May 2018 News Round Up


Chemical inspectors reach second site of Douma ‘gas attack’ Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have reached a second location in the Syrian town of Douma, where a suspected gas attack took place in early April.
North Korea suspends nuclear and missile tests, gaining praise from US President Donald Trump North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting from Saturday, and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.
North Korea’s nuclear test caused collapse, study says North Korea’s nuclear test in September last year was so strong that it caused an on-site collapse at the test site, geologists in China claim.
Idaho State University faces fine for losing plutonium A small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter is missing from an Idaho university that was using it for research, leading federal officials to propose an $8,500 fine.
Russian spy poisoning: Watchdog backtracks over Novichok amount A chemical weapons watchdog amended statements on Friday that its leader had given to The New York Times, in which he estimated that 50 to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent had been used in the March 4 attack on the former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. The Times reported the incorrect information in an article published online on Thursday.
Porton Down: Britain’s secret research facility Porton Down is now over 100 years old and research continues there, aimed at protecting troops and civilians from chemical and biological attacks.
Three in hospital after London ‘noxious substance’ attack Two men and a 17-year-old boy have been sprayed with what police believe to be a “noxious substance” following an argument between two groups of men.
Man charged following noxious substance attack in Hackney Work is beginning in Salisbury to decontaminate potentially affected sites for the city and its visitors.
Wellcome pledges £2m after new Ebola outbreak confirmed Wellcome is making an initial fund of up to £2 million available to support a rapid response to the new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Why Ebola keeps coming back The Ebola virus has reared its head again, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it is impossible to predict exactly where and when the next outbreak will occur, we now know much more about how to prevent a crisis.
Sellafield to be prosecuted after worker contaminated The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified Sellafield Ltd of its intention to prosecute the company for offences under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974).
OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Likely Use of Chlorine in Saraqib, Syria THE HAGUE, Netherlands. The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed in a report released yesterday that chlorine was likely used as a chemical weapon on 4 February 2018 in Saraqib, Idlib Governorate, Syrian Arab Republic.
Woodhall Spa mustard gas clean-up ‘will cost £100,000’ An area of woodland where 150 potentially deadly mustard gas canisters were unearthed is no longer a danger to a public.
Congo Ebola Virus Moves From Rural Area to Urban One The World Health Organization reports one confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of Mbandaka, a city of more than one million 150 kilometers from Bikoro where the outbreak started.
Rocket launcher found in rubbish at Brighton recycling centre Hollingdean recycling centre evacuated this afternoon after the discovery of a crushed rocket launcher. Police were called shortly before 12.30pm when the device was found in a crushed bale of rubbish, and the site was evacuated, the surrounding road closed and the bomb squad called.
Why Iran itself is likely to exit the nuclear deal Although it was widely expected, US President Donald Trump sent shock waves across the world, especially among his European allies, when he pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Sergei Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital Moscow has demanded a meeting with Sergei Skripal, the Russian former spy poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury, following his discharge from hospital.
Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’ Worldwide emergence of resistance to antifungal drugs challenges human health and food security. Authors: Matthew C. Fisher, Nichola J. Hawkins, Dominique Sanglard, Sarah J. Gurr
Leicester ‘liquid’ attack: Victim has serious injuries A man is being treated in hospital for serious and permanent injuries after an unknown liquid was thrown in his face.


Oxford scientists cancel “genetic catalyst” that helps bacteria evolve drug resistance Researchers at Oxford University have shown that it is possible to identify genetic catalysts that accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria – and that this knowledge could be used to design treatments to stifle the development of resistance.
Bacteria’s appetite may be key to cleaning up antibiotic contamination Antibiotics can be lifesaving for people suffering from serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. The drugs are lethal to bacteria — but some bacteria fight back by developing resistance to antibiotics, and a few not only resist the onslaught, but turn the lethal drugs into food.
Plastic beads could help heal burn wounds Computer simulations of microscopic, protein-coated beads that block bacteria from binding to host cells suggest that the microbeads could help reduce or eliminate bacterial infections in burn wounds.
Smells like malaria: Study finds body odour markers can identify infection Typhoid Mary may have infected a hundred or more people, but asymptomatic carriers of malaria infect far more people every year through mosquito vectors.
Molecule that acts on human cells might provide hope for irresistible cold cure Researchers have lab-tested a molecule that can combat the common cold virus by preventing it from hijacking human cells.
Researchers turn low-level nuclear waste into glass In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have vitrified low-activity waste from underground storage tanks at Hanford, immobilizing the radioactive and chemical materials within a durable glass waste form.
Experimental Ebola vaccine rolled out to battle Congo outbreak An experimental Ebola vaccine, not yet officially licensed for human use, has been engaged in a newly spreading outbreak after a request from the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to access this potentially life-saving new vaccine.
New antibiotic found in tobacco flowers tears into superbugs The scientific discovery, published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications could lead to the development of a new class of antibiotics and meet the challenge of rising antibiotic resistance.