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BBSRC awards Cambridge £15 million to support next generation of scientists

The awards are part of a £125 million investment by the BBSRC announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable. Mr Cable said: “The UK punches far beyond its weight in science and innovation...

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Why a disaster may not be disastrous

What makes a great leader? Effectiveness? Experience? Volcanoes? It might seem unlikely, but new research from a team of academics, including Raghavendra Rau, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of...

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Orchestral manoeuvres: multiple sclerosis faces the music

The conductor walks to the stand and takes his place in front of the orchestra. He raises his baton and, with a dramatic flourish, one hundred individuals come to life. From nowhere, the stillness...

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The speech that never was – Thatcher papers for 1984 open to the public

Draft pages of her intended speech – grabbed from the wreckage of the Grand Hotel following the attack on the Prime Minister on October 12, 1984 – detail how Thatcher planned to warn the country from...

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Mistress, Miss, Mrs or Ms: untangling the shifting history of titles

In July composer Judith Weir was named as the first woman to hold the post of Master of the Queen’s Music, following in the footsteps of dozens of eminent male musicians with the same title. The...

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Luck and lava

The team, led by Professor Bob White, has been monitoring activity near the Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun volcanoes since 2006, using up to 70 broadband seismometers. Luckily, the seismometers and field...

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Can she bake? The Bake Off back story

More than 10 million of us are watching it and we’ve bought the recipe books: once again Great British Bake Off has taken the nation by storm with the high drama of pastry, pies and profiteroles. But...

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Out of the red and into the blue: making the LED revolution cost-effective

British manufacturer Plessey Semiconductors is racing to be the first company to make energy-efficient LEDs for home lighting at a price that consumers will pay, and they’re using a technology...

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Ex-BP chief explains why coming out is good business

Drawing on his experiences as a closeted gay man in the oil industry, and the experiences of other prominent executives from around the world, Lord Browne argues that coming out is best for employees...

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Adapt and survive: how conservation and animal psychology can work together

For decades, the lighthouse at Bardsey island in north Wales has shone its sweeping white light out across the Irish Sea at night, keeping sailors safe.  However, the bright beam, which extends 22...

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Astronomers discover the ‘Mighty Mouse’ of stellar remnants

“You might think of this pulsar as the ‘Mighty Mouse’ of stellar remnants,” said Fiona Harrison of the California Institute of Technology. “It has all the power of a black hole but with much less...

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Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows

A new study, published today in the journal PLOS One, tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage items from 2002 to 2012. Its findings show that more healthy foods were consistently more expensive...

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Equality champions announced

Professors Anne Davis (left) and Judith Lieu (right) have been appointed gender equality champions for the University. Professor Lieu will cover gender activities for the Arts and Humanities and...

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Scott Polar Research Institute awarded £500,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund

The £500,000 going to the Scott Polar Research Institute is the biggest single amount awarded to any organisation today.   The first Collecting Cultures awards in 2008 enabled over 2,000 objects to be...

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Hybrid materials could smash the solar efficiency ceiling

Researchers have developed a new method for harvesting the energy carried by particles known as ‘dark’ spin-triplet excitons with close to 100% efficiency, clearing the way for hybrid solar cells...

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Understanding the bushmeat market: why do people risk infection from bat meat?

The Straw-Coloured Fruit Bat, Eidolon helvum, is widely hunted and eaten in Ghana, but carries a risk of infection with ‘zoonotic’ pathogens – diseases transmitted from animal to man. Hunting,...

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Mapping the weather on WASP-43b

A team of scientists, including astronomers from the University of Cambridge, have made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet’s atmosphere, and traced the amount of water it...

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Spin with a new twist

A new method of controlling the “spin” of an electron, one of the fastest-developing research topics in quantum-based technologies and widely seen as the potential foundation of numerous future...

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder - does age matter?

Have you locked the door this morning? Are you sure? If you feel the need to go back and check now, you are experiencing some of the key problems of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): doubt,...

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Stem cell physical

One of the many mysteries surrounding stem cells is how the constantly regenerating cells in adults, such as those in skin, are able to achieve the delicate balance between self-renewal and...

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