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Changes to maths lessons in schools

Changes to the way mathematics is taught in schools have been announced at Cambridge University.

Education Secretary Michael Gove visited the maths department to talk about a new strategy which aims to make young people better equipped for degree courses in the subject when they move on to higher education.

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Scientists mimic nature

The synthetic mother of pearl (on the right) Credit: Nature Communications

Scientists working at the University of Cambridge have created what they describe as a new recipe from nature's cookbook to create an artificial version of mother of pearl.

Research published in the Journal Nature Communications shows how they've recreated the iridescent coating found on the inside of some molluscs.

Scientists at the University's Cavendish Laboratory hope their discovery will be used by engineers for as a coating in industrial applications.

University has longest Facebook timeline

Cambridge University's Facebook timeline can navigate back to 1209 compared to the standard timeline which only goes back to the year 1800 Credit: ITV Anglia

Cambridge University is believed to have created the longest timeline on Facebook by tracing its entire history back to 1209.

The university is the first institution in the world to allow visitors to interact with 800 years of academic history after digital experts transferred hundreds of landmark dates from its archives.

The standard Facebook timeline feature only allows users to navigate back to the year 1800, but the university sought help from a company who helped make the project a reality.

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