Mother and baby
Mothers’ and babies’ brains can work together as a ‘mega-network’ by synchronising brain waves when they interact. The level of connectivity of the brain waves varies according to the mum’s emotional state: when mothers express more positive emotions their brain becomes much more strongly connected with their baby’s brain. This may help the baby to learn and its brain to develop. 
Logging in the rainforest of Kalimantan © Greenpeace / Kate Davison
Continually logging and re-growing tropical forests to supply timber is reducing the levels of vital nutrients in the soil, which may limit future forest growth and recovery, a new study suggests. This raises concerns about the long-term sustainability of logging in the tropics. 
What's the best way to debate a problem as big and complex as climate change? In his new book, Professor Mike Hulme from the Department of Geography argues that students need to develop their own well-informed position on the difficult questions raised by climate change without being told what to think.
"Giant trees like the ones we found are simply awe-inspiring, they remind us how amazing the Amazon rainforest is, and how important it is to preserve it."
Cambridge joins forces with the University of Edinburgh and St Anne’s College, Oxford to found a network with the vision of building a better world by aligning their investments with their missions, and using their endowments to benefit society and the environment.
Sophia Cooke is a PhD candidate in the Department of Zoology, and a member of King's College. Here, she tells us about splitting her time between Cambridge and Galápagos, why working in the David Attenborough Building is so special, and how a little room in Norfolk with no wifi helped build her confidence as a researcher.  

Whichever festival you celebrate, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah… And to all, a very happy New Year.

Artist's impression of gas giant exoplanet
The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the solar system and beyond.
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In the Michaelmas term issue of CAM, Lady Hale (Girton 1963) and third-year Mathematician Maisie Muir discuss Yorkshire roots and the challenge of being outnumbered, we investigate how modern technology is forcing human rights into the spotlight, and discover what Jane Austen would have to say about our digital lives. 

Cambridge researchers will receive funding as part of a £30m investment in the DUNE experiment, which has the potential to lead to profound changes in our understanding of the universe.


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