Echo Ouyang standing in a geothermal plant room

Deep heat

16 Dec 2011

A whole range of alternative technologies will be needed to fill our huge appetite for energy and reduce our dependency on finite resources. Echo Ouyang, a PhD student in the Department of Engineering, is making an important contribution to research into the development of geothermal energy technology which might one day heat (and cool) our homes.

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Neurons, in vitrio colour!

The man with the golden brain

13 Dec 2011

What’s the point of a brain? This fundamental question has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement. In a recent talk for TED, Wolpert explores the research that resulted in him receiving the Golden Brain Award.

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Hugh in the recreated tunnel at Zagan

Recreating ‘The Great Escape’

28 Nov 2011

First it was the Dambusters raid, now Cambridge University’s Dr Hugh Hunt has helped to recreate ‘The Great Escape’ from Germany’s infamous Stalag Luft III.

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Thin film solar cell.

Microscopic marvels and grand designs

17 Oct 2011

The best of University of Cambridge engineering has gone on show in the Department of Engineering's annual Carl Zeiss photography and video competition.

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A section of an Ashby chart

It’s a material world

15 Sep 2011

A spin-out from Cambridge's Engineering Department and a leading supplier of materials information technology software to industry, Granta Design has achieved an average growth of 30 per cent over the past ten years.

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Vegetables

Food security: your questions answered

31 Aug 2011

Over the past month, the University of Cambridge has been profiling research that addresses one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century – how to guarantee enough food, fairly, for the world’s rapidly expanding population. As part of this, we asked whether you had a question that you wanted us to answer, and put them to a panel of academics who specialise in research to do with food security. Here's what they had to say. Thanks to everyone who sent questions in!

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