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Sir David Attenborough to open 'exceptional' conservation hub

Sir David Attenborough. Credit: PA

Sir David Attenborough is in Cambridge today to open a new campus which he hopes will help save the planet.

The hub will be home to more than 500 conversation experts who'll research ways of tackling climate change and protecting species around the world.

The new hub will be a centre for environmental research. Credit: Toby Smith

The future of our life on Earth is dependent on the natural world – for the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we use – and for the feelings we have of awe and wonder at nature’s extraordinary riches.

In this remarkable age we are learning more and more about the intricacies of our dependence on nature.

Yet our natural world is threatened as never before. The threats are both numerous and interrelated, and no one institution, however effective, can hope to address them all alone. It is for this reason that the work of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative is so exceptional.

By bringing together leaders in research, practice, policy and teaching, we stand the greatest chance of developing the solutions required to save our planet.

– Sir David Attenborough

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Scientists investigate mother-baby bond

They will investigate the electrical activity of the brain. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Scientists from Cambridge will be investigating the bonds between a mother and her baby at this year's Cambridge Science Festival.

The will be looking at the electrical activity of the brains mothers and whether a form of synchronisation can produce the close emotional bond between mum and baby.

The festival will take place in March.

Norwich researchers say eating fruit could prevent weight gain

Eating fruit could help prevent people putting on weight, UEA research has found. Credit: PA

New research carried out by the University of East Anglia in Norwich has found that eating a small serving of certain fruits each day can stop people putting on weight as they get older.

The UEA has been working with the American University Harvard on the study.

It found that fruits such as apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries which are high in something called flavonoids help people keep a healthy weight.

The plant compounds can also be found in vegetables, tea, chocolate and wine.

The study looked at 124,000 people as they entered middle age into old age over a period of 24 years.

"We found that an increased consumption of most flavonoids was associated with weight maintenance, and even a modest weight loss.

The results were found to be consistent across men and women, and different ages.

However losing even small amounts of weight, or preventing weight gain, can improve health and these modest effects were seen with a small, readily achievable increase in intake of many of these fruits.

Just a single portion of some of these fruits per day would have an important impact on health at a population level."

– Professor Aedin Cassidy, UEA
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