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Living with adversity: What Tupac and Eminem can tell us about risk factors...

Tupac Shakur and Eminem are often touted as two of the greatest rappers of all time. While Tupac, who was shot dead in 1996, is African American and Eminem is Caucasian, their lyrics have similar...

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Predicting gentrification through social networking data

The first network to look at the interconnected nature of people and places in large cities is not only able to quantify the social diversity of a particular place, but can also be used to predict...

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Opinion: Here’s how tweets and check-ins can be used to spot early signs of...

When you walk through a neighbourhood undergoing gentrification, you can sense it – the area is dominated by strange contradictions. Public spaces are populated by vagabonds and cool kids; abandoned...

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Graduate earnings: what you study and where matters – but so does parents’...

Latest research has shown that graduates from richer family backgrounds earn significantly more after graduation than their poorer counterparts, even after completing the same degrees from the same...

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Opinion: How to launch a rocket into space … and then land it on a ship at sea

On Friday 8 April 2016, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a mission to deliver a spacecraft called Dragon with its payload of supplies and experiments into a trajectory towards the International Space...

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Overweight individuals more likely to make unhealthier choices when faced...

The researchers found that when making hypothetical food choices, lean and overweight people showed highly comparable patterns both in terms of their choices and the accompanying brain activity. The...

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From the Mayans to the moors: a new film series shows biodiversity...

When most people think about biodiversity conservation they think about the importance of protecting the variety of life on Earth. They might not think about how the principles used to study species...

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Biggest library of bat sounds compiled to track biodiversity

An international team led by scientists from the University of Cambridge, University College London (UCL), and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), developed the reference call library and a new...

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Opinion: How LSD helped us probe what the ‘sense of self’ looks like in the...

Every single person is different. We all have different backgrounds, views, values and interests. And yet there is one universal feeling that we all experience at every single moment. Call it an...

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Cambridge to research future computing tech that could “ignite a technology...

A project which aims to establish the UK as an international leader in the development of “superconducting spintronics” – technology that could significantly increase the energy-efficiency of data...

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UK steel can survive if it transforms itself, say researchers

The report, by Professor Julian Allwood, argues that in order to survive, the UK steel industry needs to refocus itself on steel recycling and on producing products for end users. He argues that...

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Opinion: Losing your virginity: how we discovered that genes could play a part

As far as big life decisions go, choosing when to lose your virginity or the best time start a family are probably right up there for most people. It may seem that such decisions are mostly driven by...

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Study identifies gene changes that influence timing of sexual behaviour

Age at first sexual intercourse is known to be influenced by social and family factors, such as peer pressure, but this study shows that genetic factors also have an influence on the timing of this...

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Sonic hedgehog gene provides evidence that our limbs may have evolved from...

An idea first proposed 138 years ago that limbs evolved from gills, which has been widely discredited due to lack of supporting fossil evidence, may prove correct after all – and the clue is in a gene...

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New cases of dementia in the UK fall by 20% over two decades

Reports in both the media and from governments have suggested that the world is facing a dementia ‘tsunami’ of ever-increasing numbers, particularly as populations age. However, several recent studies...

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Monkeys regulate metabolism to cope with environment and rigours of mating...

New research on male Barbary macaques indicates that these primates have a flexible metabolic physiology which helps them survive by changing the speed of chemical reactions within their bodies, and...

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Baboons watch neighbours for clues about food, but can end up in queues

Latest research on social networks in wild baboon troops has revealed how the animals get information from each other on the whereabouts of food. However, once information reaches a high status...

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Flexible hours 'controlled by management' cause stress and damage home lives...

A researcher who embedded himself in several London branches of one of the UK's largest supermarkets found that management used a combination of 'flexed-time' contracts and overtime to control worker...

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Æthelred the Unready, King of the English: 1,000 years of bad press

A silver penny struck more than ten centuries ago (on display in the Fitzwilliam Museum) shows Æthelred, King of the English. The obverse shows the king in profile and the reverse a Christian cross....

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Opinion: Genetics: what it is that makes you clever – and why it’s shrouded...

For nearly 150 years, the concept of intelligence and its study have offered scientific ways of classifying people in terms of their “ability”. The drive to identify and quantify exceptional mental...

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