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Using stellar ‘twins’ to reach the outer limits of the galaxy

Astronomers from the University of Cambridge have developed a new, highly accurate method of measuring the distances between stars, which could be used to measure the size of the galaxy, enabling...

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Neural circuit in the cricket brain detects the rhythm of the right mating call

Scientists have identified an ingeniously elegant brain circuit consisting of just five nerve cells that allows female crickets to automatically identify the chirps of males from the same species...

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London Tube strike produced net economic benefit

Analysis of the London Tube strike in February 2014 has found that despite the inconvenience to tens of thousands of people, the strike actually produced a net economic benefit, due to the number of...

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Alice through the ages: revisiting a classic at 150

Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece was first published in July 1865 and has never been out of print. Its remarkable appeal is marked this week by a programme of events based at Homerton College, Cambridge....

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Larger-sized portions, packages and tableware lead to higher consumption of...

The research, carried out by the University of Cambridge and published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, suggests that eliminating larger-sized portions from the diet completely could...

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P is for Pet

The scale of contemporary pet keeping is remarkable. In the US, ‘fur babies’ outnumber human babies. In the UK, almost a quarter of households have a dog and almost a fifth owns a cat. Fish (often...

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Refugee camp entrepreneurship

At a time of global focus on refugee issues due to the war in Syria and other displacement, new research from the University of Cambridge calls for policymakers to foster entrepreneurship at refugee...

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Censorship versus freedom of expression

Is terror legislation being used to stifle free expression? Where should the line be drawn on pornography? Can national broadcasters be truly independent at a time of war? The first of these debates,...

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New study shows artificial pancreas works for length of entire school term

An artificial pancreas given to children and adults with type 1 diabetes going about their daily lives has been proven to work for 12 weeks – meaning the technology, developed at the University of...

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Global consortium rewrites the ‘cartography’ of dengue virus

Dengue virus infects up to 390 million people each year. Around a quarter of these people will experience fever, headaches and joint pains, but approximately 500,000 people will experience potentially...

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Winton Symposium on green computing

The fourth annual Winton Symposium will be held on 28 September at the University’s Cavendish Laboratory on the theme of ‘Green Computing’. The one-day symposium will cover topics ranging from new...

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Study highlights possible knowledge gap over effects of some diabetes drugs

A gap in scientific knowledge about a family of drugs that are used to treat Type 2 diabetes has been highlighted in a new study. Researchers behind the study say that while their results are...

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Politics debates at the heart of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Speakers include the writer Bidisha, Alan Sked, founder and now fiercest critic of UKIP, journalist Peter Hitchens, Professor David Runciman, Professor Paul Cartledge, John Macnicol, one of Europe’s...

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Awards scheme to support young sustainability entrepreneurs

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is collaborating with the consumer goods company Unilever to deliver the Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards. Now...

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Package tour to Mecca? How the Hajj became an essential part of the British...

Modern customers are more likely to book seven nights in Tenerife or a last-minute deal in the Algarve, but back in the 19th century, Thomas Cook’s premier package tour was a pilgrimage to Mecca. In...

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Bookings open for the eighth Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Immigration, the future of Europe, and what age is best to have a baby are part of a packed Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which opens for bookings today [21st September]. The Festival, which celebrates...

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Old drug performs new tricks

Spironolactone, one of a range of drugs given according to doctors' preference to patients with resistant hypertension (high blood pressure that doesn't respond to a standard drug treatment), is in...

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North Korea unveils its nuclear ‘treasured swords’ to the world again

North Korea’s announcement that “normal operation” was again underway at its Yongbyon reactor complex sent a characteristic wave of anxiety through the world’s Pyongyang watchers. The country’s...

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Emissions from melting permafrost could cost $43 trillion

Increased greenhouse gas emissions from the release of carbon dioxide and methane contained in the Arctic permafrost could result in $43 trillion in additional economic damage by the end of the next...

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Surprise finding suggests diabetes drug could release rather than prevent...

Nearly all medications have some sort of side effects, some more unpleasant and dangerous than others. They may occur because a treatment affects the body in ways that weren’t previously anticipated,...

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