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New court for Darwin College to be named after founder

Sir John, as Senior Bursar of Trinity College, was instrumental in the founding of Darwin College in 1964, and remained actively involved with Darwin for the following half century.  With the generous...

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Cooperative communities emerge in transparent social networks

People in a society are bound together by a set of connections – a social network. Cooperation between people in the network is essential for societies to prosper, and the question of what drives the...

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Welcome to the neighbourhood: new dwarf galaxies discovered in orbit around...

A team of astronomers from the University of Cambridge have identified nine new dwarf satellites orbiting the Milky Way, the largest number ever discovered at once. The findings, from newly-released...

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Healthcare at the touch of a finger

A pocket-sized fingerprint scanner that links individuals' fingerprints to their health records has been created by a team of students and has the potential for widespread health benefits, according...

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Saharan 'carpet of tools' is the earliest known man-made landscape

A new intensive survey of the Messak Settafet escarpment, a massive outcrop of sandstone in the middle of the Saharan desert, has shown that stone tools occur “ubiquitously” across the entire...

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Families with a difference: the reality behind the hype

Over the past 40 years the family has altered in ways that few people imagined back in the days of the Janet and John reading books in which mummy baked and daddy mowed the lawn. In the 1970s, the...

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A memorial to Nelson Mandela to mark centenary of Arch and Anth tripos

451 delegates from around the world attended the Centenary celebration of the establishment of the Archaeology and Anthropology degree at the University of Cambridge. The degree has attracted a broad...

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Human genome includes 'foreign' genes not from our ancestors

The transfer of genes between organisms living in the same environment is known as horizontal gene transfer. It is well known in single-celled organisms and thought to be an important process that...

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The role and responsibilities of universities in Europe's revival

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a real pleasure to be able to speak to you today, and to join with friends and colleagues in celebrating the 650th anniversary of this great university. Six years ago, in...

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Fossil skull sheds new light on transition from water to land

A new 3D reconstruction of skull of one of the earliest four-footed vertebrate – which differs from earlier 2D reconstructions – suggests such creatures, which lived their lives primarily in shallow...

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Real-time holographic displays one step closer to reality

Real-time dynamic holographic displays, long the realm of science fiction, could be one step closer to reality, after researchers from the University of Cambridge developed a new type of pixel element...

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Gene discovery provides clues to how TB may evade the immune system

TB, caused by infection with the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a major global public health problem. According to the World Health Organization, in 2013 nine million people fell ill with TB...

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Recalling memories may make us forget

The research, published today in Nature Neuroscience, is the first to isolate the adaptive forgetting mechanism in the human brain. The brain imaging study shows that the mechanism itself is...

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Scientists move closer to “two for one deal” on solar cell efficiency

The underlying mechanism behind an enigmatic process called “singlet exciton fission”, which could enable the development of significantly more powerful solar cells, has been identified by scientists...

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Emerging diseases likely to be more harmful in similar species

A number of emerging infectious diseases – including some of the most deadly outbreaks such as Ebola, SARS and HIV – are the result of humans becoming infected with a pathogen that normally infects...

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Decline in the number of males involved in reproduction during the period of...

In a study published recently in Genome Research, scientists from University of Cambridge, Estonian Biocentre, University of Tartu, Arizona State University and 64 other institutions around the world...

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How much is riding on having ‘nothing to hide’?

It's often said that “If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear.” This argument, which is often used to justify the total surveillance of society, is based on the curious idea that...

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Music in the tree of life

When Joseph Haydn completed his Symphony No. 95, shortly before its first performance in 1791, he forgot to include the oboes. Although Haydn corrected himself — his hastily scrawled ‘flauto’ and...

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The economic roots of independence movements

In 1999, NATO bombs rained down on Belgrade, hitting various targets including a TV centre just 300 metres from Ivan Rajic’s flat. His mother lived in fear that a neighbouring newspaper office would...

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Should breast implants come with a health warning?

“Breast implants to carry cancer warning” read the headline of an article on the MailOnline website today. This follows the outcome of a study by the French National Cancer Institute, which reported...

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