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2011-03-16 08:25:00

In a rare public speaking appearance, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told students at Cambridge University that he believed the Internet was "the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen" and that it could be, in AFP's words, "an obstacle to free speech." The 39-year-old Assange "acknowledged that the web could allow greater government transparency and better co-operation between activists," Guardian reporter Patrick Kingsley wrote on Tuesday, "but said it gave authorities their best...

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2011-03-05 10:35:00

A new website that explains why humans have the same type of eye as an octopus, and how animals separated by millions of years have evolved in the same way, has been launched by a team of scientists at Cambridge University.The Map of Life highlights hundreds of examples of 'evolutionary convergence' such as Australia's thorny devil lizard (pictured) and North America's desert horned lizard.Despite being separated by 150 million years of evolution, both lizards have evolved the same way of...

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2011-02-21 10:05:00

The contribution of Greenland to global sea level change and the mapping of previously unknown basins and mountains beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet are highlighted in a new film released by Cambridge University this morning. The work of glaciologist Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute, is the focus of This Icy World, the latest film in the University's Cambridge Ideas series. A frequent visitor to both the Arctic and Antarctic,...

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2011-02-10 08:05:00

Researchers from Cambridge University have successfully recorded fleas jumping, and in the process discovered exactly how the tiny insects leap so quickly and cover such great distances. While Henry Bennet-Clark discovered in 1967 that fleas are capable of storing enough energy to catapult themselves high into the air and cover distances some 200 times their own body length, questions remained about exactly how the creatures were able to utilize that stored energy. According to a press...

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2011-01-24 10:15:00

Could Dimming the Sun Change Teleconnections in Weather Patterns as we Know Them? Solar radiation management projects, also known as sun dimming, seek to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the Earth to counteract the effects of climate change. Global dimming can occur as a side-effect of fossil fuels or as a result of volcanic eruptions, but the consequences of deliberate sun dimming as a geoengineering tool are unknown. A new study by Dr Peter Braesicke, from the Centre for Atmospheric...

2011-01-20 00:00:48

Former Porn Star Shelley Lubben to take center stage in debate with UK Porn Stars Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2011 Former Porn Star Shelley Lubben, whose recent book Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn, is creating waves within the porn industry - has been invited to Cambridge University in the UK to debate the issue of pornography. The groundbreaking, X-rated debate will take place at Cambridge University's historic Bridge Street debating hall where Lubben will debate the merits of...

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2011-01-13 08:45:00

Officials from the UK's Computer Conservation Society (CCS) have announced plans to create a working replica of the first fully operational stored program computer. The computer in question, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC), was created as a research aid at Cambridge University back in the 1940s. According to BBC News, it was the first "recognizably modern computer" ever assembled, and now it is being rebuilt at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park,...

2010-12-20 08:26:00

KAIFENG, China, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Valves Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVVT) ("China Valves" or the "Company"), a leading metal valve manufacturer with operations in the People's Republic of China (the "PRC"), today announced that the company has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics ("CAPE"), University of Cambridge and becomes the sole member of the steering committee of CAPE of Cambridge University in...

2010-11-09 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a partnership with Amino Communications, the world's leading developer of pure IPTV and hybrid/OTT devices and solutions. Under the terms of the partnership, Amino and blinkx will develop an integrated search, recommendation and personalization solution powered by blinkx technology to be deployed on Amino's hybrid/OTT set-top boxes, including the award-winning...

2010-08-18 13:18:29

Alarm sounded on health consequences of substantial reduction in NHS health visitors The world's first ever analysis of data from a full scale clinical trial in adults shows that training Health Visitors to assess and psychologically support mothers after childbirth can prevent the development of depression over the following year. But the substantial reduction in the number of NHS health visitors was identified by researchers as a key issue for the health and well-being of mums. The...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.