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Cambridge academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Honours were originally meant to be announced in June, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following approval from Her Majesty the Queen, hundreds of additional people were added to the...

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Scientists find upper limit for the speed of sound

The result - about 36 km per second - is around twice as fast as the speed of sound in diamond, the hardest known material in the world. Waves, such as sound or light waves, are disturbances that move...

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New virtual reality software allows scientists to ‘walk’ inside cells

The software, called vLUME, was created by scientists at the University of Cambridge and 3D image analysis software company Lume VR Ltd. It allows super-resolution microscopy data to be visualised and...

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Easy-to-make, ultra-low power electronics could charge out of thin air

Electronics that consume tiny amounts of power are key for the development of the Internet of Things, in which everyday objects are connected to the internet. Many emerging technologies, from...

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Popular COVID-19 conspiracies linked to vaccine ‘hesitancy’

A new study of beliefs and attitudes toward COVID-19 in five different countries – UK, US, Ireland, Mexico and Spain – has identified how much traction some prominent conspiracy theories have within...

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Lockdown or not, personality predicts your likelihood of staying home during...

A team of psychology researchers from Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard Universities surveyed over 101,000 people in 55 countries to find out whether they were staying at home because of coronavirus...

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Statement on Homerton College and COVID-19

Following advice from Public Health England and local public health authorities, the Collegiate University’s Incident Management Team has asked 223 students resident in West House, Homerton College to...

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‘Happy ending effect’ can bias future decisions, say scientists

Humans are hard-wired to prefer experiences that end well, and the influence of previous experience declines the longer ago it happened. This means we can’t always trust that choices we make based on...

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Cambridge University Press to join with Cambridge Assessment

Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries.  The move is in response to a growing desire...

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Tackling COVID-19: Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

I usually work in the University’s Department of Psychology on the Downing Site. Currently I work from home most of the week, and go into the department one day each week to have socially distanced...

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‘Mini-lungs’ reveal early stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection

To date, there have been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 and almost 1.13 million deaths worldwide. The main target tissues of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, especially in patients...

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Machine learning comes of age in cystic fibrosis

Accurately predicting how an individual’s chronic illness is going to progress is critical to delivering better-personalised, precision medicine. Only with such insight can a clinician and patient...

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One in six children has a probable mental disorder, according to new report

The rate has risen in boys aged five to 16 from 11.4% in 2017 to 16.7% in July 2020 and in girls from 10.3% to 15.2%3 over the same time period, according to The Mental Health of Children and Young...

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Globalised economy making water, energy and land insecurity worse: study

Countries meet their needs for goods and services through domestic production and international trade. As a result, countries place pressures on natural resources both within and beyond their borders....

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Marmoset study finds single brain region linking depression and anxiety,...

A new study, published today in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that sgACC is a crucial region in depression and anxiety, and targeted treatment based on a patient’s symptoms could lead to...

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Drug-resistant hospital bacteria persist even after deep cleaning, genomic...

Enterococcus faecium is a bacterium commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract, where it usually resides without causing the host problems. However, in immunocompromised patients, it can lead to...

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Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

In a study published today in journal Small, the researchers demonstrate that once inside the cancer cells, the nanotubes absorb light, causing them to heat up, thereby killing the cells. More than...

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Professor Chris Abell FRS, FMedSci (1957 – 2020)

A biological chemist, he was a pioneer in the field of fragment-based drug discovery, a successful entrepreneur, a founding director of Cambridge Enterprise, and the University’s first Director of...

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Age and pre-existing conditions increase risk of stroke among COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 has become a global pandemic, affecting millions of people worldwide. In many cases, the symptoms include fever, persistent dry cough and breathing difficulties, and can lead to low blood...

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Study measures effectiveness of different face mask materials when coughing

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and Northwestern University, tested the effectiveness of different fabrics at filtering particles between 0.02 and 0.1 micrometres – about the size of...

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