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History shows abuse of children in custody will remain an ‘inherent risk’ –...

A new report on the history of safeguarding children detained for criminal offences in the UK has concluded that it is impossible to remove the potential for abuse in secure institutions, and that the...

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Treasures from the Royal Commonwealth Society

The exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Commonwealth Society (1868 – 2018) and the 25th anniversary of its library and archives becoming part of Cambridge University Library. This...

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Study unearths Britain’s first speech therapists

Until now, historians had assumed that John Thelwall became Britain’s first speech therapist in the early nineteenth century.*   But Cambridge historian Elizabeth Foyster has discovered that James...

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Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms, study finds

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Baland Jalal and Professor Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry, show how just one week of training can lead to significant...

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On Diversity | Vice-Chancellor's blog

A few months back I met with a group of student representatives. One of them – a black, American postgraduate woman – said: “I have never felt so uncomfortable about being a black woman as I have here...

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A healthy lifestyle cuts stroke risk, irrespective of genetic risk

Stroke is a complex disease caused by both genetic and environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle. But could adhering to a healthy lifestyle offset the effect of genetics on stroke risk? An...

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Brexit: the three transition options open to the UK

For some time now, both the United Kingdom and European Union have agreed that once the UK ceases to be a Member State on 29 March 2019, it will enter into a ‘stand-still’ period – during which the UK...

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3D ‘organ on a chip’ could accelerate search for new disease treatments

The device, which incorporates cells inside a 3D transistor made from a soft sponge-like material inspired by native tissue structure, gives scientists the ability to study cells and tissues in new...

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Cambridge partners in new €1 billion European Quantum Flagship

The Quantum Flagship, which is being officially launched today in Vienna, is one of the most ambitious long-term research and innovation initiatives of the European Commission. It is funded under the...

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Studies raise questions over how epigenetic information is inherited

A second study, also from Cambridge, suggests, however, that one way that environmental effects are passed on may in fact be through molecules produced from the DNA known as RNA that are found in a...

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Multi-million pound initiative from Microsoft to support AI research at...

As part of the Microsoft Research - Cambridge University Machine Learning Initiative, Microsoft will help increase AI and machine learning research capacity and capability at Cambridge by supporting...

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Spotlight on children

The importance of supporting children to grow into happy, healthy and inquiring adults is abundantly clear. Physical and mental wellbeing in children is a foundation for a healthy and productive life....

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Observation of blood vessel cells changing function could lead to early...

The muscle cells that line the blood vessels have long been known to multi-task. While their main function is pumping blood through the body, they are also involved in ‘patching up’ injuries in the...

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New efficiency record set for perovskite LEDs

Compared to OLEDs, which are widely used in high-end consumer electronics, the perovskite-based LEDs, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, can be made at much lower costs, and can...

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Releasing the imagination: the University of Cambridge Primary School

The University of Cambridge Primary School is committed to improving education for all primary children, everywhere.  READ THE STORY HERE     Also available: Dr James Biddulph discusses the Primary...

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Children of the city: tackling violence in the 21st century

It’s 1960 and two boys are born into cities of different nations about to gain independence from the British. Their homelands have comparable GDP per capita, similar literacy rates and roughly the...

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Selective amnesia: how rats and humans are able to actively forget...

The human brain is estimated to include some 86 billion neurons (or nerve cells) and as many as 150 trillion synaptic connections, making it a powerful machine for processing and storing memories. We...

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Opinion: Methods for protecting England’s coastal communities ‘not fit for...

In October 2018, a stark report suggested that current methods being used to protect England’s coastal communities are ‘not fit for purpose’. The Committee on Climate Change’s Managing the coast in a...

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Gardeners and carpenters: the ‘skill’ of parenting

Professors Claire Hughes and Paul Ramchandani have spent their adult lives studying children. Both are fascinated by the complicated jigsaw of early child development. “Such a lot happens in pregnancy...

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“With this vial, we could potentially feed the entire planet”

Read more. Would you eat a burger that had been grown in a lab? It may not be long before this is a choice at your local supermarket. Given the environmental cost of rearing cattle for meat, this is a...

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