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Conservationists’ eco-footprints suggest education alone won’t change behaviour

Conservationists work to save the planet, and few are as knowledgeable when it comes to the environmental pressures of the Anthropocene. However, the first wide-ranging study to compare the...

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‘Don’t put yourself through it again’: Thatcher papers reveal ‘distress’...

But despite winning 376 seats and 13.7 million votes (compared to Labour’s 209 seats and just over 10 million votes), the papers for 1987 are striking in their air of uncertainty and despondency, with...

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Winton Symposium tackles the challenge of energy storage and distribution

Storage and distribution of energy is seen as the missing link between intermittent renewable energy and reliability of supply, but current technologies have considerable room for improvements in...

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Experts express concerns over infant mental health assessment

The consensus statement, published in the journal Attachment & Human Development, highlights the appropriate use and current limitations of a classification known as ‘Disorganised Infant...

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Two million years of human stories

One of the overarching mottos and principles of the Museum is “Look. Look again.” Spread over three floors, with ground-breaking exhibitions and one million objects in its stores, the Museum presents...

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Synthetic organs, nanobots and DNA ‘scissors’: the future of medicine

In a new film to coincide with the recent launch of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, researchers discuss some of the most exciting developments in medical research and set out their...

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The secret language of anatomy

Where is the seahorse in our brain? Why is there a Turkish saddle in our head? Why are our heart chambers named after Roman halls?  A new book by Cambridge anatomists provides an illustrated guide to...

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Restless legs syndrome study identifies 13 new genetic risk variants

As many as one in ten people of European ancestry is affected by restless legs syndrome, in which sufferers feel an overwhelming urge to move, often in conjunction with unpleasant sensations, usually...

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First detection of gravitational waves and light produced by colliding...

It could be a scenario from science fiction, but it really happened 130 million years ago -- in the NGC 4993 galaxy in the Hydra constellation, at a time here on Earth when dinosaurs still ruled, and...

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2017 begins

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches today with a focus on truth, post-truth and the everything in between.The Festival is one of the biggest public engagement events held by the University of...

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Postgraduate Pioneers 2017 #1

First in the series is Himansha Singh, a Pharmacologist from India whose research aims to help tackle antimicrobial resistance.   My research sets out to   Today, we can survive an organ transplant...

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Living in a material world: why 'things' matter

From the tools we work with to the eyeglasses and dental implants that improve us, our bodies are shaped by the things we use. We express and understand our identities through clothing, cars and...

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Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers

Latest research has found that several common flower species have nanoscale ridges on the surface of their petals that meddle with light when viewed from certain angles. These nanostructures scatter...

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Boy, girl... or intersex? Law and gender

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the birth of a child must, by law, be registered within 42 days of the baby being born. To register the birth, the parents (or parent) must provide various...

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Exhibition highlights the untold story of Nazi victims in the Channel Islands

On British Soil: Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands, opens today at the Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide, London, and seeks to highlight the stories often omitted...

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'Selfish brain' wins out when competing with muscle power, study finds

Human brains are expensive – metabolically speaking. It takes lot of energy to run our sophisticated grey matter, and that comes at an evolutionary cost. Now, a new investigation into the immediate...

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Step inside the mind of the young Stephen Hawking as his PhD thesis goes...

The 1966 doctoral thesis by the world’s most recognisable scientist is the most requested item in Apollo with the catalogue record alone attracting hundreds of views per month. In just the past few...

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Machine learning used to predict earthquakes in a lab setting

The team, from the University of Cambridge, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Boston University, identified a hidden signal leading up to earthquakes and used this ‘fingerprint’ to train a machine...

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Opinion: UK research in troubled political times

The clock is ticking for the UK in terms of research funding from the EU. Horizon 2020, the current framework programme, has provided an increasingly important source of funds for universities in the...

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Major study of genetics of breast cancer provides clues to mechanisms behind...

Of these variants, reported today in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics, 65 are common variants that predispose to breast cancer and a further seven predispose specifically to oestrogen-receptor...

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