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June 2018 News Round Up

News:

Congo at a knife edge as number of cases of Ebola continues to rise The Democratic Republic of Congo is at a “knife edge” as the number of people who have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola rises to 27. Since the outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic disease was first declared on May 8 in a rural part of the country there have been 58 cases.
North Korea Blowing Up Its Nuclear Site Shows Kim Jong Un Will Keep His Promises, Says Seoul South Korean president Moon Jae-in has welcomed North Korea’s plans to dismantle its nuclear test facility and interpreted the decision as holding three layers of meaning, he told his aides at a meeting on Monday
£850m Sea Ceptor missile system enters service with the Royal Navy A world-class missile system that will protect the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers has officially entered service, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will announce today.
Palestine joins Chemical Weapons Convention OPCW Palestine has officially joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, according to a statement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Russian spy poisoning: How the Skripals were saved Hospital staff who saved the lives of poisoned Russians Sergei and Yulia Skripal have revealed they did not expect the victims of the nerve agent attack to survive.
Response to Salisbury attack cost Wiltshire police more than £7m The response to the nerve agent attack against the Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury cost Wiltshire police alone more than £7m, it has been revealed.
Seven new suspected Ebola cases reported in DRC Seven new suspected cases of Ebola have been detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Trump says North Korea ‘no longer a nuclear threat’ U.S. President Donald Trump, arriving back in the United States on Wednesday after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Pyongyang no longer posed a nuclear threat.
Pompeo: No sanctions relief for North Korea until complete denuclearization Following his talks with Japan and South Korea, Pompeo will head to Beijing to brief the Chinese government on Trump’s meeting with Kim. He’s due to meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi before talks with President Xi Jinping at 9 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).
Ricin recovered from apartment in Cologne, Germany A homemade batch of the deadly toxin ricin was found in a Tunisian national’s apartment in Germany, prosecutors said Thursday.
A written statement said a 29-year-old — identified only as Sief Allah H. — was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion on violating the country’s War Weapons Control Act.

Technology:

A faster, cheaper method of detecting Zika in mosquitoes A cheap and effective tool that could save lives by helping health authorities target mosquitos infected with Zika virus has been developed by researchers from the University of Queensland and colleagues in Brazil.
Electronic nose could find its way into your phone Freshly ground coffee, popcorn, bio waste or smoke – in the course of life, we get to know different scents and thanks to our nose, we distinguish and identify them even without seeing their source.
University scientist helps create world-first antimicrobial medical gloves A new type of medical examination glove that has built in antimicrobial technology proven to prevent the spread of infection has been developed with help from University of Nottingham scientists.
New Compound Effective Against Drug-Resistant Pathogens Could Lead to Next-Generation Antibiotics Researchers from North Carolina State University have synthesized an analog of lipoxazolidinone A, a small molecule that is effective against drug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
Prototype nuclear battery packs 10 times more power Russian researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM), and the National University of Science and Technology MISIS have optimized the design of a nuclear battery generating power from the beta decay of nickel-63, a radioactive isotope.
Membrane-coated gold “robots” designed to detoxify blood Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.
New antibiotic silences genes to single out bad bacteria A new approach to killing C. difficile that silences key bacterial genes while sparing other bacteria may provide a new way to treat the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection in the United States, according to researchers.
Milestone claimed as experimental nuclear reactor reaches temperature of the Sun Tokamak Energy, one of the world’s leading private fusion energy ventures, today announces that it has achieved plasma temperatures of over 15 million degrees Celsius, hotter than the centre of the Sun.
First vision of bacteria “harpooning” DNA to accelerate evolution Indiana University scientists have made the first direct observation of a key step in the process that bacteria use to rapidly evolve new traits, including antibiotic resistance.
New tech promises fast and precise detection of infections A new study by Waldemar Gorski, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Chemistry, and Stanton McHardy, associate professor of research in chemistry and director of the UTSA Center for Innovative Drug Discovery, describes a method that could show quickly and accurately whether a person has been infected with harmful bacteria or other pathogens.
Cost-effective method of extracting uranium from seawater promises limitless nuclear power For the first time, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production — using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater.
Bacteria engineered to treat constipation When it comes to treatments for constipation, the options aren’t plentiful, nor are they always particularly effective. Help may be on the way, however, in the form of genetically-engineered bacteria.
New explosive could render toxic TNT obsolete It looks as if the days of the venerable explosive trinitrotoluene (TNT) are numbered as researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the US Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland develop a new explosive that has the power of TNT, yet is safer and more environmentally friendly.

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