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Dead satellite finds a calm centre at the heart of brightest galaxy cluster...

The result, published in the journal Nature, allows the mass of the Perseus Cluster – a swarm of thousands of galaxies that spans two million light years across and is one of the most massive known...

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The secret to an Oesia life: Prehistoric worm built tube-like “houses” on sea...

The fossilised remnants of tube-like “dwellings” which housed a primitive type of prehistoric sea worm on the ocean floor have been identified in a new study. According to researchers, the long,...

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Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

The study, published in Science by researchers at University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and King’s College London, shows that the genetic variation of ribosomal DNA (rDNA)...

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Improving support for pupils with English as an additional language

The report identifies opportunities to target outreach to parents of EAL pupils, and develop frameworks and qualifications for English language support specialists to enable better assessment of...

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Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers

Our skin is kept healthy by a constant turnover, with dying skin cells being shed and replaced by new cells. The process is maintained by ‘progenitor’ cells – the progeny of stem cells – that divide...

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Opinion: Brexit shock has caused a sterling crash of historic proportions –...

Even before the UK’s Brexit vote was official, the pound’s value plummeted. It has been much reported that sterling has hit record lows. A look at the history of British currency crises shows how...

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Opinion: Brexistentialism: Britain, the drop out nation in crisis, meets...

The greatest philosophical one-liner of the 20th century – or anti-EU theme tune? “Hell is other people” began life as a snappy soundbite in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos, a short, harsh, brilliant...

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Faculty launches new teaching resources for sixth-form mathematics

The innovative new website (undergroundmathematics.org) offers hundreds of free teaching resources to help make A-Level mathematics a richer, more coherent and more stimulating experience for students...

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Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole

Matter falling into a black hole heats up as it plunges to its doom. Before it passes into the black hole and is lost from view forever, it can reach millions of degrees. At that temperature it shines...

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Opinion: Old soldiers, old divisions are central in new Mozambique conflict

Peace in Mozambique lasted 20 years, between 1992 and 2012. Following three years of skirmishes, conflict has escalated since 2015. The Mozambican Defence Force has been trying to destroy the military...

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Obesity linked to premature death, with greatest effect in men

The World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion adults worldwide are overweight, and that a further 600 million are obese. The prevalence of adult obesity is 20% in Europe and 31% in North...

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Biodiversity should be focus of businesses’ efforts to mitigate their...

The report also sets out four steps that can be taken to put biodiversity at the forefront of decision-making about environmental impact. The report argues that the importance of biodiversity is often...

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Latest archaeological finds at Must Farm provide a vivid picture of everyday...

Archaeologists have made remarkable discoveries about everyday life in the Bronze Age during their ten-month excavation of 3,000-year-old circular wooden houses at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire, a site...

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Planets similar to Jupiter are likely able to form on orbits shorter than the...

Warm Jupiters are large, gas-giant exoplanets—planets found around stars other than the Sun. They are comparable in size to Jupiter and Saturn in our Solar System. But unlike the Sun’s family of giant...

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Why be human when you can be otherkin?

-In May thousands of people watched a documentary called The Secret Life of the Human Pups. The film accompanied Spot and friends (men who dress as dogs) as they travelled to a beauty pageant. Its...

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Slow, slow, quick quick, slow: Scientists discover how proteins in the brain...

The ability of biological molecules, such as our DNA, to replicate themselves is the foundation of life. It is a process that usually involves complex cellular machinery. However, certain protein...

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Time travelling to the mother tongue

No matter whether you speak English or Urdu, Waloon or Waziri, Portuguese or Persian, the roots of your language are the same. Proto-Indo-European (PIE) is the mother tongue – shared by several...

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Opinion: As ARM enjoys a Japanese embrace, the lessons it can teach UK tech...

When the 12 founding engineers of chip designer ARM Holdings met in a 14th century barn near Cambridge in 1991 to welcome their new CEO, (now Sir) Robin Saxby, he asked them a brutal question: “Should...

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Wash cycle: making organs fit for transplantation


In a room in the Department of Surgery, a kidney sits inside a chamber connected to tubes and monitors. Solutions and gases are pumping through it and urine is coming out. In fact, the chamber in...

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Opinion: A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it?

In a study of over 25,000 adults with detailed information about their eating habits, people with a greater diversity of foods in their diet showed a 30% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over...

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