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COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts

Some of the finest illuminated manuscripts in the world – treasures combining gold and precious pigments – will go on display today in celebration of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary.

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Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA

Darwin’s stuffed pigeons, the letter which first coined the term ‘genetics’ and a paper by Crick and Watson which helped decode DNA all feature in the latest film to celebrate Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversary.

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Financial cycles of acquisitions and ‘buybacks’ threaten public access to breakthrough drugs

An analysis of a new drug’s journey to market, published today in the BMJ, shines a light on financial practices that see some major pharmaceutical companies relying on a cycle of acquisitions, profits from high prices, and shareholder-driven manoeuvres that threatens access to medicines for current and future patients.

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Carbon dioxide can be stored underground for ten times the length needed to avoid climatic impact

Study of natural-occurring 100,000 year-old CO2 reservoirs shows no significant corroding of ‘cap rock’, suggesting the greenhouse gas hasn’t leaked back out - one of the main concerns with greenhouse gas reduction proposal of carbon capture and storage.

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An hour of moderate exercise a day enough to counter health risks from prolonged sitting

The health risks associated with sitting for eight or more hours a day – whether at work, home or commuting – can be eliminated with an hour or more of physical activity a day, according to a study from an international team of researchers.

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Opinion: Can genes really predict how well you’ll do academically?

Daphne Martschenko (Faculty of Education) discusses whether DNA can predict our educational achievement.

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Earth, wind and flyer: the moves of Disco Tony and friends

Disco Tony has travelled over 5,000 miles. He is grey with a yellow ring around his eyes. He is a cuckoo, but not just any cuckoo. He is one of a very special group of birds whose every move is being monitored.

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Cambridge pilots simplified visa scheme for Masters' students

A pilot scheme to streamline the international student visa process could benefit more than 1,000 Masters students at the University of Cambridge each year.

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Changes in brain structure during teenage years provide clues to onset of mental health problems

Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers’ brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise during late adolescence.

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Ancient faeces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road

Intestinal parasites as well as goods were carried by travellers on iconic route, say researchers examining ancient latrine.

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