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Research is tackling the need to reduce energy demand, maintain energy supply, increase the efficiency of energy-requiring processes, and develop policy and pricing strategies. To find out more about our research in energy, visit the Energy Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) website

Cellulose in the plant cell wall

Using plants to harvest the Sun’s energy

01 Sep 2007

How can we efficiently unlock the bioenergy stored within plants? Research carried out in the Department of Biochemistry is breaking down the...

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Bamboo

Wind turbines turn to bamboo

01 Sep 2007

Bamboo – one of China’s most precious commodities – is showing great promise as the material of choice for building wind turbines.

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Dr Carenza Lewis

Dr Carenza Lewis

01 Sep 2007

A passion for communicating the thrill of the dig and for uncovering evidence of lives long gone is what inspires archaeologist Dr Carenza Lewis. Her...

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Latest innovations by tech students on show

08 Jun 2007

A pocket Braille reading tool and a system that holds up speeding motorists are among the latest designs being unveiled by Cambridge University...

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Dr Chris Smith

Dr Chris Smith

01 Apr 2007

Public engagement with science is top of Dr Chris Smith's agenda. His trailblazing approach to making scientific issues interesting, interactive and...

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Stacks of Clothes

Well dressed?

01 Apr 2007

As clothes become cheaper and fashion becomes 'faster', how are we to balance our consumption with environmental, economic and social sustainability...

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UK falling short in cutting carbon emissions

16 Feb 2007

Britain will fail to meet even the minimum target for reduced carbon emissions by 2020 if it does not introduce tougher green policies, a conference...

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Lecture: The Prince of Wales's Business & the Environment Programme

31 Jan 2007

H Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will be in London today to deliver the London Lecture of The Prince of Wales's Business & the...

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Cambridge scientists lay groundwork for safer nuclear waste storage

11 Jan 2007

Mineral-based waste forms could enable safer, cheaper and more publicly acceptable disposal.

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Energy survey reveals gap between attitudes and action

20 Dec 2006

A new survey of public attitudes towards energy and the environment has shown a clear divergence between people’s views as citizens and their actions...

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Gonville & Caius expands for the 21st century

17 Oct 2006

Gonville & Caius College opened the doors to its brand new student residence and conference centre at 5 West Road this term, marking the most...

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Coastal communities face greater threat of flooding due to land reclamation

01 Sep 2006

Seafront communities are being left wide open to the risk of flooding because of the loss of coastal ecosystems, a Cambridge academic has warned.

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