August News Round Up


Syria’s civil war: Suspected chemical attack in Aleppo – News from Al Jazeera Rescue group and hospital say gas dropped on the Zubdiya neighbourhood of rebel-held Aleppo.


How UN will check if illegal chlorine was used in Syria bombing

The UN is investigating reports that a barrel bomb containing chlorine gas was dropped on rebel-held territory in Aleppo, Syria, on Wednesday



This $500 shirt changes patterns when it detects air pollutants | The Verge As the Internet of Things grows at a rapid rate, so does my skepticism for each additional “smart” product that makes it to market. The latest gadget of questionable necessity is a new line of…

New antibiotic picked from nose bacteria

Discovery suggests human microbiome may be an untapped source of antimicrobial compounds


The nose knows how to kill MRSA : Nature News & Comment Bacteria from the human body produce an antibiotic that seems to kill resistant bacteria.


Second skin blocks biological agents, but still gives soldiers room to breathe Scientists at LLNL have developed a material that begins to bridge the gap between breathable and protective military clothing, using carbon nanotubes to actively block contaminants while still allowing water vapor to escape.


Bioreactor brings on-demand portability to biopharmaceutical drug production A portable device developed at MIT can produce a range of biopharmaceutical drugs on demand. The system would grant remote or on-the-move medical professionals access to vaccines and other therapies that are normally produced in large fermentation plants.


Melting Arctic ice turns abandoned military base into ticking toxic time bomb If Arctic sea ice melting trends continue, a US military base, built into the Greenland Ice Sheet and abandoned since the 1960s, could eventually be freed from the ice – along with hundreds of thousands of liters of waste and pollutants.


“Black rectangle” uses the sun to make water safe to drink Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have developed a sun-activated device that kills 99.999 percent of bacteria in water, within just 20 minutes.


Cell autonomous regulation of herpes and influenza virus infection by the circadian clock National Academy of Sciences


Synthetic protein offers hope of malaria cure Malaria is a common and dangerous disease, killing hundreds of thousands of people each year. Now, scientists have developed a synthetic protein which not only completely cures the disease in mice, but also prevents it from recurring down the track.


Researchers Discover New Way to Attack Staphylococcus aureus | Medicine | A team of researchers at Imperial College London (ICL), UK, has found a ‘salty way’ to attack Staphylococcus aureus, an important opportunistic human pathogen.


Threat Analysis – Janes CBRN Assessment:

Global Security CBRN Assessment – News and Defence Headlines | IHS Jane’s 360 Global Security CBRN Assessment News and Defence Headlines