Researchers are developing ways to treat killer diseases like cancer using nanotechnology.
Scientists on the Sonodrugs project, led by medical technology company Philips, are preparing a new method of drug delivery, where drugs can be delivered to the site of a tumour by microscopic nanocarriers. These nanocarriers are then activated locally at the site of the tumour, triggering the release of the drug.
‘The drug only acts at the disease site and not on the rest of the body, so thereby minimising the side effects and increasing the efficacy of the treatment,’ said Dr Charles Sio, a senior scientist on the project.
Horizon’s camera crew travelled to the Sonodrugs laboratory in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to take a closer look.
Scientists have discovered that a single severe head injury can lead to dementia through a rogue protein that propagates through the brain and corrupts others, giving some much needed insight into what happens inside an injured brain.
A sister and brother who created shock-activated protective gear featuring a starch liquid for people who in-line skate, motorcycle and do other risky sports, won one of the three first prizes at this year’s European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).
Winners from Germany and Canada take home top prizes.
New observations may provide alternative explanations for dark energy.
We need to double-check the evidence on dark energy, as it may not exist at all, says Prof. Subir Sarkar.