January 2019 News Round Up


Russia condemns ‘Israeli’ air strikes on Syria Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry Wednesday condemned Israeli airstrikes against Syria carried out one day earlier, and said it filed a complaint to the United Nations accusing Israel of threatening the stability of the region.
Russia: Israel’s ‘Provocative’ Syria Strike Directly Endangered Two Civilian Flights Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the airstrike in Syria attributed to Israel “directly endangered” two civilian flights. The ministry did not specify which flights had been threatened but said one of the flights was landing in Beirut and the other in Damascus..
Ashford International Hotel evacuated after pool gas leak A gas leak at a four-star hotel’s swimming pool in Kent has resulted in 13 people being treated by paramedics.
New Year 2019: US military apologises for bomb tweet The U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for managing the nation’s nuclear arsenal, apologized Monday for tweeting that it was prepared to drop something “much bigger” than the iconic ball that marks the new year in New York City.
Rats ‘wrongly blamed’ for 1900 Glasgow plague outbreak New research has finally established the cause of a plague outbreak in Glasgow almost 120 years ago. A team at the University of Oslo said rats were wrongly blamed and the real culprits were humans.
Yemen cholera epidemic strain ‘came from eastern Africa’ The most likely source of the cholera epidemic in Yemen has been discovered by scientists. Through the use of genomic sequencing, scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Institut Pasteur estimate the strain of cholera causing the current outbreak in Yemen – the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history – came from Eastern Africa and entered Yemen with the migration of people in and out of the region.
Sellafield issued with improvement notice after cable-strike The Office for Nuclear Regulation has issued an Improvement Notice to Sellafield Ltd that requires improvements to be made in its Principal Contractor arrangements for Construction Design and Management. The Notice was issued in response to a significant electric cable strike incident in September 2018 during construction activities on the Fellside Steam Generating Plant

Skripal Novichok poisoning attack house roof replaced
The Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal is to be dismantled by the Army who will remove the property’s roof as decontamination work continues in the wake of the Novichok attack.
Hitachi’s Wylfa nuclear plant axe reports ‘worrying’
The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters.
Australia consulate scares: Arrest over ’38 suspicious parcels’ Australian police on Thursday charged a 49-year-old man for sending as many as 38 packages containing a hazardous material to diplomatic embassies and consulates across the country.
Venlo WW2 explosive: Don’t lie down on bombs, Dutch warned Netherlands security officials have warned the public not to lie on unexploded bombs, after a man used his body to shield what he thought was a live World War II grenade for more than three hours Wednesday night.


Gatwick shutdown: How do you stop drones from hovering around airports? Like many emerging technologies, drones are packed with promise but their capabilities can readily be harnessed by folks with mal-intent. This reality has played out at London’s Gatwick airport today where drones have been sighted hovering over the airfield, disrupting hundreds of flights and leaving thousands of travelers stuck in limbo.
Ancient Irish folk medicine may help fight the world’s deadliest bacteria Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland long thought to have medicinal properties have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.
Malaria spit-test promises detection up to a week before symptoms appear An easy-to-use saliva test to screen for the parasite that causes malaria has been developed by a team of researchers led by a University of Florida scientist.
Genetic evidence shows bacteria on the International Space Station are adapting to survive, not to harm Microbes stranded in the International Space Station (ISS) are just trying to survive, man. A new Northwestern University study has found that — despite its seemingly harsh conditions — the ISS is not causing bacteria to mutate into dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Scientists develop new treatment for antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis Led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), a team of researchers has developed a new treatment for tuberculosis (TB). This work could offer a practical treatment that has the potential to be scaled-up and mass-produced for clinical testing.
New Ebola-like virus called Mengla discovered in China Researchers from Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School, in collaboration with scientists in China, have identified and characterised a new genus of filovirus from a Rousettus bat in China. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Microbiology.
Single-dose drug protects against all forms of Ebola There is a new medication that in one dose successfully protected nonhuman primates against a lethal infection of all strains of the deadly Ebola virus. The findings are now available in Cell Host & Microbe.
New strategy may curtail spread of antibiotic resistance Spotless surfaces in hospitals can hide bacteria that rarely cause problems for healthy people but pose a serious threat to people with weakened immune systems.

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