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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

An international team of scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a...

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Researchers identify ‘neurostatin’ that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s...

Researchers have identified a drug that targets the first step in the toxic chain reaction leading to the death of brain cells, suggesting that treatments could be developed to protect against...

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Exoplanet hunter: in search of new Earths and life in the Universe

When the numbers began to filter through from the spectrograph that was measuring small shifts in light from distant stars, Didier Queloz at first thought they were wrong. He certainly didn’t think...

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Opinion: How fruit flies can help keep African scientists at home

The humble fruit fly is being put to an unusual use in sub-Saharan Africa: it’s being used as bait. Its intended lure? It’s hoped that the tiny creature, whose scientific name is Drosophila...

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Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to...

Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about whether humans really are “wired” for...

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Opinion: What do our spending habits reveal about our romantic intentions?

Money might not buy you love, but according to some studies in psychology and consumer behaviour, how you spend it could reveal a thing or two about your romantic intentions. These studies demonstrate...

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Spinal injury and ‘biorobotic control’ of the bladder

Spinal cord injury is, in many respects, a testosterone disease, says Professor James Fawcett. What he means by this is that four out of five spinal cord injuries happen to men, and the most common...

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Opinion: Disbelief and division at the ICC: inside the Laurent Gbagbo trial

Lesson learned: always check the microphones. Just after the start of the Hague trial of former Côte d'Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo, prosecutor Eric MacDonald accidentally revealed the names of...

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Opinion: Why new anti-lobbying rules leave small charities out in the cold

Charities will no longer be able to use public money for lobbying activities according to new rules. The anti-advocacy clause in government contracts announced by the Cabinet Office stated that...

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UK online alternative finance market grows to £3.2 billion in 2015

This is a significant increase in volume, but growth of the online alternative finance market is slowing down, with the annual growth in 2014/2015 being nearly half the 161% growth from 2013/14....

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Schizophrenia and the teenage brain: how can imaging help?

Restless, disordered, uncertain, impulsive, emotional – the teenage brain can be a confused fury of neural firings and misfirings. For most 14- to 24-year-olds – the “risky age” as Professor Ed...

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If general practice fails, the whole NHS fails, argue healthcare experts

Hospitals’ £2bn deficit “certainly sounds dramatic”, they argue, “but hospitals don’t go bust – someone usually picks up the bill.” General practice doesn’t have that luxury, and its share of the NHS...

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Five-dimensional black hole could ‘break’ general relativity

Researchers have shown how a bizarrely shaped black hole could cause Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a foundation of modern physics, to break down. However, such an object could only exist in...

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Most complete Bronze Age wheel to date found at Must Farm near Peterborough

Archaeologists working at Must Farm, a Bronze Age site near Peterborough, have uncovered a 3,000-year-old wheel, the first and largest complete example ever to be discovered in Britain.   The find,...

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Students share their lives at Cambridge

Cambridge University Students' Union’s (CUSU) annual Shadowing Scheme gives state school educated Year 12s and mature prospective applicants from across the UK the opportunity to come to Cambridge,...

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The reed warbler and the cuckoo: an escalating game of trickery and defence

Reed warblers are a little smaller than sparrows and each one weighs no more than a large envelope. As autumn begins they migrate some 5,000 km from Britain to West Africa, a journey they might make...

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St Catharine's elects new Master

  Sir Mark will take up office in September 2016, succeeding Professor Dame Jean Thomas, who has been Master of St Catharine’s since 2007. Professor Sir Mark Welland is Professor of Nanotechnology and...

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Opinion: Harsh Republican immigration rhetoric is invigorating Latino voters

Donald Trump has said Mexicans are “are bringing drugs, and bringing crime” to the US, while his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls are also talking up hawkish anti-immigration policies as the...

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Children aren’t active enough in winter, say Cambridge researchers

Public health guidelines state that children should accumulate at least an hour per day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, which might include brisk walking or running, active...

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Brain, body and mind: understanding consciousness

In 10 minutes, Srivas Chennu can work out what’s going on inside your head. With the help of an electrode-studded hairnet wired up to a box that measures patterns of electrical activity, he can...

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