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Expanding the DNA alphabet: ‘extra’ DNA base found to be stable in mammals | University of Cambridge #genome #sequencing #epigenetics #stem #cell

A rare DNA base, previously thought to be a temporary modification, has been shown to be stable in mammalian DNA, suggesting that it plays a key role in cellular function.

Discovery shows what the solar system looked like as a ‘toddler’ | University of Cambridge #exoplanets #galaxy #space #planets #astronomy

By using the Gemini Planet Imager, an international team of astronomers have captured an image of a protoplanetary disc that shares remarkable similarities with our own Kuiper Belt — though as it was at a much earlier time in our Solar System’s history.

World’s 'smallest magnifying glass' makes it possible to see individual chemical bonds between atoms | University of Cambridge Image Credit: NanoPhotonics Cambridge/Bart deNijs #nanotechnology #optics #light #atom

World’s 'smallest magnifying glass' makes it possible to see individual chemical bonds between atoms

World’s 'smallest magnifying glass' makes it possible to see individual chemical bonds between atoms | University of Cambridge #physics #nanotechnology #optics #light #atom

World’s 'smallest magnifying glass' makes it possible to see individual chemical bonds between atoms

Lost in high-dimensional space: Study improves the cure for the “Curse Of Dimensionality” | University of Cambridge #maths #mathematics

Researchers have developed a new method for making effective calculations in "high-dimensional space" – and proved its worth by using it to solve a problem.

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he sounds of languages that died thousands of years ago have been brought to life again through technology that uses statistics in a revolutionary new way. #speech #phonetics #imaging

Researchers in the UK have developed a new method to simulate extinct sounds by analyzing the languages that later stemmed from them, and manipulating the shape of the soundwaves.

Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers | University of Cambridge #stem #physics #biology

Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers

A tight squeeze for electrons – quantum effects observed in ‘one-dimensional’ wires | University of Cambridge

Electrons squeezed into 'one-dimensional' wires yield quantum effects. Researchers hope the findings will help physicists better control electrons in quantum computers.

Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut | University of Cambridge #energy #materials #nanotechnology

A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery could have provide five times more consistent storage by taking inspiration from the human gut.

Parkinson’s Disease protein plays vital “marshalling” role in healthy brains | University of Cambridge

Researchers have identified how alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease, enables communication between neurons in the brain, offering important clues about what may be happening to patients when the protein malfunctions.

Massive holes ‘punched’ through a trail of stars likely caused by dark matter | University of Cambridge

Massive holes ‘punched’ through a trail of stars likely caused by dark matter

Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way | University of Cambridge #space #protostar #physics

Astronomers Catch Rare Sight of Incredibly Massive Star's Formation

Gene signature in healthy brains pinpoints the origins of Alzheimer’s disease | University of Cambridge #dementia #neurodegeneration #gene #chemistry

A specific gene expression pattern maps out which parts of the brain are most vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, decades before symptoms appear, and helps define the molecular origins of the disease.

New imaging technique measures toxicity of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases | University of Cambridge  Image: Brain showing hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (plaques in blue)  Credit: ZEISS Microscopy  #chemistry #neurodegeneration

New Imaging Technique Measures Toxicity of Proteins Associated With Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation? | University of Cambridge Image: Pokemon outside King's College Cambridge Credit: Mister_Toodles #biodiversity #sustainability #mobile #digital #technology

What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation?

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