Cosmic rays may be behind life’s mirrored molecules

Radiation from space may have left a mark on early life, researchers say. It could explain chirality, or why molecules have left- and right-handed versions.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space molecules radiation featured science-and-technology

Radiation shield polymer may replace lead

A new polymer composite may offer a lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding to replace lead, researchers report.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: materials-science polymers radiation science-and-technology gamma-rays

Radiation detector can monitor X-rays in near-real time

A new material allows for better monitoring of X-ray radiation, researchers report. That could give a boost to medical imaging or even airport security.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: radiation science-and-technology imaging-technology x-rays

Algorithm could sniff out smuggled nuclear material

A new algorithm could speed up detection of weapons-grade nuclear material at national borders to protect against nuclear terrorism, researchers report.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: security radiation nuclear-weapons algorithms science-and-technology terrorism

Could light and sound rid heart imaging of scary radiation?

Researchers have shown light and sound could replace radiation to image the heart. They say the method has potential for other procedures as well.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: light radiation sound health-and-medicine imaging-technology

Bricks can become ‘cameras’ to locate nuclear material

A new method can turn bricks into 3D "cameras" to help find clues in the hunt for weapons-grade nuclear materials.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: radiation nuclear-weapons science-and-technology imaging-technology plutonium

Drug-radiation combo may shut down colorectal cancer

Combining a drug that blocks one protein and radiation therapy could be an effective treatment for colorectal cancer, research with mice shows.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cancer colon-cancer radiation proteins health-and-medicine

Why cancer treatment causes bone loss

Cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation can cause bone loss. New research in mice uncovers why that is and how to potentially stop it.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cancer chemotherapy osteoporosis bones radiation health-and-medicine

Could FLASH radiation treat cancer in less than 1 second?

In the future, cancer patients could get an entire course of radiation therapy in less than a second with FLASH radiotherapy.

John Infanti-Penn • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: cancer radiation featured health-and-medicine

Radiation sends brain into overdrive to clip nerve connections

Radiation for brain cancer can kickstart an immune system response that severs connections between nerve cells, research in mice shows.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cancer brains radiation health-and-medicine immune-systems microglia

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