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Opinion: Britain and Europe: a long history of conflict and cooperation

Britain’s referendum on the EU marks another step in the country’s long and troubled history with its European neighbours. Divorce or not, Europe will continue to have a huge influence over British...

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Zika warnings lead to ‘significant’ increase in demands for abortion in Latin...

However, in many of these countries, abortion is either illegal or highly restricted, leaving pregnant women with few options and potentially driving women to use unsafe methods, access abortion drugs...

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Opinion: Why Ethiopia is on track to become Africa’s industrial powerhouse

Ethiopia seems to be attracting the attention of economists interested in Africa, and for good reason. Except for Rwanda, Ethiopia is the only African country whose economic growth has been...

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Teaching excellence celebrated across the University

They include a Philosopher praised for building intellectual confidence among her students, a Consultant Radiologist who bridges the gap between the classroom and the ward, a Neuroscientist famed for...

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Would you live in a city made of bone?

Between them, concrete and steel are responsible for as much as a tenth of worldwide carbon emissions. Before they ever reach a construction site, both steel and concrete must be processed at very...

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Law in Focus: 'Brexit: Legally and constitutionally, what now?'

In the early hours of 24 June 2016, the result of the UK referendum on EU membership was announced. By a narrow but clear majority the vote was to leave the European Union. This result has begun a...

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Diabetes sniffer dogs? ‘Scent’ of hypos could aid development of new tests

Claire Pesterfield, a paediatric diabetes specialist nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has type 1 diabetes, which requires insulin injections to...

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Super-slow circulation allowed world’s oceans to store huge amounts of carbon...

Using the information contained within the shells of tiny animals known as foraminifera, the researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, looked at the characteristics of the seawater in the...

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Opinion: What Brexit means for UK science: a view from the coalface

Science, and geoscience in particular, is an international activity that benefits from cooperation and collaboration. The Brexit vote is a wake up call, not just for the UK but more widely, and it...

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Using gravitational waves to catch runaway black holes

Researchers have developed a new method for detecting and measuring one of the most powerful, and most mysterious, events in the Universe – a black hole being kicked out of its host galaxy and into...

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Leading theologians urge the Church of England to celebrate same-sex...

A new book written by Cambridge theologians aims to set the agenda for sexuality conversations being held at the Church of England’s General Synod in July by urging the Church towards acceptance and...

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Living on the edge: succeeding in the slums

Dr Felipe Hernández was born and raised in Cali, Colombia’s third biggest city and one of the country’s most dangerous – riven by fighting between drug trafficking gangs and the grinding poverty of...

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Chasing the volcano

Faced with the prospect of an imminent volcanic eruption, most people would head for safety, but for one group of Cambridge research students, the aim is to get as close as they realistically can....

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Infant bodies were ‘prized’ by 19th century anatomists, study suggests

A new study of the University of Cambridge anatomy collection suggests that the bodies of foetuses and babies were a “prized source of knowledge” by British scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries,...

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Fingerprinting rare earth elements from the air

Next time you use your mobile phone, spare a moment for the tiny yet vital ingredients that make this and many other technologies possible – the rare earth elements (REEs). Used in computers, fibre...

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How to start healing those Brexit family rifts

It has been an emotional month for many in the UK. After the sadness and anger that followed the tragic murder of MP Jo Cox, many people now feel fearful and apprehensive as the consequences of the EU...

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Antimatter matters at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition

Why we live in a universe made of matter, rather than a universe with no matter at all, is one of science’s biggest questions. The behaviour of antimatter, a rare oppositely charged counterpart to...

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Bringing Berber empires into focus as contributors to Islamic culture

Towards the end of the 12th century, a Berber prince called Ya‘qub al-Mansur ordered a hospital to be built in the city of Marrakesh. The building has not survived but a description of it lives on....

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Opinion: Fair play? How ‘smart drugs’ are making workplaces more competitive

We live in an increasingly competitive world where we are always looking to gain an advantage over our rivals, sometimes even our own colleagues. In some cases, it can push people to extreme,...

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Anatomy of a decision: mapping early development

The point in our development when the whole body plan is set, just before individual organs start to develop, is known as gastrulation. Understanding this point in very early development is vital to...

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