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  • 2478 Robots can go all the way to Mars, but they can’t pick up the groceries
    In the popular imagination, robots have been portrayed alternatively as friendly companions or existential threat. But while robots are becoming commonplace in many industries, they are neither C-3PO nor the Terminator. Cambridge researchers are studying the interaction between robots and humans ... [sc604]
  • 2477 Carrying Tasers increases police use of force, study finds
    A new study has found that London police officers visibly armed with electroshock ‘Taser’ weapons used force 48% more often, and were more likely to be assaulted, than those on unarmed shifts. However, while use of force can include everything from restraint and handcuffing to CS spray, the Tas... [fpjl2]
  • 2476 3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano
    The robot hand, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, was made by 3D-printing soft and rigid materials together to replicate of all the bones and ligaments – but not the muscles or tendons – in a human hand. Even though this limited the robot hand’s range of motion compared... [sc604]
  • 2475 Removing sweets and crisps from supermarket checkouts linked to dramatic fall in unhealthy snack purchases
    The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found that 76% fewer purchases of sugary confectionary, chocolate and potato crisps were bought and eaten ‘on-the-go’ from supermarkets with checkout food policies compared to those without. In addition, 17% fewer small packages of these items ... [cjb250]
  • 2474 ‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints found in southern England
    More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints – made by at least seven different species – have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the Cretaceous Period found in the UK to date. Click here to find out more.  Neil... [sc604]
  • 2473 University pledges support to students estranged from their families
    A pledge letter to the charity, Stand Alone, shows a commitment to improving the student experience for those who study without family support. Recent research reveals that 86% of students rely on parental and familial support during their time at University. However, around 9,000 UK students ha... [ps748]
  • 2472 Submissions open for BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University
    The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious prizes for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in an anthology. The 2018 winner of the BBC Nationa... [sjr81]
  • 2471 Bats to the rescue
    READ THE STORY HERE A new study shows that bats are giving Madagascar’s rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a Cambridge zoologist believes, can ease the pressure on farmers to turn rainforest into fields. Courtesy of Adrià López-BaucellsPeters... [ta385]
  • 2470 Reproduction, from Hippocrates to IVF
    READ THE STORY HERE A new book is the first to encompass the vast history of how living things procreate, from the banks of the ancient Nile to the fertility clinics of today. Detail from the German anatomist Samuel Thomas Soemmerring's ‘images of human embryos', dating from 1799. The t... [fpjl2]
  • 2469 Marmoset study gives insights into loss of pleasure in depression
    Now, in a study involving marmosets, scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified the region of the brain that contributes to this phenomenon, and shown that the experimental antidepressant ketamine acts on this region, helping explain why this drug may prove effective at treating a... [cjb250]
  • 2468 Opinion: COP24: here's what must be agreed to keep warming at 1.5°C
    The Paris Agreement of 2015 has a central aim to keep global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts” to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C. This is an ambitious aim – global temperatures are rapidly approaching the ... [Anonymous]
  • 2467 Cambridge alliance secures £72 million in government funding to drive innovation and boost construction
    The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) at the University of Cambridge has joined a new alliance with the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) and BRE (Building Research Establishment) to transform the way that infrastructure in the UK is designed, built, and used. The Transforming Constructio... [plc32]
  • 2466 The Lost Words: inspiring children to find, love and protect nature
    First there was the finding that British primary school children were more at ease naming their favourite Pokémon character than they were at naming a hare, a deer or an oak tree. Then there were the revisions to a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary: out went everyday nature words like ... [lw355]
  • 2465 Spanish Flu: A warning from history
    The early origins and initial geographical starting point of the pandemic still remain a mystery but in the summer of 1918, there was a second wave of a far more virulent form of the influenza virus than anyone could have anticipated. Soon dubbed ‘Spanish Flu’ after its effects were reported in... [Anonymous]
  • 2464 Pregnancy losses and large numbers of children linked with increased risk of cardiovascular disease
    Women who experience pregnancy loss and do not go on to have children are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, compared with women who have only one or two children, according to new research from the University of Cambridge and the University of North Caroli... [cjb250]
  • 2463 ‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy
    Many pregnancies fail because the embryo does not implant correctly into the lining of the womb (uterus) and fails to form a placental attachment to the mother. Yet, because of the complexities of studying this early period of our development, very little is understood about what is happening norma... [cjb250]
  • 2462 AI system may accelerate search for cancer discoveries
    The system, called LION LBD and developed by computer scientists and cancer researchers at the University of Cambridge, has been designed to assist scientists in the search for cancer-related discoveries. It is the first literature-based discovery system aimed at supporting cancer research. The res... [sc604]
  • 2461 Study in mice suggests drug to turn fat ‘brown’ could help fight obesity
    While their study was carried out in mice, they hope that this finding will translate into humans and provide a potential new drug to help fight obesity. Obesity is a condition in which individuals accumulate more and more fat until their fat stops functioning. This can lead to diseases such as dia... [cjb250]
  • 2460 We are all 'others': teaching children to celebrate differences
    At times of dramatic change and conflict, words can become weapons. Europe is transforming: migration, economic crises and Brexit are shaking the continent’s sense of identity, and debate has turned quickly to division and misunderstanding, to angry Twitter exchanges and pumped-up political stand... [Anonymous]
  • 2459 Brexit and Trump voters more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, survey study shows
    The largest cross-national study ever conducted on conspiracy theories suggests that around a third of people in countries such as the UK and France think their governments are “hiding the truth” about immigration, and that voting for Brexit and Trump is associated with a wide range of conspira... [fpjl2]