A New Year News Round Up of CBRN related articles.
|New sensor detects water contamination in real time Currently, if you want to check water supplies for the presence of toxic bacteria, you have to take a water sample and then culture it in a lab over several days. A group of students, however, have created a sensor that they say can detect bacteria in water instantly, on the spot.|
|Why hasn’t the US eradicated the plague? – BBC News
BBC NewsIt’s nearly 50 years since the US landed men on the moon, but Americans are still dying from a disease that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. Why?
|Boron-doped graphene to enable ultrasensitive gas sensors An international team of researchers has created a graphene-boron amalgam that can detect particular gases down to parts per billion, and may eventually lead to detectors capable of sensing gases at mere parts per quadrillion.|
|Russia reveals giant nuclear torpedo in state TV ‘leak’ – BBC NewsThe Kremlin says secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo – called “Status-6” – should not have appeared on Russian TV news.|
|Prototype sensor can detect multiple explosives with a single testResearchers at the University College London (UCL) have developed a new sensor with the ability to simultaneously detect five commonly-used explosives. Currently in the prototype stages, the device could one day be used to improve security in public spaces.|
|Scientists use nanoparticles to attack chronic bacterial infections A team of UNSW researchers has come up with a new way of tackling harmful biofilms. The non-toxic method, which combines targeted nanoparticles with heat, could have a wide range of applications.|
|Laser X-rays to nab nuclear smugglers A team of scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is developing a laser-based X-ray machine that can image a uranium disk the size of a stack of three US nickels hidden between three-inch (7.6 cm) steel panels.|
|US restarts production of plutonium-238 to power space missions In an effort to avert an outer space energy crisis, the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has restarted production of plutonium-238 (PU-238) after almost 30 years.|
|How chemists plan to sniff out bombs – BBC News
Chemists are developing new sensors to sniff out explosives before deadly attacks can occur.
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