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Mosquito Antenna-inspired Tech Detects Biting Females of the Species
December 16, 2020
According to the World Mosquito Program, nearly 700 million people contract mosquito-borne illnesses each year, causing more than one million deaths.
5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Pause Your Job Search Over the Festive Period
December 10, 2020
The holidays are almost upon us and you might be thinking that it’s time to wind down your job hunting activities until at least the New Year. But why!?
New Cambridge Centre to Connect AI, Medicine and Life Sciences Sector
November 26, 2020
The University of Cambridge has announced a five-year agreement with AstraZeneca and GSK to fund a new centre at the university, which aims to use AI to make medical discoveries, accelerate the development of precision medicine and develop new treatments.
Cambridge Wireless and Huawei to Build Cambridge’s First Private 5g Testbed
November 20, 2020
Cambridge’s first 5G mobile private network will be constructed at the city’s Science Park, as part of a testbed due to go live in January 2021.
Cambridge Tech Salaries among Highest in UK
November 12, 2020
Demand for IT workers in Cambridge is high and that has caused tech salaries in the region to rise to become some of the highest in the whole of the UK. That’s one of the key findings to be revealed in Office for National Statistics (ONS) data compiled by job search engine Adzuna and entrepreneur network Tech Nation.
New Crop Science Centre Opens in Cambridge to Sustainably Improve Farmers Yields Worldwide
October 28, 2020
A new crop science centre, which hopes to sustainably improve farmers’ yields worldwide by translating research, has been opened in Cambridge.
Nasa and Nokia to Build 4g Network on the Moon
October 22, 2020
With the telecommunications industry on Earth as competitive as ever, Nokia has announced that it is branching out into a new market, one that still doesn’t boast a single mobile phone tower: the Moon.
Cambridge Researchers Create VR Software That Allows Scientists to ‘Walk’ Inside Cells
October 15, 2020
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have collaborated with 3D image analysis software company Lume VR Ltd to create Virtual Reality (VR) software that allows scientists to ‘walk’ inside cells.
Amazon Continues to Invest in Cambridge by Creating a New Team Focussed on Amazon Scout
September 28, 2020
Amazon is creating a new team at its Cambridge Development Centre to work on research and development of the company’s autonomous electric delivery robots.
Cambridge Entrepreneur One of Four Winners in Women4climate Tech Challenge 2020
September 23, 2020
A female entrepreneur from Cambridge is one of four winners of the second Women4Climate Tech Challenge 2020.
Over 75% of Space Junk from Unknown Origins
September 20, 2020
The human race’s continual quest to advance technologically knows no bounds. But the sad reality is that it often comes at the cost of natural environments. Important habitats destroyed, oceans full of plastic waste, the list goes on…
Cambridge researchers develop wireless device that makes clean fuel from Co2 and sunlight
August 28, 2020
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a standalone, wireless device that can convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel. The researchers say the breakthrough is a massive step towards achieving large-scale artificial photosynthesis
Scientists Use Orange Peel to Extract Valuable Metals from Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries
August 28, 2020
You could be forgiven for thinking that lithium-ion batteries — like the ones found in smartphones, laptops, electric mobility vehicles and more — are no longer much good once they have lost their charge. However, the reality is they still contain lots of valuable metals, such as lithium, cobalt, manganese and nickel, which can be recovered and recycled.
UK and Japanese Engineers Shatter Internet Speed Record
August 25, 2020
Engineers from the United Kingdom and Japan have set an incredible new Internet speed record of 178 terabits per second (Tb/s). That’s 178,000,000 megabits a second, fast enough to download the entire Netflix library in the blink of an eye!
Introducing Theia: The Handheld Robotic Guide Dog
August 6, 2020
Guide dogs provide visually impaired individuals with many benefits. However, they aren’t always appropriate, with cost, space and allergies all potential barriers to ownership. But a new technology being developed at Loughborough University could see all a guide dog’s functions channelled into a handheld, robotic device for the visually impaired.
The Tiny Camera That Can Take 3D Pictures Inside Your Blood Vessels
July 24, 2020
A team led by the University of Adelaide and the University of Stuttgart has used 3D micro-printing to create the world’s smallest imaging device, capable of going inside blood vessels.
JLR and Cambridge University Develop Touchless Touchscreen Technology
July 24, 2020
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the University of Cambridge are collaborating on the development of a new contactless touchscreen technology, which is designed to promote safer driving and reduce the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses in a post-COVID world.
Huawei Given Nod for 1bn Cambridgeshire R&D Facility
June 29, 2020
Huawei has been given the go-ahead by South Cambridgeshire District Council to build a £1bn research and development facility nine miles outside of Cambridge. Voting nine to one in Huawei’s favour on Thursday 25th June, councillors approved planning permission for the 53-acre site in Sawston, which Huawei will develop with a view to moving its operation from Ipswich to Cambridge.
Delivery Drones Could Quadruple Their Effective Range Using Buses Stanford Study
June 26, 2020
How do you extend the range of a drone? Put it on a bus, of course!

Now, while you might be thinking that we’re joking, that’s actually one of the findings to come out of new research from Stanford University.
University Of Cambridge Announces AI & Machine Learning Accelerator Programme
June 25, 2020
In an attempt to equip non-Computer Science students with valuable machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) skills, the University Of Cambridge has announced a new accelerator programme.
UK Leading the World in Online Safety Tech
June 9, 2020
Online safety tech is helping to make the Internet a safer place for millions of people and the UK is leading the way when it comes to innovation. Indeed, companies based in UK cities including London, Leeds, Cambridge and Edinburgh make up 25% of the global market share for safety tech products, an independent report reveals.
What Will Office Life Be like in a Post-COVID World?
June 9, 2020
Right now, many offices around the UK are sitting empty while staff are furloughed or working from home. But in time, the COVID-19 crisis will end and the lockdown situation will be eased and that means people will start, in theory, returning to their places of work.
The ground-breaking Terminator rubber that can heal itself
June 9, 2020
How frustrating is it when you’re driving along in your car and you suddenly get a puncture? It’s inconvenient at best and an absolute nightmare at worst, especially if you have no idea how to change your tyre!
5 Tips to Help You Ace Online Job Interviews
April 27, 2020
While the current COVID-19 outbreak has caused a lot of uncertainty and economic turmoil, there are companies out there that are still hiring at the moment. But with staying at home now the new temporary norm, many recruiting managers have taken to conducting online interviews instead of the more traditional face-to-face kind.
4 Ways to Use the Time Right Now to Up Your Job Hunting Game
April 15, 2020
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak means most people are at home wondering how everything is going to eventually play out. The lack of a daily commute also means most of us have more time on our hands right now than ever before. So if you’ve been considering looking for a new job, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Japanese Team Develops Plant-based Plastic That Biodegrades in the Ocean
March 30, 2020
Unless we do something radical, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean (by weight) than fish. That was the stark warning issued in a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation back in December 2017.
Cambridge Attracted More Tech Investment than London in 2019
March 23, 2020
Cambridge attracted four times as much tech investment as London in 2019, further highlighting how the university city is quickly emerging as the UK’s Silicon Valley, new figures show.
Cambridge Scientists Develop World First App to Aid Type 1 Diabetes Management
March 20, 2020
Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a smartphone app to significantly ease the burden of living with type 1 diabetes.
New Supercapacitor Could Lead to Electric Vehicles Charging in Just 10 Minutes
February 29, 2020
Supercapacitors charge almost instantly and have much longer lifespans than Li-ion batteries, but they typically can only store tiny amounts of power. Batteries, on the other hand, can hold large amounts of power, but take ages to fully charge – one of the biggest challenges with electric vehicles.
British Biotech Firm Releases GM Moths to Help Curb Crop Damage
February 29, 2020
Scientists have created a genetically modified (GM) male diamondback moth in an attempt to dramatically curb the billions of pounds worth of damage it wreaks every year on crops.
World's Strongest Robotic Hand Can Gracefully Play the Piano with Its Human-like Fingers
February 24, 2020
With enough strength to handle objects three times its own weight, the robotic hand below is touted as the “world’s strongest” by its makers. However, it’s not all about strength, as this robotic hand is gentle and dexterous enough to gracefully play a piano, serve a glass of water and even hold eggs.
Top Tech Job Hunting Tips for 2020
January 28, 2020
January is a popular month for job seekers, as individuals use the start of the New Year to look at their current career paths and contemplate whether they want to change them.
Introducing Wahu: The Adaptive Sole for your Shoes
January 28, 2020
From smart watches to fitness trackers to smart glasses and more, wearable tech has firmly established itself as a significant part of our lives. But how far will it all go? How about some ‘smart’ adaptive soles for your shoes!? Here’s Wahu…

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