Delayed December 2017 News Round Up


Russia confirms ‘extremely high’ radiation levels in toxic cloud Russian authorities have confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains.
The Russian Meteorological Service said it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as “extremely high contamination”.
North Korea’s missile tests: What you need to know (CNN)2017 has been a year of rapid progress for North Korea’s missile program.
The country has fired 23 missiles during 16 tests since February, further perfecting its technology with each launch.
‘Dangerous chemicals’ at an Uckfield industrial estate could explode at any minute Chemicals stored at an Uckfield industrial estate could cause a large explosion but a dispute over who is responsible means no-one is prepared to remove them.

The impasse at the Bellbrook Industrial Estate has left neighbouring businesses fearing for their lives after 300 kgs of picric acid were abandoned when the medical science company which owned them went bust.

Who was Slobodan Praljak and why did he take potassium cyanide at The Hague? FORMER Bosnian warlord Slobodan Praljak has died after drinking poison moments after hearing his life sentence verdict in The Hague, according to Croatian state TV.
East Sussex chemical ‘mist’ response probed by Defra A chemical mist which led to 150 people being hospitalised after it drifted along England’s south coast is being investigated by the government.

The gas caused breathing problems, stinging eyes and vomiting when it descended on a beach in East Sussex, which had to be evacuated, in August..

Hinkley Point’s Cardiff Bay toxic mud claim ‘alarmist’ We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to direct Natural Resources Wales to suspend the licence it has granted to NNB Genco, which permits up to 300,000 tonnes of radioactively contaminated material, dredged from the seabed at the Hinkley Point Nuclear power station site, to be dumped into Welsh inshore waters.
Fear among Syrians as UN blocks chemical attack investigation The United Nations Security Council failed last month to agree on investigating chemical attacks in Syria.

The inquiry into their use expired after Russia vetoed a US-sponsored resolution that would have extended its mandate..

Declassified nuclear detonation films released to the public for the first time Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) released 62 newly declassified videos today of atmospheric nuclear tests films that have never before been seen by the public.


Potential “master switch” could help immune system fight cancer During infection or tumor growth, a type of specialized white blood cells called CD8+ T cells rapidly multiply within the spleen and lymph nodes and acquire the ability to kill diseased cells. Some of these killer T cells then migrate where required to vanquish the germs or cancers.
So-called “man-flu” may not just be in men’s heads Cold and flu season is upon us and, for half of the population, there is a collective worry about being inflicted with a debilitating illness known as “man flu.”
Divide and conquer: Pitting pathogens against each other helps fight drug resistance Bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to our best drugs and antibiotics, and if we aren’t careful we could prescribe ourselves into a future where even the most routine treatments and surgeries become deadly again. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a novel way to fight back: by pitting pathogens against each other, then using drugs to wipe out the leftovers.