Cutting Edge

Fact: The iKnife can detect cancer instantly during surgery. Cancer isn’t much fun, but modern medicine is helping us win the fight. Treatments are getting ever more sophisticated, but sometimes the best bet for curing cancer is good old fashioned surgery to just cut out the tumour. However, cancer is made up of your own…

Does Not Compute

Fact: The term ‘bug’ in computing comes from an adventurous moth. When software doesn’t work properly, we might call it a glitch or a malfunction. But most of all we think of it as a ‘bug’ – remember the millennium scare of the Y2K bug, which some thought would cause a total collapse of the…

The Gold Standard or Fools Gold?

Fact: DNA evidence can be faked.  DNA fingerprinting has become the ‘gold standard’ in forensic science for the identification of criminals, and has been billed as reliable and trustworthy beyond repute. But a new study calls that all into question. Recent research has shown that in-vitro DNA synthesis – which has become so simple that any…