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Opinion: The biggest sperm come in the smallest packages – and other odd...

Most people probably think of sperm as the microscopic tadpole-like things wriggling around in human semen. But there is an astonishing amount of diversity in the size, shape and number of sperm...

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Solomon Schechter (1847-1915): a Jewish polymath with a gift for friendship

Solomon Schechter was instantly recognisable in 1890s Cambridge. He was tall and untidily dressed, and he had an unruly red beard that matched his fiery personality. According to his friends, he...

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Madagascan President discusses conservation challenges with Cambridge experts

Madagascar is one of the world’s great biodiversity hotspots, having been isolated from major continents for millions of years. The country has a great diversity of habitats, and its flora and fauna...

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Right to Buy could mean a loss of 75,000 low-cost homes and a higher Housing...

The new analysis, recently published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and conducted by researchers at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) in the Department of Land...

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GSK/Cambridge Strategic Partnership aims to develop next wave of...

The GSK/Cambridge Strategic Partnership builds on collaborations between the partners that bring together a variety of unique and complementary expertise and capabilities, from basic biology through...

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Online porn may feed sex addicts’ desire for new sexual images

In a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers also report that sex addicts are more susceptible to environment ‘cues’ linked to sexual images than to those linked to neutral...

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Opinion: Building Hitler’s supergun: the plot to destroy London and why it...

The V-3 “supergun” was meant to win the war for Germany. In 1943, for the first time since World War II began, Hitler was on the back foot. Allied bombs were devastating German cities and the Fuhrer...

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Stored fat fights against the body’s attempts to lose weight

Most of the fat cells in the body act to store excess energy and release it when needed but some types of fat cells, known as brown adipocytes, function primarily for a process known as thermogenesis,...

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‘Traditional authority’ linked to rates of deforestation in Africa

The first study to link precolonial African leadership and current levels of deforestation has shown a strong correlation between areas with historic leadership structures more susceptible to...

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Z is for Zebrafish

Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan shares her workspace at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) with thousands of tiny stripy fish. Zebrafish have long been a favourite in domestic aquariums: they are...

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£75 million investment for University's Cavendish Laboratory

The Vice-Chancellor, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, said: “This is fantastic news. The Cavendish is and will serve as a national asset, to the benefit of research both in Cambridge and across the UK. “This...

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At the edge of vision: Struggling to make sense of our cluttered world

Even with 20/20 vision in broad daylight on a clear day, our peripheral vision can be surprisingly poor, particularly when the scene in front of us is cluttered. Now, scientists at the University of...

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Heads up: Cambridge holographic technology adopted by Jaguar Land Rover

Cambridge researchers have developed a new type of head-up display for vehicles which is the first to use laser holographic techniques to project information such as speed, direction and navigation...

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Moonlighting molecules: finding new uses for old enzymes

Enzymes are biological catalysts – molecules that speed up chemical reactions within living materials. Many enzymes are already well characterised and their functions fairly well understood. For...

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Two-thirds of studies on 'psychosocial' treatments fail to declare conflicts...

Health services in many countries increasingly rely on prescribed 'psychosocial interventions': treatments that use counselling techniques to tackle mental health issues, behavioural problems such as...

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Major institutions across the county declare their support for diversity by...

The University of Cambridge and Cambridge City Council have underlined their support for diversity and equality across the city and beyond by taking the Equality Pledge. Joining them are leading...

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How to escape a black hole

The results, published in the journal Science, are based on new radio observations tracking a star as it gets torn apart by a black hole. Such violent events yield a burst of light which is produced...

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Cambridge Judge Business School celebrates 25th anniversary with new Simon...

The groundbreaking for a £32 million expansion of Cambridge Judge Business School capped a 25th anniversary year that also included a focus on women in business, creation of a new Entrepreneurship...

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Reformation ‘recycling’ may have saved rare painting from destruction

Now on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, The Kiss of Judas, is one of the rarest artworks of its type. At the time of the Reformation and during the English Civil War, church paintings were destroyed...

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Opinion: How tasty forest foods can help solve the global hunger crisis

About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their...

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