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Mirage maker

This is a photothermal deflection spectrometer (PDS) and the mirage – only the width of a human hair in distance from the glass – is helping researchers to measure the quality of materials that turn...

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Opinion: How free are we really?

Freedom. A word redolent with benevolence. We like the idea of being “free”. We are outraged at the thought of being “un-free”. It is often presented to us as a polarity: free expression, free choice...

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Opinion: ‘Difficult’ Latin risks remaining a qualification for elite pupils

In a recent column for The Telegraph, Angela Epstein branded Jeremy Corbyn as “too thick to be prime minister”. The basis of this accusation was the Labour leader’s two Es at A-level, among his other...

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First evidence of ‘ghost particles’

An international team of scientists at the MicroBooNE physics experiment in the US, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, detected their first neutrino candidates, which are also...

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Study of half a million people reveals sex and job predict how many autistic...

Autistic traits are not the same as having a diagnosis of autism; instead, these are characteristics of personality and behaviour that are found throughout the general population and are linked to...

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Opinion: Girls can have it all: how to stop the damaging gender stereotyping...

Few things make us as competitive as getting our children into the right school. That is why families are willing to spend so much money either moving house to get into a good state school’s catchment...

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Ketchup and traffic jams: the maths of soft matter

Good things come to those who wait – according to a marketing slogan for Heinz ketchup from the 1980s. But why is the ketchup so difficult to get out of the bottle? The reason is that ketchup is in...

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‘Blitz spirit’ needed to adapt to climate change, engineer warns

Giving the Academy's Autumn Lecture on Tuesday 3 November, Dr Hunt will compare today's challenge of adapting to future climate change with the imperative to develop new technologies to tip the...

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Speaking in tongues: the many benefits of bilingualism

We live in a world of great linguistic diversity. More than half of the world’s population grows up with more than one language. There are, on the other hand, language communities that are...

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Cambridge receives £1.2 million donation to support Divinity students

A new studentship fund for postgraduates in the field of New Testament Studies has been established at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge with a £1.2 million donation from the Kirby...

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New institute is set to push the boundaries of information science

The University of Cambridge and Cantab Capital Partners LLP are launching a new institute which is set to push the boundaries of information science. Established through philanthropic support of £5m...

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W is for Whale

On 13 November 1865 a dead finback whale was washed up on the shingle at Norman’s Bay, close to Pevensey in Sussex. The carcass was stripped of its flesh and the skeleton moved from the beach to a...

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Bringing Ukraine to the screen

Today and tomorrow (November 6/7), the Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film once again offers UK audiences a unique opportunity to experience some of the best of Ukrainian cinema. Free and open...

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Earliest church in the tropics unearthed in former heart of Atlantic slave trade

Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge have unearthed the earliest known European Christian church in the tropics on one of the Cabo Verde islands, 500km off the coast of West Africa, where...

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20 Years of Mandela Magdalene Scholarships

Honoured by the presence of His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene of Ghana, the event celebrated the increasing strength of Cambridge’s relationships in Africa and the exciting prospect of...

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Astronaut and Cambridge experts encourage students to ‘tri’ the Space to...

In December 2015 astronaut and keen triathlete Tim Peake will embark on the Principia mission, a long-duration flight to the International Space Station (ISS). He will be the first British ESA...

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Graphene means business – two-dimensional material moves from the lab to the...

More than 40 companies, mostly from the UK, are in Cambridge this week to demonstrate some of the new products being developed from graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Graphene is a...

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Too big to cry: when war ended, the damage began

When we think of the First World War, we remember the many millions of men who died. But, as dangerous it was to be a soldier in the horror of the trenches, it was more dangerous to be a baby back at...

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A conflict of Biblical proportions: How the Bible was used to turn the First...

Amid the mud and mechanised slaughter, it is difficult to see how the teachings of the Good Book could have been much more than an afterthought for those who lived and fought through the horrors of...

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Six world-changing ideas in 90 seconds

The film, a distinctive take on innovation, employs a custom-built chain-reaction device, taking viewers beyond the licences, patents and investment that are central to CE, by illustrating the impact...

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