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An innovative tool may be able to detect many types of cancer quickly with just a small drop of blood. Some types like ovarian cancer usually stay undetected until it’s too advanced for treatment to be effective, but researchers from the University of Kansas have developed an ultra-sensitive cancer-detective chip device.
This ground-breaking device is called “3D-nanopatterned microfluidic chip” and it detects cancer by filtering for microscopic vesicles that some eukaryotic cells produce, called exosomes. Exosomes contain biological information that can direct tumor growth and spread effectively, and while all cells produce these vesicles, tumor cells are really active as opposed to normal cells.
It works by draining the liquid when particles are moving closer to the sensor surface with a nonporous structure. Then, the particles get in contact with the surface where probes can recognize and capture the exosomes.
One of the best features of this device is how easy it is to make, as well as being cheap to produce. Soon, millions of patients will be able to test themselves in order to diagnose tumors and cancer prematurely. The 3-D nanoatterning method is also very adaptable, which allows researchers to use it to diagnose many different forms of cancer, as well as other diseases.
With medical innovations like this, we can finally see a brighter future in regard to cancer and many other diseases that can help people around the world have a better life.
We are in a climate crisis, and with it many governments and its citizens are looking to live a more environmentally sustainable life. While many factors are impacting climate change, plastic has become one of the most concerning, as it brought a need for sustainable packaging in modern society.
Paper, and most recently plastic, have been used worldwide to protect items during transportation or for storage, and are also essential to make fragile products like medicine more accessible and cleaner for everyone. There is no easy answer as to which material is the most sustainable one, but there are some considerations to make next you go to the grocery store.
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages depending on its use, and also a different environmental impact. For example, paper-bags, while compostable and easily recyclable, have a higher level of energy and water consumption during production process than high-density plastic shopping bags, which on the other hand perform better than the plastic ones.
Also, while plastic bags are often produced from waste products of oil refining, paper requires forests to be cut down to produce the bags and its manufacturing process creates a higher concentration of toxic chemicals as its plastic counterpart.
So which one is best? Both materials have a big impact in the environment, and the real answer is to reduce your bags as much as possible. Even if they’re made of paper, if the bags are not damaged, try to reuse them for different products and its need.
Real effective actions to combat the environmental crisis As featured on Sloto Magazine
The fact is indisputable; our planet is in trouble. In early 2019, the UN released two condemning reports that surveyed vast amounts of scientific literature to confirm what we already suspected: human actions are affecting the climate and are destroying the biosphere.
The first report, from March this year, says we have 11 years to save the planet, and the second, from May, indicates that one million animal species are threatened with extinction. It is time for us to take action against the impending catastrophe. Here are some simple but effective actions that can contribute to a better world.
Stop upgrading your mobile phone too often
Manufacturing a phone generates 16 kg of emissions, not counting the power it consumes while you use it. Furthermore, the raw materials to make the phone are precious: copper, lead, gold, silver, palladium, as well as glass and plastic. Hold on to your phone as long as you can to save on emissions and extensive consumption of natural resources.
Eat locally and less meat, if possible
Food production takes a huge toll on the environment. From pesticides to transportation of goods, from packaging to food waste, from deforestation for livestock farming to water scarcity due to water use for livestock’s food production (corn, maize, etc.): here we have an industry that needs reformation. The easiest way you can contribute to the optimization of food production is to eat locally. Buy from your local providers and from your region, and also try to cut down on meat. Studies have shown that livestock production is one of the most destructive forces driving climate change. Be part of the change – the positive change!