Daily Archives: July 8, 2018

Woman poisoned in U.K. with Novichok nerve agent dies

A woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England died Sunday, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found. London’s Metropolitan Police force said the case had become a homicide investigation now that 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess had died in a hospital in Salisbury. She and her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, ...

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'Actor-whisperer' Jean-Marc Vallée returns to TV with Sharp Objects

Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée is diving back into television for yet another highly-anticipated HBO miniseries. And somewhat similar to his last venture, Big Little Lies, this one can be described as a “heartbreaking family story and a very dark murder mystery,” according to Vallée. Sharp Objects features Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker, who’s been sent back to her hometown of ...

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How a bacteria-detecting strip of plastic film could make best-before dates irrelevant

It’s impossible to tell if meat is contaminated with potentially deadly E. coli bacteria by simply smelling or looking at it, but one day a glance at the plastic packaging could let consumers know if it’s safe to eat. That’s the hope of a team of researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. They’ve developed a thin, plastic patch they call Sentinel Wrap that ...

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Internal memo raises red flag over quake warning system

Earthquake- and tsunami-monitoring systems may have been put at risk after Shared Services Canada – Ottawa’s controversial IT department – was handed the job of maintaining the aging equipment and data centres. That’s a red flag in an internal memo from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) discussing whether Canada has adequate infrastructure to help alert citizens about threats to coastlines, especially in ...

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Kuwait's highest court sentences lawmakers to prison

Kuwait’s highest court on Sunday ordered an opposition leader and several lawmakers imprisoned for 3½ years over the 2011 storming of parliament during the country’s Arab Spring protests. The case before Kuwait’s Court of Cassation involved dozens of politicians, activists and others. The defendants were initially acquitted in the years-long case, but a shock court decision in November resurrected the charges ...

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