Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone

24 Mar 2014

New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating and allowing movement. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering.

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Filling me softly

12 Feb 2014

Surgical implants are widely used in modern medicine but their effectiveness is often compromised by how our bodies react to them. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that implant stiffness is a major cause of this so-called foreign body reaction.

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Nurturing science’s next generation

20 Mar 2013

Twelve years after his death, the legacy of distinguished organic chemist Dr Herchel Smith is enabling a new generation of bright young researchers to pursue their scientific ambitions.

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Finding malaria's weak spot

06 Feb 2013

A ground-breaking imaging system to track malarial infection of blood cells in real time has been created by a collaboration catalysed by the University’s Physics of Medicine Initiative.

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David Bainbridge

Crisis, what crisis? The myths and magic of middle age

14 Oct 2012

Middle age is often viewed negatively – a time of gradual, uncontrolled decline. But according to Dr David Bainbridge, who will be speaking at the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas, science suggests that it’s a crucially important period of our lives.

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