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University of Cambridge
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The University of Cambridge Primary School opened its doors to the first intake of 120 pupils this September, as part of the phased opening of the University's North West Cambridge Development.

Pupils aged 4 to 6 began lessons at the school, which is the first to combine a purpose-built research facility with a teacher training programme for Cambridge Faculty of Education students.

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Gaia satellite video still  
 

The space mission to create the largest, most accurate, three-dimensional map of the Milky Way is celebrating its first completed year of observations. The unique mission is reliant on the work of Cambridge researchers who collect the vast quantities of data transmitted by the Gaia satellite to a data processing centre at the University.

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Inscription from 1891 in Dayu cave - credit L Tan  
 

An international research team, including Cambridge earth scientists, has discovered unique ‘graffiti’ on the walls of a cave in central China. Combined with chemical analysis of the cave's formations, these inscriptions describe the effects drought had on the local population and underline the importance of implementing strategies to deal with climate change in the coming years.

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Hitchcock by photographymontreal  
 

‘Bang! You’re Dead’, a 1961 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, continues to surprise – but not just with the twist in its tale. Scientists have used it to show that young people respond in a similar way to events, but as we age our thought patterns diverge.

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Detail from the collection of papers of British plantation owner William Philip Perrin - used by kind permission of St John's College  
 

Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century transatlantic slave trade have been made available to researchers and the public by St John’s College.

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Dorsal view of adult Dixa BM, BL, median and lateral bands on the scutum (from British Dixidae (Meniscus Midges) and Thaumaleidae (Trickle Midges) by Henry Disney, published by the Freshwater Biological Association)  
 

Dr Henry Disney (Department of Zoology) has been fascinated by insects since he was four years old. His career has taken him all over the world. He answers questions about the tiny insects that can turn a camping holiday on the beautiful west coast of Scotland into a nightmare.

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Watching tv by Al Ibrahim  
 

Each extra hour per day spent watching TV, using the internet or playing computer games during Year 10 is associated with poorer grades at GCSE at age 16, according to research from the University.

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Illustration of the mind as a tree with Alumni Festival 2015 25th anniversary overlay

Discovering the Cambridge Necropolis, innovative lectures ranging from stem cell research to cuckoos, engine rebuilding, wine tasting, backstage tours, sports matches and singing in King’s College Chapel are all part of this year’s exciting Alumni Festival programme. With such a huge range of activities, the Festival is guaranteed to tingle your temporal lobe.

Advance booking for the festival is now closed, but you can book on the day. So get inspired, and join us from 25 to 27 September.

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Gemini Observatory, Chile, by night

Alumni travel: 28 March – 7 April 2016

Join astronomer Professor Roger Davies on an exploration of Northern Chile, one of the best places on earth to view the heavens and home to some of the finest and largest telescopes ever built.

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Dinosaur fossil at the National Monument

Alumni travel: 26 May – 9 June 2016

Take a road trip with palaeontologist Professor Paul Barrett and explore prehistoric life in the deserts, canyons and parks of America’s West. Discover the incredible array of creatures which roamed the continent before our arrival by searching for dinosaur trackways and fossils.

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Festival of Ideas 2015

19 October – 1 November

Explore power and resistance at this year’s Festival of Ideas. With debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances featuring researchers, local public figures and renowned guests, the Festival celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Browse the programme online now. Booking opens on 21 September.

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Are you Light Blue?

Show your support for your favourite Cambridge teams by wearing the official alumni scarf or tie. The pure wool scarf is perfect for chillier Varsity matches and the silk tie is ideally suited to the office or a networking function.

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CAMCard

Get 15 per cent off books and recordings from Heffers instore and online.

Heffers is part of the Blackwell group and the CAMCard discount is also available in Blackwell's in Oxford and in the group's 50 stores across the UK.

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On the origin of (robot) species

Cambridge researchers have observed the process of evolution by natural selection at work in robots, by constructing a ‘mother’ robot that can design, build and test its own ‘children’, and then use the results to improve the performance of the next generation, without relying on computer simulation or human intervention.

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Hands by Sheena876
 
Western Europe’s dementia epidemic may not actually be getting worse

The number of people with dementia – both new cases and total numbers with the disease – appears to be stabilising in some Western European countries despite populations ageing, in direct contrast to the ‘dementia epidemic’ reported in some recent studies.

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Dr Mireille and Dr Dennis Gillings
 
The University and the Institut Pasteur launch Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships

Designed to advance the next generation of public health leaders, the new three year post-doctoral fellowships aim to instill financial acumen and business entrepreneurship against a backdrop of research excellence, all at a formative stage in the careers of young scientists.

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