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“Little robots”: behind the scenes at an academy school

‘Structure liberates’: the ethos behind one of England’s flagship academy schools. Designed as an engine of social mobility, this school drills ‘urban children’ for the grades and behaviour considered...

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Drinking more than five pints a week could shorten your life, study finds

The authors say their findings challenge the widely held belief that moderate drinking is beneficial to cardiovascular health, and support the UK’s recently lowered guidelines. The study compared the...

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New Cambridge institute to tackle policy challenges in our age of disruption

A major gift from Cambridge alumnus and philanthropist Peter Bennett has enabled the launch of a groundbreaking new institute at the University of Cambridge dedicated to researching solutions to some...

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Some superconductors can also carry currents of ‘spin’

Spin is a particle’s intrinsic angular momentum, and is normally carried in non-superconducting, non-magnetic materials by individual electrons. Spin can be ‘up’ or ‘down’, and for any given material,...

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‘Cognitive flexibility’ associated with voting attitudes in EU Referendum,...

A new study suggests that the way our brains process everyday information helps to shape our ideological beliefs and political decision-making – including attitudes towards the UK’s 2016 EU...

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Environmental report highlights Cambridge’s progress towards sustainability...

In the foreword to the report, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope writes: “The University of Cambridge leads the world in many fields of academic endeavour, including making essential...

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New innovation hub aims to take a 'moon shot' at cystic fibrosis

John Winn’s office at Microsoft Research looks like that of any typical academic: on one wall is a whiteboard graffitied with impenetrable equations and mathematical scribblings, on the opposite wall...

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Mechanism behind neuron death in motor neurone disease and frontotemporal...

Writing in Cell, the researchers from the University of Cambridge and University of Toronto also identify potential therapeutic targets for these currently incurable diseases. ALS is a progressive and...

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Sense of control and meaning helps protect women from anxiety, study suggests

The study, published today in BMJ Open, found that women who had these traits did not have anxiety, even if they were living in the most deprived circumstances, but women who did not feel that they...

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New home for Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology officially...

The new building is the first of its kind to house the whole cycle of scientific investigation in chemical engineering and biotechnology, and its teaching and commercialisation, under one roof: from...

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Gender inequality is ‘drowning out’ the voices of women scientists

Dr Heather Ford and her colleagues analysed data from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting and found that, overall; female scientists are offered fewer opportunities than men to present...

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Gaia creates richest star map of our Galaxy – and beyond

A multitude of discoveries are on the horizon after today’s much-awaited release, which is based on 22 months of charting the sky, as part of Gaia’s mission to produce the largest, most precise...

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Labelling alcoholic drinks as lower in strength could encourage people to...

Alcohol is the fifth leading cause of disease and premature death both in the UK and globally. Reducing consumption of alcohol is a public health priority in many countries. In the UK, as part of a...

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Meet the robot avatars helping Cambridge students combine education and...

Neeta Lakhani and another fellow student are NHS professionals, full-time mothers and part-time students who fell pregnant and gave birth to their children while studying for the Genomic Medicine...

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How landscapes and landforms ‘remember’ or ‘forget’ their initial formations

Crescent dunes and meandering rivers can ‘forget’ their initial shapes as they are carved and reshaped by wind and water while other landforms keep a memory of their past shape, suggests new research....

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Cambridge receives £10 million in funding for new AI supercomputer

The new AI supercomputer is a £10 million partnership between the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University....

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Syria airstrikes add another ‘exception’ to beleaguered parliamentary...

The recent intervention in Syria may add airstrikes to the expanding list of exceptions to the convention established to provide democratic oversight of UK military action through a parliamentary...

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UK and US join forces to understand how quickly a massive Antarctic glacier...

The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. It already drains an area roughly the size of Britain or the US state of Florida, accounting for...

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Innovative and internationally competitive African research celebrated as...

The University of Cambridge celebrated the tenth anniversary of its flagship Cambridge-Africa Programme at an event held at the Fisher Building in St John’s College. Recognising the need to support...

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Taming the multiverse: Stephen Hawking’s final theory about the big bang

The theory, which was submitted for publication before Hawking’s death earlier this year, is based on string theory and predicts the universe is finite and far simpler than many current theories about...

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