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Study identifies likely scenarios for global spread of devastating crop disease

Stem rust, named for the blackening pustules that infect plant stems, caused devastating crop epidemics and famine for centuries before being tamed by fungicides and resistance genes. Since the turn...

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New type of supercomputer could be based on ‘magic dust’ combination of light...

The researchers, from Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities in the UK and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, have used quantum particles known as polaritons – which...

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World's botanic gardens contain a third of all known plant species, and help...

The world's botanic gardens contain at least 30% of all known plant species, including 41% of all those classed as 'threatened', according to the most comprehensive analysis to date of diversity in...

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$10m endowment will secure the future of world leading environment...

As life on earth comes under pressure as never before, with threats including habitat destruction, pollution, invasion by alien species and climate change, a complex, multifaceted response that...

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App-based citizen science experiment could help researchers predict future...

The most likely and immediate threat to our species is a global pandemic of highly infectious flu. Such a pandemic could be so serious that it currently tops the UK Government’s Risk Register....

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No evidence to support claims that telephone consultations reduce GP workload...

As UK general practices struggle with rising demand from patients, more work being transferred from secondary to primary care, and increasing difficulty in recruiting general practitioners, one...

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‘They sailed away, for a year and a day’: why learning poetry by heart is...

Edward Lear’s bizarre and beautiful poem, The Owl and the Pussy-cat, was first published in 1871. Featuring an unlikely romance, a wedding ring purchased from a pig and a marriage officiated by a...

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Type 2 diabetes successfully managed online

The results, published in BMJ Open, and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), come from the first UK-based trial of its kind and show that patients using the HeLP-Diabetes...

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University of Cambridge supports BBC Short Story Awards

These awards highlight the BBC’s commitment to the short story form and to bringing it to a wider audience. The University of Cambridge will support all three of the awards and the charity, First...

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Massive projected increase in use of antimicrobials in animals could lead to...

The researchers, from ETH Zürich, Princeton, and the University of Cambridge, conducted the first global assessment of different intervention policies that could help limit the projected increase of...

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Into the woods with Shakespeare

Fear and forests, writes Shakespeare scholar Professor Anne Barton, go hand in hand. Forests are where we get lost and meet wild men, where chaos rules and anything can happen. Shakespeare uses forest...

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Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Two herpes simplex viruses infect primates from unknown evolutionary depths. In modern humans these manifest as cold sores (HSV1) and genital herpes (HSV2). Unlike HSV1, however, the earliest...

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New Vice-Chancellor for Cambridge

He was formally admitted to the office of Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony held this morning in the University’s Senate House. The new Vice-Chancellor was previously Director of the University of...

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Cambridge launches student vlog competition

Today the University of Cambridge launches #vlogbridge, a competition to find the best 60 second film made by and starring a student, about their first year. Ibrahim Mohammed, better known as Ibz Mo,...

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Cambridge alumnus and former research associate awarded Nobel Prize in...

Henderson completed his PhD in 1970, carrying out his research under the supervision of David Blow at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where he is currently based. He is...

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Study identifies factors linked to dying comfortably for the very old

In a study published in the journal BMC Geriatrics, the researchers argue that their findings highlight the need to improve training in end-of-life care for all staff, in all settings, and in...

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Investigating the politics of the past in the present

Heritage is a word that conjures up images of national treasures and the preservation of ancient traditions. All that is changing. In a world in which the forces of globalisation and fragmentation...

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Opinion: Could we build a Blade Runner-style 'replicant'?

The new Blade Runner sequel will return us to a world where sophisticated androids made with organic body parts can match the strength and emotions of their human creators. As someone who builds...

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Breathing new life into asthma treatment

I don’t think I will ever forget the moment I sat at the bedside of a six-year-old patient and watched the consultant hand over a 13-year-old student’s design to help with the patient’s asthma...

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Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

The study, reported in the journal Science, examined genetic information from the remains of anatomically modern humans who lived during the Upper Palaeolithic, a period when modern humans from Africa...

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