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First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets excites researchers

Embarking on the first attempt at detecting the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system, a team of Cambridge and international researchers discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and...

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Drowning in a paper sea: India’s welfare efforts failed by its peculiar...

One of the world’s largest anti-poverty measures – a scheme designed to guarantee 100 days’ work to poor, rural households in India – has become bogged down in a bureaucratic quagmire, according to...

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Study reveals Leonardo da Vinci’s “irrelevant” scribbles mark the spot where...

Scribbled notes and sketches on a page in a notebook by Leonardo da Vinci, previously dismissed as irrelevant by an art historian, have been identified as the place where he first recorded his...

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Opinion: How we discovered infectious diseases in 2,000-year-old faeces from...

Once travelled by famous historical figures such as Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, the Silk Road was a hugely important network of transport routes connecting eastern China with Central Asia, the Middle...

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How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax

Humans have trained a range of species to help them find food: examples are dogs, falcons and cormorants. These animals are domesticated or taught to cooperate by their owners. Human-animal...

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Ancient faeces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried...

An ancient latrine near a desert in north-western China has revealed the first archaeological evidence that travellers along the Silk Road were responsible for the spread of infectious diseases along...

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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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Changes in brain structure during teenage years provide clues to onset of...

In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Cambridge and University College London (UCL) used magnetic resonance imaging...

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Earth, wind and flyer: the moves of Disco Tony and friends

Earlier this year, Toby Smith followed the moves of Disco Tony and his fellow cuckoos – a journey that took him to the forests of Gabon in West Africa and the fringes of the Batéké Plateau grasslands....

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Opinion: Can genes really predict how well you’ll do academically?

Researchers at King’s College London say they are able to predict educational achievement from DNA alone. Using a new type of analysis called a “genome-wide polygenic score”, or GPS, they analysed DNA...

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Cambridge pilots simplified visa scheme for Masters' students

The University is one of only four higher education institutions in the UK to trial the new Tier 4 visa application pilot, which simplifies the visa process and extends post-study leave to six months....

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An hour of moderate exercise a day enough to counter health risks from...

Ever since a study back in 1953 discovered that London bus drivers were at greater risk of heart disease compared to bus conductors, scientists have found increasing evidence that lack of physical...

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Carbon dioxide can be stored underground for ten times the length needed to...

New research shows that natural accumulations of carbon dioxide (CO2) that have been trapped underground for around 100,000 years have not significantly corroded the rocks above, suggesting that...

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Financial cycles of acquisitions and ‘buybacks’ threaten public access to...

New research on the financial practices surrounding a ‘wonder drug’ with a more than 90% cure rate for hepatitis C – a blood-borne infection that damages the liver over many years – shows how this...

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Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA

The University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. As part of the celebrations, they have commissioned...

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COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts

The majority of the exhibits are from the Museum’s own rich collections, and those from the founding bequest of Viscount Fitzwilliam in 1816 can never leave the building and can only be seen at the...

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Exhibition reunites artworks from Captain Scott’s final expedition – a...

Visions of the Great White South opens at Bonhams in Bond Street on August 2 and uses collections from the fateful Terra Nova expedition, held by the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University...

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FAMIN or feast? Newly-discovered mechanism influences how immune cells ‘eat’...

To date, researchers have identified hundreds of genetic variants that increase or decrease the risk of developing diseases from cancer and diabetes to tuberculosis and mental health disorders....

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Opinion: How to save inbred, short-faced dogs such as pugs and bulldogs from...

Short-faced dogs such as pugs, bulldogs (known as English bulldogs in the US) and French bulldogs are among the cutest pets out there – they’re the very reverse of the wolves they descended from. Over...

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‘Red gene’ in birds and turtles suggests dinosaurs had bird-like colour vision

Earlier this year, scientists used zebra finches to pinpoint the gene that enables birds to produce and display the colour red. Now, a new study shows the same ‘red gene’ is also found in turtles,...

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