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Opinion: Can we save the algae biofuel industry?

Algal biofuels are in trouble. This alternative fuel source could help reduce overall carbon emissions without taking land from food production, like many crop-based biofuels do. But several major...

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Reading the face of a leader

Past studies have shown that, in competitive settings, people prefer both male and female leaders to have masculine facial characteristics – because these are perceived as signalling competitive...

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden Festival of Plants

Set in the Garden’s 40 acres, the Festival of Plants celebrates all things plant as it hosts a range of activities, tours and events including: hands-on plant science activities and plant-themed...

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Opinion: Local takeaways create a double burden for obesity

People in the UK are spending more than ever on takeaway food and there’s good reason to believe that this is contributing to the nation’s obesity problem. Two-thirds of UK adults are either...

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Explaining the European Union

The turbulent events that have shaken the European Union over the last few months have been a double-edged sword for Chris Bickerton. He has been writing a book explaining how the EU works. Events,...

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Neighbourhoods with more takeaways amplify social inequalities in unhealthy...

The study from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge, suggests that policies to improve the food environment in towns and cities could be helpful in tackling...

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Ageing affects test-taking, not language, study shows

Scientists from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN) scanned participants during testing and found that the areas of the brain responsible for language performed just as well in...

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Youngest Ancient Egyptian human foetus discovered in miniature coffin at the...

A miniature ancient Egyptian coffin measuring just 44cm in length has been found to contain the youngest ever example of a human foetus to be embalmed and buried in Egyptian society. This discovery is...

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Natural selection sculpts genetic information to limit diversity

A study of tropical butterflies has added to growing evidence that natural selection reduces species’ diversity by moulding parts of their genetic structure, including elements that have no immediate...

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Martina Navratilova joins Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club squad

Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club gained a surprise new crew member in their training session yesterday - tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Navratilova, in Cambridge to receive an honorary...

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A shaggy dog story: The contagious cancer that conquered the world

‘Canine transmissible venereal tumour’ (CTVT) is a cancer that spreads between dogs through the transfer of living cancer cells, primarily during mating. The disease usually manifests as genital...

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Body-worn cameras associated with increased assaults against police, and...

New evidence from the largest-yet series of experiments on use of body-worn cameras by police has revealed that rates of assault against police by members of the public actually increased when...

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Sexual transmission involved in tail-end of Ebola epidemic

An international team of researchers has produced a detailed picture of the latter stages of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, using real-time sequencing of Ebola virus genomes carried out in a temporary...

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The man we love to hate: it’s time to reappraise Thomas Robert Malthus

The controversial theorist Thomas Robert Malthus did not much enjoy travelling. Invited by his friend and fellow political economist, David Ricardo, to stay at the country house of Gatcombe Park in...

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How the brain controls what we eat

Why are some people severely obese? According to Dr Giles Yeo,  Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, it is all to do with the brain. “The more we find out...

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First evidence of icy comets orbiting a sun-like star

An international team of astronomers have found evidence of ice and comets orbiting a nearby sun-like star, which could give a glimpse into how our own solar system developed. Using data from the...

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Opinion: Uber should take its lead from Thomas Cook’s battle with Victorian...

App-based ride company Uber has been battling the “establishment” around the world, from traditional black taxi drivers in London to regulators in Australia. But Uber is far from the first upstart...

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Support from family and friends important to help prevent depression in...

Adolescence is a key time in an individual’s development, and is a period where some teenagers begin to show signs of major depression. One of the major risk factors for depression in adolescence is...

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Genes discovered that enable birds to produce the colour red

Right across the bird and animal kingdoms, the colour red is used for communication, often to attract mates, and zebra finches are no different: the males have a distinctive red beak, which is a...

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Opinion: Dear young people: here’s why you need to vote in the EU referendum

What will you be doing on June 23 this year? Perhaps you’ll be packing your tent and donning your wellies, ready for the start of Glastonbury. Or maybe you’ll be celebrating the end of your A Levels,...

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