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Crime: measuring by ‘damage to victims’ will improve policing and public safety

A “menu of harm” that measures crime according to the price of damage inflicted on victims – rather than counting crimes as if they are all of equal seriousness – needs to be adopted worldwide to...

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Laser technique promises super-fast and super-secure quantum cryptography

Researchers have developed a new method to overcome one of the main issues in implementing a quantum cryptography system, raising the prospect of a useable ‘unbreakable’ method for sending sensitive...

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New state of matter detected in a two-dimensional material

An international team of researchers have found evidence of a mysterious new state of matter, first predicted 40 years ago, in a real material. This state, known as a quantum spin liquid, causes...

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Easy as Alep, Bet, Gimel? Cambridge research explores social context of...

A new research project at the University of Cambridge is set to shed light on the history of writing, revealing connections to our modern alphabet that cross cultures and go back thousands of years....

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Opinion: How to write a best-selling novel

So you want to write a novel? Of course you do. Everyone wants to write a novel at some stage in their lives. While you’re at it, why not make it a popular bestseller? Who wants to write an unpopular...

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Opinion: Science behind remarkable new Wall of Death motorcycle world record

The Wall of Death has been the most enigmatic dare-devil motorbike stunt for more than 100 years. Motorcyclists ride around the inside of a vertical wall, rather like a huge barrel, at speeds of...

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Uninfected or asymptomatic? Diagnostic tests key to forecasting major epidemics

Emerging epidemics pose a significant threat to human health worldwide. A principal challenge in infectious disease epidemiology is accurately forecasting the threats posed by diseases early in...

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“It’s not worth me having a long-life lightbulb”: Attitudes to death among...

Improvements in our environment and lifestyles, as well as significant medical and healthcare advances, mean that more and more people are living to a very old age. According to a report published...

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Global carnivore conservation at risk

A new study confirms that the global conservation of carnivores is at risk. The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, models future global land conversion and estimates this will lead to...

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Opinion: Hard Evidence: Muslim women and discrimination in Britain

The controversy surrounding a now-infamous “I confronted a Muslim” tweet – and a subsequent race-hate charge– reminds us that tackling discrimination against British Muslims remains as big a challenge...

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Opinion: The remarkable accuracy of the Trinity College clock – and what...

This is a brief history of time – or at least how one clock tells it. In 1910, a new clock was installed in Trinity College, Cambridge. The maker, Smith of Derby, had long been recognised for its top...

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Stroke survivors face ‘invisible impairments’ to return to work

Each year, 110,000 people in England alone suffer a stroke, a quarter of whom are of working age. The UK’s stroke strategy highlights the importance for people who have had a stroke of returning to...

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Pioneering centre for physical sciences-industry collaborations opens at...

A centrepiece for industrial partnership with the physical sciences and engineering officially opens today. The building will be opened by David Harding, whose generous sponsorship of the Physics of...

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Thirty years of maths support for local schools

Today, England has a major shortage of maths teachers and applications to train to teach the subject are falling.  But as early as 1987, Toni Beardon OBE, then a lecturer in Cambridge’s Faculty of...

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55 new Gates Cambridge Scholars selected

Fifty-five of the most academically exceptional and socially committed people from across the globe have been selected as Gates Cambridge Scholars after interviews in Cambridge in March. The Scholars...

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Spending for smiles: money can buy happiness after all

People who spent more money on purchases which matched their personality were happier, found the study, published in the journal Psychological Science. According to the researchers, matching spending...

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Maternal obesity and diabetes in pregnancy result in early overgrowth of the...

Gestational diabetes is a condition that can affect women during pregnancy, with those who are obese at greater risk. As well as affecting the mother’s health, the condition also causes the unborn...

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Timber skyscrapers could transform London’s skyline

Researchers from Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture are working with PLP Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork on the future development of tall timber buildings in central...

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Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by...

A new study suggests that Neanderthals across Europe may well have been infected with diseases carried out of Africa by waves of anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens. As both were species of...

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It’s time to change the way we think about changing what people eat

The UK has a diet problem. We eat too much processed food high in sugar, fat and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables and whole grains. The result is an epidemic of obesity and other diseases. There...

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