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Six great ideas that are changing the world

Watch the new Cambridge Enterprise Heath Robinson-esque film about six great inventions that Cambridge Enterprise have helped to become commercial realities.  

One of the ideas featured is the genome sequencing invented by Professors David Klenerman and Shankar Balasubramanian in the Department of Chemistry, which has made large-scale sequencing possible quickly, routinely and at low cost.  

Image courtesy Contra film.  


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Bad Air Day?

Prof Rod Jones discusses his research into low-cost pollution detectors to tackle air quality in University of Cambridge video.  

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John Pyle discusses the ozone hole in Costing the Earth podcast

John Pyle discusses the 30 years since environmental disaster was prevented when British scientists discovered the hole in the ozone layer in this Costing the Earth podcast.

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The DNA revolution

Professors Shankar Balsubramanian and David Klenerman are featured in the Royal Society's collection of "Success Stories" showcasing the translation of scientific breakthroughs into commercial success.

The Royal Society is developing a collection of success stories that showcase how this translation of scientific breakthroughs into commercial success has been achieved in the UK. The stories are selected from a range of academic disciplines and industry sectors. They all demonstrate how excellent research in the UK has led to new products and businesses, created jobs, brought in investment and improved people’s health and well-being.

Professor Shankar Balasubramanian FMedSci FRS and Professor David Klenerman FRS from the Department of Chemistry are featured in The next DNA revolution begins here.

Photo of an example of the results of automated chain-termination DNA sequencing by Abizar at en.wikipedia


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NERC International Impact Prize

Neil Harris and John Pyle win NERC International Impact Prize.

Professor John Pyle, Dr Neil Harris and colleagues at the University of Cambridge and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science played a leading role in demonstrating the effect of man-made gases on the ozone layer, and the consequences for human health.

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"The Life Scientific", with Dame Carol Robinson

Dame Carol Robinson was the first female Professor of Chemistry in the Department.

Dame Carol Robinson, who was the first female Professor of Chemistry in the Department, was featured on the Radio 4 programme "The Life Scientific" on Tuesday 22 July. While at Cambridge, Professor Robinson was also a Next Generation Fellow, funded by the Walters-Kundert Charitable Trust. She left Cambridge in 2009 to become a Royal Society Research Professor at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford.

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Flying around storms in the tropics

Storms in the West Pacific play a crucial role in the global climate system. Starting above some of the warmest waters, they carry sufficient energy to punch through the boundary that separates the troposphere, the lowest layer in the atmosphere, from the stratosphere above. In doing so, they reach as high as 20 km and carry air up from the Earth's surface. Chemicals in the air reaching the stratosphere can lead to ozone depletion. The storms are also important part for the El Nino / Southern Oscillation and the jet stream, and so affect weather and climate many thousands of miles away.

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Crick Memorial Meeting

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA, and the approaching centenary of the birth of Francis Crick, the Federation of European Biochemical Soceities (FEBS) and the Agouron Institute sponsored in conjunction with Gonville and  Caius College a unique and historic meeting given by colleagues who were present at the time and by historians of science. 

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