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In-depth coverage of globally influential initiatives from academic and research institutes in Cambridge & the East of England.

Super sieves to capture greenhouse gases

molecular-sieveCambridge University researchers have developed advanced and powerful molecular ‘sieves’ which could be used to filter carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Genetic clue to heart disease

Nicole-OranzoCambridge scientists working with UK colleagues have discovered a rare gene variant that could lead to novel therapies to cut the risk of heart disease.

Cambridge strengthens at least one bridge with Scotland

Forth-Bridge-EdinburghAs bridges between Scotland and England stand threatened by the independence referendum, University of Cambridge engineers are using new technology to strengthen at least one busy highway known to motorists both sides of the border.

Stem cell advance made by Cambridge scientists

Austin-SmithCambridge scientists have successfully ‘reset’ human pluripotent stem cells to the earliest developmental state – equivalent to cells found in an 7-9 day old embryo before it implants in the womb.

Galloping success for new meat product test

Pulsar-IFRA new test to determine which animal is used in meat products will prevent a repeat of the horse meat scandal that rocked Europe last year.

Pioneering hearing aid on national award shortlist

Nick-ClarkResearchers at the University of Essex have been shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology category of the national Times Higher Education Awards.

Research sheds light on molecular process of evolution

TGAC-fishA study into a species of African fish has shed new light on the molecular process of evolution in all vertebrate species and gives a valuable insight into human biology and disease, according to The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC).

Study reveals genetic basis for animal domestication out of a rabbit hole

FedericaResearchers at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich have unveiled a study on how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into their domestic cousins – and predicts a similar diversity of gene variants that occur in humans and triggers our personality traits. The results of the study are published in Science.

Shami Chakrabarti is new Chancellor at University of Essex

Shami-ChakrabartiCivil rights defender Shami Chakrabarti is the new Chancellor of the University of Essex.

Cambridge materials revelation looks all white

CyphochilusThe physical properties of ultra-white scales on a South East Asia beetle could be utilised to make whiter paper, plastics and paints according to Cambridge UK researchers.

Bolt from the Blues in Varsity horse race

Oli-Lawrence-Varsity history is littered with tales of students horsing around. Now the thoroughbred brains from the Cambridge and Oxford stables really have the bit between their teeth. The latest university challenge will be on horseback.

Cambridge strikes gold with Trojan Horse brain tumour therapy

Cancer-cell-nanoparticlesCambridge UK scientists and engineers have devised a new Trojan Horse solution to zap brain cancer cells with gold nanoparticles.

Maternal health tech startup wins $400k from ARM and Gates

Dan-Storisteanu-SimPrintsCambridge University students in the UK piloting a fingerprint identification system for applications in global health, microfinance and fighting corruption have won £400,000 to commercialise the technology.

Speech recognition pioneer honoured

Steve-YoungCambridge UK speech recognition pioneer Professor Steve Young will be the 2015 recipient of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award.

Sir Keith O’Nions new chairman of Cambridge Enterprise

Sir-Keith-O-NionsOne of Cambridge academia’s favourite sons Sir Keith O’Nions – a British scientist and outgoing president and rector of Imperial College London – has been named as new chairman of Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge.

Sanger sleuths target genetic culprits behind antibiotic resistance

Julian-Parkhill-GRLCambridge UK researchers have developed a powerful new tool to identify genetic changes in disease-causing bacteria that are responsible for antibiotic resistance.

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