L is for Limpet

19 Aug 2015

The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science and society. Here, L is for Limpet and what they can tell us about Mesolithic middens, seasonal changes in the Atlantic Ocean, and the lives of people living on the remote Isle of Oronsay 6,000 years ago.

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Bangla Stories

A new website is helping schoolchildren to understand the complex reasons why people move between countries, and inspiring them to look into their own families’ stories.

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Helping hospitals cope with climate change

Hospitals face increasingly tough challenges in heatwaves as global temperatures are predicted to rise. Professor Alan Short is helping the UK’s National Health Service to find sustainable solutions.

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Stressed young birds stop learning from their parents and turn to wider flock

23 Jul 2015

Juvenile zebra finches that experience high stress levels will ignore how their own parents forage and instead learn such skills from other, unrelated adults. This may help young birds avoid inheriting a poor skillset from parents – the likely natural cause of their stress – and becoming trapped by a “bad start in life”.

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Making a drama out of a crisis

Developed by a Cambridge academic and theatre director, 3rd Ring Out was an immersive drama about our possible climate-changed future. By inviting audiences to rehearse for possible climate change disaster, the work opened up new spaces for conversation – spaces now being used to discuss other key global challenges.

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Footprints

How to read a digital footprint

23 Jun 2015

Researchers are using social media data to build a picture of the personalities of millions, changing core ideas of how psychological profiling works. They say it could revolutionise employment and commerce, but the work must be done transparently.

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