BSE, global warming, genetically modified crops and nuclear power - at the heart of many of today's most important social and political issues lies the communication of scientific information. But science never stands alone; when it is presented to the public it is generally mediated through other institutions: the moral concerns of religious leaders; the political influence of governments and pressure groups, or the media's desire for conflict and controversy.
A host of budding student-entrepreneurs were given a helping hand last week when they won prizes at the annual Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) awards event. The competition is designed to foster the development of sustainable companies from the University. All the participants take part in a series of training events which take them through the key aspects of writing a business plan and give them the chance to network with leading members of the local business community. The winners use their prize money for the establishment of their businesses.
New research by a team at the University of Cambridge suggests a clear link between daily vitamin C intake and risk of death. The research findings, published this week in The Lancet, support previous research which has suggested that vitamin C may be protective for several chronic diseases.
The playwright and theatre director John Barton is returning to the ADC Theatre after an absence of forty years. Most recently in the news as the writer of current epic Tantalus, he will be staging a production of his highly acclaimed one-man show, Le Morte D'Arthur, on Saturday 3 March. Proceeds from the event will go to the English Faculty's fundraising campaign.
Past met future at the ADC Theatre last week when 21st century digital imaging techniques were used to create a production of the 2,500 year-old Aristophanes comedy The Clouds. The digital set was created by Cambridge students on the MPhil in Architecture and the Moving Image.