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January 2017 News Round Up

News:

 

Study links herbicide Roundup to liver disease – UPI.com British scientists conducting a long term study found a link between exposure to the popular weed killer Roundup and severe liver damage in test rats.

 

From the rubble of Aleppo, ISIL rises – Al Jazeera English Through distraction, rival elimination and fears of the Sunni population, ISIL seizes opportunities of Aleppo’s war.

 

Syria war crimes probe: Will anyone be charged? – Al Jazeera English UN votes to set up panel to investigate atrocities committed during nearly six years of war that have devastated Syria.

 

If Trump nixes nuclear deal, ‘we are prepared,’ says country’s atomic chief – World – CBC News Iran says it is reserving judgment on new U.S. President Donald Trump. But if he does, as he’s vowed, “tear up” the international deal Tehran reached on curbing its nuclear program, it could quickly ramp that program back up, says the country’s atomic energy chief.

 

Trump: Cut sanctions on Russia for nuclear arms deal | Russia News | Al Jazeera Incoming US president says weapons should be reduced, weeks after joining Putin in call for nuclear expansion.

 

Chemical terrorist attack ‘huge concern’ says London fire chief Britain’s most senior fire chief has warned that the potential for a terrorist chemical attack in the country is a "huge concern".

Technology:

 

“Blinded” superbugs can’t infect what they can’t see With overprescription of antibiotics one of the key drivers of drug-resistant bacteria, scientists are exploring others ways for us to stave off infection, among which is a new molecule that essentially blinds bacteria before it can latch onto healthy cells and grow.

 

13-foot-tall Korean mech suit aims to assist with Fukushima cleanup A Moldovan-American master designer and a Korean robotics company have teamed up to build a giant, walking mech suit robot that looks like it’s just lumbered off the set of Avatar or Pacific Rim – with fully articulating arms that mimic the pilot’s movements.

 

Ebola vaccine proves 100 percent effective in final trials The World Health Organization (WHO) last year reported some very promising signs during the early stages of a trial involving an Ebola vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV, and now the final results are in, confirming a 100 percent protection rate from the deadly disease. ​

 

Virus DNA in sewers may keep people from getting sick ​When a virus is going around, the earlier it’s detected, the better. It’s with this in mind that scientists are proposing doing analyses of communities’ wastewater to detect rises in the amount of viruses passed by residents, identifying the microbes based on their DNA.

 

New radiation-tracking wearable gives you something else to worry about Dosime is a personal radiation dosimeter aimed at the consumer market that displays “accurate, reliable and easy-to-understand” information about personal radiation exposure.

 

US military seeks biodegradable bullets that sprout plants The Department of Defense is looking at ways to clean up the hundreds of thousands of training rounds left on the ground, putting out the call for the development of biodegradable ammunition loaded with seeds that sprout plants after being discharged.

 

With malaria, bugs matter more than bites ​In the battle against malaria, science is taking a true 360-degree approach. But oddly, according to researchers at Imperial College London, one major component to malaria research has been absent. Their new research fills the gap and could help vaccine development.

 

That wearable on your wrist could soon track your health as well as activities New research shows it wouldn’t take much tweaking for activity trackers and other wearables to be able to also detect when we’re getting sick.​

 

Revved-up carbon purifies radioactive water ​After the Fukushima nuclear plant accident occurred, millions of gallons of radioactive water was left over. Scientists from Texas and Russia, however, may know what to do with it. They’ve developed a type of carbon that can reportedly filter radionuclides from water.

 

Global alliance formed to protect world against the next epidemic threat For those directly involved in managing the 2014 Ebola epidemic, it remains a harrowing reminder of how unprepared we are to cope with a sudden outbreak. The global coalition CEPI aims to correct this.

 

New molecule knocks out superbugs’ immunity to antibiotics ​One of the most terrifyingly-plausible doomsday scenarios is the rise of superbugs, bacteria that are evolving a resistance to our most powerful antibiotics. Now researchers have created a new molecule that can make previously antibiotic-resistant bacteria vulnerable to existing drugs again.

 

Helmet sensors to record blast exposure in at-risk soldiers Looking to tackle the early signs of traumatic brain injury, the US Navy is developing small sensors that, when paired with specialized scanner, can quickly convert blast pressure into a clear signal of whether of not that soldier should stand down.​​

 

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