Explore our long reads...

‘Wonderchicken’ fossil from the age of dinosaurs reveals origin of modern birds

18 March 2020

The oldest fossil of a modern bird yet found, dating from the age of dinosaurs, has been identified by an international team of palaeontologists.

Read more

The world's their fish finger

12 March 2020

Smothered in ketchup or squished into a sandwich, there’s one tasty convenience food that’s hard to resist. Now two Cambridge researchers believe...

Read more

It’s a kind of magic

06 March 2020

How trickster birds are helping a psychologist and magician understand how our minds work.

Read more

Half billion-year-old 'social network' observed in early animals

05 March 2020

Some of the first animals on Earth were connected by networks of thread-like filaments, the earliest evidence yet found of life being connected in...

Read more

Shanidar Z: what did Neanderthals do with their dead?

18 February 2020

Archaeologists have unearthed a Neanderthal skeleton in a famous cave in Iraqi Kurdistan. They say the new discovery provides a unique opportunity...

Read more

Fixing India’s slum rehabilitation housing

13 February 2020

Millions of new houses being built for former slum-dwellers are failing their residents and fuelling unnecessary energy use. New research aims to...

Read more

High flying academics

10 February 2020

Cambridge University has committed to dramatically reducing its carbon footprint. But making a meaningful difference will involve tackling the...

Read more

The "stop doing stupid stuff" approach to sustainable manufacturing

22 January 2020

Around 90% of the resources we process to create goods are not reaching the person for whom they are made. How can we make manufacturing more...

Read more

The 'P' word

16 January 2020

How do we shift our 'take, make, throw-away' plastic world towards 'recycle, recover, re-use'? It's time for blue-sky thinking plus practical...

Read more

What’s your beef?

07 January 2020

While the carbon footprint of the meat industry may be clear, the proposition of eating less beef and lamb is fuelling heated debate. If...

Read more

Over-hunting walruses contributed to the collapse of Norse Greenland

06 January 2020

Medieval Greenlanders may have chased dwindling walrus herds ever farther north in an effort to maintain their economy, when the value of walrus...

Read more

Disaster at 37,000 feet

06 January 2020

Cambridge University Library archive reveals the facts behind the Hollywood myths of 'The Aeronauts'

Read more