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October 2018 News Round Up

News:

Monkeypox diagnosed in UK for first time The first ever case of monkeypox has been recorded in the UK. The rare viral infection was recorded on Friday in a Nigerian national staying at a naval base in Cornwall, Public Health England (PHE) said.
Bideford radiation expert held over home chemicals Police called to the home of a chemical weapons expert in Devon had to be treated after feeling unwell, it has been reported. Devon and Cornwall police said officers who attended an address in Bideford on Wednesday morning were treated by the Hazardous Area Response Team and the property was cordoned off.
AWE Aldermaston: Atomic weapons site in staff safety breach The organisation which manufactures and maintains the UK’s nuclear weapons has admitted failing to ensure the safety of its staff, a court has heard. An electrician suffered burns to his arms, in June 2017, while carrying out routine testing at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire.
Salisbury incident: Hoax ‘likely’ to be one line of inquiry The saga of the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings is long, twisty and dark, but when the book or film comes out, the story of the Russian lingerie model, the rat poison and the Italian restaurant may emerge as one of the more bizarre subplots.
Spanish flu: ‘We didn’t know who we’d lose next’ An extraordinary archive of letters written by survivors of the Spanish flu pandemic, which paints a vivid picture of a nation gripped by fear and chaos, is helping to provide insights into life in the shadow of a killer disease.
Scottish Gas HQ ‘chemical incident’ leaves 16 injured as police order people to avoid area Sixteen people have been injured in a suspected chemical incident at the headquarters of Scottish Gas in Edinburgh. Three have been taken to hospital, police confirmed, while others are being treated at the scene.
Britain to create massive cyber warfare unit with 2,000 personnel The British government is to massively expand its cyber warfare infrastructure with the creation of a 2,000-strong unit that could absorb some 250 million pounds of annual funding and even more. The Sky News reported on Thursday that the initiative would represent a near four-fold increase in manpower focused on United Kingdom’s offensive cyber operations.

Monkeypox: Heathcare worker is third UK case of disease
A health worker in northern England has become the third person in Britain to contract a rare illness caused by a monkeypox virus after caring for a patient infected with the disease following travel to Nigeria, health officials said on Wednesday.
Skripal suspect ‘was made Hero of Russia’ by President Putin A fortnight later and it has been claimed that the Russian president himself bestowed the nation’s highest military honour on Boshirov, whose real identity is said to be Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated colonel in the GRU intelligence service.
Two pest controllers dead after ‘chemical incident’ at chicken factory Two men have died after a chemical incident at a chicken factory in the early hours of this morning. Emergency crews were called to Banham Poultry in Attleborough, Norfolk, shortly after 1am. They described it as a ‘serious incident’ involving a chemical spillage and a cordon is in place around the building.
Six sites in Spain have radioactive contamination, nuclear agency admits Spain’s Nuclear Security Council (CSN) has admitted the existence of radioactive contamination in an area located between Madrid and Toledo, as EL PAÍS revealed a few weeks ago. The agency also lists five more contaminated sites whose existence was previously known.
Man admits sending ‘anthrax’ hoax letter to Theresa May A man has admitted sending a hoax “anthrax” letter to the prime minister. Vincent Potter, 60, of Mayfield, East Sussex, claimed correspondence posted to Theresa May contained the potentially lethal powder.
Ukraine ammo dump blasts blamed on ‘possible sabotage’ Explosions and fire have hit an ammunition depot in Ukraine in a possible act of sabotage, officials say, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people. Videos on social media showed the blaze and explosions on the horizon near Ichnya, Chernihiv region.
Second Skripal poisoning suspect identified as GRU doctor The investigative website Bellingcat has identified the second suspect responsible for poisoning Sergei Skripal as Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for Russia’s GRU military spy agency.

Technology:

The alchemy of healing: researchers turn open wounds into skin
Plastic surgery to treat large cutaneous ulcers, including those seen in people with severe burns, bedsores or chronic diseases such as diabetes, may someday be a thing of the past. Scientists at the Salk Institute have developed a technique to directly convert the cells in an open wound into new skin cells.
Global map of radioactive gas pulls data from a network of sensors in users’ homes Airthings, the company behind digital sensors that detect radon gas, has built a global map based on frequently updated data pulled from its distributed network of devices installed in customers’ homes.
New superbug breaks through the last line of antibiotic defense When Dr Jean Lee came across a case of an otherwise healthy patient who had become seriously ill from a hospital-acquired infection in 2012, she knew she had to investigate further.
Cheap metal ribbons strip pollutants from water in minutes It may look like a simple piece of alfoil, but when added to wastewater this high-tech strip of iron can remove impurities like dyes and heavy metals in just minutes.
Microbubble scrubber blasts through bacterial biofilms
Stiff microbial films often coat medical devices, household items and infrastructure such as the inside of water supply pipes, and can lead to dangerous infections.
Pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine offers hope Influenza is thought to be a highly variable virus, able to mutate and escape immunity built up in the population due to its circulation in previous seasons. However, influenza seasons tend to be dominated by a limited number of antigenically and genetically distinct influenza viruses.
$100 smartphone kit can ID pathogens in under an hour In a potential game changer for the health care industry, a new cell phone app and lab kit now allow a smartphone to identify bacteria from patients anywhere in the world.
Is this the future for Britain’s main battle tank? We have unveiled Black Night – a working example of our vision for the proposed upgrade of the British Army’s Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. We are leading a major strategic partnership of world-leading defence firms – Team Challenger 2 – to bid for the tank’s Life Extension Project (LEP).
Study reveals how hibernating bacteria can hide from antibiotics University of Copenhagen researchers have discovered a surprising tactic of pathogenic bacteria when being attacked by antibiotics: hibernation
UK unveils fleet of chemical detection robots and drones A new fleet of robots and drones designed to test for chemical agents, provide 3D mapping and identify casualties have been put through their paces by troops, police officers and scientists for the first time.

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