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Is big data still big news?

Government agencies have announced major plans to accelerate big data research and, in 2013, according to a Gartner survey, 64% of companies said they were investing – or intending to invest – in big...

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Cambridge conference on Colombia says education holds key to sustainable peace

The roots of the current conflict go back at least to 1964, since when Colombian government forces, left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary groups and organised crime syndicates have been...

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Women’s faces get redder at ovulation, but human eyes can’t pick up on it

Previous studies have shown that men find female faces more attractive when the women are ovulating, but the visual clues that allow this are unclear. Now, new research investigating whether it might...

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E is for Elephant

The Parker Library (Corpus Christi College) is proud of its elephants. At least five illustrations of them are to be found in the Library’s collection of medieval manuscripts. Among them is an...

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“Map Of Life” predicts ET. (So where is he?)

Extra-terrestrials that resemble humans should have evolved on other, Earth-like planets, making it increasingly paradoxical that we still appear to be alone in the universe, the author of a new study...

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Major Gift for Cambridge Economics research

Bill and Weslie Janeway have agreed to donate $27 million (£17.5 million) to the Faculty of Economics and to Pembroke College. The proposal, which will go for approval by the Regent House, the...

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Traders’ hormones ‘may destabilise financial markets’

Researchers simulated the trading floor in the lab by having volunteers buy and sell assets amongst themselves. They measured the volunteers’ natural hormone levels in one experiment and artificially...

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To conduct, or to insulate? That is the question

A new study has discovered mysterious behaviour of a material that acts like an insulator in certain measurements, but simultaneously acts like a conductor in others. In an insulator, electrons are...

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Novel Thoughts #8: Amy Milton on Hubert Selby’s Requiem for a Dream

Dr Amy Milton from Cambridge’s Department of Psychology relates how Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby’s bleak portrayal of drug addiction, motivated her to dedicate her academic career to finding...

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Staff-prisoner relationships are key to managing suicide risk in prison, say...

On 1 July 2015, the Government published the Labour peer Lord Toby Harris’ final report of the Independent Review into self-inflicted deaths in custody of 18-24 year olds, which was commissioned to...

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Haeckel’s embryos: the images that would not go away

Some of the best-known illustrations in biology were challenged as forgeries soon after their publication 140 years ago in books by the German Darwinist, Ernst Haeckel. Hundreds of attacks placed them...

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A quarter of young people in the UK have experienced ‘unsafe’ homelessness,...

New research shows that 26% of young people aged 16-24 have had to sleep in an “unsafe place” due to homelessness, such as in a car, a car park, a tent in a public space, or on the streets — amounting...

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Solar-powered car to take on Australian Outback challenge

The first full-time Programme Director for CUER is Aurelia Hibbert, second year engineering student at Newnham College. She says the team is working around the clock to get their ultra-lightweight...

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Combination of diabetes and heart disease substantially reduces life expectancy

Researchers at the University of Cambridge analysed more than 135,000 deaths which occurred during prolonged follow-up of almost 1.2 million participants in population cohorts. They used this to...

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Six degrees of innovation

There are ‘Six Degrees of Innovation’ – six matching patterns between technological change and market needs – that characterise successfully transformative business innovation, concludes a study at...

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F is for Fruit Fly

Each morning a yeasty smell drifts through the basement of the Genetics Building. Research technician Huai Xue Lin arrives early to cook the food needed for millions of fruit flies. The Drosophila is...

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The “Unpublished Prodigy” who caught Mendelssohn’s eye

A signed letter, believed to be one of the last ever written by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, is going on public display for the first time as part of an exhibition about an unrealised...

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Young women explore pathways to success

Pathways to Success, a two-day aspiration-raising conference, introduces high-achieving students from schools across the UK to students, graduates and staff at Murray Edwards. The event encourages...

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African universities reap fruits of fly research

Drosophila melanogaster, better known as the humble fruit fly, has emerged as the unlikely basis of an attempt to help to stem a “brain drain” from African universities. While they may be loathed by...

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New research allows doctors to image dangerous ‘hardening’ of the arteries

The technique, reported in the journal Nature Communications, could help in the diagnosis of these conditions in at-risk patients and in the development of new medicines. Atherosclerosis – hardening...

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