The real corporate tax scandal

23 Mar 2015

Western governments have finally begun to pay close attention to tax avoidance by multinational corporations in rich countries. But where, Cambridge Judge Business School’s Professor Paul Tracey asks, does that leave poor countries, where the effect is arguably much more devastating?

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Should breast implants come with a health warning?

18 Mar 2015

Newspaper reports suggest that France may be considering health warnings – or even an outright ban – on breast implants, following a cancer scare. Should women be concerned? Dr Suzanne Turner from the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, looks at the truth behind the headlines.

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How much is riding on having ‘nothing to hide’?

18 Mar 2015

We live in an age of near-total surveillance. In a talk given earlier this week, Professor Jon Crowcroft argued that total surveillance of society is toxic, and that those who claim that ‘if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear’ are helping perpetuate a massive power imbalance which is doing harm to society.

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Anyone for digital democracy?

02 Mar 2015

Dr Finbarr Livesey – University lecturer and Deputy Director of the MPhil in Public Policy – submitted research to Parliament’s recent report on digital democracy. Here, he discusses the report’s implications for the democratic process in the UK.

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Smallpox pustules

Subterfuge, double agents and viruses

20 Feb 2015

Every moment of every day, our immune systems are battling to keep us healthy against an onslaught from invading organisms. But some of these invaders have evolved to use our very defences against us, writes Dr Stephen Graham, a Sir Henry Dale Fellow.

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Still The Brave Tin Soldiers

Planning for war: a guide for businesses

19 Feb 2015

Dr Andrew Coburn of the Cambridge Judge Business School writes on The Conversation website about how business leaders have reawakened to the risk of regional conflict, and discusses research carried out at the Centre for Risk Studies on bad-news scenarios ranging from cyber war to regional conflict to pandemic.

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Can the Revolution in Kurdish Syria succeed?

02 Feb 2015

We can but hope, argue sociologist Dr Jeff Miley and Gates Scholar Johanna Riha, who here summarise some of their observations following a recent field visit to Rojava in northern Syria, and give a brief overview of the political and social ideologies underpinning the Kurdish revolution.

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Imaging: interpreting the seen and discovering the unseen

02 Feb 2015

From visualising microscopic cells to massive galaxies, imaging is a core tool for many disciplines, and it’s also the basis of a surge in recent technical developments – some of which are being pioneered in Cambridge. Today, we begin a month-long focus on research that is exploring far beyond what the eye can see, introduced here by Stella Panayotova, Stefanie Reichelt and Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb.

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Aedes aegypti mosquito

A very personal perspective on Dengue fever

20 Jan 2015

Leah Katzelnick was all set for a career as an anthropologist until she contracted dengue fever. She was in hospital for a week with severe symptoms. It changed her life. She is now working on a new perspective on dengue fever which involves mapping the complex interaction between different strains of the virus, based on similar work done by Cambridge experts on flu.

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