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Understanding the past, shaping the future | Vice-Chancellor's blog

History is inescapable in Cambridge. I was very moved upon learning recently that the eldest daughter of Olaudah Equiano, the former slave-turned-abolitionist, is buried in St Andrew’s Church,...

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Amount of carbon stored in forests reduced as climate warms

The team, led by the University of Cambridge, found that as temperatures increase, trees grow faster, but they also tend to die younger. When these fast-growing trees die, the carbon they store is...

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Machine learning predicts mechanical properties of porous materials

Researchers have used machine learning techniques to accurately predict the mechanical properties of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which could be used to extract water from the air in the desert,...

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Washable, wearable battery-like devices could be woven directly into clothes

Wearable electronic components incorporated directly into fabrics have been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The devices could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare...

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Scientists find new type of cell that helps tadpoles’ tails regenerate

It has long been known that some animals can regrow their tails following amputation – Aristotle observed this in the fourth century B.C. – but the mechanisms that support such regenerative potential...

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Vaccinating against fake news

A game which aims to ‘vaccinate’ people against fake news by teaching them how information can be manipulated for certain ends can be used in a range of different contexts, from countering conspiracy...

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Driverless cars working together can speed up traffic by 35 percent

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, programmed a small fleet of miniature robotic cars to drive on a multi-lane track and observed how the traffic flow changed when one of the cars...

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Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study...

Based on results from more than 2000 primary-age schoolchildren from across London, the researchers found that walking or cycling to school is a strong predictor of obesity levels, a result which was...

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The cultural significance of carbon-storing peatlands to rural communities

Tropical peatlands, found in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America, play an important, and, until recently, underappreciated role for the global climate system, due to their capacity to...

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Study identifies our ‘inner pickpocket’

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, the Central European University, and Columbia University, found that one of the reasons that successful pickpockets are so efficient is that they are...

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Farmers have less leisure time than hunter-gatherers, study suggests

For two years, a team including University of Cambridge anthropologist Dr Mark Dyble, lived with the Agta, a population of small scale hunter-gatherers from the northern Philippines who are...

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Cambridge recognised as Leader in Openness around animal research

In 2015, the University signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, committing to making available detailed information about its animal research through its website, communications and...

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Interplay between mitochondria and the nucleus may have implications for...

The study, led by scientists at the University of Cambridge, suggests that matching mitochondrial DNA to nuclear DNA could be important when selecting potential donors for the recently-approved...

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Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer’s disease

The study highlights the potential of new technologies to help diagnose and monitor conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 525,000 people in the UK.  In 2014, Professor John...

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Apples or ice cream - who, or what, determines what we eat?

Why, when presented with an apple or an ice cream, do we often go for the unhealthy option when our rational mind is telling us that the apple is the better choice? And how can we overcome the...

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Music inspired by a survivor of the Nazis wins international recognition

BBC Radio 3 have selected a new orchestral composition by the Music Faculty’s Reader in Composition, Richard Causton to represent the UK at the annual International Rostrum of Composers to be...

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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019 now open for entries

Delivered in partnership by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Unilever, the Awards have already reached over 5,800 inspiring young sustainability...

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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minorities do less...

The patterns mirror inequalities seen in levels of childhood obesity, suggesting a need for a greater focus on the promotion of vigorous physical activity, particularly for those children from more...

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‘Forbidden’ planet found wandering ‘Neptunian Desert’

The Neptunian Desert is a region close to stars where large planets with their own atmospheres, similar to Neptune, are not expected to survive, since the strong irradiation from the star would cause...

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Food and drinks industry uses non-profit organisation to campaign against...

The study, published today in the journal Globalization and Health, analysed over 17,000 pages of emails obtained through Freedom of Information requests made between 2015 and 2018. The documents...

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