First up is the topic on cancer. Chances are cancer has been in your life, one way or the other. And anyone who has been around it knows that chemotherapy is a terrible thing to have to live through. Popsci has reported about a new treatment method of sticking small beads into the blood stream. Made out of sodium acrylate and vinyl alcohol polymer they are designed to soak up the drugs before being injected with them. They are placed near by the tumor and then slowly release the drug.
But it isn't used just to help release the drug in smaller doses. It's designed to block the blood flow, keeping the drugs localized to reduce the amount of pain the patient will get from the therapy. And because it blocks the capillaries, it also starves the cancer cells, adding to its destruction.
This method is still being tested and hasn't been confirmed to be "better" then regular chemotherapy. However, results have already shown shrinkage in the tumors and the patients get to go home the same day as the treatment instead of staying in the hospital feeling incredibly sick.
Underground Nuclear Power
Since Nuclear Energy is the topic of so many due to the recent activity, this one I figured would be an important read. Singapore is looking into placing a power plant underground in order to provide power to its people, without the potential for great havoc from a meltdown. The method is simple; place the reactors underground where it is surrounded by natural bedrock. In the event of a meltdown, block off any access tunnels and the bedrock will be a natural containment field.
The idea is great and much safer, which makes me sad to say that corporations are again causing problems with their money debates. Because the construction for an underground reactor would be so great, they say it wouldn't be cost effective unless the reactor was 1/20th the size of the conventional nuclear plant. It really is sad to hear money is more important than a country's people.
Location is also a big factor with this plan, and since nuclear energy isn't going anywhere it is important not to let the media incorrectly inform you into making biased decisions on energy sources. Even though it is a very dirty and potentially dangerous source of energy, the output is massive in comparison to many alternatives. It is good to see a company not claiming absurdities to get rid of nuclear energy, rather finding ways to make it safer.