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Landscapes from other worlds

Professor Paul Murdin will be speaking in the Cambridge Series at the Hay Festival about his latest book on planetary landscapes.

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A 100 million-year partnership on the brink of extinction

A symbiotic relationship that has existed since the time of the dinosaurs is at risk of ending, as habitat loss and environmental change mean that a species of Australian crayfish and the tiny worms that depend on them are both at serious risk of extinction.

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Opinion: How does a bike stay upright? Surprisingly, it’s all in the mind

Hugh Hunt (Department of Engineering) discusses how we manage to stay upright on a bicycle.

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Opinion: GM crops already feed much of the world today – why not tomorrow’s generations too?

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) discusses how genetically modified crops could help solve the problem of food security.

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Urgent action needed to close UK languages gap

The UK Government needs to urgently adopt a new, comprehensive languages strategy if it is to keep pace with its international competitors and reduce a skills deficit that has wide-reaching economic, political, and military effects.

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Opinion: The flower breeders who sold X-ray lilies and atomic marigolds

Helen Anne Curry (Department of History and Philosophy of Science) discusses the history of our fascination with floral novelties.

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Study finds little change in the IMF’s policy advice, despite rhetoric of reform

Researchers describe IMF as having an “escalating commitment to hypocrisy”, as study reveals that strict lending conditions have returned to pre-crisis levels, while ‘pro-poor’ targets frequently go unmet.

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Opinion: Speaking dialects trains the brain as well as bilingualism does

Napoleon Katsos (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) discusses why speakers of two dialects may share cognitive advantage with speakers of two languages.

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Opinion: More accountability needed in how drugs are priced and reimbursed

Lawrence King (Department of Sociology) and Piotr Ozieranski (University of Bath) discuss how EU member states use complex policy instruments to determine how much they are willing to pay the pharmaceutical industry for its products.

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Opinion: Rape, murder, forced marriage: what girls in conflict zones get instead of education

Pauline Rose (Faculty of Education) discusses the importance of recognising education as part of a humanitarian response.

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