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SARS-type virus passed from human to human for first time

February 13, 2013 Comments off

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Passed between humans: A person is being treated in Birmingham in isolation after contracting coronavirus

A SARS-like virus may have been passed between humans for the first time, health experts believe.

One person is thought to have contracted the new coronavirus from a relative and is being treated in an isolation room at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and is said to be in a stable condition.

Previously experts believed the infection may have come from contact with animals. If the virus can spread between people it poses a much more serious threat.

This is the third case of the respiratory illness identified in the UK and the 11th in the world. The first two UK patients had been Read more…

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The Future of Identity

January 22, 2013 Comments off

planetbiometrics.com

What makes up your identity?A new report has been published by the UK Government that looks at the Future of Identity over the next ten years.

Sponsored by the Home Office and published by Sir John Beddington, the Head of the Government Office for Science, the Foresight Future Identities (2013) report shows that ‘identity’ is not a simple notion. People can have many different overlapping identities which are fundamental to their individuality.

The report identifies three overlapping types of identities, which are broadly distinguished as social, biographical and biometric, which it defines as:

  • Social identities are generated through roles and relationships between people, and the wider social and cultural context. These include identities which are socially mediated, such as family relationships, friendships, membership of communities, and Read more…

Mysterious Fireballs Light up Night Sky across UK (VIDEO)

September 23, 2012 Comments off

ibtimes

Meteor shower reported from parts of the UK. Image: Twitter

Meteor shower reported in parts of the UK. Image: Twitter

Hundreds of people across the UK witnessed bright objects shooting across the night sky on 21 September.

Sightings of huge fireballs, thought to be a meteor shower, were reported in northern England, central Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Witnesses described seeing a bright fireball shooting across the sky with a large bright tail.

Many people took to Twitter to post photos, videos and comments on the sightings.

The UK Met Office tweeted, “Hi all, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite”, while some speculated that it could be space junk burning up in the atmosphere.

The Kielder Observatory in Northumberland also reported sighting huge fireballs streaking from east to west at 9:41pm. It reported nearly 100 bright fragments shooting across the sky.

“Many many fragments maybe in Read more…

Big Brother or peeping tom? UK installs CCTV in school bathrooms, changing rooms

September 13, 2012 1 comment

rt.com

AFP Photo / Jacques Demarthon

AFP Photo / Jacques Demarthon

Over 200 UK state schools have installed cameras in bathrooms and changing rooms to monitor students, a recent surveillance survey reported. British parents will likely be shocked by the study’s findings.

­The survey is based on a freedom of information request conducted by Big Brother Watch, an anti-surveillance activist group. The group said they were shaken by the results, which was much higher and more extensive than expected.

The report “will come as a shock to many parents”, Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch said. “Schools need to come clean about why they are using these cameras and what is happening to the footage”.

– 47,806 cameras used in 2,107 schools
– 207 schools have 825 cameras in changing rooms and bathrooms
– 90% of schools use CCTV cameras
– 54 UK schools have 1 camera or more per 15 pupils
– 106,710 CCTV cameras estimated in high schools and academies in England, Scotland and Wales

A total of 825 cameras were installed in Read more…

UK nightclub uses biometrics to control entry

September 3, 2012 Comments off

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nightclub-scanner

The Underground, a nightclub in Dundee, Scotland, recently installed biometric fingerprint scanners for first time visitors to prove they are of age to enter. For subsequent visits, customers of the nightclub are identified by scanning their fingerprint.

The club is run by G1 Group PLC, who introduced the Scannet ID Scan system after a successful trial period in its Glasgow club. Scannet ID Scan is used to verify that identification presented is real.

Fingerprints gathered, together with photo-based profiles, are stored in computers in the club. Having this technology makes it easier for the management to identify troublemakers, and scan foreign passports and driving licenses before allow entry to the club.

A spokeswoman from G1 Group said : “The system recognizes most international passports and driving licenses, meaning we can Read more…

Space nuclear bomb attack on Britain ‘quite likely’

February 23, 2012 Comments off

theweek 

MPs warn that cities could become very difficult to live in if we are attacked with an EMP weapon

BY Tim Edwards A SPACE-BASED nuclear attack on Britain is “quite likely”, according to a Conservative MP. Such an explosion would create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which would knock out electrical systems and make it very difficult to live in cities.

The warning follows the publication of a report by the Defence Select Committee which urges the government to take seriously the threat to infrastructure such as the national grid, GPS satellites and communication networks from EMPs and naturally occurring solar flares. The electromagnetic radiation from such events can Read more…

Study: High Food Prices Driving Unrest

August 24, 2011 Comments off

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Stephen Pincock
abc.net.au

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The researchers point to two main factors driving the increase in food prices

The waves of social unrest and political instability seen recently around the world have coincided with large peaks in global food prices, US researchers have found.

They warn that unless something is done urgently to address rising food prices, it could trigger more widespread trouble in the near future.

Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of the New England Complex Systems Institute, and colleagues, correlated the dates of riots around the world with data from the United Nations that plots changes in the price of food.

They found evidence that episodes of social unrest in North Africa and the Middle East coincided closely with peaks in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index.

Reporting their findings on the pre-press website arXiv.org the researchers say that although the riots reflect many factors such as the long-standing political failings of governments, high food prices provide a tipping point.

“There are indeed many factors that can contribute to unrest,” Bar-Yam explains. “What we see, however, is that these conditions can Read more…