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Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid the study of cystic fibrosis

The research is one of a number of studies that have used stem cells – the body’s master cells – to grow ‘organoids’, 3D clusters of cells that mimic the behaviour and function of specific organs...

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Sir Venki Ramakrishnan confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society

Sir Venki, who is currently Deputy Director of the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology and a Fellow of Trinity College, will take up the post of President on 1 December 2015. Sir Venki has a BSc in...

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Human parasites found in medieval cesspit reveal links between Middle East...

A new analysis of a medieval cesspit in the Christian quarter of the old city of Jerusalem has revealed the presence of a number of ancient parasite eggs, providing a window into the nature and spread...

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Colour-morphing reef fish is a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

A new study has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the colour of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected...

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How we fell in love with shopping

Opening at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge on March 24, Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment features 300 stunning objects, each revealing the tastes and hopes of its...

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'Extreme sleepover #15'– keeping the lights on in rural Uganda

“If I have a flush toilet in my house I think I can be a king of all kings because I can’t go out on those squatting latrines… also it can protect my wife from going outside alone as recently my wife...

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Michael Cates elected 19th Lucasian Professor

Professor Cates is currently Professor of Natural Philosophy and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Soft matter is a description of a large class of materials, such as...

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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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Poisons, plants and Palaeolithic hunters

We’re surrounded by poisonous plants: they thrive in our parks and gardens, hedgerows and woodlands. Foxgloves (Digitalis) look charming but their seeds can kill. The flowers of monkshood (Aconitum...

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The real corporate tax scandal

In the midst of last month’s investigation by the UK Commons’ Public Accounts Committee into PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the committee chair Margaret Hodge concluded there was “promotion of tax avoidance...

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Health-conscious concrete

Skin is renewable and self-repairing – our first line of defence against the wear and tear of everyday life. If damaged, a myriad of repair processes spring into action to protect and heal the body....

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Official crews for the BNY Mellon Boat Race and the Newton Women's Boat Race...

The 161st Boat Race will see a younger Oxford crew take on a Cambridge crew who weighed in an average of 5.25kg per man heavier. As well as weight, the Light Blue crew also has height and Boat Race...

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Cambridge awarded £18 million in funding to support UK infrastructure research

The University of Cambridge will receive £18 million in funding to ensure that the UK’s infrastructure is resilient and responsive to environmental and economic impacts, as announced by the Chancellor...

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Study finds GB’s most extroverted, agreeable and emotionally stable regions

Researchers from the University of Cambridge used the data to analyse a sample of just under 400,000 people from England, Wales or Scotland (Northern Ireland was excluded as sample sizes were too...

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Cambridge's Chemistry of Health programme awarded £17 million in funding

The University has been awarded more than £17 million in funding to support research into the molecular origins of human disease, particularly neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and...

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Education investment needs to be sustained to halt widening inequality, say...

Professor Vignoles argued that early investment in a child’s development is crucial, and this investment needs to continue as they grow up to produce genuine long-term benefits for the poorest...

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Childhood brain tumour expert to lead Cambridge Cancer Centre

Professor Gilbertson is currently Scientific Director, Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the Lillian R. Cannon endowed Chair at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis,...

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New insights found in black hole collisions

An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, have found solutions to decades-old equations describing what happens as two spinning black holes in a binary system...

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Earliest humans had diverse range of body types, just as we do today

One of the dominant theories of our evolution is that our genus, Homo, evolved from small-bodied early humans to become the taller, heavier and longer legged Homo erectus that was able to migrate...

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Thinking inside the box

It’s a common occurrence: when faced with a problem which is similar to one which has been faced before, most people will default to what worked in the past. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke,...

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