FLASHBACK: Novichok expert: ‘No one survives exposure to it’

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If Sergei and Yulia Skripal survive being poisoned by Novichok nerve agent, they may be left suffering illnesses that ruin their lives – which may be the point of the attack, security experts have warned.

The case of a Russian military scientist accidentally exposed to Novichok appears to show that even surviving the effects of the supertoxic nerve agent is horrific.

Andrei Zheleznyakov was said to have been injected with an antidote almost immediately, but a friend said he still went from being a jovial, creative man to suffering “chronic weakness, toxic hepatitis, epilepsy, severe depression and an inability to concentrate“, before dying five years later.

And The Independent has been told that the Salisbury nerve agent attack may have been part of a plan to leave a Mafia-style “calling card” showing anyone, anywhere in the world that if they betrayed or defied Russia, they wouldn’t just get a bullet in the back of the head – they would die horribly.

Dr Patricia Lewis, research director for International Security at Chatham House, said whoever used a Novichok chemical against the Skripals would have known it would be traced back to Russia.

She said British experts would have been able to detect minute trace elements proving the nerve agent’s country of origin, and would therefore have been able to rule out the possibility it was from stocks developed by other nations for the purposes of devising defences against it.

The experts, she said, would not just have relied on the fact Russia was the country which developed Novichok. “There are ways to detect and be much more sure about where it came from,” said Dr Lewis, who served on the 2004-6 WMD Commission chaired by Dr Hans Blix.

“There are very high resolution analysis techniques that can track down trace elements, certain types of chemicals in the particular region where it has been made.”

“Russia knows there are techniques to pinpoint where something came from,” Dr Lewis added. “Whoever did this would know this was traceable back to Russia. So why use such an obvious thing, leaving such an obvious trace?”

One possible reason, said Dr Lewis, could have been a desire to send a strong message. “This clearly wasn’t just a bullet to the head,” she said. “This was a communication – along with the polonium attack [on Alexander Litvinenko] – that this is going to be a horrible way to die.

“The communication is there to people who have, in their view, betrayed Russia. It’s a very Mafia-type approach, by people who want to frighten.”

The experience of Andrei Zheleznyakov appears to suggest the effects of Novichok can be horrific even if you survive.

Mr Zheleznyakov is understood to have been a military chemist, testing the “finished product” as it was being developed in secret in Moscow.

According to an account relayed by Vil Mirzayanov to David E Hoffman, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy, Zheleznyakov was exposed after a ventilation pipe broke at the secret facility in 1987.

“The pipe somehow broke,” Hoffman wrote, “And the poison leaked into the air. Zheleznyakov quickly sealed the leak, but it was too late. He felt the impact immediately – myosis, the constriction of the pupil of the eye.

“‘I saw rings before my eyes – red, orange,” he later recalled. “Bells were ringing inside my head. I choked. Add to this the feeling of fear – as if something was about to happen at any moment. I sat down and told the guys: I think it has ‘got’ me.

“‘They dragged me out of the room and took me to the chief. He looked at me and said, ‘Have a cup of tea, everything will be fine.’ I drank the tea and immediately threw up.

“‘They took me to the medical unit,’ he added, ‘where I was injected with an antidote. I felt a little better. The chief told me: ‘Go home and lie down. Come back tomorrow.’

“‘They assigned me an escort, and we walked past a few bus stops. We were already passing the church near Ilyich Square, when suddenly I saw the church lighting up and falling apart. I remember nothing else.'”

Hoffman said Zheleznyakov was taken to a hospital where KGB agents made the doctors sign lifelong secrecy agreements, and told medics the military chemist was suffering from food poisoning after eating a dodgy sausage.

Zheleznyakov, it seems, spent 18 days in intensive care but survived. His life, however, appears to have been ruined.

Using information from Mirzayanov, who now lives in the US after revealing the existence of the Novichok programme in 1992, Hoffman wrote: “At the end of the hospitalisation, he [Zheleznyakov] was given a pension and told to remain silent.

“Zheleznyakov suffered after-effects for a long time, including chronic weakness in his arms, toxic hepatitis, epilepsy, severe depression and an inability to concentrate.

“Zheleznyakov had been a jovial man and was known as a talented woodcarver, but the accident left him unable to work or be creative. He died five years after the accident.”

Major General Chip Chapman, the former head of counter terrorism at the Ministry of Defence, agreed it was likely that part of the motivation for using such a devastating weapon was to intimidate potential internal and external opponents of Vladimir Putin’s government.

Mr Chapman said: “The use of any chemical agent is a psychological thing, and this is a psychological message, not necessarily to Britain, but to those who are political opponents or potential traitors to the Russians in any country.

“It sends a message a lot wider than just to the UK audience. It is part of what the Russians are up to at the moment.”

Dr Lewis stressed she could only speculate about motive and the identity of whoever attacked the Skripals.

She couldn’t entirely rule out the possibility that rogue elements in the Russian establishment had acted without the approval of Vladimir Putin’s government, but she said such a freelance operation was unlikely.

State-sponsored action, she said, was the more likely scenario.

“This stuff is very dangerous,” said Dr Lewis. “It would be highly guarded. The idea that somehow it was let out by rogue elements seems a bit of a stretch.”

The Russian government has accused Britain of engaging in hysterical propaganda in suggesting it might have had some link to the Salisbury poisoning.

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Driverless cars could let you choose who survives in a crash

Would you ride in a car that was prepared to kill you? An “ethical knob” could let the owners of self-driving cars choose their car’s ethical setting. You could set the car to sacrifice you for the survival of others, or even to always sacrifice others to save you.

The dilemma of how self-driving cars should tackle moral decisions is one of the major problems facing manufacturers. When humans drive cars, instinct governs our reaction to danger. When fatal crashes occur, it is usually clear who is responsible.

But if cars are to drive themselves, they cannot rely on instinct, they must rely on code. And when the worst happens will it be the software engineers, the manufacturers or the car owner who is ultimately responsible?

People’s attitudes to the issue are also complicated. A 2015 study found that most people think a driverless car should be utilitarian, taking actions to minimise the amount of overall harm, which might mean sacrificing its own passengers in certain situations. But while people agreed to this in principle, they also said they would never get in a car that was prepared to kill them.

Go “full altruist”

“We wanted to explore what would happen if the control and the responsibility for a car’s actions were given back to the driver,” says Guiseppe Contissa at the University of Bologna in Italy, who along with his colleagues has come up with a solution.

The team have designed a dial that will switch a car’s setting from “full altruist” to “full egoist”, with the middle setting being impartial. They think their ethical knob would work not only for self-driving cars, but for all areas of industry that are becoming increasingly autonomous.

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Student Survives Mostly On 150 Bananas a Week, As Part of “Fruitarian” Diet

21-year-old Dane Nash, from Bristol, UK, gets around 80% of his daily calorie intake from bananas, consuming up to 150 yellow fruits every week. Despite doctors’ warnings, the young “fruitarian” claims that the banana-heavy diet provides “amazing health, endless energy and fantastic all-round well-being”.

Dane embraced the vegan lifestyle two years ago, as a way to solve his acne problem. Before that, he had tried vegetarianism, but after doing some research, he decided that going raw was the way to go. He says that all other species consume raw food for a reason – it’s good for them – but people at one point started cooking various foods, which really isn’t very good for us. For about half a year, Nash has been on a raw-only diet, with only a few slip-ups, like the occasional cooked rice. He gets most of his nutrients from ample quantities of bananas, mixes with lots of spinach and other leafy vegetables, as well as berries.

The fruitarian told BBC that his typical daily diet consists of two large smoothies (8 to 12 bananas blended with half a pound of spinach) in the morning, a lunch of berries, pears or other fruit blended with another 8 to 12 bananas, and, in the evening, a big salad (at least a pound of leafy greens and other vegetables). All of this amounts to around 3,000 calories per day, which is above the daily recommended intake, although you couldn’t really tell by looking at him.

“Bananas are the best way to go,” Nash said. “They’re the best tropical fruits that are readily available in the UK. They’re cheap, they’re consistent in terms of calories, and they’re consistent in terms of nutrients, too. This diet has helped me a lot in taking control of my health and my life, and I’m now healthier than ever. I cannot recommend it enough.”

The Bristol-based fruitarian consumes up to 150 bananas per week, so he always a supply of them at home. He buys four or five 18kg crates of yellow fruits every month, and likes to eat them when they are nice and ripe. “They should be brown and spotty. They should almost look like they’re about to go off,” he says. “When they’re like that, they’re the sweetest that they can be, and they’re soft as well.”

Although they make up around 80% of his daily calorie intake, Dane Nash also supplements his diet with Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, as well as spirulina, which he claims contains very nutrient that the body needs.

Nutrition experts don’t really agree with Dane’s diet, claiming that it is missing important elements, and most importantly, diversity.

“This diet lacks very important nutrients, particularly protein and fat, micronutrients (especially fat soluble nutrients) – and, very importantly, variety,” said Lucy Patterson, a Nutritional Therapist at Southville Nutrition Clinic in Bristol. “There is a healthier way to eat a vegan diet, but unfortunately this person is missing some significant aspects of it.”


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Unbelievable: Teen’s baby survives abortion only to be abducted by midwife & sold


A woman in China who had an abortion was shocked to find that the midwife had ‘saved’ the child and sold him to another family.

In April 2013, 18-year-old Lili from Inner Mongolia found out she was pregnant and didn’t tell anyone until she reached 35 weeks.

Accompanied by her brother, she underwent an abortion which she was told was successful. However some three days later she was told by police that the child had been saved by a nurse.

The procedure went smoothly and when it came to pay the costs of the procedure, Lili also paid for the 20 yuan (£2.27) disposal fee of the fetus, reports Sina.

The maternity nurse Liang Xiaohua confessed that she felt the fetus had the possibility of surviving.

Liang Xiaohua said that she heard the child crying and took it out from the plastic bag to rescue. She attached the baby to oxygen and gave it water while she hid it in a cupboard.

The nurse was overheard calling someone and asking if they wanted a child and telling them that she did not know if it was a boy or a girl.

She sold it to her cousin who took the child to her home.

Local villagers became suspicious of the cousin and informed police of the baby.

Some three days later, Lili found out that the baby had not died during the abortion and that the child had been sold.

Lili asked the police about the child’s whereabouts but would not reveal where it was. She claimed that officers then became unresponsive.

Lili visited multiple Health Bureaus and Family Planning Bureaus however they would not tell her about her child.

Hongshan District Public Security Bureau deputy commander Zhang said he came to the conclusion that the baby was abducted. However a petition would not be filed.

Eventually on January 8, 2014, Liang Xiaohua was arrested on suspicion of child abduction. Lili asked Liang Xiaohua for compensation including medical costs, lawyer’s fees and support costs of 1.1 million yuan (£124,000).

Liang Xiaohua was sentenced to two years in prison for the abduction of the child. However Lili was not granted compensation.

Lili appealed but had no such luck.

In February 2014, Hongshan District Public Security Bureau deputy commander Zhang and three other members of staff were found guilty for dereliction of duty but were not handed sentences.

The court case was finally closed in May 2017.

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Fisherman, 73, Miraculously Survives After 9-Foot-Long Great White Shark Jumps on His Boat

A 73-year-old fisherman’s survival was nothing short of a miracle after a great white shark jumped into his boat.

Read: Teen Escapes Shark Attack by Punching It After She’s Bitten

Terry Selwood, an elderly man from Evans Head, Australia, was fishing alone over the weekend when Marine Rescue NSW was alerted to the emergency.

When they arrived, the rescue crew wrote on Facebook that they saw the 73-year-old on the side of his 19-foot ship, “covered in blood with numerous lacerations on his right arm.”

Selwood had apparently been in the boat by himself when a 9-foot-long great white shark suddenly leaped onto his boat. The shark continued to thrash on the deck of his boat, injuring the man in the process.

He was eventually able to reach the side of his boat, and out of the shark’s way, when he called for an emergency rescue.

“Thankfully, the fisherman only suffered fright and a number of lacerations which resulted in a few stitches,” Marine Rescue NSW reported.

They were able to bring him onto a rescue ship before helicopters airlifted him to safety.

Read: Expert Gives Tips to Protect Yourself Against Shark Attack: ‘Punch a Shark in the Snout, Grab His Gills’

The rescue team said Selwood’s boat, with the shark still on it, was towed back to shore. The sea predator, which died on the boat, will be used for research.

“He now has an amazing survival story of ‘the one that didn’t get away,’” rescuers joked.

Watch: Student Jumps into Shark-Filled Pool as a Dare, Quickly Realizes His Mistake

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