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Cambridge’s 5-star al fresco dining

Whilst students remain loyal to the culinary golden triangle of Gardies, Franco Manca, and the Van of Life, Cambridge has recently been recognised for its al fresco foodie options. Search engine Holidu has revealed that Cambridge came second only to Brighton in its variety of five-star outdoor dining spaces, with the Varsity Hotel’s garden terrace taking the top spot.

The study compared the number of five-star pubs, bars, and restaurants with outdoor dining relative to the population, in British cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

Time to find a well-paid relative for a spot of ‘investigative journalism’ at some of these illustrious establishments…

Attenborough ‘People’s Advocate’ at upcoming UN conference

Beloved Clare College alumnus David Attenborough has been chosen as the People’s Advocate at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Glasgow this December.

In a clip shared by the #COP26 Twitter profile, Attenborough says that “there could not be a more important moment that we should have international agreements,” hoping that “at last the nations will come together to solve the crippling problems that the world, the globe, now faces.”

The ‘Cambridge Eye’?

In a revolutionary development, residents and students will soon be able to see the city from a new perspective, from the heights of a 36-metre wheel with plans for a giant ‘London Eye’ wheel to be built on Parker’s Piece being revealed earlier this week.

The City View Wheel Company promises “breathtaking” views of the ancient city, with 23 ‘gondolas’ available. They plan to launch on May 22nd as lockdown restrictions ease.

Cambridge researchers see into ‘silent’ strokes

A Cambridge research team led by Professor Hugh Markus has identified changes to 12 genetic regions in the DNA of people who have had a lacunar stroke, for which there are few proven courses of treatment. Lacunar strokes are caused by a gradual weakening of small blood vessels deep inside the brain, which can lead to long-term disability and dementia.

Funded by the British Heart Foundation, the study scanned and compared the genetic code of 7,338 patients who had a lacunar stroke with 254,798 people who had not. Previously only one genetic region had been identified with this type of stroke.

The team also highlighted high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and a history of smoking as contributing factors to an increased risk of lacunar stroke.

They now plan to use the research to develop “much needed treatments” to prevent lacunar strokes from occurring.