Ancient mummies, current COVID and future fusion: RAZOR full episode

We meet an Oxford-based company using an electromagnetic launcher to fire a projectile at a target full of fuel, potentially triggering the conditions for fusion. 

First Light Fusion hopes the method will enable it to generate fusion as a source of clean and sustainable energy.

In this episode of Razor we examine their hopes of supplying power to the grid through a fusion pulse being created every 5 seconds.

The Razor team also explores a new theory about how and why COVID-19 hijacks a patient's systems. 

An excess of the inflammatory molecule bradykinin may help to explain fluid buildup in the lungs of coronavirus patients.

Clinical trials of inhibitors are now testing this hypothesis and there are many potential treatments which have already been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. 

Daniel Jacobson, the lead researcher for computational systems biology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, called it "a eureka moment". 

And: What do you get when you cross a mechanical engineer and an Egyptologist? Answer: A whole field of innovation through biomimicry.

Richard Johnston, a professor at the Materials Research Centre, Swansea University, has been using an X-ray micro tomography machine, similar to a medical C.T. scanner to generate 3D images that are 100 times greater in resolution. 

Drawing on a project that used the technique to digitally unwrap animal mummies, Johnston now leads a team focusing on bioinspiration. 

They create high resolution 3D images of tiny creatures, which enables them to draw ideas from nature that can be used in the field of mechanical engineering.