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The Journal - Edinburgh firm granted £34m to develop anti-cancer drugs

NuCana BioMed, a clinical stage bio-pharmaceutical company has secured £34 million to develop anti-cancer drugs. The company, which specialises in anti-cancer medicine and innovative theurapeutic treatment will use the funding to develop the clinical programme for Acelarin, the company's lead product. The drug has been used for treating patients with pancreatic, biliary, lung and ovarian cancers.

The Journal - HW student invents eco-friendly kettle

Tarige Kamblawi, a first-year electrical and electronic engineering student at Heriot-Watt University, has invented the Cordless Dual-Chambered Eco Kettle, which could save British households millions of pounds per year if implemented. According to a report by Energy Saving Trust (EST) published last year, three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, resulting in £68 million worth of wasted electricity.

The Journal - The Dark Lord who lived

Fans of Harry Potter and all things spellbound have made a habit of leaving letters addressed to Lord Voldemort at the grave of a man buried over 200 years ago, as he happens to (almost) share a name with He Who Must Not Be Named.

Interview: Martin Hopkins

Signe Akmenkalne met up with Martin Hopkins, an Edinburgh-based writer, to talk about writing, the worst vices of them all and how to get over ex-girlfriends by throwing them in literature. Tell us a little about yourself, Martin. I stared writing about three years ago.

Review: Cloud Atlas

Film Review: Cloud Atlas : 15 : Released: 22nd February 2013 'Cloud Atlas' is a film consisting of six seemingly independent stories, subtly connecting with one another. The film, an ecranisation of the book by David Mitchell, is difficult to untangle at times because of this, however the ideas it speaks of are universal.

Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Film Review : Jiro Dreams of Sush : U : Release: Limited Curated documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is showing at the Edinburgh Filmhouse for only four days. David Gelb's film tells a story of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old Japanese man, who has dedicated his life to preparing sushi.

Meat and the Modern World

Discovery of the fact that we've been feasting on horsemeat has rightly stirred up quite a fuss. However, one might argue that this is not the worst thing people find on their plates these days.

The Journal - Star of American Mary appears at Edinburgh Filmhouse

At a one-off screening of recently released horror film American Mary on 12 January, Edinburgh Filmhouse also hosted a Q&A session with the directors, the Soska sisters, and the film's leading actress, Katharine Isabelle. The production saw its first screening in Edinburgh as part of a tour which began in London's Prince Charles Cinema, before it headed to Scotland for screenings in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The Journal - Manufacturing a Movie in 24 Hours

For reels of Edinburgh film-making enthusiasts, the last weekend in February presented the intense challenge of creating a short film entirely from scratch, all within the space of 24 hours.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL: Olga Kosterina in Dilemma: review by Signe Akmenkalne

Hill Street Theatre, 3-25 Aug (not 13), 1pm **** Dilemma is an hour long physical theatre play, choreographed and performed by Russia-born Olga Kosterina. It sees her going through the infinite conflict between the good and the bad, the struggle which we all face.