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  1. Choir of St John’s release Christmas album

    Choir of St John’s release Christmas album A new Christmas CD has been released by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, ready for the start of the festive season.Christmas with St John’s is the new festive release by the Choir of St John’s on the College’s record label – an…

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  2. New recruits fuel early season success in College rugby

    New recruits fuel early season success in College rugby Victories in the season-opening sevens competition and in a vital league match this week have seen the College's rugby club picking up where they left off last season, helped by a wealth of new players.The season may only just…

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  3. Researchers road-test powerful method for studying singlet fission

    Researchers road-test powerful method for studying singlet fission In a new study led by Dr Akshay Rao at St John's, researchers measure the spin properties of electronic states produced in singlet fission – a process which could have a central role in the future development of…

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  4. Lost in high-dimensional space: Study improves the cure for the “Curse Of Dimensionality”

    Lost in high-dimensional space: Study improves the cure for the “Curse Of Dimensionality” Researchers led by St John's academic Stefano Martiniani have developed a new method for making effective calculations in “high-dimensional space” – and proved its worth by using it to solve a…

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  5. The Cambridge Festival of Ideas at St John’s

    The Cambridge Festival of Ideas at St John’s For the second year running, St John’s College is the main venue partner for the 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…

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  6. Energy hijacking pathway found within photosynthesis

    Energy hijacking pathway found within photosynthesis In a study led by Dr Jenny Zhang, a Research Associate at St John's, academics have found an unexpected performance-destructive pathway within Photosystem II, an enzyme at the heart of oxygenic photosynthesis, and one that is…

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  7. St John’s Fellow awarded Honorary Fellowship from institute for microwave technology research

    St John’s Fellow awarded Honorary Fellowship from institute for microwave technology research St John’s Fellow Dr Ricky Metaxas has received an Honorary Fellowship from the International Microwave Power Institute (IMPI).Dr Metaxas was awarded the honour after he gave an invited…

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  8. Original courtroom drama: Kepler’s witch trial becomes an opera

    Original courtroom drama: Kepler’s witch trial becomes an opera The trial in which the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, defended his mother from accusations of witchcraft has been turned into an opera, following new research into the original 17th Century legal proceedings.You’…

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  9. Unprecedented study of Aboriginal Australians points to one shared Out of Africa migration for modern humans

    Unprecedented study of Aboriginal Australians points to one shared Out of Africa migration for modern humans The first significant investigation into the genomics of Aboriginal Australians has uncovered several major findings about early human populations. These include evidence of…

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  10. Parkinson’s Disease protein performs vital marshalling function in healthy brains

    Parkinson’s Disease protein performs vital marshalling function in healthy brains Researchers including PhD student Giuliana Fusco have identified how alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease, enables communication between neurons in the brain, offering…

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  11. Debut collection released by College poet

    Debut collection released by College poet The Great British weather, interaction with the environment, and human nature are all subjects of the poems in the debut collection from Library Projects Assistant Rebecca Watts.The Met Office Advises Caution, published by Carcanet Press…

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  12. Probably the best probability tool of its kind

    Probably the best probability tool of its kind An established technique which statisticians use to interpret relatively straightforward data sets, so that they can be used to calculate probability, can also be applied to a class of much more complex and seemingly unmanageable…

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  13. Placenta's "umpire" role influences pregnancy outcomes

    Placenta's "umpire" role influences pregnancy outcomes New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother’s physical ability to…

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  14. St John’s student inspires fundraising concert for Muscular Dystrophy UK

    St John’s student inspires fundraising concert for Muscular Dystrophy UK A fundraising concert supporting people with Muscular Dystrophy will be held at St John’s College in September, after staff from a food supplier working with the College were inspired by a student who has the…

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  15. Exhilaration and anxiety: The Dos and don’ts of fresher life – Victorian style

    Exhilaration and anxiety: The Dos and don’ts of fresher life – Victorian style Lessons on how to be cool and stay out of trouble for the apprehensive freshers of 1893; student pranks including a paranormal hoax debunked by Sir Isaac Newton and a car suspended from the Bridge of…

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  16. Student wins top prize at international Maths competition

    Student wins top prize at international Maths competition A student from St John’s College has come away with top honours at an international Maths competition involving more than 300 students from 72 different universities.Maria-Romina Ivan, a 19-year-old Romanian student who…

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  17. St John’s reaches out to top Singaporean students with new funding programme

    St John’s reaches out to top Singaporean students with new funding programme A new Academic Award scheme which will help outstanding students from Singapore to cover the costs of their first year of study at St John’s College has been announced.Under the scheme, one Singaporean…

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  18. Wisdom that defied history: Ben Sira 120 years on

    Wisdom that defied history: Ben Sira 120 years on A conference marking the 120th anniversary of the rediscovery of the ancient Hebrew Text, Wisdom of Ben Sira, and examining its ongoing importance in contemporary Jewish Studies, is to take place at St John’s CollegeIn 1896, a…

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  19. Tiny changes in Parkinson’s protein can have “dramatic” impact on processes that lead to the disease

    Tiny changes in Parkinson’s protein can have “dramatic” impact on processes that lead to the disease Specific mutations in the protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease, in which just one of its 140 building blocks is altered, can make a dramatic difference to processes which may…

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  20. Gifted young singers tune up for unique choral experience

    Gifted young singers tune up for unique choral experience Talented young vocalists from around the UK will converge on St John's this week for a unique summer school which combines opportunities to experience university life with a chance to learn from leaders in the field.The…

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  21. Student's research on merchant shipping published in academic journal

    Student's research on merchant shipping published in academic journal Research by an undergraduate student at St John's which examines British firms' involvement in the 19th Century Chinese shipping industry has been published in an academic journalIt was an era when the…

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  22. Student treads the boards alongside Kenneth Branagh

    Student treads the boards alongside Kenneth Branagh An undergraduate at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, has been cast alongside Kenneth Branagh in a West-End play opening on 20 August at the Garrick Theatre in London.21-year-old Theology student, Jonah Hauer-King, from…

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  23. Sole Survivor: 300-year-old shoe found in College wall was probably to keep “evil spirits” at bay

    Sole Survivor: 300-year-old shoe found in College wall was probably to keep “evil spirits” at bay A 300-year-old shoe has been found built into a wall at St John’s College, where it was probably intended to ward off evil spirits.The venerable footwear was uncovered by maintenance…

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  24. Textbook story of how humans populated America is “biologically unviable”, study finds

    Textbook story of how humans populated America is “biologically unviable”, study finds Using ancient DNA, researchers have created a unique picture of how a prehistoric migration route evolved over thousands of years – revealing that it could not have been used by the first people…

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  25. Shropshire students experience undergraduate life at the University of Cambridge

    Shropshire students experience undergraduate life at the University of Cambridge A group of 40 bright, year-12 pupils from schools across Shropshire checked into undergraduate accommodation at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, for a residential trip which allowed them to…

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