New technique to synthesise nanostructured nanowires

16 Jul 2015

Researchers have developed a new method for growing ‘hybrid’ crystals at the nanoscale, in which quantum dots – essentially nanoscale semiconductors – of different materials can be sequentially incorporated into a host nanowire with perfect junctions between the components.

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Fighting board rubber-stamping

14 Jul 2015

Public companies should appoint a ‘Contrarian Director’ – inspired by the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ – to challenge board decisions and suggest alternatives, according to new Cambridge research.  

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Is big data still big news?

30 Jun 2015

People talk about ‘data being the new oil’, a natural resource that companies need to exploit and refine. But is this really true or are we in the realm of hype? Mohamed Zaki explains that, while many companies are already benefiting from big data, it also presents some tough challenges.

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I always feel like somebody’s watching me…

25 Jun 2015

What power can individuals have over their data when their every move online is being tracked? Researchers at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory are building new systems that shift the power back to individual users, and could make personal data faster to access and at much lower cost.

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Bringing engineering to life

Dr Hugh Hunt, Reader in the Department of Engineering, has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Award for outstanding contributions to the public promotion of engineering.

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Computer tutor

17 Jun 2015

Millions of English language tests are taken each year by non-native English speakers. Researchers at Cambridge’s ALTA Institute are building ‘computer tutors’ to help learners prepare for the exam that could change their lives. 

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New Head for Institute for Manufacturing

15 Jun 2015

Professor Andy Neely (pictured right) has been appointed as the new Head of the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Professor of Manufacturing on the retirement of Professor Sir Mike Gregory (pictured left) on 30 September. 

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