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Tool use is 'innate' in chimpanzees but not bonobos, their closest...

Chimpanzees and bonobos are the two closest living relatives of the human species - the ultimate tool-using ape. Yet, despite being so closely related on the evolutionary tree, wild chimpanzees and...

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A real piece of work

There comes a point when talking with Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor at which it seems necessary to go over the facts again, if only to establish that he really does mean what he appears to have just said....

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Award-winning scientist speaks on HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Professor Rees is a global expert on the topic and is the founder and Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), which also serves as a WHO and UNAIDS...

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Hope for first treatment targeting cause of debilitating heart and lung disease

Genetic evidence dating back to 2000, from research the BHF helped to fund, indicated that the absence or reduced activity of a particular protein, bone morophogenetic protein type II receptor...

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Computer tutor

“We arrived to our destination and we looked each other.” To a native English speaker, the mistakes in this sentence are clear. But someone learning English would need a teacher to point them out,...

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C is for Chicken (and Campylobacter)

Poultry is an important source of protein; almost half the meat we eat in the UK is chicken.  And the popularity of chicken is rising: it’s convenient, tasty and cheap. On average we eat around 190g...

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Inspiring young people in care

Will Lyon Tupman, a first-year theology and religious studies student at Girton college, is just over half way through his exams and is feeling quietly confident about those he still has to sit....

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Preparing social scientists for the world of big data

This month sees the first cohort of students completing their courses and starting work placements with the Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre (CUQM). Established last year in the...

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Last chance to see Kettle’s Yard for two years

As well as a last chance to see critically acclaimed exhibition New Rhythms, visitors will also be able to talk to the archivist in the house and artist Whitney McVeigh in St Peter’s Church next door....

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Cambridge gets REAL about overcoming obstacles to global education

A new centre that will focus on understanding the barriers to education among disadvantaged children, and on identifying solutions to overcome those barriers, was officially launched in Cambridge on...

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GCSE students discover the wonders of German

This goes down well with the assembled crowd, 115 GCSE and A-level students, accompanied by 37 teachers, representing 30 schools from across the UK. The event (held on 13 June at Murray Edwards...

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Archive of Margaret Thatcher acquired for the nation

Written over Easter 1983, almost exactly a year after the Argentine invasion, the handwritten memoir gives profound insights into her handling of the war, particularly her relationships with...

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MRSA contamination found in supermarket sausages and minced pork

In February, a team of researchers funded primarily by the Medical Research Council bought and analysed a total of 103 (52 pork and 51 chicken) pre-packaged fresh meat products, labelled as being of...

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Honorary Degrees 2015

Pictured Back Row L - R: Michael Rawlins, Hisashi Owada, John Gardner, James Mirrlees, Julia Neuberger, Neil MacGregor Front Row L - R: Paula Rego, The Chancellor, The Vice-Chancellor, Judith Thomson...

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Novel Thoughts #4: Simon Redfern on Chinghiz Aitmatov's Jamila

As a mineral scientist, Professor Simon Redfern from Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences travels widely, and likes his visits to be about more than just the rocks. A recent trip to Kazakhstan was...

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Masters of the universe

Imagine having to design a completely automated system that could take all of the live video from all of the hundreds of thousands of cameras monitoring London, and automatically dispatch an ambulance...

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Life in the snow forests: 100-year-old photographs reunited with communities

Previously unseen photographs showing life in a remote corner of the world a hundred years ago will be displayed for the first time as part of River Stars Reindeer at the Museum of Archaeology and...

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Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter

An investigation into how owls fly and hunt in silence has enabled researchers to develop a prototype coating for wind turbine blades that could significantly reduce the amount of noise they make....

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Novel Thoughts #5: Juliet Foster on Susan Fromberg Schaeffer's The Madness of...

Dr Juliet Foster’s ongoing fascination with the portrayal of mental illness in literature was triggered by reading The Madness of a Seduced Woman by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. Today she carries out...

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New technique for ‘seeing’ ions at work in a supercapacitor

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, together with French collaborators based in Toulouse, have developed a new method to see inside battery-like devices known as supercapacitors at the...

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