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Birds evolve ‘signature’ patterns to distinguish cuckoo eggs from their own

For some birds, recognising their own eggs can be a matter of life or death. In a new study, scientists have shown that many birds affected by the parasitic Common Cuckoo - which lays its lethal...

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Honorary Degrees 2014

They were: Catherine Cesarsky, astronomer and former President of the International Astronomical Union (Doctor of Science) Yusuf Hamied, pharmaceutical chemist and Chairman of Cipla Limited, Honorary...

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Modelling how neurons work together

A newly-developed, highly accurate representation of the way in which neurons behave when performing movements such as reaching could not only enhance understanding of the complex dynamics at work in...

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Final Report of the Oxbridge Ambassador for Wales welcomed by University of...

Paul Murphy MP, the former Secretary of State for Wales was appointed as Oxbridge Ambassador in March 2013. The Welsh Government asked him to consider the factors influencing Welsh applications and...

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Nanomaterials Up Close: Nanoengineered electron guns

"Thanks to recent progress in nanomaterials growth we can now engineer materials at the scale of individual atoms. This image, taken with an electron microscope, shows a nanoengineered electron gun...

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Will one be forgotten? Internet Freedom and Data Protection After Google Spain

Law in Focus is a collection of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. This Court decision...

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The atomic building site

Making a perfectly flat layer of billiard balls is fairly straightforward. Doing the same thing with atoms is rather more difficult. But as we demand more of materials, the ability to control atoms as...

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From foundry to factory: building synthetic plants

Humans have been modifying plants for millennia, domesticating wild species and creating a bewildering array of crops. Modern agriculture allows global cultivation of plants at extremely low cost,...

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The NQT Guide to Cambridge Applications

“The vast majority of our PGCE graduates go on to teach in the state sector,” Jacqui explained, “so it’s really important that they have accurate and up-to-date information on how to support those...

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6200-year-old parasite egg may be first proof of early human technology...

The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6200-year-old grave at a prehistoric town by the Euphrates river in Syria may be the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the...

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UK’s COSMOS supercomputing research facility becomes an Intel Parallel...

The COSMOS facility, which is located in the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the University, is dedicated to research in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. It was...

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Early surviving copy of The Brus conserved for Bannockburn anniversary

The much-needed repair work means that the 1,400-line epic poem, one of the most important sources for historians studying Bannockburn and the Wars of Scottish Independence, can now be used properly...

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Nanomaterials Up Close: Cobalt oxide superlattice

"We are designing cobalt oxide assemblies at the nanoscale to improve their properties as a catalyst - a material that speeds up a reaction. We're using the material to produce hydrogen and oxygen...

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Cambridge academic Wi-Fi Network extends to public spaces

The University Wi-Fi network has expanded into the city's public spaces for the first time today as high-speed internet access points have been placed on Parker's Piece and along central streets. A...

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Billion pound signing for innovative City Deal

The signing is the latest step in securing potentially hundreds of millions of pounds of extra money that will be invested in improving transport and facilitate housing delivery in the Cambridge and...

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Seeds to skyscrapers

It’s not often that research begins with designing a wooden 70-storey office building that falls over, at least on paper. But this is what a group of architectural engineers in Cambridge did to...

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Spectral ‘ruler’ is first standardised way to measure stars

Previously, as with the longitude problem 300 years earlier for fixing locations on Earth, there was no unified system of reference for calibrating the heavens. But now, when investigating the...

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Winners of science fellowships announced

Senior Research Associate Dr Clémence Blouet is among the four winners of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships (FWIS). Dr Blouetis works at the MRC Metabolic...

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Social anthropologist recognised by Queen's University Belfast

Professor Henrietta L Moore, William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology, is to be recognised for her outstanding services to the social sciences. The Fellow of Jesus College will be awarded an honorary...

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Adults with Asperger Syndrome at greater risk of suicidal thoughts

The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, surveyed 374 individuals (256 men and 118 women) diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as adults between 2004 and 2013 at the Cambridge Lifetime Asperger...

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