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James Revill

Research fellow, University of Sussex

James Revill is a Research Fellow with the Harvard Sussex Program, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. Over the course of completing his PhD on the evolution of the Biological Weapons Convention prior to joining the Harvard Sussex Program, he worked as a consultant to the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and completed research fellowships with the Landau Network Centro Volta in Italy and the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre in the UK. Revill’s research interests focus on the evolution of the biological and chemical weapons treaty regimes; the interplay between science and security; and the risks of non-state actor’s adoption and use of chemical, biological and explosive weapons. He has published and presented widely in these areas, including a recent book length study on the history of improvised explosive weapons.

Could gene editing tools such as CRIPSR be used as a biological weapon?

Aug 31, 2017 18:04 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

The gene editing technique CRISPR has been in the limelight after scientists reported they had used it to safely remove disease in human embryos for the first time. This follows a CRISPR craze over the last couple of...

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Economy

U.S. 2-year Treasury yield trades at decade high on rising Fed rate hike expectations; markets eye Chair Powell’s testimony

The U.S. 10-year Treasuries remained flat on Tuesday as investors wait to watch Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powells testimony in front of the Congress, scheduled to be held today by 14:00GMT. However, the countrys 2-year...

UK gilts flat after May employment report shows mixed signals; June CPI seen rising to 2.6 pct y/y

The United Kingdoms gilts remained tad higher during European session Tuesday after the countrys employment report for the month of May showed mixed results. Investors will now turn their focus on the consumer price...

UK gilts flat after May employment report shows mixed signals; June CPI seen rising to 2.6 pct y/y

The United Kingdoms gilts remained tad higher during European session Tuesday after the countrys employment report for the month of May showed mixed results. Investors will now turn their focus on the consumer price...

New Zealand’s Q2 annual CPI bounces back, albeit misses expectations; NZD/USD rises nearly 0.75 pct

New Zealands second-quarter annual consumer price inflation (CPI) bounced back, albeit missing market estimates, while the q/q rate fell in comparison to the previous reading in the first quarter. Following this, the...

New Zealand bonds slump at close despite disappointing Q2 CPI data; eyes on GlobalDairyTrade price auction

New Zealand bonds slumped at close Tuesday as investors have largely shrugged-off the disappointment from the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the second quarter of this year. Focus will now remain on the...

Politics

Poland's judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been...

Arrest and release of Somaliland poet puts spotlight on regional troubles

Poets, writers and bloggers have recently been on the receiving end of political crackdowns in the self-declared independent state of Somaliland. Surges often occur around elections, and most recently due to assertive...

The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians

Although the 2018 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage highlighted the importance of literacy for Indigenous Australians, progress remains slow. But, while reading is widely considered an unmitigated good and...

Mexico's election was a victory for democracy itself

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has won a landslide victory in Mexicos presidential elections. He now stands poised to form the countrys first left-wing government for generations, and...

Nationalism and piety dominate Turkey's election

Turkey goes to the polls to vote for president and parliament on Sunday. As a scholar of the history and politics of the Middle East, I believe the most striking feature of the campaign is the ideological uniformity...

Science

Discovering dopamine's role in the brain: Arvid Carlsson's important legacy

Arvid Carlsson, the Swedish neuroscientist and Nobel laureate, died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 95. He had devoted his life to understanding how the brain works and was awarded the Nobel for his research into dopamine ...

How Novichok is different from radioactive poisons – and what this means for decontamination

A man and a woman were found unconscious in Wiltshire, England, on July, after having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. This is the same substance that was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and...

We need a bank of DNA from dirt and water to protect Australia's environment

Measuring biodiversity used to mean laboriously collecting samples and manually identifying the plants, animals and fungi. This might involve careful inspection under a microscope to spot identifying features. This takes a...

Real, Live Mad Scientists Send Electric Shocks to People's Brains to Make Them Less Violent

For centuries, the fearful image that the common folk has had of innovators is the Mad Scientist persona. Surrounded by all kinds of strange contraptions, these scientists would experiment on live subjects with abandon....

Bacteria Could Be the Key To Breathing on Mars, Study Says

The atmosphere on Mars is so thin that humans wont be able to breathe on the red planet unless they are wearing space suits. With plans to colonize it, wearing the bulky apparel would pose a considerable level of...

Technology

Oracle officially launches Blockchain Cloud Service

Oracle has officially announced the launch of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service an enterprise-grade distributed ledger service allowing organizations to easily build blockchain networks. According to the official...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, News and Updates: Leaks Suggest New Protagonists, Locations; Rockstar Games Denies 2019 Launch

GTA 6 is long overdue and it seems that fans still need to wait a little longer as Rockstar Games is busy with other things. It was reported that the main cause of the delay is Red Dead Redemption 2 as the game developer...

'Far Cry 5' DLC 'Lost on Mars' Release and Latest Updates: Hilarious Opening Cinematic and Gameplay Sure to Surprise Players

Far Cry 5s Lost on Mars downloadable content (DLC) looks set to provide a more light-hearted experience compared to the games main story. Gamespot has posted a preview video of the new DLCs first 16 minutes. ...

Former senior counsel at SEC and BigLaw attorneys enforce Ketsal Consulting to direct Blockchain space from confusion to compliance

The SECs regulation facilitates capital formation, which assists entrepreneurs launch businesses and companies prosperity. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cites that all Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) should be...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: GameStop Lets Fans Vote on Design of Exclusive Poster for Pre-Order Copies

Months before the official release of Kingdom Hearts 3, developer Square Enix started accepting pre-orders through authorized retailers like GameStop. An exclusive treat from GameStop is a real-life poster inspired by the...
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