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Egg freezing: An empowering option for women?

Recently, Facebook and Apple announced their decision to offer to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, in theory, allowing women to ‘have it all’ - to pursue their career aspirations and to...

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Molecular event mapping opens door to more tests “in silico”

A new approach to mapping and predicting the impact of chemical compounds in the body, which it is hoped could eventually reduce the need for toxicity tests in animals, has been trialed by scientists....

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DIAL B for Boeing

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company, producing tens of billions of dollars-worth of commercial jets and defence systems for customers around the world. DIAL is the IfM’s Distributed...

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Scene and heard: A week of Cambridge poetry

Reflecting on the role of an editor in his introduction to the Carcanet Press-published New Poetries V, the poet Michael Schmidt observed: “Where there are schools they look out for the truants.”...

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Tricks of the trade: magic and mischief in the making

A Victorian website is an impossibility. But reality hasn’t deterred Rhys Morgan and Robert West – a ‘dashing duo’ of Victorian magic-makers – from conjuring up an online presence that teases visitors...

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Lifelong learning and the plastic brain

When a group of experimental psychologists moved into their new lab space in Cambridge earlier this year, they took a somewhat unconventional approach to refurbishing their tea room: they had the...

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Calcium loss turning lakes to ‘jelly’

New research on a number of Canadian lakes show that historical acid deposits as a result of industry have greatly reduced calcium levels in the water - dramatically impacting populations of...

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Staying ahead of the game: Pre-empting flu evolution may make for better...

In a study published today in the journal Science, the researchers in the UK, Vietnam, The Netherlands and Australia, led by the University of Cambridge, describe how an immunological phenomenon they...

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Geologists discover ancient buried canyon in South Tibet

A team of researchers from the UK, USA, Germany and China have discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalaya. The...

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Dizzying heights: prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’

Archaeological discoveries from the ‘roof of the world’ on the Tibetan Plateau indicate that from 3,600 years ago, crop growing and the raising of livestock was taking place year-round at hitherto...

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The evolution of Darwin’s Origin: Cambridge releases 12,000 papers online

In total, Cambridge Digital Library (http://bit.ly/1y7q4e1) is releasing more than 12,000 hi-res images, alongside transcriptions and detailed notes as a result of an international collaboration with...

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Amazing feet of science: Researchers sequence the centipede genome

An international team comprising more researchers than the arthropod has legs (106 researchers) has sequenced the genome of Strigamia maritima, a Northern European centipede, and found that its...

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Trilogy of short films explores young people’s views of life in social care

The film, Our House, is the third in a trilogy of films about life in the care system developed by young people working with a team of professionals as a way of giving them a voice within the care...

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Cambridge and Brussels reaffirm ties

The agreement, intended “to formally recognise a privileged partnership” and to record the mutual interest “in promoting and furthering academic links between the two institutions”, was signed by Dr...

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A step towards solving the enduring puzzle of ‘infantile amnesia’

Most of us cannot remember toddling around at the age of 18 months or so, let alone being breast or bottle fed as tiny infants. Our early life is a blank to us. It is a blank in the sense that it is...

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The lady of the longitude

Three hundred years ago, the British Parliament famously established rewards and funding for improved methods of finding longitude at sea. The longitude (east-west) coordinate of a ship was much more...

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Crime data research throws new light on British Muslim communities

An examination of statistics taken from the Crime Survey of England and Wales between 2006 and 2010 reveals a surprising counter-narrative to commonly-held perceptions of British Muslim communities...

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New research highlights the key role of ozone in climate change

Many of the complex computer models which are used to predict climate change could be missing an important ozone ‘feedback’ factor in their calculations of future global warming, according to new...

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World’s first artificial enzymes created using synthetic biology

A team of researchers have created the world’s first enzymes made from artificial genetic material. The synthetic enzymes, which are made from molecules that do not occur anywhere in nature, are...

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It’s lonely at the top: stickleback leaders are stickleback loners

Throughout the animal kingdom, individuals often live and move together in groups, from swarms of insects to troops of primates. Individual animals may benefit from being part of groups, which provide...

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