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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.

Camfed founder joins Obama in female education summit

Ann-Cotton-CamfedCambridge EdTech entrepreneur Ann Cotton rubbed shoulders with Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and other first ladies from around the world as the importance of educating young girls in Africa majored at a Washington summit.

University wins immigrant student verdict

Bill-RammellThe University of Bedfordshire has won immigration officials’ backing to resume recruitment of international students.

The drugs don’t work for vulnerable elderly

Dr-Chris-Fox-UEADrugs widely prescribed to the elderly could be causing a decline in cognitive and physical function according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Regenstrief Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Invisibility cloaks are looming into vision

Credit-Ventsislav-ValevSci-fi magic such as invisibility cloaks and allied cloaking devices may have moved closer to reality thanks to University of Cambridge technology.

Sanger inspires identification of new malaria vaccine candidates

Sanger-Juliana-WambuaCambridge UK researchers have helped inspire the discovery of new vaccine targets that could boost the battle against malaria.

The Bell tolls for Cambridge technology cluster

Bell-Lab-credentialsTechnology clusters cannot afford to stand still in the most intensely competitive environment ever witnessed in the world of commerce.

TSB chief takes Cranfield role

TSB-Iain-GrayTechnology Strategy Board (TSB) chief executive, Iain Gray is the new Director of Aerospace at the University of Cranfield.

Gas Safety Trust supports Cranfield biomass study

Chris-BielbyA group of MSc students at Cranfield University have undertaken a scoping study, sponsored by the Gas Safety Trust, which investigated the environmental and health impact of the increasing use of biomass fuel for the production of heat and electricity generation.

New £5m molecular farming facility in £26m research spree

Centrum-by-darren-carterMinister for Life Sciences George Freeman today lit the touchpaper to a £26 million spending spree on globally influential new facilities at Norwich Research Park.

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