

Cambridge University News | July 25, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem cancer

‘Crystal clocks’ used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions

The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth’s crust for as long as a thousand years, a result which may help with volcanic hazard management and better forecasting of when eruptions might occur.

Cambridge University News | July 18, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: volcano geology lava earth-science risk-and-uncertainty

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