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Novel Thoughts: what Cambridge scientists read

We may think that scientists inhabit a precisely focused world, far away from the messy realm of stories and the imagination, but a new film series, Novel Thoughts, from the University of Cambridge...

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Virus evolution and human behaviour shape global patterns of flu movement

In the study, an international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and including all five World Health Organization (WHO) Influenza...

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The Big Dating Game

At some point in their career, every doctor will encounter a patient whose condition perplexes them, requiring detailed investigation and discussion with colleagues before diagnosis is possible. After...

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B is for Bear

When the eminent architect T G Jackson designed the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, he added a delightful flourish to the double stairway leading up to the entrance. A pair of brown bears guards...

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Africa: women, business and education.

Two major conferences at the University of Cambridge, held around Africa Day, looked at the continent, its challenges and its successes. Africa Together, run by the University’s African Society,...

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Alumni benefits extended to thousands of former researchers

For the first time former postdoctoral researchers will receive a number of the benefits already offered to alumni at the University of Cambridge. Under the terms of the scheme, thought to be unique...

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Counting on sheep

“Shall we take one of the sheep for a walk?” asks Professor Jenny Morton before we head down to the farmyard. This seems a strange question at first: we’re all familiar with sheep behaving with a...

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Cuckoos mimic 'harmless' species as a disguise to infiltrate host nests

Brood parasites are reproductive cheats that evolve ways of duping other birds into raising their young. Examples such as mimicry of host eggs, chicks and fledglings by brood parasitic eggs, chicks...

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The price of a happy ending can be bad decision-making, say researchers

New research using high-speed gambling experiments shows that, for most of us, the last experience we’ve had can be the defining one when it comes to taking a decision, coming at the expense of other...

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Novel Thoughts #1: Paul Coxon on Jan Wahl's SOS Bobomobile

As a child, Dr Paul Coxon from Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, was fascinated by the madcap inventions of the boy hero in Jan Wahl’s SOS Bobomobile (illustrated by Fernando...

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New NICE thresholds could miss up to 4,000 women per year at risk from...

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has discovered that the proposed new NICE thresholds are less effective than international...

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Images of rare Magna Carta find go online

A rare 14th Century copy of Magna Carta that appears to have been unnoticed for generations, until it was uncovered during research marking the document’s 800th anniversary, can be viewed online from...

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‘Sunscreen’ layer detected on distant planet

The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed. This atmospheric layer includes molecules that absorb ultraviolet and visible light, acting as a...

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Novel Thoughts #2: Clare Bryant on AS Byatt’s Possession

Professor Clare Bryant from Cambridge’s Department of Veterinary Medicine explains how reading AS Byatt’s Possession at a crucial point in her early career reminded her of the excitement of research...

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Cambridge people named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Professor Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Bhadeshia FRS FREng (pictured centre) is the Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and Director of the SKF Steel...

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On the trail of King John before (and after) the signing of Magna Carta

John was the most peripatetic of all English monarchs. His 17 years on the throne are often described as a reign of crisis.  In 1214 John lost his lands in France, earning him the name John Lackland....

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Mining for Corruption

The American economist Alan Greenspan once described corruption as “the way human nature functions”, it’s just that successful economies manage to keep it to a minimum. The question, of course, is...

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Novel Thoughts #3: Karen Yu on George Lucas' Star Wars

Karen Yu’s growing love of science as a young girl was galvanised by reading the novelisation of the Star Wars movies (Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas). Her desire to...

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New Head for Institute for Manufacturing

Andy is the founding director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and is currently Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Complex Services. He is internationally recognised for his work on the...

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Europe’s largest collection of art by women

The collection consists of a growing body of approximately 450 works and is Europe’s largest collection of contemporary art by women, the second most significant of its kind in the world. Featuring...

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