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Running on autopilot: scientists find important new role for ‘daydreaming’...

When we are performing tasks, specific regions of the brain become more active – for example, if we are moving, the motor cortex is engaged, while if we are looking at a picture, the visual cortex...

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Scientists write ‘traps’ for light with tiny ink droplets

The printing-based approach, jointly developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, combines high-resolution inkjet printing with nanophotonics – the...

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Animating objects: what material culture can tell us about domestic devotions

It’s an enduring irony of history that the most commonplace objects from the past are those least represented in today’s museum collections. The more precious and expensive an object, the more likely...

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University of Cambridge launches campaign to promote zero tolerance of sexual...

Called ‘Breaking the Silence – Cambridge speaks out against sexual misconduct’, the campaign will highlight a range of new prevention, support and reporting measures coming into effect in 2017. It...

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Carbon capture: universities and industry work together to tackle emissions

The world is not going carbon-free any time soon: that much is clear. Developed and developing countries alike rely on fossil fuels for transport, industry and power, all of which release CO2 into the...

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Postgraduate Pioneers 2017 #2

Second in the series is Sarah Harrison, a final year PhD student in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, whose research highlights the importance of extra-embryonic cells and...

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Changing the face of Indian farming

The rains are less reliable. Sudden heat waves create challenging conditions for crops. Poor harvests result not only in debt, but also in malnutrition for smallholder farmers. Farming in India is not...

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‘Scars’ left by icebergs record West Antarctic ice retreat

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey and Stockholm University imaged the seafloor of Pine Island Bay, in West Antarctica. They found that, as seas warmed at the...

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Skin found to play a role in controlling blood pressure

In a study published in the open access journal eLife, the researchers show that skin – our largest organ, typically covering two square metres in humans – helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate...

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The man who tried to read all the books in the world

129,864,880. That’s the number of books in the world, according to an estimate by Google Books, which since its launch in 2005 has been trying to scan them all, convert them to searchable text using...

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Innovative stadium will be the home of cricket in East Africa

Some 1,500 people –including Rwandan president Paul Kagame— are expected to attend the opening of the country’s first international standard stadium on Saturday 28 October. The event will feature a...

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The Reformation is remembered

On 31 October 1517, almost 500 years ago, an event occurred that sparked a religious schism across Europe, one that was to see Catholicism challenged not by outsiders but by insiders unhappy with what...

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Postgraduate Pioneers 2017 #3

Third in the series is Draško Kašćelan, a linguistics researcher hoping to help children with language development.   My research sets out to   I’m investigating figurative language understanding in...

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Stephen Hawking endorses new £50 million centre

The Centre for Misfolding Diseases has been established to tackle some of the world’s most devastating diseases. Many of the neurodegenerative diseases are currently incurable and represent a huge...

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Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

Using a combination of the biblical text and an ancient Egyptian text, the researchers were then able to refine the dates of the Egyptian pharaohs, in particular the dates of the reign of Ramesses the...

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The social enterprise greenhouse that helps businesses bloom

Oliver Armitage wants to make bionic limbs effective and affordable for amputees everywhere. Kate Nation wants to help young women gain confidence and self-esteem through work. Riaz Moola wants to...

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Pre-Inka elites and the social life of fragments

The town of Borgatta was built in the Argentinean Andes sometime in the tenth century. It grew to a community of several hundred residential compounds before being abandoned around 1450 when the Inka...

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Postgraduate Pioneers 2017 #4

Fourth in the series is Yesim Yaprak Yildiz, a sociologist exploring the relationship between political violence, truth and reconciliation with a focus on Turkey. My research sets out to  My passion...

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A feather in your cap: inside the symbolic universe of Renaissance Europe

Later, an eyewitness recalled that officials thought the Duchess had fainted at the sight of blood trickling from her husband’s mouth. Only the Archduke himself seemed to realise that she, too, had...

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Postgraduate Pioneers 2017 #5

Fifth in the series is Eleanor Barnett, a historian examining the relationship between food and religious change during the European Reformations.   My research sets out to    Focusing on England and...

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