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Bookings open for Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2016

The Festival runs from 17-30 October with over 200 events, mostly free, on everything from the future of Europe to the continuing relevance of Shakespeare.

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Opinion: More women are running the world, so why aren't more men doing the dishes?

The number of women in global leadership positions continues to increase, but the change seems one-sided, writes Dr Alice Evans (Geography) on The Conversation website. So why are men not picking up more of the housework?

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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.

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'Extreme sleepover #18' – rebuilding earthquake-shattered Christchurch

Kristen MacAskill describes how an earthquake in her hometown served to influence her career as an engineer.

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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, “ghost-like” population spread which provided a basis for the modern...

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Ancient ‘trace’ in Papuan 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 – and an extinct lineage that made it to the islands of Southeast...

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Dementia: Catching the memory thief

It's 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 we to having effective treatments – and could we even prevent dementia from occurring in the first place?

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Study identifies different ways to help social businesses grow

New study identifies four strategies and two key methods for scaling up social businesses in developing countries in order to meet the unmet needs of more than four billion people.

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Algorithm for predicting protein pairings could help show how living systems work

An algorithm which models how proteins inside cells interact with each other will enhance the study of biology, and sheds light on how proteins work together to complete tasks such as turning food into energy.

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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.

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