August 18, 2019

Week In STEM-8th Aug

Lexus hoverboard swooshes in action

Lexus has finally launched a video of a rider mastering its long-awaited hoverboard. It’s a souped up skateboard that hovers over the ground.

New Cancer Fighting Agents

An international research team from the University of Ghana, University of Aberdeen and Wuhan University in China has discovered a set of new alkaloids from a novel Ghanaian microorganism which has potential as microbial and cancer fighting agents.
The compounds named Legonmyocins A and B are alkaloids with anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lab_13 Ghana Closing Ceremony

August 1st 2015 saw the Lab_13 Ghana closing ceremony. The pilot project which introduced fun and excitement back into science was a success for STEM within the country. These pictures show just how much

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Lightning reshapes rocks at the atomic level

Using extremely high-resolution microscopy, researchers found that not only did lightning melt the rock’s surface, resulting in a distinctive black “glaze,” but can transfer enough pressure to deform a thin layer of quartz crystals beneath the surface, resulting in distinct atomic-level structures called shock lamellae.

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Spicy foods linked to lower risk of death

A new study suggests that eating spicy food more frequently as part of a daily diet is associated with a lower risk of death. Previous research has suggested that beneficial effects of spices and their bioactive ingredient, capsaicin, include anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anticancer properties.

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Non-Magnetic Metals Turned Magnetic

Of the 91 metals that we know to exist, only three are truly magnetic at room temperature: iron, cobalt and nickel. This poses something of a problem as we have to rely heavily on these elements for anything for which we need magnetism, like MRI scanners, computer memory storage and wind turbines.

But what if we could make more of these 91 metals magnetic?

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A Genius Way To Transport Vaccines

For many in India the trek to be vaccinated is a matter of life and death. A 15-year-old Google Science Fair finalist came up with a genius way to transport vaccines. Ganesan came up with and tested a simple vapor-compression refrigeration system that requires only a little bit of power, which can easily be supplied by people or animals.

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