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Clinical research at University of Cambridge receives major funding boost

The awards are part of a major round of funding under the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, announced today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. The Initiative will bring...

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Scholarship to commemorate former student

Amy Li was born in China but attended school in the UK, and won a place to study Chemical Engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  After graduating in 2010 she took up a post as safety engineer...

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Return of the new gods: Jedis, auras and online witch schools

In the 2001 Census, 0.7% of the UK population - some 390,127 - declared themselves Jedi: the mystical religion from legendary film franchise Star Wars. This was a result of a viral online campaign to...

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Gene that once aided survival in the Arctic is found to have negative impact...

In individuals living in the Arctic, researchers have discovered a genetic variant that arose thousands of years ago and most likely provided an evolutionary advantage for processing high-fat diets or...

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Looking at artificial others: mannequins with x-ray vision

The scans of the two historic mannequins were taken at Addenbrooke's Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals, to discover their internal workings without damaging them.  At the same time,...

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Imaging the genome: cataloguing the fundamental processes of life

The team of researchers, led by Dr Rafael Carazo Salas from the Department of Genetics, combined high-resolution 3D confocal microscopy and computer-automated analysis of the images to survey the...

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Immorality and invention: the “great stem cell debate”

Human stem cell research is a thriving field of science worldwide – holding promise for treating diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, as well as for furthering our...

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The ‘ultimate’ stem cell

Just before implantation in the uterus, the ball of cells, called a blastocyst, gains the capacity to generate all of the cell types of the subsequent adult – a feature called pluripotency. It is at...

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Travellers under open skies: writers, artists and gypsies

In 1780 a group of gypsies was hung in Northampton and their supporters threatened to set the town alight. Nothing is known about the crime for which the gypsies died or, indeed, if there was one. A...

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Does it help conservation to put a price on nature?

Putting a price on the services which a particular ecosystem provides may encourage the adoption of greener policies, but it may come at the price of biodiversity conservation. Writing today (30...

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The man with a thousand brains

It sounds like something from a 1950s’ B-movie: scientists growing brains in the lab. It brings to mind images of dimly lit, cobweb-filled rooms with brains pulsating in glass tanks. The truth, of...

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Graduates who went to private schools earn more than graduates who did not,...

New research shows that graduates who went to private schools earn substantially more than those who went to state schools. Even amongst graduates who went to the same university to study the same...

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Maxwell Centre groundbreaking celebration

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Record seizure of smart drugs including one untested in humans shows growing...

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Feminism and the abomination of violence

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Rivers beyond Regeneration

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Creating music in classrooms using code teaches ‘risk-taking’ in next generation

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Shaping up: Researchers reconstruct early stages of embryo development

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Remember, remember: how education “beyond the seas” kept Catholicism alive

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Chemicals found in everyday fruits could minimise organ damage after heart...

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