A day in the life at Cambridge University: Reiss Akhtar


Reiss Akhtar's Cambridge journey started with a school visit. If you'd like to do the same, sign up to our Open Days on the 4-5 July
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Reiss is an English Literature student at Gonville & Caius College. He's also the Vice-President of the Pakistani Society.

Can cars talk to each other?


A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have shown.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, programmed a small fleet of miniature robotic cars to drive on a multi-lane track and observed how the traffic flow changed when one of the cars stopped.

When the cars were not driving cooperatively, any cars behind the stopped car had to stop or slow down and wait for a gap in the traffic, as would typically happen on a real road. A queue quickly formed behind the stopped car and overall traffic flow was slowed.

However, when the cars were communicating with each other and driving cooperatively, as soon as one car stopped in the inner lane, it sent a signal to all the other cars. Cars in the outer lane that were in immediate proximity of the stopped car slowed down slightly so that cars in the inner lane were able to quickly pass the stopped car without having to stop or slow down significantly.

https://www.proroklab.org

Magic and Medicine: The cases of history’s most notorious astrologer doctors


A ten-year project to study and digitise some 80,000 cases recorded by two famous astrological physicians has opened a wormhole into the everyday worries and desires of people who lived 400 years ago.

Tumble down the Casebooks Project rabbit-hole here: https://casebooks.lib.cam.ac.uk/

Determining the resistance of coastal salt marshes to extreme storms


Salt marshes fringe much of the world’s low-lying coasts. They act as a first line of defence against storm surge waves, reducing storm water levels and the run up of waves on landward sea defences. As a result, vulnerable shorelines and engineered coastal defences are at lower risk of suffering under the impact of climate change, for example through sea level rise and intense storms. Little is known, however, of the resistance of these natural buffers to the continued battering by waves and tides and even less is known about what kind of storm it takes to erode these protective fringes, and thus leaving the coast and the populations living alongside it considerably more vulnerable. This short film explains how a team of Geographers and Geologists is planning to shed light on what makes salt marshes resistant to storm waves, using the latest remote sensing and soil scanning technologies alongside one of the world’s largest indoor wave flumes.

More information is available at https://www.nerc-resist.uk/.

How to scan a pregnant manta ray


Manta rays are threatened worldwide and we still know little about their reproductive strategies. The ability to scan pregnant individuals will be invaluable in the quest to protect them.

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Manta Trust has successfully scanned a pregnant wild reef manta ray underwater to obtain clear ultrasound images of her foetus, using the world’s first contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.

https://www.mantatrust.org
https://www.philanthropy.cam.ac.uk

The Postgraduate Application Process at Cambridge


Student Finance at Cambridge


For more information on student finance at Cambridge see: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/fees-and-finance

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this video is accurate at the time it was uploaded, changes are likely to occur. It is therefore very important that you check the University and College websites for any updates before you apply for the course by visiting www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk and again before accepting any offer to study at the University. Where there is a difference between the contents of this video and these websites, the contents of the website take precedence and represent the basis on which we intend to deliver our educational services to you.

Settling in at Cambridge


For more information on settling in at Cambridge see: https://www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.ac.uk/

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this video is accurate at the time it was uploaded, changes are likely to occur. It is therefore very important that you check the University and College websites for any updates before you apply for the course by visiting www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk and again before accepting any offer to study at the University. Where there is a difference between the contents of this video and these websites, the contents of the website take precedence and represent the basis on which we intend to deliver our educational services to you.

Choosing a Course at Cambridge


For more information on choosing a course at Cambridge see: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this video is accurate at the time it was uploaded, changes are likely to occur. It is therefore very important that you check the University and College websites for any updates before you apply for the course by visiting www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk and again before accepting any offer to study at the University. Where there is a difference between the contents of this video and these websites, the contents of the website take precedence and represent the basis on which we intend to deliver our educational services to you.

Choosing a College at Cambridge


For more information on choosing a College at Cambridge see: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/colleges

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this video is accurate at the time it was uploaded, changes are likely to occur. It is therefore very important that you check the University and College websites for any updates before you apply for the course by visiting www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk and again before accepting any offer to study at the University. Where there is a difference between the contents of this video and these websites, the contents of the website take precedence and represent the basis on which we intend to deliver our educational services to you.

The Undergraduate Application Process at Cambridge


For more information on the undergraduate application process at Cambridge see: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this video is accurate at the time it was uploaded, changes are likely to occur. It is therefore very important that you check the University and College websites for any updates before you apply for the course by visiting www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk and again before accepting any offer to study at the University. Where there is a difference between the contents of this video and these websites, the contents of the website take precedence and represent the basis on which we intend to deliver our educational services to you.

New Horizons: helping people get back into work


Some of the most deprived areas in England are located in the eastern region. The New Horizons project run by housing association CHS Group, with the help of Cambridge University researchers, has been helping those furthest away from the job market to get back into work.

Could screening prevent one in ten strokes?


Could screening for atrial fibrillation – an under-diagnosed heart condition – help prevent strokes? A consortium led by researchers from Cambridge University has begun work in East Anglia on the largest trial to date of screening for atrial fibrillation.

Ghost in the Machine


Ghost in the Machine asks the big questions: What is consciousness? Could Artificial Intelligence ever be conscious? Could we even ever prove that it was? And if we could, what would that mean to our society and our future?

This is the last in a quartet of short documentary films made with Cambridge University and international experts discussing topical issues within the field of artificial intelligence. Once you've watched our film, please take a moment to complete our short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GhostintheMachine

Made by Dr Beth Singler (Homerton College and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, both University of Cambridge). Written & Directed by Colin Ramsay & James Uren. A DragonLight Films Production. Co-funded by the Faraday Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), with external funding from an ESRC Impact accelerator grant held by the CFI. Special thanks to Jonathan Cornwell and the Science and Human Dimension Project (SHDP).
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