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  • A New View on Cancer

    A New View on Cancer

    “It looked like a child’s colouring book where you can’t go over the lines – but the consequences of any inaccuracy would be more serious” – Rob Stepney. Medical writer Rob Stepney was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in 2011, but radical treatment wasn’t required for ten years. Here he discusses his experiences as part…

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  • Isolation of infected individuals can help to stop the spread

    Understanding Covid-19 transmission, informing control

    Tackling a previously unseen pathogen – like the one that causes COVID-19 – is like piecing together a puzzle. There are many different parameters to investigate before the pathogen can be fully understood, and before effective control measures can be put in place. So how do scientists go about solving the puzzle, and why is…

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  • How do you stop megafires?

    From California to Greece to Australia, it seems like every time we switch on the news there’s another wildfire report. Some fires are natural – in fact, they’re a fundamental part of many ecosystems – but the severity and frequency of the wildfires we are now witnessing is beyond natural levels. Human-ignited “megafires” are causing…

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  • Could chocolate go extinct?

    Chocolate. It’s rare to find anyone who isn’t partial to a square or two of this delicious treat. But is its very existence in danger? (*Cue worried faces.*) In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast we chat to chocoholic and researcher Acheampong Atta-Boateng, who studies the relationship between cocoa trees and their micro-pollinators. We…

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