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Large Hadron Collider restarts after two years

Early on Easter Sunday, the Large Hadron Collider’s second run got underway, when proton beams began rotating in the 27-kilometre ring for the first time in two years. Over the coming weeks, the beams...

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Astronomers find first evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth

For the first time, researchers led by the University of Cambridge have detected atmospheric variability on a rocky planet outside the solar system, and observed a nearly threefold change in...

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Cause of galactic death: strangulation

As murder mysteries go, it’s a big one: how do galaxies die and what kills them? A new study, published today in the journal Nature, has found that the primary cause of galactic death is strangulation,...

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Masters of the universe

Imagine having to design a completely automated system that could take all of the live video from all of the hundreds of thousands of cameras monitoring London, and automatically dispatch an ambulance...

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Three Cambridge professors recognised with Institute of Physics awards

Professor John Barrow, Professor Judith Driscoll and Professor Henning Sirringhaus have been awarded medals in the 2015 Institute of Physics awards.Three Cambridge professors have been awarded medals...

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To conduct, or to insulate? That is the question

A new study has discovered mysterious behaviour of a material that acts like an insulator in certain measurements, but simultaneously acts like a conductor in others. In an insulator, electrons are...

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Cambridge scientists receive Royal Society awards

The Royal Society, the UK’s independent academy for science, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Awards, Medals and Prize Lectures. The scientists receive the awards in recognition of their...

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Astronomers witness assembly of galaxies in the early Universe for the first...

When the first galaxies started to form a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the Universe was full of a fog of hydrogen gas. But as more and more brilliant sources — both stars and quasars...

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K is for Kingfisher

Kingfishers are notoriously shy. But one of the best places to spot them in Cambridge is the Botanic Garden where they perch in the swamp cypresses to fish in the lake.The brilliantly bright plumage of...

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Scientists "squeeze" light one particle at a time

A team of scientists has successfully measured particles of light being “squeezed”, in an experiment that had been written off in physics textbooks as impossible to observe.Squeezing is a strange...

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Post-16 education must be reformed to tackle damaging arts-science divide

Education sits at the heart of our society – and politicians know it. When Tony Blair famously said “education, education, education” it was essentially an election slogan. We are constantly told by...

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Winton Symposium on green computing

The fourth annual Winton Symposium will be held on 28 September at the University’s Cavendish Laboratory on the theme of ‘Green Computing’. The one-day symposium will cover topics ranging from new...

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Isaac Physics project makes awards shortlist

An innovative free online physics resource aimed at students and teachers has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2015.The Isaac Physics project was developed in Cambridge in...

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Kamerlingh Onnes prize

Professor Gilbert Lonzarich of the Physics department has been selected for the 2015 Kamerlingh Onnes prize, in recognition of his 'visionary experiments concerning the emergence of superconductivity...

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Entanglement at heart of 'two-for-one' fission in next-generation solar cells

An international team of scientists have observed how a mysterious quantum phenomenon in organic molecules takes place in real time, which could aid in the development of highly efficient solar...

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Mirage maker

This is a photothermal deflection spectrometer (PDS) and the mirage – only the width of a human hair in distance from the glass – is helping researchers to measure the quality of materials that turn...

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First evidence of ‘ghost particles’

An international team of scientists at the MicroBooNE physics experiment in the US, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, detected their first neutrino candidates, which are also...

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Opinion: Girls can have it all: how to stop the damaging gender stereotyping...

Few things make us as competitive as getting our children into the right school. That is why families are willing to spend so much money either moving house to get into a good state school’s catchment...

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Cambridge researchers awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2015

Dr John Rudge (Department of Earth Sciences), Dr Suchitra Sebastian (Department of Physics), and Dr Renaud Gagné (Faculty of Classics) have been awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes in recognition of their...

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Graphene means business – two-dimensional material moves from the lab to the...

More than 40 companies, mostly from the UK, are in Cambridge this week to demonstrate some of the new products being developed from graphene and other two-dimensional materials.Graphene is a...

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