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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology has the potential to read our minds and is advancing at a rapid rate. In a new book which explains the technology, its limitations and its considerable promise, two Cambridge neuroscientists, including St John's PhD student Julia Gottwald, say that the time has come to debate the ethical issues around brain scanning.
Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential.Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor – meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance.
This year’s annual lecture from the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies will be chaired by St John’s Fellow, Professor Ulinka Rublack, with speakers including Professor Rowan Williams.The free event, which takes place on 22 January at Clare College, will take the form of a panel discussion entitled ‘Martin Luther, Germany and the Reformation’. It will be chaired by Professor Rublack from the Faculty of History and St John’s College, and author of The Astronomer & the Witch: Johannes Kepler's Fight for His Mother.
Squalamine, a natural product studied for its anticancer and anti-infective properties, could also lead to future treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, according to a new study co-authored by several researchers at St John's College.A naturally-occurring compound has been found to block a molecular process thought to underlie Parkinson’s Disease, and to suppress its toxic products, scientists have reported.
Cutting welfare and social care budgets during times of economic hardship is an “historically obsolete” strategy that ignores the very roots of British prosperity, a group of Cambridge academics have warned.
The Brian Runnett Prize for organ playing is open to all Junior Members of the University, and the competition will take place on Thursday 21 February 2017 in St John’s College Chapel.  Competition detailsCandidates will be required to play one work from List A and one work from List B:List A
Left: The King in Holbein's Dance of Death, Right: Portrait of Henry VIII
He is best remembered for the magnificent portraits he produced as the court painter of Henry VIII; but a new study of Hans Holbein’s famous ‘Dance Of Death’ suggests that he also had strong anti-establishment views, creating works which foreshadowed modern satire.
Researchers led by St John's academic Stefano Martiniani have developed a new method for making effective calculations in “high-dimensional space” – and proved its worth by using it to solve a 93-dimensional problem.Researchers have developed a new technique for making calculations in “high-dimensional space” – mathematical problems so wide-ranging in their scope, that they seem at first to be beyond the limits of human calculation.
For the second year running, St John’s College is the main venue partner for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a two week celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences featuring an array of top speakers. All events are free and open to the public.
MILSOM:  A Memorial Service for Professor Stroud Francis Charles (Toby) Milsom,  MA, Hon LLD, QC, FBA, Fellow of St John’s College and Emeritus Professor of Law, formerly Fellow of Trinity College, who died on 24 February 2016, aged 92, will be held in  St John’s College Chapel on Saturday 19 November at 12 noon.