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Loving beggars: how to avoid the trap of stereotyping

John and Molly met on the street in Cambridge. To be more precise, they met on Mill Road, close to Saint Barnabas Church, a couple of months ago. At first, Molly thought that John was not particularly...

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Autism affects different parts of the brain in women and men

Autism affects different parts of the brain in females with autism than males with autism, a new study reveals. The research is published today in the journal Brain as an open-access article....

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Ancient ancestor of great white shark named after museum director

The new genus Kenolamna has been revealed through the study of fossilised shark teeth which date back 100-80 million years ago. The finds, which have revolutionised the early history of megatooth...

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Honeyguide birds destroy own species’ eggs to eliminate competition

Like cuckoos, honeyguides are parasitic birds that lay their eggs in other birds' nests and dupe them into raising their young. Now scientists reveal that, unlike in cuckoos, the resemblance between...

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How does your garden grow?

Food and biofuel crops could be grown and maintained in many places where it wasn’t previously possible, such as deserts, landfills and former mining sites, thanks to an inexpensive, non-chemical soil...

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Mapping the story of a very famous city

The earliest complete map of Cambridge, dated 1574, is held by the British Museum: it is too frail to be displayed.  Drawn in exquisite detail, it shows the intermingling of the Colleges – then...

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Attack of the Zeppelins

The battle to bring down the Zeppelins during World War I is being revisited in a new documentary which explains how these supposed floating death-traps successfully brought terror to Britain’s skies....

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Resolution ready to shine down under

After months of planning, design, building and testing, Britain’s only entry into the World Solar Challenge – a 3,000km solar-powered race across Australia – is heading out to the other side of the...

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Reporting from Zimbabwe: why the sanctions must be lifted

I’m sitting in a stuffy office in Bulawayo’s business district, struggling to get reliable internet access, while listening to young people’s accounts of their disheartening attempts at...

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Open Cambridge 2013: book now!

Places are booking up fast for next month’s Open Cambridge, the annual weekend of events and activities now in its sixth year. Bigger than ever, the programme allows visitors to explore the natural,...

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Research reveals how elephants 'see' the world

A new study reveals that elephants are not able to recognize visual cues provided by humans but are responsive to vocal commands. These findings may directly impact protocols for future efforts to...

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Moss growth in Antarctica linked to climate change

The Peninsula sustains moss banks some of which are more than 5000 years old.  A team from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter sampled the most...

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Our galaxy’s giant black hole rejects ‘food’ because it’s too ‘hot’

The giant black hole at the centre of the Milky Way appears to be on a severe diet. Scientists have now taken a major step towards understanding why - with new data providing insights into the reason...

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Our galaxy’s giant black hole rejects ‘food’ because it’s too ‘hot’

The giant black hole at the centre of the Milky Way appears to be on a severe diet. Scientists have now taken a major step towards understanding why - with new data providing insights into the reason...

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Final excavations underway at Ham Hill

An excavation at Ham Hill, the largest Iron-Age hill fort in Britain, has revealed more about how the ancient structure was developed by its defenders in response to the Roman invasion. Researchers...

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How to be a butler

What do the following have in common: Aloysius Parker, Charles Carson, Baldrick, Passepartout, Nestor, Riff-Raff and Winston Smith?  They are all butlers, valets or manservants.  Can you name their...

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Making the most of algae

The growing potential of algal biotechnology as a resource that could be used to tackle several major global challenges will be the focus of a national conference in Cambridge today (Monday, 2...

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Homerton College Summer Schools 2013

Summer Schools give students the opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate at Homerton, by taking part in study sessions led by academics at the University, spending time exploring the city...

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Polio provocation – the health debate that refused to go away

In 1980, public health researchers working in West Africa detected a startling trend among children diagnosed with paralytic polio. Some of the children had become paralyzed in a limb that had...

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Better hygiene in wealthy nations may increase Alzheimer’s risk

New research has found a “very significant” relationship between a nation’s wealth and hygiene and the Alzheimer’s “burden” on its population. High-income, highly industrialised countries with large...

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