Chemists create new way to fight drug-resistant cancer
Chemists at the University of Warwick have created a cancer drug that kills tumours in an entirely new way.
They hope it could one day help patients who have developed an immunity to a common chemotherapy drug called Cisplatin.
Cisplatin was actually discovered by accident. In the late 1960's Dr. Barnett Rosenberg at Michigan State University was experimenting on bacteria with electricity.
He was surprised to see the bacteria in his petri dish starting to die. More research showed that the platinum electrodes he was using to pass the electrical current had created a chemical that killed the bacteria. A chemical he realised could be used as a cancer treatment, Cisplatin.
It works by introducing a kink into the DNA inside the cancer sells which the cell doesn't recognise and so it self-destructs. Healthy cells on the other hand are better able to repair the kink and so are mostly unaffected.
Looking for life on planets outside our solar system
Would you eat goat sausage or cook a Sunday goat-roast?
Journalists will eat anything but even my colleagues paused slightly before trying my goat sausages. But after a slightly suspicious start they disappeared rapidly and were declared a deliciously meaty hit.
The sausages were provided by one of just sixteen commercial goat-meat farms in the UK. Ruth and Anthony Key farm goats in Stone in Staffordshire and they are in the middle of their first major kidding.
Learning from 16 years of reporting on Midlands' floods
Here's a blast from the past, a picture of me on flood reporting duty in 2000 in Bewdley.
It was all very new and at least initially quite exciting for those not directly affected.
Worcestershire river levels due to rise until Tuesday
In the Midlands river levels are approaching or even beating records we last saw back in the floods of 2007.
But the big difference between what is happening now and what happened then is that about 1,300 properties are currently dry thanks to flood defences installed since 2007.
A revolutionary new way to store blood for transfusions
Storing blood is vital but actually quite tricky.
When you donate blood it can be kept refrigerated for up to 42 days until it passes its use-by date.
Extracting energy from underground in the Midlands
I'm standing in for Patrick Burns this week on Sunday Politics in the West Midlands.
It's fracking that gets all the attention of course but there are in fact a whole new raft of technologies looking to extract energy from hard to reach places under the ground. This week on the Sunday Politics we'll be looking at some of these new ideas and what impact they might have for bad and good on the Midlands.
The invention that revolutionised amateur astronomy
Stargazing Live is back and as part of the Brian Cox-based excitement we're looking at one of the unsung heroes of amateur astronomy - an inventor who revolutionised telescope design.
In 1971 engineer John Wall, who now lives in Coventry, published a paper in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association. You can read his original paper complete with hand drawn diagrams here.
Farming subsidies are not just for farmers these days
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is changing once again.
First of all, farmers are going to see subsidies cut, although the strength of the pound against the euro might slightly cushion the blow.
Aston University scientists invent new rat trap
Because there's no way to control how much poisoned bait a rat eats it is possible for some animals to develop a resistance over time.
Given the speed with which rats breed, that resistance can quickly be passed on to a new generation.