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Opinion: Charles Manson: death of America's 1960s bogeyman

So, Charles Manson has died, aged 83, of “natural causes”. The con-man, musician and erstwhile cult leader, who came to embody mainstream American fears of the 1960s counterculture “gone wrong”, had...

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Report highlights opportunities and risks associated with synthetic biology...

Rapid developments in the field of synthetic biology and its associated tools and methods, including more widely available gene editing techniques, have substantially increased our capabilities for...

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UK should invest in global education to improve lives, says report citing...

The House of Commons’ International Development Committee (IDC) has published the results of its inquiry into the Department for International Development (DFID)’s work on global education. The...

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How to cut your lawn for grasshoppers

One could be forgiven for wondering what the point of such a question might be. But the solution, proposed by theoretical physicists in the UK and the US, has some intriguing connections to quantum...

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Going underground: Cambridge digs into the history of geology with landmark...

Uncovering how the ground beneath our feet was mapped for the first time – and revealing some of the controversies and tragedies geology brought to the surface of intellectual debate, Landscapes Below...

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Cambridge and Sciences Po to enhance collaboration

At a ceremony held in Paris on Friday November 24th, representatives from the University of Cambridge and from Sciences Po signed a Memorandum of Agreement to formalise and strengthen the partnership...

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A force to be reckoned with

Think you know what gravity is? Think again. New research is revealing how little we know about this most mysterious of forces. Read the rest of the article from the latest version of CAM, the...

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Eye contact with your baby helps synchronise your brainwaves

When a parent and infant interact, various aspects of their behaviour can synchronise, including their gaze, emotions and heartrate, but little is known about whether their brain activity also...

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Prehistoric women’s manual work was tougher than rowing in today’s elite boat...

A new study comparing the bones of Central European women that lived during the first 6,000 years of farming with those of modern athletes has shown that the average prehistoric agricultural woman had...

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£5.4 million centre will help transform the UK’s construction sector for the...

The Centre is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University to support the transformation of the construction sector using digital technologies...

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'Populism' revealed as 2017 Word of the Year by Cambridge University Press

Choosing a winner required looking at not only the most searched-for words but also spikes – occasions when a word is suddenly looked up many more times than usual on or around a particular date.  As...

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Sir Isaac Newton’s Cambridge papers added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World...

Held at Cambridge University Library, Newton’s scientific and mathematical papers represent one of the most important archives of scientific and intellectual work on universal phenomena. They document...

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Pop-up mints and coins made from prayers

We’re used to the kind of circular coins that jangle in your pocket. But this one is lozenge-shaped and features a crude impression of a castle on its face. Its edges are sharp. A silver shilling...

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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences receives Wellcome funding to...

Cambridge is one six institutions to receive funding to create partnerships with Wellcome. The others are the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester, Imperial College London, and Oxford...

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£85 million gift from the Dolby family to transform Cambridge science

The Dolby family gift is the largest philanthropic donation ever made to UK science, and will support the Cavendish Laboratory, the world-leading centre for physics research where Ray Dolby received...

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Cambridge fundraising campaign passes £1 billion milestone

The Dear World… Yours, Cambridge campaign was publicly launched in 2015 to raise £2 billion. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and supporters, a total of £1.08bn has been raised to attract the...

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Clean energy: experts outline how governments can successfully invest before...

Governments need to give technical experts more autonomy and hold their nerve to provide more long-term stability when investing in clean energy, argue researchers in climate change and innovation...

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Genetics study adds further evidence that education reduces risk of...

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia. Its chief hallmark is the build of ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ of misshapen proteins, which lead to the gradual death of brain cells. People affected...

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“All this cancer talk is new to me, but I do know there isn’t a stage five”

Read more about how clinical researchers, physicists, engineers and social scientists are among those collaborating as part of the Cancer Research UK Early Detection Programme. Kate Gross was just 36...

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In praise of openness | Vice-Chancellor's blog

My first full term in office has flown by. It has not allowed me to get a full picture of the collegiate University’s activities, but it has served to confirm, in my mind, the excellent work that our...

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