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Britain on brink of freshwater species ‘invasion’ from south east Europe

Five of the most high-risk freshwater invaders from the Ponto-Caspian region around Turkey and Ukraine are now in Britain - including the quagga mussel, confirmed just two weeks ago on 1 October in...

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“Trust me, I’m a banker”

“I’ll pay you, you know, 50,000 dollars, 100,000 dollars… whatever you want… I’m a man of my word.” A UBS investment banker and ‘man of his word’ is caught trying to bribe a broker. Taken from an...

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Secret lives of the mannequin revealed at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Silent Partners is the first exhibition ever to uncover the evolution and widespread use of the artist’s mannequin, or ‘lay figure’.  It will show how, from being an inconspicuous studio tool, a piece...

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Cambridge fuels drive to design new type of nuclear power station

With Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding, a team at Cambridge University is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel needs. As well...

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How can education be truly transformative?

When he was growing up in a village in south Punjab, Arif Naveed was surrounded by a family who believed in the importance of education. He excelled, but as he got older he started to question why he...

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Insight Day shares best practice on supporting children in care into university

Organised by the University of Cambridge’s Realise project for young people in care, and hosted by Newnham College, the Insight Day included an update on student finance, a session on careers, and a...

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Taking a shot at Parkinson’s

Professor Roger Barker has a dream: by the time he retires in 15 years, he would like to see stem cell transplants for Parkinson’s disease available on the NHS. Fifteen years may seem like plenty of...

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Drama in the dark

A new stage show, whose story draws on the thriller genre and takes place in the dark with the audience wearing headphones, will debut at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Commissioned by the Festival,...

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Family fun at Castle Hill Open Day 2014

On Saturday 18 October Castle Hill will be throwing open its doors for a day filled with family friendly activities, talks, tours, games and music, to showcase the oldest area of Cambridge and its...

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Scientists ‘must not become complacent’ when assessing pandemic threat from...

Influenza pandemics arise when a new virus strain – against which humans have yet to develop widespread immunity – spreads in the human population. There have been five such pandemics in the past 100...

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AstraZeneca and University of Cambridge strengthen long-standing partnership

The existing strategic partnership between AstraZeneca, MedImmune and the University of Cambridge includes a substantial oncology research programme and co-location of AstraZeneca scientists at the...

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Chimpanzees have favourite ‘tool set’ for hunting staple food of army ants

West African chimpanzees will search far and wide to find Alchornea hirtella, a spindly shrub whose straight shoots provide the ideal tools to hunt aggressive army ants in an ingenious fashion, new...

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Birthday celebrations for renowned composer

A major programme to celebrate the career of one of Britain’s greatest living composers comes to Cambridge in November. Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle brings some of the most...

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Scientists find ‘hidden brain signatures’ of consciousness in vegetative...

There has been a great deal of interest recently in how much patients in a vegetative state following severe brain injury are aware of their surroundings. Although unable to move and respond, some of...

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Largest ever Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches on Monday

The Festival of Ideas, now in its seventh year, will run for two weeks until 2 November with events - most of them free - ranging from exhibitions, cinema screenings, debates, immersive performances,...

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A tale of 38 teapots: an intimate portrait of 18th-century sociability

Back in 2007, a team of archaeologists used a nine-month window to investigate a site in the heart of historic Cambridge known to have been occupied since Anglo-Saxon times. The excavation of an area...

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Scientists take step towards drug to treat norovirus stomach bug

Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the UK. For most people, infection causes an unpleasant but relatively short-lived case of vomiting and diarrhoea, but chronic infection can...

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And now, the volcano forecast

When the USA’s Mount St Helens erupted in 1980, just two months after showing signs of reawakening, its blast was equivalent to 1,600 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It...

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Getting close up and personal with print

A unique copy of the Gutenberg Bible– Europe’s first printed book using moveable type – is to go on display in a spectacular exhibition charting how books were simultaneously cherished and...

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Testing time for stem cells

Much has been written about the promise of stem cells for modern medicine, and cell-based therapies to treat diseases are now being developed by commercial companies in Europe and across the world....

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