Cambridge Ideas

Cambridge Ideas is an on-going series of short documentaries presenting cutting edge research at Cambridge University together with comment and opinion on matters of global significance. The videos in this collection include:

Darwin's women: explores the emergence of women scientists in the Victorian era, and the help and support that Darwin gave them.

Sticky feet: Chris Clemente explains why insects can walk on the ceiling and the possible applications of his research.

How many lightbulbs?: David Mackay presents a passionate, personal analysis of the energy crisis in the UK, with some surprising conclusions.

Just add water: Dr Alan Tunnecliffe explains how extraordinary animals called rotifers are able to survive under conditions deadly to most life.

Meet the algae: A look at algae as a potential source of renewable energy.

Professor Risk: David Spiegelhalter looks at the subject of risk. He compares comparative risks and shows how statistics are used to face up to life's major risks.

Seahorses and the onion world: Dr Amanda Vincent explains her interest in seahorses and how her research is helping to conserve threatened habitats.

The emotional computer: Professor Peter Robinson explores how emotions can be used to improve interaction between humans and computers.

The future of energy: three academics look at wind power, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and material efficiency as examples of how we can cut our carbon dioxide emissions.

This icy world: Professor Julian Dowdeswell describes how his research reveals the challenges we all face from climate change.

Please note that video comments are moderated by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network and do not represent the views of the University of Cambridge.

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Professor Risk

David Spiegelhalter's actual title is Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. In this Cambridge Ideas video he discusses the relative risks of eating a bacon sandwich or eating a bowl of porridge for breakfast, compares the risks associated with different types of transport...

Seahorses and the Onion World

This video, from Cambridge University, features Dr Amanda Vincent - one of the world's leading experts on seahorses and their relatives – as she spends a year at Cambridge University’s Department of Geography on a sabbatical from the University of British Columbia. Dr Vincent explains the scope of her research...

This Icy World

Cambridge University glaciologist Professor Julian Dowdeswell has spent three years of his life in the Polar Regions.

As Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, this film follows him to Greenland and the Antarctic as his research reveals the challenges we all face from...

The Future of Energy

In this Cambridge University film, three academics look at wind power, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and material efficiency as examples of how we can cut our carbon dioxide emissions. Demand for energy is sky-rocketing and producing enough energy to meet this demand has significant environmental impacts and...

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