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Professor Robert Mair appointed to House of Lords

As a crossbencher, he will owe no allegiance to a political party and will maintain the ability to take part in legislative debates free of party considerations. Robert Mair was appointed Professor of...

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Education that adds up

It’s a numbers game. Three million households, seven million children, 30,000 volunteers, and a decade of assessing the basic reading and maths abilities of 3–16-year olds across India. This is the...

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British and Polish University leaders reaffirm strong academic links

The strength, and the considerable untapped potential, of academic links between the University of Cambridge and Poland were in evidence during the recent visit of a group of senior Polish scientists...

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A voice for the undocumented

Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra understands many of the issues faced by Dominican immigrants to the US because he has lived them. For years he had no legal status in the country and, despite working...

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The Sea-Pie and the sad sailor

A woman peeks from the curtain of a wagon, rich men parade on a bejewelled elephant and a pensive scholar clutches the tools of his trade: these paintings, no bigger than playing cards, adorn...

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Towards a new alliance of global campuses

In a joint statement released today, the Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and the President of the National University of...

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The 8th Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches

The packed two-week programme brings together many of the world’s leading thinkers and experts to tackle a series of critical issues, from privacy and the impact of technology to immigration and...

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New graphene based inks for high-speed manufacturing of printed electronics

A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks using a conventional roll-to-roll printing process, like that used to print newspapers and crisp packets, could open up a wide range of...

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Not a drop to drink

Nainital is picture perfect: lying in a lush green valley in India’s ‘Lake District’, the town sits on a crescent-shaped lake, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Its picturesque...

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New microscopic imaging technology reveals origins of leukaemia

The researchers studied tiny protein-producing factories, called ribosomes, isolated from cells. They capitalised on improvements made at the LMB to a high-powered imaging technique known as single...

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Knowing me, knowing you

Eighteen people take part in Alana Jelinek’s film Knowing. You hear their voices but you never see their faces. The camera records only their hands as they touch, turn, and sometimes pick up, a...

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A new partnership in Cambridge to help build a more resilient and inclusive...

Having gained an entrance scholarship, Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian was an undergraduate student of economics at Queens’ between 1977 and 1980, receiving a first class honours degree, and is now an Honorary...

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Man with a Bouquet of Plastic Flowers

Bhupen Khakhar’s portrait of a man holding a bunch of roses belongs to the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. The painting, titled Man with a Bouquet of Plastic Flowers,...

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Cambridge confirms its leading role in engagement with Africa

The start of the 2015-2016 academic year has brought good news for the team of researchers and coordinators involved in the university-wide Cambridge-Africa Programme. Over the past few weeks, funders...

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From Chinese milk to Indian chocolate, behind the world’s fast-expanding markets

It’s time to think small when it comes to identifying growth areas in the global economy. For the past 15 years, since the BRIC acronym was coined for Brazil, Russia, India and China, the world’s...

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… dot, dot, dot: how the ellipsis made its mark

Punctuation is fascinating to some … but a real turnoff to others. If you’re lukewarm about the distinction between dots and dashes, and the history of printers’ marks, then Ellipsis in English...

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U is for Unicorn

At first glance, it might be a horse with wavy mane and swishing tail – but then you notice the long, twisted horn protruding from its forehead. Looking at this magnificent animal more closely, you...

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Play matters! New centre will examine role of playfulness in learning

The University of Cambridge and the LEGO Foundation will examine the role of playfulness in learning through a new centre and associated professorship. The Centre for Research on Play in Education,...

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The astronomer and the witch – how Kepler saved his mother from the stake

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) is one of the world’s most famous astronomers. He defended Copernicus’s sun-centred universe and discovered that planets move in ellipses. A planet, NASA mission and...

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Outlaws, trolls and beserkers: meet the hero-monsters of the Icelandic sagas

“I’ve come to kill your monster!” exclaims Beowulf in the 2007 film version of the epic poem. But how do his suspicious Danish hosts know that this monstrously huge stranger is actually a hero...

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