Justice is (NOT) blind

Diagnosing crime, dispensing justice

01 Sep 2007

Finding the best routes to predicting, preventing and atoning for crime is a thorny issue. Experimental criminologists such as Lawrence Sherman, recently appointed as the fourth Wolfson Professor at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology, see randomised field trials as the shortest path to discovering the answers.

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Dictionary

Defining words

01 Sep 2007

Two very different projects in the University have at their heart the ancient craft of lexicography: the art of compiling and editing dictionaries. But one project is reviving glossaries created over a thousand years ago and the other is creating a new lexicon of an ancient language.

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Fiber Optics

Guiding the light

01 Sep 2007

Pioneering research shines new light on our understanding of the way we see the world. Optical fibres have now been found to exist in vertebrate eyes, channelling light down their length and delivering it without distortion straight to the cells that ‘see’.

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Searching

The mathematics of avalanches

01 Sep 2007

Each year more than a million avalanches fall worldwide, killing around a hundred people in the Alps alone. Can mathematical models be used to predict and prevent these disasters?

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Africa

Revitalising research in Africa

01 Sep 2007

Following recent funding from the Leverhulme Trust, a new programme of academic exchange kicks off in October in the Centre of African Studies, as the first of five groups of Africa-based academics arrive in Cambridge to embark on a six-month period of research.

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Lego Play

Examining the psychosocial effects of molecular genetic diagnosis

01 Sep 2007

What does it mean to be a member of a family that is affected by a genetic disease? What is it like for a woman at risk of being a carrier of a faulty gene? These are some of the questions that concern Helen Statham, Deputy Director of the Centre for Family Research (CFR) within the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.

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Sign Post

Finding the ‘genetic signposts’ of disease

01 Sep 2007

One of the biggest projects ever undertaken to identify genetic variants that predispose some people to certain diseases was begun in 2005, thanks to £9 million funding from the Wellcome Trust. The ground-breaking results of this study were published in June this year.

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Barrier from Isawiyya village into Jerusalem

Conflict in cities

01 Sep 2007

Conflict is inherent to the urban condition, yet only in some cities do contention and dissent erupt to unacceptable and destructive levels. How do contested cities absorb and reflect this conflict?

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Eye

An invention to help the ageing eye

01 Sep 2007

Progressive loss in accommodative power by the lens of the human eye – a condition known as presbyopia – affects almost everybody who enters middle age and interferes with their ability to focus on close objects. As we live longer and continue to pursue challenging visual activities, the demand for presbyopic correction is increasing.

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