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We all can elaborate in heavy detail that one dream job that we wish we could pursue, but know will not happen in this mortal life. For me, folks, it would be being paid lots of money to go around the world and talk to the scientists and researchers that are bringing my dream- sustainable global development and progress- to reality, and share it with the world. Essentially, being a Carolina Scientific blogger but with the money and traveling and perks of the job. Well, we can’t always get what we want (thanks, Rolling Stones) which is why I want to simulate my contributions to this blog on this idealistic model and give you a taste of the sustainability-related goings-on in the lab and the field. Today’s topic is fuel from waste- without the bad byproducts. Read More…
Schematic diagram of the PEC-MFC self-driven solar microbial device.
Article by Pooja Ravindran
Chances are you know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. And even if you don’t, one of your friends knows someone with cancer. As many as 1.6 million new cases of cancer of any type have been diagnosed in the U.S. since the start of 2013, and about 500,000 have died from cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Among the most common of standard treatment options, along with surgery and radiation therapy, is chemotherapy, and the laundry list of side effects associated with this treatment are well-known. Fatigue, hair loss, and nausea are among the most generally recognized side effects, but there is another that is extremely debilitating and not nearly as widely recognized: “peripheral neuropathy.”Read More…
A typical bottle of IV chemotherapy treatment taken by cancer patients.
Article by Lauren Westerhold
As a 15-year-old high school freshman, Jack Andraka has recently won the grand prize of $75,000 in the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Why you ask? It is because he figured out a test for detecting early stage pancreatic cancer that is thousands of times cheaper, hundreds of times more effective than the standard test. It uses a simple ohmmeter and paper strips and can detect early stage pancreatic cancer with only 1/6th of a drop of blood. Now Andraka is not the first person to create a sensor of carbon nanotubes coated with antibodies. Scientists from both University of Delaware and South Korea have both used this specific sensor model for other types of cancer detection. The exceptional thing about Andraka’s design however is that his invention is attached to paper and it spots presence of the pancreatic cancer biomarker mesothelinin at a limit of 0.156 ng/mL, well under the 10.00 ng/mL standard of overexpression consistent with pancreatic cancer. Although these results have huge implications for persons with early stage pancreatic cancer and will probably revolutionize the field of biomedicine, we are still years away from implicating this test in a clinical setting.Read More…
Jack Andraka showing off his research
Article by Kristine Chambers
Computers have come a long way in the past few decades. I’m writing this post on a laptop that I carry around in a backpack while my father’s computer science courses revolved around sprawling punch-card behemoths, two phenomenally different levels of technology separated by scarcely three decades. And the climb continues: Moore’s Law, the prediction that every two years will bring a doubling in computer processing power, is still very much in effect. However, current semiconductor technology is beginning to bump up against the fundamental limitations of the medium. Simply put: the things are getting too small and too hot to be reliable. Just as the vacuum tube supplanted the mechanical computer and the semiconductor supplanted the vacuum tube, researchers must create a novel computing technology to supplant the semiconductor. The question is: What new technology will come along to make your sleek modern laptop look like ENIAC?Read More…
Article by William Howland
Cancer is by far one of the most prominent health concerns that take center stage in today’s society, and doctors and researchers are continuously looking for new treatment options for patients. Now, a team of scientists has contributed to these efforts as they demonstrate the potential benefits of using a new combination of drugs in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.Read More…
A general depiction of the location of pancreatic cancer.
Article by Apoorva Gupta
Musicians have the Grammys, television actors have the Emmy Awards, and motion pictures actors have the Academy Awards. For the academic world of science, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry seems to be the equivalent, if not more, of these awards for their field. This year’s winners may be redefining what it means to be a scientist. So long white lab coats, molecular kits, test tubes, and lab benches. The computer age is here to take the field of science to where it has never gone before.Read More…
Article by Anja Burcak