A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic used for packaging and shopping bags at uniquely high speeds. Scientists say the discovery could lead to a biotechnological approach to the polyethylene waste that chokes oceans and landfills.
The largest genomic analysis of puberty timing in men and women conducted to date has identified 389 genetic signals associated with puberty timing, four times the number that were previously known. 
Could waste material from mining be used to trap CO2 emissions? A new £8.6 million research programme will investigate the possibilities. Simon Redfern (Department of Earth Sciences) explains, in this article from The Conversation. 

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Business smart city.internet concept
Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 6.30pm to 9.00pm PDT
Price: Free

Find out more about the future roll out of the 5G networks with Dr. Svetislav Maric (Sidney Sussex 1995).

New York
Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 12.00pm to 3.00pm EDT
Price: $30 per person

Join the Cambentrepreneurs for their New York launch event in April.

Common nightingale
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Join the Gloucestershire Cambridge Society to listen to the nightingales in Highnam Wood.

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