Camp Fire

A strange way to share food

01 Apr 2007

Close scrutiny of the ancient remains of our ancestors’ meals gives us some sense of the development and rationale behind our strange food-sharing behaviour.

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Functional MRI scan

Why are we so fat?

01 Apr 2007

For some people, the urge to eat is uncontrollable. Cambridge scientists have taken us a step closer to understanding the causes of obesity by studying a group of patients for whom overeating is an everyday event.

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French Fries

Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research

01 Apr 2007

Unravelling the complex interactions between the food we eat, our genetic make-up and the environment around us is important for addressing key public health issues. Research at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Collaborative Centre for Human Nutrition Research (HNR) aims to do just this – by combining observational population-based studies and controlled dietary intervention with mechanistic research at the physiological, metabolic, cellular and genomic levels.

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Stacks of Clothes

Well dressed?

01 Apr 2007

As clothes become cheaper and fashion becomes 'faster', how are we to balance our consumption with environmental, economic and social sustainability?

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Firefly

Lumora: how a firefly sparked a solution to food safety

01 Apr 2007

Food safety is a growing problem. The number of reported food poisoning cases in the UK has increased in the past 25 years from 23,000 to 80,000 cases annually. There are several contributing factors such as a wider choice of ready-made meals with shorter shelf-life, as well as longer produce-shipping times and growing food intolerances.

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Changing Luck for the Better

The psychology of gambling

01 Apr 2007

Gambling is a thriving form of entertainment in the UK, but may also become a form of addiction for some individuals. Just why do people gamble when ‘the house always wins’? Advances in brain imaging techniques are helping Cambridge scientists find out.

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