Monday, 23 March 2015

Sam Rolfe - Science Correspondent

Sam Rolfe was our guest tonight on Drivetime. 

Improvements to cancer drug 
By addition of a chemical called Sodium Formate derived from formic acid, which is found in stinging nettles and ants (among other natural organisms), to a cancer drug called JS07, the drug is approximately 50 times more effective. A group of researchers based at the University of Warwick lead by Prof. Peter Sadler, found that the compound more often used as a food preservative helped to disrupt the cancer cell’s energy generating mechanism forcing the cell to shut down.

Differences isolated for the first time between autistic and non-autistic brains 
Following the development of a new method for analysis MRI scans of the brain, scientists in the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Warwick have been able to create an accurate 3D model of the brain.

Scientist of the Month 
Professor Stephen Kuffler (1913 – 1980) A Hungarian-American, regarded as the Father of Modern Neuroscience.

Night Sky This Month
4th April Full Moon (Total Lunar Eclipse – Eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, Western Americas. In Britain there will be one on 28 th Sept 2015)

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