Informatics & Technology

RADON: Expanding the use of serverless computing technologies

The RADON (Rational decomposition and orchestration for serverless computing) project is coordinated by Dr Giuliano Casale, with researchers from Imperial College London, Tilburg University, University of Stuttgart, and University of Tartu, as well as the Athens Technology Center, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, XLAB, and Eficode. The consortium has developed a software engineering framework that addresses the challenge of developing cloud applications […]

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Physical Sciences

Bioinspired light-responsive materials for on-demand drug delivery

Polymer-based nanomaterials represent one of the most innovative and promising approaches in modern biomedical applications, including cancer and antibacterial therapy. They offer the ability to control the delivery of specific drugs within the human body. Their practical application, however, faces many challenges, for instance low tumour penetration in cancer or low drug internalisation in the case of antimicrobials. Professor Filippo […]

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Health & Medicine

Mothers’ burdens after living donor liver transplantation

Many mothers who donate a portion of their liver to their child go on to have more children. Research has been conducted to investigate whether there are any medical complications associated with pregnancy or childbirth after liver donation, but no research has considered the mothers’ experiences. Dr Ayaka Fujita and colleagues from Kyushu University interviewed women about their experiences with […]

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Health & Medicine

Promising potential treatment for ovarian cancer reaches final stages of clinical trials

Ovarian cancer is one of the most dangerous forms of cancer. A treatment approach using platinum-based chemotherapy compounds is commonly used, however some tumour cells are resistant to the drugs used in this process. VBL Therapeutics is developing a promising new anti-cancer gene therapy: VB-111. With its unique dual mode of action, it targets the tumour environment by disrupting the […]

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Informatics & Technology

A new generation of wearable devices for telemedicine

Wearable gadgets such as smart watches, or wristbands, represent a user-friendly and cost-effective platform for the tracking of physiological parameters, such as heart rate and blood pulse oxygenation levels. However their rigid and opaque nature hinder the development of skin conformable sensors that provides continuous and accurate data for telemedicine. Dr Emre Ozan Polat and his team from Kadir Has […]

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Earth & Environment

Testing the waters in Italy: Identifying co-seismic groundwater changes

Co-seismic groundwater changes can have profound implications for water quality. Many studies have investigated earthquake-induced hydrochemical changes; however, the underlying mechanisms remain disputed. Dr Gilberto Binda and colleagues have shown that in the aquifers of the Italian Apennines, changes in water chemistry, temperature, and flow rate can follow earthquakes, and are for the large part transient. However, many changes are […]

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Health & Medicine

Assessing the effectiveness of pre-travel testing for COVID-19

There is a global need to implement new control measures for travel in order to monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and novel variants. Dr Amy Hou and Dr Lorrin Pang, Maui District Health Office and Hawaii State Department of Health, are exploring a simple, rapid method that can be used to monitor the COVID-19 infection status of travellers […]

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Business & Economics

Social enterprises: Essential players in sustainable social development?

Creating the strong social bonds that are essential to achieving high levels of social cohesion cannot be left to pure commercial interests or interventions by civil authorities, either local or national. Tony Marshall and June-ho Jang from Anyang University, South Korea, have studied the role that social enterprises – committed to achieving both profit and social objectives – play in […]

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Arts & Humanities

Digital Assyriology: Using artificial intelligence to unlock an ancient lingua franca

The ancient writing system of cuneiform was used to record millennia of human history, but relatively few of the hundreds of thousands of known cuneiform texts have yet been translated and made available to researchers and the public alike. The Babylonian Engine project, led by Dr Shai Gordin of Ariel University, Israel, has developed two tools – Atrahasis and Akkademia […]

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Health & Medicine

Cointegration of causes of mortality as a possible measure of human ageing

Many of us can expect to live longer than previous generations. We might also surmise that one of the top five causes of mortality will prove our demise. Ultimately, however, most causes of death are linked to ageing, an inevitable process for which we have no direct measurement. Professor Séverine Arnold, of the University of Lausanne, has provided a potential […]

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