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Major outbreaks and pandemics over time: a simplified chronological review and their classification according to their severity

Major outbreaks and pandemics over time: a simplified chronological review and their classification according to their severity

What is it about? The Covid-19 outbreak that we are currently experiencing is not the first one to appear in the world, far from it! We are going to take a look at the epidemic and pandemics that have occurred in the past and classify them according to their severity. Definitions What is an epidemic?…

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Protective textiles in the future?

Protective textiles in the future?

  What is it about?  An interesting article by Dai Xuezhi and Xu Jingkai shows us a prospective analysis of protective textiles against chemical hazards just published in E3S Web of Conferences 267, 02072 (2021) ICESCE 2021 (1) 1°) The actual protective clothing As regards protective clothing, he reminds us that the outer layer is…

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Which PPE for working in nuclear power plants?

Which PPE for working in nuclear power plants?

What is it about? When we talk about a nuclear power plant, we immediately think of ionizing radiation emitted by radioactive products. The radioactive source is external to the body and the exposure is said to be “external”: this phenomenon is called irradiation. But radioelements in the form of particles can enter the body and…

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How to decontaminate in case of chemical contact?

How to decontaminate in case of chemical contact?

Reminder: Immediate or emergency decontamination is the process that consists in eliminating as quickly as possible the chemical, biological or radiological agents that have contaminated a person, in order to avoid the propagation of pathogenic effects, in particular on the skin, and the transfer of contamination. This is not the first time that we have…

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NRBCe: Terrorist Chemical Weapons Attacks

NRBCe: Terrorist Chemical Weapons Attacks

What is it all about? The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) (US Department of homeland security) documents more than 200,000 international and domestic terrorist attacks that took place around the world from 1970 to 2019. By providing details on different aspects of each attack, the GTD database informs analysts, policy makers, academics and journalists about patterns…

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Agent Orange, a chemical agent (BCRNe) from the Vietnam War

Agent Orange, a chemical agent (BCRNe) from the Vietnam War

A civil lawsuit was held on January 21, 2021 in the court of Evry against the chemical companies that produced Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. This news went almost unnoticed, with the coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 monopolizing all the news, yet it reminds us of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War and the use…

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Does synthetic biology have the potential to transform the future of biological warfare?

Does synthetic biology have the potential to transform the future of biological warfare?

What is it about? Stijn Kuipers of King’s College London has published in 2019 an interesting study on the contribution of synthetic biology in the evolution of biological weapons. This is an opportunity for us to redefine what synthetic biology is and to examine in detail what it could contribute to the improvement of biological…

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