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How notes and jottings contribute to the history of science

One of the many treasures of the Wellcome Library is a medical recipe book compiled by Johanna St John in the late 17th century. On the inside cover the author has noted that “Cow Piss will cure a Dog...

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Dementia prevalence figures in the UK show decline over past 20 years

The two studies provide the first estimate of the change in the number of people live with dementia in the UK, and the new figures give a more accurate picture for those developing policies and...

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'Becks'istentialism

When David Beckham arrived in France to play out his career at Paris Saint Germain, it occurred to Dr Andy Martin – West Ham fan and French philosophy expert – that Beckham was reaching a turning...

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'Vinter v UK - The Right to Hope and the Whole Life Tariff'

Mrs Nicola Padfield discusses the judgement of the European Court, and the corresponding reaction from members of the UK Government and others. Mrs Padfield is Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at...

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Learning to think like physicists - the Senior Physics Challenge 2013

They are working through the physics and mathematics of the strangest of quantum phenomena –  how electrons tunnel into classically forbidden regions  where their kinetic energy of motion is negative...

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Submission to the Witty Review, May 2013

The purpose of the review was to focus on how universities can drive growth in their areas and for the benefit of the wider UK, and to disseminate knowledge and best practice. The University of...

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The longitude problem: 300-year-old archive opened to the world

Now, for the first time, the full story of attempts to solve the longitude problem - unravelling the lone genius myth popularised in film and literature - will be made freely available to everyone via...

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Genetic mutation causes obesity

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered a genetic cause of severe obesity which, although rare, raises new questions about weight gain and energy...

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University of Cambridge Museums promise summer of fun

Summer at the Museums invites visitors to explore the world and discover amazing things through a series of interactive workshops and museum tours. The project runs throughout the summer until...

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We ask the experts: will robots take over the world?

The origins of robotics go back to the automata invented by ancient civilisations. The word robot entered our vocabulary only in 1920 with Czech writer Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal...

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Cambridge University visits the North East to find talented engineering students

The event also aimed to encourage more of the region’s talented students to take up engineering at university and included a masterclass on advanced aerodynamics, after which the students attempted to...

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Cambridge scientists honoured by Royal Society

Each has been recognised for making significant contributions to their respective fields by a historic award from the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Hughes Medal...

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Water waste! Manufacturers look to go green

Imagine the changes required to transform a car factory  into a place in which not one single kilogram of landfill waste is produced, and you are some way to understanding what is it the Next...

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MS research could help repair damage affecting nerves

A study has shed light on how cells are able to regenerate protective sheaths around nerve fibres in the brain. These sheaths, made up of a substance called myelin, are critical for the quick...

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Schools Liaison Officer Diary: Homerton College in Doncaster and Rotherham,...

"Three of our current students came with me on the trip. Helena Blair, Alex Shellum and Naomi Clothier have all just finished their second year at the college.  All three went to state schools before...

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New era in publishing for women’s health

In a move that will benefit women’s lives in the UK and around the world, Cambridge will take over publication of the RCOG’s current medical book titles. Cambridge and the RCOG will also begin working...

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Much ado about babies

In 1697, Matthew Henry, a Presbyterian minister, wrote to his mother about the health of his family. His letter survives in a collection of family correspondence in the British Library, although its...

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Cost of Arctic methane release could be ‘size of global economy’ warn experts

As the Arctic warms and sea ice melts at an unprecedented rate, hitting a record low last summer, the thawing of offshore ‘permafrost’ - frozen soil - in the region is releasing methane, a powerful...

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New research reveals how cat dander triggers allergic responses

New research reveals how the most common cause of severe allergic reactions to cats, the Fel d 1 protein which is found in cat dander, triggers an allergic response. Scientists have discovered that...

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Want to stick with your diet? Better have someone hide the chocolate

If you are trying to lose weight or save for the future, new research suggests avoiding temptation may increase your chances of success compared to relying on willpower alone. The study on...

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