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January 2018 News Round Up

News:

North Korea accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile, says report A North Korean missile reportedly crashed into one of its own cities after it failed just minutes following its launch.

US officials said the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was initially thought to have disintegrated mid-flight after it was fired on 28 April last year.

Notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDs) Registered medical practitioners in England and Wales have a statutory duty to notify their local authority or local Health Protection Team of suspected cases of certain infectious diseases.
Major steps forward in decommissioning work at Sellafield. Three major Sellafield projects that are subject to enhanced regulatory attention by ONR have made significant recent progress due in part to our engagement with the licensee.

These key achievements will help reduce hazard and risk at Sellafield which will further enhance public safety at the site.”

ONR, Euratom and regulation of nuclear safeguards As part of its preparations for Brexit, the UK Government announced its commitment to leaving Euratom, the European nuclear safety and research community that was set up in 1957 at the beginning of the European Economic Community.
Satellite images reveal North Korea may be preparing another missile test SATELLITE images show increased tunnelling at North Korea’s secret nuclear site — indicating that the crackpot country could be preparing another nuke test.

The aerial pictures show the “tunnel excavation” at the Punggye-ri facility’s west portal has been “stepped up”, reports 38North which documents the rogue state’s military operations.

Syrian war: Reports of chlorine gas attack on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta A chlorine gas attack has been carried out on a besieged rebel-held enclave on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, reports say.
People in the Eastern Ghouta region, which is under daily bombardment, reported a smell of gas after a missile strike, the BBC has learned.
Health workers said six people were treated for minor breathing problems.
Zambia cholera outbreak: Riots over emergency measures Street vendors arrived on the outskirts of the Zambian capital Lusaka to find that their food stalls had been shut down after they had set up shop in defiance of emergency measures that banned public gatherings and imposed a curfew.

Police say they’ve contained rioting from angry street vendors.

Hawaii Panics After Alert About Incoming Missile Is Sent in Error An early-morning emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state that was already on edge because of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.

Technology:

Scrap the stethoscope – engineers create new way to measure vital signs with radio waves ITHACA, N.Y. – No visit to the doctor’s office is complete without a blood-pressure cuff squeezing your arm and a cold stethoscope placed on your chest. But what if your vital signs could be gathered, without contact, as you sit in the waiting room or the comfort of your own home?
Wound scanner shows bacteria glowing if your body is infected THE surgeon was poised to carry out a skin graft when he decided to try out an experimental device to check for infection. Called the MolecuLight i:X, it shows the presence of bacteria in real time as an eerie fluorescent glow.

The patient was a 47-year-old man whose leg had been amputated above the knee. He had endured one infection already and the surgeon didn’t want to risk another.

Advanced anti-viral nanoparticles target and destroy a range of viruses Over the last decade, advances in nanotechnology have resulted in scientists creating amazingly specific nanoparticles that can travel through a human body and home in on specific cells. The latest nanoparticle innovation, driven by advanced computer modeling technologies, targets a broad range of devastating viruses and not only binds to them, but destroys them as well.
https://newsroom.uw.edu/sites/default/files/styles/feature/public/dna-virus_illos.jpg?itok=MnN4dlQI&c=d7994dc6981d1e0905efb55af36670b6 Getting a flu shot every year can be a pain. One UW Medicine researcher is hoping to make the yearly poke a thing of the past with the development of a universal vaccine that would protect from all strains of influenza virus, even as the viruses genetically shape-shift from year to year.
Virus could treat brain tumours by boosting immune system A virus injected directly into the bloodstream could be used to treat people with aggressive brain tumours, a major new study reports.
Queen’s University Professor’s Skin Patch Offers Solution to Antibiotic Resistance Crisis A team of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, led by Professor Ryan Donnelly, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology are developing a new type of skin patch (microarray patch) that administers drugs directly into the bloodstream through thousands of individual “microneedles” which are being tested as a possible answer to the antibiotic resistance crisis.
Cyber attacks on nuclear arsenals ‘could lead to inadvertent launches’, think tank warns Nuclear weapons systems are increasingly at threat from cyber attacks that could sabotage controls and even lead to inadvertent launches, a think tank paper warns.

The likelihood of attempted hacking attacks is “relatively high and increasing”, but has received “scant attention”.

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