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Cambridge-Africa Programme: 58 institutions, 26 countries, and growing

Having the chance to contribute to the pool of human knowledge depends a great deal on where you live in the world. Opportunities are skewed in favour of those who are better resourced and in favour...

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Concerns over wasting doctor’s time may affect decision to see GP

In the study, published today in the journal Social Science and Medicine, researchers from the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research report how the theme of ‘wasting doctors’ time’ arose so...

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Keeping the lights on in Ghana

In Ghana, ‘Dumsor’ is a part of life. An annoyance, a risk, an impediment to be sure, but a part of life all the same. The half-joking, half-serious term, which roughly translates to ‘off-and-on’,...

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Graduate, get a job … make a difference #5

Nina O’Hare (Newnham College) Archaeology & Anthropology (2015)   I’m a field archaeologist with Worcestershire County Council, which means that I spend most days outside working as part of a...

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A bridge of stars connects two dwarf galaxies

For the past 15 years, scientists have been eagerly anticipating the data from Gaia. The first portion of information from the satellite was released three months ago and is freely accessible to...

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The Bible as a weapon of war

In 2012, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals, Joseph Kony, became one of the most repeated names on the planet thanks to a YouTube documentary (Kony 2012) and a call to action that sought to...

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New US Scholars selected for Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Thirty-six of the most academically outstanding and socially committed US citizens have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge. The US...

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Deeper origin of gill evolution suggests 'active lifestyle' link in early...

A new study has revealed that gills originated much deeper in evolutionary history than previously believed. The findings support the idea that gills evolved before the last common ancestor of all...

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A sewage system that ‘digests’ and ‘cooks’ human waste

We are surrounded by friendly and welcoming people, but the language barrier makes communication monumentally challenging. We feel far from the immaculate lawns and gleaming stone of King’s Parade on...

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Virtual reality journey through a tumour: Cambridge scientists receive £40...

The funding will come from the first Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge awards– set up to help scientists solve some of the hardest unanswered questions in cancer research, and to revolutionise the...

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Of cabbages and cows: increasing agricultural yields in Africa

The humble cabbage, universally despised by British schoolchildren, has found unexpected popularity on another continent. But just as the people of Ghana have developed an appetite – and a market –...

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Opinion: Brain scanners allow scientists to ‘read minds’ – could they now...

Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact? To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to...

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Viral charity campaigns have a psychological 'recipe' and all-too-brief lifespan

A University of Cambridge researcher has identified a recipe for the new breed of wildly successful online charity campaigns such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge– a phenomenon he has labelled “viral...

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Black Hole powered jets fuel star formation

Powerful radio jets from the black hole – which normally suppress star formation – are stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy's extended halo of hot gas. This newly identified supply of...

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When ideas of peace meet politics of conflict

Burundi has experienced cycles of violence, civil war and even genocide since achieving independence from Belgium in 1962. So, when this small central African country finally held democratic...

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Opinion: India’s militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views...

In Kaziranga, a national park in north-eastern India, rangers shoot people to protect rhinos. The park’s aggressive policing is, of course, controversial, but the results are clear: despite rising...

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Nominations for Honorary Degrees

The nominees are: Doctor of Law Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Honorary Fellow of Clare College, lawyer and university leader The Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius...

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Graduate, get a job … make a difference #6

Kathryn Savage (Trinity College), BA Modern & Medieval Languages (2016)   I graduated last year and now work in Uganda with Pepal Foundation, a small UK-based NGO partnered with a large Ugandan...

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Under pressure: the battle to have a baby in Africa

As a young doctor in Uganda a few years ago, Dr Annettee Nakimuli was told that nothing could be done about a complication of pregnancy that was putting thousands of pregnant women a year at risk of...

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“Denial”: how to deal with a conspiracy theory in the era of ‘post-truth’

I only have a very small part in the film Denial compared to those of David Irving (played by Timothy Spall), Richard Rampton QC (played by Tom Wilkinson), Anthony Julius (played by Andrew Scott), and...

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