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  1. Johnian brews UK’s first Trappist beer

    “We sustained the hardship of tasting a number of different beers, to find a style we liked!” The first Trappist ale from the UK has been brewed by monks in a Leicestershire abbey – and the abbot is a Johnian. Tynt Meadow ale – named after the meadow where Mount Saint Bernard Abbey…, Tasting Tynt Meadow St John’s resident beer aficionado, Louise Hanzlik, samples Tynt Meadow – here’s what she thought The bottle is eye-catching due to its simplicity– the label design is plain but attractive with ancient calligraphy, the silhouette of the Leicestershire…

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  2. Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas

    "At first, we couldn’t understand how the gases could emerge much colder than the molten lava sloshing in the lake." The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes – which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity – can change depending on the size of gas…,

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  3. Household phenomenon observed by Leonardo da Vinci finally explained by Cambridge researchers

    “Understanding this process has big implications and could reduce our water use dramatically." An everyday occurrence spotted when we turn on the tap to brush our teeth has baffled engineers for centuries – why does the water splay when it hits the sink before it heads down…

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  4. St John’s professor named winner of international prize to honour young member of the statistical community

    "He has made mentoring next generation of mathematicians a key feature of his academic life." Professor Richard Samworth has been awarded The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents’ Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to statistics.…

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  5. Graduates invited to apply for Research Fellowships 2019

    Research Fellowships 2019. Applications are invited for Research Fellowships at St John’s College. These positions are intended for outstanding researchers in the early stages of their careers.  The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a…

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  6. Mystery shoppers from Visit England give 4* Campus rating to St John’s

    “It is important to have a set standard so guests know they will have an enjoyable and comfortable stay at St John’s." Bed and breakfast accommodation at St John’s has received the highest possible accolade from Visit England for campus locations without on-site guest…

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  7. ‘Unforgettable week’ for St John’s rowers as they compete in China

    "We were delighted to promote and celebrate the sport which is so closely linked to life at Cambridge." Members of the men’s side of Lady Margaret Boat Club represented St John’s in China this summer by racing in the Xi'an International Universities Rowing Regatta. The…

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  8. Lifetime achievements of John’s academic recognised with prestigious international award

    Lifetime achievements of John’s academic recognised with prestigious international award. Historian Professor Ulinka Rublack has been awarded the Reimar Lüst Prize in recognition of her 20 year commitment to academic exchange between the UK and Germany. The prize is given by the…

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  9. ‘The Crown’ exhibition showcasing royal documents opens in College Archive Centre

    Royal documents dating from Richard the Lionheart to Queen Victoria are on display at St John's. Great Seals of more than 20 monarchs, royal charters, and signatures from Oliver Cromwell and Elizabeth I are on display together at St John’s College for the first time in a free…

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  10. Emmy nomination for former St John’s student

    "The tragic events dramatized by this show were a part of history that had been largely overlooked" St John’s writer Tom Rob Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for the smash hit TV mini-series The Murder of Gianni Versace. The programme received a staggering 18 Emmy…

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  11. Breakthrough made in understanding drug resistance to Breast Cancer treatment

    New protein discovery could change the way some cancers are treated Breast cancer patients who have a hereditary form of the condition could have a protein that stops their bodies responding effectively to treatment, according to new research.  Up to 10 per cent of hereditary…

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  12. Colombia peace deal brings new threat to country’s rainforest

    “The equivalent of 35 football pitches of forest is lost every hour" A historic peace treaty which brought an end to half a century of violence has led to mass deforestation in Colombia, scientists have warned. The 2016 peace deal formally ended 52 years of civil war in…

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  13. Cambridge is the home of modern football thanks to John’s man

    The ‘Cambridge Rules’ were pinned up on trees around Parker’s Piece where football was – and still is - regularly played Football is coming home but why is England the home of the beautiful game? The earliest record of football in Cambridgeshire can be found in the Cambridge…

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  14. Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehistory

    Two competing theories about the human occupation of Southeast Asia have been debunked by ground-breaking analysis of ancient DNA extracted from 8,000 year-old skeletons.  Southeast Asia is one of the most genetically diverse regions in the world, but for more than 100 years scientists have disagreed about which theory of…

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  15. Conductor, student activist and international kayaker amongst winners of the 2018 Larmor Awards

    Exceptional students honoured with Larmor Awards Six exceptional St John’s students have been honoured with Larmor Awards – an annual prize begun in the 1940s to recognise “intellectual qualifications, moral conduct, or practical activities". Named after Sir Joseph Larmor, the 20th…

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  16. St John’s poetry scene celebrated

    The Poetry Pamphlet aims to highlight that St John's has a diverse and thriving arts scene. More than a dozen students, staff and Fellows have contributed to the St John’s Poetry Pamphlet 2018 to celebrate the College’s thriving poetry scene. As well as poetry, the…

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  17. Johnians recognised in Royal Society of Chemistry Awards 2018

    “Each has done their bit to advance excellence in the chemical sciences – to improve the lives of people around the world now and in the future” Professor Erwin Reisner, a College Fellow, and Dr Artem Bakulin, a graduate of St John’s, have been presented with awards by the Royal…

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  18. St John's Fellow awarded 2018 Royal Society EP Abraham Research Professorship

    Professor Ben Simons will hold his award at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics The Royal Society Research Professorships are the Society’s premier research awards and help release the best leading researchers from teaching and administration to allow them…

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  19. St John’s Fellow made Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    The academy is one of the oldest policy research centres in the US Professor Malcolm Schofield will be inducted in October to the academy which was started during the American Revolution. Other new members of the academy include former President Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks, CEO…

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  20. Baritone and composer recognised for services to music in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    Baritone Simon Keenlyside has been knighted for his services to music, and composer Thomas Adès was appointed a CBE. Two stars of the classical world – and Honorary Fellows at St John’s – have been named as receiving honours from the Queen. Award-winning baritone Simon…

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  21. Master of St John’s honoured with knighthood in recognition of his ground-breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease

    "Sir Christopher has achieved remarkable breakthroughs and been a mentor to many other scientists" Professor Christopher Dobson has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 to commemorate his illustrious scientific career. The Birthday Honours recognise the…

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  22. University Challenge trophy comes to St John’s after College team triumph

    The St John’s College name has now been engraved on the trophy and is on display in the Library Television’s most coveted quizzing prize is on now display at St John’s after our student team won University Challenge for the first time. The notoriously difficult programme is an…

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  23. Never mind the bar snacks: Gastropubs are developing, not wrecking, the best of British pub culture

    According to a new study, the rise of the gourmet pub has been unfairly maligned Gastropubs have often been accused of helping to kill off the classic British alehouse. Where once the local was a lively, sticky-floored refuge for serious drinkers, now, critics say, it is just as…

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  24. St John’s basketball club storm to victory in nail-biting Cuppers final

    "By using skills that everyone on our team had in common we were able to outpace the opposition to get more baskets in every game" The Yales beat a determined team from Darwin College 50-41 in a fast-paced Cuppers final to win the inaugural Madden Cup. The St John’s Men’…

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  25. Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

    “The distance that energy can be moved in these materials comes as a big surprise” Scientists from the universities of Cambridge and Bristol have found a way to create plastic semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy 20 times further than has been…

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