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Neutron capture destroys tumours from the inside, dead stars are born again, commercializing quantum sensors

31 Mar 2022 Hamish Johnston

In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast Bruce Bauer, CEO of TAE Life Sciences, explains how boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) can destroy tumour cells without exposing surrounding healthy tissues to damaging levels of radiation. He also chats about how the company is developing technology that will make BNCT more accessible to cancer patients.

Also on hand is astronomer Ramlal Unnikrishnan of Chalmers University of Technology, who talks about a recent study of the born-again star V605 Aquilae. He explains how dead stars can sometimes come back to life and how observing this process could boost our understanding of stellar evolution.

We also chat about the business prospects for quantum sensors and how their commercialization could be held back by the lack of a high-return application.

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