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AI-based ‘no-touch touchscreen’ could reduce risk of pathogen spread from...

The patented technology, known as ‘predictive touch’, was developed by engineers at the University of Cambridge as part of a research collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. It uses a combination of...

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Vikings had smallpox and may have helped spread the world’s deadliest virus

Smallpox spread from person to person via infectious droplets, killed around a third of sufferers and left another third permanently scarred or blind. Around 300 million people died from it in the...

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Opening schools – and keeping them open – should be prioritised by...

The report, Balancing the risks of pupils returning to school, highlights the potential impact on the 13 year-groups of students affected by lockdown. It estimates that, without action, from the...

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Furlough ‘stemmed the tide’ of poor mental health during UK lockdown, study...

Furloughing workers, as well as reducing worker hours, has helped to stem the tide of mental health problems expected to result from the coronavirus crisis, according to a team of sociologists led by...

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Lockdown led to happiness rebound, after wellbeing plunged with onset of...

The coronavirus outbreak caused life satisfaction to fall sharply, but lockdown went a long way to restoring contentment – even reducing the “wellbeing inequality” between well-off professionals and...

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Existing evidence suggests face coverings do not lead to false sense of security

Writing in BMJ Analysis, the researchers say that the concept of ‘risk compensation’ is itself the greater threat to public health as it may discourage policymakers from implementing potentially...

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Cambridge academics elected to British Academy fellowship

They are among 86 distinguished scholars to be elected to the fellowship in recognition of their work in the fields of law, economics, Middle Eastern studies, geography, history of science, art and...

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‘Quantum negativity’ can power ultra-precise measurements

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, Harvard and MIT, have shown that quantum particles can carry an unlimited amount of information about things they have interacted with. The results,...

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‘Pill on a string’ test to transform oesophageal cancer diagnosis

The test, which can be carried out by a nurse in a GP surgery, is also better at picking up abnormal cells and potentially early-stage cancer. Barrett’s oesophagus is a condition that can lead to...

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Genetic tool can identify Asian women at higher risk of breast cancer

The tool, called a Polygenic Risk Score (PRS), separates people into different risk groups based on their genetic sequence to predict their future risk of developing breast cancer. The results can...

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Four-stranded DNA structures found to play role in breast cancer

In 1953, Cambridge researchers Francis Crick and James Watson co-authored a study published in the journal Nature which showed that DNA in our cells has an intertwined, ‘double helix’ structure. Sixty...

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Nine Cambridge researchers among this year’s Royal Society medal and award...

He is one of the 25 Royal Society medals and awards winners announced today, nine of whom are researchers at the University of Cambridge. The annual prizes celebrate exceptional researchers and...

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Green energy and better crops: tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

By allowing farmers to diversify their portfolio, this novel system could offer financial protection from fluctuations in market prices or changes in demand, and mitigate risks associated with an...

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Study suggests embryos could be susceptible to coronavirus as early as second...

The researchers say this could mean embryos are susceptible to COVID-19 if the mother gets sick, potentially affecting the chances of a successful pregnancy. While initially recognised as causing...

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Whiteness of AI erases people of colour from our ‘imagined futures’,...

This is according to experts at the University of Cambridge, who suggest that current portrayals and stereotypes about AI risk creating a “racially homogenous” workforce of aspiring technologists,...

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Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds

The plant, Viburnum tinus, is an evergreen shrub widespread across the UK and the rest of Europe, which produces metallic blue fruits that are rich in fat. The combination of bright blue colour and...

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Transgender and gender-diverse individuals are more likely to be autistic and...

This research, conducted using data from over 600,000 adult individuals, confirms previous smaller scale studies from clinics. The results are published today in Nature Communications. A better...

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Get In Cambridge: New social media films aim to encourage more applications...

The second phase of the Get In Cambridge campaign - created to help widen the University’s pool of applicants by giving Year 11 and 12 pupils the facts about studying at Cambridge – launches this...

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Meditation-relaxation therapy may offer escape from the terror of sleep...

Sleep paralysis is a state involving paralysis of the skeletal muscles that occurs at the onset of sleep or just before waking. While temporarily immobilised, the individual is acutely aware of their...

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Coffee stains inspire optimal printing technique for electronics

Have you ever spilled your coffee on your desk? You may then have observed one of the most puzzling phenomena of fluid mechanics – the coffee ring effect. This effect has hindered the industrial...

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