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'Upcycling' crowned Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year 2019

Upcycling was chosen as the ‘Word of the Day’ which resonated most strongly with followers on the Dictionary’s Instagram account, @CambridgeWords. The noun – defined as the activity of making new...

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Admitting practices of junior doctors may be behind ‘weekend effect’ in...

The 'weekend effect' of increased hospital mortality has been well documented, including a 2015 study linking this to 11,000 extra UK deaths annually, which led to controversial contract changes for...

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Women in STEM: Vidhi Lalchand

  I was the first international doctoral student to be funded by the Turing Institute,the UK’s national institute for artificial intelligence and data science. I’m currently pursuing my PhD in...

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GP clinics could help bridge mental health treatment gap, study finds

The research was based on a trial in Indonesia, where patients often do not get the treatment they need due to a shortage of practitioners. The team at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health say the...

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Ambitious project launched to map genomes of all life in British Isles

The £9.4m funding will support a collaboration of ten research institutes, museums and associated organisations to launch the first phase of sequencing all the species on the British Isles. This will...

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‘Messy’ production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next-generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical...

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Visualising heat flow in bamboo could help design more energy-efficient and...

The building sector currently accounts for 30-40% of all carbon emissions, due to both the energy-intensive production of the materials (predominantly steel and concrete), and the energy used in...

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Women in STEM: Dr Stephanie Höhn

I work in an interdisciplinary research group including biologists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers. I path to this stage of my career was a little off the beaten track. Before my academic...

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Hitachi and Cambridge renew 30 year research partnership

The relationship will build on the 30-year partnership established with the University through the Cavendish Laboratory, home of the University’s Department of Physics, and will pursue deep science...

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Sir David Attenborough: "Our planet hangs in the balance"

“It might seem like an obvious thing to say but we need to keep saying it: our planet is precious. It provides the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink. You have only to take a walk...

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Saving ‘Half-Earth’ for nature would affect over a billion people

As the extinction crisis escalates, and protest movements grow, some are calling for hugely ambitious conservation targets. Among the most prominent is sparing 50% of the Earth’s surface for nature....

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Climate change could double greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater ecosystems

Small shallow lakes dominate the world’s freshwater area, and the sediments within them already produce at least one-quarter of all carbon-dioxide, and more than two-thirds of all methane that come...

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A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still...

The study found that the finches’ fearful responses – known as antipredator behaviour - were sustained through multiple generations after the threat was gone, which could have detrimental consequences...

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Wind more effective than cold air at cooling rooms naturally

The researchers found that a temperature difference between inside and outside has a remarkably small effect on how well a room is ventilated when ventilation is primarily driven by wind. In contrast,...

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Students submit tips on preparing for University interviews

Current and former students offer tips on how to prepare for interviews and what to expect. Helpful hints range from chewing gum in the waiting room to relax, to wearing comfortable clothes and the...

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Women in STEM: Amy Rankine

I first developed an interest in astronomy at high school during a project run by the University of St Andrews. I grew up in a small town on the East coast of Scotland, not far from St Andrews and so...

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‘Trickster god’ used fake news in Babylonian Noah story

Dr Martin Worthington’s new research analysing the word play in the story has uncovered the duplicitous language of a Babylonian god called Ea, who was motivated by self-interest. Dr Worthington, a...

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Opinion: Depression - men far more at risk than women in deprived areas

Depression is a major cause of disability around the world, and if left untreated, can lead to substance abuse, anxiety and suicide. Major depressive disorder is a particular form of the condition...

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Women in STEM: Fiona Llewellyn-Beard

I study mud. To tell the truth, this is something that has interested me since about the age of three, when I enjoyed making mud pies at nursery school. I’m a bit more particular now though, and work...

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Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to...

Both male and female fetuses do not grow as large in older mothers, but there are sex-specific differences in changes to placental development and function. These are likely to play a central role in...

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