A company in Newcastle has developed a portable machine which can diagnose diseases in only 15 minutes. QuantuMDx, based at the Centre for Life, is beginning clinical trials with the machine to diagnose malaria, which worldwide kills a child every minute.
The device - which is about the size of a fat laptop - works by detecting diseases' DNA and will eventually be used to diagnose a range of illnesses, including cancer.
When you think about science, do you picture dull classrooms or incomprehensible formulas? That is the myth that organisers of an event on Tyneside want to bust.
The International Maker Fair has returned to Newcastle's Centre for Life with the aim of proving that science and technology can be fun.
"It is the Centre for Life's biggest weekend of the year and what we have done over the few years is brought toegther everybody who make amazing things.
"It's the greatest show and tell on earth."
– Ian Simmons, Science Communications Director
This is the fourth year the Maker Fair has come to the Centre for Life in Newcastle, and these events are becoming so popular around the world that the US President Barack Obama has sent the organisers a special message of support.
"It's a gathering of people interested in making things so what we wantis young people in particular just to come a rediscover that joy of making things and tinkering and pulling them apart and working out how the work. "
– Linda Conlon, Chief Executive
The idea is very simple, the organisers just want people to have a go and try to make something.
As Einstein said " Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. "