(Tomsk Polytechnic University) Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with colleagues from different countries have developed a new sensor with two layers of nanopores. In the conducted experiments, this sensor showed its efficiency as a sensor for one of the doping substances from chiral molecules. The research findings are published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics (IF: 10,257; Q1) academic journal.
Lycra louts fiddled files to make them faster, but automation overtook their antics Virtual cycling company Zwift has banned two riders for fiddling with data they uploaded to the service, and which helped them to do better in races.…
It’s not for the needle-shy. The drugs are sold in vials, and users reconstitute the powder in sterile water, suck the substance into a syringe, stick the needle under their skin, and blast it into their body. These are peptides, short chains of amino acids that, when made naturally in the body, serve a wide range of functions, including stimulating the release of human growth hormone to build muscle and repair injury. Olympic athletes, bodybuilders, and major leaguers have sought out synthetic versions or variants of peptides, easily manufactured in a lab, in an attempt to speed recovery from injury… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon
The Markup discovered 66 listings for peptides that aren't approved by the FDA and have been banned by the World-Anti Doping Agency.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has removed dozens of listings for peptides, drugs that can be used for doping, after an investigation from The Markup found 66 examples of such products on the site. Peptides are made naturally in the body, but synthetic versions, which can be sold in vials and then reconstituted and injected, are often used as performance-enhancing drugs since they can speed recovery from injuries. According to The Markup, in recent weeks Amazon had been carrying listings for peptides not on the US Food and Drug Administration’s list of approved drugs, months after telling the publication in May that it would start cracking down, and several of those drugs have been classified by the World Anti-Doping Agency as doping drugs. The drugs were... Continue reading…
(Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) Skoltech researchers and their colleagues from Aalto University have discovered that electrochemical doping with ionic liquid can significantly enhance the optical and electrical properties of transparent conductors made of single-walled carbon nanotube films.
The BCCI, in an announcement, said that Shaw had unknowingly ingested a banned substance, which may be casually found in the cough syrups.* BCCI stated that it's a zero-sufferance approach towards the doping in cricket* Prithvi Shaw's sample of urine was tested positive for substance brutalize* The Board but is happy with Shaw’s explanation that he had consumed the substance unknowinglyToday Sports News: Indian take a look at opener Prithvi Shaw has been suspended by Board of management for Cricket (BCCI) India until 2019 November 15, for the doping violation.Mr. Prithvi Shaw was suspended for registered with metropolis Cricket Association, he was suspended for violation.
In the summer of 1907, a German doctor named Clemens von Pirquet noticed something strange with one of his patients.The test involved injecting a tiny bit of TB protein just under the skin.His antibodies recognized it, activating immune cells which formed a little bump at the injection site.His report on this strange phenomenon was the first clue that the measles virus didn’t just cause a high fever and a nasty rash.Since then, advances in modern science have helped fit together the puzzle of how the virus simultaneously induces, among its survivors, lifelong protection from measles itself, while crippling victims’ immune systems against other infectious agents, sometimes for years.The new research shows exactly how the measles virus devastates the cells that produce antibodies, damaging the body’s ability to remember the pathogens it’s already been exposed to and inducing a profound “immune amnesia.” With measles surging globally once again, understanding the virus’ long-lasting effects could have sweeping implications for public health.
As the world prepares for the Tokyo Summer Games in 2020, Microsoft has announced that it has tracked significant cyberattacks targeting anti-doping authorities and global sporting organizations from a hacker group known as Fancy Bear or Strontium.In a blog post, the software giant revealed that the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center has been carefully following the activity of the group which also goes by the name APT28.According to Microsoft, at least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations across three continents were targeted in this latest round of cyberattacks which began on September 16.The attacks themselves occurred just before the news broke that the World Anti-Doping Agency was planning on taking further action ahead of next year's Summer Olympics.While some of the attacks were successful, Microsoft has said that the majority were not and the company has notified all of the customers targeted in these attacks.Strontium or Fancy Bear if you prefer, is one of the world's oldest cyber espionage groups and it has also been called Sofancy and Pawn Storm by a number of security firms and government officials.
This according to the team at Microsoft, who have long been tracking the group also known as APT28 or Strontium.Redmond says that the attacks began in mid-September on the eve of new reports that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had found Russia's main sport testing labs to be missing key databases chronicling the outcome of tests on Russian athletes."At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations across three continents were targeted in these attacks which began September 16," Microsoft corporate VP of customer security and trust Tom Burt explained."Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not.Microsoft has notified all customers targeted in these attacks and has worked with those who have sought our help to secure compromised accounts or systems."Redmond notes that this isn't the first time the Fancy Bear crew has taken aim at anti-doping groups.
The Fancy Bear is back on the prowl.Microsoft said the Russian state-backed hacking group has targeted at least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.The campaigns mounted by the threat actor — also known by a variety of monikers like APT28, Sofacy, and Strontium — is said to have started on September 16, shortly before reports emerged about possible action by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Russian athletes.The Windows maker said the attacks involved the use of spearphishing, brute force password spraying, exploiting internet-connected devices, and the use of both open-source and custom malware.The company hasn’t divulged the exact specifics of the attack or the group’s motivation behind them, but stated it notified all the targeted customers and that it worked with those who sought its help to secure compromised accounts.“Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not,” Microsoft‘s Tom Burt said.
Fancy Bear, the Russian-sponsored hacker group, recently conducted “significant cyberattacks” on 16 national and international sports and anti-doping organizations, and at least some of the offensives were successful, Microsoft said on Monday.The attacks began on September 16, just days ahead of news reports that the World Anti-Doping Agency, often known as WADA, had opened proceedings against Russian athletes after finding inconsistencies in lab data.US athletes’ doping tests published by Russian hackers, agency saysThe attacks are only the latest brazen steps the group has taken to shield against or retaliate for allegations of cheating by Russian Olympic athletes.In 2016, WADA blamed Fancy Bear for a hack that stole confidential medical data.Two years later, hackers WADA identified as Fancy Bear published private emails taken from the International Olympic Committee.
Russia's state-sponsored hackers have a few predictable fixations: NATO-country embassies.But a less expected target has somehow remained in their sights for more than three years: the Olympics—and specifically anyone who would dare to accuse Russian athletes of cheating.On Monday, Microsoft revealed in a blog post that the Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear, APT28, or Strontium recently targeted no fewer than 16 anti-doping agencies around the world; in some cases those attacks were successful.Microsoft notes that the hackers, long believed to be working in the service of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU, began their attacks on September 16, just ahead of reports that the Worldwide Anti-Doping Agency had found "inconsistencies" in Russian athletes' compliance with anti-doping standards, which may lead to the country's ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, just as they were from Pyeongchang in 2018.The Olympics-related attacks are remarkable not for their novelty, but for their sheer doggedness.The GRU, after all, has been hacking anti-doping agencies—including WADA—since 2016, in retaliation for investigations of Russian doping.
This weekend, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair had tested positive for swine flu.The diagnosis was made on late Friday after the pigs began showing symptoms of the illness on Thursday, July 27.No humans have been reported as ill due to exposure to these pigs, which were isolated after the test results came back.Officials with the Fowlerville Fair Board, Michigan State University Extension, and Livingston County Health Department have started contacting individuals and exhibitors that attended the fair and may have been in close contact with the infected animals.Anyone who had contact with these pigs and who start to develop flu-like symptoms is urged to get in contact with the local health department.Swine flu primarily impacts pigs but can be transmitted to humans who happen to come in contact with air containing the virus, something that can happen in situations as simple as being near a sick pig when it sneezes.
The molecule used, called beta-cyclodextrin, has a funnel shape with a hydrophobic inside and a hydrophilic outside.The combination of these two properties works together to ensure that only molecules of the correct size and type will fit inside - thus ensuring the sensor only detects substances it is tuned for.The process, which involves electrochemically grafting the beta-cyclodextrin onto the surface of graphite electrodes, is also easy to apply - it can be added in one simple step within minutes, without any special equipment or harmful chemicals - something the researchers believe makes the process cheap and scalable.Although the use of cyclodextrin on sensors is not new, other methods to create similar sensor coatings have been, up until now, more complex and expensive.Tests showed this new method also produces sensors around ten times more sensitive than the best existing sensors based on cyclodextrin.Dr Stijn Mertens, Senior Lecturer in Electrochemical Surface Science at Lancaster University's Department of Chemistry, and lead researcher, said: "This one-step modification holds substantial promise for the routine production of inexpensive, yet robust and high-performing electrochemical sensors.
Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters was given the all-clear on Tuesday after authorities determined that an alert for the deadly sarin nerve agent had been a false alarm.On Monday morning four of the company’s postal warehouses were evacuated and two Facebook staff were examined by paramedics after a parcel tested positive for sarin in routine tests.But fire and hazardous materials testing teams found no harmful substances, according to the Menlo Park fire service.A second test on the parcel returned a negative result, but FBI agents and investigators in protective suits continued to sweep the area into the early hours of Tuesday.Facebook’s own security staff were also involved in the probe.The alert was triggered by a machine in Facebook’s postal facility that scans all mail and packages for dangerous substances, the Menlo Park Fire District said.
More than two dozen Central Park raccoons have died in an ongoing viral outbreak that causes “zombie” behavior in the critters, authorities determined.Of 26 raccoons found dead inside the park since June 24, two tested positive for the canine distemper virus, which doesn’t affect humans but can spread to unvaccinated dogs, officials with the city Health and Parks departments revealed on Saturday.The other 24 are believed to be infected by distemper because their deaths were clustered in such a short time and area.The latest raccoon corpse was found at East 106th Street and East Drive on Saturday morning.Parks staff also have witnessed distemper symptoms in living raccoons.“They looked like they were circulating, wandering, having spasms,” said Dr. Sally Slavinski, an assistant director at the Health Department.
In the constant battle between doping athletes and the officials trying to catch them, the athletes have almost always remained ahead of the curve.They’re the better-funded side in the war and can stay ahead of the latest testing methods that regulatory agencies are using.Most notably, in cycling, it’s an open secret that many of the sport’s athletes are on some kind of doping regimen.Lance Armstrong, the disgraced American cyclist who became the sport’s most popular figure before admitting to years of doping, was able to pass drug tests throughout his career despite being the most tested athlete on the planet.So, the testing agencies are in dire need of help.Hoping to narrow the divide between the cheaters and the testing methods is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which recently announced it would begin using artificial intelligence systems to help flag suspected cheaters across all sports.
Irrepressible British athlete Bradley Wiggins is embroiled in not one, but two potentially career-ending controversies, in doping and tax avoidance - two of the most frowned upon activities a sportsman and public figure can be accused of.One year later he was knelt in front of the Queen and became Sir Bradley.Wiggins was the breath of fresh air bringing dignity and credibility back to a sport that had lost its biggest icon in Armstrong, stripped of all achievements from 1998 onwards.But now Wiggins' reputation is at risk too.Wiggins was accused of investing in a scheme that used a charity as a front to deprive the tax man of £100m.As a result, he still has a full diary of gigs.
Doping—throughout the history of the Olympics—tends to happens more in the Summer Games than in the Winter Games.Based on the numbers from the games between 1968 and 2014, the Summer Olympics have nearly double the percentage of reported doping cases than the Winter Olympics.Overall, 0.44% of doping tests from the Summer Olympics came back positive, compared with 0.28% of tests from the Winter Olympic—that’s 144 out of 26,900 summer doping tests, and 22 out of 7,783 winter tests.Though there isn’t formal academic research on the topic, it’s easy to generate reasons why it might be the case, says Thomas Hunt, author of Drug Games: The International Olympic Committee and the Politics of Doping, 1960-2008.There are more summer sports that make a lot of money, potentially, for athletes compared to the Winter Games.” Sponsorships are easier to come by for high-profile sports, and there are more high-profile sports in the summer than in the winter (think track, gymnastics, swimming)—but athletes have to perform well to land a deal.According to the International Olympic Committee, 3.5 billion people across the world tuned in for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, compared with an audience of 2.1 billion for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
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