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US Congressional delegation on dementia visits Cambridge

The delegation was timed to build on the momentum generated by the G8 Dementia Summit, which took place in London in December 2013. It included Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congresswoman Doris Matsui,...

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Moss power is back: art meets science to showcase emerging renewable energy...

Moss FM, which harnesses plant photosynthesis to power a radio for a short time, is the result of a collaboration between plant scientist Ross Dennis, biochemist Dr Paolo Bombelli and a designer,...

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Stellar stuff: outreach programme brings Gaia into schools

Will Gaia discover habitable planets similar to the Earth? Is the Universe infinite? Could Gaia be hit by a piece of space debris as in the film Gravity? How many planets are there in the Milky Way?...

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When mothers are active so are their children – but many mothers are not

Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. A new study suggests that, when it...

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Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone

Latest research shows that the chemical citrate – a by-product of natural cell metabolism – is mixed with water to create a viscous fluid that is trapped between the nano-scale crystals that form our...

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Hunt for an unidentified electron object

Researchers have developed a new mathematical framework capable of describing motions in  superfluids – low temperature fluids that exhibit classical as well as quantum behavior. The framework was...

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Racecourse meeting brings students back to home turf

The focus on local roots went one step further at Haydock Park, the venue for the 2014 North West Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference Signing in at the registration desk, teacher Adam Nall,...

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From text to texting: 10th century Greek manuscript is brought into the...

Cambridge’s Digital Library digitisation programme – in which rare and important texts are photographed and made available online – is part of a long tradition of the passing on of written knowledge....

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Biographies in bone

Our knowledge of past civilisations is gleaned from what is left behind – the shards of pots, traces of dwellings and goods from graves. And just as these are clues to the everyday behaviours of...

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Male Eurasian jays know that their female partners’ desires can differ from...

Knowing what another person wants is not a trivial issue, particularly when the other’s desires are different from our own. The ability to disengage from our own desire to cater to someone else’s...

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First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3D models of space weather

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun’s atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put...

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Revolutionary solar cells double as lasers

Commercial silicon-based solar cells - such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country - operate at about 20% efficiency for converting the Sun’s rays into electrical energy. It’s taken...

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A divided Ukraine: Europe’s most dangerous idea

Pick up any news clipping about Ukraine from the past twenty years, and you are likely to find a cursory description of the country along these lines: ‘Ukraine, roughly the size of France, divided...

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Cambridge awarded EPSRC funding for doctoral training centres in sensing and...

The two new centres providing postgraduate training are the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) CDT in Sensor Technologies and Application and the EPSRC CDT in Analysis. The CDT...

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Captain Scott’s 'lost' photographic negatives saved for the nation

The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, is proud to announce that it has successfully raised the £275,000 needed to be able to purchase the 113 photographic...

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No clear evidence Vitamin D supplements reduce death from disease

However, when examined by type of supplementation, the researchers did find that vitamin D3 alone reduced mortality by 11 per cent. The scientists stress that additional research is needed. The new...

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New study reveals scale of problem gambling among homeless population

The study – one of the largest surveys of gambling and homelessness ever undertaken in the UK – provides new insight into a rarely studied problem and suggests homeless services should offer clients...

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College buildings win awards

The McGrath Centre for St Catharine’s College was awarded best Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building, providing the College with a new auditorium and courtyard space.  Designed by...

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How niffy nappies could help develop new weapons in fight against bacteria

At a time when there is growing concern about rising antibiotic resistance, the results – published in the journal PLOS ONE– could lead to new ways of combatting dangerous bacteria. For many years,...

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Breaking the mould: Herefordshire HE+ students explore Cambridge

The 71 sixth formers came from Hereford Sixth Form College, John Masefield High School, The Chase High School and Dyson Perrins High School.  They are participants in the HE+ project, which aims to...

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