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To the death

Two of the most famous duels in English literature take place at the beginning and end of that giant among novels, Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa. In the first encounter, Robert Lovelace, Clarissa’s...

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Fighting board rubber-stamping

Public companies should appoint a ‘Contrarian Director’ who systematically challenges management recommendations to the board and suggests a range of alternative outcomes, argues a Cambridge graduate...

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Cycling to victory

On the 5th July the Gonville and Caius College student, who is doing a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, won the RTTC 100 mile time trial championship in Wales, but the race that got everyone talking...

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Cambridge and French research consortium mark a year of collaborative projects

When in May 2014 the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, witnessed the signing of an agreement between Cambridge and the consortium of French research institutions known as Paris...

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Health costs of ageing will shoot up without technological innovation

A new report co-authored by Cambridge researchers warns that without technological innovation over the next decade, healthcare costs in the UK could be significantly higher than currently projected by...

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Antidepressants and pain killers: should we be worried?

Many of us frequently take pain killers to relieve our headaches, to soften joint pains or to reduce the symptoms of a cold. Some of these drugs – for example, ibuprofen, but not paracetamol – are...

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G is for Greyhound

The fabulous architecture of King’s College Chapel is not just about piety. Its gravity-defying fan vaulting, decorative sculpture and stunning windows are an assertion of legitimacy by a royal family...

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Topping out the University of Cambridge Primary School building

The main contractor, Willmott Dixon welcomed guests from the School, the University and the development team to the site of the new school building.  The topping-out event marked the installation of...

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New technique to synthesise nanostructured nanowires

A new approach to self-assemble and tailor complex structures at the nanoscale, developed by an international collaboration led by the University of Cambridge and IBM, opens opportunities to tailor...

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Men in stripes: spot the difference in early modern woodcuts

Historians need to pursue parallel lines of enquiry to add an extra dimension to their research.  Tillmann Taape, a PhD candidate in History and Philosophy of Science, is much more interested in early...

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'Mini bile ducts' help identify new drugs that could prevent the need for...

For the first time, researchers from the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, used stem...

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The British Academy welcomes new Fellows for 2015

They are among 42 highly distinguished UK academics from 18 universities welcomed as Fellows by the Academy, taking the total number of living Fellows to over one thousand for the first time. The...

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MRC, GSK and five leading UK universities collaborate to crack difficult...

The Experimental Medicine Initiative to Explore New Therapies (EMINENT) network will be coordinated by University College London (UCL) and will bring together teams of researchers from the...

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Gaia satellite and amateur astronomers spot one in a billion star

An international team of researchers, with the assistance of amateur astronomers, have discovered a unique binary star system: the first known such system where one star completely eclipses the other....

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How classical sculpture helped to set impossible standards of beauty

The efforts we make to shape our bodies to meet ideals border on the extreme. Earlier this summer advertisers of weight loss products enraged thousands of London tube-goers by asking: Are you body...

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H is for Horse

One hundred and seventy years ago, the French state commissioned a physician called Louis Auzoux to make models of horse’s teeth as examples of healthy and unhealthy equine dentition. At a time when...

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Cambridge scientists receive Royal Society awards

The Royal Society, the UK’s independent academy for science, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Awards, Medals and Prize Lectures. The scientists receive the awards in recognition of their...

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‘Pill on a string’ could help spot early signs of cancer of the gullet

The ‘Cytosponge’ sits within a pill which, when swallowed, dissolves to reveal a sponge that scrapes off cells when withdrawn up the gullet. It allows doctors to collect cells from all along the...

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Teenagers distill wonders of chemistry

Now in their eighth year at Cambridge, The Salters’ Chemistry Camps are two-day subject-taster residentials which enable students to experience the fun of chemistry and motivate them to develop a...

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Regular consumption of sugary drinks associated with type 2 diabetes

An international team of researchers led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge set out to assess whether or not habitual consumption of sugar sweetened drinks, artificially...

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