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Cambridge in the 2020 New Year Honours List

Recently appointed Trinity College master Dame Sally Davies, DBE, ​FRS. FMedSci, received the honour of Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) for services to Public Health and Research in...

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Women in STEM: Angela Harper

I would like to see the future renewable energy frontiers led by women. I hope I will be one of these women, along with the many other female scientists who are paving the way towards a greener...

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Detailed genetic study provides most comprehensive map of risk to date of...

The results, published today in the journal Nature Genetics, provide the most comprehensive map of breast cancer risk variants to date. The researchers involved, from over 450 departments and...

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Women in STEM: Anna Chaplin

The widespread applicability of my research is very appealing to me. Most people will be directly or indirectly affected by mental ill-health at some point in their lives. My research aims to...

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Contaminating a fake rubber hand could help people overcome OCD, study suggests

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects as many as one in 50 people worldwide. One of the most common types of the condition, affecting almost a half of OCD patients, is characterised by severe...

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Dr Jane Goodall on the environment: "My greatest hope is our young people"

At the age of 26, Jane Goodall travelled from England to what is now Tanzania, Africa, and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Among her many discoveries, perhaps the greatest...

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Higher rates of post-natal depression among autistic mothers

The team recruited an advisory panel of autistic mothers with whom they co-developed an anonymous, online survey. After matching, this was completed by 355 autistic and 132 non-autistic mothers, each...

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Women in STEM: Agnieszka Słowik

Broadly, my research explores the reasoning capacity of neural networks. You might have seen these algorithms in action when using automatic face recognition on social media or issuing voice commands...

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Police platform patrols create ‘phantom effect’ that cuts crime in Tube...

A massive experiment that deployed regular police patrols on platforms in the London Underground has shown that four 15-minute patrols a day in some of the capital’s most crime-ridden stations reduced...

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Cambridge-designed curriculum teaches schoolchildren about water scarcity and...

‘Pani Pahar – the Water Curriculum’ was jointly developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Hearth Education Advisors, a division of Canta Consultants LLP. It is designed for...

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Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests

“Reforestation is an important part of tackling climate change, but we need to carefully consider the best places for it. In some places, changes to water availability will completely change the local...

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Becoming less active and gaining weight: downsides of becoming an adult

Many people tend to put on weight as they leave adolescence and move into adulthood, and this is the age when the levels of obesity increase the fastest. This weight gain is related to changes in diet...

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Astronomers use ‘cosmic echo-location’ to map black hole surroundings

Most black holes are too small on the sky for us to determine their immediate environment, but we can still explore these mysterious objects by watching how matter behaves as it nears, and falls into,...

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Vomiting bumblebees show that sweeter is not necessarily better

Bumblebees drink nectar from flowers, then offload it in their nest – by vomiting –  for use by other bees in the colony. The sugar within nectar makes it appealing, and the more sugar within the...

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Magnetised molecules used to monitor breast cancer

This is the first time researchers have demonstrated that this scanning technique, called carbon-13 hyperpolarised imaging, can be used to monitor breast cancer. The team based at the Cancer Research...

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Women in STEM: Professor Laura Itzhaki

My research sets out to use what scientists have learned from over half a century of research on proteins - the workhorses of the cell - to design new proteins to carry out pre-programmed functions....

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Drug improves symptoms of autism by targeting brain’s chemical messengers

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder estimated to affect one in 160 children worldwide. It is characterised by impairments in social communication, which manifest as...

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Prince of Wales launches new UK centre for low-carbon aviation

The Centre, which is due to open in 2022, will bring together researchers from across UK Universities with industry partners such as Rolls Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens and Dyson to...

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Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for...

Adolescence is a time of major change in life, with increasing social and cognitive skills and independence, but also increased risk of mental illness. While it is clear that these changes in the mind...

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Women in STEM: Shagita Gounden

As a systems engineer, I am part of the team responsible for designing the software for the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The team includes representatives from...

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