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Training AI models to answer ‘what if?’ questions could improve medical treatments

Machines can learn not only to make predictions, but to handle causal relationships. An international research team shows how this could make medical treatments safer, more efficient, and more personalised.

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Mess is best: disordered structure of battery-like devices improves performance

The energy density of supercapacitors – battery-like devices that can charge in seconds or a few minutes – can be improved by increasing the ‘messiness’ of their internal structure.

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Steven Barrett appointed Regius Professor of Engineering

An expert on the environmental impacts of aviation, Barrett joins the University of Cambridge from MIT.

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Artificial intelligence beats doctors in accurately assessing eye problems

A study has found that the AI model GPT-4 significantly exceeds the ability of non-specialist doctors to assess eye problems and provide advice.

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AI speeds up drug design for Parkinson’s ten-fold

Researchers have used artificial intelligence techniques to massively accelerate the search for Parkinson’s disease treatments.

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Interspecies competition led to even more forms of ancient human – defying evolutionary trends in vertebrates

Competition between species played a major role in the rise and fall of hominins, and produced a “bizarre” evolutionary pattern for the Homo lineage.

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Is Democracy Dying?

The second Vice-Chancellor’s Dialogues event grapples with the question: 'is liberal democracy dying?' The evening will be hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Prentice and chaired by the Master of Selwyn College.

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Study unpicks why childhood maltreatment continues to impact on mental and physical health into adulthood

Childhood maltreatment can continue to have an impact long into adulthood because of how it effects an individual’s risk of poor physical health and traumatic experiences many years later, a new study has found.

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Four Cambridge researchers awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grants

The funding provides leading senior researchers with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, curiosity-driven projects that could lead to major scientific breakthroughs.

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Pork labelling schemes ‘not helpful’ in making informed buying choices, say researchers

Farmers don’t have to choose between lowering environmental impact and improving welfare for their pigs, a new study has found: it is possible to do both. But this is not reflected in the current food labelling schemes relied on by consumers.

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