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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.

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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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Man charged with cyber attack on University of Cambridge

A man has been charged with cyber attacks on the websites of Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

Lewys Martin, 20, of Walmer, Kent, is also accused of service attacks on the public-facing website of Kent Police.

Martin is charged with eight counts of "unauthorised acts of intent to impair operation of, or prevent/hinder access to, a computer" and three counts of "unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences".

Martin has also been charged with four counts of obtaining "an article for supply for use to commit/to assist in commission of computer misuse offence" and two counts of failing "to comply with a Section 49 notice to disclose the key to protected information".

He will appear in court next month.

Cambridge University loses world number one spot

Cambridge ranked second in the world Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

The University of Cambridge has ended it's two-year reign as the world's best institution according to a new league table which ranks leading universities.

Cambridge slips to second and concedes top spot to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The league table was published in the annual QS World University Rankings.

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