So much science in a tea cup!
Chinese proverb says that a cup of tea every day will keep you away from the pharmacy. We use it every day, but do we realize what it is hiding? Pour yourself a cup of green tea and go with me on a journey in tea composition and biochemical characteristics.
Author: Monta Neinberga
Article’s date: 09/04/2010
Science: An international love affair
At a time when scientists are rapidly joining the ranks of untrusted public figures (at least here in the UK), I found my trip to the The Von Karman Institute in Brussels truly refreshing. The research centre is clear evidence that positive international collaboration on scientific research is alive and well.
Author: Hannah Lucy King
Article’s date: 31/03/2010
The Future of Solar Energy
The radio piece covers the future use and production of solar energy in two fields. In the field of photovoltaics, it discusses the use of thin film solar cells in clothes, the advantages of integrated PV buildings and the future of nano technology. In the field of “Solar Thermodynamic Energy”, it discusses the use of these applications in isolated communities in northern Africa and the possibilities of huge projects like “Desertec”. The radio piece was published at detektor.fm – a very well received journalistic web radio station in Germany. It is supplemented with an online article and a slide show.
Author: Sven Knobloch
Article’s date: 25/03/2010
The Importance of Lymphatics in Understanding the Spread of Tumour Cells
The lymphatic system plays a key role in the human body as the cell transport system. But even today all its functions are not fully understood.
This feature piece investigates the experiences of one lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Professor Melody Swartz and her team are conducting research to establish more clearly the implications of the lymphatic system, and how tumour cells can use it adversely to spread, or metastasise, throughout the body. By determining how this process occurs, the researchers hope to come closer to understanding how tumour cell metastasis can be stopped in its tracks, potentially preventing the reoccurrence of cancer.
But comparatively little attention has been paid to the role of lymphatics jn cancer research, but it is a field that has garnered significant interest in the last few years. Professor Swartz is optimistic that if this interest continues to grow, it will significantly aid the development of lymphatic research.
Author: Zara Barlas
Production date: 05/02/2010
Will our children look back and smile?
Scientists in ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) are reducing the impact of carbon dioxide emissions using green technologies for our future generations. In this case, making batteries which a) last longer and b) you can recycle. I also look at how the lab has been in talks with car manufacturers. This is because the EU has set a limit for each car to emit a maximum of 120grams of CO2/km. The story is unique, because its looks at climate change from research going on in Italy, and sets it in the context of the up and coming Copenhagen talks.
Author: Rupa Chandarana
Production date: 04/12/2009