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Up to four-fifths of wetlands worldwide could be at risk from sea level rise

Using a new model to measure the possible effects on wetlands on a global scale, the researchers, from the UK and Germany, modelled the impacts of different scenarios for sea level rise to the end of...

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Soft solids and the science of cake

What do cake batter and a massive, offshore oil drilling rig have in common? The answer lies in a type of material known as a soft solid, which can behave either like a solid or like a liquid,...

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Opinion: Can organs have a sexual identity?

A new study published in Nature suggests that the stem cells that allow our organs to grow “know” their own sexual identity, and this influences how they function. These findings could explain why the...

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Cambridge leads UK institutions in agreement on crop science with Indian...

India’s Department of Biotechnology and a consortium of British research institutions, led by the University of Cambridge, signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday at the Ministry of Earth...

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Honeypot Britain? EU migrants’ benefits and the UK referendum

A new Cambridge University research project is gathering “robust empirical evidence” on the experience of EU migrant workers in the UK, exploring everything from hopes and expectations to how they...

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Opinion: How a comic character sparked our very modern privacy fears – 200...

We live in a time where there is no longer any privacy. Everything is recorded and shared, permanently available to those who pry or, as they may think of it, research. While AS Byatt wrote this just...

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Highway to addiction: how drugs and alcohol can hijack your brain

There is a road down which those with substance addiction travel. Its beginnings are influenced by circumstances and genetics; it becomes well trodden, habitual, initially reinforced by pleasurable...

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Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

Going beyond the images of mummies, animal-headed gods, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient Egypt, Death on the Nile explores the beliefs and working practices behind these objects and...

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Flowers tone down the iridescence of their petals and avoid confusing bees

Iridescent flowers are never as dramatically rainbow-coloured as iridescent beetles, birds or fish, but their petals produce the perfect signal for bees, according to a new study published today in...

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Being overweight linked to poorer memory

In a preliminary study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers from the Department of Psychology at Cambridge found an association between high body mass index (BMI)...

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Pollinator species vital to our food supply are under threat, warn experts

Delegates from almost 100 national Governments have gathered in Kuala Lumpur to discuss how to address the threats facing animal pollinators: the bees, flies, birds, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles...

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Opinion: From Medieval kings to modern politics: the origins of England’s...

The medieval world has a powerful hold over our modern imaginations. We continually revisit this murky period of history in fictional frolics such as Game of Thrones, and stirring series including The...

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See inside the David Attenborough Building for the first time after its...

The new-look David Attenborough Building opens its doors to the public for the first time next week for an art exhibition that celebrates the pioneering partnership between conservationists and the...

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Breast cancer genetic variants found to alter how cells respond to oestrogen

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. Around one in eight women in the general population is expected to develop the disease at some point in her life. The majority of cases...

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Opinion: G20 finance chiefs meet as China seeks to make a show of its presidency

The last time G20 finance ministers met in China back in 2005, the country was the world’s fifth-largest economy. As the next two-day meeting begins, with China as president, it lies in second spot,...

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Opinion: Our 500 million-year-old nervous system fossil shines a light on...

The nervous system is the command centre of an animal’s body, carrying all the complex electrical signals for the actions that keep it alive, such as moving and eating. Because of its critical...

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520 million-year-old fossilised nervous system is most detailed example yet...

Researchers have found one of the oldest and most detailed fossils of the central nervous system yet identified, from a crustacean-like animal that lived more than 500 million years ago. The fossil,...

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Overcrowded Internet domain space is stifling demand, suggesting a future...

As the digital age dawned, pioneers successfully snapped up broad swathes of the most popular and memorable domain names, such as nouns, places and combinations thereof – claiming valuable ‘virtual...

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Old before your time: Study suggests that ageing begins in the womb

However, the offspring of mothers with lower levels of oxygen in the womb – which, in humans, can be a consequence of smoking during pregnancy or of pregnancy at high altitude – aged more quickly in...

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“A load of old rot”: fossil of oldest known land-dweller identified

A fossil dating from 440 million years ago is not only the oldest example of a fossilised fungus, but is also the oldest fossil of any land-dwelling organism yet found. The organism, and others like...

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