Research & development

Blood tests predict chemo resistance in prostate cancer patients

22 November, 2021

The findings could enable doctors to detect early on if a treatment is working and switch to alternatives such as abiraterone or cabazitaxel if it is not.

It's on: the search for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri

18 November, 2021

A mission to discover new planets potentially capable of sustaining life around Earth's nearest neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri, has been announced.

A urine test for intermediate-risk prostate cancer

08 November, 2021

A prostate cancer urine test can identify men at intermediate risk of aggressive disease, who can safely avoid immediate treatment.

Airborne microplastics directly impact climate change

04 November, 2021

Scientific consensus on human-caused global warming has evolved over time, with scientists now finding that airborne microplastic pollution is likely to affect climate change.

Some incense-burning temples don't meet air quality standards

22 October, 2021

Concentrations of fine particulate matter from incense burning in and around Hong Kong temples could be at least four times more than the recommended levels.

Saliva testing may allow early detection of HPV-driven cancers

21 October, 2021

Researchers investigated the efficacy of salivary HPV detection as a biomarker of HPV-driven head and neck cancers.

Unexpected radio signals detected from distant stars

15 October, 2021

Scientists have discovered stars unexpectedly blasting out radio waves, possibly indicating the existence of hidden planets.

CO2 converted into a diesel blend fuel

14 October, 2021

A new method converts carbon dioxide into a diesel-range fuel and has the potential to produce a net-zero liquid fuel alternative to power cars more sustainably.

Some coral reefs demonstrate tolerance to ocean warming

15 September, 2021

Some coral communities are becoming more heat tolerant as ocean temperatures rise, offering hope for corals in a changing climate.

Fewer El Niño and La Niña events expected in a warmer world

03 September, 2021

The cycling between warm El Niño and cold La Niña conditions in the eastern Pacific has persisted without major interruptions for at least the last 11,000 years.

No more liver biopsies for haemochromatosis patients?

30 August, 2021

Liver damage caused by a life-threatening genetic blood disorder, known as hereditary haemochromatosis, can be detected with a simple blood test or scan.

Probiotics and selective breeding help coral survive the heat

26 August, 2021

Two new studies have proposed novel methods of helping coral to survive warmer ocean temperatures.

CFC ban gave Earth a chance against global warming

20 August, 2021

Without the global ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) we would already be facing the reality of a "scorched Earth", according to international researchers.

July was officially Earth's hottest month on record

17 August, 2021

July is typically the world's warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded.

Immediate changes required to limit global warming: IPCC

10 August, 2021

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth's climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest IPCC report.

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