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The archaeology of childhood

Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past opens today and runs until January 29, 2017, at Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, bringing together collections held by the...

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Increase in volcanic eruptions at the end of the ice age caused by melting...

The combination of erosion and melting ice caps led to a massive increase in volcanic activity at the end of the last ice age, according to new research. As the climate warmed, the ice caps melted,...

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Neuroscience – from molecules to mind

The brain is an organ of extraordinary complexity. At a genetic level, over half of our genes are dedicated to the brain – building it and keeping it functional over a lifetime. At a cognitive level,...

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Peterhouse elects new Master

Bridget Kendall joined the BBC in 1983 as a trainee for the BBC World Service and over her career has become one of the Corporation’s most respected international correspondents, with 30 years of...

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Male converts to Islam: landmark report examines conversion experience of...

Examining the conversion journeys of nearly fifty British men of all ages, ethnicities and faiths, Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Male perspectives, allows an unprecedented examination...

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UN Secretary-General honoured by the University

The honorary degree of Doctor of Law was conferred on the Secretary-General in recognition of his humanitarian work, support for women’s rights and achievements in pursuit of global peace and...

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Modelling how the brain makes complex decisions

Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from mistakes. The...

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Syrian aid: lack of evidence for ‘interventions that work’, say researchers

In the fifth year of the Syrian refugee crisis, donors and humanitarian agencies still remain unsure about which policies and interventions have been most effective, and continue to rely on a largely...

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The Fitzwilliam Museum is 200 today

Research for a new book has shown how his beloved library may have contributed to his death, and how his passion for music led him to the love of his life: a French dancer with whom he had two...

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Stopping tumour cells killing surrounding tissue may provide clue to fighting...

The idea that different populations of cells compete within the body, with winners and losers, was discovered in the 1970s and is thought to be a ‘quality control’ mechanism to rid the tissue of...

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The amazing axon adventure

To read these words, light is first refracted by the cornea, through the pupil in the iris and onto the lens, which focuses images onto the retina. The images are received by light-sensitive cells in...

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Wolf species have ‘howling dialects’

The largest ever study of howling in the ‘canid’ family of species – which includes wolves, jackals and domestic dogs – has shown that the various species and subspecies have distinguishing...

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Women of the World Cambridge festival line-up announced

The full line-up was unveiled today, showing Fringe events taking place from 1-4 March all over the city with a dedicated day of events at Cambridge Junction on 5 March. As well as talks, debates and...

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Gift to support Sri Lankan Language scheme and public health project

LycaHealth’s donation will support two different projects to be undertaken by Cambridge University as part of the Lyca Group’s mission, to bring together people from all different backgrounds and be a...

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Killer flies: how brain size affects hunting strategy in the insect world

As in economics, there is a law of diminishing returns in neuroscience – doubling the investment going in doesn’t equal double the performance coming out. With a bigger brain comes more available...

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Opinion: What will happen when the Pope meets the Patriarch?

The latest diplomatic coup for Pope Francis I – whose papacy has been marked by an ever-more expansive foreign policy– is the announcement of an interesting development in relations between the Roman...

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The language and literature of chastity

When BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour used the topic ‘purity’ as a talking point for a late night discussion, the themes that emerged ranged from sex to food to spirituality. The common denominator was the...

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Education and the brain: what happens when children learn?

Researchers looking at child development often use search-and-find tasks to look at the ways in which children apply what they are learning about the physical world. Tests carried out on toddlers...

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University Honorary Degrees 2016

They are: "Tanni" Grey-Thompson, The Baroness Grey-Thompson, President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Paralympic athlete (Doctor of Law). Ms Helena Morrissey, of Fitzwilliam...

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Could the food we eat affect our genes? Study in yeast suggests this may be...

The behaviour of our cells is determined by a combination of the activity of its genes and the chemical reactions needed to maintain the cells, known as metabolism. Metabolism works in two directions:...

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