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Researchers have significantly prolonged the lifetime of information carried by an electron in a microscopic structure known as a “quantum dot”. The study represents another early step towards the realisation of quantum computing, a hugely powerful possible future technology, but one that presently remains a long way off, and for which possible systems are still being studied at a very fundamental level.
A research centre that will pioneer new approaches to understand and treat neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia has been launched in Cambridge, with backing from Stephen Hawking, among others.Professor Hawking, who has had motor neurone disease for over 50 years, said that the Centre for Misfolding Diseases had his “strongest support”, following its establishment to tackle some of the world’s most devastating diseases – including his own condition.
Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research co-authored by College Fellow Eske Willerslev has found.
Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency.
Varun Warrier grew up in southern India and is now a PhD student at St John's researching the genetics of autism. 
The unlikely coincidence of a local hospital record and a census led by a pioneering physician (and St John's alumnus) enabled College Fellow Simon Szreter to undertake the first study charting rates of venereal disease in 18th century England, revealing high infection levels in the city of Chester at this time.
Several St John's College students have recently been awarded prizes by the University or other academic institutions thanks to their excellent work and achievements.Yayaati Chachan, 4th year undergraduate in Natural Sciences, was awarded the Institute of Astronomy Prize.Tanmay Dixit, 3rd year undergraduate in Natural Sciences, won the Frank Smart Prize for Zoology.Clementine Makower, 3rd year undergraduate in Geography, was awarded both the William Vaughan Lewis Prize and the George Aldridge Prize.
The closing date for applications for Research Fellowships for 2018 was 14.00 BST on 2 October 2017. Information for candidates wishing to apply for Research Fellowships in 2019 will be published on this website in August 2018. 
Researchers led by College Fellow Tuomas Knowles have manufactured microscopic versions of the cocoons spun by silkworms, which could be used to store sensitive proteins and other molecules for a wide range of uses.Microscopic versions of the cocoons spun by silkworms have been manufactured by a team of researchers. The tiny capsules, which are invisible to the naked eye, can protect sensitive molecular materials, and could prove a significant technology in areas including food science, biotechnology and medicine.
Three Johnians were successful at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards, presented by The Duke of Kent. The winner of the MacRobert Award, the top Royal Academy of Engineering Award for innovation, was Raspberry Pi. Dr Eben Upton CBE, a St John’s alumnus, is the CEO of the organisation, and Dr Robert Mullins, Fellow of St John’s and University Lecturer in Computer Science, is a co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.