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Cambridge Dictionary names 'perseverance' Word of the Year 2021

Perseverance has been looked up more than 243,000 times on the website in 2021, the first time it has made a noticeable appearance.  Defined by the dictionary as ‘continued effort to do or achieve...

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Justinianic Plague was nothing like flu and may have hit England before...

The Justinianic Plague is the first known outbreak of bubonic plague in west Eurasian history and struck the Mediterranean world at a pivotal moment in its historical development, when the Emperor...

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Mystery of high-performing solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

The most commonly used material for producing solar panels is crystalline silicon, but achieving efficient energy conversion requires an energy-intensive and time-consuming production process to...

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International partnerships and funding from China and Hong Kong | Blog

The University of Cambridge has engaged in countless collaborations with international partners throughout our history. We have always believed that the best way to tackle seemingly intractable global...

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Two-metre COVID-19 rule is ‘arbitrary measurement’ of safety

A team of engineers from the University of Cambridge used computer modelling to quantify how droplets spread when people cough. They found that in the absence of masks, a person with COVID-19 can...

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Cambridge to tackle barriers to postgraduate education

The University is delighted to have been awarded two significant grants by the Office for Students (OfS) and Research England (RE) to deliver innovative and ambitious programmes designed to improve...

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For the brain, context is key to new theory of movement and memory

How is it that a chef can control their knife to fillet a fish or peel a grape and can wield a cleaver just as efficiently as a paring knife? Even those of us less proficient in the kitchen learn to...

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‘Super jelly’ can survive being run over by a car

The soft-yet-strong material, developed by a team at the University of Cambridge, looks and feels like a squishy jelly, but acts like an ultra-hard, shatterproof glass when compressed, despite its...

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Get In Cambridge widening participation campaign wins digital excellence awards

Developed in partnership with students and digital agency Battenhall, the campaign’s second phase– launched in 2020 - features a series of videos specifically created to encourage more applications...

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Remembering the tragedy at Fishmongers' Hall

  “Two years on from the death of Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, our thoughts are with their families, with their friends, and with all those Cambridge colleagues who endured the horror of the day’s...

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Collaboration could enable cancer patients to get faster and more...

Building on research supported by The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK, the collaboration aims to address the problems of fragmented or siloed data and disconnected patient...

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‘Transformational’ approach to machine learning could accelerate search for...

The method, called transformational machine learning (TML), was developed by a team from the UK, Sweden, India and Netherlands. It learns from multiple problems and improves performance while it...

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Miniature grinding mill closes in on the details of ‘green’ chemical reactions

The study, published in Nature Communications and led by Cambridge Earth Sciences’ Dr Giulio Lampronti, observed reactions as materials were pulverised inside a miniaturised grinding mill — providing...

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Interactive tool helps you decide how to protect yourself and others from...

A new interactive graphic developed by UK researchers and published by The BMJ will help people decide what to do in everyday situations to protect themselves, and others, from COVID-19. Based on...

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Colour-changing magnifying glass gives clear view of infrared light

Detecting light beyond the visible red range of our eyes is hard to do, because infrared light carries so little energy compared to ambient heat at room temperature. This obscures infrared light...

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