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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.

  1. Jim Rice

Testing time for solar-powered racing car

The current sunny spell is especially good news for a team of racing drivers from Cambridge. That's because their car is powered by the sun.

The Cambridge University Eco Racing team have been testing their vehicle at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

The car has got to take them nearly 2,000 miles across the blistering heat of the Australian outback.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Jim Rice

Students celebrating exams warned to take care

Cambridge Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Students in Cambridge are being urged to look out for each other while out celebrating their end of term exams over the weekend. Many young people will be going out to events in Cambridge to toast finishing their exams.

Police are urging people not to drink to excess and to look out for friends to make sure they get home safely.


Multi-million pound investment in science

George Osborne and Sir Paul Nurse at the ceremony Credit: PA

A £63 million centre devoted to cutting edge science and developing partnerships with industry is to be built by the University of Cambridge.

Funding for the centre was announced by Chancellor George Osborne during a ceremony to mark the topping out ceremony of the Francis Crick Institute in London.

The centre at the Cavendish Laboratory on the West Cambridge site dedicated to world-class research in the physical sciences, and how it translates to industry.

Funding for the project came from private donations and industry while the Higher Education Funding Council for England is providing £21m.

Construction work will begin shortly on the Maxwell Centre, provisionally named for the great physicist James Clerk Maxwell, who was appointed the first Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge in 1871. The building is due to open its doors in the summer of 2015.

  1. Natalie Gray

"Car on a college roof" student prank to be recreated

One of the most ingenious student pranks of all time is to be recreated although modern health and safety rules may get mean that it is modified somewhat.

55 years ago, some of Cambridge's finest managed to perch a car on top of the University's Senate House, 60 feet up.

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  1. Luke Farrington

Stone Age cave art exhibition in Cambridge

Archaeolgists in Cambridge are using the latest technology to bring some of the world's oldest cave art to life. Images of some of the 300,000 engravings at Valcamonica in the Italian Alps are on show.

An exhibition at Cambridge University is using 3D printing and interactive graphics so the carvings of Valcamonica begin to move enacting the routines of prehistoric life.

The engravings were made from as early as 7,000 BC right up to the 16th century AD.

They act as an archive of nearly 10,000 years of human history. The exhibition is on at the Museum of Archeology in Cambridge until 23rd March 2013.

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