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Celebrate thought at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

A true intellectual feast, it includes over 250 events for all ages and interests, ranging from evening talks and panel discussions to exhibitions, music, theatre, film screenings and participatory...

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Presence or absence of early language delay alters anatomy of the brain in...

A new study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge has found that a common characteristic of autism – language delay in early childhood – leaves a ‘signature’ in the brain. The results...

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Creating a shared resource for the endangered culture of the Kalmyks

Early in the 1600s, several groups of Mongols travelled thousands of miles west in search of new pastures for their herds. The migration of the people who became known as the Kalmyks was prompted by...

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They weren’t wimps: how modern humans, like Neanderthals, braved the northern...

In 1908 the famously plump Venus of Willendorf, thought to be a symbol of fecundity, was discovered during an excavation near the Austrian town of Melk. The statuette, on display at the...

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Clear skies on exo-Neptune

Astronomers have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapour on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet, known as HAT-P-11b, is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest-ever...

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Gender equality awards for University and departments

Cambridge has joined a select group of universities with an institutional Athena SWAN silver award. The awards are bestowed in recognition of commitment to advancing women's careers in science,...

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One in ten people over forty years old in Britain are vitamin D deficient

Vitamin D is nicknamed the ‘sunshine vitamin’ as it is produced in the skin in response to sunlight. It is also found in some foods, such as oily fish (including salmon and mackerel) and eggs. Low...

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Cancer Core Europe: institutes unite across Europe to tackle cancer

The consortium of European cancer centres will link cancer programmes on a huge scale to help the joint monitoring of patients and the development of next-generation clinical trials. Cancer Core...

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Professor Marc Weller wins award for his conrtibution to law

Professor Marc Weller, the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, has won the prestigious Halsbury Legal Award for his distinguished academic...

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Award for research into metabolic diseases

The K-J Zülch Prize of the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation has been awarded to Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly of University of Cambridge  and Dr Jeffrey Friedman of Rockefeller University, New York, “for...

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Greenland Ice Sheet more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought

A new model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that despite its apparent stability, the massive ice sheet covering most of Greenland is more sensitive to climate change...

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Addressing global issues through collaboration

The challenges our planet is faced with require innovative approaches. To increase the impact of publicly funded research, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has joined forces with the...

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Website helps maths and physics school students work it out

School physics students and their teachers can now tackle an interactive library of problems designed to develop their physics and maths problem-solving skills, thanks to isaacphysics.org, the latest...

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Online resource to support the work of biodiversity conservation organisations

Capacityforconservation.org is a free online resource designed to act as a central hub where biodiversity conservation organisations can download tools, contribute their expertise, and learn from one...

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Stem cells: master builders, drug testers, immortal elements

During embryo development, stem cells are a fleeting presence at the beginning of tissue and organ formation. If we could rewind the human developmental clock, to around 7-9-days after the egg is...

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Responsibility

The start of the University’s new academic year was marked yesterday morning by a Congregation in the Senate House for the annual election and admission of the Proctors. It was preceded by the...

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Project seeks nation’s most memorised poems to investigate power of poetry...

On this year’s National Poetry Day (2 October), themed ‘Remember!’, the University of Cambridge will launch the first nationwide survey to find the UK’s most memorised poems. The survey is part of a...

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Salt marsh plants key to reducing coastal erosion and flooding

The effectiveness of salt marshes – wetlands which are flooded and drained by tides – in protecting coastal areas in times of severe weather has been quantified in a study by researchers from the...

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German teaching resource goes live

Cambridge Online German for Schools (COGS) is part of the Cambridge German Network - a platform for all interested in promoting German culture and language in the region, pooling resources provided by...

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How to tell a missile from a pylon: a tale of two cortices

Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge have identified the two regions of the brain involved in these two tasks – picking out objects from background noise and identifying the specific...

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