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Burying beetles: could being a good father send you to an early grave?

When a good insect father pairs with a bad mother, he risks being exploited by her for childcare and could bear the ultimate cost by dying young. A new study carried out with burying beetles also...

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Q&A with neuroscientist Dr Talal Al-Mayhani: I believe that peace will come...

One evening, a couple of weeks ago, there was a knock on the door of Dr Talal Al-Mayhani’s house in Cambridge. “A man stood on the doorstep – a neighbour I might have spoken to once or twice in the...

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Love’s Labours: study shows male lizards risk becoming lunch for a bird in...

In the animal kingdom, the flashiest males often have more luck attracting a mate. But when your predators hunt by sight, this can pose an interesting problem. Like many species, lizards use bright...

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Speaker spotlight: Professor David Runciman

Professor David Runciman is a political theorist at the University of Cambridge where he is Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). He has worked as a columnist for The...

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Q is for Queen Bumblebee

Each autumn, colonies of bumblebees die. All, that is, apart from the gravid (egg-carrying) queens who survive the winter in tiny burrows in the ground.  Early in the spring, the queen emerges to...

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New research leaves tumours with nowhere to hide

The small tumours concealed in the adrenal gland are “unmasked” in early pregnancy, when a sudden surge of hormones fires them into life, leading to raised blood pressure and causing risk to patients....

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Wondering what to pack for university? A guitar, perhaps, for the...

Sometimes, it’s only when you arrive at college that you realise precisely what is vital for student life. In a letter dated 18 June 1562, a servant wrote that his master, an undergraduate at Oxford,...

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Gender politics at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

When is the right time to have a baby, can women achieve equality in the workplace, where do we draw the line on pornography and what are implications of trans identities for religious faith? Speakers...

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Vice-Chancellor says staying in the European Union is vital to maintain the...

Remaining in the European Union will allow the UK to continue its globally recognised research and tackle the most important challenges facing the world said the Vice-Chancellor of the University of...

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Big data shows the graduate pay premium is bigger for women

A new study using big data has confirmed that those who complete university can expect to earn, on average, a decent premium for their degree. This alone won’t come as a shock – previous studies have...

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Judging Chopin: notes from the jury

In his day job, John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at St John's College. As a specialist in nineteenth-century music and performance...

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HeForShe’s #GetFree Tour visits Cambridge

Following UN Women’s announcement, the University of Cambridge is pleased to welcome the inaugural HeForShe #GetFree Tour for a vital discussion on the importance of gender equality. The HeForShe...

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Maintaining healthy DNA delays menopause

The findings, published today (September 28) in the journal Nature Genetics, suggest that the reproductive cells or ‘eggs’ in a woman’s ovaries (known as oocytes) that repair damaged DNA more...

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Greater understanding of polycystic ovary syndrome

In the largest genome wide association study (GWAS) into polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to date, new research conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge and ten other institutions,...

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Mindfulness study to look at benefits in helping build resilience to stress...

The study, which could see over 500 students receive mindfulness training, aims to measure its effectiveness in managing stress amongst students, particularly at exam time, and whether it helps in...

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'Spin' or be lost: how Corbyn rejected New Labour PR for a more civic vision

Conventional wisdom has it that a lack of guile contributed to Jeremy Corbyn’s shock triumph in the Labour leadership election. He won because he was the anti-spin candidate. But having been smeared,...

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R is for Rabbit

Dr Zoe Jaques (Faculty of Education) is a lecturer in children’s literature. Her research spans fiction for children from 1800 to the present, and in particular how children’s fantasy participates in...

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Exploiting the Government's education data could help to bridge the UK skills...

Fully exploiting the Government’s education data could help to bridge the skills gap that is holding back UK businesses, Cambridge expert Professor Anna Vignoles has said at a Rustat Conference...

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The Vice-Chancellor marks the start of the academic year

That ceremony was preceded by the Vice-Chancellor giving his annual address which this year focused on partnership and philanthropy. “If this University has achieved remarkable things in the past,” he...

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S is for Sheep

The artist Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) depicted sheep in numerous paintings and drawings. Most famously perhaps, six sheep feature in one of Palmer’s best known works, The Magic Apple Tree, an exquisite...

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