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Vaccination uptake among Traveller communities significantly lower than in...

In a study published today in the Journal of Public Health, researchers from the Primary Care Unit at Cambridge examined records at a General Practice in the East of England to compare uptake of...

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‘Gut feelings’ help make more successful financial traders

‘Gut feelings’ – known technically as interoceptive sensations – are sensations that carry information to the brain from many tissues of the body, including the heart and lungs, as well as the gut....

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Neurons feel the force – physical interactions control brain development

Scientists have found that developing nerve cells are able to ‘feel’ their environment as they grow, helping them form the correct connections within the brain and with other parts of the body. The...

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Parkinson’s Disease protein plays vital “marshalling” role in healthy brains

Researchers have established how a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is closely associated with Parkinson’s Disease, functions in healthy human brains. By showing how the protein works in healthy...

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Algorithm for predicting protein pairings could help show how living systems...

Researchers have developed an algorithm that aids our understanding of how living systems work, by identifying which proteins within cells will interact with each other, based on their genetic...

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Study identifies different ways to help social businesses grow

Social businesses – those with a socially beneficial objective – can play an important role in developing countries in addressing needs such as healthcare, energy, education and sanitation, but such...

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Dementia: Catching the memory thief

You may have heard of the ‘dementia tsunami’. It’s heading our way. As our population ages, the number of cases of dementia is set to rocket, overwhelming our health services and placing an enormous...

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Genetic ‘trace’ in ancient genomes suggests previously unknown expansion out...

A new study of human genomic diversity suggests there may have in fact been two successful dispersals out of Africa, and that a “trace” of the earlier of these two expansion events has lingered in the...

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Unprecedented study of Aboriginal Australians points to one shared Out of...

The first major genomic study of Aboriginal Australians ever undertaken has confirmed that all present-day non-African populations are descended from the same single wave of migrants, who left Africa...

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'Extreme sleepover #18'– rebuilding earthquake-shattered Christchurch

At 2.30am I sit with my laptop feeling helpless as I watch video footage of a dust cloud rising around the crumbling cathedral in the city square. An earthquake has hit my hometown of Christchurch,...

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Trophy hunting of lions can aid in conservation, but overhaul of system is...

One year after the worldwide controversy when an American dentist and recreational hunter killed Cecil the Lion outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, the researchers say hunting can work as a...

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Bookings open for Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2016

Bookings open on Monday for the 2016 Cambridge Festival of Ideas, with a host of events and discussions on issues ranging from the risk of another global financial crash and the rise of populism to...

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Opinion: More women are running the world, so why aren't more men doing the...

Globally, women are triumphing in historically male-dominated areas. 2017 may begin with women at the helm of Germany, Liberia, Norway, South Korea, the UK, the US, General Motors, the IMF, YouTube...

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Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain

My four-year-old son’s favourite book, about a fox in a library, tells its readers that “books give you new ideas” – so the fox asks a chicken to teach him to read, rather than eating it. The same can...

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Professor Stephen Toope nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of...

Subject to the approval of the Regent House, the University’s governing body, Professor Toope will take over from Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz on 1 October 2017. Professor Toope is Director of the...

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The day they nearly banned the bomb

The celebrated Reykjavik summit in October 1986 between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was not a disaster, as commonly thought. Instead it marked an important step towards the US and Russia...

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The fall and rise of Native North America

Blood and Land by Jonathan King, the Von Hügel Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is the story of how Native North America has shaped the United States and Canada, and vice versa....

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Without autonomy universities risk losing the public’s trust, says Sir Leszek...

“We are given license to operate, and the space to educate and generate knowledge, because we deliver excellence. And the public trust placed in us is directly linked to an understanding that our...

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Harnessing the possibilities of the nanoworld

The laws of thermodynamics govern the behaviour of materials in the macro world, while quantum mechanics describes behaviour of particles at the other extreme, in the world of single atoms and...

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Mediterranean diet could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in the UK

In this study, the first of its kind carried out in a UK population, the researchers found that healthy individuals with greater adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet had 6 to 16% lower risk of...

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