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  1. Could the squirrel trade with Scandinavia have contributed to England’s medieval leprosy outbreak?

    Researchers suggest that an explanation for the prevalence of leprosy in and around East Anglia may be found in medieval trade, possibly in fur, which would have included that of squirrels – an animal known to carry the disease. Published: 25/10/2017 Genetic analysis of a pre-…

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  2. Hinsley Memorial Lecture 2017 to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar

    Hinsley Memorial Lecture 2017 to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar Published: 25/10/2017 The 17th Hinsley Memorial Lecture, held at St John’s, is to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar, Reguis Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University.  The lecture, which…

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  3. Mythical beasts and supernatural beings go on display at St John’s

    Mythical beasts and supernatural beings go on display at St John’s A witchcraft treatise published in the initial stages of the European Witch Craze; sworn testimony as to the real existence of sea serpents; and Elizabethan woodcut illustrations showing werewolves and unicorns as…

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  4. “Kepler’s Trial” to be performed at V&A opera exhibition

    The opera was developed by a team based at the University of Cambridge, and involved academics and artists from Cambridge, London and elsewhere. Published: 18/10/2017 The Victoria and Albert Museum is to host a complete opera for the first time with a public performance of Kepler’…

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  5. “Love, Cecil” Director discusses how College archives helped her to create new Cecil Beaton documentary

    “Love, Cecil” Director discusses how College archives helped her to create new Cecil Beaton documentary The director of Love, Cecil, a new documentary about the photographer, diarist and designer, Cecil Beaton, will be speaking at St John’s this week about how the College archives…

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  6. Students raise record amounts for College projects in this year’s Telethon

    Students raise record amounts for College projects in this year’s Telethon Students of St John’s have raised more funds than ever before during this year’s Telethon, with alumni from around the world contributing to the success of the College’s most recent campaign. The College’s…

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  7. The Festival of Ideas at St John’s

    The Festival of Ideas at St John’s St John’s College is once again the main venue partner for this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a two week celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences featuring an array of top speakers. All events are free and open to the public.…

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  8. Join the leaders of tomorrow at GapSummit 2018

    Join the leaders of tomorrow at GapSummit 2018 Young researchers and entrepreneurs with a passion for biotechnology are invited to apply for a place at a global, international gathering at St John’s, which aims to kick-start new collaborations and accelerate innovations in the…

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  9. St John’s team to take on University Challenge

    St John’s team to take on University Challenge Four members of St John’s are appearing in a broadcast of the iconic British quiz show University Challenge on Monday, pitted against the University of St Andrews. Here we meet the members of the team and find out why they wanted to be…

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  10. Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

    Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research co-authored by…

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  11. Sample research by John’s and Trinity grad students in “lightning” talks

    Sample research by John’s and Trinity grad students in “lightning” talks Graduate students at Trinity and St John’s Colleges will be showcasing some of their latest ideas and research in an open session of “lightning” talks, taking place at St John’s on Tuesday, September 26.The…

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  12. Getting the measure of mud

    Getting the measure of mud For the first time, researchers have been able to use mud deposited on the depths of the ocean floor to measure changes in the speed of deep-sea currents. Using mud as a current meter could help scientists to identify fluctuating patterns in ocean current…

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  13. Strong and stable printing: Researchers formulate recipe for Black Phosphorus ink

    Strong and stable printing: Researchers formulate recipe for Black Phosphorus ink Guohua Hu, a fourth-year PhD student at St John’s is the lead author of new study which has successfully developed a formula for turning a new graphene-like material called black phosphorus (BP) into…

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  14. 10 quadrillionths of a second to extraction

    10 quadrillionths of a second to extraction Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency.The study, which investigated…

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  15. Meet Varun: A PhD student researching the genetics of autism.

    Meet Varun: A PhD student researching the genetics of autism. Varun Warrier grew up in southern India and is now a PhD student at St John's researching the genetics of autism. In this short film, he tells us about how genetics have, over the past 20 years, played an increasingly…

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  16. Pox populi: Study calculates 18th century syphilis rates for first time

    Pox populi: Study calculates 18th century syphilis rates for first time The unlikely coincidence of a local hospital record and a census led by a pioneering physician (and St John's alumnus) enabled College Fellow Simon Szreter to undertake the first study charting rates of…

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  17. Meet Lynn Asante-Asare: A PhD student from south London who came to Cambridge to join the fight against cancer

    Meet Lynn Asante-Asare: A PhD student from south London who came to Cambridge to join the fight against cancer Lynn was born and raised in south London and grew up wanting to be a doctor. But the death of a close friend from leukaemia and the realisation that only science can drive…

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  18. Johnian crowdfunds for pioneering multiple sclerosis treatment for fellow student

    Johnian crowdfunds for pioneering multiple sclerosis treatment for fellow student A PhD student at St John’s has started a JustGiving page to raise money for pioneering treatment for a friend and fellow student who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Joseph Rennie, who is studying…

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  19. University and Departmental Prizes - March-August 2017

    University and Departmental Prizes - March-August 2017 Several St John's College students have recently been awarded prizes by the University or other academic institutions thanks to their excellent work and achievements.Yayaati Chachan, 4th year undergraduate in Natural Sciences,…

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  20. College Library treasures on display

    College Library treasures on display An extremely rare first edition of Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’; a 16th-century map showing the dramatic defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the scrap book of a Professor of Arabic who, while on a secret service mission, met an early death in the Middle…

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  21. Battle of the Blues: Johnians share their Varsity match memories

    Battle of the Blues: Johnians share their Varsity match memories One of the first women to play rugby for Cambridge University has shared her memories of taking part in the third-ever women’s Varsity team in 1988. When Karena Vleck (née Gaye, 1986) stepped onto the pitch at…

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  22. St John’s hosts gifted students with a passion for singing and music

    St John’s hosts gifted students with a passion for singing and music Talented young vocalists from around the UK have arrived at St John’s to take part in a week-long summer school to learn from leaders in the field of music.The Cambridge Choral Course is being hosted by St John’s…

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  23. Dr Alan Smith, 1937 - 2017

    Dr Alan Smith, 1937 - 2017 Dr Alan Smith, Emeritus Reader in Geology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College, has died at the age of 80.Dr Smith, who became a Fellow at St John’s in 1970 and was formerly College Lecturer in Geological Sciences, died on 13…

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  24. Johnian awarded the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for “The British Empire and the Hajj”

    Johnian awarded the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for “The British Empire and the Hajj” Former College Research Fellow Dr John Slight wins major prize from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies for his book on the relationship between the British Empire and the Hajj.Dr John Slight…

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  25. The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with 'spintronics'

    The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with 'spintronics' Electron ‘spin’ could hold the key to managing the world’s growing data demands without consuming huge amounts of energy. Now, researchers have shown that energy-efficient superconductors…

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