The Big Think

July 1, 2008

Round

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 1:34 pm

“If you were to blow up our spheres to the size of the Earth, you would see a small ripple in the smoothness of about 12 to 15 mm, and a variation of only 3 to 5 metres in the roundness,”

Now that’s impressive.

The roundest object in the world.

Total Eclipse

Filed under: Space/Astronomy — jasony @ 12:20 am

Set your watches for August 21st, 2017. That’s the date of the next total solar eclipse that will take place in North America. More info here.

Total Eclipse.jpg

Cure for Cancer?

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 12:00 am

Scientists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are about to embark on a human trial to test whether a new cancer treatment will be as effective at eradicating cancer in humans as it has proven to be in mice.

The treatment will involve transfusing specific white blood cells, called granulocytes, from select donors, into patients with advanced forms of cancer. A similar treatment using white blood cells from cancer-resistant mice has previously been highly successful, curing 100 percent of lab mice afflicted with advanced malignancies.

“In mice, we’ve been able to eradicate even highly aggressive forms of malignancy with extremely large tumors,” Cui said. “Hopefully, we will see the same results in humans. Our laboratory studies indicate that this cancer-fighting ability is even stronger in healthy humans.”

Excellent! Full article here.

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