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University Challenge: What’s behind Freddy Leo’s rapid buzzing?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFreddy Leo’s best University Challenge buzzes What does it take to win University Challenge? Extensive knowledge, sure. But one of this year’s contestants – described as the “Cristiano Ronaldo” of the show – says he may have found an edge: hammering the buzzer really, really quickly. Many viewers were left in awe of Freddy Leo’s knowledge and sharp action during this week’s quarter-final. One viewer dubbed Leo, captain of the team from Oxford University’s St Edmund Hall, “the quickest on the buzzer…

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University of Cambridge reveals ‘changing face of UK’ in aerial photos

Image copyright University of Cambridge Image caption The archive includes this aerial image of Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire on 26 July 1948 A collection of aerial photographs described as the “historical Google Earth” has been made available online by the University of Cambridge. RAF pilots were asked to capture the bomb-scarred post-war period to the emergence of motorways and new cities. The collection dates back to 1945, with more recent images captured in 2009 for a university project. Prof Martin Millett said the images “let you travel back in time to…

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Lecturer’s widow hits out at Cardiff University workload

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDiane Anderson speaks out over the pressure her husband was under The widow of a university lecturer who killed himself has demanded action to tackle workload pressures to save other families having their “dad taken away”. Diane Anderson said Cardiff University knew her husband Dr Malcolm Anderson was under significant pressure. Internal surveys, seen by BBC Wales, show a third of staff said they must work unreasonable hours to fulfil their job requirements. Cardiff University said they take the welfare of staff…

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Cambridge University student Peter Biar Ajak ‘detained in hellhole’

Image copyright Family Photo Image caption Peter Biar Ajak was one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys”, displaced during the civil war A Cambridge University student facing the death penalty in South Sudan is being “arbitrarily detained in a modern-day hellhole”, his lawyer says. PhD student Peter Biar Ajak, 35, a critic of his country’s regime, has been detained without charge since his arrest at Juba Airport in July. His lawyer Jared Genser said this was “in clear violation of his rights under international law”. The government of South Sudan could not…

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University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

(Reuters) – The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running rivalry between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University that also holds patents on CRISPR. Patent rights to CRISPR could eventually be worth billions…

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University of California to be granted CRISPR patent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday.     The decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running dispute between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard that also holds patents on CRISPR.     Patent rights to CRISPR…

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Warwick University students protest over rape chat probe

Hundreds of students have protested at the University of Warwick over the way it dealt with men involved in an online group chat threatening rape. Protestors are angry that the university lifted a 10-year ban for two men on appeal, reducing it to a year. The university has been accused of “condoning” rape culture and called for an inquiry into the investigation. The University of Warwick said it has launched an independent review of its disciplinary procedure. Source link

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Warwick University students protest over rape chat probe

Image caption Hundreds of protesters marched on campus Hundreds of students have protested at the University of Warwick over the way it dealt with men involved in an online group chat threatening rape. Protestors are angry that the university reduced 10-year bans for two men who appealed to a year. Warwick has been accused of “condoning rape culture” and faced calls for an inquiry into the investigation. The university said it has launched an independent review of its disciplinary procedure. Image caption Students are angry over the way the university…

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Billionaire David Harding’s £100m gift to Cambridge University

Image caption Former student David Harding’s gift to Cambridge is the biggest single British donation to a UK university A hedge fund billionaire has donated £100m to Cambridge University. The donation from David Harding, via his foundation, is the biggest single gift made to a university in the UK by a British philanthropist. The money will fund postgraduate scholarships for more than 100 PhD students and be invested in attracting students from “under-represented groups”. Vice-chancellor Prof Stephen J Toope said it was “extraordinarily generous”. Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption…

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Daniel Williams: Reading University student search goes on

Image copyright Police handout Image caption Daniel Williams, 19, was last seen in a student union bar at the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus A university student’s disappearance is “completely out of character” and officers are “extremely concerned for his welfare”, police have said. An air and land search for 19-year-old Daniel Williams is continuing after he went missing from the University of Reading in the early hours of Thursday. Mr Williams, from Sutton in London, was last seen leaving a student union bar. Police said they were “continuing to…

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