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Pig-borne disease jumped into humans when rearing practices changed

Almost every pig carries harmless strains of the S. suis bacterium – such strains are known as ‘commensal’ strains. However, a more virulent group of strains of the bacteria also exist, which cause...

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Pollution on the move – human activity in East Asia negatively affects air...

Researchers from the UK and Malaysia have detected a human fingerprint deep in the Borneo rainforest in Southeast Asia. Cold winds blowing from the north carry industrial pollutants from East Asia to...

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Archaeologists unearth medieval graveyard beneath Cambridge College

One of the largest medieval hospital burial grounds in Britain, containing an estimated 1,300 burials, once stood on the site of what is now a Cambridge College, according to a report published in the...

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Ghosts from the past brought back to life

Dating from 1250, The Black Book of Carmarthen is the earliest surviving medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh, and contains some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. The book is a...

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Words for mud and mountain, wind and wetland: answers on a postcard, please

For more than a decade Dr Robert Macfarlane has collected endangered words. Not just any words but words for aspects of landscape – its contours, its feel underfoot, its weathers and moods – made...

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The rise of the takeaway

In a study published today in the journal Health & Place, researchers from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), at the University of Cambridge, analysed the change in density of...

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Cambridge heads for Hay

More than 20 Cambridge academics will be speaking on subjects ranging from hate speech, torture and the battle of Waterloo to global health innovation and pandemic flu research at this year’s Hay...

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Has the pendulum swung too far in favour of patient autonomy?

Doctors who treat patients as consumers and give them a menu of choices without guidance or recommendations over whether they should be resuscitated or not may prolong their suffering, according to a...

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Large Hadron Collider restarts after two years

Early on Easter Sunday, the Large Hadron Collider’s second run got underway, when proton beams began rotating in the 27-kilometre ring for the first time in two years. Over the coming weeks, the beams...

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Distance running may be an evolutionary ‘signal’ for desirable male genes

Pre-birth exposure to high levels of the male sex hormone testosterone has already been shown to confer evolutionary advantages for men: strength of sex drive, sperm count, cardiovascular efficiency...

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New understanding of electromagnetism could enable ‘antennas on a chip’

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an...

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Genetic screening could improve breast cancer prevention

Improving the accuracy of risk analysis using genetic screening could guide breast cancer prevention in several ways – for instance by offering high-risk women increased monitoring, personalised...

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History made as women and men take to the Thames for the Boat Race

The Boat Races this weekend will see history made as both the BNY Mellon Boat Race and the Newton Women’s Boat Race take place on the Thames Tideway course for the first time. With thousands of...

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Mountain gorilla genome study provides optimism about population numbers

“Mountain gorillas are among the most intensively studied primates in the wild, but this is the first in-depth, whole-genome analysis,” says Dr Chris Tyler-Smith from the Wellcome Trust Sanger...

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Landmark event for £26 million building named after physicist James Clerk...

Pioneering “blue skies” research is a step closer to having a home after a topping out ceremony was held at a centrepiece building on the West Cambridge site. The new facilities will see research...

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Herakles – a hero for all ages

Featuring works by New Zealand print-maker Marian Maguire, The Labours of Herakles makes unlikely bedfellows of classical myth and colonial history. Inspired by imagery from Athenian black-figure...

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Listen to your heart: why your brain may give away how well you know yourself

In research published today in the journal Cerebral Cortex, a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge,...

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New centre for biodiversity conservation named after Sir David Attenborough

The David Attenborough Building will become a focal point for research and practice to transform our understanding and the conservation of biodiversity. Currently undergoing refurbishment, the David...

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"The Professor is World Cup": understanding ‘secret’ urban languages

Uganda has one of the world’s largest percentages of people under 30 – more than 78% of its 37 million citizens, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund. Many do not use the...

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“When you are in it, war is hateful and utterly horrible.” A major Rupert...

The First World War poet Rupert Brooke died 100 years ago (23 April 1915) on his way to fight at Gallipoli. An extensive collection of Brooke’s papers is held by King’s College where Brooke was an...

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