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Bacteria Implicated in Cancer Drug Resistance

Recent evidence shows that a bacteria found alongside colon cancers could be the answer to eliminating drug resistant cancers. Microbes have long been known to both cause disease as well as affect the response of diseases to treatment. A recent study published in Science Magazine in September, by Ravid Straussman of the Weizmann Institute of … Continue reading Bacteria Implicated in Cancer Drug Resistance

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Plastic Fibres Contaminating Land, Sea and Air

Microplastic (microscopic fibres of plastic) have been discovered in the tap water and sea salt of across around the world. According to the United Nations, nearly thirteen million tonnes of plastic are thrown into the oceans every year. These plastics then slowly break apart into microplastics which have been found various sources including in water, … Continue reading Plastic Fibres Contaminating Land, Sea and Air

Bacteria Seen Communicating with Neurone-like Signalling

Scientists have found that bacteria could be using electrical signals to group themselves into ‘societies’ and communicate with other colonies. Contrary to popular belief, bacteria may not exist purely as individuals but actually as dense societies with the ability to communicate with each other and other colonies of bacteria. Normally bacteria group together in the … Continue reading Bacteria Seen Communicating with Neurone-like Signalling

Astronomers Shine a Light on New Discovered White Dwarf Pulsar

A group of scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered the first white dwarf pulsar ending a search that has lasted over fifty years. The pulsar was found in the neighbouring system of AR Scorpii an exotic binary star system nearly 400 light years away in the Scorpius constellation. The binary star system is … Continue reading Astronomers Shine a Light on New Discovered White Dwarf Pulsar

Prototype Breathalyser Invented to Detect Influenza

Researchers at the University of Texas have invented a prototype breathalyser that is capable of detecting influenza during its early stages. The breathalyser works by detecting biomarkers, that are expected to be present when infected with influenza, using smart sensors. These biomarkers include nitric oxide and ammonia. This particular prototype breathalyser is designed to detect … Continue reading Prototype Breathalyser Invented to Detect Influenza

Cannabis Derivatives may Treat Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma represents 15% of brain tumors and is the most aggressive type of cancer that begins in the brain. Current treatment regimes involve surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy, these however yield a poor survival rate. Typical patients are expected to survive twelve to fifteen months following treatment with only 3-5% of patients surviving … Continue reading Cannabis Derivatives may Treat Brain Cancer

Goodenough Battery Charges Ahead of Li-ion

Researchers look to glass electrolytes for the future of energy storage Scientists in the USA have developed a revolutionary new battery that could hold three times the charge of a standard lithium ion (Li-ion) battery. Based on solid glass electrolytes it has the potential to lead to safe, longer lasting, faster charging batteries. Batteries are … Continue reading Goodenough Battery Charges Ahead of Li-ion

Have We Reached the Shores of the Island of Stability?

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has ratified four new elements to be officially added to the periodic table. The newly accepted names will be for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118. As of 2016, these new elements will be known as Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennesine and Oganesson. These new additions mean that the seventh row … Continue reading Have We Reached the Shores of the Island of Stability?

The Two Most Heat Resistant Materials in the World

A new record has been set for the world’s most heat resistant material. Tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide materials have been found able to withstand temperatures approaching 4000°C. A team from Imperial College London made the discovery, finding that the melting point of hafnium carbide in particular is the highest ever to be recorded. This may have interesting applications … Continue reading The Two Most Heat Resistant Materials in the World