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Industry collaboration leads to important milestone in the creation of a quantum computer

One of the obstacles for progress in the quest for a working quantum computer has been that the working devices that go into a quantum computer and perform the actual calculations, the qubits, have hitherto been made by universities and in small numbers. But in recent years, a pan-European collaboration has been exploring everyday transistors that are present in billions in all our mobile phones for their use as qubits.

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Updated heart model takes radiotherapy outcome research to new frontiers

Improved radiotherapy techniques and technologies allow an increasing number of children diagnosed with cancer to survive long into adulthood. Unfortunately, the very treatments that save their lives are associated with several severe, life-threatening, or even fatal chronic health conditions.
For example, children who received radiation therapy are at a heightened risk of developing heart disease later in life. Further improving radiation treatments to minimize this risk requires a deep understanding of the relationship between radiation exposure and heart disease that is currently lacking. A multi-institutional team of researchers in the US has enhanced a critical computational tool to enable new insights into this relationship.

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MRI during treatment could improve paediatric proton therapy

Identifying anatomic changes shown on MRI scans during a course of pencil-beam proton therapy, and adapting treatment plans accordingly, could improve the treatment quality, effectiveness and safety. In a retrospective study, researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital determined that 27% of paediatric patients, the majority with brain tumours, would have benefited from mid-treatment plan changes.

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Researchers adapt cell phone camera for SARS-CoV-2 detection

Researchers have developed an assay that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone, they report December 4 in the journal Cell. Although more research is needed before such a test can be rolled out, the results are promising and ultimately may be applicable to screening more broadly for other viruses.

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