A New Year News Round Up

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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