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The art of Bach: Angela Hewitt comes to Cambridge

Angela Hewitt has described Bach’s music as “universally loved… Something in it speaks to all of humanity”. As Humanitas Visiting Professor of Chamber Music 2014, she will give a lecture-recital on 24...

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Q&A: how archives make history

Archives unlock doors to the past. For the past seven years historian Dr John-Paul Ghobrial has been in pursuit of an extraordinary traveller called Elias of Babylon. Elias lived in the 17th century...

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From Mexican wave to retinal wave: why sharing data is good for science

Now, researchers at Cambridge, York, Newcastle and Imperial College London have developed a system allowing neurophysiologists to share raw data with each other, something they hope will generate new...

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When gender roles are reversed: equality and intimacy at home and in the...

The workplace of the 21st century is marked by fast change and diversity.  Baby boomers, generations X and Y all working together under one roof.  Or under no roof, thanks to new technologies. In the...

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Scientists identify part of brain linked to gambling addiction

The research, led by Dr Luke Clark from the University of Cambridge, was published on April 7 2014 in the journal PNAS. During gambling games, people often misperceive their chances of winning due to...

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From athletes to couch potatoes: humans through 6,000 years of farming

Human bones are remarkably plastic and respond surprisingly quickly to change. Put under stress through physical exertion – such as long-distance walking or running – bones gain in strength as the...

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Gates Cambridge welcomes 55 new Scholars

They include the first Scholars from Afghanistan, Madagascar, Indonesia, Macedonia and Dominica. Competition for the Scholarships is fierce. The 55 successful candidates were selected from a total...

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Girton College launches new masterclass series for Camden Sixth Formers

Girton prides itself on its history of innovation and inclusivity. Founded as Britain’s first residential college for women offering an education at degree level, the College was also the first of...

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Taste-makers for the nation: Britain’s fine-dining revolution

They have traditionally been seen as the preserve of society’s wealthy elite, characterised by snobbery, exclusivity and the sort of attention to etiquette taught in finishing schools. According to a...

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Cambridge heads for Hay

The Cambridge Series has been running for six years at the prestigious Festival and is part of the University’s commitment to public engagement. The Festival runs from 22nd May to 1st June and is now...

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Cambridge outreach films triumph again at the Eventia IVCA awards

Last year “Cambridge in Numbers” won the IVCA Gold Award for Best Post Production. This year “My Cambridge” took two IVCA Bronze Awards, for Best Film and Best Photography. “My Cambridge” features...

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Study finds prostate cancer tests underestimate disease in half of cases

Scientists from the University of Cambridge compared the staging and grading of cancer in over 800 men before and after they had surgery to remove their prostate. They found that of the 415 men whose...

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Naughty money: clippers and coiners in 16th-century England

The Royal Mint announced last month that in 2017 it will introduce a new £1 coin, said to be the "most secure coin in the world". The reason behind the decision, which could cost businesses as much as...

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Professor Christopher Dobson awarded 2014 Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and...

Professor Dobson is working to uncover the molecular processes that underlie a number of extremely devastating illnesses – among them Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and type II diabetes. In particular, his...

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Ernulf Academy students explore university life

The Day in the Life challenge is one of the ways the HE Partnership programme is working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools to break down barriers about going to university. The St...

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Roman dig ‘transforms understanding’ of ancient port

A team, led by Cambridge’s Professor Martin Millett and Professor Simon Keay (Southampton), has been conducting a survey of an area of land lying between Ostia and another Roman port called Portus –...

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New evidence of suicide epidemic among India’s ‘marginalised’ farmers

A new study has found that India’s shocking rates of suicide are highest in areas with the most debt-ridden farmers who are clinging to tiny smallholdings – less than one hectare – and trying to grow...

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Driving a harpoon deep into the floating carcass of Humbug

In the first half of the 19th century science was not a profession but a vocation. Today, for many, it is both. Jim Secord is best known in Cambridge and beyond for his role as Professor of History...

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Zero hour contracts are ‘tip of the iceberg’ of damaging shift work, say...

New research on two supermarket chains, one UK and one US, shows that a range of flexible employment practices – extending far beyond just zero-hour contracts – cause widespread anxiety, stress and...

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Bulletproof nuclei? Stem cells exhibit unusual absorption property

The property – known as auxeticity – is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests. Most materials when stretched will contract. For...

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