Archaeology shows there's more to millet than birdseed

24 Jul 2017

Archaeological research shows that our prehistoric ancestors built resilience into their food supply. Now archaeologists say ‘forgotten’ millet – a cereal familiar today as birdseed – has a role to play in modern crop diversity and in helping to feed the world’s population.

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Back to the future of skyscraper design

01 Mar 2017

Answers to the problem of crippling electricity use by skyscrapers and large public buildings could be ‘exhumed’ from ingenious but forgotten architectural designs of the 19th and early 20th century – according to a world authority on climate and building design.

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Five Cambridge students named Schwarzman Scholars

02 Dec 2016

Five Cambridge students are among this year’s Schwarzman Scholars, a highly selective programme which supports students from around the world to complete a one-year Master’s degree programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top universities. 

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Just your cup of tea: the history (and health claims) of the nation’s favourite brew

09 Jun 2016

How do you take your tea – with a drop of poisonous chemicals or a spoonful of sheep dung? Throughout history, the health benefits – and harms – of this popular beverage have been widely debated. In an article originally published in the student science magazine BlueSci, Sophie Protheroe, an undergraduate student at Murray Edwards College, examines the global history of tea and its effect on our health.

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