Tiny particles, huge computersLaurence Cooper discusses computational methods and future technologies that can help us improve our understanding of particle physics. Laurence is a PhD student in theoretical physics at DAMTP, Cambridge.Monday, 23 September 2019
Review: To Be a Machine“Akin to a traveller’s diary, this book describes unbelievable technologies of tomorrow, such as mind uploading, cryonics, artificial superintelligence and device implantation”
Thursday, 13 June 2019
A Digital (R)EvolutionCharles Jameson examines neuroscience’s role in solving the most difficult computational problemsThursday, 23 May 2019
What if We Touched Mars?Patrick Lundgren reflects on the scientific and moral implications of humanity’s dream of space exploration coming true.
Friday, 7 July 2017
FOCUS: Speak More, Act MoreWith ongoing political and public apathy surrounding sustainability and development, Kelsey Reichenbach and Paul Cohen ask the experts Professor Simon Schaffer,...Friday, 7 July 2017
Lord Martin Rees: the Future and CatastropheLord Martin Rees is a former Master of Trinity College and an accomplished cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, and was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. Lord Rees spoke to Gabija Maršalkaite and Deyan Mihaylov.
Friday, 7 July 2017
Shakes and the CitySeán Thór Herron talks to Dr Emily So about preparing for earthquakes in urban areas
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Captain, there’s something on the radarThe Royal Navy have just unveiled their new radar system and the Artisan 3D boasts statistics stats that would impress tech-addicts everywhere.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
DNA could store digital filesA group led by Nick Goldman in Hinxton, UK, has demonstrated that DNA - the so-called “code of life” - can now be used to accurately archive all-sorts of digital media. Information encoded in DNA could be stored and read for thousands of years.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Review: Frank Close - Physics, Prizes and Phantom ParticlesWinning a Nobel Prize in neutrino physics, is all about longevity. That was the message of Professor Frank Close OBE to a joint audience from BlueSci, Cambridge University's Science Magazine, and the Cambridge University Physics Society.
Monday, 12 December 2011
ReviewsCool It - Bjorn Lomborg
Monday, 3 October 2011
Online game players solve structure of AIDS proteinPlayers from an online gaming community have solved the crystal structure of a retrovirus protein causing AIDS in rhesus monkeys. The gamers determined in just three weeks something that has eluded scientists for over 10 years.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Self-cleaning fabrics could be cleaner than everScientists at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new self-cleaning fabric that is more robust, has improved antibacterial qualities, and is easier to manufacture.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
A man-made mountain in the Netherlands?A Dutch journalist has proposed the idea of creating a mountain in the Netherlands, believing it will benefit the nation’s athletes and become a top attraction.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Fighting malaria with microwavesResearchers at Penn State University have been awarded a grant by the Gates Foundation to develop their idea of treating malaria with microwaves.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Putting waste energy to good useA prototype produced by engineers in the United States can capture wasted heat from exhausts and use it for air conditioning and the generation of electricity.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Serendipitous supercapacitorsThe unexpected discovery of a new three-dimensional porous carbon material could allow supercapacitors to rival the performance of the standard lead-acid battery.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
A new method to harness solar energyScientists reporting in Nature Materials have built a prototype to show that the thermoelectric effect might provide an alternative way to generate electricity from sunlight.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
BlueSciFilm: Understanding ocean currentsBlueSciFilm interview Natalie Roberts, PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University, about her work as a paleoceanographer, studying circulation of water around the Atlantic and its association with climate change.Monday, 9 May 2011
Plasmonic resonances in semiconductorsScientists have demonstrated localised surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in semiconductors, extending the range of materials that can be used for photonics and offering new possibilities for light harvesting, nonlinear optics and quantum information processes.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Feature: The ‘Map of Life’Further to our recent news story, Tim Middleton interviews creators of the new ‘Map of Life’ website ((http://www.mapoflife.org/index/)) and looks into the apparent absurdities and controversies of convergent evolution.
Monday, 18 April 2011
The search for antimatterThis month the space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey after a loyal 19 years service and its last...Thursday, 14 April 2011
New maps of Earth's gravity unveiledModels illustrating the most accurate measurements ever recorded of the variation in gravity across the Earth have been unveiled at an international conference at the Technische Universitat in Munich, Germany.
Monday, 4 April 2011
Metamaterials for superheroesThe invisibility cloaks of comic books may not be all that far-fetched according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. Their origins lie with the 19th Centrury physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Polymer failureResearchers at Duke University in the United States have shown for the first time how soft polymers can break down when exposed to high electric fields.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Organic monitorsA completely organic series of compounds are being developed to make display screens cheaper, more efficient and more flexible.
Friday, 11 March 2011
Last flight of DiscoveryNASA’s workhorse, ambassador, scientist and equal opportunity emissary the Space Shuttle Discovery today completes its final mission.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Avoiding stereotypesResearchers from the University of Michigan have developed a method that uses novel organic catalysts to produce pure chiral products...Monday, 7 March 2011
Spacecraft that think for themselvesScientists at the University of Southampton have developed a new control system for spacecraft, allowing them to make decisions more independently than ever before using artificially intelligent ‘sysbrains’ ((http://www.sesnet.soton.ac.uk/people/smv/avs_lab/index.htm)).
Saturday, 26 February 2011
Twirly-whirly electronsTransmission electron microscopes (TEM) are used to study and image a wide variety of materials due to their sub-nanometre resolving power. In a TEM electrons are shot through an object and adsorption, deflection and energy loss of the electrons is measured.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
FIT incentives and free solar panelsFeed-In Tariffs (FITs) were introduced in April 2010 to encourage homeowners to generate their own electricity. Technologies such as solar...Tuesday, 18 January 2011
90GB of data stored in 1g of bacteriaResearchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have succeeded in demonstrating data storage and encryption with bacteria.
Monday, 13 December 2010
One step closer to nano-machinesA team of scientists, led by Johannes Barth at TU Muenchen, have succeeded in the self-assembly of rod-shaped molecules to form nano-rotors within a honeycomb structure.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
On the origin of complexityTheoretical models have suggested that complexity comes with a cost, and the simplest organisms are the best at adapting to their environment. How then, have the most complex plants and animals evolved?
Friday, 8 October 2010
New mathematical model to aid biodiversity conservationA new theory of species diversity has been developed that predicts the number of species in an ecological community by mathematically accounting for the interdependent properties of individual species as well as those of the environment.
Thursday, 30 September 2010
A break-down in communicationsClimate change. Nuclear power. GM crops. Vaccines. Why is it that the general public is so often divided on issues that scientific experts largely agree on?
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Sun + Plastic Sheet = EnergyResearchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a major improvement for organic solar cells, reporting their results in the...Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The passion and profession of Richard ErnstOn Wednesday 7 July, an audience of over a thousand scientists gathered to hear Nobel laureate Richard Ernst talk about the scientific investigations on Tibetian religious paintings known as thangkas.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
How nature's colours could cut bank fraudScientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colours found on the wings of tropical butterflies. The findings could have important applications in the security printing industry, helping to make bank notes and credit cards harder to forge.
Monday, 31 May 2010
Silk is the secret to honeycomb strengthEngineers from China and Cardiff have uncovered the microscopic structure of honeycomb, which is responsible for its impressive mechanical properties...Thursday, 20 May 2010
Bio-Gels for Drug DeliveryScientists at Ajou University in South Korea have designed a material that forms a gel in vivo and releases protein...Monday, 10 May 2010
Focus: Lasers - Guiding us into the FutureBlueSci looks at how this physicist’s toy has become the tool of choice in so many areas of life and how they may play a vital role in solving the impending energy crisis.
Monday, 3 May 2010
Pavilion: Issue 17In chemistry, highly complex behaviour can follow from a number of simple rules. Drawings can be made by looking at the ways of developing complex, and profound, patterns from simple structures and techniques.
Monday, 4 January 2010
Spying on catalystsA new method for measuring catalytic activity has been developed using nanoparticles ((E. M. Larsson et al., “Nanoplasmonic Probes of Catalytic Reactions,” Science 326, no. 5956 (2009): 1091-1094.)).
Friday, 30 October 2009
Focus: The Manhattan ProjectAs the UK government continues discussion on the renewal of Trident, our missile-based nuclear weapons arsenal, Bluesci looks back on the only two bombs ever to be used in war and Britain’s role as a nuclear power.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Alternative Energy Poised for Take-offSpeakers from academia and industry argued that alternative energy sources such as wind power are now commercially viable, or very...Friday, 6 October 2006
Building With BiologyIn the summer of 2005 we worked within a team of Cambridge undergraduates to produce the UK’s first entry for the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competitionSunday, 21 May 2006
Dude, Where's My Phone?Ramsey Faragher pin-points the latest innovation in mobile phone technologySunday, 21 May 2006
The Internet: Past, present and futureCentred around the talk by Dr. Vinton Cerf (inventor of TCP/IP which is the basic technology of the Net), this is an account of the development of the Internet from its experimental military roots, through its present popularity and commercialism, to the space ageWednesday, 6 December 2000
How to avoid online fraudI want to understand more about online security. I want to know about the best systems and how they work,...Wednesday, 1 November 2000
Microsoft's network cracked On Wednesday 25 October, Microsoft found its network had been attacked by crackers who had managed to read the source code of a new piece of software Tuesday, 31 October 2000