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Using artificial bone and eggshell as building materials
The concrete industry is said to be ecologically unfriendly, and solutions to the problem may lie with some new, bio-inspired building materials.
Engineering The Circular Building
The Circular Building project introduces a revolutionary new idea to how we make things. From the ‘take, make dispose’ model of the industrial, linear economy to a circular economy.
Brain size, social comparison and co-operative machines
A study shows how social comparison is linked to co-operation, human brain size and future developments in machine intelligence
The Spider and the Violin
A postgraduate student at Imperial College has developed a new composite material for violins – made with Golden Orb Spider silk
This month's MOOCs
Ever wanted to get a taste of UK STEM higher education? Try one of these STEM MOOCs opening over the next month.
New carbon capture technologies and climate change
A study shows that carbon capture and storage technologies may allow continued use of fossil fuels whilst limiting global temperature rises.
Envy, guilt and inequality impact on happiness
In a follow-up to an experiment which developed a ‘happiness equation’, new research suggests that our sense of inequality, through guilt and envy, impacts our own happiness.
Preventing future H5N1 outbreaks in Vietnam
The persistence of H5N1 poses a serious risk to economic and food security, and public health worldwide. A Newton Fund collaboration is exploring why it persist and how it can be stopped.
Are we now officially in the Anthropocene?
The Anthropocene refers to the idea that human behaviours have changed the earth’s ecosystems, but is it official, and what does it mean for the future of humanity?
Sustaining the idea of Sustainability
Integrating natural science and social science is critical to sustainable ecological conservation, says Dr Christina Hicks.
The neuroscience of empathy, reward and autism
New research explores how understanding the relationship between empathy and reward may help our approach to autism.
A new drone with flexible, bat-inspired wings
Scientists at Southampton and Imperial have completely reframed the design problem of drones by looking to the flight capabilities of bats
What will be our future in a world of AI
What will Artificial Intelligence mean for the world? Cubed speaks to Dr Ó hÉigeartaigh, Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk to find out.
Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Cancer Cells
Using machine learning, researchers have developed a method to identify cancer cells whichmay help speed up medical diagnoses
Stopping disease carrying mosquitoes 1: Oxitec Ltd.
With the World Health Organisation calculating that half the world is now at risk from dengue fever, a genetically modified mosquito offers a solution
Stopping disease carrying mosquitoes 2: Gene Drive
Using the approach of molecular biology, scientists at Imperial College have created a method which may dramatically halt the number of malaria cases
The next generation of digital and anti-counterfeit security
Doctoral student wins award and publishes research envisioning practical devices for making the world of technology hack-free.
Sharing insight about childhood trauma from around the world
Professor Panos Vostanis has developed a new internet platform WACIT – World Awareness for Children in Trauma – as a resource for sharing knowledge and best practices in supporting children
Extreme Citizen Science
A group of researchers at University College London are pushing the boundaries of citizen science, helping people transform their communities.
Citizen science to monitor pollution with iPhones
Aerosols and pollutants have an increasingly damaging impact on health, the environment and the economy. A citizen science project is helping track pollution across the EU.
From Terminator to airplane wings: self-repairing materials
Airplane wings, offshore wind turbines, sports equipment may all be repairing themselves thanks to some ‘what if’ thinking by chemists and engineers.
App to test cultural differences in thinking styles
How do our individual thinking styles evolve and change? Aided by a downloadable app, a new study explores the different values and frames of thinking around the world.
UK funders call for debate on genetically modifying humans
In early September 2015 five UK medical research funders called for a public debate on genetic engineering humans, partly prompted by a tool called CRISPR-Cas9. What is this, and why now?
The millipede - Robin Hood of the forest floor
The millipede plays an essential role in regulating the decomposition of leaves in the forest. According to Franxois-Xavier Joly, FameLab France winner, millipedes are the real Robin Hoods.
Evolutionary Biology Identifies Key Moments In Pop Music
Drawing on a range of technology and evolutionary biology, scientists explore the development of pop music over the last 50 years.
How the recent past shapes our decision-making
A recent study highlights the extent to which we magnify events from the recent past when making decisions about similar situations
Podcast – Nicky Clayton on science-art collaboration
Self-confessed 'bird nerd' Professor Nicky Clayton (University of Cambridge) talks about the intelligence of birds, dance, and how science and art can work together.
Searching for the start of life
How did life on earth begin? And could these origins be found on other planets in our Universe? A team of UK scientists is answering some of the world's most exciting questions.
A project at the Venice Biennale suggests creative rethinking of nature, architecture and biotechnology.
How Urban Landscapes Shape Emotional and Mental Well-Being
The Urban Mind smartphone app researches the impact of the urban environment on our mental well-being, with a view to aiding better psychological treatment and urban planning.
Critical threshold in Amazon deforestation
A large-scale new study identifies a critical threshold for significant species loss in the Amazon due to deforestation, but also suggests a strategy for action
Training synaesthesia to boost IQ and memory skills
A study at the University of Sussex’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science explores how training can generate synaesthetic experiences and may lead to cognitive boost and better memory
With cybersecurity grabbing the headlines, a group of UK universities begin timely research on security for major national systems in the digital age
Great news: your cells are dying
Didac Carmona, winner of FameLab 2012, talks to Eva Vlckova about his research and why your cells dying keeps you alive
Mapping the genetic architecture of Africa
Research by the African Genome Variation Project to produce a better understanding of how people with particular genes are susceptibility to specific diseases
Poetry, music, emotions and the brain
You know that thrill, that feeling you get when listening to music? A new study shows that the brain reacts in the same way to the thrill of reading.
Facial Expressions, Cultural Difference, Empathy
New research suggests that not only are there four basic emotions expressed through the face, but that how these emotions are interpreted depends on cultural background