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Tall Tales: Secrets of the Tower opens to the public

Now, the treasures of Cambridge University Library’s fabled 17-storey Tower Collection, chosen from nearly a million volumes, will go on public display together for the first time in a free...

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University of Cambridge wins Boeing Innovation Award

The University was presented with Boeing’s Innovation Award at a gala held in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday 11 April. The award was given for the University’s ‘outstanding performance in research and...

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Professor Lynn Gladden named Executive Chair of Engineering and Physical...

Professor Gladden is currently Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She is internationally recognised for her work on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods which...

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Blood and bodies: the messy meanings of a life-giving substance

What is blood? Today we understand this precious fluid as essential to life. In medieval and early modern Europe, definitions of blood were almost too numerous to locate. Blood was simultaneously the...

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Greenhouse gas ‘feedback loop’ discovered in freshwater lakes

A new study of chemical reactions that occur when organic matter decomposes in freshwater lakes has revealed that the debris from trees suppresses production of methane – while debris from plants...

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The history of islands and their contribution to the modern world

The islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans are “the testing grounds for modernity”, but despite their importance they have been overlooked due to the Eurocentric focus of many history textbooks,...

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‘The greatest director in the world right now’ begins residency at Centre for...

Lucrecia Martel comes to the Centre as this year’s Filmmaker in Residence from 5-20 May, following in the footsteps of Gianfranco Rossi (2017) and Joanna Hogg (2016). A retrospective of her feature...

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Brain cholesterol associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, have found that in the brain, cholesterol acts as a catalyst which triggers the formation of the toxic clusters of the amyloid-beta protein,...

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The Royal Society announces 2018 Fellows

The 50 newly-elected Fellows announced today join a list of scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and Commonwealth. Past Fellows and Foreign Members have included Newton, Darwin and...

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Oldest genetic evidence of Hepatitis B virus found in ancient DNA from 4,500...

A pioneering study has identified the oldest evidence of HBV in the ancient remains and proved that viruses can become extinct. The scientific significance of the research has been described as ‘truly...

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Proposals for the regeneration of Old Press/ Mill Lane receive strong support

During March and April, a full public consultation was held on their proposals for a masterplan that will transform an important quarter of the city and draws residents, students and visitors into the...

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Academy of Medical Sciences announces 2018 Fellowships

The new Fellows have been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the...

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Cambridge's 2017 admissions statistics published

The latest figures also show an increase in the number of students coming from areas of the UK which have a low participation rate in higher education. Admissions from students in Polar3 Quintile 1...

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Can men respond to feminism?

In the era of Trump, Weinstein, #metoo and Cambridge’s own #breakingthesilence campaign, feminist anger has reached a crescendo, and it is not for the first time. Lucy Delap, lecturer in modern...

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Online atlas explores north-south divide in childbirth and child mortality...

The Populations Past website is part of the Atlas of Victorian Fertility Decline research project based at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the University of Essex. It displays...

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Opinion: The Dambusters raid took place 75 years ago – here's how they made a...

Sir Barnes Wallis was a genius engineer who designed a very special bomb during World War II. The idea was that it would bounce across water and destroy German dams along the Ruhr Valley, causing...

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Six months of Herceptin could be as effective as 12 months for some women

The PERSEPHONE trial, a £2.6 million study funded by the NIHR with translational research funded by Cancer Research UK, recruited over 4,000 women and compared a six month course of treatment of...

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Someone breaks their silence: what do you say?

Her comment came as the University of Cambridge released figures showing that fears about friends’ reactions were among the main reasons Cambridge staff and students chose not to report sexual...

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The menace of monolingualism

Is monolingualism harming us, both as individuals and as a society? Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Professor of French Philology and Linguistics, is leading a major interdisciplinary research project which...

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Opinion: how mental health problems can affect early-career researchers

My research focuses on developing devices that can manipulate electrons one at a time. I also happen to have long gaps on my CV that take some creativity to explain in job interviews. This is because...

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