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Protein discovery may explain why some patients develop resistance to new...

In a study published in Nature Cell Biology, the team from the Wellcome/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute show that Shieldin – so-called because it shields the ends of broken DNA – regulates DNA...

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New class of materials could be used to make batteries that charge faster

Although these materials, known as niobium tungsten oxides, do not result in higher energy densities when used under typical cycling rates, they come into their own for fast charging applications....

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Historian uncovers new evidence of 18th century London's 'Child Support Agency'

Dr Samantha Williams’ Unmarried Motherhood in the Metropolis: 1700-1850 reveals, using London’s few surviving ‘bastardy books’, how the parishes of Lambeth, Southwark and Chelsea chased the fathers of...

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Opinion: GM crop ruling shows why the EU’s laws are wholly inadequate

The European Court of Justice has made an important ruling on genetically modified crops. Since 2003, new crop varieties produced by genetic modification have had to be assessed for their risks to the...

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Maggots and rotting food waste: a new recipe for sustainable fish and animal...

The company behind this idea is Entomics Biosystems. It was set up in 2015 by a group of students from the University of Cambridge, with support from the Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Centre’s...

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Women with polycystic ovary syndrome more likely to have a child with autism

PCOS affects about one in ten women and is caused by elevated levels of the hormone testosterone. It is associated with fluid-filled sacs (called follicles) in the ovaries, and with symptoms such as...

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Cambridge mathematician awarded 2018 Fields Medal

Professor Birkar, who originally came to the UK as a Kurdish refugee, was given the award today at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Fields medals, often...

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Scientists identify exoplanets where life could develop as it did on Earth

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB), found that the chances for life to develop on the surface of a rocky...

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Epic issues: epic poetry from the dawn of modernity

Maybe it was the language, architecture, codified legal system, regulated economy, military discipline – or maybe it really was public safety and aqueducts. Whatever the Romans did for us, their...

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Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya collapse

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Florida developed a method to measure the different isotopes of water trapped in gypsum, a mineral that forms during times of drought...

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The ‘brain’ that’s helping reduce carbon emissions

For a chemical engineer, Jurong Island is a kind of paradise. The artificial island, built upon seven smaller islands off the Singapore mainland in the 1980s and 1990s, is now home to nearly 100...

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Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas

A team of scientists, including a volcanologist and mathematician from the University of Cambridge, discovered the phenomenon through detailed observations of gas emissions from Kīlauea volcano in...

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University marks association with social mobility charity

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the University’s association with the Sutton Trust, a charitable foundation which was set up by the philanthropist Sir Peter Lampl to promote equality in...

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Lost Norse of Greenland fuelled the medieval ivory trade, ancient walrus DNA...

The Icelandic Sagas tell of Erik the Red: exiled for murder in the late 10th century he fled to southwest Greenland, establishing its first Norse settlement. The colony took root, and by the mid-12th...

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‘Believing you’re a winner’ gives men a testosterone boost and promiscuous...

A new study shows that men only have to believe they’ve bested another man in competition to get raised testosterone levels and an inflated sense of their own value as a sexual prospect. Scientists...

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Muslims leaving prison talk about the layers of their lives

Dr Ryan Williams has become accustomed to uncomfortable moments. His research into the lived experiences of people in the criminal justice system (CJS) has taken him into high-security prisons to...

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Funding announced for almost 400 new doctoral places in arts and humanities

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP is a consortium of the three universities for doctoral training and funding in the Humanities. The DTP is underpinned by world-class research and training...

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Grandmother with Alzheimer’s inspired Syrian teen to seek Cambridge chemistry...

Syrian teenager Abdullah Kattineh’s determination to find a cure for the Alzheimer’s that has ravaged his grandmother’s life inspired him to battle power outages, study by candlelight and pore over...

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A-Level results day 2018 #GoingToCambridge

More than 2,500 A-Level students from across the UK are celebrating today after meeting their offer to become an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. The successful students were among 18,547...

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Stormzy unveils Cambridge scholarships

Announced by Stormzy himself during A-Level results day at his old school, Harris Academy in Crystal Palace this morning, the ‘The Stormzy Scholarship’ will cover the full cost of four tuition fees...

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