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The lady is for turning (and reversing) – Thatcher archives for 1986 open to...

The Prime Minister’s personal papers for the year 1986, held at Churchill College, reveal the significant and ongoing fallout from the Westland affair – which prompted the resignation of Defence...

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First Brexit and now Trump: what is populism and how might we view it?

As convenient shorthand for a brand of politics that has stolen the headlines, ‘populism’ has been used by academics and journalists to describe a host of movements and their leaders at different...

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Opinion: Parliament needs to load the Article 50 gun before Prime Minister...

In a landmark constitutional judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has ruled by 8-3 that Prime Minister Theresa May has no legal power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and must seek...

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Cooperation helps mammals survive in tough environments

Cooperatively breeding mammal species, such as meerkats and naked-mole rats, where non-breeding helpers assist breeding females in raising their offspring, are better able to cope with living in dry...

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Fossilised tree and ice cores help date huge volcanic eruption 1,000 years...

Writing in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews the team describes how new analysis of the partly fossilised remains of a tree killed by the eruption, and ice cores drilled in Greenland, lead them...

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Personality traits linked to differences in brain structure

According to psychologists, the extraordinary variety of human personality can be broken down into the so-called ‘Big Five’ personality traits, namely neuroticism (how moody a person is), extraversion...

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Cambridge team receives £5million to help GPs spot ‘difficult-to-diagnose’...

The research will prioritise ‘difficult-to-diagnose’ cancers, which are also associated with poorer survival outcomes, and will look at both existing and novel technologies. Dr Walter, from the...

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Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

The research adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s social skills and emotional well-being....

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Results of student alcohol survey announced

More than 6,000 Cambridge undergraduate and graduate students responded to the survey. The mix of gender (52% female, 48% male) and level of study (67% undergraduate and 33% postgraduate) of survey...

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Bag-like sea creature was humans’ oldest known ancestor

Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans – a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, which lived about 540 million years ago. Named...

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Vice-Chancellor's statement on US travel ban

The University of Cambridge is a global community of scholars. For centuries, it has thrived on the talent and the ideas brought by people from around the world. It has, in turn, contributed to global...

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Graduate, get a job … make a difference #4

Isobel Firth (Newnham College) BA Natural Sciences (2016)   I graduated last summer and I’m currently working with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a non-profit organisation based...

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History reveals the hazards of dismantling trade protection

  American farmers and food producers are said to be licking their lips at the trade opportunities opening up as Britain exits the single European market. But is the British public ready to consume...

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LGBT+ History Month celebrated at Cambridge

LGBT+ History Month takes place every February, and promotes equality and diversity by increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, their history, lives and experience; as...

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Cambridge and Africa

Collaboration with Africa is embedded in the University of Cambridge’s DNA. I am paraphrasing our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, but there is no better way to describe the scale...

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Ancient DNA reveals genetic ‘continuity’ between Stone Age and modern...

Researchers working on ancient DNA extracted from human remains interred almost 8,000 years ago in a cave in the Russian Far East have found that the genetic makeup of certain modern East Asian...

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“A girl without education is nothing in the world”

By the time she was 13 years old, Vumilia had supported herself through primary school by collecting and selling firewood. Now she faced an even greater challenge. After weeks of anxiety, Vumilia left...

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Baltic hunter-gatherers adopted farming without influence of mass migration,...

New research indicates that Baltic hunter-gatherers were not swamped by migrations of early agriculturalists from the Middle East, as was the case for the rest of central and western Europe. Instead,...

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'The Iron Lady' and the paradox of treating anaemia

There’s a strange paradox when it comes to iron deficiency anaemia. We’ve been able to treat the condition for almost two centuries, ever since French physician Blaud of Beaucaire introduced ‘A...

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The Cambridge Science Festival: tickets to book before they’re gone

The programme for the 2017 Festival features hundreds of mostly free talks, exhibitions and hands-on events – and some family favourites are back again for another year. Children (and adults!) will...

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