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Opinion: How ‘frugal innovation’ can fight off inequality

Inequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth, more than the bottom 95% combined. Bad as...

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Cambridge named as a centre for the UK Dementia Research Institute

The UK DRI is a joint £250 million investment into dementia research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) alongside founding charity partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK....

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Scientists discover two repurposed drugs that arrest neurodegeneration in mice

Misfolded proteins build up in the brain in several neurodegenerative diseases and are a major factor in dementias such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as prion diseases. Previously, the team...

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#EarthOptimism: Recovering species must be celebrated or we risk reversing...

A failure to celebrate conservation successes means we miss vital opportunities to convince the public of “real and practical solutions” they can engage with, says a leading conservationist. Writing...

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Opinion: Worthless mining waste could suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere and...

The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2˚C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge,...

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Study identifies hundreds of genes that influence timing of puberty and alter...

The study, published today in Nature Genetics and led by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge and other scientists in the international...

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Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to...

Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up...

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Opinion: We need to break science out of its ivory tower – here's one way to...

Without hardware, there is no science. From Hooke’s microscope to the Hubble telescope, instruments are modern science’s platforms for producing knowledge. But limited access to scientific tools...

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Discarded History exhibition lifts the lid on 1,000 years of medieval history

Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo opens to the public on April 27 and provides a unique and unparalleled window into the daily life of men, women and children at the centre of a...

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University of Cambridge looking for first professor of innovation

The University of Cambridge is to appoint its first professor of innovation, funded by an inventor with more than 400 patents to his name. Thanks to a generous philanthropic donation of £2.5million...

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#ICYMI - Trump’s First Hundred Days

“I don't think that there is a presidential period of time in the first 100 days where anyone has done nearly what we've been able to do.” So declared President Donald J. Trump in a recent interview,...

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One Hundred Days of Trump

The concept of the Hundred Days was first used to describe the period between Napoleon’s return from exile and his final defeat at Waterloo, in 1815. As a marker of the president’s first months in...

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Measuring ripples in the cosmic web

The most barren regions of the Universe are the far-flung corners of intergalactic space. In these vast expanses between the galaxies there are only a few atoms per cubic metre – a diffuse haze of...

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Opinion: Neuralink wants to wire your brain to the internet – what could...

​Neuralink– which is “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers” – is probably a bad idea. If you understand the science behind it, and that’s what you...

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Extending weight loss programme helps overweight people keep more weight off...

Although upfront costs for the longer programme are higher, the study estimates that offering more sessions would be cost-effective to the NHS in the long-term because it would help to prevent more...

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Re-imagining King Lear in today's India

Preti Taneja has been described as a writer to watch. Her novella, KumkumMalhotra, won the 2014/15 Gatehouse Press New Fiction prize. This summer Galley Beggar Press will publish her first novel, We...

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Cambridge spin-out raises £7 million to develop treatments for lung disease

The company, Z Factor Limited, was founded by Professor Jim Huntington of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. The new funding has come from existing investor Medicxi, as well as Cambridge...

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Living in a poor area increases the risk of anxiety in women, but not in men

Anxiety disorders, which often manifest as excessive worry, fear and a tendency to avoid potentially stressful situations including social gatherings, are some of the most common mental health...

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Study highlights growing significance of cryptocurrencies

While many members of the general public may have heard of “bitcoin”, the first decentralised cryptocurrency launched in 2009, a new report from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF)...

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The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2017

In addition, a further three researchers from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, have also been elected Fellows. The Royal Society is a self-governing...

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