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How stick insects honed friction to grip without sticking

When they’re not hanging upside down, stick insects don’t need to stick. In fact, when moving upright, sticking would be a hindrance: so much extra effort required to ‘unstick’ again with every step....

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Soul seller: the man who moved people

Johannes Tschudi was 23 years old when he and his wife Anna left Germany in 1749 aboard the Crown in search of work and a new life on American soil. He was to take the perilous voyage across the...

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Pushed to the margins: call for academia to do more to support female...

Senior members of the University of Cambridge are calling for a debate on gender progression within the higher education sector. In a letter published today (20 February) in the Times Higher...

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Smart glass

Porous films, which use similar properties to those seen in moth eyes in combination with nanoparticles, are being developed into robust, self-cleaning antireflective coatings for use on both plastic...

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Greece: austerity takes a heavy toll on public health

Austerity measures in Greece, imposed following a bailout by the international community, have led to devastating social and health consequences for the country’s population, according to a report in...

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Meet your match: using algorithms to spark collaboration between scientists

Speed dating, in which potential lovers size each other up in brief 10 minute encounters before moving on to the next person, can be an awkward and time-wasting affair. Finding the perfect research...

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Citizens of the flow

In this age of globalisation, the country of your birth is not, for many, the country of your home. According to recent figures from the statistical office of the European Union (EU), 80% of the...

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New graduate funding scheme for research MPhil students launched

The Newton CHESS MPhil Studentship scheme (NCMS) aims to make postgraduate study accessible to students from all backgrounds, by supporting outstanding Home students who want to carry out research...

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Pembroke and St Catharine's welcome university explorers

The Visit Days aim to give high-flying pupils from state schools a chance to explore Cambridge, see behind the scenes at the college, and find out more about studying at university. A...

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The forgotten and the buried

In Transit looks at the repatriation of the remains of Norwegian volunteers who fought alongside German SS forces in 1944 – touching upon the legacy of this divisive and troubling episode on...

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Education Day highlights multi-faceted Cambridge course

The day included sample lectures from the Education course, a tour of a Cambridge College, and the opportunity to debate controversial issues in education with students from other schools. Saskia...

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Mini-livers show promise to reduce animal use in science

Dr Meritxell Huch from the Gurdon Institute, who tonight receives the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs Prize, has developed a method...

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Home from home: minor moves make major differences

It was no coincidence that house price rises, increased housing transactions and a surge in employment within the property industry were seen as signs of an upturn in the economy late last summer. One...

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Scientists wake up to causes of sleep disruption in Alzheimer’s disease

Being awake at night and dozing during the day can be a distressing early symptom of Alzheimer's disease, but how the disease disrupts our biological clocks to cause these symptoms has remained...

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Decline of Bronze Age ‘megacities’ linked to climate change

Scientists have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the...

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Cities of dreams... and death

Cities have always been a magnet to migrants. In 2010, a tipping point was reached for the first time when, according to the World Health Organization, the majority of the world’s population lived in...

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Mandatory arrest in domestic violence call-outs causes early death in victims

New research from a major ‘randomised’ US crime study conducted 23 years ago finds that domestic violence victims whose partners were arrested on common assault charges – mostly without causing injury...

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Shadows welcomed at Cambridge's Mature Colleges

Organised annually by Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU), the shadowing scheme aims to give prospective students from under-represented groups and non-traditional backgrounds the opportunity...

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Strings that surprise: how a theory scaled up

In December 2013 Professor Michael Green of Cambridge University and Professor John Schwarz of California Institute of Technology were awarded the 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize, one of a series of...

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Women at Cambridge: The Meaning of Success book launch

A major book launch held this week will highlight the lives and work of women at the University of Cambridge. The event will feature BBC newsreader Jane Hill interviewing women featured in the book as...

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