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‘My dear old friend’: Darwin the man revealed as 40-year correspondence...

Their decades of correspondence include Darwin’s most famous letter, where he first cautiously reveals not only that he thinks species change, but also that he has worked out a completely new theory...

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Evidence shows fish collaboration on hunting prey

Fish have the ability to communicate with each other while hunting their prey in ways that were previously known only for humans, great apes, and ravens, according to new research. A study led by...

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From EDSAC to Raspberry Pi: 75 years of “computers that work”

In 1938, the staff and students of the Anatomy School at the University of Cambridge moved to a new site, vacating their building in the heart of the city. Among the incoming occupants who took their...

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YouGov President to discuss equality

Peter Kellner, President of YouGov, will give the annual Behaviour and Health Research Unit lecture this Thursday, 25 April 2013. “Equality remains a long-term goal for progressive politics, but it...

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New device could make diagnosing disease as simple as breathing

The highly sensitive, low-power, low-cost infrared emitter developed by Cambridge CMOS Sensors (CCMOSS) is capable of identifying more than 35 biomarkers present in exhaled breath in concentrations as...

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Breaking Boundaries: Higher Education Getaway

Twenty students from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools recently enjoyed a two-day Higher Education Getaway, organised by the University of Cambridge and UEA around the theme of “Breaking...

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Access Officer Diary: St John’s in Shropshire, April 2013

"I spent three days in Shropshire and Telford from the 15th to the 17th April, visiting three different schools, and speaking to around 80 students and 20 parents. My trip started with a train journey...

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New conceptions: single mothers by sperm donation

Earlier this month, we were given the sad news that Professor Sir Robert Edwards had passed away. A Nobel Prize winner, scientist, and fellow of Churchill College, Professor Edwards has received much...

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Harnessing the power of research to benefit developing countries

On Thursday 2 May, the CEO of the GAVI Alliance, Dr Seth Berkley, will discuss how to harness the power of research to expedite the development of vaccines appropriate for developing countries and...

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Athena SWAN success

The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy both received bronze awards today from Athena SWAN, the charter that recognises commitment to advancing women’s...

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On the fly: African summer school on insect neuroscience

When Cambridge PhD student Lucia Prieto Godino met Professor Sadiq Yusuf, a Nigerian scientist from the Kampala International University in Uganda, she learned that most neuroscientists in Africa use...

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Movement of pyrrole molecules defy ‘classical’ physics

New research shows that movement of the ring-like molecule pyrrole over a metal surface runs counter to the centuries-old laws of ‘classical’ physics that govern our everyday world. Using uniquely...

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Down but not out

Biographies of Apple co-founder and many-times-over millionaire Steve Jobs are best-sellers. The narrative of his life with its drama of highs and lows, friendships and fallings-out, makes compelling...

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Conversations with Cornel West

He is a philosopher and a Princeton University professor.  On top of that, he is an activist, actor and orator. In his youth he had run-ins with the authorities during marches in support of civil...

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‘Mid-sized’ firms key to UK manufacturing

A reduction in the trade deficit by £20bn and an estimated 200,000 UK-based jobs could be created over the next ten years, as mid-sized manufacturing firms end the outsourcing of production to Asia in...

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Black, white and red all over

Colour pictures surround us – so much so that we ignore many of them.  The average waste bin contains dozens of printed images that would once have been considered little short of miraculous. Five...

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Pirate utopias: a history of digital distribution

In 2005, Sony went too far. In an attempt to control the illegal digital spread of music, they placed a ‘rootkit’ bug in all music CDs that automatically buried itself in a customer’s home computer on...

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Crime and punishment: a 19th-century love affair

Read all about it! Wrongdoing in Spain and England in the long nineteenth century opens free to the public today (April 30) and reveals a catalogue of criminality from the Library’s remarkable...

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Forging connections: digital humanities in Cambridge and beyond

Humanities research and the questions underlying it are being radically reshaped by new digital technologies and the connections and insights that they afford. Digital tools have been used for decades...

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'Dirty dozen' invasive species threaten UK

Parts of the UK are at greater risk of invasion by non-native aquatic species than previously thought, according to new research. The first to include human factors in models used to predict where...

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