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Larger brain size linked to longer life in deer

The study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, shows that female red deer with larger brains live longer and have more surviving offspring than those with smaller brains. Brain size...

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Kepler's Trial: An Opera

The trial in which the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, defended his mother from accusations of witchcraft has been turned into an opera, following new research into the original 17th-century legal...

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Road planning 'trade off' could boost food production while helping protect...

Conservation scientists have used layers of data on biodiversity, climate, transport and crop yields to construct a colour-coded mapping system that shows where new road-building projects should go to...

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Teaching in conflict zones

“The role of education for refugee children is not only to teach them to read and write,” said Hanan Al Hroub, “but also to help them deal with what they have experienced”. Speaking recently at Hughes...

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Mulled wine: a recipe for sustainability?

Ingredients 1 bottle red wine 75g caster sugar 1 orange 1 vanilla pod, sliced lengthways 1 bay leaf 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 4 cloves½ teaspoon nutmeg Thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced Peel the...

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Patients show considerable improvements after treatment for newly-defined...

A team of researchers from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University of Cambridge and the NIHR Rare Disease Bioresource have identified mutations in a gene, called KMT2B, in 28...

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The size of Spider-Man’s feet and what the Romans actually did for us: 24...

To read the complete list, which contains everything from baboons to wolves, chicken korma to scones, artificial intelligence to archaeology, and the Clangers to Peter Pan, visit our Medium page. To...

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‘Glue’ that makes plant cell walls strong could hold the key to wooden...

The two most common large molecules – or ‘polymers’ – found on Earth are cellulose and xylan, both of which are found in the cell walls of materials such as wood and straw. They play a key role in...

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Cambridge study named as People’s Choice for Science magazine’s ‘Breakthrough...

The work, led by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, was the focus of parallel publications earlier this...

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Languages still a major barrier to global science, new research finds

English is now considered the common language, or 'lingua franca', of global science. All major scientific journals seemingly publish in English, despite the fact that their pages contain research...

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University people recognised in 2017 New Year Honours list

Ottoline Leyser (above left) is Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory. She becomes a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Plant Science, Science in Society and...

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Physical activity, even in small amounts, benefits both physical and...

A new study, based on reports from more than 10,000 individuals, has found that physical activity, whether or not it is classified as exercise, can have a positive effect on emotional well-being. The...

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Graduate, get a job, make a difference

Sophie Dundovic, St John's College, BA (2013) Mathematics, Social Anthropology    Since graduating, I have co-founded Parasym Health, a medical device company that uses bioelectric medicine to treat...

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New report on macro-economic impact of Brexit questions Treasury forecasts

The economists have also been working with lawyers at the CBR to explore the possible impact of Brexit. They warn that the UK is in danger of remaining a low wage, low skill country unless it can...

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Opinion: Being society's critic & conscience

The Higher Education and Research Bill, once enacted, will be the most important statute affecting English universities for a generation. But, coming as it does in a period of popular scepticism about...

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Mediterranean diet may protect your brain in old age, new finding suggests

Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that a Mediterranean diet – fruit, vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish – is a good thing. Now, a new...

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Crohn’s disease risk and prognosis determined by different genes, study finds

Crohn’s disease is one of a number of chronic ‘complex’ diseases for which there is no single gene that causes the disease. In fact, to date around 170 common genetic variants have been identified...

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IMF lending conditions curb healthcare investment in West Africa, study finds

A new study suggests that lending conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund in West Africa squeeze “fiscal space” in nations such as Sierra Leone – preventing government investment in...

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Graduate, get a job … make a difference #2

Charlotte Dixon (Churchill), BA (2014) Modern and Medieval Languages   Since graduating I’ve been working with the Department for International Development (DFID). I started on the one year Graduate...

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Opinion: Why is the norovirus such a huge problem for the NHS?

Norovirus, also known as winter vomiting disease, is on the rise again according to a report in the BMJ. A familiar set of warnings about ward closures and avoiding visits to patients in hospital was...

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