Originally founded in 1209, it is the second-oldest university in English-speaking areas, and the world’s third-oldest surviving university. The university grew out of an association of scholars that was formed in 1209, early records suggest, by scholars leaving Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk. The two “ancient universities” have many common features and are often jointly referred to as Oxbridge.
Today, Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 constituent colleges and comprehensive academic departments which are organised into six academic schools. All these organisations occupy different locations in the town including purposely-built sites and the student life is found in the arts, sport clubs and societies. Cambridge has nurtured many prominent alumni, and 90 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university. It is also a member of various academic associations and forms part of the ‘golden triangle’ of English universities.
University of Cambridge research articles from Innovation Toronto
- DNA in blood can track cancer development and response in real time – November 9, 2015
- Cambridge Researchers Make Lithium-Air Battery Tech Breakthrough – November 2, 2015
- Entanglement at heart of ‘two-for-one’ singlet fission could double solar cell output – October 29, 2015
- New glass manufacturing technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and revolutionise gas storage – August 29, 2015
- On the origin of (robot) species – August 16, 2015
- Robots learn to evolve and improve – August 13, 2015
- Can Computers be Creative? – July 7, 2015
- ‘Pick & mix’ smart materials for robotics – June 24, 2015
- Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter – June 22, 2015
- New gold standard established for open and reproducible research – May 7, 2015
- Alzheimer’s breakthrough: scientists home in on molecule which halts development of disease – February 16, 2015
- Responsive material could be the ‘golden ticket’ of sensing – January 9, 2015
- Finally, a method for recycling of plastic-aluminum laminates – December 30, 2014
- Airplanes Go Hybrid-Electric – December 26, 2014
- Cambridge breakthrough in artifical muscle research – November 21, 2014
- New research lights the way to super-fast computers – November 9, 2014
- Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers – September 22, 2014
- First graphene-based flexible display produced – September 15, 2014
- To clean air and beyond: Catching greenhouse gases with advanced membranes – September 7, 2014
- Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change – September 5, 2014
- Pairing old technologies with new for next generation electronic devices – August 14, 2014
- Cambridge team breaks superconductor world record – July 17, 2014
- Cancer breakthrough as scientists discover how cells spread for the first time paving the way for new treatments to halt disease in its tracks – July 8, 2014
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- Human brain cells created from skin
- First Demonstration of Inkjet-Printed Graphene Electronics
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London’s first timber skyscraper could be a step closer to reality this week after researchers presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden building integrated within the Barbican.
If London is going to survive it needs to increasingly densify. One way is taller buildings. We believe people have a greater affinity for taller buildings in natural materials rather than steel and concrete towers.
Researchers from Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture are working with PLP Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork on the future development of tall timber buildings in central London.
The use of timber as a structural material in tall buildings is an area of emerging interest for its variety of potential benefits; the most obvious being that it is a renewable resource, unlike prevailing construction methods which use concrete and steel. The research is also investigating other potential benefits, such as reduced costs and improved construction timescales, increased fire resistance, and significant reduction in the overall weight of buildings.
The conceptual proposals currently being developed would create over 1,000 new residential units in a 1 million sq ft mixed-use tower and mid-rise terraces in central London, integrated within the Barbican.
Dr Michael Ramage, Director of Cambridge’s Centre for Natural Material Innovation, said: “The Barbican was designed in the middle of the last century to bring residential living into the city of London – and it was successful. We’ve put our proposals on the Barbican as a way to imagine what the future of construction could look like in the 21st century.
“If London is going to survive it needs to increasingly densify. One way is taller buildings. We believe people have a greater affinity for taller buildings in natural materials rather than steel and concrete towers. The fundamental premise is that timber and other natural materials are vastly underused and we don’t give them nearly enough credit. Nearly every historic building, from King’s College Chapel to Westminster Hall, has made extensive use of timber.”
Kevin Flanagan, Partner at PLP Architecture said “We now live predominantly in cities and so the proposals have been designed to improve our wellbeing in an urban context. Timber buildings have the potential architecturally to create a more pleasing, relaxed, sociable and creative urban experience.
“Our firm is currently designing many of London’s tall buildings, and the use of timber could transform the way we build in this city. We are excited to be working with the University and with Smith and Wallwork on this ground breaking design- and engineering-based research.”
The tall timber buildings research also looks towards creating new design potentials with timber buildings, rather than simply copying the forms of steel and concrete construction. The transition to timber construction may have a wider positive impact on urban environments and built form, and offers opportunities not only to rethink the aesthetics of buildings, but also the structural methodologies informing their design as well.
Just as major innovations in steel, glass and concrete revolutionised buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries, creating Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace and the Parisian arcades described by Walter Benjamin, innovations in timber construction could lead to entirely new experiences of the city in the 21st century.
The type of wood these new buildings would use is regarded as a ‘crop’. The amount of crop forest in the world is currently expanding. Canada alone could produce more than 15billion m³ of crop forest in the next 70 years, enough to house around a billion people.
At present, the world’s tallest timber building is a 14-storey apartment block in Bergen, Norway. The proposals presented to Johnson included concepts for a timber tower nearly 300m high, which would make it the second tallest building in London after The Shard.
Dr Ramage added: “We’ve designed the architecture and engineering and demonstrated it will stand, but this is at a scale no one has attempted to build before. We are developing a new understanding of primary challenges in structure and construction. There is a lot of work ahead, but we are confident of meeting all the challenges before us.”
Perhaps the most obvious concern for potential residents of homes built primarily from timber is fire risk. However, the team involved in the project said the proposed building would eventually meet or exceed every existing fire regulation currently in place for steel and concrete buildings.
Recent research has also shown that timber buildings can have positive effects on their user and occupant’s health. Some recent studies have also shown that children taught in schools with timber structures may perform better than in those made of concrete.
The designs for the Barbican is the first in a series of timber skyscrapers developed by Cambridge University in association with globally renowned architects and structural engineers with funding from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
A breakthrough in cell research may pave the way for treatments which stop cancer spreading through the body.
Scientists at British universities have worked out for the first time how cells are able to migrate from organ to organ.
The new research, spearheaded by biologists at University College London, could transform the way cancer is treated.
Crucially, the discovery has enabled scientists to work out how to block the movement of cells.
It means that aggressive cancer, which can quickly advance away from a primary tumour, might in the future be effectively frozen and isolated as soon as it is detected.