Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya collapse

02 Aug 2018

The severity of drought conditions during the demise of the Maya civilisation about 1,000 years ago has been quantified, representing another piece of evidence that could be used to solve the longstanding mystery of what caused the downfall of one of the ancient world’s great civilisations. 

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Prize tomato

30 May 2012

A group of students on the University of Cambridge’s MPhil course in Engineering for Sustainable Development has devised a project that will help Mexico’s small producers of tomatoes by improving productivity and reducing wastage.

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Timeless Books

Newman: The Catholic pin-up pinned down

02 Jun 2010

John Cornwell, director of Jesus College's Science and Human Dimension project, is also the author of a new biography of Cardinal John Henry Newman. The half-forgotten story of one of the 19th century's most important Catholic thinkers was one he found strewn with contradictory opinions, but ultimately also with lessons for our own time.

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Meteor Crater AZ

Asteroid killed off the dinosaurs

04 Mar 2010

The Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction, which wiped out the dinosaurs and more than half of species on Earth, was caused by an asteroid colliding with Earth and not massive volcanic activity, according to a comprehensive new review of all the evidence.

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Dr Barbara Bodenhorn

Engaging with Inuit communities

01 Jan 2009

At first glance, reasons for researching locations as different as the Arctic and Mexico are not self-evident. But comparison is at the core of Social Anthropology and, for Dr Barbara Bodenhorn, a dual focus on these remarkably different environments is shaping a cross-cultural exchange programme between young members of three indigenous communities.

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