Interronauts | CSIRO podcast Ep 19: Killer T: immunotherapy returns, hydrogen at the bowser, ancient cheese and vego sharks

By Jesse Hawley

14 September 2018

2 minute read

Up, up, and away with Kate and Gavin and Jesse on this episode of Interronauts where they talk about a new treatment for pancreatic cancer using killer cells, CSIRO’s new vehicles powered not on gasoline but hydrogen, and a fortnightly science digest about the oldest cheese, neutron stars, omnivorous sharks, and moooore.


Killer cell immunotherapy offers potential cure for advanced pancreatic cancer

“Researchers from UNSW Sydney and the California Institute of Biomedical Research (CALIBR) have demonstrated the success of a new, cell-based immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer. The treatment led to mice being completely cancer-free, including cancer cells that had already spread to the liver and lungs. The landmark study was recently published in top-tier academic journal Gut,from Scimex.

Hyper for hydrogen: our world first for carbon-free fuel

“We’ve created a metal membrane that filters out pure hydrogen gas from ammonia. It can then be dispensed into fuel cell cars, buses and even trucks. And the technology isn’t just fantasy, we’ve recently powered Toyota’s Mirai and Hyundai’s Nexo fuel cell electric vehicles using locally-produced ultra-high purity hydrogen,” from CSIRO Scope.

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Fortnightly science digest

Bonnethead shark swimming in ocean in natural habitat

1) Very mature cheddar: 7,200 years old cheese residue unearthed in the Mediterraneanfull story, Scimex.

2) Quantum weirdness in ‘chicken or egg’ paradoxfull story, the University of Queensland.

3) 1.4 billion of us aren’t getting enough exercisefull story, Scimex.

4) “Fish are friends, not food”full story, Scimex.

5) Radio observations confirm superfast jet of material from neutron star mergerfull story, Science Daily.

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Hydrogen in our cars? Sure. But how do we roll it out?