Several high-achieving minority ethnic students from state schools in Birmingham are keen to apply to Cambridge following a visit to Newnham College earlier this week.
A major collaboration of UK scientists has provided an insight into the genetics underlying a number of diseases including Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, and type 1 diabetes. The Crohn's and type 1 research, led by Cambridge University scientists, has identified for the first time a gene linking these two autoimmune diseases.
Ground-breaking discoveries by two Cambridge researchers have placed monkey behaviour closer to humans than had previously been thought. Dr Antonio Moura and Paco Bertolani, both in the Department of Biological Anthropology, have uncovered previously unseen behaviour that could have implications for understanding human evolution.
Computers already make an enormous impact on our quality of life by reducing the cost of developing new products and enhancing their safety. According to Moore’s Law, the performance of computers doubles every 18 months. Despite this, many scientific problems are still too complicated to be solved on standard computers and new approaches are needed.
The largest coordinated programme of international polar activities in 50 years – International Polar Year (IPY) – kicked off globally on 1 March 2007. Building on a 125-year history of previous polar events in 1882–1883, 1932–1933 and 1957–1958, the aim of IPY is to promote even greater international scientific collaboration to address issues of global importance within the Arctic and Antarctic.