• Mitigating the global risk from volcanic eruptions

    Inventors: Michael Cassidy, Associate Professor of Volcanology, University of Birmingham & Lara Mani, Cambridge Centre for Study of Existential Risk At any one time, there are typically 15 live volcanic eruptions around the world. As well as local impacts on homes and livelihoods, there is always the risk of an eruption causing a cascade of…

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  • Analysing the need for a tool to promote social cohesion

    Inventors: Gustavo Almeida & Dr. Joao Costa, VOI Social Impact More information: Making peace & VOI website VOI Social Impact is new social enterprise based around Dr Costa’s PhD research, which was carried out at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge. VOI, which stands for “Veil of Ignorance” is a proven methodology to promote social cohesion in fragile…

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  • Identifying the market potential for a compact self-contained sterilisation system

    Inventor: Katie Pascavis, Engineering & Arizona State University During the COVID pandemic, the inventor was based at Arizona State University and investigated the issue of sterilisation of medical equipment. The emergency standard for sterilising N95 masks at the start of the pandemic was to use vaporised hydrogen peroxide in large-scale systems, which is expensive and not portable. The inventor…

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  • Decarbonising the world by making multiple-occupancy buildings more energy efficient

    Inventors: Dr. Anna-Maria Kypriaou & Dr. Tashiv Ramsander, Engineering & Eyesea Green Sustainability and decarbonisation are stated key priorities of many organisations but can be difficult to achieve in practise. One key way to decarbonise is to reduce the amount of energy used. In particular heating and cooling use significant amounts of energy, as do…

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  • Investigating the market need for an AI-friendly computer memory material

    Inventors: Professor Judith Driscoll & Dr. Markus Hellenbrand, Materials Science & Metallurgy 8-10% of global electricity useage is used by computing and communications technologies, and this may rise to 20-30% within the next few years. This means that the progressing digitalisation of the world, the emergence of the Internet of Things and recent rapid progress…

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  • Identifying the route to market for a new dry methane

    Inventors: Dr Vladimir Lomonosov & Prof. Emilie Ringe, Materials Science & Metallurgy Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) account for over 90% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, making them driving factors for global warming and consequently for shaping current environmental policies. To meet environmental targets, society needs to concurrently emit less and capture more…

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  • Improving AI safety by mapping what AIs really learn

    Inventor: Dr Botty Dimanov, Computer Lab AI (artificial intelligence) or machine-based learning is now in widespread use, being used in areas as diverse as the development of self-driving cars, image, speech and sound recognition, improving search algorithms, and searching for new drug molecules. The key to the method is that the programmer develops training algorithms…

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  • Assessing the route to market for a diagnostic tool for

    Inventors: Professor Tuomas Knowles & Dr Aviad Levin, Chemistry Current diagnoses of Parkinsons disease rely on post-mortem analysis or the presence of symptomatic disease. However by the time symptoms emerge the disease itself has already progressed sufficiently to cause permanent neurological damage. Parkinsons, in common with several other neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimers and Huntingdons…

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  • Harnessing the power of bacteria for disease prevention and sustainable

    Inventor: Dr. Alicia Showering, BugBiome The founder of BugBiome, Dr. Alicia Showering, studied differences in the skin microbiome during her PhD research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In particular she researched how differences in the skin microbiome are associated with attractiveness to mosquitoes and how this then influences whether the mosquitoes…

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    Rankin Shoot 28/03/23 For World Malaria Day. Rising Stars