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Health - Pharmacology - 02.01.2020
Finds new non-invasive technique to assess brain tumours in children and make treatment less toxic
Ground-breaking research by the University of Birmingham has discovered a new technique to assess the aggressiveness of childhood brain tumours. Funded by Children with Cancer UK , Action Medical Research and The Brain Tumour Charity , the study is the first of its kind and will allow clinicians to give more personalised treatments for childhood brain cancers, which currently account for one third of all childhood cancer deaths in the UK.

Physics - Health - 02.01.2020
Accelerator-on-a-chip to do research, fight cancer
Accelerator-on-a-chip to do research, fight cancer
Stanford researchers build a particle accelerator that fits on a chip, miniaturizing a technology that can now find new applications in research and medicine Just as engineers once compressed some of the power of room-sized mainframes into desktop PCs, so too have Stanford researchers shown how to pack some of the punch delivered by today's ginormous particle accelerators onto a tiny silicon chip.

Pharmacology - Health - 02.01.2020
Inflammation predicts response to anti-depression medication
Children and teens with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had increased markers of inflammation in their blood, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows. The study suggests that C-reactive protein, a sign of systemic inflammation in the body that shows up in a readily available blood test, could be a predictive biomarker for identifying which patients with depression in the context of pediatric bipolar disorder will respond to medication.

Mathematics - Physics - 02.01.2020
How strong is your knot?
How strong is your knot?
With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot's stability. In sailing, rock climbing, construction, and any activity requiring the securing of ropes, certain knots are known to be stronger than others. Any seasoned sailor knows, for instance, that one type of knot will secure a sheet to a headsail, while another is better for hitching a boat to a piling.

Health - 01.01.2020
Artificial intelligence could help to spot breast cancer
A computer algorithm has been shown to be as effective as human radiologists in spotting breast cancer from x-ray images. The international team behind the study, which includes researchers from Google Health, DeepMind, Imperial College London, the NHS and Northwestern University in the US, designed and trained an artificial intelligence (AI) model on mammography images from almost 29,000 women.

Life Sciences - Environment - 01.01.2020
6 ways Imperial can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions
We look back at the past year to see how Imperial's researchers could provide inspiration and help with your 2020 New Year's resolutions. Need some help starting 2020 on the right foot? This research might offer some inspiration. Eat healthier DnaNudge , the world's first DNA-Based service for healthier food choices, opened its flagship store in Covent Garden in November.

Earth Sciences - 01.01.2020
How long will a volcanic island live?
How long will a volcanic island live?
Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos. Listen When a hot plume of rock rises through the Earth's mantle to puncture the overlying crust, it can create not only a volcanic ocean island, but also a swell in the ocean floor hundreds to thousands of kilometers long.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 01.01.2020
Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo's demise
Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo’s demise
Findings suggest the moon's magnetic field was produced by the fallout of a crystallizing iron core. A conventional compass would be of little use on the moon, which today lacks a global magnetic field. But the moon did produce a magnetic field billions of years ago, and it was likely even stronger than the Earth's field today.
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