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University of Cambridge raises £600 million in pioneering bonds issue

The proceeds will be used to invest in the University’s revenue-generating projects and other facilities, allowing Cambridge to further its mission to contribute to society through the pursuit of...

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Why life on Earth first got big

The research, led by the University of Cambridge, found that the most successful organisms living in the oceans more than half a billion years ago were the ones that were able to ‘throw’ their...

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The stresses and strains of work and unemployment

When I ask Dr Adam Coutts what we know about the impact of unemployment on health, his response is blunt and to the point: “It’s very bad.” There’s a pause before he goes on to say that we’ve known...

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Ely’s new cathedral (of books) opens for business

The first book placed into the store was Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: the nearly definitive edition, introduced by Richard Dawkins and Nick Harkaway (London, Heinemann, 2014)....

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Mend the gap: solving the UK’s productivity puzzle

The UK is the world’s sixth largest economy. But would it surprise you to learn that outside of London, the South East and a handful of major cities, many areas of the UK are just as poor as swathes...

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How 9,000 lists written over 300 years are helping to test theories of...

In 1752, Juliana Schweickherdt, a 50-year-old spinster living in the small Black Forest community of Wildberg, was reprimanded by the local weavers’ guild for “weaving cloth and combing wool, counter...

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The Gaia Sausage: the major collision that changed the Milky Way

The astronomers propose that around eight to 10 billion years ago, an unknown dwarf galaxy smashed into our own Milky Way. The dwarf did not survive the impact. It quickly fell apart, and the wreckage...

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Celebrating Cambridge’s LGBT+ scientists and engineers

To mark the event, the University has released a film in which staff and researchers from the University, AstraZeneca and the Wellcome Genome Campus discuss their experiences of being LGBT+ in...

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Humans need not apply

On googling ‘will a robot take my job?’ I find myself on a BBC webpage that invites me to discover the likelihood that my work will be automated in the next 20 years. I type in ‘editor’. “It’s quite...

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Ancient American dogs almost completely wiped out by arrival of European breeds

But one close relative of these native dogs lives on in an unexpected place – as a transmissible cancer whose genome is that of the original dog in which it appeared, but which has since spread...

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Vice-Chancellor’s awards showcase Cambridge researchers' public engagement...

Hundreds of post-war peace settlements were trawled through by a team at Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law to build this innovative research tool. Outputs from the work have been...

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Making sense of cancer’s ‘big data’ problem to revolutionise patient care

The Mark Foundation Institute for Integrated Cancer Medicine, announced today, will be funded by an £8.6 million award to the University of Cambridge from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research – the...

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Cambridge partners with industry leaders to fund research on global...

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is launching The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme today (11 July), with the support of some of the UK’s leading...

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Legislating labour in the long run – how worker rights help economies

There’s a familiar story that goes something like this: the post-war consensus was one of heavy regulation, dominant trade unions and the same job for life; then, in the 1980s, free market forces were...

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Baby’s sex affects mother’s metabolism and may influence risk of...

The findings, published today in JCI Insight, help to explain, for example, why male babies in the womb may be more vulnerable to the effects of poor growth, and why being pregnant with a girl may...

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Bridging the divide: philosophy meets science

The Templeton World Charity Foundation Project, spearheaded by Professor Sarah Coakley, the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, saw three postdoctoral researchers placed into science labs...

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Homeward Bound

Earlier this year a team of 78 women from around the world took part in a three-week expedition to Antarctica, a trip that marked the culmination of the year-long Homeward Bound leadership programme...

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Underdogs, curses and ‘Neymaresque’ histrionics: Cambridge University Press...

There has been no shortage of surprises during this year’s competition, and this shines through in the language data. Expressions such as premature exit reflect that several of the predicted...

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Loneliness is contagious – and here's how to beat it

Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide. Loneliness can also increase your risk of dying...

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Six Cambridge academics elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

They are among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the fellowship in recognition of their work in the fields of archaeology, history, law, politics and prison reform. The Cambridge academics...

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