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February 2017 News Round Up

Technology

 

Brazilian berry extract stops a superbug in its tracks Scientists have unearthed what could be a useful weapon on one of the key frontiers in the fight against superbugs, discovering an extract from the Brazilian peppertree that can neutralize a dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria.

 

How to quickly identify sepsis-causing bacteria – melt it down When a patient is diagnosed with sepsis, a race against time begins to identify the culprit causing the body’s system to shut down. But hope could be on the horizon, as researchers recently unveiled a diagnostic tool that enables blood-borne bacteria to be identified in a matter of hours.​

 

Harnessing electricity-generating bacteria to clean up drinking water The bacteria Shewanella oneidensis is useful for cleaning water and generates electricity while it chows down. Now, researchers at UCSB have chemically modified the bacteria to increase its energy production, which could lead to wastewater treatment plants that generate some of their own power.

 

Compact breathalyzer detects the flu ​The sooner that you know you’ve got the flu, the sooner you can stop spreading it and start treating it. That’s the thinking behind a new device designed by Prof. Perena Gouma. Her hand-held breath monitor can detect if the user has the flu, based on a single exhale.

 

Dynamic duo could quickly identify deadly bacteria in hospitals The process of identifying a bacteria causing infection can take a few days and may require highly-specialized equipment. Now, microparticles and biomolecules are teaming up to form a new dynamic duo, which could help speed up and simplify the process.

 

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Germany: Police Warn over Muslim Chemical Attack

In the latest nonwhite terrorist threat to hit Germany, the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) has announced that Muslim terrorists are planning to use chemical weapons to poison drinking water supply systems.

 

A Special Team To Secure The Republic Day Parade From Nuclear And Chemical Threats The NDRF team assigned with the task will have 90 personnel.

 

DHS Seeks to Improve Analytics for Prediction of Bio-Threat IncidentsThe Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) Chemical Biological Defense Division is seeking white papers supporting the capability to provide early warning and detection of a chemical or biological incident in a cost-sustainable way.

 

Tracking the movement of a deadly pathogen and biothreat agentMelioidosis is a frequently fatal infectious disease caused by a bacterium (Burkholderia pseudomallei) found in soil in certain parts of the world. We have known about melioidosis for many years, but it’s only in the last 25 years that we have started to understand it better. So, what’s changed?

 

Bioterrorism could kill more people than nuclear war, Bill Gates to warn world leaders Bioterrorists could one day kill hundreds of millions of people in an attack more deadly than nuclear war, Bill Gates will warn world leaders.

 

HRW: Syria carried out chemical attacks in Aleppo | Syria News | Al Jazeera Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.

 

Mosul University after ISIL: Damaged but defiant | | Al Jazeera Faculty and students of Mosul University, which was recently retaken from ISIL, vow to save its legacy.

 

Kim Jong-nam poisoned with chemical spray: reports | North Korea News | Al Jazeera Kim Jong-nam told medics before he died that he was attacked with a chemical substance, South Korean media reports.

 

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