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Women much less likely to ask questions in academic seminars than men

Women are two and a half times less likely to ask a question in departmental seminars than men, an observational study of 250 events at 35 academic institutions in 10 countries has found.   This...

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Neglected baby beetles evolve greater self-reliance

In gardens, parks and woods across the UK, the Sexton burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides quietly buries dead mice and other small vertebrates to create edible nests for their young.   Most...

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Black Cantabs: History Makers exhibition opens at Cambridge University Library

Featuring images of novelist Zadie Smith, MP Diane Abbot and actress Thandie Newton, the exhibition Black Cantabs: History Makers opens the main Library building to the public for the first time, and...

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The Vice-Chancellor’s annual 1st October address to the University

A new £500m fundraising campaign is to be launched to help students and ensure the University is fully inclusive of the most diverse talent. Professor Stephen J Toope reflected on his first year at...

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Cambridge ceremony reveals the winners of BBC Short Story and Young Writers’...

Announced this evening during a live broadcast of  BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’ from the University’s West Road Concert Hall, Persaud was presented with the £15,000 prize for a work described by judge...

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Sir Greg Winter wins the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The first pharmaceutical based on this method, adalimumab, was approved in 2002 and is used for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel diseases. Since then, phage display has produced...

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Scientists develop mouse ‘embryo-like structures’ with organisation along...

The definitive architecture of the mammalian body is established shortly after the embryo implants into the uterus. This body plan has spatial references, or axes, that guide the emergence of tissues...

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Restoring Europe’s endangered landscapes for life

The programme represents a US$30 million (£23 million) investment from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, in partnership with CCI, a collaboration between nine...

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Social media data used to predict retail failure

Using information from ten different cities around the world, the researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have developed a model that can predict with 80% accuracy whether a new business will...

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Austerity cuts ‘twice as deep’ in England than rest of Britain, study finds

The first “fine-grained” analysis of local authority budgets across Britain since 2010 has found that the average reduction in service spending by councils was almost 24% in England compared to just...

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European research network aims to tackle problematic internet use

As the internet has become an integral part of modern life and its use has grown, so too has its problematic use become a growing concern across all age groups. It has provided a new environment in...

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Mental health disorders: risks and resilience in adolescence

When Charly Cox was diagnosed in her teenage years with depression and other mental health disorders, what lay ahead for her was “a long and painful ordeal of trial and error, guesswork and delay. I...

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Black researchers shaping the future

READ THE STORY HERE     As the UK marks Black History Month, researchers from across the University talk about their route to Cambridge, their inspiration and their motivation.   University of...

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New legal tool aims to increase openness, sharing and innovation in global...

The OpenMTA is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) designed to foster a spirit of openness, sharing and innovation in global biotechnology. MTAs provide the legal frameworks within which research...

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Graphene may exceed bandwidth demands of future telecommunications

The researchers have demonstrated how properties of graphene – a two-dimensional form of carbon - enable ultra-wide bandwidth communications and low power consumption to radically change the way data...

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches today

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas begins today with a host of free events and debates on everything from the future of capitalism to the high point of the Hollywood musical.   The Festival runs from...

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Many cases of dementia may arise from non-inherited DNA ‘spelling mistakes’

The findings suggest that for many people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the roots of their condition will trace back to their time as an embryo...

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Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

The star is just two million years old – a ‘toddler’ in astronomical terms – and is surrounded by a huge disc of dust and ice. This disc, known as a protoplanetary disc, is where the planets, moons,...

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Cambridge team develops technique to ‘listen’ to a patient’s brain during...

Patients with low-grade gliomas in their brains – a slow-spreading, but potentially life-threatening tumour – will usually receive surgery to have the tumour removed. But removing brain tissue can be...

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Targeting hard-to-treat cancers

While the survival rate for most cancers has doubled over the past 40 years, some cancers such as those of the pancreas, brain, lung and oesophagus still have low survival rates. Such cancers are now...

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