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Black hole trio holds promise for gravity wave hunt

An international team, including University of Cambridge scientists, led by Dr Roger Deane from the University of Cape Town, examined six systems thought to contain two supermassive black holes. The...

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Nanomaterials Up Close: Forest of carbon nanotubes

“It is easy to become distracted by the inherent beauty of the landscapes that can be found when investigating materials on the nanoscale. What we are looking at here is a portion of a carpet or...

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attends half-century celebrations

Churchill College celebrated the 50th anniversary of its official opening with a dinner for over 160 members and partners in its dining hall in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of...

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Light in, light out: the ‘rock’ that breaks the rules

Discovered 175 years ago in Russia’s mineral treasure box – the Ural Mountains – and named after the mineralogist Count Lev Aleksevich von Perovski, perovskite is fast becoming a ‘rock’ to be reckoned...

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Two million hectare shortfall in UK land possible by 2030, study finds

By 2030, the UK could require up to 7 million hectares of additional land to meet a growing population’s food, space and renewable energy needs, while increasing the area needed to protect nature and...

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Cambridge team breaks superconductor world record

A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team led by University of Cambridge engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized...

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‘Extreme sleepover #14’ – all aboard the floating science factory

The vast and enigmatic ocean covers about three quarters of the Earth, yet the information we have from its depths is comparable with the distribution and size of the holes on a golf course. I am...

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Men and books: narratives of desire

When the first e-reader appeared, printed books were declared dead. It hasn't happened – and there are no signs that it will.The brittle plastic of an e-reader, however colourful the cover, just...

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Nanomaterials Up Close: Gum Arabic

"This lustrous picture was taken on an electron microscope, allowing us to see below the wavelength of light. It's actually a very boring scrap of gum arabic powder, which is made from the hardened...

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University teaching awards honour excellence

The 21st annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the collegiate University, were held at Downing College last night. The prizes are awarded annually to academic staff,...

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New analysis of 'swine flu' pandemic conflicts with accepted views on how...

The most detailed analysis to date of the spread of the H1N1 2009 pandemic influenza virus, known informally as ‘swine flu’, has found that short-range travel was likely the primary driver for the...

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From the Front to the Backs: Story of the First Eastern Hospital

Now, in a film created by the University of Cambridge, Dr Sarah Baylis looks at the lost history of the First Eastern, examining what life was like is this 'small city on the Backs', its impact on...

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Inspiring day for Future Scholars

The Future Scholar Awards programme is a Department for Education initiative, focused on young people who have the academic potential to win places at selective universities but who might lack the...

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Major Partner Museum status for UCM

Over the last three years, Cambridge has made full use of previous Arts Council funding to transform the way its eight major museums work in partnership, and to unlock their world-class collections...

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Downing College welcomes students to 15th Annual South West Open Day

This year the programme included the opportunity to meet with some of Downing’s Directors of Studies. At Cambridge, Directors of Studies are responsible for advising students on their studies and...

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Arts Council England supports Kettle's Yard’s future plans

Kettle's Yard today received first stage backing from the Arts Council England Capital Investment Programme Fund. The Arts Council funding totalling £3.5m will substantially support the creation of a...

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Institute of Physics announces 2014 award winners

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced this year’s award winners with three Cambridge academics among their ranks. In its Gold award category is Professor Michael Payne from University of...

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First national model for bovine TB calls for greater focus on cattle

The model, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick and University of Cambridge, suggests that improved testing, vaccination of cattle and culling of all cattle on infected farms would be...

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An interview with Tony Badger: 50 years a historian

His interest in history, and American history in particular, started when he was 12 and has never wavered. This summer will see Professor Anthony (Tony) Badger step down from his roles as Paul Mellon...

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‘Para Ingles ver’ (for the English to see): the other side of the World Cup

England’s team may have returned home, but eyes remain on Brazil. As the World Cup enters its fourth week, tensions mount in the stadiums but more so in the streets outside, with protests accompanying...

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