What we’ve been reading: cats, space and medical milestones

When not at conferences or doing peer-review, we too like to keep-up-to date with interesting science. Plus it’s an excuse to surf the web at work! Here’s what we’ve been reading and talking about recently.

A cat’s surface area is equal to a ping pong table’s

That’s right, and not only that but the number of hairs on a beaver equals the population of the United States. If you’re a fan of quite interesting facts then you have to read this piece of research from Georgia Tech into how animals keep themselves clean.

How Britain won the space race: The story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank

Find out what made Britain great at radio astronomy and how at the height of the Cold War Lovell’s telescope tracked spacecraft.

Neurosciences final frontier – Doctors breach the blood-brain to deliver treatment

A team from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have been able delivery chemotherapy drugs to a patient with a brain tumour.  First reported last year, the non-invasive delivery system has great potential for other diseases involving the brain, such as Parkinsons and dementia.

X-Ray physics: Straight outta Compton

We all enjoy a play on words and this Nature paper, which looks at nonlinear Compton scattering takes its inspiration from a certain album and blockbuster film.

Read more about compact x-ray sources from the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.

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