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Curing the incurable: teaching an old drug new tricks to fight ovarian cancer – The Guardian

The winning essay in the Max Perutz science writing award 2020

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In May, PhD students who are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) were invited to enter the Max Perutzscience writing award 2020 and to tell the general public why your research matters. From the many entries received, the 10 that made the shortlist covered diverse topics, including motor neurone disease, self-harm, babies experiences of pain, and bone loss resulting from space travel.
The essays were judged by the Observers Ian Tucker, the Science Museums Roger Highfield, Prof Fiona Wa…

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For The First Time, Astronomers See Plumes of Sulfur Dioxide From The Volcanoes of Io – ScienceAlert

For the first time, astronomers have seen clear evidence of plumes of toxic volcanic gas erupting forth from the volcanoes of Io.

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For the first time, astronomers have seen clear evidence of plumes of toxic volcanic gas erupting forth from the volcanoes of Io.
New radio images of the Jovian moon have finally provided some answers to long-standing questions about its atmosphere.
Io is the most volcanic place in the Solar System. More than 400 active volcanoes speckle its surface, the manifestation of the moon’s internal stress as it is gravitationally tugged in different directions not just by Jupiter but by the planet’s other…

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Asteroid Bennu: Successful Touchdown, But Sample Return Mission Has Only Just Begun – Gizmodo Australia

Relief showed clearly on the faces of the team of NASA scientists and engineers as they were told: “Touchdown is complete”. Then applause a few seconds later for…

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Relief showed clearly on the faces of the team of NASA scientists and engineers as they were told: Touchdown is complete. Then applause a few seconds later for back away burn complete. The most hazardous part of the mission was over and seemingly successful, although we will have to wait for a few more days to hear the scale of the success.
OSIRIS-REx (for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer)) was launched in September 2016, arriving at its target…

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You’ve Heard of Vantablack. Scientists Just Created ‘Super White’, And It’s Very Cool – ScienceAlert

Scientists have created a super white paint that is the yin to Vantablack’s yang.

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Scientists have created a super white paint that is the yin to Vantablack’s yang. 
While ultra black materials can today absorb more than 99.96 percent of sunlight, this new super white coat can reflect 95.5 percent of all the photons that hit it.
Instead of warming up under direct light, objects painted with this new acrylic material can remain cooler than their surrounding temperature even under the Sun, which could allow for a new energy-efficient way to control temperature inside buildings.

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