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Cambridge University: Killer T Cell: The Cancer Assassin

How does a Killer T Cell Kill its target? Our new film captures the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells – the body’s ‘serial killers’ – as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target.  

Cambridge University: The Super-Resolution Revolution

Cambridge scientists are part of a resolution revolution. Building powerful instruments that shatter the physical limits of optical microscopy, they are beginning to watch molecular processes as they happen, and in three dimensions. Here, Professor Clemens Kaminski describes how a new era of super-resolution microscopy has begun. The developments earned inventors Eric Betzig and William …

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Cambridge University: Volvox embryo turning itself inside out

Researchers have captured the first 3D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out, from a sphere to a mushroom shape and back again. The results could help unravel the mechanical processes at work during a similar process in animals, which has been called the “most important time in your life.  

Cambridge University: PARP-inhibitors | A New Generation of Cancer Drugs

First of new generation of cancer drugs granted European approval A new drug for ovarian cancer, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and AstraZeneca, has become the first of new class of drugs, known as PARP-inhibitors, to be granted approval anywhere in the world. The drug, Lynparza, has been granted Marketing Authorisation from …

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Cambridge University: Monitoring Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun

Cambridge scientists and PhD students are at the forefront of monitoring the activity of the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland. The research group, led by Professor Bob White of the Department of Earth Sciences, is monitoring the ongoing massive volcanic intrusion through its array of seismic instrumentation – never before has such an intrusion been so …

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Cambridge University: ‘Extreme Sleepover’ — all aboard the floating science factory

Deep sea sediment cores — they’re cold, they’re muddy, and they’re revealing 30,000 years of climate history — as University of Cambridge PhD student Julia Gottschalk reports from her voyage aboard the James Cook research ship last summer. The James Cook is a British Royal Research Ship operated by the Natural Environment Research Council and …

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Treating MS: The long road to drug development

A transformational new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) – the result of over three decades of research in Cambridge — has secured approval by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for in the UK, following approvalin 2013 by the EU agency responsible for regulating new drugs. In recognition of the highly effective …

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Cambridge University: The future of energy?

Published on Jul 30, 2012 Today, we consume a truly vast amount of energy – with demand continuing to skyrocket at an alarming rate. We know that producing this energy has significant environmental impacts and emitting so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could cause catastrophic climate change. In this film, three academics look at …

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Cambridge University: Mouse embryo developing over time

In this video from, we see a mouse embryo developing. Erica Watson, Cambridge University, tells us that studying this process helps us better understand human pregnancy.  

Cambridge: Strings that surprise: how a theory progressed

Published on Mar 4, 2014 In August 1984 two physicists arrived at a formula that transformed our understanding of string theory, an achievement now recognized by a major award. Professor Michael Green of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics explains how string theory has taken unexpected directions. In December 2013 Professor Michael Green …

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Cambridge: Gaia’s mission: Solving the celestial puzzle

A space mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions will revolutionize our understanding of the galaxy and the universe beyond. On 19th December 2013, a rocket blasted into the sky from a launch site in French Guiana and travelled 1.5 million km to reach its destination in orbit …

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Out of Asia: Ancient genome lays to rest origins of Americas’ first humans

The genome of a child who died some 12,600 years ago in Montana — the oldest known human remains from North America — has been sequenced for the first time. The young boy’s genetic blueprint reveals that the Americas’ first human inhabitants came from Asia, not Europe, laying to rest a long-standing mystery. Conducted by …

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