Fighting Cancer with Cancer

We've all heard the term "fight fire with fire". However, I never assumed we would be using this phrase in the case of cancer therapeutics. Dr Khalid Shah, from Harvard University's Centre for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging, has used this idea to genetically modify cancerous cells to our advantage.

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The Power of the Moon

The earth's moon is the fifth largest moon in the solar system and 4.51 billion years old. It shows it's face at night and reminds us that it's time to sleep, but is there more to this large rock in the sky?

Gravity Trains

Generating renewable energy is brilliant and should be something we all aim for. However, there are not easy ways to store excess energy generated from the sun, wind, water etc. To prevent energy going to waste, and with the hope of being able to store it for future use, what is science doing?

CRISPR: A Genetic Revolution?

Some genetic diseases are caused by a single fault in a 3 billion letter, DNA sequence. With more of our genetic sequence now understood, should we be editing those genes that don't work properly, or even using this knowledge to eradicate pest populations? Gene editing tools such as CRISPR hold potential to do these things but, what is it and should we be getting excited just yet?

Have your Fork and Eat it too

Plastic cutlery is an easy, go to product that is great for a picnic, day trip or lunch on the go. The majority of takeaway food is provided with plastic cutlery. This seems like such a wonderful convenience but these products are doing untold damage to wildlife. What can be done?

Brain Freeze: Forever Ruining Ice Cream

As the heat wave continues in the UK, we revel in it for a bit longer and indulge in a guilt free ice cream (or 10...) to relieve us from these unusual weather conditions. However, we have all indulged a bit too much from time-to-time, eager to eat our ice cream quickly, and given ourselves brain freeze. What causes this annoying occurrence and can we avoid it?

Bionic Brains

Mental illness is now thought to affect 1 in 4 people in the UK yearly, with 1 in 6 affected on a regular basis. Current treatment is counselling and a concoction of medication which should control chemicals in the brain, lowering the ability to have extremes of mood. However, many sufferers claim a zombie-like state caused by stronger medication amongst other side-effects. What is research currently looking at for sufferers?

Fighting Cancer Ourselves

Our immune systems are wonderful things, fighting disease for us all the time. Cancerous cells have the ability to switch off an immune system if attacked. We've focussed on chemotherapy and radiotherapy amongst other treatments to defend against cancer, but could using our own immune systems (immunotherapy) be the answer?

Artificial Intelligence: an End to Jobs?

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. With the invention of devices such as Amazon's Alexa, self-driving cars, and home systems that can be remotely controlled, AI seems to be the way the world is going. However, this increase in AI products could appear to be reducing the number of jobs needed to perform tasks, but is this the case?

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