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November News Round Up

News:

 

London City Airport: Two men grilled by police over pepper spray following ‘chemical incident’ evacuation | London Evening Standard Two men have been grilled by police for possession of pepper spray in connection to the evacuation of London City Airport last week. Hundreds of people were forced to flee the airport following the “chemical incident” on Friday, with 27 treated by paramedics and two requiring hospital treatment. Fire alarms sounded at about 4.15pm after passengers waiting in queues began “coughing uncontrollably”.

 

UN blames Syria forces for third chemical attack – News from Al Jazeera UN investigators say Syrian forces were behind a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Idlib province in March 2015.

 

UN report on Syria chemical attacks lacks proof & full of contradictions – ChurkinMoscow finds “unconvincing” the latest report by the UN-led investigation which blamed the Syrian forces of carrying out a chlorine gas attack 19 months ago. The findings, Russia’s UN ambassador believes, lack solid proof and substantiated evidence.

 

Japan shaken by 6.9 magnitude earthquake, tsunami warning lifted The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 7.3 before downgrading it, while Japan’s Meteorological Agency put it at 7.4.

 

Russia: New missiles in Kaliningrad answer US ‘shield’ – News from Al Jazeera Russian exclave to receive new S-400 and nuclear-capable Iskander missile systems in response to NATO’s defence system.

 

Russia reveals Bastion-P deployment, land attack role in Syria | IHS Jane’s 360 Russia revealed on 15 November that it has K-300P Bastion-P (SSC-5 ‘Stooge’) coastal defence systems deployed in Syria, and that its P-800 Onyx (SS-N-26 ‘Strobile’) anti-ship missiles have a land attack capability. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) it fired some of these missiles

 

Watchdog probing over 20 reports of alleged Syria chemical attacksThe Hague (AFP) – The global watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons is probing more than 20 reports of the alleged use of toxic arms in Syria since August, its chief told AFP Friday.

 

Islamic State Used Chemical Weapons at Least 19 Times around Mosul since 2014, IHS Markit Says | IHS Online Newsroom LONDON (22 November 2016) – The ongoing offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State has raised questions over the Islamic State’s Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) capabilities and the potential for chemical weapons attacks featuring in the group’s defence of the city.The Islamic State used chemical weapons on at least 52 occasions

 

UN Security Council extends inquiry into chemical attacks in Syria – ARA News

 

Technology:

Cold war redux? Russia unveils massive Satan 2 ICBM capable of destroying France or Texas in a single hit Russia has moved to update its nuclear arsenal with an extreme-range, massive payload ICBM designed specifically to defeat anti-missile systems. Capable of traversing the planet’s poles and blowing up Texas in one hit, meet the RS-28 Sarmat, or Satan 2.

 

Cranberries crush bacteria’s communication networks A new study shows that a cranberry extract might be more effective than commercial antibiotics at thwarting the spread of bacterial infections.

 

Students create Frankenstein’s monster of bacteria to detect toxic chemicals E.coli bacteria are more commonly associated with deadly outbreaks but a student team from Israel shows how they can also be used to detect harmful substances.

 

Human antibody shown to impart forcefield-like qualities to placenta to battle Zika Scientists have discovered a Zika antibody that can potentially protect developing fetuses, probably the number-one victim of the disease.

 

HIV test on a stick: New technology delivers results in less than 30 minutes HIV is no longer the death knell it once was thanks to modern medicine. Now, scientists in the UK have developed a new type of HIV test with the potential to improve millions more lives.

 

Supersized micro-magnets made to measure for high-precision drug delivery Some magnetic particles take on certain attributes when they come in small enough packages, and scientists have now found a way to scale up these particles while retaining their desirable magnetic properties, making it possible to commandeer them for the purposes of life-saving drug delivery.

 

Thermal “walkie-talkies” instruct bacteria to deliver drugs and self-destruct A new study from Caltech suggests a way to control bacteria created to fight cancer or disease, by manipulating the temperature around them to trigger when and where they release medicine, and when they might need to self-destruct.

 

DARPA deploys a thousand radiation detectors in DC “manhunt” Recently, a geneticist was mysteriously abducted in Washington DC, leading to the US government deploying a small army of detectives to foil a dirty bomb plot. At least, that was the fictional scenario of a DARPA field test of the SIGMA project developing technology to combat nuclear terrorism.

 

SpectroDrone shoots lasers to detect explosives from above Lately, we’re beginning to see how flying robots can play a role in dangerous scenarios, the latest example being a laser-equipped drone that can detect explosives and chemical compounds from above.

 

CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool used in first human trial The powerful gene-editing CRISPR-Cas9 technique is being used in human trials for the first time, with a team of Chinese scientists injecting CRISPR-edited cells into a patient suffering from lung cancer.

 

LED foil developed for ultra-portable water purification To help bring heavy-duty sterilization into battlefield or emergency situations, Ohio State University have created a flexible, lightweight, LED-based, deep-UV foil prototype that can be wrapped around items and energized to kill harmful microorganisms

 

This “star” may replace daily-dose medication Many people don’t remember to take their medicine every day, or they simply don’t bother. That’s why scientists have developed a new type of capsule. It only has to be taken once, after which it delivers medication from the stomach for up to two weeks.

 

Bringing drones and cyborg cockroaches together to map disaster zones With “biobots”, scientists have been able to hack into insects, turning them into remote-controlled scouts to gather data and map unfamiliar or unsafe areas. Researchers at NCSU have now thrown drones into the mix, to act as aerial beacons that guide and contain the biobots to areas of interest.

 

Our last line of defense against antibiotic-resistant bacteria is beginning to fail, says ECDC The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has just reported on how well the EU is doing in the battle to keep deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria at bay. And the news isn’t great.

 

Threat Analysis:

Global Security CBRN Assessment – News and Defence Headlines | IHS Jane’s 360 Global Security CBRN Assessment News and Defence Headlines

 

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