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Scientists develop very early stage human stem cell lines for first time

As well as a potential source of stem cells for use in regenerative medicine, the technique could open up new avenues of research into disorders such as Down’s syndrome. The ability to derive naïve...

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'Extreme sleepover #17'– going underground in search of zombies

Isla de Mona has been many things: a source of melons and cotton hammocks for conquistadors in the 16th century; a pirate haunt in the 17th and 18th centuries; an industrial island fertilising the...

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AI crossword-solving application could make machines better at understanding...

Researchers have designed a web-based platform which uses artificial neural networks to answer standard crossword clues better than existing commercial products specifically designed for the task. The...

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Opinion: Why both sides are wrong in the counter-extremism debate

Recently published evidence submitted to the parliamentary inquiry into extremism and the government’s Prevent strategy sheds light on the current debates around counter-extremism in Britain – and...

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Opinion: Dreaming big with biomimetics: could future buildings be made with...

As the world grapples with climate change, we urgently need to find ways of reducing our CO₂ emissions. Sectors which rely heavily on fossil fuels, such as energy and aviation, are commonly held to be...

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Opinion: Obesity: stop accusing the poor of making bad choices

Last month, the UK health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called childhood obesity “a national emergency”, but the government has once again delayed publishing its strategy aimed at combating it. Obesity is...

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Opinion: Confronting the Taliban – an educational encounter

In a country that has five million children out of school (three million of them girls) it may seem incongruous to prioritise higher education. But prestigious higher education institutions, such as...

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Virtual Florence: religious art is ‘restored’ to its original setting

An  exhibition at the National Gallery tells the story behind some of the most remarkable examples of religious art in its collections.  Two large-scale paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries,...

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Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World

Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World, opens free to the public this Friday (March 11) and celebrates 4,000 years of recorded thought through the Library’s unique and irreplaceable...

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Vice-Chancellor calls for increased collaboration with Africa

Speaking at a plenary panel at the conference in Dakar, Senegal, the Vice-Chancellor – a founding patron of the NEF – stressed the need for collaboration to develop the capacity for excellent research...

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Healthy vs unhealthy food: the challenges of understanding food choices

The solution to the obesity epidemic is simple: eat less, move more. But take a deep breath before you type these four words into a search engine. The results exceed 9 million. Of the top four...

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‘Good’ cholesterol doesn’t always lower heart attack risk

The discovery, published today in Science, could move researchers away from potentially ineffective HDL-raising drugs to treat coronary heart disease, and lead to the development of new treatments,...

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Opinion: Why are we becoming so narcissistic? Here’s the science

The subject of narcissism has intrigued people for centuries, but social scientists now claim that it has become a modern “epidemic”. So what is it, what has led to its increase, and is there anything...

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Opinion: Why some humans developed a taste for milk and some didn’t

Imagine a dinner party somewhere in Italy to which, as it turns out, my dad has been invited. On the menu tonight is a sliced tomato, basil and mozzarella salad, pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce...

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Opinion: Five years after Fukushima, there are big lessons for nuclear...

As four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant suffered catastrophic cooling failures and exploded in March 2011, the world watched in disbelief. For Japan, this was not just the...

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Lines of Thought: Revolutions in communications

From 3000-year-old Chinese oracle bones to Penguin paperbacks of the 20th century, the collections at Cambridge University Library chart the technological revolutions that have changed the world...

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Researchers identify when Parkinson’s proteins become toxic to brain cells

Researchers have used a non-invasive method of observing how the process leading to Parkinson’s disease takes place at the nanoscale, and identified the point in the process at which proteins in the...

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Opinion: German election: is this really a verdict on Merkel’s open door to...

Three German federal states have elected new parliaments in regional votes that have seen major gains made by Alternative for Germany (AfD), a right-wing populist party that wants drastically to...

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No evidence that genetic tests change people’s behaviour

Researchers at the Behaviour and Health Research Unit analysed a number of studies that looked at whether testing an individual’s DNA for genetic variants that increased their risk of developing...

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New undergraduate courses for 2017

The new courses have been introduced in response to growing demand from prospective students and in recognition of the challenging educational opportunities which they will provide. Archaeology...

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