Calcium loss turning lakes to ‘jelly’

19 Nov 2014

Declining calcium levels in some North American lakes are causing major depletions of dominant plankton species, enabling the rapid rise of their ecological competitor: a small jelly-clad invertebrate. Scientists say increasing ‘jellification’ will damage fish stocks and filtration systems that allow lakes to supply drinking water, and that lakes may have been pushed into “an entirely new ecological state”.

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Lifelong learning and the plastic brain

19 Nov 2014

Our brains are plastic. They continually remould neural connections as we learn, experience and adapt. Now researchers are asking if new understanding of these processes can help us train our brains.

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Tricks of the trade: magic and mischief in the making

19 Nov 2014

Victorian magicians Rhys Morgan and Robert West will be at Sidney Sussex College tonight (19 November 2014) where their show will provoke discussions about the nature of truth, the skills of deception, and the blurred lines between what's real and what's imagined. All welcome. 

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Scene and heard: A week of Cambridge poetry

18 Nov 2014

Recalling the spirit of the iconic Cambridge Poetry Festivals of the 70s and 80s, a new celebration of Cambridge poetry begins on November 22, featuring performances by Vahni Capildeo, John James, Mark Ford and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

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DIAL B for Boeing

18 Nov 2014

Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Industrial Information Engineering and head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the University's Institute of Manufacturing (IfM), and members of his research team have been working with Boeing since 2005, finding intelligent solutions to some challenging industrial problems.

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Egg freezing: An empowering option for women?

17 Nov 2014

Katie Hammond, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology researching the experience of egg donation in Canada, discusses the recent decision by tech giants Facebook and Apple to offer egg freezing to female employees, and why she co-authored a recent commentary on this subject.

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