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Cambridge University look for PhD student to work on heat-resistant chocolate bar

Cambridge University look for PhD student for chocolate project.
Cambridge University look for PhD student for chocolate project. Credit: PA Images

Cambridge University is looking for a PhD student to work on a project to invent a heat-resistant chocolate bar.

The would-be doctor of chocolate will be challenged to come up with new ways to keep the treat solid in warm conditions.

Applicants for the three and a half year post must have a 2:1 undergraduate degree and good maths skills.

Man fighting for his life in hospital after gas explosion in Chittering

Map showing where the gas explosion happened.
Map showing where the gas explosion happened.

A man has been seriously injured following a gas explosion at a premises in Ely Road in Chittering.

Cambridgeshire Police were called at 8.55 this morning.

"Police were called to reports of a man suffering serious injuries following a gas explosion at a premises in Ely Road, Chittering, at 8.55am today.

"Air ambulance were called to the scene and the man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

"At present we are unable to advise further on the man’s condition."

– Spokesperson, Cambridgeshire Police

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Cambridge 'second most expensive UK city break'

A survey has found Cambridge is the second most expensive city in the UK for a short break.

Kings College, Cambridge
Kings College, Cambridge Credit: PA Images

Trip Advisor compared the cost of two people enjoying a cocktail, meal, short taxi ride and one-night stay in August in 20 cities across the UK.

Edinburgh was found to be the most expensive place to stay at £331 followed by Cambridge at £277. Sheffield offered the cheapest stay at £154.

PhD student to develop heat resistant chocolate

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Cambridge University is looking for a PhD student to work on a project to invent a heat-resistant chocolate bar. The would-be doctor of chocolate will be challenged to come up with new ways to keep the treat solid in warm conditions. Applicants for the three and a half year post must have a 2:1 undergraduate degree and good maths skills.

Street artists flock to buskers' festival

One of the buskers in Cambridge
One of the buskers in Cambridge

Street artists from all over the UK and beyond have been in Cambridge this weekend for the city's annual busking festival.

More than 70 acts including mimes, solo artists, and bands took to the streets around the city centre providing three days of entertainment. That's compared to only 30 acts who took part in the first event six years ago.

One of the most popular bands - Cobaria - had travelled all the way from Vienna in Austria to take part. The organisers say spectators could have been watching a megastar - or stars - of the future.

Here's the festival's director, Heather Bevan-Hunt.

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Four pedestrians injured as car leaves road

Four teenaged pedestrians were injured after being struck by a vehicle which had failed to stop for police in Cambridge.

Officers had attempted to stop a blue Fiat Punto in Hills Road at 11.52pm on Thursday, however the driver made off. The vehicle left the road a short distance later, at its junction with Station Road, mounting the pavement and colliding with a group of people.

The vehicle was not being pursued by police at the time of the collision.

Three boys, all aged 17, suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries and were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for treatment. A teenage girl was also injured.

The occupants of the Punto made off from the scene on foot.

A 43-year-old man from Cambridge has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is currently in custody at Parkside Police Station.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace any other occupants of the vehicle.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Car failed to stop for police before hitting four pedestrians

A driver mounted the pavement and hit four pedestrians shortly after police in Cambridgeshire had attempted to stop the car.

Three teenage boys - all aged 17 - were seriously injured although officers said their conditions were not life-threatening. A teenage girl was also hurt.

Officers had tried to stop a blue Fiat Punto at Hills Road in Cambridge at 11.52pm on Thursday.

The driver made off and the vehicle left the road a short distance later - at the junction with Station Road - mounting the pavement and colliding with a group of people.

The car was not being pursued by police at the time.

The occupants ran away from the scene on foot.

A 43-year-old man from Cambridge has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Police would like to trace any other people who were travelling in the car.

Spare books needed for police cells

Officers in Cambridge want members of the public to donate books for use by people in police custody.

The appeal by officers at Parkside police station follows a successful request a few years ago.

Police say the chance to read while in custody is appreciated by many - including repeat offenders.

But Sgt Dick Sterne, of Cambridgeshire Police, said some people had questioned why offenders should be given the privilege of reading in cells.

"It should be remembered that a variety of people are detained at the police station including those with mental health problems and with other medical issues.

"Many people also come into custody who are subsequently released with no further action. The books help to occupy detainees, some of which can be in custody for up to 24 hours.

"Obviously, the books are also offered to regular offenders. However, some of these detainees are youths who have not had the opportunity of reading books during their early years. It is satisfying to see them engrossed in a book.”

– Sgt Dick Sterne, Cambridgeshire Police.

Anyone willing to donate spare books is asked to deliver them to the enquiry office at Parkside Police Station. Foreign language books are also welcome but the station cannot accept hardbacks for safety reasons.

Students to study Finnish beer app

Marketing students from Anglia Ruskin University are helping to launch a new smart phone app called 'Pint Please'.

Students to analyse success of new phone app
Students to analyse success of new phone app Credit: ITV News Anglia

The free app, which has been developed by entrepreneurs in Finland, helps users discover and share new beers and pubs.

The students will promote the app in bars around Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford and then study the results.

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