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Blood markers could help predict outcome of infant heart surgery

The study, published today in the journal Critical Care Medicine and carried out at Royal Brompton Hospital, followed children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease, and found that by...

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Digital bargain hunters: optimal online searching

A ‘sunk cost’ is a cost that has already been incurred previously and can’t be recovered – in this case that means the time and effort that has been expended trawling the internet for deals. There is...

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The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2015

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose is...

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Child's best friend?

Matt Cassels had at least 10 pets when he was growing up and yet it had never occurred to him to think about how important his relationships with them were. Until he came to Cambridge and started...

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Fish born in larger groups develop more social skills and a different brain...

A new study shows that cichlid fish reared in larger social groups from birth display a greater and more extensive range of social interactions, which continues into the later life of the fish....

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Clues contained in 500 million-year-old brain point to the origin of heads in...

A new study from the University of Cambridge has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered – more than 500 million years old – and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in...

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The 1,000-year-old manuscript and the stories it tells

One thousand years ago, a scribe called Sujātabhadra put his name to a manuscript known as the Perfection of Wisdom in Eight-Thousand Stanzas (Skt. Aṣṭasahāsrikā Prajñāparamitā).  Sujātabhadra was a...

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The Academy of Medical Sciences announces new Fellows for 2015

Forty-eight researchers from across the UK,  including five Cambridge University academics, have been recognised for their contribution to the advancement of medical science by election to the...

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Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?

The team of researchers, which included Dr Sally Gibson from Cambridge University’s Department of Earth Sciences, argue that the impact may have triggered most of the immense eruptions of lava in...

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Seasonal immunity: Activity of thousands of genes differs from winter to summer

The study, published today in the journal Nature Communications, shows that the activity of almost a quarter of our genes (5,136 out of 22,822 genes tested) differs according to the time of year, with...

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Baboons prefer to spend time with others of the same age, status and even...

New research shows that chacma baboons within a troop spend more of their time with baboons that have similar characteristics to themselves: associating with those of a similar age, dominance rank and...

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World War One: a Russian perspective

The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917–20, followed by decades of Communist rule. A new book, Towards the...

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Cause of galactic death: strangulation

As murder mysteries go, it’s a big one: how do galaxies die and what kills them? A new study, published today in the journal Nature, has found that the primary cause of galactic death is...

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What research would enhance business sustainability?

The natural world is already in peril, yet demand for water, food and energy are set to rise further as the global population grows and climate change takes hold. Increased demand for one of these...

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How the dog found a place in the family home – from the Victorian age to ours

The British are a nation of dog lovers: almost a quarter of households have at least one. Perhaps we love them too much. One wit famously described the English upper classes as people who sleep with...

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That’s entertainment: what – and how – will we be watching in 2020?

The battle lines have been drawn: consumers have broken free of traditional formats and schedules, and we now want our content wherever and whenever it suits us. It’s the biggest disruption the...

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Statue to mark close bonds with Poland

The Sierpinski Tree is based on the geometric figure devised by Polish mathematician Waclaw Sierpinski who did pioneering work in the early 20th Century on the field of fractals. A fractal is a...

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Early detection and treatment of type 2 diabetes may reduce heart disease and...

The study, led by researchers at the University of Michigan and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, used data from the ADDITION-Europe study of diabetes screening and treatment, which...

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Body’s ‘serial killers’ captured on film destroying cancer cells

In a study published today in the journal Immunity, a collaboration of researchers from the UK and the USA, led by Professor Gillian Griffiths at the University of Cambridge, describe how specialised...

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Refusal to abolish ‘archaic’ rule means gender discrimination is still law in...

An antiquated legal rule based on a principle of gender discrimination in property and inheritance rights is still being invoked in UK courtrooms, despite parliament passing an act to abolish it five...

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