Reader’s Scigest – 31/10/19

By Elise Garcon

£2.6 million has been granted to researchers at Eindhoven University to further develop an artificial womb for premature babies. The prototype avoids previous issues with this technology: where nutrients were provided to underdeveloped organs, damaging them. The team hope to have the womb working in clinics within 5 years: a world first.

Saturn now has a recorded total of 82 moons, after 20 more were found by astronomers. It now has the highest number of these in the solar system, surpassing Jupiter’s 79.

A cheap and widely available drug, tranexamic acid, has been found to reduce the risks of head injuries, by preventing the break down of blood clots. This could save thousands of lives if administered, treating some of the estimated 70 million head injuries per year.

Durham University is leading a research project into hydrogen fuel

Durham University is leading a research project into hydrogen fuel, attempting to reduce the use of fossil fuels in transport. The £1million ‘Network-H2’ project will work nationally to research hydrogen as a possible renewable alternative, and will focus on the technological, social, and political factors around this.

Image by NASA/CXC/RIKEN & GSFC/T. Sato et al; Optical: DSS

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