skip to content

Communications

 

Microhabitats enhance butterfly diversity in nature’s imitation game

The spectacular variety of colours and patterns that butterflies use to ward off potential predators may result from highly localised environmental conditions known as “microhabitats”, researchers have found.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we’re dieting

A study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests new research published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) .

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Brains or beauty? People perceive attractive scientists as more interesting but less able, studies show

If you think of good science communicators, it’s likely that the names Brian Cox, Alice Roberts or Neil deGrasse Tyson may come to mind. But do you consider them good science communicators because they look competent or because they are attractive?

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

New details of TRAPPIST-1 system’s outmost planet confirm earlier predictions

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Brexit: people are angry but looking for compromise, research finds

Researchers engaged with people across the East of England and found anxiety and resentment, as well as a broad consensus that the UK should remain in the single market.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

‘Saddle-shaped’ universe could undermine general relativity

Researchers have shown how singularities – which are normally only found at the centre of black holes and hidden from view – could exist in highly curved three-dimensional space.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Opinion: Maintaining the same weight as you age may prevent diabetes – even if you’re overweight to begin with

Dr Adina Feldman, writing for The Conversation, looks at how diabetes can be prevented even in people who are moderately overweight.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Saving a renaissance masterpiece: Fitzwilliam Museum wins award for decade-long restoration

A ten-year research and restoration project to save one of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Renaissance masterpieces was rewarded with a major national accolade this week.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site

Refreezing the Arctic

Dr Hugh Hunt will say geoengineering may be necessary to tackle climate change and refreeze the Arctic in a talk for the Cambridge Series at the Hay Festival.

Read full article on cam.ac.uk site