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Creating simpler, cheaper solar cells

Over the last four years, solar cells made from materials called perovskites have reached efficiencies that other technologies took decades to achieve, but until recently no-one quite knew why.

Building the biggest radio telescope

This week, scientists and engineers from Oxford University and around the world will start work on the final designs for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), soon to become the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope.

Proteins in their natural habitat

Proteins which reside in the membrane of cells play a key role in many biological processes and provide targets for more than half of current drug treatments.

Putting drug discovery back on target

'The world urgently needs new medicines for many diseases such as Alzheimer's, depression, diabetes and obesity,' says Professor Chas Bountra. 'Yet the pharmaceutical industry's success rate for generating truly novel medicines remains low, despite investing tens of billions of dollars.'