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Flights of fancy: the evolution of plumage patterns in male and female birds

Ducks, geese and swans are waterfowl, an order known to scientists as Anseriformes. Hens, pheasants, partridges and turkeys are game-birds (Galliformes). Both orders are famous not just for their...

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Cells from the eye are inkjet-printed for the first time

The breakthrough, which has been detailed in a paper published today, 18 December, in IOP Publishing’s journal Biofabrication, could lead to the production of artificial tissue grafts made from the...

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The (Victorian) case for a referendum on independence

An independence referendum, which might now result in the break-up of the United Kingdom, was being advocated as early as 1888, newly-published papers reveal. The documents appear in the book...

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Dr Anthony Freeling is announced as new President of Hughes Hall

Professor Neil Mercer, Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, said: ‘We are delighted at Dr Freeling’s election, which is the conclusion of a long and thorough process to select a new...

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Gaia’s mission: solving the celestial puzzle

Gazing into the sky on a starry night, don’t be deceived by the apparent peace and tranquillity above you. The celestial ballet of stars that dance and flicker gently to the human eye  are raging and...

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Breaking down cancer’s defence mechanisms

A possible new method for treating pancreatic cancer which enables the body’s immune system to attack and kill cancer cells has been developed by researchers. The method uses a drug which breaks down...

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Underage youth exposed to alcohol advertising through social media

Researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge investigated the marketing campaigns of five alcohol companies – Fosters, Magners, Carling, Stella Artois and Tia Maria – to assess their...

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Scientists highlight the resurrection of extinct animals as both a strong...

Resurrection of several extinct species, the increasingly accelerated loss of wild rhinoceroses and a disastrous financial response to unburnable carbon are just some future global conservation issues...

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First estimates of country-specific global salt intake identified

The global average salt intake in 2010 was around 10 grams per person per day, corresponding to 4 grams per day of sodium, according to a study published today in the BMJ Open. The study also reveals...

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HRH The Duke of Cambridge: An announcement

The Duke of Cambridge is to undertake a ten-week bespoke programme in agricultural management, organised by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge. The...

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Cambridge academics honoured in the 2014 New Year Honours List

Professor Ash Amin, Professor Juliet Compston, Professor David Neal and Baroness Onora O’Neill are amongst those who have been given honours in this year’s New Year Honours list. Economic geographer...

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New season of ADC shows begins early January

The renowned ADC theatre, known for alumni such as John Cleese, Sir Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson, will continue to build its reputation with a formidable term of amateur-run shows. From one-man...

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Black Power in Britain becoming “forgotten history”

Britain’s Black Power movement - and its battle against institutional racism - is in danger of being “written out of history”, according to a new book about its principal  figurehead, Darcus Howe. The...

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Researchers identify first ‘coppicing response’ gene in willow

Willows grow fast, produce high yields, need little fertilizer and easily re-grow after being coppiced, or cut back - qualities which make willow hugely important for commercial use as renewable and...

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2014 Darwin College Lecture Series focuses on plagues

The Darwin series started in 1986 and consists of eight public lectures which aim to present complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. This year the multidisciplinary series will examine plagues,...

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Rewiring stem cells

A fast and comprehensive method for determining the function of genes could greatly improve our understanding of a wide range of diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, liver disease and...

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Voyage of Discovery Takes Cambridge to the Capital

Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration, held in the beautiful surroundings of Two Temple Place, marks the first time Cambridge’s unique, world-class collections have been drawn together under one...

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Captured on film: footage of Cambridge student life during WWII

Shot by Malcolm Shaw of St John’s College in the early 1940s, the film gives a glimpse into what it was like to study and socialise while RAF training aircraft circled overhead and College lawns were...

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Understanding the chain fountain - a problem-solving partnership

The problem of the chain fountain was revealed by BBC Science presenter Steve Mould. 2.8 million people have watched his video demonstration of a chain appearing to defy gravity by first leaping out...

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Superconducting spintronics pave way for next-generation computing

The research, reported in Nature Communications, provides the first evidence that superconductors could be used as an energy-efficient source for so-called “spin-based” devices, which are already...

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