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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The lost art of risk management

16 Dec 2014

Dr Mukesh Kumar from the Centre for International Manufacturing suggests that multinational manufacturers are taking unnecessary risks with their industrial investments – and he offers a solution.

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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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Can free movement of workers be stopped?

07 Nov 2014

'How can the government stem the tide of migrant workers coming to the UK?' This question has been asked with increasing vigour by those who perceive immigration as a threat rather than a benefit to the UK economy. In this video, Catherine Barnard considers whether it is possible to restrict free movement of workers under EU law, both as it now stands and going forward.

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Modafinil

Record seizure of smart drugs including one untested in humans shows growing market

03 Nov 2014

Last month, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced the UK’s biggest ever single seizure of smart drugs, also known as cognitive enhancers. With over 20,000 units, of 13 different types of cognitive enhancement medicines, the seizure represents an approximate value of £200,000. Here, Professor Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry discusses the implications. This article first appeared on The Conversation website on 31 October 2014.

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