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Solar-powered Engineering: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Driving a solar car across Australia sounds like something in a science fiction film, but every two years it becomes a reality at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) is a student society of around 60 people, founded in 2007. They design, build, and race solar powered vehicles, with a mission to inspire and innovate. Siddharth Gupta (2014) is an undergraduate at Pembroke studying Engineering, and…

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Caution: deep water

Recently the news has been full of images of Bárðarbunga, the volcano in Iceland that has wowed the world with spectacular eruptions accompanied by thousands of earthquakes. A team of…

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The joy of flies

What makes you decide to dedicate your life to fruit flies? ‘Good question,’ replies Dr Tim Weil. He thinks for a second before answering: ‘It wasn’t really deliberate. I met a professor when I started grad school who worked on flies and she seemed very friendly. I agreed to work in her lab for two months and it basically went from there.’ That was at Princeton in 2002. Since then, Tim has completed a PhD, researched in Scotland and Holland, completed a post-doc at the University of Oxford and, in 2013, he arrived in Cambridge to become a University Lecturer. Shortly afterwards he became a Fellow of Pembroke College. Tim’s…

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So what is matriculation?

Matriculation is one of those funny Cambridge words. Put simply, it means that new students officially join the University roll when they register at their college. The formal ceremony involves signing…

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Freshers’ Week 2014

Freshers’ week is a whirlwind of events for our new students. The gallery below gives you a glimpse of just some of this activity, including arrivals day, unpacking, inductions, picnics,…

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