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K is for Kingfisher

Kingfishers are notoriously shy. But one of the best places to spot them in Cambridge is the Botanic Garden where they perch in the swamp cypresses to fish in the lake. The brilliantly bright plumage...

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Predators might not be dazzled by stripes

Stripes might not offer protection for animals living in groups, such as zebra, as previously thought, according to research published today in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. Humans playing a...

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Price of Britain’s Slave Trade revealed

Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century, which provide a distressing reminder of the powerful business interests that sustained one of the darkest chapters in British...

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Chinese cave ‘graffiti’ tells a 500-year story of climate change and impact...

An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of Cambridge, has discovered unique ‘graffiti’ on the walls of a cave in central China, which describes the effects...

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Young minds think alike – and older people are more distractible

The study, published today in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, also found that older people tended to be more easily distracted than younger adults. Age is believed to change the way our brains...

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How DNA detectives are helping solve the rise of superbugs

It is now 12 years since the first set of genetic instructions in a human was sequenced. Many of our hopes for using knowledge about the human genome to better fight the likes of heart disease and...

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Every breath you take

We all feel breathless from time to time: we’ve run for the bus, we’ve climbed a steep hill, we’ve cycled quickly to a meeting we’re late for. For some people, however, even the smallest of exertions...

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L is for Limpet

For well over 100 years, archaeologists have been working in the windswept environment of the Isle of Oronsay on the west coast of Scotland to discover more about the people who lived on this tiny...

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Despite the headlines, dementia epidemic may not actually be getting worse

The notion of a dementia epidemic has been a big concern in ageing societies across the globe for some time. With the extension of life expectancy it seems to be an inevitable disaster – one of the...

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Professor Sir Bob Hepple 1934 - 2015

Born in South Africa, Sir Bob obtained a BA and LLB at the University of Witwatersrand, becoming an Attorney in 1958.  His involvement with the ANC and Nelson Mandela led to him leaving South Africa...

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Don’t call it a civil war – Ukraine’s conflict is an act of Russian aggression

The war in Ukraine, we are often told, is a “civil war” involving “rebels” fighting the central government in Kiev. Such restrictive, inaccurate terms greatly misrepresent the conflict, which has...

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One year and 272 billion measurements later, Gaia team celebrates first...

The Gaia satellite, which orbits the sun at a distance of 1.5million km from the earth, was launched by the European Space Agency in December 2013 with the aim of observing a billion stars and...

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M is for Midge

Dr Henry Disney (Department of Zoology) has been fascinated by insects since he was four years old. His career has taken him all over the world. Despite losing 75% of his sight in 2012, Disney walks...

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Cells cling and spiral ‘like vines’ in first 3D tissue scaffold for plants

Miniscule artificial scaffolding units made from nano-fibre polymers and built to house plant cells have enabled scientists to see for the first time how individual plant cells behave and interact...

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Four decades after Haile Selassie’s death, Ethiopia is an African success story

Ethiopia has changed beyond all recognition since the death of its last emperor, Haile Selassie, 40 years ago. Haile Selassie was surreptitiously murdered at the age of 83 by the military...

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Differences in brain structure and memory suggest adolescents may not ‘grow...

The findings, published today in the journal European Child Adolescent Psychiatry, suggest that aspects of ADHD may persist into adulthood, even when current diagnostic criteria fail to identify the...

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New glass manufacturing technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and...

The work revolves around a family of compounds called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are cage-like structures consisting of metal ions, linked by organic bonds. Their porous properties have...

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Scientists "squeeze" light one particle at a time

A team of scientists has successfully measured particles of light being “squeezed”, in an experiment that had been written off in physics textbooks as impossible to observe. Squeezing is a strange...

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N is for Naked Mole-Rat

‘Bizarre’ is a kinder word than ‘ugly’ and may be a more accurate description when it comes to a rodent with remarkable attributes. The naked mole-rat might look a bit like a raw sausage with...

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The University of Cambridge and the Institut Pasteur launch Dennis and...

The Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships are a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Institut Pasteur. Designed to advance the next generation of public...

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