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Richard III – case closed after 529 years

An international research team has provided overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester indeed represents the remains of King Richard III - closing what is...

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Kettle's Yard new exhibition: Beauty and Revolution

Beauty and Revolution traces Finlay’s artistic development from the 1960s to the 1980s; from the poems that made him Britain’s most internationally acclaimed concrete poet, to the images and texts...

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First comprehensive characterisation of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa

“Although many studies have focused on studying genetic risk factors for disease in European populations, this is an understudied area in Africa,” says Dr Deepti Gurdasani, lead author on the study...

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Where there’s muck there’s aluminium (if not brass)

It started with a bacon roll and a microwave oven, and now it’s poised to transform the recycling of a packaging material that has been as unrecyclable as it is useful. The bacon roll, as the story...

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Pembroke College elects new Master

He will be formally admitted to the Mastership at the beginning of October 2015 following the retirement in the summer of Sir Richard Dearlove, who has been Master since 2004. Chris Smith, an Honorary...

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‘Satiety hormone’ leptin links obesity to high blood pressure

Being obese or overweight is a major risk factor for the development of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Whilst a number of factors may be involved, the precise explanation for the link...

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Visions of plague

We are in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak known in human history. Our screens are filled with nightmarish yet strangely familiar imagery. Men in space-age protective suits, lugging wrapped-up...

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Cambridge part of winning bid to integrate driverless cars into everyday life

The University of Cambridge is a partner in the ‘UK Autodrive’ consortium, which was announced as the winner of the UK Government’s £10 million ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition in the 2014...

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Using genome sequencing to track MRSA in under-resourced hospitals

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have used genome sequencing to monitor how the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) occurs in under-resourced hospitals. By...

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Delays in cancer diagnosis unlikely to be due to poor medical practice

In an opinion piece published today, a team of researchers including Dr Georgios Lyratzopoulos from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge question government...

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Supplement could reduce heart disease risk in people of low birth weight

Researchers at the Institute of Metabolic Science fed low birth weight rats a supplement of the molecule co-enzyme Q (CoQ) and found that in those rats that grew quickly after birth, the supplement...

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‘Crown jewels’ of English lute music go online

Cambridge Digital Library is launching a new Music Collection with the online release of the 'crown jewels' of English lute music. Dating from the late 16th and early 17th century, the manuscripts...

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Gift will support financially disadvantaged students

A landmark donation from the Reuben Foundation will support the most financially disadvantaged undergraduate students in meeting the costs of their studies at Cambridge from 2014. This is the largest...

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Notes from Makeni: Fighting Ebola in West Africa

A Professor of Virology from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Pathology, arrived in Sierra Leone on December 1 to help set up a new diagnostics centre amid reports that the West African...

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New understanding of how magma moves underground

Using the most extensive dataset ever gathered from a volcanic eruption, an international team of researchers have developed a model of how huge magma-filled cracks form underneath volcanic systems...

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The lost art of risk management

Industrial investment is getting riskier. Globalisation has brought with it a wealth of opportunities for multinationals, such as access to low-cost labour and new markets, but it also has its...

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Lighter planes are the future

The study, by the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and UCL (University College London), is the first to carry out a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of a composite plane, such as the...

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Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered

The earliest known practical example of polyphonic music - a piece of choral music written for more than one part - has been found in a British Library manuscript in London. The inscription is...

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Festive tastes have changed but Christmas is still a cracker

Long-standing festive treats, such as sherry and brandy, are declining in popularity, according to the research by a joint team from Cambridge University Press and Lancaster University. And the study...

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Research Excellence Framework confirms Cambridge’s global strength and depth...

Cambridge returned some 2,200 academics to the REF. 47% of its submissions have been awarded the highest rating of 4* overall, meaning they are ‘world-leading’. This is an increase from 32% in 2008. A...

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