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Cambridge University: The Robber Fly – Top Gun of the fly world

The robber fly is the size of a grain of rice, but it could be described as the Top Gun of the fly world. It has the ability to spot and catch prey more than half a metre away in less than half a second. And it can do this because of its incredible eyes …

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Cambridge University: Human Embryo Research: Opening the “Black Box”

Cambridge research that will enable scientists to grow and study embryos in the lab for almost two weeks has been named as the People’s Choice for Science magazine’s ‘Breakthrough of the Year 2016’. Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience has developed a new technique that allows embryos to develop in …

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Cambridge University: Pain in the machine

Cambridge University put together this short documentary on whether robots should feel pain. It’s a feeling that most would describe as being unpleasant, both physically and emotionally. But there must be some evolutionary advantage with feeling pain, why do humans and some animals otherwise feel pain if there is no use for it. The fact …

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Cambridge University: The best or worst thing to happen to humanity

Stephen Hawking helps to launch Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Artificial intelligence has the power to eradicate poverty and disease or hasten the end of human civilisation as we know it – according to a speech delivered by Professor Stephen Hawking this evening.  

University of Oxford: Good Germs; Bad Germs

Invisible to the naked eye, yet a constant presence, microbes (‘germs’) live in, on and around us. The researchers in this project collaborate with members of the public to explore and experiment on the microbial life in their kitchens (and in one instance – a cat) and starts to unpick what we really mean by …

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Cambridge University: Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA

The idea that characteristics could be passed from one generation to another was crucial to Charles Darwin’s theory of how new forms of life develop. In the 1950s the structure of DNA, the compound that encodes genetic information, was finally deciphered by Francis Crick, James Watson, Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, all of whom were …

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Cambridge University: 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 timbers of several roundhouses, the finds provide a stunning snapshot of a community thriving 3,000 years …

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Cambridge University : How dogs can sniff out diabetes

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 explain why some dogs can be trained to spot the warning signs in patients. …

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Cambridge University: Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World

Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless treasures communicating 4,000 years of human thought. Featuring iconic works by Newton, Darwin and Shakespeare, Lines of Thought traces the connections between some of the most important books and manuscripts in history.  

Cambridge University: 55 Cancri e

Artist’s impression of 55 Cancri e orbiting its parent star. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The most detailed map of a small, rocky ‘super Earth’ to date reveals a planet almost completely covered by lava, with a molten ‘hot’ side and solid ‘cool’ side.  

Cambridge: Exoplanet Hunter: In search of new Earths and life in the Universe

Professor Didier Queloz hunts for extreme worlds and Earth twins in Cambridge’s Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics. Here he tells of the moment in 1995 when he became the first to discover a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun. Astronomers had speculated as to the existence of these distant worlds – called …

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Millennium Mathematics Project: ‘Einstein, Relativity and Gravity Waves’ – Professor David Tong

This talk was originally given to an audience of school students aged 16-17 as part of a mathematics enrichment event at the University of Cambridge. Recorded 27 June 2014. Professor David Tong describes Einstein’s theory of relativity, and examines what it has to do with the recent potential discovery of gravity waves during the Big …

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Cambridge University: Nataruk: Evidence of a prehistoric massacre

Skeletal remains of a group of foragers massacred around 10,000 years ago on the shores of a lagoon is unique evidence of a violent encounter between clashing groups of ancient hunter-gatherers, and suggests the “presence of warfare” in late Stone Age foraging societies. Listen to researchers from Cambridge’s Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies discuss …

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Cambridge University: Teaching machines to see

Two technologies which use deep learning techniques to help machines to see and recognise their location and surroundings could be used for the development of driverless cars and autonomous robotics – and can be used on a regular camera or smartphone.  

Cambridge University: Calls vs. balls: An evolutionary trade-off

Howler monkeys are about the size of a small dog, weighing around seven kilos, yet they are among the loudest terrestrial animals on the planet, and can roar at a similar acoustic frequency to tigers. Evolution has given these otherwise lethargic creatures a complex and powerful vocal system. For males, a critical function of the …

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Cambridge University: Bio-inspired robotics

Fumiya Iida’s research looks at how robotics can be improved by taking inspiration from nature, whether that’s learning about intelligence, or finding ways to improve robotic locomotion. A robot requires between ten and 100 times more energy than an animal to do the same thing. Iida’s lab is filled with a wide array of hopping …

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Cambridge University: The Magna Carta of scientific maps

One of the most important maps of the UK ever made – described as the ‘Magna Carta of geology’ – is to go on permanent public display in Cambridge after being restored to its former glory. William Smith’s 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales, which measures 8.5ft x 6ft, demonstrated for the first time …

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Cambridge University: Cytosponge – Early detection for oesophageal cancer

A ‘pill on a string’ developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help doctors detect oesophageal cancer – cancer of the gullet – at an early stage, helping them overcome the problem of wide variation between biopsies.  

Cambridge University: Engineering Atoms

Engineering on the smallest level can provide us with remarkable benefits on the largest level, mitigating global warming. Atomic-level engineering is at the forefront of modern, greener jet engine design. The increasing demand for more people to fly while reducing carbon emissions is one of the greatest aeronautical engineering challenges. Efficiency requires engines to run …

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Cambridge University: Bad Air Day? Low-cost pollution detectors to tackle air quality

A new generation of pollution monitors developed by the University of Cambridge, together with academic and industrial partners, could help gather the evidence essential to tackle poor air quality.  

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