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Opinion: The UK's post-Brexit economy hinges on small businesses and innovation

The decisions that the next UK government makes in response to Brexit could either add billions to the nation’s economy or risk decimating the country’s more than 264,000 manufacturing small and...

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Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells

The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth – the so-called “green element” which sits next to...

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Silk “micrococoons” could be used in biotechnology and medicine

Microscopic versions of the cocoons spun by silkworms have been manufactured by a team of researchers. The tiny capsules, which are invisible to the naked eye, can protect sensitive molecular...

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Open Cambridge 2017

A showcase of Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new district in the City takes place as part of Open Cambridge on Saturday 9 September 2017. This will be part of the Open Cambridge weekend, now...

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Cambridge to host transatlantic cyber security competition

The “Cambridge2Cambridge” cyber security competition, backed by government and industry, is the brainchild of the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US,...

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Link identified between continental breakup, volcanic carbon emissions and...

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used existing measurements of carbon and helium from more than 80 volcanoes around the world in order to determine its origin. Carbon and helium...

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Casting light on the dark ages: Anglo-Saxon fenland is re-imagined

The East Anglian fens with their flat expanses and wide skies, a tract of some of the UK’s richest farmland, are invariably described as bleak – or worse. Turn the clock back 1,000 years to a time...

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Cambridge-led collaborations aim to tackle global food security and public...

The two collaborations are focused on food security in India and public health in Bangladesh and will see researchers from the UK and developing countries working together as equal partners. The...

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Target ‘best connected neighbours’ to stop spread of infection in developing...

Our lives benefit from social networks: the contact and dialogue between family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. However these networks can also cost lives by transmitting infection or...

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Archaeology shows there's more to millet than birdseed

Over half of the food consumed by the human race in terms of calories comes from just three species of grain – wheat, rice and maize – yet in biological terms all are highly unnatural. They’ve been...

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The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with...

In the early days of the computer, calculators were room-sized and public demand was low. Now, it’s the reverse. Digital technology has become smaller and faster, and our dependence on it has grown....

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Making Rome great again: fake views in the ancient world

The elusive, glorious past has been a dominant theme of recent political slogans and soundbites. President Trump’s rallying call to “make America great again” was met with outpourings of support on...

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Genetic study suggests present-day Lebanese descend from biblical Canaanites

Scientist have sequenced the entire genomes of 4,000-year-old Canaanite individuals who inhabited the Near East region during the Bronze Age, and compared these to other ancient and present-day...

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Biomedical science fellowships to be established after gift reflecting...

With more postdoctoral researchers than most other institutions, Cambridge sees postdocs as key to its future research strength. Now, a gift from the members of the Collegiate Campaign Board will...

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Trading on human tides: the 'free market' of people smuggling

A wiretapped telephone records a human smuggler in Sudan asking a human smuggler in Libya how many were his. The response is 109, of whom 68 are now dead.   The boat had capsized within sight of the...

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No simple way of predicting breathing difficulties in pugs, French bulldogs...

The findings have implications for attempts to ‘breed out’ this potentially life-threatening condition. Pugs and bulldogs have become popular breeds in recent years – the French bulldog is set to...

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Celebrity Twitter accounts display ‘bot-like’ behaviour

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from Twitter to determine whether bots can be accurately detected, how bots behave, and how they impact Twitter activity. They divided...

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Of mice and women

Walk into Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz’s laboratory and it is her sofa that catches your eye. A gaudy pink-purple, it is easily visible through the glass that separates the benches, fridges and...

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Opinion: Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment –...

Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy. And yet the natural world can be completely ransacked without causing even a tiny blip on our usual measures of economic progress or poverty....

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DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000 years of European fish trade

Norway is famed for its cod. Catches from the Arctic stock that spawn each year off its northern coast are exported across Europe for staple dishes from British fish and chips to Spanish bacalao stew....

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