Stem-cell, cancer test and black hole breakthroughs to be revealed at UK physics conference

03/30/05

Physics 2005 at the University of Warwick 10th - 14th April 2005

A major breakthrough in stem-cell research; the world's most sensitive test for cancer; and a new understanding of the critical role black holes played in the evolution of the universe will be among the latest research being presented by the world's top scientists at the Institute of Physics conference Physics 2005 in Warwick 10-14th April 2005.

Over 100 world-renowned scientists from the UK, North America and Europe, will present new research from emerging fields in physics at Physics 2005, the largest gathering of physicists in the UK during Einstein Year.

NEW research being presented will include:

  • Scientists announce world's most sensitive cancer test

    Unlike existing techniques which rely on expert visual assessment or unreliable biochemical measurements, this new "optical stretcher" tests the physical strength of each cell and can give a diagnosis using as few as 50 cells, allowing doctors to test for cancer where traditional biopsies are dangerous or even impossible.

  • Breakthrough in the ethical harvesting of stem cells

    A leading bio-physicist will announce a major breakthrough in stem cell research – a new tool that could allow scientists to harvest stem cells ethically and not from embryos.

  • Evolution the key to carbon-neutral energy sources

    Nobel laureate Steven Chu will make a plea for scientists to look at nature's blueprint to help develop carbon-neutral energy sources. Oil and gas production is likely to peak within a generation and heavily polluting coal could be strung out for a few centuries. But Chu will say that biological enzymes could be the key to efficient new ways of producing energy.

  • Terrorist-proof buildings from new high-tech sensors

    Scientists have developed a new breed of sensors which can survive incredible levels of pressure and heat and that are helping researchers work out how to make buildings that could survive massive explosions.

  • Controversial new look at Black Holes

    A member of the research team led by Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees will present a controversial new view of the role black holes played in the evolution of the universe. He will show recent evidence which suggests that super-massive black holes, which are found at the centre of galaxies, have been created by the merging of many smaller black holes suggesting that the early universe might have been full of tiny black holes.

    Source: Eurekalert & others

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