July News Round Up


Lockdown at parliament treated as ‘chemical and biological warfare’ | UK | News | Daily Express A LABOUR peer was showered with an unknown white powder while opening a ‘racist’ letter at parliament sparking fears of a chemical attack.


London mosques recieve white powder sent in envelopes with ‘P*** filth’ on them | Crime | News | London Evening Standard Counter terrorism officers are investigating after letters containing white powder were sent to mosques across London. Security alerts were sparked at mosques in Tottenham, Leyton and Finsbury Park after the letters, including one scrawled with the words “P*** filth”, arrived yesterday. The letters arrived on the same day parts of Parliament were shut down by police after a Muslim Labour peer, Lord Ahmed, received a similar package at the House of Lords. A business address in Canning Town was also sent the powder.


Are we too scared of radiation?It’s more than five years since the earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan caused a huge leak of radioactive material into the world’s oceans. Workers battled to prevent the Fukushima nuclear plant going into complete meltdown and radiation levels rose by a factor of tens of millions. However, a new report by Australian scientists has revealed that radiation in the Pacific Ocean is rapidly returning to normal and should be at its previous level by 2020. So what does this say about radiation and us?.


Pacific Ocean headed for normal radiation levels five years on from Fukushima Those monitoring the post-Fukushima situation have received some good news, with scientists reporting that after experiencing the largest ever release of radioactive material into the world’s oceans, radiation levels across the Pacific are fast returning to normal.


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Hyper-sensitive electronic nose sniffs out nerve gas like no other A team of Belgian scientists has developed what is billed as the most sensitive “electronic nose” yet. The chemical sensor detects pesticides and nerve gases and has a design that could see it integrated with electronics such as your smartphone.


Two-dollar testing device detects Zika quickly An inexpensive new device created by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania uses genetic material instead of antibodies to detect the Zika virus.


“Super sniffer” mice have a nose for explosives or disease Scientists have created “super-sniffer” mice that are able to detect specific odors with increased precision, opening the door for new sensors for explosives and diseases – as well as a better understanding of our own olfactory system.


Scientists “outsmart Mother Nature” to combat deadly virus Scientists have developed a method to combat coxsackievirus B. Described as a “genetic poison pill,” the technique, which restricts the ability of the virus to replicate and can even cause it to self-destruct, could lead to a vaccince against it and similar viruses.


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