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The Week in Good News (20/04)

Ten apple varieties previously thought extinct are, in fact, alive and as crisp as ever. A small number of volunteer apple foragers consulted historical maps and records to pinpoint former orchards, and check out the locations to see if the local apple trees still produce fresh fruit. Find out more >>

Chronic pain, which impacts 1 in 7 people between the ages of 18-25, isn’t a well understood condition. However, scientists have now identified ‘hot spots’ in the brain, linked to chronic pain. These target areas could help clinicians better diagnose and treat chronic pain. Find out more >>

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is currently undertaking research into Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to investigate the painting at a molecular level. Using new imaging tools and data analysis techniques, the researchers are attempting to gain a new insight into how Rembrandt approached his work. Find out more >> 

Honeywell, a US based conglomerate, has announced that it’s built the world’s most powerful quantum computer. On a physical level, Honeywell’s computer is unrecognisable to a modern laptop user. Find out more >>

A new technique could take the treatment for blindness from six months down to two weeks, according to a recent study published in Nature. The technique successfully returned central vision in mice, and may be able to help those who have age-related macular degeneration (MAD). Find out more >>

The recipe for a vivid blue ink, responsible in medieval times for colouring everything from Bible scenes to the rinds of cheese, has been lost for almost a century. That is, until the publication of a new study in the journal Science Advances. Find out more >>

The death rate from prostate cancer is expected to fall by nearly 10 per cent in the UK. Across the UK, doctors are adopting up-to-date surgery and radiotherapy techniques, which are contributing to a reduction in death rates. Find out more >>

Oil industry robots are being repurposed to help conserve the Great Barrier Reef. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), used by the oil and gas industry, could help scientists better understand the influence of structures e.g. pipelines in marine ecosystems. Find out more >>

Scientists have found a new way to structure carbon at the nanoscale, making a material that’s superior to diamond on the strength-to-density ratio. It’s a long way off practical use, but this new approach could help us build stronger and lighter materials in the future. Find out more >>

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