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Innocent landscape or coded message? Artists under suspicion in the First...

Last week the government announced an initiative to commemorate the First World War with a programme of cultural events called 14-18 NOW.  Through Arts Council England, it will fund commissions by...

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Overnight home use of artificial pancreas ‘feasible and beneficial’

The artificial pancreas promises to dramatically improve the quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes, which typically develops in childhood. All previous artificial pancreas trials, in...

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Ireland’s Troy?

The standard account of the Battle of Clontarf – a defining moment in Irish history which happened 1,000 years ago this week – was partly a “pseudo-history” borrowed from the tale of Troy, new...

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East Midlands teenagers win Pembroke and St. Catharine’s Colleges...

First prize goes jointly to Kelsey, a student at Bosworth Academy in Leicestershire, and Zara, who is studying at Campion School, Northamptonshire. In her winning entry, Kelsey wrote: “Everything...

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Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life

In a study funded by the Wellcome Trust and the European Research Council researchers at the University of Cambridge reconstructed the chemical make-up of the Earth’s earliest ocean in the laboratory....

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Discovery of new structure of cell’s communication channel could aid drug...

Sodium channels are implicated in many serious conditions such as heart disease, epilepsy and pain, making them an important potential target for drug therapies. Unfortunately, there is still much...

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Male infertility is ‘culturally invisible’, finds research

Even though male infertility is responsible for half of all cases of infertile couples, decades of misogynistic limelight on infertile women has left a ‘categorical hole’ in medical systems, with very...

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The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2014

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose is...

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Government approves £165 million deal for Papworth Hospital move

Papworth Hospital, the leading specialist heart and lung hospital, will move from its current location outside Cambridge onto the Cambridge Biomedical Campus next to Addenbrooke’s hospital site. A...

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'Remodelling' damaged nuclei could lead to new treatments for accelerated...

Around 150 people worldwide are known to suffer from HGPS, a disease which results from a specific genetic mutation which is not inherited. Usually diagnosed around the age of six months, children...

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"And the girl he immersed in the font he took out as a boy"

The work of the medieval saint often began even before birth; the earliest text telling the life story of 6th-century Gildas has him making important pronouncements from the safety of his mother’s...

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Literature of the Liberation: Cambridge exhibition a world first

Opening tomorrow (May 7), Literature of the Liberation: The French Experience in Print 1944-1946 has been assembled from the unique collection of more than 600 books, cartoons, magazines, photographs...

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Magma arta

If it was possible for us to drill to the centre of the Earth, about 6,500 km below the thin crust on which we live, the largest part to traverse would be the mantle. Although solid, this complex mix...

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The James Dyson Foundation donates £8m to fuel invention powerhouse

The donation is the largest gift ever received by Cambridge’s engineering faculty, which has long been the most successful in Europe. The donation expands the existing work of the Foundation which now...

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Agricultural markets and the Great Depression: lessons from the past

It took an estimated 2.3 billion metric tonnes of grain to feed the world in 2011 – that’s 6,300,000 tonnes per day. These staple foodstuffs, primarily wheat and corn, are traded on global commodities...

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Higher Education Field Academy visits Rampton

The young diggers came from Ely College, Soham Village College, Cottenham Village College and Witchford Village College. Guided by professional archaeologists from the ACA team, including Carenza...

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FE Tutors get the facts on applications

The two-day residential included a sample lecture, an introduction to Cambridge’s small-group teaching and Collegiate structure, and sessions led by three of the University’s admissions tutors,...

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Astronomers create first realistic virtual universe

A newly-developed computer simulation has created the first realistic version of the Universe, enabling researchers to understand how galaxies, black holes and other cosmic phenomena evolved from...

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Designing our Tomorrow: Resources to inspire the next generation of engineers

Designing our Tomorrow (DOT) is a joint project of the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Working in partnership with leading engineering companies...

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Oesophageal cancer gene identified

Researchers believe drug therapies based on their discovery could help up to 15% of the 8,500 people diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in the UK every year. The study, by scientists from the...

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