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Thursday 11th September 2014

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

Description
Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.
Date:
Thursday 11th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 4th September 2014

The modern Prometheus

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Let me suggest an image to you: the image of the 'mad scientist'.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 7th August 2014
Thursday 10th July 2014

To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report, calling for an increase in UK forest land cover of 700,000 hectares to increase the quantity of natural benefits provided by the UK's land.
Date:
Thursday 10th July 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
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