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From Pulp to Fiction: our love affair with paper

How’s this for a measure of the pace of the tech revolution? Twenty years ago, you would have read this article only on paper; now it is also available on your tablet, smartphone or computer. The...

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Farming at nanoscale dimensions

Building transistors today is done with lithography, which is a “top-down” process that uses patterning to create the complex layers that make up the transistor structure. It’s a bit like exposing a...

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'Artificial empathy' could help stores improve recommendations for customers

Imagine trying on a piece of clothing, only to find that when you’ve put it on, a computer is able to read your facial expressions and body language so that it can make recommendations for other items...

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Local teenagers bridge the gap to a career in industry

The University's annual Fenland Engineering Taster Events are hosted by Metalcraft , a cutting-edge manufacturer and major employer in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.   Metalcraft makes equipment for...

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World first as 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bones go 3D

Cambridge University Library, which is celebrating its 600th anniversary this year, holds 614 Chinese inscribed oracle bones in its collection. They are the oldest extant documents written in the...

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Cambridge to explore benefits of multilingualism with new AHRC research project

At a time when more than half the world’s population speaks more than one language in their daily lives, and almost one in five UK primary school pupils have a first language other than English, what...

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Willingness to give to charity depends on how inferior or superior you feel

Suppose a cancer charity’s advertisement that says “Making strides toward a world with more birthdays” was changed to say “Making strides toward giving you more birthdays.” Would this influence your...

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A Handful of Objects

A Handful of Objects, developed in conjunction with teachers and young people, aims to introduce the objects to new audiences while Kettle’s Yard is closed as part of a multi-million pound...

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Embryo development: Some cells are more equal than others even at four-cell...

Once an egg has been fertilised by a sperm, it divides several times, becoming a large free-floating ball of stem cells. At first, these stem cells are ‘totipotent’, the state at which a stem cell can...

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‘Clogged-up’ immune cells help explain smoking risk for TB

TB is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that primarily infects the lungs, but can also infect other organs. It is transmitted from person to person through the air. The...

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Solar cell material can recycle light to boost efficiency

Scientists have discovered that a highly promising group of materials known as hybrid lead halide perovskites can recycle light – a finding that they believe could lead to large gains in the...

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Shakespeare goes to East Africa

  In 1857 the explorer Captain Richard Francis Burton set out from the East African coast to find the source of the Nile.  As his expedition struggled through unmapped bush, men and horses died from...

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Quantum effects at work in the world’s smelliest superconductor

The quantum behaviour of hydrogen affects the structural properties of hydrogen-rich compounds, which are possible candidates for the elusive room temperature superconductor, according to new research...

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Early-stage embryos with abnormalities may still develop into healthy babies

Researchers at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at Cambridge report a mouse model of aneuploidy, where some cells in the embryo contain an abnormal number of chromosomes....

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From robot intelligence to sex by numbers: Cambridge heads for Hay

A record number of Cambridge academics will take part in this year’s Hay Festival, one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world. This is the eighth year running that the Series has...

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The Channel: a historian’s view of an iconic stretch of water

An image of a rowing boat takes pride of place in the ornamental stonework above the doorway of 10 Halsmere Road in south London. The house was built in the 1930s as a home for district nurses serving...

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Opinion: FBI backs off from its day in court with Apple this time – but there...

After a very public stand-off over an encrypted terrorist’s smartphone, the FBI has backed down in its court case against Apple, stating that an “outside party” – rumoured to be an Israeli mobile...

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Map of rocky exoplanet reveals a lava world

An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Cambridge, has obtained the most detailed ‘fingerprint’ of a rocky planet outside our solar system to date, and found a planet of two...

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Arms and the man: how a culture of warfare shapes masculinity

Brawls tend to take a familiar pattern. Verbal insults are traded and physical violence erupts. Something like this happened in the graveyard of a church in Florence on 30 March 1561. It began when a...

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Psychotic disorders in minority groups: the high price of being an ‘outsider’

In 1932 a psychiatrist called Ornulv Odegaard published a paper in which he reported that Norwegian immigrants in Minnesota had a much higher incidence of mental health problems than Norwegians back...

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