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Global soil carbon: new study highlights the need for better understanding...

The study, published recently in Carbon Management, collates published estimates of how much carbon is stored globally within soil. The findings draw attention to the extent to which changing the way...

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Race against time to save Captain Scott’s ‘lost’ photographic negatives

The Polar Museum needs to raise £275,000 in less than a month to avoid the prospect of the 113 photographic negatives being sold off at auction. The negatives represent an extraordinary visual record...

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Building For The Future - Homerton College receives go-ahead for major...

The three-acre site, purchased as part of the College’s long term investment strategy, will be redeveloped to provide a mix of residential and commercial development. As part of the development,...

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Patients with mouth and oesophageal cancers take longer to seek help from GP

Lack of awareness of the symptoms of mouth and oesophageal cancer means people take much longer to talk to their GPs about these, compared with other, cancers. New research from Cambridge, Durham and...

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North Cambridge Academy hosts education and careers exploration days

Each day includes workshops on apprenticeships, FE courses, financial support for students, an introduction to university, and the chance to meet student ambassadors from both universities and ask...

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New US Gates Cambridge Scholars announced

The 40 Scholars represent 35 institutions, five of which have never had a Gates Cambridge Scholar before. The five new institutions are the University of Puget Sound in Washington, the University of...

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Filling me softly

This is the first time that stiffness of implant materials has been shown to be involved in foreign body reactions. The findings – published in the journal Biomaterials– could lead to major...

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Out of Asia: ancient genome lays to rest origins of Americas’ first humans

The young boy’s genetic blueprint reveals that the Americas’ first human inhabitants came from Asia, not Europe, laying to rest a long-standing mystery. Conducted by a consortium of scientists led by...

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Bringing the gold standard into the classroom: teaching replication and...

Reproducibility is held as the gold standard for scientific research. The legitimacy of any published work depends on the question: can we replicate the analysis and come to the same results? However,...

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Skeletons in the cupboard of medical science

Three centuries ago, young men from the British upper classes were sent on the Grand Tour to complete their education and prepare for their futures as cultured members of polite society. Often in the...

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Rewriting the text books: Cambridge cracks open ‘black box’ of development

Their results – which will lead to the rewriting of biology text books worldwide – are published in the journal Cell. Embryo development in mammals occurs in two phases. During the first phase,...

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Migrant children: the litmus test of our education system

The dominance of English as a global language can mask the fact that many different languages are spoken in homes across the UK. The million-plus children attending British schools who have English as...

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Boris bikes boost Londoners' health

Published in the BMJ, the large-scale modelling study found the scheme increased physical activity in London and that its health benefits outweighed potential negative impacts from injury and exposure...

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‘Intelligent Trust’, ethno-religious relations and the rise of the food bank

In December 2011, when economic turmoil was sweeping through Europe, the Woolf Institute and the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome organised a...

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Research in Japan suggests that a ‘relationship-based’ police interviewing...

In 1995 members of a religious cult called Aum Shinirikyo carried out a Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed two station staff and injured several hundred people. One of those questioned...

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Biomarker for depression could improve diagnosis and treatment

The study, published inProceedings of the National Academies of Science, identified the first biomarker for major, or clinical, depression. This ‘biological signpost’ could mean boys at greatest risk...

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The researcher returns – with 100 books to give to the people she interviewed

On a steamy day in late January Dr Sarah Nouwen tapped gently on the door of a government minister in central Kampala, capital of Uganda, and walked unannounced into his office. The minister looked up...

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Stress hormones in financial traders may trigger ‘risk aversion’ and...

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol may contribute to the risk aversion and ‘irrational pessimism’ found among bankers and fund managers during financial crises, according to a new study. The...

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Quantum researchers close in on dream vacancy

Scientists have successfully tested a new way of using miniscule fragments of diamond to transmit information, a method which could eventually lead to the development of new computing and sensing...

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Let’s talk about Islam and women’s rights

Public debate about women and their rights in Islam is often clouded by controversy and over-simplified. From 10 to 13 March, leading academic and media commentator Mona Siddiqui will be at Cambridge...

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