Shelley’s Peterloo poem took inspiration from the radical press, new research reveals

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Mask of Anarchy, the most celebrated literary response to the Peterloo massacre – which has its bicentenary on 16 August – drew on accounts of the tragedy written by the radical journalist and freethinker, Richard Carlile.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 16, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: protest poetry

Ancient faeces reveal how ‘marsh diet’ left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites

‘Coprolites’ from the Must Farm archaeological excavation in East Anglia shows the prehistoric inhabitants were infected by parasitic worms that can be spread by eating raw fish, frogs and shellfish.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 16, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: archaeology parasite bronze-age must-farm east-of-england

Joint lubricating fluid plays key role in osteoarthritic pain, study finds

A team at the University of Cambridge has shown how, in osteoarthritis patients, the viscous lubricant that ordinarily allows our joints to move smoothly triggers a pain response from nerve cells similar that caused by chilli peppers.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 15, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: osteoarthritis

Women in STEM: Fiona Iddon

Fiona Iddon is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences, where she studies volcanoes. Here, she tells us about making science accessible, being the first in her family to go to university, and working at the place where the horn of Africa is splitting away from the rest of the continent. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 15, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: women-in-stem volcano

AI used to test evolution’s oldest mathematical model

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to make new discoveries, and confirm old ones, about one of nature’s best-known mimics, opening up whole new directions of research in evolutionary biology.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 14, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: evolution biology butterfly

Cambridge scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier state. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 14, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: multiple-sclerosis-ms stem-cells brain spotlight-on-neuroscience

Governments are failing to understand global catastrophic risks and need to take urgent action, says new report

Governments are failing to understand the human-driven catastrophic risks that threaten global security, prosperity and potential, and could in the worst case lead to mass harm and societal collapse, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 13, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: risk risk-and-uncertainty spotlight-on-risk

Women in STEM: Dr Anita Faul

Dr Anita Faul is a Teaching Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory and a Fellow of Selwyn College, where she specialises in algorithms. Here, she tells us about what it's like to teach at Cambridge and whether we can trust the answers that computers give us. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 8, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: women-in-stem big-data artificial-intelligence machine-learning

Machine learning to help develop self-healing robots that ‘feel pain’

Researchers from the University of Cambridge will use self-healing materials and machine learning to develop soft robotics as part of a new collaborative project.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 7, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: robot automation advanced-materials machine-learning artificial-intelligence engineering

Prenatal parental stress linked to behaviour problems in toddlers

Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioural problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the first time, that couple conflict helps explain emotional problems in very young children.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 6, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: children parents spotlight-on-neuroscience

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