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‘Saddle-shaped’ universe could undermine general relativity

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have used computer simulations to predict the existence of a so-called naked singularity, which interferes with Einstein’s general theory of...

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Brexit: people are angry but looking for compromise, research finds

A new report on public attitudes to the future EU-UK relationship reveals a “striking degree of consensus” that full Single Market access should be retained, while skilled EU migrants – those with a...

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New details of TRAPPIST-1 system’s outmost planet confirm earlier predictions

The observations confirm, as had been predicted, that the seventh and outermost planet, TRAPPIST-1h, orbits its star every 18.77 days. The results are reported in the journal Nature Astronomy....

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Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

The findings could help scientists develop new ways of treating hypoxia – lack of oxygen – in patients. A significant proportion of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) experience potentially...

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Brains or beauty? People perceive attractive scientists as more interesting...

A new study published today in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) from researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Essex suggests that when it comes to judging...

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Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we’re dieting

“Weight loss strategies are often inefficient because the body works like a thermostat and couples the amount of calories we burn to the amount of calories we eat,” says Dr Clémence Blouet from the...

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Microhabitats enhance butterfly diversity in nature’s imitation game

The study, by an international team of researchers, attempts to explain why, even though butterfly species have evolved to mimic one another’s wing patterns to more efficiently signal their toxicity,...

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World-leading academic appointed to lead play research centre

The University of Cambridge has appointed a world-leading researcher as the first LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning. The Centre for Research on Play in Education,...

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Factories that forage

Professor Steve Evans calls himself "an angry environmental optimist". Angry because he feels we are borrowing from the future, but optimistic because many of the problems with regard to the...

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Speed of animal evolution enhanced by cooperative behaviour

Cooperative behaviour is a key part of animal family life: parents help offspring by supplying them with food, and siblings can also work together to acquire food. The Cambridge study, published today...

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First complete genome data extracted from ancient Egyptian mummies

An international team of researchers have successfully recovered and analysed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BCE to 400 BCE, including the first genome-wide data from...

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Inaugural $100,000 Nine Dots Prize winner chosen from more than 700 worldwide...

Up against competition from over 700 other entrants from around the world, Williams’ 3,000-word answer to the set question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ was deemed the most...

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Researchers design AI system to assess pain levels in sheep

The researchers have developed an AI system which uses five different facial expressions to recognise whether a sheep is in pain, and estimate the severity of that pain. The results could be used to...

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Common class of chemicals increase cancer risk by breaking down DNA repair...

Aldehydes are a class of chemicals made in our own bodies in small quantities but increasingly found everywhere in our environment. Exposure to these chemicals has previously been linked with cancer,...

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LIGO detects gravitational waves for third time

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made a third detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been...

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New insights into how the Zika virus causes brain birth defect

A study published today in Science shows that the Zika virus hijacks a human protein called Musashi-1 (MSI1) to allow it to replicate in, and kill, neural stem cells. Almost all MSI1 protein in the...

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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017 now open for entries

Now in its fourth year, this competition for young entrepreneurs supports and celebrates inspirational young people aged between 18 – 35 from around the world who are tackling some of the planet’s...

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Pilot programme encourages researchers to share the code behind their work

A new pilot project, designed by a Cambridge researcher and supported by the Nature family of journals, will evaluate the value of sharing the code behind published research. For years, scientists...

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Stimulate your brain with the Cambridge BRAINFest 2017

The three day event, running from 23-25 June, will allow audiences to quiz more than 130 leading Cambridge neuroscientists on everything from dementia and dyslexia through to memory and mental health....

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Opinion: Are universities ready for a new kind of science?

In perhaps the most infamous quote from the EU Referendum campaign, Michael Gove declared that “the people of this country have had enough of experts.” The remark was both celebrated and ridiculed,...

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