The first data release from Gaia, based on just over one year of observations, was published in 2016; it contained distances and motions of two million stars. The new data release, which covers the 22 months between July 2014 and May 2016, pins down the positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars, and with much greater precision. For some of the brightest stars in the survey, the level of precision equates to Earth-bound observers being able to spot a Euro coin lying on the surface of the Moon.

Now, the treasures of Cambridge University Library’s fabled 17-storey Tower Collection, chosen from nearly a million volumes, will go on public display together for the first time in a free exhibition, Tall Tales: Secrets of the Tower, to be opened by Sebastian Faulks on May 1 (opening to the public from May 2). More than 90 per cent of the objects have never before been on public display.

pursuing your dreams? This is a new song by Cambridge University student, Xadi, which is an argument between the two sides of himself, about whether to 'grow up' or not. The guy on the left is a bit of a pain, but he makes some good points.

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Audio recording taken from Professor Hawking's 75th birthday celebrations.