Tag: chemistry

How A Solar Panel Works

Solar power is green and clean, but how does it work? We walk you through the inner workings of a solar panel.

Global Warming Could Cause Animals to Shrink

A new study by researchers from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has explored the possibility that many of the world’s organisms may shrink in size as a result of continued global warming.

Nano-Diamonds Boost Anti-Tumor Treatment

Chemotherapy — the therapeutic introduction of chemical toxins to cancerous tissue — can lose its effectiveness relatively quickly. Due primarily to a strongly conserved, pumping mechanism, known as cell efflux, chemo-resistant tumor cells are able to rapidly pump the anti-tumor chemicals out of the cell, rendering the chemotherapy much less effective. Pumped-out chemotoxins end up building up in extracellular tissue and sometimes killing healthy cells. This add both to the pain, and cost, of chemo.

But the key to enhancing the therapy lies in the chemistry and the geometry of simple carbon crystals known as nanodiamonds.