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Media fuelling rising hostility towards Muslims in Britain

The findings, drawn from research developed across the University of Cambridge and presented to journalists, politicians and lawmakers, as well as representatives of faith communities, found Britain’s...

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Russian art in the limelight: paintings and portraits that tell remarkable...

The Russian writer Fedor Dostoevsky sat for just one portrait in his lifetime. He was painted by Vasily Perov, an artist whose exquisite sketches conveyed some of the harshness of the imperial regime....

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Understanding gravity - from Newton to Hawking

As part of its 600th anniversary, the University Library has put on display some of its greatest treasures in the blockbuster exhibition Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World. To...

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The adventures of Sir Kenelm Digby: 17th-century pirate, philosopher and foodie

On 7 January 1628, a fleet of ships weighed anchor off the coast of Kent and set sail for the Mediterranean. As fleets go, this one was small. It comprised just two vessels – the Eagle and the...

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Three potentially habitable worlds found around nearby ultracool dwarf star

An international team of astronomers has discovered three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus...

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California’s sudden oak death epidemic now ‘unstoppable’ and new epidemics...

Sudden oak death – caused by Phytophthora ramorum, a fungus-like pathogen related to potato blight – has killed millions of trees over hundreds of square kilometres of forest in California. First...

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Little ANTs: researchers build the world’s tiniest engine

Researchers have developed the world’s tiniest engine – just a few billionths of a metre in size – which uses light to power itself. The nanoscale engine, developed by researchers at the University of...

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Scientists double number of known genetic risk factors for endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer affects the lining of the uterus. It is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in UK women, with around 9,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Researchers at the University...

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Algae use their ‘tails’ to gallop and trot like quadrupeds

Long before there were fish swimming in the oceans, tiny microorganisms were using long slender appendages called cilia and flagella to navigate their watery habitats. Now, new research reveals that...

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Genetic variant may help explain why Labradors are prone to obesity

In developed countries, between one and two in three dogs (34-59%) is  overweight, a condition associated with reduced lifespan, mobility problems, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as it is in...

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Busting brain myths

Dr Hannah Critchlow was named one of the “unofficial stars” of last year’s Hay Festival last year by no less than the New York Times. Peter Florence, the director of the Hay Festival, said:  “Hannah...

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Opinion: Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its...

London is soon going to lose one of its most familiar sounds when the world-famous Big Ben falls silent for repairs. The “bonging” chimes that have marked the passing of time for Londoners since 1859...

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Nan Shepherd celebrated: the Scottish writer who knew mountains

  The term ‘nature writing’ didn’t exist in the 1940s when Nan Shepherd wrote The Living Mountain, a book in which she describes exploring the Cairngorm Mountains in north-east Scotland as a walker...

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Scientists develop human embryos beyond implantation stage for first time

Once an egg has been fertilised by a sperm, it divides several times to generate a small, free-floating ball of stem cells. Around day three, these stem cells cluster together inside the embryo...

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Walking and cycling good for health even in cities with higher levels of air...

Regular physical activity reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and several cancers. One way for people to increase their levels of physical activity is through ‘active travel’...

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Sir James Dyson opens invention powerhouse at the University of Cambridge

Sir James Dyson opens some of the world’s most advanced engineering facilities at the University of Cambridge today – giving the institution’s students and academics the space and means to prototype,...

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Opinion: There’s a reason why Africa’s migratory songbirds sing out of season

Bird song has fascinated scientists for decades. Songs can be intricate, loud and, as it turns out, very important for reproductive success. In many species the males with the most complex songs...

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First global map of flow within the Earth’s mantle finds the surface is...

  Researchers have compiled the first global set of observations of the movement of the Earth’s mantle, the 3000-kilometre-thick layer of hot silicate rocks between the crust and the core, and have...

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Joanna Hogg becomes Cambridge's first Filmmaker in Residence

Noted filmmaker, screenwriter and director Joanna Hogg is set to bring the silver screen to Cambridge this month, as the University of Cambridge’s first ever Filmmaker in Residence. Joanna Hogg, who...

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Study provides clues to why some breast cancers are hard to beat

Researchers from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge analysed tumour samples from the METABRIC study – which revealed breast cancer can be classified as ten...

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