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Call of duty: fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

On the windowsill of Professor Ian Goodfellow’s office sit photographs of him with his children, and just down the corridor, his wife is carrying out research in the same department. Even at work, he...

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Opinion: How we can make super-fast hyperloop travel a reality

Across Europe and parts of Asia, travellers can enjoy some of the fastest rail services in the world. From Málaga to Madrid, Tokyo to Osaka, high-speed electric trains condense the travel times...

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Releasing a better version of me: the power of education in prison to change...

Handwritten letters, in a digital world, are increasingly rare. But, on 18 November 2016, John sat down to write to his friend Jakub. His message begins in capitals: “YES, JAKUB” and goes on to...

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Frankly, do we give a damn…? Study finds links between swearing and honesty

Profanity is obscene language which, in some social settings is considered inappropriate and unacceptable. It often refers to language that contains sexual references, blasphemy or other vulgar terms....

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A natural compound can block the formation of toxins associated with...

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. The findings, although...

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Patients recovering from depression show improvements in memory from the drug...

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Symptoms such as difficulty concentrating or indecisiveness contribute to the disability associated with depression. Almost all...

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Opinion: Four ways to understand Theresa May’s Hard Brexit Speech

Hard Brexit. Clean Brexit. Full Brexit. Naked Brexit. Whatever you want to call it, we now know what Brexit really means. Or do we? Theresa May's long awaited speech isn't quite as clear cut as it...

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Opinion: The Full Brexit

The Prime Minister’s much-anticipated speech on her Government’s objectives for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union confirms what was increasing likely to be the political direction of travel....

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Opinion: Brexit and workers' rights

Perhaps the best news for workers in Theresa May’s Brexit speech is that she committed herself to ensuring that ‘workers rights are fully protected and maintained’.  She indicated this before in the...

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How bright is your digital future?

The combination of new technologies, IT infrastructures and data analytics holds out an alluring possibility of a world in which the end-to-end supply chain is utterly transformed – highly connected,...

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Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements,...

The study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, found that 14-year-old adolescents who had contact with mental health services had a greater decrease in depressive symptoms than those with similar...

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Graduate, get a job … make a difference #3

Thomas Hogg (Jesus College), BA Law (2016)   I graduated last summer and I’m now a student social worker in Hartlepool Children's Services. I’m doing my training with Frontline, the relatively new...

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Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

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...

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Darwin Lectures go to extremes

Each series of the Darwin College Lectures his built around a single theme, approached in a multi-disciplinary way, and each lecture is prepared for a general audience by a leading authority on his or...

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Solar storms could cost USA tens of billions of dollars

Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take account of indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from extreme space weather. According...

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Opinion: Mozambique's unexpected truce still hangs in the balance

Christmas tidings of peace and goodwill in Mozambique seemed almost too good to be true after four years of sporadic but escalating civil conflict. On December 26, Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the...

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Opinion: How dangerous is burnt toast?

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today launched its Go for Gold campaign, encouraging us not to burn our roast or fried vegetables and keep our oven chips at a nice golden colour. The idea is to reduce...

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Biosocial science: The murky history of the nature and nurture debate

Self-righteousness, gratitude, sympathy, sincerity, and guilt – what if these social behaviours are biologically influenced, encoded within our genes and shaped by the forces of evolution to promote...

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'Psychological vaccine’ could help immunise public against ‘fake news’ on...

In medicine, vaccinating against a virus involves exposing a body to a weakened version of the threat, enough to build a tolerance. Social psychologists believe that a similar logic can be applied to...

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University of Cambridge announces appointment of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for...

Professor Neely, currently Head of the Institute for Manufacturing and the Manufacturing and Management Division of the Engineering Department, and a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, will take up the...

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