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“Odd little book” revealed to be Chinese musical gem

An obscure book, which was stored in Cambridge after travelling to Britain via a Hornblower-style Napoleonic naval adventure, has been identified centuries later as an exceptionally rare document of...

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D-Day’s forgotten commander

Highlights from Ramsay’s personal archive – which includes his D-Day diary, maps and photographs, eyewitness accounts from Dunkirk, and correspondence with Field Marshal Montgomery – will be on...

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Galactic gas caused by colliding comets suggests mystery ‘shepherd’ exoplanet

Astronomers exploring the disk of debris around the young star Beta Pictoris have discovered a compact cloud of carbon monoxide located about 8 billion miles (13 billion kilometers) from the star....

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes steps in to help save Captain Scott’s polar negatives...

Due to the overwhelming level of public support and assistance from public bodies and charities, The Scott Polar Research Institute has already raised a fifth of the purchase price of £275,000 in just...

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Enterprising Cambridge students win major breast cancer start-up competition

The two teams are among 10 winners of the first Breast Cancer Startup Challenge, run by US organisations The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI), the Avon Foundation for Women, and National Cancer...

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Illuminating Cambridge worldwide

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge has been granted £87,582 by Arts Council England to allow greater permanent access to its collections of illuminated manuscripts through a new digital resource.  The...

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Cambridge remembers

Cambridge University Officers' Training Corps (OTC) are working as part of Operation REFLECT, the Army’s First World War commemoration initiative, to bring communities together in remembrance of those...

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What 19th-century women really did

Alice Foley was born in 1891 and was so poorly that she was baptised soon afterwards; it was assumed she would die. The night of her birth, her parents did a moonlight flit from their accommodation as...

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Portrait of a bloody siege

In mid-19th century China, the great Qing Empire experienced an uprising that led to the death of at least 20 million people, roughly 5% of the population in the empire and nearly 2% of the global...

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Ronald Balfour: Cambridge’s own ‘monuments man’

On 10 March, 1945, a single shell landed in Kleve, a town close to the Dutch border in northern Germany. Kleve was badly bombed by Allied Forces and much of its medieval centre had already been...

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A snapshot of life 560 million years ago

Casts of a group of fossils that have puzzled palaeontologists for at least 60 years will go on display at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge today. The temporary exhibition –...

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How education leads to independence: exploring university with Realise

February half-term’s events were organised as part of the collegiate University’s Realise project. Realise works to encourage children in care to continue their education beyond school, and to offer...

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“Without paperwork I am nothing. I do not appear to exist”

As the interview with the female prisoner came to a close, the researcher – through a translator – enquired whether she had any questions she would like to ask. The prisoner asked when she was going...

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Cambridge the heavyweights for the 2014 Boat Races

Cambridge outweighed Oxford at yesterday’s Crew Announcement and Weigh-In for The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race, with the Light Blues weighing in heavier by an average of 2.6kg per man more than their...

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To boldly go – how personality predicts social learning in baboons

Working with a well-studied group of baboons in the Namibian desert, Dr Alecia Carter of the Department of Zoology set baboons learning tasks involving a novel food and a familiar food hidden in a...

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Professor Trevor Robbins awarded prize for research on higher brain functions

British professor Colin Blakemore, chairman of the Foundation's selection committee, said: “These three scientists are internationally recognised for the scale and outstanding quality of their work in...

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Professor Michael Akam (Department of Zoology) receives the Frink Medal

This is the Society's highest award and is for "significant and original contributions by a professional zoologist to the development of zoology in the wider applications". The Head of the Department...

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Cambridge animation scoops BFI award

The film – Finding My Way– was made by a group of young people in Cambridgeshire who were themselves facing the challenge of leaving care. As well as helping them explore their own thoughts and...

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The University and Medimmune announce oncology research collaboration

The global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca will contribute both funding and a post-doctoral scientist to work within the laboratory of Professor Kevin Brindle at the University...

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Fantasy adventures of early-modern Walter Mitty go on show

The fictitious adventures of a 17th century con artist, who fooled London society for years with his made-up travellers’ tales, are being put on public display at St John’s College, Cambridge for the...

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