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Our unprecedented ability to collect, store and analyse data is opening up new frontiers in science and the humanities.

Women in STEM: Dr Anita Faul

08 Aug 2019

Dr Anita Faul is a Teaching Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory and a Fellow of Selwyn College, where she specialises in algorithms. Here, she...

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Cambridge establishes new centre for data science

12 Mar 2019

The University of Cambridge is establishing a new research centre bringing together expertise from across academic departments and industry to drive...

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Making sense of cancer’s ‘big data’ problem to revolutionise patient care

10 Jul 2018

A new institute at the University of Cambridge aims to revolutionise cancer care by using cutting edge analytics to maximize the use of big data sets...

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Red blood cells

Scientists create ‘genetic atlas’ of proteins in human blood

06 Jun 2018

An international team of researchers led by scientists at the University of Cambridge and MSD has created the first detailed genetic map of human...

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Gaia creates richest star map of our Galaxy – and beyond

25 Apr 2018

The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion...

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In tech we trust?

23 Feb 2018

Fairness, trust and transparency are qualities we usually associate with organisations or individuals. Today, these attributes might also apply to...

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Preparing for the future: artificial intelligence and us

02 Feb 2018

Today we begin a month-long focus on research related to artificial intelligence. Here, four researchers reflect on the power of a technology to...

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£5.4 million centre will help transform the UK’s construction sector for the digital age

30 Nov 2017

The Government have announced £5.4 million in funding to launch the Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge, which will help...

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Haiti Earthquake

Machine learning used to predict earthquakes in a lab setting

23 Oct 2017

A group of researchers from the UK and the US have used machine learning techniques to successfully predict earthquakes. Although their work was...

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BBC Pandemic

App-based citizen science experiment could help researchers predict future pandemics

27 Sep 2017

A new app gives UK residents the chance to get involved in an ambitious, ground-breaking science experiment that could save lives.

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The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with 'spintronics'

26 Jul 2017

Electron ‘spin’ could hold the key to managing the world’s growing data demands without consuming huge amounts of energy. Now, researchers have shown...

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Women working in the rice paddy fields in Odisha, one of the the poorest regions of India

Tracking inequality in India: the story of a pioneer

04 Jul 2017

India’s booming business centres and gleaming shopping malls mask a grimmer reality. While one section of the population gets richer, another section...

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