Truffles are one of the world’s most expensive ingredients, and also one of the most mysterious. Now, with the help of a 170-year-old ‘living laboratory’, and a dog called Lucy, researchers hope to unearth new understanding of the secret life of these underground delicacies.

Welcome to Inside Cambridge - the place where we take you behind the scenes at Cambridge University! In our first episode you will meet the students who are running the drag performance group Dragtime and a PhD student who is looking at pelvis size and childbirth.

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Find out about the science behind superconductors
and how this could mean goodbye to greasy chicken hands.

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This is the final film in our India Unboxed series celebrating India's 70th year of independence.
This Anglo-Indian desk, of rosewood with lac-engraved ivory and silver handles, was made in the 1750s by an unknown maker at Vizagapatam, on the Coromandel Coast of East India, an important port along the historic trade route between Europe and the Far East.
Although the form is western, the finely engraved, very delicate and sprightly floral decoration is Indian, drawing its inspiration from motifs in the Mughal style found on Chintz fabrics, making it a truly hybrid object that 'belongs to the visual culture of both East and West'.

This desk is as illuminating as it is enigmatic – it tells so many stories but it keeps just as many secrets.

This film looks at the impact of the innovations and ideas that have come out of Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory over the past 140 years, and the work and legacy of sound engineer Ray Dolby, who did his PhD at the Cavendish and whose pioneering research changed the way the world listens. The Dolby family have donated £85 million to Cambridge to help reimagine the possibilities of physics now, and develop a new Cavendish Laboratory for the 21st century.

Orchidaceae is one of the largest plant families, with upwards of 27,000 species found on all continents except Antarctica.
Many of the Himalayan and South Asian orchids were originally brought back to the UK by the orchid hunters of the late 1800s.
Dendrobium fimbriatum as seen at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. It is a tropical species from the forests of south Asia.
The orchid collection at CUBG provides a great educational resource full of stories, both ecological, biological and cultural and with great potential for future research.

The first study to compare ancient and living female bones shows that women from early agricultural eras had stronger arms than the rowers of Cambridge University’s famously competitive boat club.

Here, lead author Dr Alison Macintosh from Cambridge University's Department of Archaeology discusses the research. She believes the findings suggest a “hidden history” of gruelling manual labour performed by women that stretched across millennia.

Can a robot be a true friend? Are we lonely enough to consider relationships with machines? What is companionship and can a machine be a substitute for a human companion? Second in a quartet of short films made with Cambridge University and international experts discussing topical issues within the field of artificial intelligence - Friend in the Machine presents fascinating insights from academia and industry about the world of companion robots and asks what it means to be human in an age of nearly human machines.

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Made by Dr Beth Singler (Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmunds College, Cambridge, and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge).

Written & Directed by Colin Ramsay & James Uren. A Little Dragon Films Production.

Co-funded by Arm

Good Lad facilitator Ben chats about why the initiative is an important part of the Breaking The Silence campaign. More information on Breaking The Silence can be found here: and you can get involved with the Good Lad Initiative here:

Sheep can be trained to recognise human faces from photographic portraits – and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training.

Which muscle-bound Greek hero do we have here then? It's the one and only Heracles - striding manfully through myth and legend and revealing the surprising links between the Classical world and the Indian subcontinent. #IndiaUnboxed

Today, the University of Cambridge is launching a campaign to promote zero tolerance of sexual misconduct.

Called ‘Breaking the Silence – Cambridge speaks out against sexual misconduct’, the campaign highlights prevention, support and reporting for those who’ve been affected by sexual misconduct, all of which are available via

CUSU’s women’s officer Lola Olufemi and senior leaders including Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope talk about how we can all promote zero tolerance of harassment.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this film, please visit for help and advice.

Nanobots that patrol our bodies, killer immune cells hunting and destroying cancer cells, biological scissors that cut out defective genes: these are just some of the technologies that Cambridge University researchers are developing and which are set to revolutionise medicine in the future. To tie-in with the recent launch of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, researchers discuss some of the most exciting developments in medical research and set out their vision for the next 50 years.

From moving in to your first night out, we show what goes on during Freshers' Week at Cambridge!

Moving in: Arrive at your College and get settled into your room.

Matriculation: Wearing your undergraduate gown, you will sign a book officially registering yourself as a student at Cambridge.

CUSU Freshers' Fair: Find out about clubs and societies to see what you can get up to outside of class. Also free stuff.

Clare Cellars event: Clare Cellars is the student bar and event space of Clare College. Each College will have student run events to welcome everyone to Cambridge.