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Expanding the DNA alphabet: ‘extra’ DNA base found to be stable in mammals

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Babraham Institute have found that a naturally occurring modified DNA base appears to be stably incorporated in the DNA of many mammalian tissues,...

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Past as Prelude: An International Conference on Polish-Ukrainian Relations

‘Past as Prelude: Polish-Ukrainian Relations for the Twenty-First Century’ is held in partnership with Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies. The...

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How to read a digital footprint

In 2007, Dr David Stillwell built an application for an online networking site that was starting to explode: Facebook. His app, myPersonality, allowed users to complete a range of psychometric tests,...

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‘Pick & mix’ smart materials for robotics

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a simple ‘recipe’ for combining multiple materials with single functions into a single material with multiple functions: movement, recall of...

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D is for Dragon

Earth, water, air and fire. If you were to pick an element that you most associate with dragons, you would probably choose the last – fire. And though the jaws of all the dragons to be found lurking...

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University teaching awards honour excellence

Thirteen inspirational academics have been honoured for the outstanding quality and approach to their teaching. The 22nd annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the...

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Newly-discovered ‘ring of teeth’ helps determine what common ancestor of...

A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago – a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has definitively identified its head...

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I always feel like somebody’s watching me…

It’s a fact of modern life – with every click, every tweet, every Facebook Like, we hand over information about ourselves to organisations who are desperate to know all of our secrets, in the hope...

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Study suggests new treatment for impulsivity in some dementia patients

Around 16,000 people in the UK are estimated to be affected by frontotemporal dementia (also known as Pick’s disease). Patients are often affected at a young age, 50-65 years old. The disease affects...

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Cambridge to strengthen early detection with new Cancer Research UK Major Centre

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It recognises the need for...

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Novel Thoughts #6: Guy Pearson on Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree

A PhD student in cell biology at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Guy Pearson draws a link between the pursuit of Fancy Day in Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree and the pursuit of...

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Colleges inspire students of the future

The educational charity recruits and trains PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to help students from underrepresented groups to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition they need to secure...

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“Not just another commodity”: Leading economist backs Pope’s stance on...

The eminent economist, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, will support Pope Francis’ call for action on poverty and the environment at a conference in Cambridge today (Monday, 29 June), arguing that...

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Engineering atoms inside the jet engine: the Great British Take Off

Inside a jet engine is one of the most extreme environments known to engineering. In less than a second, a tonne of air is sucked into the engine, squeezed to a fraction of its normal volume and then...

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Novel Thoughts #7: Carol Brayne on Charles Dickens and George Eliot

Having decided to become a doctor at the age of 10, Professor Carol Brayne’s love of the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot fired up her determination to tackle social inequalities in...

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Too exhausted to fight – and to do harm

Inside our bodies are billions of immune cells known as T cells that protect us from infection, fighting off attacks from invading bacteria and viruses, and also from cancer. One teaspoon full of...

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Spiky monsters: new species of ‘super-armoured’ worm discovered

A new species of ‘super-armoured’ worm, a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients out of seawater with its feather-like front legs, has been identified by palaeontologists....

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From atoms to jet engines – extreme materials on display at summer exhibition

The ever-increasing demand for air travel while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions constitutes a huge engineering challenge. Greater efficiency requires engines to run hotter and faster, but...

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Astrazeneca and Cambridge announce new joint PhD and clinical research...

The programmes reflect the long term commitment of AstraZeneca to the science base in the UK and the shared dedication of the company and the University of Cambridge to developing the next generation...

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Cambridge has retained its HR Excellence in Research Award

The second set of UK universities to be externally evaluated for the HR Excellence in Research Award have retained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission. This brings the...

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