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The Academy of Medical Sciences announces election of new Fellows 2021

Cambridge scientists are among the new Fellows announced today by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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‘Pre-bunk’ tactics reduce public susceptibility to COVID-19 conspiracies and falsehoods, study finds

Latest research on digital interventions deployed by UK government and UNESCO suggests that exposing people to a “microdose” of techniques used by misinformation merchants helps “inoculate” them against fake news about the pandemic.

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Philosopher’s thumbs-down to social media ‘likes’ gets award thumbs-up from Royal Institute

The Royal Institute of Philosophy has awarded (jointly) its 2021 essay prize to a University of Cambridge researcher for the first philosophical analysis of ‘liking’ on social media. The essay, which focuses on Facebook, warns that ‘likes’ encourage communicative laziness while ‘like tallies’ fuel fake news, ‘gamify...

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Nature has enormous potential to fight climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK - report

A report launched today by the British Ecological Society, with contributions from the University of Cambridge, offers the first complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change and benefit biodiversity in the UK.

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Unhealthy patterns of diet, exercise, and sleep linked to high risk of cardiovascular disease in autistic people

Autistic people have far greater risks of long term physical health conditions than others, but the reasons for this remain unclear. New research from the University of Cambridge suggests that unhealthy lifestyle habits may be an important contributing factor.

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Can federated learning save the world?

Training the artificial intelligence models that underpin web search engines, power smart assistants and enable driverless cars, consumes megawatts of energy and generates worrying carbon dioxide emissions. But new ways of training these models are proven to be greener.

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Supporting mums’ mental health strengthens ‘protective’ playmate role with children

Helping parents with depression or anxiety could also improve their ability to engage in potentially ‘protective’ forms of play with their children that can reduce the risk of behavioural problems, new research suggests.

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The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2021

Cambridge scientists are among the new Fellows announced today by the Royal Society.

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How accurate were early expert predictions on COVID-19, and how did they compare to the public?

Who made more accurate predictions about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic – experts or the public? A study from the University of Cambridge has found that experts such as epidemiologists and statisticians made far more accurate predictions than the public, but both groups substantially underestimated the true extent of...

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Loan applications processed around midday more likely to be rejected

Bank credit officers are more likely to approve loan applications earlier and later in the day, while ‘decision fatigue’ around midday is associated with defaulting to the safer option of saying no.

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