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

Human Genome mannequin

Algorithm matches genetic variation to disease symptoms and could improve diagnosis of rare diseases

19 Apr 2017

A faster and more accurate method of identifying which of an individual’s genes are associated with particular symptoms has been developed by a team...

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'Extreme sleepover #20' – welcome to dataworld

31 Mar 2017

​Alexander Taylor provides a sensory snapshot of his fieldwork in high-security subterranean data centres exploring fears of technological failure in...

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Encouragement from teachers has greatest influence on less advantaged children

28 Mar 2017

‘Big data’ study finds that children from families with limited education have strongest long-term response to teacher encouragement, and are more...

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How bright is your digital future?

18 Jan 2017

Dr Jag Srai, Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing at Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing, and colleagues are developing new ways to...

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Swear word

Frankly, do we give a damn…? Study finds links between swearing and honesty

16 Jan 2017

It’s long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people...

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World travel and communications recorded on Twitter

Talkin' 'bout a revolution: how to make the digital world work for us

03 Oct 2016

The digital revolution is one of the great social transformations of our time. How can we make the most of it, and also minimise and manage its risks...

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Interacting proteins

Algorithm for predicting protein pairings could help show how living systems work

20 Sep 2016

An algorithm which models how proteins inside cells interact with each other will enhance the study of biology, and sheds light on how proteins work...

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Growing quantities of data storage online are driving up the energy costs of high-performance computing and data centres. Superconducting spintronics offer a potential means of significantly increasing their energy-efficiency to resolve this problem.

Cambridge to research future computing tech that could “ignite a technology field”

15 Apr 2016

A Cambridge-led project aiming to develop a new architecture for future computing based on superconducting spintronics - technology designed to...

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Sidney Sussex General Admission, Cambridge 2012

Graduate earnings: what you study and where matters – but so does parents’ income

13 Apr 2016

First ‘big data’ research approach to graduate earnings reveals significant variations depending on student background, degree subject and university...

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Gentrification in Progress

Predicting gentrification through social networking data

13 Apr 2016

Data from location-based social networks may be able to predict when a neighbourhood will go through the process of gentrification, by identifying...

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Opinion: Here’s how tweets and check-ins can be used to spot early signs of gentrification

12 Apr 2016

Desislava Hristova (Computer Laboratory) discusses how data from location-based social networks can be used to predict when a neighbourhood will go...

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5th Avenue, 2013

'Artificial empathy' could help stores improve recommendations for customers

18 Mar 2016

Visual data will revolutionise the way companies talk to their customers, according to researchers at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

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