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Opinion: Morocco’s war on free speech is costing its universities dearly

Morocco frequently turns to the courts when it doesn’t like what its critics have to say. The charges levelled against journalist and historian Professor Maati Monjib reinforce just how common this...

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New understanding of how shape and form develop in nature

Researchers have developed a new method for generating complex shapes, and have found that the development of form in nature can be driven by the physical properties of materials themselves, in...

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Unhappy families: Nine out ten adults estranged from family find Christmas...

Hidden Voices – Family Estrangement in Adulthood, a collaboration between the charity Stand Alone and the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, is the first in depth piece of UK...

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Feeding food waste to pigs could save vast swathes of threatened forest and...

A new study shows that if the European Union lifted the pigswill ban imposed following 2001’s foot-and-mouth disease epidemic, and harnessed technologies developed in East Asian countries for...

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The periodic table of proteins

A new ‘periodic table’ of protein complexes, devised by an interdisciplinary team of researchers, provides a unified way to classify and visualise protein complexes, which drive a huge range of...

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Millet: the missing piece in the puzzle of prehistoric humans’ transition...

The domestication of the small-seeded cereal millet in North China around 10,000 years ago created the perfect crop to bridge the gap between nomadic hunter-gathering and organised agriculture in...

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Low cost, safe and accurate test could help diagnose rare childhood cancers

Reported today in the British Journal of Cancer, the test could enable doctors to monitor the effectiveness of treatments without exposing patients to repeated doses of radiation. The target of the...

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“Never was so much owed by so many to so few”: Could phrases like this hold...

It’s safe to assume that when Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous speeches in August 1940, the possible existence of universal grammar was far from his mind. Nevertheless, it now appears...

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King’s College Chapel: an architectural masterpiece and the man who told its...

In the mid-1950s a fellow and archivist of King’s College, Cambridge, was asked to write a 10,000-word history of the building closest to his heart. John Saltmarsh never tired of showing visitors...

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Opinion: How close are we to successfully editing genes in human embryos?

An important international summit on human gene editing recently recommended that researchers go ahead with gene editing human embryos, but keep revisiting how and when such modifications would be...

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Areas of Britain most affected by ‘bedroom tax’ are hardest to downsize in,...

Research commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on the implementation and effects of housing benefit cuts for those working-age tenants judged to have ‘spare’ bedrooms in social...

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Landslides after Nepal earthquake 'could have been much worse'

The 2015 Nepal earthquake which led to the death of around 9,000 people and caused widespread damage initiated fewer landslides than similar seismic events and could have been much worse, according to...

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Opinion: Large Hadron Collider sees tantalising hints of a new particle that...

At the start of December a rumour swirled around the internet and physics lab coffee rooms that researchers at the Large Hadron Collider had spotted a new particle. After a three-year drought that...

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Stem cells likely to be safe for use in regeneration medicine, study confirms

Human pluripotent stem cells for use in regenerative medicine or biomedical research come from two sources: embryonic stem cells, derived from fertilised egg cells discarded from IVF procedures; and...

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‘Smoke detector’ enables fungal partnership that allowed plants to first...

New research has revealed that a plant protein known to detect growth-promoting compounds in smoke from burning vegetation has a much older and broader role: recognising initial signals sent from the...

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‘Virtual fossil’ reveals last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals

We know we share a common ancestor with Neanderthals, the extinct species that were our closest prehistoric relatives. But what this ancient ancestral population looked like remains a mystery, as...

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Opinion: How we built a robot that can evolve – and why it won’t take over...

The latest research on robots is often described as if it were a step on the inexorable march toward a robot apocalypse straight out of the Terminator films. While there are risks in developing...

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How real is the science in Star Wars?

Warning: contains mild spoilers. In any science or engineering lab, in any part of the world, there is one subject that is certain to have come up at some point over tea, coffee, or lunch: how do you...

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Terme Boxer makes an entrance at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Beginning life as a bright-white plaster cast, the Terme Boxer has been recently restored by former Fitzwilliam Museum technician Bob Bourne; his transformation from chalky whiteness to burnished...

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Teaching machines to see: new smartphone-based system could accelerate...

Two newly-developed systems for driverless cars can identify a user’s location and orientation in places where GPS does not function, and identify the various components of a road scene in real time...

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