Latest Cambridge University Stories

2008-11-03 08:10:00

Researchers from Cambridge University have pinpointed a sequence of DNA present in two-thirds of common tumors for the first time. Each year, 145 children between the ages of 5 and 19 are diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytomas.  Of those diagnosed, nearly 40 cases are untreatable. Researchers hope the findings can lead to greater knowledge, and treatment of brain tumors. Professor Peter Collins, lead researcher from Cambridge University, performed genetic scans on 44 pilocytic astrocytoma...

2008-10-24 12:25:00

Renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking will retire from his prominent Cambridge University position at the end of the academic year in September, but plans to continue his study of space and time, the university said Friday. Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by the distinguished 18th century physicist Isaac Newton. Cambridge University policy requires officeholders to retire at the end of the academic year in which they turn 67 years old, a milestone Hawking...

2008-10-07 00:00:18

Physicist who proved the existence of the Fermi surface and was the first President of Clare Hall, Cambridge Brian Pippard was a distinguished physicist and university teacher, a talented classical pianist, a historian of science and an able administrator. He enjoyed discussion and debate and he had an impressive knowledge and understanding of classical physics, quantum physics and statistical thermodynamics. He was the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University from 1971 to...

2008-10-04 09:00:06

By Craig Brown IT IS without doubt one of the hardest tests for any Christian's faith: to watch images of natural disasters on the scale of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or the Asian tsunami that destroyed thousands of lives in 2004 occur, or to witness a friend or family member suffer a slow and painful death through a terminal illness, and still be sure that their God is, as the Bible asserts, a loving one. Certainly, at its polarities, the moral complexities are almost unbearable for...

2008-09-23 12:56:04

Chemical engineer Stephen Gerrard of Cambridge University has developed a nipple shield that disinfects milk from a HIV-positive breast-feeding mother. The shield uses a layer of cotton-wool soaked in a detergent used by biochemists to denature proteins for analysis. The chemical deactivates the virus, which prevents HIV transmission from a breast-feeding mother to her child. The International Design Development Summit (IDDS) in the United States brought together engineers and field workers...

2008-09-22 15:15:00

Professor Stephen Hawking unveiled a $1.83 million (£1m) clock called the "time eater" at Cambridge University. The special guest of honor and author of A Brief History of Time revealed the unique clock, which has no hands or numbers, at Corpus Christi College. The clock features a giant grasshopper and has 60 slits cut into its face which light up to show the time. John Taylor, the creator of what is being called the strangest clock in the world, said he "wanted to make timekeeping...

2008-09-18 00:00:26

By Andy Sharman UNIVERSITIES A flagship scheme set up to raise teenage interest in mathematics will be lucky to solve the crisis affecting the subject at university level, says one leading academic. Andy Sharman reports It was marketed as a scheme that would benefit up to 15,000 pupils and assist the teaching of a subject in crisis. But the Fast Forward Maths programme, launched by the University of Cambridge, has been rubbished by a leading academic, who says that the initiative will...

2008-09-12 00:00:23

By Dominic Lawson BRITAIN HAS the best schools in the world. Why else would leading figures in countries such as China and Russia send their children to learn here, rather than in their own educational systems? Their choice is not based on mere social aspiration: the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has produced figures showing that British schools came top out of all 62 groups in science and maths. Here's the hitch, though: this was a survey which divided schools in...

2008-09-03 13:35:00

Researchers say a small protein molecule in the brain plays a crucial ovulation-triggering role, a finding that could hold the key to new therapies for infertility. The protein, called kisspeptin, is known to play a vital role in kick-starting puberty. Now, the first evidence that kisspeptin signaling in the brain is also essential for ovulation to occur in adults has been published by a group from the University of Otago led by Professor Allan Herbison, in collaboration with Cambridge...

2008-08-19 03:00:24

By McDonald, Robert I Motzkin, Glenn; Foster, David R MCDONALD, R. I. (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138), G. MOTZKIN AND D. R. FOSTER (Harvard Forest, Harvard University, Petersham, MA 01366). Assessing the influence of historical factors, contemporary processes, and environmental conditions on the distribution of invasive species. J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 135: 260-271. 2008.-Despite concern over potential detrimental effects of non-native invasive species on...

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