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News stories archive - 2021

News stories archive - 2021

Alumni stories: Meet Farah Alibay – the eyes and ears of robots on Mars

20 Dec 2021

Alumna Farah Alibay grew up enjoying outer space films. What captured her interest then – the exploration of other worlds – has since become the focus of her job at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.

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New model improves accuracy of machine learning in COVID-19 diagnosis while preserving privacy

16 Dec 2021

Researchers in the UK and China have developed an AI model that can diagnose COVID-19 as well as a panel of professional radiologists, while preserving the privacy of patient data. 

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Do you use predictive text? Chances are it’s not saving you time – and could even be slowing you down

15 Dec 2021

In this article from The Conversation, Per Ola Kristensson, Professor in Interactive Systems Engineering, discusses various studies looking at mobile typing data and predictive text.

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Cambridge Enterprise invests in a technology start-up aiming to cut CO₂ emissions by gigatonnes

13 Dec 2021

The investment will accelerate the development of AI technology start-up Carbon Re to help the global cement industry and other energy-intensive industries reach net zero targets.

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Entrepreneurial postdocs win investment for innovative commercial ventures

08 Dec 2021

Research associates Dr Alex Justin and Dr Christopher Cleaver have won investment for their business plans in The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition 2021.

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Interactive tool helps you decide how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

06 Dec 2021

Is it risky to sing in a choir? How much difference does it make to open windows or clean surfaces? A new interactive tool helps people make decisions on COVID-19.

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For the brain, context is key to new theory of movement and memory

29 Nov 2021

Mathematical model could help in physical therapy and shed light on learning more generally. 

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Two-metre COVID-19 rule is ‘arbitrary measurement’ of safety

25 Nov 2021

Study shows that airborne transmission of COVID-19 is highly random and suggests that the 2 metre rule was a number chosen from a risk ‘continuum’ rather than a concrete measurement of safety

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Optoelectronics research supported by COVID-19 impact fund

24 Nov 2021

PhD student Jana Skirnewskaja has been awarded a ‘Return to Research’ grant in support of her optical experiments, after her research was hit by delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New concrete mould system uses the right amount of concrete and no more

22 Nov 2021

Concrete is the world’s most widely consumed material after water, and its production contributes to more than 7% of global CO2 emissions. 

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