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Thieves steal mannequin before charity auction

The stolen mannequin
The stolen mannequin

Thieves have stolen a painted mannequin which had been due to be auctioned off for charity in Cambridge. The artwork had been on show on top of a garage roof in Chesterton Road, when it was stolen between 9pm on Tuesday (July 28) and 7.30am yesterday (Tuesday). It was due to be auctioned off in the next few days.

H2-NO: Water blow in the hunt for Earth-like planets

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No place like home: Blow in hunt for Earth-like planets Credit: PA

The hunt for planets similar to the Earth could be hampered by low water levels, Cambridge scientists have said.

Three planets which orbit stars similar to the sun had been seen as ideal candidates for detecting water vapour - a key characteristic of Earth-like climates.

But a team of astronomers using Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope studying HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b - which are between 60 and 900 light-years away, with temperatures ranging from 900 to 2200C - have found the planets are virtually dry.

Scientists from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge said it highlighted the challenges in searching for planets capable of sustaining life.

They found water levels which are only one-tenth to one-thousandth of the amount predicted.

Dr Nikku Madhusudhan of the University of Cambridge said

"These very hot planets with large atmospheres orbit some of our nearest stars, making them the best possible candidates for measuring water levels, and yet the levels we found were much lower than expected. "These results show just how challenging it could be to detect water on Earth-like exo-planets in our search for potential life elsewhere. "We expected these planets to have lots of water in their atmospheres. We have to revisit planet formation and migration models of giant planets, especially hot Jupiters, to investigate how they're formed. There are so many things we still don't understand about exo-planets - this opens up a new chapter in understanding how planets and solar systems form."

– Dr Nikku Madhusudhan

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MRSA bug may be "impossible" to eradicate, Cambridge scientists warn

Scientists in Cambridge say it may be
Scientists in Cambridge say it may be "impossible" to completely eradicate all strains of MRSA in hospitals. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists in Cambridge say it may be "impossible" to completely eradicate all strains of MRSA in hospitals.

Instances of the superbug have decreased dramatically since 2001 because of new hygiene regimes, but experts say hospitals doing their best should not be penalised because it's impossible to control numerous strains of the bug being brought into hospitals unwittingly by patients and visitors.

"If you go above a certain level of patients screened positively for MRSA a year, then we are fined a lot of money.

The Government shouldn’t be gallivanting around suggesting a zero-tolerance policy, it can’t possibly work, the level can never be at zero."

– Dr Estee Torok

Lawyer quits his job to run a circus

Many people sometimes say it's their dream to run away to the circus. Well former city lawyer Gary Stocker has done just that.

Gary's always wanted to be a performer not a lawyer, so he now runs Chaplin's Circus where he also appears as a human cannonball.

Their circus will be performing in Cambridge and Saffron Walden in Essex.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital: 'Accident and emergency patients can still expect quality care' despite black alert

Bosses at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge say accident and emergency patients can still expect quality care despite the hospital being placed on black alert.

A shortage of staff has meant that the hospital has found it hard to move people on from A and E to other departments. But managers say patients do not need to worry.

"Largely we're able to turnaround over 90% of them in good, short order and those that do have to wait - they are cared for well within the emergencies. So, in terms of clinical quality and care - there's no impact at all."

– Dr Keith Mc Neil, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Hospitals

Cambridge: Bosses call for calm over Addenbrooke's black alert

Addenbrooke's hospital has been placed on black alert.
Addenbrooke's hospital has been placed on black alert. Credit: PA

Bosses at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge say Accident and Emergency patients can still expect quality care despite the hospital being placed on black alert.

A shortage of staff's meant that the hospital's found it hard to move people on from A and E to other departments. However, managers at the trust have called for calm.

"Largely we're able to turnaround over 90% of them (A and E patients) in good, short order and those that do have to wait - they are cared for well within the emergency units," Dr Keith McNeil, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospitals said.

"So, in terms of clinical quality and care - there's no impact at all."

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge placed on black alert

Addenbrooke's Hospital. Credit: PA Images

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge has been placed on black alert because of a rise in emergency admissions.

It's the highest level of alert and has led to some planned surgery being delayed. Patients can not move on from A and E to other departments because of staff shortages and the large number of patients that have been admitted over the past couple of weeks.

Managers at the hospital say they have also opened contingency areas.

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