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Bullet holes and graphene caves: picturing engineering

For many people, engineering conjures up images of bridges, tunnels and buildings. But the annual University of Cambridge engineering photo competition shows that not only is engineering an incredibly...

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Opinion: A regional election in India ends in a damning verdict on prime...

An election in the Indian state of Bihar, has delivered a resounding and unambiguous verdict on prime minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. And it’s not a positive one. The electorate in the eastern...

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‘Missing’ data complicate picture of where patients choose to die

End-of-life care policy in the UK has a focus on enabling patients to die in their preferred place, believed for most people to be home, although whether home is always the best and preferred place of...

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X is for Xenarthran

Xenarthra is an order of primarily South American mammals that includes sloths, ant-eaters and armadillos. Several are sufficiently endangered to be on the IUCN ‘red list’. In previous millenia, the...

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Opinion: ‘Vati-leaks 2’ scandal hinders attempts by Pope Francis to reform...

For the second time in four years, the Vatican has been plunged into crisis by the publication of books exposing not only the battles for power within its hallowed walls, but also the misbehaviour of...

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Opinion: Six deals to look out for as Indian PM Modi visits Britain

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, is in the UK from November 12 for a three-day visit. There is pressure on both India and the UK to sign a package of business deals to mark the occasion....

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Ancient stars at the centre of the Milky Way contain ‘fingerprints’ from the...

An international team of astronomers, led researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University, have identified some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, which could...

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Power up: cockroaches employ a “force boost” to chew through tough materials

The study, published today in PLOS ONE, shows that cockroaches activate slow twitch muscle fibres only when chewing on tough material such as wood that requires repetitive, hard biting to generate a...

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Languages are fighting back

Only five per cent of the world’s population speak English as a first language. Three quarters of humanity cannot speak English at all. And the UK economy is losing billions of pounds every year...

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Climate change sentiment could hit global investment portfolios in the short...

The report, “Unhedgeable Risk: How climate change sentiment impacts investment,” concluded that about half of this potential loss could be avoided through portfolio reallocation, while the other half...

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Understanding the Paris Climate Summit

From 30 November to 11 December, the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), will be taking place in Paris. Paris 2015...

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Opinion: Why cats are fussy eaters but dogs will consume almost anything

Anyone who’s watched a cat throwing up after munching on grass knows that our feline friends aren’t natural plant eaters. So you might be surprised to discover that these carnivorous animals share...

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‘Fourth strand’ of European ancestry originated with hunter-gatherers...

The first sequencing of ancient genomes extracted from human remains that date back to the Late Upper Palaeolithic period over 13,000 years ago has revealed a previously unknown “fourth strand” of...

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Given in evidence

There is concern among some policymakers that the UK is not as good as it might be at turning its world-class research into thriving industries and businesses. In recent years, the UK government has...

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Hallucinations linked to differences in brain structure

The study, led by the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Durham University, Macquarie University, and Trinity College Dublin, found that reductions in the length of the paracingulate sulcus...

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Endurance descendants to mark centenary by completing ancestor’s unfinished...

A century after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s plan to cross Antarctica was dashed on the ice, the relatives of his party’s chief scientific officer are planning to complete their ancestor’s unfinished...

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Y is for Yak

“It was already looking at me when I saw it. As it started moving down the hill towards me, I was very aware that I was alone, with the others far ahead and out of sight. I started running down the...

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Evolution website sets out to tackle great scientific unknowns

Are there actually Martians out there? Could life survive in boiling water? And more importantly, what is your dog really thinking? If these are the sort of questions that keep you awake at night,...

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More or less ethical

Do the ethics of a person’s negotiating tactics differ when they negotiate with someone from a different country? A new study co-authored at University of Cambridge Judge Business School suggests that...

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Opinion: Blocking out the sun won’t fix climate change – but it could buy us...

The Paris climate talks hope to set out how we can reduce the amount of carbon we’re pumping into the atmosphere. But emissions cuts alone may not be enough. Atmospheric CO2 is the blanket that keeps...

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