April 2017 – News Round Up

CBRN Europe would like to apologies for the missing March 2017 news round up. We all have been working extremely hard throughout March and into April on different projects which led to us not getting it live on our website.


U.S. Raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen Led to Laptop Ban on Flights, Officials SayThree intelligence sources told The Daily Beast that the ban on carry-on electronics aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East was the result of information seized during a U.S. raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen in January. The United Kingdom joined the U.S. ban Tuesday
Westminster attack: Masood did act alone, police concludeInvestigators now believe that the man responsible for the Westminster attack in March acted wholly alone in the planning and preparation for the first mass casualty terrorist atrocity to hit Britain in more than 10 years.
Norway terror threat INCREASED as London copy-cat attack could hit ‘within TWO months’Benedicte Bjørnland, of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), told a press conference the country’s security threat level had been changed from “possible” to “probable”. The increase came after a suspected jihadi drove a lorry into a busy Stockholm street on Friday, killing four people, including an 11-year-old girl and a British dad.
What’s Behind the Terrorist Attack in Sweden?Donald Trump has proven being mistaken about some important issues. The last missile attack he ordered against Syria in retaliation of an unclear (to say the least) event, is the latest of such mistakes in the geopolitical scenario.
‘Toxic gas attack’ in Syria kills at least 58 people | News | Al Jazeera Children among the dead as opposition says Syrian government or Russian jets bombed town with toxic substance.
Syria chemical weapons attack toll rises to 70 as Russian narrative is dismissedAt least 70 people have been killed in northern Syria after being exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes, an attack that sparked comparisons to the most infamous act of the country’s six-year war.
Bombs away! Wag that dog! | | Al Jazeera Donald Trump orders missiles to be launched at Syria.  Is it a Wag the Dog moment? The essence of the novel was that war is a solution to domestic political problems..
Assad Speaks to BBC. Chemical Attack “100% Fabrication.” US Working “Hand in Glove” with ISIS Assad finally gives his thoughts on the Idlib province chemical attack. Assad is calm, measured, and his comments are intelligent and coherent. Here is what Assad told the BBC…
First on CNN: US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan – CNNPolitics.com The US military dropped America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials.” name=”description
US says ‘mother of all bombs’ hits ISIL in Afghanistan | Afghanistan News | Al Jazeera Central Command says largest US non-nuclear bomb used in combat dropped on ISIL caves and bunkers in country’s east.
Here’s the father of all bombs: Russia’s answer to the MOAB – Business Insider This is Russia’s answer to the MOAB.


“Lab on a glove” could help hunt for deadly nerve agents ​When a terrorist attack happens, every second counts in terms of response time. A new rubber glove could not only help first-responders quickly detect dangerous nerve agents like sarin and VX, but it could also help ensure a safe food supply.
DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage Researchers have been able to restore cell function of old mice to that of younger mice. The team says an anti-aging drug could be developed in a few years, and the treatment also shows promise in reversing DNA damage caused by radiation exposure – good news for cancer battlers or space travelers.
Citrus peels could give activated charcoal a run for its money There may be a new way of keeping orange and grapefruit peels out of our landfills – besides composting them, that is. Researchers have devised a method of using the peels to remove heavy metals from wastewater.
Carbon nanotubes could find use in reusable water filters The most commonly-used water filtration media are silicon gels and activated carbon. These can only be used once, however. By contrast, not only can filters made with carbon nanotubes be reused, but they’re also reportedly more effective at removing organic pollutants.​
Graphene membrane separates the salt from the seawater Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a graphene-oxide membrane with a scalable, uniform pore size that can filter out even the smallest salts, giving it potential for producing drinking water from salt water without affecting the flow of the water too much.
Old antibiotic found to have new use in treatment of PTSD Researchers recently discovered a startling side-effect of the common antibiotic doxycycline – it can disrupt and suppress the formation of fear memories in the brain, pointing toward novel new treatments for disorders such as PTSD.
Glowing bacteria could help in landmine cleanup efforts According the Landmine Monitor 2016, global casualties from landmines reached a 10-year high in 2015 and funding for clearance efforts reached a 10-year low. A new system that highlights the location of landmines and unexploded ordnance using glowing bacteria could help reverse this trend.

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