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Large Hadron ‘insider’

In October 2000, I arrived in Geneva from Stansted airport ready to start a two year research job at the European centre for particle physics (CERN) with my heart in my throat. This was before all of...

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New Visiting Fellowship will bring Brazilian expertise to Cambridge

Rarely has Brazil been more conspicuous on the world stage. Whether it is because of the forthcoming World Cup (2014) and Olympics (2016), or its emergence as an economic and scientific powerhouse, or...

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Looking forward to 2014

Share your memories of the Festival and how it has changed over the years, offer suggestions for themes and events and, of course, come along and be enthused! The 2014 Cambridge Science Festival will...

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Cambridge academics and senior staff listed in the Queen's Birthday Honours

Professor Stephen Patrick O’Rahilly is appointed a Knight Bachelor, Professor Alan Dashwood is appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, Professor William Rodolph...

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Born to rule: two public talks look at royal births of the past

Birth is a momentous event in anyone’s life. When the people involved were absolute monarchs, births had the capacity to shape the narrative of nations. Past royal births are both examples of this...

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Towards the ‘holy grail’ of anticoagulant drugs

A new spin-out company from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, XO1 Ltd, has raised $11 million in funding to develop a new anticoagulant drug which has the potential to save...

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"Studying isn't only about books and libraries"

Bethany, Nisha, Kulshoma, Lara, Jessica, Amy, Julia, Adeline, Georgia, Ellie and Matt’s mission? To spend a day in Cambridge exploring student life, and then report their findings to the rest of the...

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Was the dawn of man among trees in the cradle of disease?

When the family of Albert Perry - a recently deceased African-American man from South Carolina - sent a sample of his DNA to be tested by a genealogy website, they weren’t expecting to rewrite the...

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Crossing frontiers at Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2013

Those taking part include Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, artist Quentin Blake, author MJ Hyland, Frank Field MP, columnist Owen Jones, George the Poet, teen writer Anthony...

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Bovril: a very beefy (and British) love affair

A century and a half ago, a revolution took place in the food industry. A boom in the urban population fuelled a need for the mass production of affordable, non-perishable foodstuffs sold in cans and...

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New and under the sun

A new solar car which, according to its creators, “rewrites the rulebook” for green vehicles, has been designed by students aiming to become the first British team to win the World Solar Challenge....

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Family bonds: how does surrogacy impact on relationships?

When a woman becomes a surrogate to enable others to have a baby, new relationships are formed. Research carried out by the Centre of Family Research, University of Cambridge, suggests that many of...

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Fun Lab: a big hit at The Big Weekend!

Some had just wandered in to see what all the fuss was about, as children and adults queued to take part in the hands-on activities, while others had heard about the Fun Lab on the radio or read about...

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Artist in focus: Christopher Wood

Presenting some 25 works together for the first time, this is a unique opportunity to see the Wood collection at Kettle’s Yard. Favourite paintings from the permanent displays will be displayed beside...

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We need feminism because….

There is nothing new about feminism. With its roots in the suffragette movement of the turn of the 20th century, feminism experienced a comeback in the 1960s when the focus shifted from votes for...

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Churchill Archives Centre celebrates 40th year with UNESCO award

The Churchill Archive, the personal papers of Sir Winston Churchill, which contains over one million items, including originals of his best-known phrases and speeches, has been recognised by the UN...

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Villiers Park Hastings Scholars celebrate a year of achievement

The Scholars Programme works with able local students from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them develop a passion for learning, reach their full academic potential and raise their aspiration - all...

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Fun Lab: a big hit at The Big Weekend!

The event was part of The Big Weekend, a jam-packed three-day free festival hosted by Cambridge City Council. The University’s Public Engagement team, University Museums and the Sport department came...

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Males have no taste… at least if you are a Heliconius butterfly

Female Heliconius butterflies have taste receptors next to spikes on their legs in order to spear and ‘taste’ plants to find the most beneficial ones on which to lay their eggs, new research reveals....

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Until lions write their own history…

Through kimonos, wall hangings, mats, soft sculptures and paintings, artist Deanna Tyson tells her political tales and weaves her social comments through stitched and painted works. “Textiles, their...

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