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Dicing With Death: Scientists Reactivate 30,000 Year Old Virus Lizzie Bennett Underground Medic March 4, 2014

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has revealed that scientists have reactivated a virus found buried in the Siberian permafrost. After thawing it out they found it retained its infectious ability. The French scientists say that the virus poses no danger to either animals or humans. The virus, Pithovirus sibericum was first discovered 10 years ago.The last time it infected anything was more than 30,000 years ago, but in the laboratory it has sprung to life once again. Tests show that it attacks amoebas, which are single-celled organisms, but does not infect humans or other animals. Co-author Dr Chantal Abergel, also from the CNRS, said: “It comes into the cell, multiplies and finally kills the cell. It is able to kill the amoeba – but it won’t infect a human cell.” However, the researchers believe that other more deadly pathogens could be locked in Siberia’s permafrost. They are concerned that so called global warming and industrial land use such as mining,will once again allow these viruses to escape from the ice they are currently locked inside. Professor Claverie, lead author of the study said in an interview with the BBC: “It is a recipe for disaster. If you start having industrial explorations, people will start to move around the deep permafrost layers. Through mining and drilling, those old layers will be penetrated, and this is where the danger is coming from.””Ancient strains of the smallpox virus, which was declared eradicated 30 years ago, could pose a risk.””If it is true that these viruses survive in the same way those amoeba viruses survive, then smallpox is not eradicated from the planet – only the surface,” he said.”By going deeper we may reactivate the possibility that

smallpox could become again a disease of humans in modern times.” It is unknown whether all viruses will be able to reactivate after thousands or even millions of years in the deep freeze. These findings may force a rethink on the ease of availability and the use of agents that are considered to be bioterrorism organisms such as smallpox and anthrax.Conventional thinking is that these pathogens would be stolen from a lab . If they were available from the environment they would be far more difficult to police.

Government, Police Fund Radar Crowd Scanner To Detect 3D Printed Weapons Steve Watson March 5, 2014

“Expect mass adoption by law enforcement agencies” The British government and the Metropolitan Police have supplied funding for a crowd scanning device that searches for 3D Printed guns. Boffins at Manchester Metropolitan University with financial aid from the UK’s Home Office and the MET police, recently unveiled the technology, which operates by scanning people with radio waves in crowded public places. The radar waves are reflected back off any solid objects which are then analysed by a computer using artificial intelligence algorithms, in order to determine what the object likely is. If a potential concealed weapon, including a 3D printed device, is detected, an alarm sounds, alerting the relevant authorities that they could have a dangerous ‘unmutual’ person on their hands. “It’s really a combination of a radar system and an AI-based computer system,” MMU’s lead researcher Nick Bowring explained. Reports suggest that the device can detect 3D printed weapons up to 25 meters away, and alert security

overlords within one second. Current scanners in use at airports and government buildings do not have the capability to detect non metallic weapons. “It would have been unthinkable to make it just five years ago because the computing power and hardware were just not there.” researcher Bowring added. The researchers are attempting to entice police and other security agencies to get on board with the technology. “[We] expect mass adoption by law enforcement agencies, [and] think there is real demand for this. It will be an additional but very important sensor that they will be adding into their armory,” said Bowring. Since the first 3D printed gun was unveiled by Defense Distributed, an Austin-based nonprofit digital publisher, lawmakers and law enforcement representatives have attempted to find ways of shutting down the concept. Bemoaning the fact that anyone could potentially get their hands on a weapon, legislation introduced in various states and cities has targeted 3D printed guns. The federal government has also consistently targeted Defense Distributed, ordering them to cease their activities and remove the files for the printable gun from their website. The group’s founder, Cody Wilson, has largely complied with the orders. However, his files have already gone viral and spread throughout the internet on sites such as Pirate Bay, meaning they have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Constitutional experts have stated that although banning the actual manufacture, sale, and possession of plastic weapons is feasible, restricting the schematics of the printable weapons is a violation of the First Amendment. More and more 3D printed weapons have since been developed, and they are also becoming more sophisticated. Enthusiasts are also finding ways to produce 3D printed weapons at much lower costs. 3D Gun Detector VIDEO BELOW Total Recall 2070: Machine Dreams 3 VIDEO BELOW


Dicing With Death: Scientists Reactivate 30,000 Year Old Virus  

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