Child labour in export industries such as carpets, clothing and sports equipment has captured public attention and stirred up a debate on trade sanctions and international labour standards. Yet obscured from the public eye, the vast majority of working children in developing countries are actually engaged in agricultural labour, predominantly on farms operated by their families. This is the conclusion of new research by Dr Sonia Bhalotra of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge, whose findings are presented at the Royal Economic Society's annual conference this week.
A drug used to treat breast cancer has been shown to improve blood flow in men with coronary artery disease. The Cambridge research team who conducted the novel study also demonstrated that the drug reduced cardiovascular risk factors in men (previous research showed that this was the case for women who were administered tamoxifen as a breast cancer treatment).
A new exhibition of maps at the Cambridge University Library tells the story of how European cartographers charted Australia. Timed to coincide with the centenary of Australia's foundation as a federal state, the exhibition begins with the early imaginary maps of the 16th century and ends in 1901, when the British colonies were united into a nation with a federal structure. The exhibition is being opened today (Monday 2 April, 2001) by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Michael L'Estrange.
Engineering is a fascinating profession involved in the design and manufacture of almost everything you can see: from microchips to motorways, from aeroplanes to artificial hips. But for over 20 years, the UK has been suffering from a shortage of engineers.
National Science Week at the University of Cambridge draws to a close this weekend. On Saturday 24 March, 2001 there will be huge array of activities and events with something for every age. Here are just a few of the highlights, for a full programme visit our National Science Weekwebsite.
It's hard to cast one of Cambridge's most enduring stereotypes, the eccentric genius, as war hero. But in fact it was this very brand of academic brilliance that brought the Second World War to an early conclusion, saving perhaps millions of lives, and preventing a nuclear strike on Germany.