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Iggy Pop: University's rare musical tribute to its iguanodon

A song which was almost as extinct as its subject matter has been brought back to life by the University of Cambridge.

Jolly Old Beast was first sung in 1853 in praise of a set of concrete dinosaurs at the famous Crystal Palace exhibition.

The university revived the song as part of an online campaign showcasing its connection with animals.

‘I is for Iguanodon’ appears on 31 August 2015.

Iggy the Iguanodon

The song is a tribute to the university's own iguanodon (nicknamed Iggy) on display at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

Iggy was given to the Museum by the King of Belgium and is a plaster replica of a skeleton found in a mine in 1878. The original creature lived some 120 million years ago and would have measured 11 metres from nose to tail.


Cambridge student speaks out over assault

A student from the University of Cambridge has told ITV News Anglia that young people are being put at risk of sexual assault because of a sexist drinking culture.

Victoria says she was assaulted just two weeks after she started university. Her claim follows a damning survey by the Cambridge University Student Union which found worrying levels of sexual violence and harassment.

Click below to watch Elodie Harper's report:


Cambridge rowers near end of Amazon challenge

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright have rowed more than 2,000 miles Credit: Cambridge Judge Business School

Two rowers from the University of Cambridge are nearing the end of a gruelling 2,000 mile Amazon challenge.

Mark de Rond, an academic from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School set off from Peru with his rowing partner Anton Wright four weeks ago.

The pair took on the Amazon challenge to raise funds for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity and to attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for long-distance rowing unaided.

They hope to finish their row in Macapa, northern Brazil, later today.

Breastfeeding 'lowers risk of Alzheimer's'

Mothers who breastfeed their children may have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, according to a new study.

Dr Molly Fox, from the department of biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge, led the research.

Scientists say they observed a highly significant and consistent correlation between breastfeeding and Alzheimer's.

One theory is that breastfeeding deprives the body of the hormone progesterone, compensating for high levels of progesterone which are produced during pregnancy.

Progesterone is known to desensitise the brain's oestrogen receptors, and oestrogen may play a role in protecting the brain against Alzheimer's.

Another possibility is that breastfeeding increases a woman's glucose tolerance by restoring her insulin sensitivity after pregnancy.

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