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‘Next time we will win!’: Gaza’s cycles of violence

In February 2013, the ArcMed Hotel in Gaza City hosted a conference entitled,  ‘War on Gaza: consequences and future prospects’. The conference, arranged by leading Gazan think tanks and civil society...

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Microscopic rowing – without a cox

Many different types of cell, including sperm, bacteria and algae, propel themselves using whip-like appendages known as flagella. These protrusions, about one-hundredth of a millimetre long, function...

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Urbanisation of rural Africa associated with increased risk of heart disease...

Over 530 million people live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, where rates of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases tend to be much lower than in urban areas. However, many of these areas are...

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Cambridge-Africa partnership building on its success

Held between 2 and 4 July at the Centre for African Wetlands, part of the University of Ghana’s main Legon campus, the event brought together participants from the three CAPREx partner institutions –...

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Cambridge students launch development initiative in Dar es Salaam

A team of Cambridge students have begun a collaboration with people living in the slums of Dar es Salaam, aimed at road-testing ways for students to contribute meaningfully to improving lives in the...

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Professor Chris Dobson awarded Feltrinelli Prize

Professor Chris Dobson, Master of St John’s College, has been awarded this year’s Feltrinelli Prize in recognition of his work in the fields of science and medicine. The Feltrinelli Prize is awarded...

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"The Best Story in the World" retold for modern classrooms

Two of Britain’s leading storytellers, Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton, have retold Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, for a modern audience.   The new recordings have been piloted in...

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‘A sunlit picture of hell’: Sassoon’s war diaries go online for first time

Cambridge University Library is home to the world’s foremost collection of Sassoon material, and has digitised 23 of Sassoon’s journals and two of his wartime poetry notebooks. They are now available...

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Chemists develop MRI technique for peeking inside battery-like devices

The work, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Nature Communications, focuses on electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), a type of so-called supercapacitor. These are excellent options...

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Fitzwilliam Museum bids to acquire weeping Virgin

Mesmerisingly beautiful and just under life size at 33.6cm tall, the Virgin of Sorrows’ gently furrowed brows, natural flesh tones, glass eyes and teardrops and eyelashes made from human hair, still...

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Service to commemorate the start of the First World War

A Deputy for the Lord-Lieutenant will attend, as will the High Sheriff. The Vice-Chancellor and the Mayor will join them on this special occasion, along with other University and Civic Officers, the...

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Looking for the good

In the early 1990s, Professor Joel Robbins spent more than two years living with the Urapmin, a group of people in the far western highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG).  He was a graduate student in...

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LEDs made from ‘wonder material’ perovskite

A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily...

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A new way to make microstructured surfaces

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-organisation of carbon nanotubes, could...

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Some saturated fatty acids may present a bigger risk to diabetes than others

The results add to the growing debate around the health consequences of fat, and could partially explain evidence from recent studies that suggests some foods high in saturated fats, such as dairy...

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Royal Society honours Cambridge scientists

Three Cambridge scientists are among those honoured by the Royal Society this week. Professor Jeremy Baumberg FRS, Department of Physics, received the Rumford Medal “for his outstanding creativity in...

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Secrets of animal camouflage: Video reveals how predator vision works

The researchers, from the University of Exeter and the University of Cambridge, travelled across Zambia and South Africa and took over 14,000 images and many hours of video footage as part of Project...

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Speech recognition pioneer honoured

Professor Steve Young will be the 2015 recipient of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award. The annual prize is given to an individual or teams of up to three for “an outstanding...

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Gene increases risk of breast cancer to one in three by age seventy

In a study run through the international PALB2 Interest Group a team of researchers from 17 centres in eight countries led by the University of Cambridge analysed data from 154 families without BRCA1...

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New research aims to improve energy efficiency, cut carbon emissions and...

Against a world backdrop of increased concerns about energy security, price fluctuations and, of course, the need to address climate change, six new research projects that aim to gain a fuller...

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