Radioactive ‘cement’ may be a safer way to treat spinal tumors

A radioactive cement injected into bone provides support and local irradiation of spinal tumors more safely than conventional radiation therapy.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
Feb. 18, 2021 ~6 min

5G doesn’t cause COVID-19, but the myth spread quickly

The myth that 5G causes COVID-19 has spread around the world, researchers report. Thankfully, experts debunking the false idea helped.

Boston University • futurity
Jan. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Surgery may extend life for women with metastatic breast cancer

Surgery, in addition to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may lenghten survival for women with metastatic breast cancer.

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

CT scans and X-rays may up testicular cancer risk

Early and repeated exposure to X-rays and CT scans may increase the chance of testicular cancer. The findings support the use of more testicular shielding.

Steve Graff-Pennsylvania • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~5 min

The International Space Station at 20 offers hope and a template for future cooperation

Humans have been living on the International Space Station for two full decades. So what comes next for this ailing technology, and what does it mean for future International ventures in space?

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Chernobyl: bumblebees still at risk from radiation nearly 35 years on

While long-term exposure of lower levels of radiation for wildlife around Chernobyl is still being debated, new research provides insight into the effects on bumblebee populations.

Katherine Raines, Fellow and Lecturer, University of Stirling • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats

Researchers are developing tattoo inks that do more than make pretty colors. Some can sense chemicals, temperature and UV radiation, setting the stage for tattoos that diagnose health problems.

Carson J Bruns, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Nuclear threats are increasing – here's how the US should prepare for a nuclear event

What if there was another nuclear incident in the US? A disaster management scholar looks back at the history of nuclear events to assess the risk.

Cham Dallas, University Professor Department of Health Policy & Management, University of Georgia • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~13 min

Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing how it is grown, we made it better

Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Professor of Plant Ecology and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

A restart of nuclear testing offers little scientific value to the US and would benefit other countries

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear detonation and nearly 30 years since testing was banned, the US is considering resuming live nuclear testing.

Miles A. Pomper, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min