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Flashes bright when squeezed tight: how single-celled organisms light up the...

Every few years, a bloom of microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates transforms the coasts around the world by endowing breaking waves with an eerie blue glow. This year’s spectacular bloom in...

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Cell ‘membrane on a chip’ could speed up screening of drug candidates for...

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, Cornell University and Stanford University, say their device could mimic any cell type--bacterial, human or even the tough cells walls of plants....

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Desk-based jobs may offer protection against poor cognition in later life

Lack of physical activity and exercise are known risk factors for major health conditions, including cognitive impairments such as memory and concentration problems. However, evidence as to whether...

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Eight Cambridge researchers elected as members of the European Molecular...

EMBO Membership honours distinguished scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the life sciences, including 88 Nobel Laureates. It is an international organisation of life scientists,...

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Tackling COVID-19: Dr Estée Török

I’m a clinical academic working in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge and at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. With most of my research team I have continued...

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Printed coatings enable more efficient solar cells

Photovoltaics, or solar cells, work by absorbing sunlight to produce clean electricity. But photovoltaics can absorb only a fraction of the solar spectrum, which limits their efficiencies. The typical...

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Long-term strategies to control COVID-19 pandemic must treat health and...

The team also say that strategies need to be based on local epidemic growth rate at the time, social and economic costs, existing health systems capabilities and detailed plans to implement and...

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Study shows how our brains remain active during familiar, repetitive tasks

Our brains are often likened to computers, with learned skills and memories stored in the activity patterns of billions of nerve cells. However, new research shows that memories of specific events and...

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Apathy not depression helps to predict dementia

Depression is often thought to be a risk factor for dementia but this may be because some depression scales used by clinicians and researchers partially assess apathy, say scientists from the...

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Rapid genome sequencing and screening help hospital manage COVID-19 outbreaks

Since the start of the UK pandemic, when the virus was spreading between people, a team of scientists and clinicians at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation...

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Tackling COVID-19: Professor Gordon Dougan

I run a lab in the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre (JCBC) on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, where we study antibiotic resistance and infections. We work closely with Cambridge University Hospitals...

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Two new initiatives to boost economic value from university research

The grants, from the Research England Development (RED) Fund, will support two new programmes: TenU and a new Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation (UCI), which will be...

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Mixed early progress highlights need for sustained support for pupils with...

The finding is one of numerous results and recommendations in a new book about the language development of EAL pupils, and its impact on their attainment and social integration. The book, authored by...

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Top UK organisations release annual statistics for use of animals in research

They show that these ten organisations carried out 1.66 million procedures, 48.7% or nearly half of the 3.40 million procedures carried out in Great Britain in 2019. More than 99% of these 1.66...

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Scientists supercharge shellfish to tackle vitamin deficiency in humans

Over two billion people worldwide are nutrient deficient, leading to a wide range of serious health problems. Fortifying food with micronutrients is already an industry standard for enhancing public...

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‘Lost’ world’s rediscovery is step towards finding habitable planets

The planet, the size and mass of Saturn with an orbit of thirty-five days, is among hundreds of ‘lost’ worlds that astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, are using new techniques to...

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Socio-economic status predicts UK boys’ development of essential thinking skills

The findings emerged from an ongoing project which is exploring contrasts in the development of these skills in Eastern and Western societies and their relationship to academic achievement. Executive...

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Nature’s epidural: Genetic variant may explain why some women don’t need pain...

Childbirth is widely recognised as a painful experience. However, every woman’s experience of labour and birth is unique, and the level of discomfort and pain experienced during labour varies...

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Phone-based HIV support system repurposed for COVID-19 monitoring in Uganda

People entering Uganda have been required to quarantine for 14 days as part of the country’s lockdown measures, during which time they are monitored by the Ugandan Ministry of Health for development...

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How science and innovation are helping tackle COVID-19 testing

The University has been able to share its world-leading research expertise with the innovation and robotics know-how from its two pharmaceutical partners to create a new, high-throughput Centre at our...

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