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Police officers learn new methods on University course

They’re the first tranche of police officers to take part in the University's Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship Degree course in Applied Criminology and Police Management. Over the next two...

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The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2019

In total, fifty eminent scientists from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth have been honoured, joining illustrious names such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Ten new Foreign...

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Green material for refrigeration identified

When put under pressure, plastic crystals of neopentylglycol yield huge cooling effects – enough that they are competitive with conventional coolants. In addition, the material is inexpensive, widely...

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Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in...

A common feature of these diseases – collectively known as neurodegenerative diseases – is the build-up of misfolded proteins. These proteins, such as huntingtin in Huntington’s disease and tau in...

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Discovery of genetic variants that protect against obesity and type 2...

Scientists have known for several years that genes can influence a person’s weight. One of the genes that is known to play a key role in regulating weight is MC4R, which codes for the melanocortin 4...

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Advice and support under one roof at new Student Services Centre

Part new build and part renovation of existing listed buildings, the centre houses the Cambridge Admissions Office, the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Cambridge Trust (relocating...

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Rapid melting of the world’s largest ice shelf linked to solar heat in the ocean

In a study of Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, which covers an area roughly the size of France, the scientists spent several years building up a record of how the north-west sector of this vast ice shelf...

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Cambridge University launches inquiry into historical links to slavery

The two-year inquiry will explore University archives and a wide range of records elsewhere to uncover how the institution may have gained from slavery and the exploitation of labour, through...

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Researchers obtain first ever underwater ultrasound scans of wild reef manta...

The research project is taking place in the Republic of Maldives, in south Asia, which has the largest population of reef manta rays in the world. The team hope that their work will help establish the...

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Discovery of RNA transfer through royal jelly could aid development of honey...

The findings suggest new ways to protect bees against viruses and the deadly Varroa mite that have been responsible for the recent dramatic decline in honey bee populations. Since around one third of...

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Brexit puts UK’s ability to tackle drug-related crime at risk, say experts

The decision to leave the European Union comes at a time when parts of the UK are experiencing a marked rise in gun and knife crimes. Many of these crimes are linked to gangs fighting for control of...

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New prognostic test could enable personalised treatment of inflammatory bowel...

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – are chronic conditions that involve inflammation of the gut. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloody...

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Reading in an age of digital distraction

While you’re reading this, are you breaking off to check your social media or perhaps Whatsapping or texting a friend? The temptation to have several tabs open in your browser and to focus for only...

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Cambridge researchers launch charity to tackle ‘slow motion spinal cord...

Myelopathy is caused by arthritic changes affecting the spinal column of the neck. Because of the close proximity, these can exert pressure on the spinal cord and trigger a "slow motion spinal cord...

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Contracts give Coca-Cola power to ‘quash’ health research, study suggests

A study of over 87,000 documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests has revealed a contract mechanism that could allow Coca-Cola to “quash” findings from some of the health research it...

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Ultra-secure form of virtual money proposed

The theoretical framework, dubbed ‘S-money’, could ensure completely unforgeable and secure authentication, and allow faster and more flexible responses than any existing financial technology,...

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New approach to drug discovery could lead to personalised treatment of...

Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, accounting for 31% of total years lived with disability. While our understanding of the biology behind these disorders has...

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Design work on ‘brain’ of world’s largest radio telescope completed

The SKA’s Science Data Processor (SDP) consortium has concluded its engineering design work, marking the end of five years’ work to design one of two supercomputers that will process the enormous...

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Beyond words: exploring the magic of visual texts

We live in an increasingly visual age - a world of instagram, 24-hour news, mindmaps and infographics, with images often being more powerful than words. It is a world where stories happen in many...

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Smallest pixels ever created could light up colour-changing buildings

The colour pixels, developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge, are compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication on flexible plastic films, dramatically reducing their production...

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