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Reflections at the door | Vice-Chancellor's blog

Before the day is over, the United Kingdom will have left the European Union. Whatever views any one of us hold as individuals, this is now a fact that will shape numerous aspects of our lives for...

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Rainbow flag to fly over University of Cambridge to mark start of LGBT+...

Apart from the University flag, no other flag is normally flown over the building, although the flags of the Sovereign or other Heads of State have been raised when they have visited the Old Schools...

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Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other

Using an experimental dune ‘racetrack’, the researchers observed that two identical dunes start out close together, but over time they get further and further apart. This interaction is controlled by...

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Cuttlefish eat less for lunch when they know there’ll be shrimp for dinner

When they know that shrimp - their favourite food - will be available in the evening, they eat fewer crabs during the day. This capacity to make decisions based on future expectations reveals complex...

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Women in STEM: Dr Francesca Chadha-Day

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a physicist. That’s always been my ambition, because it’s the most fundamental thing in the universe, so that’s what I wanted to study. I went through...

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Bookings open for the 26th Cambridge Science Festival

Now in its 26th year, the annual Festival is set to host 390 free events between 9 – 22 March at venues across the city.  The theme this year is ‘vision’. Healthcare and medicine are a major feature...

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Create a WTO-equivalent to oversee the internet, recommends new report

The findings, which have been published by the UK-China Global Issues Dialogue Centre at Jesus College Cambridge, draw on a conference attended by international experts including former Australian...

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Women in STEM: Dr Natasha Morrison

I study the structure and properties of networks. One area of my research concerns the ‘bootstrap percolation process’ which can be thought of as a model of the spread of disease on a network....

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Zooming in on breast cancer reveals how mutations shape the tumour landscape

An international team of scientists, brought together by a £20 million Grand Challenge award from Cancer Research UK, has developed intricate maps of breast tumour samples, with a resolution smaller...

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Cambridge researchers advise county council on net zero policy actions

Early-career researchers from across the University have outlined the different paths to net zero emissions for Cambridgeshire, an ambitious goal which will involve full electrification of almost all...

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Watching TV helps birds make better food choices

Seeing the ‘disgust response’ in others helps them recognise distasteful prey by their conspicuous markings without having to taste them, and this can potentially increase both the birds’ and their...

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WOMEN in STEM: Dr Karen Pinilla

A better understanding of breast cancer biology has led to the identification of more effective treatments, and an increased cure rate in some breast cancer subgroups. However, some patients who are...

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Watching magnetic nano ‘tornadoes’ in 3D

The team, from the Universities of Cambridge and Glasgow in the UK and ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, used their technique to observe how the magnetisation behaves, the...

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Global coalition needed to transform girls’ education - report

A ‘global coalition of parliamentarians’ needs to be set up to meet the urgent international challenge of delivering a quality education to millions of girls who are currently being denied access to...

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The climate crisis: towards zero carbon

If we are to avoid climate disaster we must sharply reduce our carbon dioxide emissions starting today – but how? In a new film, Cambridge researchers describe their work on generating and storing...

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New approaches to help businesses tackle climate change

The findings come from the Cambridge Climate Change Business Risk Index, a new component of the Cambridge Global Risk Index. The index is developed by the Centre for Risk Studies, with Cambridge Zero...

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Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life

A team from the University of Cambridge used the mass, radius, and atmospheric data of the exoplanet K2-18b and determined that it’s possible for the planet to host liquid water at habitable...

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Women in STEM: Oluwaseun Ogundele

Embryonic stem cells can either make more copies of themselves, or differentiate to form any cell type in the body. This means that they have the potential to form any tissue, that is, they are...

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Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions,...

Between 14-30% of children and adolescents worldwide have learning difficulties severe enough to require additional support. These difficulties are often associated with cognitive and/or behavioural...

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Wine glass size may influence how much you drink in restaurants

Alcohol is the fifth largest contributor to early death in high income countries and the seventh world-wide. One proposed way of reducing the amount of alcohol consumed is to reduce the size of wine...

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