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"27.10.2016 17:14:52" cam.ac.uk Fossilised dinosaur brain tissue identified for the first time Researchers have identified the first known example of fossilised brain tissue in a dinosaur from Sussex. The tissues resemble those seen in modern crocodiles and birds. This little pebble is the first ever example of fossilised brain tissue from a dinosaur.
"27.10.2016 14:01:23" youtube.com Dance Your PhD 2016 : A polymeric prosthetic heart valve Songs: Like a Drum by the Cat Empire, used with kind and expressed permission of the rights holder (Sept 2016). Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba, also used with ki... Congratulations to Jacob Brubert of Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology for winning this year's Dance Your PhD contest!
"27.10.2016 13:12:26" cam.ac.uk Cause of phantom limb pain in amputees, and potential treatment, identified Researchers have identified the cause of chronic, and currently untreatable, pain in those with amputations and severe nerve damage, as well as a potential treatment which relies on engineering instead of drugs. The vast majority of amputees suffer with a type of chronic, and untreatable, pain known as phantom limb pain. New research has discovered what causes and, and uses a technique based on AI to treat it.
"27.10.2016 11:43:00" cam.ac.uk Self-renewable killer cells could be key to making cancer immunotherapy work A small molecule that can turn short-lived 'killer T-cells' into long-lived, renewable cells that can last in the body for a longer period of time, activating when necessary to destroy tumour cells, could help make cell-based immunotherapy a realistic How to build an army.
"27.10.2016 09:36:17" cam.ac.uk Research reveals accidental making of 'Patient Zero' myth during 1980s AIDS crisis A combination of historical and genetic research reveals the error and hype that led to the coining of the term 'Patient Zero' and the blaming of one man for the spread of HIV across North America. "We hope this research will give researchers, journalists and the public pause before using the term Patient Zero."
"27.10.2016 08:54:44" cam.ac.uk Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery – which could have five times the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery – overcomes one of the key hurdles preventing their commercial development by mimicking the structure of the cells which allow What do your intestines and a super-powered smartphone battery have in common?
"26.10.2016 14:09:21" Students graduating at the Senate House A busy day for our recent graduates at the Senate House. Congratulations to all of you. #CambridgeGraduation
"26.10.2016 13:25:43" cam.ac.uk Cambridge has waived application fee for graduate students from most African countries The University's policy on graduate admissions was reiterated at the opening of the third Cambridge-Africa Day Cambridge has waived the usual application fee for nationals of many of the world's least developed countries.
"25.10.2016 16:18:37" Cambridge University Library Cambridge University Library is home to some unexpected and baffling objects.
As a taster for our major exhibition, Curious Objects, which opens 3 November, we have collected twenty more curiosities!
'Like' the ones you find intriguing - their stories Like your favourite of these images and they may go on display in Cambridge University Library as part of their new, upcoming exhibition 'Curious Objects'.
"25.10.2016 13:49:42" cam.ac.uk Combating cybercrime when there's plenty of phish in the sea As more and more crime moves online, computer scientists, criminologists and legal academics have joined forces in Cambridge to improve our understanding and responses to cybercrime, helping governments, businesses and ordinary users construct better "You don't actually have to be as clever as people once thought in order to fool a user."
"25.10.2016 10:02:12" cam.ac.uk Elvis is alive and the Moon landings were faked: the (conspiracy) theory of everything As a global population we are awash with conspiracy theories. But what effect do these really have on the public as we go about our day-to-day lives, asks a team of Cambridge researchers. Elvis is alive, the Moon landings were faked and members of the British Royal Family are shape-shifting lizards.
What are some of your favourite conspiracy theories?
"25.10.2016 09:04:53" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Thirty years on as 'new Cold War' looms, US and Russia should remember the Rekyjavik summit David Reynolds (Faculty of History) and Kristina Spohr (London School of Economics and Political Science) discuss current relations between the US & Russia, and whether there are any lessons to be learned from the era of détente and the end of the Cold As a 'new Cold War' looms, are there any lessons to be learned from the era of détente and the end of the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s?
"24.10.2016 15:42:49" Cambridge University Library Only 2 days to go! This Wednesday, join Ali Smith and a panel of experts as they discuss the changing role of libraries in the 21st century, at this free Cambridge Festival of Ideas event. Book here: What use is a library in the 21st century? What should they look like and what should they provide? Award-winning novelist Ali Smith will discuss their role this week as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Cambridge University Library's 600th
"24.10.2016 13:47:29" cam.ac.uk Kettle's Yard on the move to celebrate 50th anniversary Works by some of the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries – including Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, LS Lowry and Helen Frankenthaler – are to go on display in Cambridge as Kettle's Yard celebrates 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge. Works by some of the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries are to go on display as Kettle's Yard celebrates 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge.
"24.10.2016 08:45:17" Cambridge University Museums Behind the scenes alert!
We've asked our experts about the most difficult, bizarre, controversial, unwanted, overlooked and unknown objects in their collections. Things that make them say WTH? when discovered in stores (and wonder Why is This Here?). Choose your favourite object of the two below by liking its image - and at 1pm UK time, Cambridge University Museums will tell you all about the 'winning' object during a live stream on Periscope.
"21.10.2016 14:47:41" A visual celebration of our place in the National Football Mus... They're football crazy… a visual celebration of our place in the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.
"21.10.2016 13:56:16" cam.ac.uk Artificial intelligence: computer says YES (but is it right?) Computers that learn for themselves are with us now. As they become more common in 'high-stakes' applications like robotic surgery, terrorism detection and driverless cars, researchers ask what can be done to make sure we can trust them. Can we trust computers that learn for themselves?
"21.10.2016 09:52:19" A calm Cam And relax
"21.10.2016 09:25:07" cam.ac.uk Engineers design ultralow power transistors that could function for years without a battery A new design for transistors which operate on 'scavenged' energy from their environment could form the basis for devices which function for months or years without a battery, and could be used for wearable or implantable electronics. These 'scavenger' devices don't need batteries, and could power the Internet of Things.
"20.10.2016 09:53:59" cam.ac.uk What is so unusual about a sloth's neck? The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science and society. Here, X is for Xenarthran. A must-have item for 15th-century collectors of 'curiosities' and a source of fascination for On International Sloth Day we ask the question: what is so unusual about their necks?
"19.10.2016 17:09:07" Stephen Hawking, LIVE NOW. Artificial intelligence has the power to eradicate poverty and disease or hasten the end of human civilisation as we know it.
"19.10.2016 15:27:28" At the end of the day... At the end of the day...
"19.10.2016 14:29:34" cam.ac.uk “Oldest club in the world” inducted into the Football Hall of Fame Cambridge University's 160 year old Football club has been honoured with a special award for its contribution to the history of the beautiful game and its place as “the oldest club in the world” Cambridge University's 160 year old Football club has been honoured with a special award for its contribution to the history of the beautiful game and its place as “the oldest club in the world”.
"19.10.2016 09:18:15" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #4 In the fourth of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Professor of French Philology and Linguistics, argues that the UK Government needs a coherent policy on languages as the country prepares to leave the "Languages are central to many of the key issues of our time, including national security, diplomacy and conflict resolution, community and social cohesion, migration and identity."
Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett urges the UK to make language learning a
"18.10.2016 15:08:35" cam.ac.uk Anti-inflammatory drugs could help treat symptoms of depression, study suggests Anti-inflammatory drugs similar to those used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis could in future be used to treat some cases of depression, concludes a review led by the University of Cambridge, which further implicates our It's becoming increasingly clear that inflammation plays a role in depression, at least for some individuals.
"18.10.2016 12:50:12" cam.ac.uk Researchers road-test powerful method for studying singlet fission In a new study, researchers measure the spin properties of electronic states produced in singlet fission – a process which could have a central role in the future development of solar cells. Singlet fission could enable a 'two-for-one' deal on the amount of energy solar cells can produce, but first we've got to figure out exactly how it works.
"18.10.2016 09:53:45" Timeline Photos Sunrise this morning over Clare College.
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"17.10.2016 14:07:53" University of Cambridge's cover photo Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches today with hundreds of free events over two weeks exploring the theme of movement.
Find out more here: http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/
"17.10.2016 07:48:41" cam.ac.uk Internet censorship: making the hidden visible Despite being founded on ideals of freedom and openness, censorship on the internet is rampant, with more than 60 countries engaging in some form of state-sponsored censorship. A research project at the University of Cambridge is aiming to uncover the How can internet users know what content is being censored and why? A new research project at Cambridge is aiming to find out.
"14.10.2016 08:02:46" University of Cambridge's cover photo Sunset at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
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"13.10.2016 15:21:16" cam.ac.uk The Whistle: verifying digital evidence of human rights violations Smartphones and social media have made it easy for accidental witnesses “in the wrong place at the wrong time” to capture and share violations and crimes. But how can we tell what's real and what's fake? Do you remember this image? Smartphones and social media have made it easy for accidental witnesses “in the wrong place at the wrong time” to capture and share violations and crimes. But how can we tell what's real and what's fake?
"13.10.2016 12:39:12" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #3 In the third of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Jocelyn Wyburd, Director of the University's Language Centre and Chair of the University Council for Modern Languages, argues that Brexit poses an additional threat to In the UK, some school pupils have told their teachers that they no longer need to attend their language classes because of #Brexit. The Director of our Language Centre calls for action.
"13.10.2016 10:51:25" cam.ac.uk Lost in high-dimensional space: Study improves the cure for the “Curse Of Dimensionality” Researchers have developed a new method for making effective calculations in “high-dimensional space” – and proved its worth by using it to solve a 93-dimensional problem. In rough terms, the “Curse” refers to the apparent impossibility of making calculations in situations where the number of variables, attributes, and possible outcomes is so large that it seems futile even to try to comprehend the problem in the first
"13.10.2016 08:29:31" cam.ac.uk Fruit fly model of deadly brain diseases could lead to blood test for vCJD A new model of fatal brain diseases is being developed in the fruit fly by a team led by Dr Raymond Bujdoso at the University of Cambridge, and could lead to a low cost, fast and efficient blood test to diagnose – and prevent possible transmission of – How the fruit fly is helping in the battle against deadly brain diseases
"12.10.2016 11:50:55" cam.ac.uk University of Cambridge As we prepare to welcome prospective students to our first Postgraduate Open Day on 2 November, we introduce 11 young researchers who are already making exciting advances in fields ranging from Volcanology to Mental Health and from the Renaissance to
"11.10.2016 11:58:27" cam.ac.uk Diagnosis of cancer as a medical emergency leads to poorer prognosis for many patients Too many patients – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – are being diagnosed with cancer as medical emergencies, say researchers. This means that their chances of successful treatment are greatly reduced. Too many patients – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – are being diagnosed with cancer as medical emergencies, say researchers.
"11.10.2016 07:19:07" cam.ac.uk Mice sing like jet engines to find a mate Mice court one another with ultrasonic love songs that are inaudible to the human ear. New research shows they make these unique high frequency sounds using a mechanism that has only previously been observed in supersonic jet engines. What does a mouse's whistle have to do with a jet engine? Maybe The Clangers know.
"10.10.2016 14:43:51" cam.ac.uk Opinion: How to build a mentally healthy workplace - step-by-step Mental health has long been the Cinderella of healthcare: left to scrape an existence while the bulk of funding and attention goes elsewhere. As we mark World Mental Health Day, it is clear that policy makers and the public are coming to the realisation As we mark World Mental Health Day, it is clear that policy makers and the public are coming to the realisation that there is no health without mental health.
"10.10.2016 10:16:41" cam.ac.uk Professor Oliver Hart wins economics Nobel Prize Professor Oliver Hart, a former undergraduate at King's College (1966), and a former Fellow of Churchill College, has been jointly awarded the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, along with Bengt Holmström for their work in the field of Congratulations to Professor Oliver Hart, a former undergraduate at King's College (1966), and a former Fellow of Churchill College, who has been jointly awarded the 2016 Economics Nobel Prize this morning.
"07.10.2016 10:21:46" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #2 In the second of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Dr Heather Inwood, Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Chinese Literature and Culture, argues that Britain needs to improve its language skills to build trade relations and Translating American rap lyrics for Chinese TV and other reasons to love languages.
In the 2nd of a new series, alumna and now University Lecturer, Dr Heather Inwood, argues that Britain needs languages more than ever ....
"07.10.2016 08:55:51" The Greeks, the Romans and Us How do you write a dictionary? Watch this short documentary to discover how a team of scholars at Cambridge are putting together a new Lexicon of Ancient Greek.
"06.10.2016 10:58:08" cam.ac.uk The science, drugs and tech pushing our brains to new limits Rapid advances in neuroscience are driving a huge shift in our understanding of how the brain works and could improve both our cognitive abilities and our brain health, writes Professor Barbara Sahakian (Department of Psychiatry) on The Conversation "At present, the magnificent human brain is superior to artificial intelligence (AI)"
"06.10.2016 07:44:51" Talking Politics Theresa May says she will make a success of Brexit - but what does that mean? What might happen economically or politically to blow her off course? Plus: what we learned from the VP debate, and we talk about politics in Colombia - are there wider lessons
"05.10.2016 10:11:57" cam.ac.uk Chicken korma, Eton mess and a genetic variant provide clues to our food choices People who carry variants in a particular gene have an increased preference for high fat food, but a decreased preference for sugary foods, according to a new study led by the University of Cambridge. The research has provided insights into why we make How chicken korma and Eton mess helps Cambridge researchers study obesity and food choices...
"04.10.2016 10:11:12" cam.ac.uk Cambridge alumni win 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics Three alumni of the University of Cambridge were today awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering work in the field of condensed matter physics. Three alumni of the University of Cambridge were today awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering work in the field of condensed matter physics.
David Thouless (Trinity Hall), Duncan Haldane (Christ's) and Michael Kosterlitz (Gonville
"03.10.2016 14:22:00" cam.ac.uk Ten thousand reasons to celebrate Open Access at Cambridge The University of Cambridge has received its 10,000th Open Access submission – highlighting its commitment to making research freely available to anybody who wants to access it, without publisher paywalls or expensive journal subscriptions. "Through open access our research can reach a worldwide audience."
"30.09.2016 09:20:21" University of Cambridge Shakespeare's 'First Folio', Dante's Divine Comedy, and fragments of Homer's Odyssey from the second century CE, are among the objects in our final film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library.
Since March, some of the world's most Shakespeare's 'First Folio', Dante's Divine Comedy, and fragments of Homer's Odyssey from the second century CE, are among the objects in our final film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library.
Since March, some of the world's most
"29.09.2016 15:55:05" Timeline Photos Billions of words, eight million books, 600 years of Cambridge University Library.
Tomorrow is your last chance to see Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library. Featuring works by Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, and William Shakespeare, Lines of
"29.09.2016 10:08:56" Body-worn video - The independent witness Body-worn cameras are fast becoming standard kit for frontline law enforcers, trumpeted by senior officers and even the US President as a technological 'fix' for what some see as a crisis of police legitimacy. Evidence of effectiveness has, however, been
"28.09.2016 12:34:21" cam.ac.uk Trophy hunting of lions can aid in conservation, but overhaul of system is required, say researchers New research has found that controlled trophy hunting of lions can actually help conserve the species, but only in areas where hunting companies are given long-term land management rights. New research has found that controlled trophy hunting of lions can actually help conserve the species, but only in areas where hunting companies are given long-term land management rights.
"28.09.2016 09:53:22" Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day The University of Cambridge, and the Colleges, will be opening their doors to final year students and those seeking to apply for postgraduate study, for the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
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"27.09.2016 13:30:10" Lines of Thought: Telling the Story of History Shakespeare's 'First Folio', Dante's Divine Comedy, and fragments of Homer's Odyssey from the second century CE, are among the objects in our final film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library.
Since March, some of the world's most
"27.09.2016 11:06:23" cam.ac.uk The fall and rise of Native North America The story of Native North America – from its vast contribution to world culture, to the often taboo social problems of drinking, gambling and violence – is the subject of a sweeping new history by a Cambridge academic and authority on the subject. "No understanding of the #USA is possible without first comprehending the story of its original inhabitants."
"26.09.2016 17:58:24" cam.ac.uk Professor Stephen Toope nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge Today (26 September), international law scholar and university leader Professor Stephen Toope was nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. International law scholar and university leader Professor Stephen Toope has been nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge... https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/professor-stephen-toope-nominated-as-vice-chancellor-of-the-university-of-cambridge
"26.09.2016 10:44:01" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain In the first of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Sarah Colvin, Schröder Professor of German and Head of the Department of German and Dutch, argues that learning languages is key to understanding how people think and plays To celebrate European Day of Languages #coeEDL, we are launching a new series of comment pieces about the power and beauty of languages. Read the first of five now ...
"26.09.2016 10:18:30" University of Cambridge A hand-coloured copy of Vesalius' 1543 Epitome – one of the most influential works in western medicine – and the first written record of a dissection carried out in England are among the objects in our latest film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge This week is your last chance to see Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library - which is celebrating its 600th birthday this year.
If you can't make it to Cambridge, be sure to check out our series of films which trace 4,000 years of human
"22.09.2016 15:10:23" cam.ac.uk Genetic 'trace' in ancient genomes suggests previously unknown expansion out of Africa Several major studies, published today, concur that virtually all current global human populations stem from a single wave of expansion out of Africa. Yet one has found 2% of the genome in Papuan populations points to an earlier, separate dispersal event Three major studies published this week find that virtually all current global populations stem from a single wave of expansion out of Africa. But one has found 2% of the genome in Papuan populations points to an earlier, separate dispersal event – and an
"22.09.2016 09:17:48" cam.ac.uk Unprecedented study of Aboriginal Australians points to one shared Out of Africa migration for modern humans The first significant investigation into the genomics of Aboriginal Australians has uncovered several major findings about early human populations. These include evidence of a single “Out of Africa” migration event, and of a previously unidentified, How did we get here? A new study of the DNA of Aboriginal Australians points to one shared Out of Africa migration for modern humans.
"21.09.2016 09:10:30" Dementia: Catching the memory thief Today is World Alzheimer's Day, and over a hundred years since the first case of Alzheimer's disease was diagnosed. Since then we've learned a great deal about the protein 'tangles' and 'plaques' that cause the disease. How close are to having effective
"20.09.2016 14:42:36" cam.ac.uk Neurons feel the force – physical interactions control brain development Researchers have identified a new mechanism controlling brain development: that neurons not only 'smell' chemicals in their environment, but also 'feel' their way through the developing brain. Nerve cells in the developing brain not only have a sense of smell, but a sense of touch as well.
"19.09.2016 13:31:05" cam.ac.uk Vaccination uptake among Traveller communities significantly lower than in general population Traveller communities have significantly lower uptake of vaccinations compared to the general population, suggesting that more work needs to be done to promote understanding and appreciation of the benefits of vaccination among this population, according "Vaccinations are incredibly important to help protect children from potentially serious diseases, and we need to work with the Traveller communities to promote better understanding and appreciation of the long-term benefits."
"19.09.2016 10:24:55" cam.ac.uk 'Gut feelings' help make more successful financial traders Financial traders are better at reading their 'gut feelings' than the general population – and the better they are at this ability, the more successful they are as traders, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. The best traders go with their gut.
"16.09.2016 14:21:07" youtube.com Lines of Thought: Understanding Anatomy A hand-coloured copy of Vesalius' 1543 Epitome – one of the most influential works in western medicine – and the first written record of a dissection carried... A hand-coloured copy of Vesalius' 1543 Epitome – one of the most influential works in western medicine – and the first written record of a dissection carried out in England are among the objects in our latest film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge
"16.09.2016 11:00:37" cam.ac.uk School starting age: the evidence Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Here, one of the signatories, Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, from the Faculty of Education, Have your kids just started school? In this article from 2013 David Whitebread argues that children start formal learning too young.
"16.09.2016 07:41:21" cam.ac.uk A tight squeeze for electrons – quantum effects observed in 'one-dimensional' wires Researchers have observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional 'quantum wires' and observing the interactions between them. The results could be used to aid in the development of quantum technologies, including quantum Scientists have controlled electrons by packing them so tightly together that they start to display quantum effects.
"15.09.2016 14:14:51" cam.ac.uk South Asian patients have worse experiences of GP interactions, study suggests Communication between doctors and South Asian patients is poor, according to national GP surveys, but a question has been raised about whether this reflects genuinely worse experiences or differences in responding to questionnaires. Now, a new study led "These findings very clearly show that there are major inequalities in care for minority ethnic groups.”
"14.09.2016 14:15:42" cam.ac.uk Gaia results revealed – first data release from the most detailed map ever made of the sky The first results from the Gaia satellite, which is completing an unprecedented census of more than one billion stars in the Milky Way, are being released today to astronomers and the public. The release marks the first chance astronomers and the public have had to get their hands on detailed information about more than a billion stars.
"13.09.2016 13:05:17" cam.ac.uk Placenta plays pivotal “umpire” role to influence pregnancy outcomes New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother's physical ability to provide. Pregnancy is a tug of war between mother and fetus, and a new study shows how the placenta plays the role of umpire.
"13.09.2016 11:15:57" youtube.com Lines of Thought: Understanding Anatomy A hand-coloured copy of Vesalius' 1543 Epitome – one of the most influential works in western medicine – and the first written record of a dissection carried... A hand-coloured copy of Vesalius' 1543 Epitome – one of the most influential works in western medicine – and the first written record of a dissection carried out in England are among the objects in our latest film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge
"13.09.2016 07:50:26" cam.ac.uk Quadruple helix form of DNA may aid in the development of targeted cancer therapies Researchers have identified the role that a four-stranded version of DNA may play in the role of cancer progression, and suggest that it may be used to develop new targeted cancer therapies. A few years ago, Cambridge researchers found a 4-stranded version of DNA in human cells. Now, they think it may play a role in switching cancer genes on and off.
"09.09.2016 17:04:20" Lines of Thought: Understanding Anatomy A hand-coloured copy of Vesalius' 1543 Epitome – one of the most influential works in western medicine – and the first written record of a dissection carried out in England are among the objects in our latest film celebrating Lines of Thought at Cambridge
"09.09.2016 10:51:54" St John's College With the start of a new academic year fast approaching, many first years coming up to Cambridge will be unsure what to expect and how to behave. This handy Victorian guide offers pearls of wisdom on the dos and don'ts of undergraduate life:
"09.09.2016 10:28:49" cam.ac.uk Stolen World War Two letters help author uncover the hidden lives of army wives A stolen chest of letters – penned by an army wife to her husband on the battlefields of the Second World War – has helped a Cambridge academic and biographer trace the history of the women behind the men in uniform. "Diana talked about couples having sex outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day and 'getting tiddly'."
How a stolen chest of letters helped tell the story of army wives from the Crimean War to Afghanistan.
"08.09.2016 08:09:18" cam.ac.uk “Opening the skull” of patients after head injury reduces risk of death from brain swelling Craniectomy – a surgical procedure in which part of the skull is removed to relieve brain swelling – significantly reduces the risk of death following traumatic brain injury, an international study led by the University of Cambridge has found. "Traumatic brain injury is an incredibly serious and life-threatening condition. From our study, we estimate that craniectomies can almost halve the risk of death for patients with a severe traumatic brain injury and significant swelling."
"07.09.2016 10:02:38" cam.ac.uk Massive holes 'punched' through a trail of stars likely caused by dark matter The discovery of two massive holes punched through a stream of stars could help answer questions about the nature of dark matter, the mysterious substance holding galaxies together. Just what is dark matter made of? Two newly-discovered holes punched through a trail of stars might help us figure it out.
"07.09.2016 08:00:46" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Why danger is exciting – but only to some people Valerie Voon (Department of Psychiatry) discusses what makes some people want to base jump off a cliff, while others don't even enjoy a rollercoaster ride. Why danger is exciting – but only to some people.
"06.09.2016 16:24:52" University of Cambridge Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA
Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes From Darwin to DNA
Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition featuring Darwin's stuffed pigeons, the letter which first coined the term 'genetics' and a paper by Crick and Watson which helped decode DNA.
"06.09.2016 07:56:19" cam.ac.uk Young people exposed to vaping ads less likely to think occasional smoking is bad for health Exposure to advertisements for e-cigarettes may decrease the perceived health risks of occasional tobacco smoking, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, prompting concern that this may lead more young people to experiment with smoking. Young people may be encouraged to experiment with smoking after seeing adverts for e-cigarettes, which decrease the perceived risks of occasional tobacco smoking.
"05.09.2016 13:44:11" cam.ac.uk Artificial pancreas trial in young children with diabetes receives €4.6millon grant from European Commission An international trial to test whether an artificial pancreas can help young children manage their type 1 diabetes will begin next year, thanks to a major grant awarded by the European Commission. An international trial to test whether an artificial pancreas can help young children manage their type 1 diabetes will begin next year, thanks to a major grant awarded by the European Commission.
"05.09.2016 10:25:52" cam.ac.uk New exoplanet think tank will ask the big questions about extra-terrestrial worlds An international exoplanet 'think tank' is meeting this week in Cambridge to deliberate on the ten most important questions that humanity could answer in the next decade about planets outside our solar system. An international exoplanet 'think tank' is meeting this week in Cambridge to deliberate on the ten most important questions that humanity could answer in the next decade about planets outside our solar system.
"03.09.2016 08:55:11" cam.ac.uk New model could help improve prediction of outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever Potential outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever may be more accurately predicted thanks to a new mathematical model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. This could in turn help inform public health messages to prevent How maths is helping in the fight against Ebola and Lassa fever.
"01.09.2016 14:22:08" youtube.com An Introduction to COLOUR Explore the Fitzwilliam Museum's latest exhibition, COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts with three of the people behind the groundbreaking... Explore the Fitzwilliam Museum's latest exhibition, COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts with three of the people behind the groundbreaking exhibition.
"01.09.2016 11:26:52" University of Cambridge's cover photo The Senate House is the parliament building of Cambridge University. It was designed by James Gibbs, and built between 1722 and 1730. This beautiful, classical building is where University graduation ceremonies take place.
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"30.08.2016 13:19:36" cam.ac.uk Why mole rats are more flexible than we previously thought One of the most interesting facts about mole rats – that, as with ants and termites, individuals specialise in particular tasks throughout their lives – turns out to be wrong. Instead, a new study led by the University of Cambridge shows that individuals Forget what you thought you knew about mole rats...
"30.08.2016 09:36:21" cam.ac.uk Tiny changes in Parkinson's protein can have “dramatic” impact on processes that lead to the disease Specific mutations in the protein associated with Parkinson's Disease, in which just one of its 140 building blocks is altered, can make a dramatic difference to processes which may lead to the condition's onset, researchers have found. "Our hope is that this study will contribute to the global effort towards comprehending why people with these mutations get the disease more frequently, or at a younger age."
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"22.08.2016 08:38:46" cam.ac.uk Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way A young star over 30 times more massive than the Sun could help us understand how the most extreme stars in the Universe are born. A young star over 30 times more massive than the Sun could help us understand how the most extreme stars in the Universe are born.
"22.08.2016 08:21:21" storify.com Red, white and light blues: Cambridge at #Rio2016 (with images, tweets) · Cambridge_Uni A lookback at top moments for #TeamGB athletes & experts from @Cambridge_Uni at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Red, white and light blues: Cambridge at #Rio2016
"19.08.2016 08:00:24" cam.ac.uk Flamenco: what happens when a grassroots musical genre becomes a marker of culture What happens when a musical genre becomes an identifier for a region? In his book Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain, Matthew Machin-Autenrieth unravels the cultural complexity and contested politics of an iconic art form. In 2010 flamenco was recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH). It was a seminal moment in the history of flamenco which has progressed from a tradition embedded in gypsy and working class communities to a genre taught in
"18.08.2016 08:58:59" undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk Exam results what next? | Undergraduate Study Clearing and the adjustment period 2016 entry The University of Cambridge doesn't enter Clearing and so has NO COURSE VACANCIES through Clearing. Further information about Clearing is available from the UCAS website. Congratulations to all Cambridge offer holders who have met their conditions and achieved a place! Wondering what to do next? More information here:
"17.08.2016 13:11:07" University of Cambridge Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes featured in Lines of Thought. The third Help us say happy birthday to Cambridge University Library - 600 years old this year!
To celebrate, we've made a series of short films about some of the most important objects in the Library's collections, many of which are currently on display in the
"17.08.2016 10:38:54" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Exam results: how mindfulness can help you make better life choices Julieta Galante (Department of Psychiatry) discusses how self-observation can help you choose a career path. Tomorrow is A-level results day. Beyond A-levels, choosing what you want to do, or what you want to study are two of the big decisions in life. And, as such, they are not easy ones to make.
"17.08.2016 08:21:34" St John's College If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Clarks, apparently. http://bit.ly/2baCKge
"16.08.2016 09:00:10" cam.ac.uk Time of day influences our susceptibility to infection, study finds We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the Our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells.
"15.08.2016 14:40:00" The Greeks, the Romans and Us We hear a lot about Xenophobia in the news at the moment, but what does "xenos" actually mean?
Anne Thompson from The Cambridge Greek Lexicon Project explores the true meaning of the word "xenos" (usually translated as foreigner) and shows that the word
"15.08.2016 09:39:34" cam.ac.uk Beyond the harem: ways to be a woman during the Ottoman Empire A new volume of essays looks afresh at women's lives during the 600 years of the Ottoman empire. The book challenges the stereotypes of female lives confined to the harem and hamam – and reveals how women were surprisingly visible in public spaces. A new book challenges the stereotypes of female lives confined to the harem and hamam during the 600 years of the Ottoman Empire – and reveals how women were surprisingly visible in public spaces.
"12.08.2016 09:41:21" cam.ac.uk Aesthetics over athletics when it comes to women in sport Men are two to three times more likely than women to be mentioned when it comes to discussing sport and sporting achievement, according to new research by language experts at Cambridge University Press. Why women don't get a sporting chance when it comes to the way we talk about female athletes
"12.08.2016 08:36:46" cam.ac.uk Virus attracts bumblebees to infected plants by changing scent Study of bee-manipulating plant virus reveals a “short-circuiting” of natural selection. Researchers suggest that replicating the scent caused by infection could encourage declining bee populations to pollinate crops – helping both bee and human food Certain viruses can 'reprogram' the scent of their host plants in order to attract bees.
"11.08.2016 11:28:59" cam.ac.uk Gene signature in healthy brains pinpoints the origins of Alzheimer's disease A specific gene expression pattern maps out which parts of the brain are most vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease, decades before symptoms appear, and helps define the molecular origins of the disease. Why are some parts of the brain more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease than others?
"11.08.2016 08:03:41" University of Cambridge Billions of words, millions of books - 600 years of Cambridge University Library.
Lines of Thought, our spectacular new exhibition, traces 4,000 years of human thought taking in Homer, Shakespeare, Darwin, Newton and 3000-year-old Chinese oracle Billions of words, eight million books, 4,000 years of human thought - Cambridge University Library is 600 years old this year.
"11.08.2016 08:03:40" cam.ac.uk Textbook story of how humans populated America is “biologically unviable”, study finds Using ancient DNA, researchers have created a unique picture of how a prehistoric migration route evolved over thousands of years – revealing that it could not have been used by the first people to enter the Americas, as traditionally thought. The textbook story of how the first humans reached America - across the Siberian land bridge about 12,000 years ago - is 'biologically unviable'. So how did Ice Age humans get to America?
"10.08.2016 16:03:51" Photos from University of Cambridge's post Today a brilliant group of animal-loving sixth formers got to grips with clinical skills at our Department of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout August, hundreds of students are immersing themselves in a wide range of subjects as part of the University's
"10.08.2016 14:20:01" instagram.com Instagram photo by University of Cambridge • Aug 7, 2016 at 5:57am UTC See this Instagram photo by @cambridgeuniversity • 2,324 likes Keep off the grass.
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"09.08.2016 12:49:39" cam.ac.uk Positive teacher-student relationships boost good behaviour in teenagers for up to four years The first study to look at the impact of the relationship with teachers on adolescent behaviour finds that a positive teacher-student relationship can be as effective as anti-bullying programmes at improving wellbeing in young people. Having a good relationship with a teacher at 10 or 11 years of age can have positive effects for as long as four years.
"09.08.2016 10:38:42" University of Cambridge From 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bones to Penguin paperbacks - via the Gutenberg Bible and the Book of Deer.
Our new film, to mark the launch of Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library, charts the revolutions in communication over thousands Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th birthday with a blockbuster exhibition of its greatest treasures.
Here, we take you on a journey through human communication: From 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bones to Penguin paperbacks - via the
"08.08.2016 15:38:48" cam.ac.uk Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics Researchers have built a record energy-efficient switch, which uses the interplay of electricity and a liquid form of light, in semiconductor microchips. The device could form the foundation of future signal processing and information technologies, making 'Liquid light' is our new favourite thing.
"08.08.2016 14:59:48" instagram.com Instagram photo by University of Cambridge • Aug 2, 2016 at 6:05pm UTC See this Instagram photo by @cambridgeuniversity • 315 likes King's College Chapel, Cambridge's most famous building.
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"08.08.2016 12:52:32" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Only by keeping close ties with Europe can UK research remain globally competitive Ash Amin (Department of Geography) and John Bell (Faculty of Law) discuss the importance of European research collaborations, and how they might continue post-Brexit. "The language used in the referendum against migrants was felt as a personal attack by many staff at all levels within the academic community, as well as by students. Facing such emotions, it is understandable that many may re-evaluate what they thought
"08.08.2016 08:37:56" University of Cambridge Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA
Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes From Darwin to DNA: Our latest film celebrating 600 years of Cambridge University Library looks at how Darwin's stuffed pigeons and the double helix have changed both our understanding of the world, and our place in it.
"05.08.2016 14:31:23" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Musical genres are out of date – but this new system explains why you might like both jazz and hip hop David Greenberg (Department of Psychology) discusses the problems of labeling music by genre. Genre labels don't do musical artists justice.
"04.08.2016 13:11:39" cam.ac.uk Brains of overweight people 'ten years older' than lean counterparts at middle-age From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas "We're living in an ageing population, with increasing levels of obesity, so it's essential that we establish how these two factors might interact, since the consequences for health are potentially serious."
"03.08.2016 11:29:52" Timeline Photos 'Red gene' in birds and turtles suggests dinosaurs had colour vision.
"03.08.2016 08:03:01" cam.ac.uk Opinion: How to save inbred, short-faced dogs such as pugs and bulldogs from poor health David Sargan (Department of Veterinary Medicine) discusses the health implications of breeding the perfect pets. The flat faces that we love in bulldogs and pugs comes at a high cost to their health. How can we save our furry friends?
"02.08.2016 13:04:37" cam.ac.uk Exhibition reunites artworks from Captain Scott's final expedition – a century on A new exhibition has reunited the iconic photography of Herbert Ponting with the watercolours of Edward Wilson – more than a century after the two Antarctic explorers first dreamt up their plan for a joint exhibition. A new exhibition has reunited the iconic photography of Herbert Ponting with the watercolours of Edward Wilson – more than a century after the two Antarctic explorers first dreamt up their plan for a joint exhibition.
"01.08.2016 11:02:15" Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA
Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes
"01.08.2016 10:33:32" University of Cambridge's cover photo For the first time, the secrets of master illuminators and the sketches hidden beneath the paintings will be revealed in a major exhibition presenting new art historical and scientific
"01.08.2016 10:15:39" cam.ac.uk COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts Some of the finest illuminated manuscripts in the world – treasures combining gold and precious pigments – will go on display today in celebration of the Fitzwilliam Museum's bicentenary. Some of the finest illuminated manuscripts in the world – treasures combining gold and precious pigments – have gone on display in celebration of the Fitzwilliam Museum's bicentenary.
"29.07.2016 13:24:32" cam.ac.uk Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA Darwin's stuffed pigeons, the letter which first coined the term 'genetics' and a paper by Crick and Watson which helped decode DNA all feature in the latest film to celebrate Cambridge University Library's 600th anniversary. From Darwin to DNA - via stuffed pigeons and the double helix.
"29.07.2016 09:59:52" ba.law.cam.ac.uk University of Cambridge Today, a brave group of sixth formers conducted a mock murder trial with a real judge in our Faculty of Law, the culmination of an inspiring Sutton Trust Summer School.
"29.07.2016 08:58:22" cam.ac.uk Financial cycles of acquisitions and 'buybacks' threaten public access to breakthrough drugs An analysis of a new drug's journey to market, published today in the BMJ, shines a light on financial practices that see some major pharmaceutical companies relying on a cycle of acquisitions, profits from high prices, and shareholder-driven manoeuvres The business practices of pharmaceutical companies are threatening public access to medicines for patients.
"28.07.2016 13:18:57" cam.ac.uk Carbon dioxide can be stored underground for ten times the length needed to avoid climatic impact Study of natural-occurring 100,000 year-old CO2 reservoirs shows no significant corroding of 'cap rock', suggesting the greenhouse gas hasn't leaked back out - one of the main concerns with greenhouse gas reduction proposal of carbon capture and storage. "With careful evaluation, burying carbon dioxide underground will prove very much safer than emitting CO2 directly to the atmosphere."
"28.07.2016 10:13:35" cam.ac.uk An hour of moderate exercise a day enough to counter health risks from prolonged sitting The health risks associated with sitting for eight or more hours a day – whether at work, home or commuting – can be eliminated with an hour or more of physical activity a day, according to a study from an international team of researchers. Take a walk at lunchtime. Today and every day.
"26.07.2016 12:46:46" Timeline Photos Disco Tony has travelled over 5,000 miles. He is grey with a yellow ring around his eyes. He is a cuckoo, but not just any cuckoo. He is one of a very special group of birds whose every move is being
"26.07.2016 09:41:26" University of Cambridge's cover photo Two Earth-sized exoplanets have become the first rocky worlds to have their atmospheres studied using the Hubble Space Telescope.
"22.07.2016 13:54:22" cam.ac.uk Ancient faeces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road Intestinal parasites as well as goods were carried by travellers on iconic route, say researchers examining ancient latrine. 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 huge distances of the route 2,000 years ago.
"21.07.2016 13:19:10" cam.ac.uk Drowning in a Paper Sea: India's welfare efforts failed by its peculiar bureaucracy India's sophisticated laws and progressive policies fail with startling regularity. A new study locates a possible reason as to why in the convoluted bureaucratic system of the Indian state and its obsession with paper 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.
"21.07.2016 08:17:27" cam.ac.uk First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets excites researchers Two Earth-sized exoplanets have become the first rocky worlds to have their atmospheres studied using the Hubble Space Telescope. "Humanity's remote exploration of alien environments has truly started."
"20.07.2016 13:21:25" cam.ac.uk Wash cycle: making organs fit for transplantation There's a nationwide shortage of suitable organs for transplanting – but what if some of those organs deemed 'unsuitable' could be rejuvenated? Researchers at Addenbrooke's Hospital have managed just that – and last year gave two patients an unexpected There's a nationwide shortage of suitable organs for transplanting – but what if some of those organs deemed 'unsuitable' could be rejuvenated?
"19.07.2016 12:42:26" cam.ac.uk Time travelling to the mother tongue The sounds of languages that died thousands of years ago have been brought to life again through technology that uses statistics in a revolutionary new way. Read about how the sounds of languages that died thousands of years ago have been brought to life again using statistics, and listen to the English word for 'one' being 'morphed' into its 8,000-year-old Proto-Indo-European ancestor 'oinos'.
"14.07.2016 09:20:52" Must Farm Bronze Age settlement The exceptional site of Must Farm offers, in exquisite detail, a vivid picture of everyday life in the Bronze Age. Ten months of excavation have yielded Britain's largest collections of Bronze Age textiles, beads and domestic artefacts. Together with
"14.07.2016 09:20:00" Must Farm Bronze Age settlement The exceptional site of Must Farm offers, in exquisite detail, a vivid picture of everyday life in the Bronze Age. Ten months of excavation have yielded Britain's largest collections of Bronze Age textiles, beads and domestic artefacts. Together with
"13.07.2016 14:30:30" Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute It's the #MyView launch! Please watch & share Peter's film: https://t.co/5TYaatQV5m on latest #bloodcancer #StemCell research. We would love to hear what you think about this research or stem cells in general. Comment below or tweet using #StemCells
"13.07.2016 11:00:00" Cover Photos Clare College bridge as taken by Anaïs Bousquet
"13.07.2016 09:44:54" medium.com What really lies in Cambridge University Library's tower (Hint: it's not Victorian pornography) It is late into Michaelmas Term and the nights are drawing in. The revelries of freshers' week are forgotten and the reality of nine o… Gentle readers, I hope you are sitting down...
"12.07.2016 15:52:33" cam.ac.uk Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole An international team of astronomers has proved the existence of a 'gravitational vortex' around a black hole, solving a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years. The discovery will allow astronomers to map the behaviour of matter very Astronomers have proved the existence of a gravitational vortex around a black hole, solving a 30-year-old mystery.
"12.07.2016 10:39:04" cam.ac.uk Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify 'cell of origin' in skin cancers Scientists have identified for the first time the 'cell of origin' – in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows – in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and followed the chain of events that lead to the growth of “We now know that stem cells are the culprits: when an oncogene in a stem cell becomes active, it triggers a chain reaction of cell division and proliferation that overcomes the cell's safety mechanisms.”
"11.07.2016 12:01:23" cam.ac.uk Faculty launches new teaching resources for sixth-form mathematics Underground Mathematics is the culmination of a five-year project funded by the Government's Department for Education and delivered by Cambridge's Faculty of Mathematics. New mathematics website empowers sixth-formers to make connections, develop a deeper understanding and build confidence.
"08.07.2016 14:05:46" instagram.com Instagram photo by University of Cambridge • Jul 8, 2016 at 1:33pm UTC See this Instagram photo by @cambridgeuniversity • 683 likes A heron at Emmanuel College earlier today.
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"08.07.2016 09:10:19" cam.ac.uk Fingerprinting rare earth elements from the air Vital to many modern technologies yet mined in few places, the 'rare earth elements' are in fact not that rare – they are just difficult to find in concentrations that make them economic to mine. Researchers from Cambridge University and the British 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.
"07.07.2016 12:23:05" cam.ac.uk University of Cambridge Meet Oesia: researchers have found that this prehistoric worm built tubular "houses" for itself on the sea bed. It also looked a bit like, er, something else. Nothing to see here. Move along...
"07.07.2016 10:58:00" youtube.com Tour de France 2014. Stage 3. Cambridge to London. A sequential collation of video shot in and around Cambridge during Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014. Get in touch if you've got footage you'd like to be i... 2 years ago today the Tour de France rolled through Cambridge. It was great to see all the flags flying and wheels spinning.
"07.07.2016 08:09:22" cam.ac.uk Dead satellite finds a calm centre at the heart of brightest galaxy cluster in the sky With its very first – and last – observation, the Hitomi x-ray observatory has discovered that the gas in the Perseus cluster of galaxies is much less turbulent than expected, despite being home to NGC 1275, a highly energetic active galaxy. This was Hitomi's first and last observation.
"06.07.2016 14:58:36" medium.com Living on the edge: succeeding in the slums Cities exist in a state of constant flux: not always 'smart' and successful, they can be vulnerable, chaotic and seem on the edge of… "The city is brim full of opportunity when it is organised as a commons"
"06.07.2016 08:28:03" flickr.com Super Moon 2/3 King's College Chapel, University of Cambridge. Eid Mubarak to all our staff, students, alumni and fans celebrating around the world.
"05.07.2016 10:19:45" cam.ac.uk Antimatter matters at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition Scientists from the University of Cambridge are presenting their research into the nature of antimatter at this year's Royal Society Summer Exhibition. Why do we live in a Universe made of matter, rather than a Universe made of no matter at all?
"04.07.2016 14:48:58" Photos from University of Cambridge's post Happy 4th of July to all of our American friends, students, staff and alumni.
"04.07.2016 14:03:41" Selwyn College Cambridge What a cake! This amazing, edible model of Chapel was created to celebrate 40 years of women at Selwyn. A salute to Carolyn Collins, mother of two Selwynites, for her baking and decorating achievement.
"04.07.2016 09:41:15" cam.ac.uk How to start healing those Brexit family rifts A difference in values can be a major stumbling block for family relationships, writes Dr Lucy Blake from the Centre for Family Research for The Conversation website, and these may have been exacerbated in the recent Brexit debate. So what practical steps What practical steps can people take to help heal Brexit-related family rifts?
"01.07.2016 12:43:38" cam.ac.uk Infant bodies were 'prized' by 19th century anatomists, study suggests A study of the University of Cambridge anatomy collection dating from the 1700s and 1800s shows how the bodies of stillborn foetuses and babies were valued for research into human development, and preserved as important teaching aids. The bodies of foetuses and babies were a 'prized source of knowledge' for scientists.
"01.07.2016 10:23:08" cam.ac.uk Chasing the volcano In 2014, Cambridge researchers monitored a series of seismic shocks which preceded Iceland's biggest volcanic eruption in 200 years. The dramatic story of their work, and its scientific value, is now part of this year's Royal Society Summer Science "The eruption formed a curtain of fire the height of Big Ben."
Meet the members of our Volcano Seismology team at next week's The Royal Society Summer Exhibition.
"01.07.2016 08:11:27" cam.ac.uk Leading theologians urge the Church of England to celebrate same-sex relationships Leading theologians have called on the Church of England to recognise and celebrate same-sex relationships at its forthcoming General Synod, warning that to take a hard line on the subject would be “suicidal”. A new book sets out a case for the Church of England to bless stable gay and lesbian relationships, arguing that such a position is entirely consistent with the Christian tradition of ethical reflection.
"30.06.2016 14:55:14" cam.ac.uk Living on the edge: succeeding in the slums Cities exist in a state of constant flux: not always 'smart' and successful, they can be vulnerable, chaotic and seem on the edge of failure. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the shanty towns and slums. How can these informal settlements, and the "There is a need for international policy on poverty reduction to stop romanticising slums and to get behind the 'capabilities' of the poor in underserved cities left to fend for themselves"
"30.06.2016 09:09:12" cam.ac.uk Using gravitational waves to catch runaway black holes Black holes are the most powerful gravitational force in the Universe. So what could cause them to be kicked out of their host galaxies? Cambridge researchers have developed a method for detecting elusive 'black hole kicks.' Black holes are the most powerful gravitational force in the Universe. So what could cause them to be kicked out of their host galaxies?
"28.06.2016 09:20:40" cam.ac.uk Super-slow circulation allowed world's oceans to store huge amounts of carbon during the last... The way the ocean transported heat, nutrients and carbon dioxide at the peak of the last ice age, about 20,000 years ago, is significantly different than what has previously been suggested, according to two new studies. The findings suggest that the "We need to understand the dynamics of the ocean in order to know how it can be affected by a changing climate."
"27.06.2016 10:07:06" cam.ac.uk Diabetes sniffer dogs? 'Scent' of hypos could aid development of new tests A chemical found in our breath could provide a flag to warn of dangerously-low blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 diabetes, according to new research the University of Cambridge. The finding, published today in the journal Diabetes Care, could "Magic is incredible – he's not just a wonderful companion, but he's my 'nose' to warn me if I'm at risk of a hypo."
"25.06.2016 11:22:23" ELECTION: The Cambridge Politics Podcast Brexit Special Edition (recorded yesterday morning at 11) is now out. sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2268213
"24.06.2016 10:31:47" publiclawforeveryone.com Brexit: Legally and constitutionally, what now? Roughly half of the country is reeling this morning from the news that the people of United Kingdom have voted — by a narrow but clear majority — to leave the European Union. There is a great deal… One of our leading constitutional law experts Mark Elliott wrote an article in the early hours this morning entitled “Brexit: Legally and constitutionally, what now?”
"23.06.2016 12:25:06" cam.ac.uk Teaching excellence celebrated across the University Twelve inspirational academics have been honoured for outstanding teaching in the University's 23rd Pilkington Prizes. What unites Philosophers, Neuroscientists, Engineers and Geographers at Cambridge?
"23.06.2016 08:25:55" cam.ac.uk Zika warnings lead to 'significant' increase in demand for abortions in Latin America Health warnings about complications related to Zika virus significantly increased demand for abortions in Latin American countries, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. In many of these countries, abortion is either illegal or highly restricted, leaving pregnant women with few options and potentially driving them to use unsafe methods, access abortion drugs without medical supervision or visit underground providers.
"22.06.2016 09:03:35" University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations General Admission begins today, and we want to wish everyone a fantastic #CambridgeGraduation.
This morning it is the turn of the graduands of King's College, Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge and St John's College, and they will be journeying to Getting set for #CambridgeGraduation
"21.06.2016 14:33:49" cam.ac.uk Article 50 is 'only credible way' for Brexit despite claims by Vote Leave, says leading EU law... Cambridge law professor says Article 50 is the only legal mechanism for Brexit, countering assertions by Vote Leave 'roadmap' that Article 50 is “not the sole lawful means”. He says the roadmap's proposals for 'emergency' legislation during exit Article 50 is 'only credible way' for Brexit, despite claims to the contrary by Vote Leave, says a Cambridge law professor.
"21.06.2016 07:39:16" cam.ac.uk Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families Transparency without accessibility is not enough: stats must be put in context, say researchers. How should we explain hospital statistics to the parents of potential patients? A new site makes sense of the stats.
"20.06.2016 14:58:59" pinterest.com University of Cambridge To celebrate the summer solstice here are some stunning photos of sunsets and sunrises over Cambridge. See more at http://pin.it/DbTR9Rk
"20.06.2016 11:34:03" cam.ac.uk From Shakespeare to Austen: King's College celebrates the Thackeray Collection of rare books A generous award will allow King's College to catalogue and conserve an important part of an outstanding collection of rare books given to the College by George Thackeray, a former Provost. Behind the Thackeray Collection lies an intriguing and tragic A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable librarians at King's College, Cambridge to catalogue and preserve around 1,600 rare and precious books.
"20.06.2016 09:59:56" cam.ac.uk Students invent new technology to improve later life A team of post-graduate students has published research with the potential to transform the lives of millions of older people around the world. It's amazing what you can achieve in 12 weeks. Ten Cambridge Masters students invented a better future for older people. Here's how they did it ...
"20.06.2016 08:53:34" cam.ac.uk How does your smart city grow? The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction is building on advances in sensing technology to learn everything possible about a city's infrastructure – its tunnels, roads, bridges, sewers and power supplies – in order to maintain it and optimise It can be tough getting people excited about infrastructure, because we often don't notice it until something goes wrong.
"17.06.2016 13:39:16" cam.ac.uk Carrots and sticks fail to change behaviour in cocaine addiction People who are addicted to cocaine are particularly prone to developing habits that render their behaviour resistant to change, regardless of the potentially devastating consequences, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings People who are addicted to cocaine are particularly prone to developing habits that render their behaviour resistant to change, regardless of the potentially devastating consequences.
"17.06.2016 10:47:21" cam.ac.uk Astronomers observe most distant oxygen ever An international team of astronomers have detected glowing oxygen in a distant galaxy seen just 700 million years after the Big Bang. This is the most distant galaxy in which oxygen has ever been unambiguously detected, and it is most likely being ionised What caused the Universe to change dramatically, 700 million years after the Big Bang?
"16.06.2016 10:51:06" cam.ac.uk 'Map' of teenage brain provides strong evidence of link between serious antisocial behaviour and... The brains of teenagers with serious antisocial behaviour problems differ significantly in structure to those of their peers, providing the clearest evidence to date that their behaviour stems from changes in brain development in early life, according to This is the clearest evidence to date that serious antisocial behaviour stems from changes in brain development in early life.
"16.06.2016 09:28:29" cam.ac.uk Leaders in fields from sport to computer design awarded University's highest honour Seven distinguished individuals were given Honorary Degrees, the highest honour that the University can bestow, by the Chancellor at a special ceremony in the Senate House today. Seven distinguished individuals were given Honorary Degrees, the highest honour that the University can bestow, by the Chancellor at a special ceremony in the Senate House yesterday.
"15.06.2016 14:34:05" cam.ac.uk Opinion: No giant leap for mankind: why we've been looking at human evolution in the wrong way Robert Foley (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology) discusses the cumulative processes by which we became human. Human evolution is like a mosaic of change, made up of many small steps, each of which adds a piece to what it is to be human.
"15.06.2016 11:57:39" cam.ac.uk Smarter than the average bird? Corina Logan's research investigates behavioural flexibility in the great-tailed grackle. How far will a bird go to innovate?
"15.06.2016 09:18:58" cam.ac.uk Policing: two officers 'on the beat' prevent 86 assaults and save thousands in prison costs The results of a major criminology experiment in Peterborough suggest that investing in proactive PCSO foot patrols targeting crime 'hot spots' could yield a more than five-to-one return: with every £10 spent saving £56 in prison costs. A new study suggests that every £10 spent on targeted foot patrols prevents a further £56 in prison costs: a more than five-to-one return.
"14.06.2016 11:05:20" cam.ac.uk Darwin's “true century” was delayed until animal biographies illuminated social evolution Over the last fifty years, long-term studies following individual animals over entire lifespans have allowed insight into the evolutionary influence of social behaviour – finally fulfilling the holistic approach to evolution first suggested by Darwin, Over the last fifty years, long-term studies following individual animals over entire lifespans have allowed insight into the evolutionary influence of social behaviour.
"14.06.2016 10:11:29" cam.ac.uk Nano 'hall of mirrors' causes molecules to mix with light Researchers have successfully used quantum states to mix a molecule with light at room temperature, which will aid in the exploration of quantum technologies and provide new ways to manipulate the physical and chemical properties of matter. Scientists have managed to place single molecules in such a tiny optical cavity that emitted photons, or particles of light, return to the molecule before they have properly left.
"13.06.2016 09:53:34" cam.ac.uk Cambridge people named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2016 Several members of the University have been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list announced today. Congratulations to members of the University named in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
"10.06.2016 12:57:44" cam.ac.uk Going green: why don't we all do it? From wind turbines and solar photovoltaics to grey water recycling and electric vehicles, technology is making it ever easier for us to be green – yet many of us are not. Now, Cambridge researchers are discovering that our personalities and communities Our personalities and communities have a major impact on our environmental decisions.
"10.06.2016 09:21:05" University of Cambridge's cover photo Happy Friday everyone.
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"10.06.2016 08:08:45" cam.ac.uk Opinion: When it comes to sugary drinks, people prefer a nudge than a tax Theresa Marteau (Behaviour and Health Research Unit) discusses how to get people to consume less sugar. If sugary drinks were sold in smaller bottles, stores stocked fewer of them, and positioned them less prominently, we would drink fewer of them. But would we find these changes acceptable?
"09.06.2016 15:30:05" Photos from University of Cambridge's post Cancer Research UK chief executive Sir Harpal Kumar visited Goldie Boathouse in Cambridge today to speak to young rowers about the work that CRUK does.
He was also there to thank Cambridge University Women's Boat Club 2016 lightweight Captain Patricia
"09.06.2016 14:14:46" cam.ac.uk Just your cup of tea: the history (and health claims) of the nation's favourite brew How do you take your tea – with a drop of poisonous chemicals or a spoonful of sheep dung? Throughout history, the health benefits – and harms – of this popular beverage have been widely debated. In an article originally published in the student science Anyone for a brew?
"08.06.2016 14:28:20" Minecraft tree “probably” the tallest tree in the Tropics What's the height of 20 London double-decker buses and lives both in a forest in Malaysia and in the computer game Minecraft? A Yellow Meranti that is “probably” the tallest tree in the Tropics.
"08.06.2016 14:22:48" Minecraft tree “probably” the tallest tree in the Tropics What's the height of 20 London double-decker buses and lives both in a forest in Malaysia and in the computer game Minecraft? A Yellow Meranti that is “probably” the tallest tree in the Tropics.
"08.06.2016 14:19:01" cam.ac.uk Blueprint for success: what makes a city thrive? Why is Milton Keynes one of the most successful cities in the UK, and Dundee one of the least? What gives Leeds its economic edge over Liverpool? How did London survive the 1990s recession, going from boom to bust and boom again? Researchers are asking “Cities have always had upturns and downturns. But for the first time in human history more than half of the world's population lives in cities and so now more than ever it's important to understand what it is that makes a city flourish."
"08.06.2016 13:16:51" cam.ac.uk Minecraft tree “probably” the tallest tree in the Tropics A tree the height of 20 London double-decker buses has been discovered in Malaysia by conservation scientists monitoring the impact of human activity on the biodiversity of a pristine rainforest. The tree, a Yellow Meranti, is one of the species that can Researchers have found the tallest tree in the tropics. Probably.
"07.06.2016 14:55:01" The definitive guide to the Bumps The May Bumps start tomorrow but what are they and how do they work? Don't expect this film to clear anything up. We present ... The definitive guide to the Bumps. For a more informative overview see: http://www.cucbc.org/bumps
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"07.06.2016 09:21:38" cam.ac.uk Larger wine glasses may lead people to drink more Selling wine in larger wine glasses may encourage people to drink more, even when the amount of wine remains the same, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. In a study published today in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers found Selling wine in larger glasses may encourage people to drink more, even when the amount of wine remains the same.
"06.06.2016 12:44:29" cam.ac.uk Waterworld: can we learn to live with flooding? Flash floods, burst riverbanks, overflowing drains, contaminants leaching into waterways: some of the disruptive, damaging and hazardous consequences of having too much rain. But can cities be designed and adapted to live more flexibly with water – to Can cities be designed and adapted to live more flexibly with water – to treat it as friend rather than foe?
"06.06.2016 08:11:17" cam.ac.uk Women and people under the age of 35 at greatest risk of anxiety Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature, led by the University of Cambridge. The study also found that people from Western Europe and North America are more likely to suffer Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men.
"03.06.2016 10:19:54" cam.ac.uk Squeezing out opal-like colours by the mile Researchers have devised a new method for stacking microscopic marbles into regular layers, producing intriguing materials which scatter light into intense colours, and which change colour when twisted or stretched. The brightest colours in nature, like in opals, butterfly wings and beetles, come not from dyes or pigments, but from their structure alone. A new method of reproducing these colours at industrial scales could open up a range of new applications from
"03.06.2016 08:45:36" University of Cambridge Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes featured in Lines of Thought. The third Some of the most important religious texts in history - covering #Christianity, #Islam, #Judaism and #Buddhism - are now on display as part of Cambridge University Library's 600th birthday
"02.06.2016 13:43:13" Timeline Photos The latest issue of our research magazine is now available online to download. Read about research on cities, organ transplants, the 'shape' of language sounds, a cuckoo named 'Disco Tony' and
"02.06.2016 11:08:26" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Accurate science or accessible science in the media – why not both? Michael Gaultois (Department of Chemistry), Joshua Conrad Jackson (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Ian Mahar (Boston University), and Jaan Altosaar (Princeton University) discuss why much reporting on science is currently failing to resolve Too much reporting on science is currently failing to resolve the trade-off between accessibility and accountability.
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"02.06.2016 07:38:59" cam.ac.uk Genetic switch that turned moths black also colours butterflies Heliconius butterflies have evolved bright yellow colours to deter predators, while peppered moths famously turned black to hide from birds. A new study reveals that the same gene causes both, raising fascinating questions about how evolution by natural The same gene that enables tropical butterflies to mimic each other's bright and colourful patterning also caused British moths to turn black amid the grime of the industrial revolution.
"01.06.2016 10:25:18" cam.ac.uk What birds' attitudes to litter tell us about their ability to adapt Urban birds are less afraid of litter than their country cousins, according to a new study, which suggests they may learn that litter in cities is not dangerous. The research could help birds to adapt to urban settings better, helping them to survive "The birds may actually be learning which specific parts of urban habitats are safe and which are dangerous."
"01.06.2016 08:34:59" cam.ac.uk The illiterate boy who became a maharaja As they struggled to maintain their grip on India as the jewel in the colonial crown, the British attempted to mould the character of India's princes. Research by Teresa Segura-Garcia into the remarkable story of Sayaji Rao III, Maharaja of Baroda, As they struggled to maintain their grip on India as the jewel in the colonial crown, the British attempted to mould the character of India's princes.
"31.05.2016 13:59:20" University of Cambridge Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes featured in Lines of Thought. The third Billions of words, eight millions books, 4,000 years of human thought - Cambridge University Library is 600 years old this year..
Our new film looks at some of the world's most important religious texts - now on display as part of our 600th anniversary
"31.05.2016 08:39:09" cam.ac.uk Lines of Thought: Communicating Faith Some of the world's most important religious texts are currently on display in Cambridge as part of Cambridge University Library's 600th anniversary exhibition – Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World. Some of the world's most important religious texts are currently on display in Cambridge as part of Cambridge University Library's 600th anniversary exhibition – Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World.
"27.05.2016 15:17:51" cam.ac.uk Grand designs: the role of the house in American film It's black and white, silent and just short of ten minutes in length. But D.W. Griffith's 1909 classic The Lonely Villa inspired Dr John David Rhodes, Director of Cambridge's new Centre for Film and Screen, to look at the role and meaning of the house in The house plays a meaningful role in American film. What's your favourite movie house?
"27.05.2016 12:32:34" Lines of Thought: Communicating Faith Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct themes featured in Lines of Thought. The third
"27.05.2016 09:19:25" cam.ac.uk Sixth formers see the future in ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia The University's archaeologists recently teamed up with The British Museum to inspire sixth formers to consider studying Egyptology and Assyriology, subjects which very few have the opportunity to study at school. From classroom to Assyrian lion hunt. Cambridge archaeologists show the way ...
"26.05.2016 14:18:39" cam.ac.uk Female meerkats compete to outgrow their sisters Latest research shows subordinate meerkat siblings grow competitively, boosting their chance of becoming a dominant breeder when a vacancy opens up by making sure that younger siblings don't outgrow them. Competitive eating, meerkat-style.
"26.05.2016 14:16:45" University of Cambridge's cover photo The way people speak and the words they use for certain terms has changed rapidly over the past sixty years according to researchers who used a mobile phone app to track the spread, evolution and decline of dialect in the
"26.05.2016 12:05:58" cam.ac.uk On the life (and deaths) of democracy The 'life' of democracy – from its roots in ancient Athens to today's perverted and 'creeping, crypto-oligarchies' – is the subject of a newly-published book by eminent Cambridge classicist Paul Cartledge. "Our democracy would look like a creeping, crypto-oligarchy to the ancient Greeks – and many today may be coming to a similar conclusion."
"26.05.2016 11:24:13" cam.ac.uk University of Cambridge What do you call a piece of wood stuck under your skin?
"26.05.2016 10:07:22" cam.ac.uk Cambridge App maps decline in regional diversity of English dialects Regional diversity in dialect words and pronunciations could be diminishing as much of England falls more in line with how English is spoken in London and the south-east, according to the first results from a free app developed by Cambridge researchers. "More and more people are using and pronouncing words in the way that people from London and the south-east do."
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"26.05.2016 07:42:47" cam.ac.uk Opinion: The flower breeders who sold X-ray lilies and atomic marigolds Helen Anne Curry (Department of History and Philosophy of Science) discusses the history of our fascination with floral novelties. Our fascination with showy flowers has a long history.
"25.05.2016 15:46:07" cam.ac.uk Opinion: How does a bike stay upright? Surprisingly, it's all in the mind Hugh Hunt (Department of Engineering) discusses how we manage to stay upright on a bicycle. It's all about the wobble.
"25.05.2016 12:39:14" cam.ac.uk Opinion: GM crops already feed much of the world today – why not tomorrow's generations too? Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) discusses how genetically modified crops could help solve the problem of food security. "Alongside other improvements in farming practices, genetic modification is an important part of a sustainable solution to global food shortages."
"25.05.2016 07:52:21" A 100 million-year partnership on the brink of extinction These little worms and the crayfish they depend on have evolved together over 100 million years. But now they're both at risk of extinction, due to climate change and habitat loss. Read more at:
"24.05.2016 11:33:06" cam.ac.uk Study finds little change in the IMF's policy advice, despite rhetoric of reform Researchers describe IMF as having an “escalating commitment to hypocrisy”, as study reveals that strict lending conditions have returned to pre-crisis levels, while 'pro-poor' targets frequently go unmet. "These gaps between rhetoric and practice in the IMF's lending activities reveal an escalating commitment to hypocrisy."
"24.05.2016 10:36:53" cam.ac.uk Urgent action needed to close UK languages gap The UK Government needs to urgently adopt a new, comprehensive languages strategy if it is to keep pace with its international competitors and reduce a skills deficit that has wide-reaching economic, political, and military effects. Learning other languages is vital for the health of the UK, says a new report on Britain's 'languages gap'.
"24.05.2016 10:01:00" University of Cambridge's cover photo Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge
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"24.05.2016 09:29:57" Disrupted education journeys for adolescent girls in conflict ... Education is life-saving, life-changing & often ignored in humanitarian responses says research from the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre.
"23.05.2016 13:36:03" instagram.com Instagram photo by University of Cambridge • May 23, 2016 at 8:44am UTC See this Instagram photo by @cambridgeuniversity • 2,008 likes Magdalene College on a sunny morning in Cambridge.
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"23.05.2016 08:52:13" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Dear young people: here's why you need to vote in the EU referendum Catherine Barnard (Faculty of Law) discusses why it's so important that young people vote in the EU referendum. Catherine Barnard from the Faculty of Law discusses why it's so important that young people vote in the #EU referendum.
"21.05.2016 10:39:57" BBVA Foundation President presents Stephen Hawking with Fronti... Professor Stephen Hawking was honoured for his research into galaxy formation this week, commenting that this was the “first recognition” he'd received for this work.
On receiving the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award on Wednesday, Professor
"20.05.2016 15:57:29" cam.ac.uk Genes discovered that enable birds to produce the colour red Latest research suggests a new mechanism for how sexual displays of red beaks and plumage might be 'honest signals' of mate quality, as genes that convert yellow dietary pigments into red share cofactors with enzymes that aid detoxification – hinting that The colour of love might be signalling a fitter mate.
"20.05.2016 14:02:58" Puntcycle? Engineering student Barnaby has built a new form of transport. We call it a puntcycle? Can you think of any other names for it?
"20.05.2016 14:01:39" cam.ac.uk Support from family and friends important to help prevent depression in teenagers The importance of friendships and family support in helping prevent depression among teenagers has been highlighted in research from the University of Cambridge. The study, published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, also found that teenagers who had Adolescence is a key time in an individual's development, and is a period where some teenagers begin to show signs of major depression. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
"20.05.2016 10:57:20" The man we love to hate: it's time to reappraise Thomas Robert... Thomas Robert Malthus, who was born 250 years ago, became notorious for his 'principle of population'. He argued that, because poverty was inevitable, some people would not find a seat at 'nature's table' and would perish. In a new book, historians at
"19.05.2016 13:16:53" cam.ac.uk Living with adversity: What Tupac and Eminem can tell us about risk factors for mental health Hip-hop artists Tupac and Eminem are among the most iconic music artists of the past two decades, and as Dr Akeem Sule and Dr Becky Inkster, co-founders of HIP-HOP-PSYCH, write, their lyrics can provide a valuable insight into the lives of some of the Hip-hop artists Tupac and Eminem are among the most iconic music artists of the past two decades, and as Dr Akeem Sule and Dr Becky Inkster, co-founders of HIP-HOP-PSYCH, write, their lyrics can provide a valuable insight into the lives of some of the
"19.05.2016 10:13:15" cam.ac.uk First evidence of icy comets orbiting a sun-like star Astronomers have found the first evidence of comets around a star similar to the sun, providing an opportunity to study what our solar system was like as a 'baby'. This is the first time comets have been spotted around a star similar to the Sun.
"17.05.2016 12:44:23" Canine transmissible venereal tumour: the contagious cancer th... A shaggy dog story: The contagious cancer that conquered the world. A contagious form of cancer that can spread between dogs during mating has highlighted the extent to which dogs accompanied human travellers throughout our seafaring history. But the
"17.05.2016 09:41:27" cam.ac.uk Body-worn cameras associated with increased assaults against police, and increase in... Preliminary results from eight UK and US police forces reveal rates of assault against officers are 15% higher when they use body-worn cameras. The latest findings, from one of the largest randomised-controlled trials in criminal justice research, The findings highlight the need for cameras to be kept on and recording at all stages of police-public interaction – not just when an individual officer deems it necessary – if police use-of-force and assaults against police are to be reduced.
"16.05.2016 11:21:12" The Greeks, the Romans and Us Eurovision has nothing on us! Mary Beard presents the Cambridge Ancient World Film Competition Oscars...
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"16.05.2016 08:10:09" cam.ac.uk Natural selection sculpts genetic information to limit diversity A study of butterflies suggests that when a species adapts, other parts of its genetic make-up can be linked to that adaptation, limiting diversity in the population. Butterflies can't always change their spots.
"12.05.2016 15:28:59" cam.ac.uk Youngest Ancient Egyptian human foetus discovered in miniature coffin at the Fitzwilliam Museum Tiny coffin excavated at Giza in 1907 is remarkable evidence of importance placed on official burial rituals in ancient Egypt. A miniature ancient Egyptian coffin measuring just 44cm in length has been found to contain the youngest ever example of a human foetus to be embalmed and buried in Egyptian society.
"12.05.2016 07:55:11" cam.ac.uk Neighbourhoods with more takeaways amplify social inequalities in unhealthy eating and obesity People who live or work near to a greater number of takeaway outlets are more likely to eat more takeaway food and to be overweight, but new research indicates that neighbourhoods that are saturated with fast food outlets may be particularly unhealthy for How takeaways can make social inequality worse.
"11.05.2016 09:34:00" University of Cambridge annual report 2015, a brief overview What is the significance of 38,982,778?
"11.05.2016 08:28:36" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Can we save the algae biofuel industry? Christian Ridley (Department of Plant Sciences) discusses why algae biofuel has failed to deliver, and what could be done to save this promising technology. Why has this promising technology failed to deliver, and what could be done to save it?
"09.05.2016 16:22:36" cam.ac.uk Sir James Dyson opens invention powerhouse at the University of Cambridge Engineering hub focuses on advances including smart infrastructure, electric vehicles and efficient internal combustion systems The James Dyson Building and Dyson Centre for Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge officially opened today.
The technology hub was funded by an £8m donation from the James Dyson Foundation, and will give some of the world's brightest young
"09.05.2016 15:41:54" cam.ac.uk First global map of flow within the Earth's mantle finds the surface is moving up and down “like... Researchers have compiled the first global set of observations of flow within the Earth's mantle – the layer between the crust and the core – and found that it is moving much faster than has been predicted. "Although we're talking about timescales that seem incredibly long to you or me, in geological terms, the Earth's surface bobs up and down like a yo-yo."
"09.05.2016 14:11:32" University of Cambridge's cover photo Flowers at Jesus College, Cambridge.
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"06.05.2016 15:19:58" Must Farm 360° Video 360° video of Cambridge archaeologists working at Must Farm, a Bronze Age site near Peterborough.
The Must Farm project is an excavation of a settlement at the site that was destroyed by fire, causing it to collapse into a river channel, preserving the
"06.05.2016 13:55:02" medium.com Even without lungs, zebrafish help us study TB — Cambridge Animal Alphabet The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science an… For the first two weeks of their development, zebrafish larva are transparent. We look at the features that make these fish excellent for studying treatments for tuberculosis in the final article in our Cambridge Alphabet series – now also available as a
"06.05.2016 11:57:58" University of Cambridge Understanding gravity: From Newton to Hawking
Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct How Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein have helped us understand our place among the stars.
"05.05.2016 11:08:15" cam.ac.uk Walking and cycling good for health even in cities with higher levels of air pollution The health benefits of walking and cycling outweigh the negative effects on health of air pollution, even in cities with high levels of air pollution, according to a study led by researchers from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and "Health benefits of active travel always outweigh the risk from pollution."
"05.05.2016 08:06:25" cam.ac.uk Scientists develop human embryos beyond implantation stage for first time A new technique that allows embryos to develop in vitro beyond the implantation stage (when the embryo would normally implant into the womb) has been developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge allowing them to analyse for the first time key The technique could open up new avenues of research aimed at helping improve the chances of success of IVF.
"04.05.2016 15:39:40" University of Cambridge's cover photo Our new film shows us how Newton, Einstein and Hawking have helped us understand our place in the universe.
Watch it here: http://www.cam.ac.uk/news/understanding-gravity-from-newton-to-hawking#sthash.GwFJ2R8R.dpuf
"04.05.2016 14:17:23" cam.ac.uk Russian art in the limelight: paintings and portraits that tell remarkable stories An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery features paintings of some of Russia's legendary creative figures. Russia and the Arts, which draws attention to a generation of overlooked artists, is curated by Dr Rosalind P Blakesley. This month also sees How the Russian Academy changed the art world.
"04.05.2016 09:28:47" cam.ac.uk Genetic variant may help explain why Labradors are prone to obesity A genetic variation associated with obesity and appetite in Labrador retrievers – the UK and US's favourite dog breed – has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge. The finding may explain why Labrador retrievers are more likely to Who's a fat boy?
"03.05.2016 14:54:03" Swimming algae Swimming algae use their 'tails' to trot and gallop like four-legged animals: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/algae-use-their-tails-to-gallop-and-trot-like-quadrupeds
"03.05.2016 14:50:16" enterprise.cam.ac.uk Cambridge Postdoc Enterprise competition - Cambridge Enterprise Learn more about the business plan contest for postdocs at the University of Cambridge. Are you a postdoc with a business plan?
Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge run a business creation competition for postdocs of the University of Cambridge, a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a passion for
"03.05.2016 12:15:54" University of Cambridge's cover photo Three Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting a dim and cool star, and may be the best place to search for life beyond the Solar System.
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"03.05.2016 11:31:41" cam.ac.uk Little ANTs: researchers build the world's tiniest engine Researchers have built a nano-engine that could form the basis for future applications in nano-robotics, including robots small enough to enter living cells. This tiny engine could form the basis for future applications in nano-robotics, including robots small enough to enter living cells.
"03.05.2016 08:30:47" cam.ac.uk Understanding gravity - from Newton to Hawking The most important publication in the history of science – Isaac Newton's own annotated copy of Principia Mathematica – and other seminal works by Copernicus, Einstein and Stephen Hawking, feature in a new film, released today, celebrating 600 years of Some of the most important texts in the history of science are on display in Cambridge as part of Cambridge University Library's 600th anniversary exhibition - Lines of Thought.
"03.05.2016 07:18:54" cam.ac.uk Three potentially habitable worlds found around nearby ultracool dwarf star Three Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting a dim and cool star, and may be the best place to search for life beyond the Solar System. These worlds may be the best place to look for life beyond our Solar System.
"29.04.2016 14:53:32" Lines of Thought: Understanding Gravity Understanding gravity: From Newton to Hawking
Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. To celebrate, we have made six films on the six distinct
"29.04.2016 13:10:29" cam.ac.uk Opinion: Fact Check: are 60% of UK laws really imposed by the EU? Kenneth Armstrong (Centre for European Legal Studies) and Michael Dougan (University of Liverpool) discuss the volume of UK law which derives from the EU. Methodology matters.
"29.04.2016 09:44:59" Soft robotics competition entry A group of students from the Department of Engineering are taking part in a soft robotics competition this week. Meet their entry, 'Otto'.
"29.04.2016 08:40:14" cam.ac.uk Russian art in the limelight: paintings and portraits that tell remarkable stories An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery features paintings of some of Russia's legendary creative figures. Russia and the Arts, which draws attention to a generation of overlooked artists, is curated by Dr Rosalind P Blakesley. This month also sees A new exhibition and book highlight an often overlooked period of Russian art.
"28.04.2016 14:26:35" cam.ac.uk Media fuelling rising hostility towards Muslims in Britain Mainstream media reporting about Muslim communities is contributing to an atmosphere of rising hostility toward Muslims in Britain, according to a University of Cambridge/ESRC Roundtable held at the House of Lords. "The attack on Charlie Hebdo brought into focus how vulnerable the relationship is between free speech and the security of the societies in which we live."
"28.04.2016 13:12:14" University of Cambridge's cover photo April Showers by Lloyd Mann
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"28.04.2016 09:52:25" cam.ac.uk Prospective students share their view of Cambridge Around 350 state school Year 12s and mature learners who took part in Cambridge University Students' Union's (CUSU) student-led Shadowing Scheme were invited to enter a photography and diary competition to share their experiences. "If you are dedicated and hardworking, then it can be the place for you. It is now my aspiration and goal to study medicine at Cambridge!”
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"28.04.2016 07:41:58" cam.ac.uk Winds a quarter the speed of light spotted leaving mysterious binary systems Astronomers have observed two black holes in nearby galaxies devouring their companion stars at an extremely high rate, and spitting out matter at a quarter the speed of light. A mighty wind.
"27.04.2016 16:07:38" Timeline Photos From the Pink Fairy Armadillo to the Giant Ground Sloth: Xenarthrans are unusual creatures
"27.04.2016 15:18:43" cam.ac.uk Speakers of two dialects may share cognitive advantage with speakers of two languages The ability of children to speak any two dialects – two closely related varieties of the same language – may confer the same cognitive advantages as those reported for multilingual children who speak two or more substantially different languages (such as Speaking two different dialects may confer the same cognitive advantages as speaking two different languages, according to new research on bilingual, bi-dialectal and monolingual children.
"27.04.2016 11:39:07" Bad air day? Low-cost pollution detectors to tackle air quality Pollution causes 30,000 people a year in the UK to die early yet most of us are unaware of the degree to which we are exposed to it. Low-cost pollution detectors could provide the
"27.04.2016 09:29:02" cam.ac.uk Diaries of Captain Scott's widow head to Cambridge University Library The diaries of Captain Scott's widow – and the papers of her second husband, Lord Young – will be made accessible to researchers at Cambridge University Library following their acceptance in lieu of inheritance tax. The diaries of Captain Scott's widow – and the papers of her second husband, Lord Kennet – will be made accessible to researchers at Cambridge University Library.
"26.04.2016 14:16:31" cam.ac.uk Does nature make you happy? Crowdsourcing app looks at relationship between the outdoors and... A new app will crowdsource data to help scientists understand the relationship between biodiversity and wellbeing. The app, developed at the University of Cambridge, maps happiness onto a detailed map that includes all the UK's nature reserves and green A new app will crowdsource data to help scientists understand the relationship between biodiversity and wellbeing.
"26.04.2016 08:48:51" cam.ac.uk Inside information: Students and prisoners study together in course that reveals the power of... A highly innovative project in which Cambridge students and prisoners studied together at a Category B prison in Buckinghamshire has broken down prejudices and created new possibilities for all of those who took part. The researchers behind it suggest A programme in which students and prisoners study together is helping to break down stereotypes and open up new opportunities in prisons.
"25.04.2016 14:40:13" Carmina qui quondam (excerpt) - Boethius, Consolation of Philo... Until last week, this piece of music hadn't been heard for more than 1,000 years.
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"25.04.2016 11:18:50" cam.ac.uk Call to arms: how lessons from history could reduce the 'immunisation gap' A rise in the number of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases has highlighted the growing trend for parents not to have their child vaccinated. Could the activities of a group of teenagers in 1950s America inspire a fresh look at the effectiveness of How #Elvis got everyone all shook up about a pro-vaccine health campaign in 1950s America.
"25.04.2016 08:25:14" University of Cambridge's cover photo Until Friday, the musical notes visible on this ancient manuscript had not been played for more than 1,000 years.
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"23.04.2016 08:35:19" University of Cambridge Billions of words, millions of books - 600 years of Cambridge University Library.
Lines of Thought, our spectacular new exhibition, traces 4,000 years of human thought taking in Homer, Shakespeare, Darwin, Newton and 3000-year-old Chinese oracle A #Shakespeare First Folio is currently on display as part of Cambridge University Library's 600th anniversary exhibition Lines of Thought. It's also one of the iconic treasures featured in this short trailer film. Happy Shakespeare Day.
"22.04.2016 14:27:27" youtube.com Carmina qui quondam (excerpt) - Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy I:1 First performance in 1,000 years: 'lost' songs from the Middle Ages are brought back to life. An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1... An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1,000 years this week after being 'reconstructed' by a Cambridge researcher and a world-class performer of medieval music
'Songs of Consolation', to be performed at Pembroke College Chapel,
"22.04.2016 11:10:14" cam.ac.uk UK's top student hackers compete for cyber security Students from the UK's top cyber security universities will compete in Cambridge this weekend, in part to address the country's looming cyber security skills gap. "We have a huge cyber security skills gap looming in the UK."
"21.04.2016 13:39:03" medium.com How snake bites could help prevent heart attacks The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science an… The annual global death toll from snake bites could be as high as 94,000. We look at how snake venom could help researchers develop treatments for haemophilia, heart attack and stroke in our Cambridge Alphabet series - now also available as a podcast.
"21.04.2016 12:42:45" cam.ac.uk Æthelred the Unready, King of the English: 1,000 years of bad press He was just a boy when he became King of the English and his reign was marked by repeated attacks by the Danes. Æthelred, who died 1,000 years ago on 23 April 1016, is remembered as 'the Unready'. But his nickname masks a more complex picture. Æthelred, who died 1,000 years ago this Saturday, is remembered as 'the Unready'. But his nickname masks a more complex picture.
"21.04.2016 10:32:10" University of Cambridge From 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bones to Penguin paperbacks - via the Gutenberg Bible and the Book of Deer.
Our new film, to mark the launch of Lines of Thought at Cambridge University Library, charts the revolutions in communication over thousands Our film about Cambridge University Library's 600th anniversary traces 3000 years of human communication, from ancient oracle bones to Penguin paperbacks.
"21.04.2016 08:52:43" University of Cambridge's cover photo Cycle for three at King's College
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"21.04.2016 08:12:58" cam.ac.uk Baboons watch neighbours for clues about food, but can end up in queues Baboons learn about food locations socially through monitoring the behaviour of those around them. While proximity to others is the key to acquiring information, research shows that accessing food depends on the complex hierarchies of a baboon troop, and Monkey see, monkey queue.
"20.04.2016 15:56:07" cam.ac.uk Flexible hours 'controlled by management' cause stress and damage home lives of low-paid workers Researcher Alex Wood calls on new DWP Minister Stephen Crabb to acknowledge distinction between flexible scheduling controlled by managers to maximise profit, damaging lives of the low-paid in the process, and high-end professionals who set their own A researcher who embedded himself in several London branches of one of the UK's largest supermarkets found that management used a combination of 'flexed-time' contracts and overtime to control worker shifts to meet times of anticipated demand, while
"20.04.2016 12:50:33" cam.ac.uk Monkeys regulate metabolism to cope with environment and rigours of mating season The flexible physiology of Barbary macaques in responding to extreme environmental conditions of their natural habitat may help shed light on the mechanisms that allowed our ancestors to thrive outside Africa, say researchers. New study also presents the Male macaque monkeys get a metabolic boost to cope with the rigours of mating season.
"20.04.2016 09:31:03" The Reisner Lab Check out our latest video - It covers what we research in the Reisner lab (but on a much smaller scale).
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqZmgoG7M2Q Artificial photosynthesis in LEGO - fantastic animation by researchers from the Department of Chemistry!
"19.04.2016 15:03:54" cam.ac.uk New cases of dementia in the UK fall by 20% over two decades The UK has seen a 20% fall in the incidence of dementia over the past two decades, according to new research from England, led by the University of Cambridge, leading to an estimated 40,000 fewer cases of dementia than previously predicted. However, the "Our evidence shows that the so-called dementia 'tsunami' is not an inevitability: we can help turn the tide if we take action now."
"19.04.2016 13:24:30" cam.ac.uk Sonic hedgehog gene provides evidence that our limbs may have evolved from sharks' gills Latest analysis shows that human limbs share a genetic programme with the gills of cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and skates, providing evidence to support a century-old theory on the origin of limbs that had been widely discounted. "The branchial rays extend like a series of fingers down the side of a shark gill arch"
"18.04.2016 15:53:06" cam.ac.uk Study identifies gene changes that influence timing of sexual behaviour A study of over 380,000 people, published today in the journal Nature Genetics, has identified gene differences that influence the age of puberty, sexual intercourse and first birth. "While social and cultural factors are clearly relevant, we show that age at first sexual intercourse is also influenced by genes."
"18.04.2016 14:32:20" medium.com What is a unicorn's horn made of? The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science an… One 17th-century recipe for anti-poison, 'Bannister's Powder', called for unicorn horn, 'east bezoars' and stags heart 'bones'. We look at the centuries-old appeal of the unicorn in our Cambridge Alphabet series – now also available as a podcast.
"18.04.2016 14:16:25" University of Cambridge's cover photo Trinity Hall and the River Cam
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"15.04.2016 15:32:23" cam.ac.uk Cambridge to research future computing tech that could “ignite a technology field” A Cambridge-led project aiming to develop a new architecture for future computing based on superconducting spintronics - technology designed to increase the energy-efficiency of high-performance computers and data storage - has been announced. The “Superspin” project aims to develop prototype devices that will pave the way for a new generation of ultra-low power supercomputers, capable of processing vast amounts of data, but at a fraction of the huge energy consumption of comparable facilities
"15.04.2016 13:58:12" How many lightbulbs? David MacKay, who died yesterday, was an inspiration to many of us. We were lucky to make a film with him in 2009 in which he shares many of his ideas about energy use. He was one of the leaders of sustainable energy research in the UK. Our thoughts are
"15.04.2016 08:49:35" cam.ac.uk UK steel can survive if it transforms itself, say researchers A new report from the University of Cambridge claims that British steel could be saved, if the industry is willing to transform itself. If it's going to save itself, the UK steel industry needs to refocus on steel recycling and on producing products for end users, say Cambridge researchers.
"14.04.2016 15:42:35" cam.ac.uk Overweight individuals more likely to make unhealthier choices when faced with real food Overweight people make unhealthier food choices than lean people when presented with real food, even though both make similar selections when presented with hypothetical choices, according to research led by the University of Cambridge and published today In the study, both overweight and lean people said they preferred healthy food when asked to make a hypothetical choice. But when presented with real food, overweight people were more likely to make unhealthy choices.
"14.04.2016 08:12:48" crassh.cam.ac.uk University of Cambridge Lee Child, one of the world's best-selling authors, is in Cambridge tonight to kick-off a two-day symposium looking at the literary landscape in the 21st century.
'Books in the Making' brings some of the key players in the book trade into dialogue with
"13.04.2016 14:49:47" medium.com Tasmanian Devils and the transmissible cancer that threatens their extinction The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science an… Transmissible cancers are, effectively, parasites. We look at what is being done to protect Tasmanian Devils from these rare diseases in our Cambridge Alphabet series – now also available as a podcast.
"13.04.2016 13:27:48" cam.ac.uk Graduate earnings: what you study and where matters – but so does parents' income First 'big data' research approach to graduate earnings reveals significant variations depending on student background, degree subject and university attended. Graduates from richer family backgrounds earn significantly more after graduation than their poorer counterparts, even after completing the same degrees from the same universities.
"13.04.2016 07:49:19" cam.ac.uk Predicting gentrification through social networking data Data from location-based social networks may be able to predict when a neighbourhood will go through the process of gentrification, by identifying areas with high social diversity and high deprivation. Is your neighbourhood about to be gentrified? Check your social media feed.
"12.04.2016 12:26:07" cam.ac.uk Living with adversity: What Tupac and Eminem can tell us about risk factors for mental health Hip-hop artists Tupac and Eminem are among the most iconic music artists of the past two decades, and as Dr Akeem Sule and Dr Becky Inkster, co-founders of HIP-HOP-PSYCH, write, their lyrics can provide a valuable insight into the lives of some of the The lyrics of Tupac and Eminem can provide a valuable insight into the lives of some of the people most at risk of developing mental health issues.
"12.04.2016 09:23:26" cam.ac.uk It's time to change the way we think about changing what people eat The Chancellor's recent announcement about a tax on sugary drinks is a step in the right direction towards fighting obesity, but we will need to use lot of different approaches simultaneously to make big changes, writes Dr Jean Adams from the Centre for There is no simple solution to the diet and obesity 'problem'.
"11.04.2016 15:48:47" Timeline Photos “You just want to plunge your hands into their fleeces!”
As an image of perfection, The Magic Apple Tree captures the English countryside as a rural idyll. We look at sheep in the work of visionary painter Samuel Palmer in our Cambridge Alphabet series –
"11.04.2016 08:44:28" cam.ac.uk Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans, say researchers Review of latest genetic evidence suggests infectious diseases are tens of thousands of years older than previously thought, and that they could jump between species of 'hominin'. Researchers says that humans migrating out of Africa would have been Researchers says that humans migrating out of Africa would have been 'reservoirs of tropical disease' – disease that may have sped up Neanderthal extinction.