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​Cambridge Festival of Ideas wraps up biggest year yet

The street banners are down, the fuchsia-clad volunteers have gone home. But the ideas shared over the fortnight of art, social sciences and culture still echo for thousands of attendees, inspiring conversations and sparking new interests. It was the biggest Festival of Ideas yet, featuring over 250 events and 20,000...

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Jim Al-Khalili – The Edge of Life

The further you go in science, the more it breaks down into sub-disciplines, the more specialised you get and the more isolated you become from other areas of scientific discovery. Yet, some of the biggest discoveries and most exciting advances come from the edges, places where sub-disciplines overlap. That is the...

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The European cost of culture and stability—an open debate

Do we want to get out of the EU before understanding what we get out of it? Euroscepticism is on the rise and will be tackled head-on this Friday night at a prestigious event in Cambridge. Experts from Switzerland, Cyprus, Belgium and the UK will challenge views of what cost means in terms of national control and...

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Looking at artificial others: mannequins with x-ray vision

The scans of the two historic mannequins were taken at Addenbrooke's Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals, to discover their internal workings without damaging them. At the same time, radiologists and engineers were able to use the data from the non-human bodies to test not yet clinically approved software on...

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Drama in the dark kicks off a host of arts events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

A new stage show, whose story draws on the thriller genre and takes place in complete darkness with the audience wearing headphones, will debut at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Commissioned by the Festival, Fiction is described as an anxious journey through the sprawling architecture of our dreams. The show plays on the...

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Phantom Voices, a hybrid of science and music, will debut on Halloween

A new project from vocal ensemble The Clerks explores the puzzling experience of musical hallucinations Gramophone Award-winning ensemble The Clerks follow up their cutting-edge music/science project Tales from Babel with a new programme— Phantom Voices —about the way the mind imagines music, and what happens when the...

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Where did computational thinking originate? Could Cambridge be a smarter city? How is ubiquitous surveillance changing us?

Dr Tony Hey, Vice President of Microsoft Research, will speak on 29 October about the origins and future of computational thinking, from Alan Turing’s work through to the future of artificial intelligence in ‘ The computing universe ’. His book of the same name will be published in November by Cambridge University Press...

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An interview with Dr Chamion Caballero

Dr Chamion Caballero, a senior research fellow at London Southbank University, is speaking at the Mixed race: the future of identity politics in Britain debate on 25th October. Her research formed the basis of the BBC's recent Mixed Britannia series, fronted by George Alagaiah. With Dr Peter Aspinall of Kent University...

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Largest ever Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches with over 250 events celebrating the very best of the arts, politics and culture

The Festival of Ideas, now in its seventh year, will run for two weeks until 2 November with events—most of them free—ranging from exhibitions, cinema screenings, debates, immersive performances, participatory workshops and concerts. It offers the chance to engage with scholars, learn about cutting edge research and join...

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The serious business of having fun—reintegrating play into adult lives

If adult life is getting you down and the only fun on the horizon is the office Christmas party, you may be ready for a new movement focusing on the value of playfulness. Research suggests there are widespread benefits to being more playful in your everyday life. Professor Sir Patrick Bateson’s recent book, Play...

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