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Elephant poaching costs African economies US $25 million per year in lost...

The current elephant poaching crisis costs African countries around USD $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Comparing...

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New Cambridge centre sets out to prove we are not in a “post-truth” society

Whether it is individuals making choices about their lives, or government officials determining policy, we all rely on evidence. From deciding what medical treatment is best for you, to selecting the...

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Re-enacting the first night of television, 80 years on

Television’s Opening Night: How the Box was Born will be screened on BBC Four on 2 November 2016, 80 years after Britain first experienced the phenomenon of a live television broadcast. No recordings...

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Pain in the machine: a Cambridge Shorts film

Pain is vital: it is the mechanism that protects us from harming ourselves. If you put your finger into a flame, a signal travels up your nervous system to your brain which tells you to snatch your...

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Holbein’s Dance Of Death - the 16th Century Charlie Hebdo

As the leading painter at the Court of Henry VIII, Hans Holbein’s magnificent depictions of royalty and nobility affirmed his status as one of the greatest portrait artists of all time. Few would have...

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Brexit: Listen to experts from Cambridge and beyond discuss how, why and what...

The University of Cambridge recently held a week-long series of Brexit talks and discussions, featuring senior experts in law, politics, history, science and economics from Cambridge and beyond. The...

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Ectoplasm, spirit trumpets and paintings from Pompeii: 600 years of Curious...

The answers lie in the second major exhibition of Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversary – Curious Objects – which puts on display a collection of curiosities that has been centuries in the...

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Brexit: High Court ruling on Article 50 explained

"For some, today’s ruling is a victory for parliamentary democracy. For others, unelected judges stand in the way of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. If the Supreme Court gets the final say, voters...

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What makes a sand dune sing?

For Marco Polo, the desert could be a spooky place, filled with evil spirits. Writing in the 13th century, he described the famous singing sands, which “at times fill the air with the sounds of all...

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Questions of life and death

Toast is burning in one of the ward kitchens at St Christopher’s Hospice in south London. Members of the nursing staff rush to open the windows, laughing at this minor disaster. In a room down the...

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Opinion: Decision time in the US

Dr Emily Charnock, Faculty of History Q: Has the 2016 U.S. election been as unprecedented as we have been led to believe? A: In a word, yes. There have been nasty presidential elections and party...

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A very hairy story

We live in a world in which our appearance - what we wear, what we cover and what we reveal - is highly politicised. Witness the debates, among others, of the wearing of religious symbols in the...

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Opinion: How the UK and India can lead the development of ecologically smart...

British Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting India on her first significant overseas visit outside the EU – and there is real interest in how it could be a harbinger of Britain’s post-Brexit future....

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Weight loss condition provides insight into failure of cancer immunotherapies

Cancer immunotherapies involve activating a patient’s immune cells to recognise and destroy cancer cells. They have shown great promise in some cancers, but so far have only been effective in a...

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Believing is Seeing: a Cambridge Shorts film

Where does science come from? It comes from inside our heads and our imagination. Science is the unknown, from the biggest scale to the tiniest, waiting to be discovered. It is the process of dreaming...

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A counterintuitive approach to fighting cancer

If you’re based at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, however, the common sense approach is not necessarily the road most travelled – and for good reason. The word...

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World’s 'smallest magnifying glass' makes it possible to see individual...

For centuries, scientists believed that light, like all waves, couldn’t be focused down smaller than its wavelength, just under a millionth of a metre. Now, researchers led by the University of...

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Multi-drug resistant infection spreading globally among cystic fibrosis patients

The study, led by the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, also suggests that conventional cleaning will not be sufficient to eliminate the pathogen, which can be...

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Stephen Hawking - big data key to 'some of the most important scientific...

Speaking at the launch of the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information (CCIMI) last night (10 November), Professor Hawking said: “In a dazzlingly complex world, you have to be able...

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Man v fish in the Amazon rainforest

Hunting brings us close to our prey but the blood of a dying animal, spilling on to our hands, reminds us of our own mortality. Trapping, the use of technology to entice and capture, distances us from...

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