Expect stepped-up ‘cyber warfare’: UK counter-terrorism expert Michael Clarke has urged the British public to be ready for “cyber warfare” within the next two or three weeks as Russia responds to Friday’s missile attack on Syria.  “It will be an attack on national infrastructure, not just upsetting city firms, but getting inside the transport system, or the health system, or air traffic control,” he said. “It could affect everyone.”  READ MORE

Another warning about cyber intrusions: The U.S. and UK are jointly blaming Moscow for cyber intrusions into the backbone of the internet – the routers and switches that are the gateway for internet access in major corporations and even your home office. The campaign particularly targets internet service providers, private sector firms and critical infrastructure providers in the U.S. and UK, and around the world. READ MORE

THE FUTURE

A good use for chicken manure: It has been eight years in the planning and took 18 months to build but finally Europe’s only biogas plant that is fueled solely on poultry manure is running at full capacity. Sited in part of a fully operational quarry in the heart of Northern Ireland, the plant cost £23 million to construct and can use up to 40,000 tons of poultry manure every year. Although there are other similar plants in China, this is the first poultry manure AD plant to be operational in the UK, Ireland or even the rest of Europe. READ MORE

No, robots probably won’t replace us: There has been growing speculation that a tsunami of innovation powered by artificial intelligence and robotics will disrupt labor markets, generate mass unemployment, and shift the few jobs that remain into the insecure “gig economy.” But there is no reason to believe that the coming technology wave will be any different in pace and magnitude than past waves, argues Robert Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Salmonella outbreak traced to eggs: A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup has infected 23 people in nine states, the Centers for Disease Control reports. Six people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that shell eggs from Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County, N.C., are the likely source, and the farm has voluntarily recalled more than two million shell eggs. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

New prion disease A previously unknown prion disease has been identified in dromedary camels in Algeria, causing scientists to sound the alarm. The dromedary, also known as the Arabian camel, is widely used in North Africa as a beast of burden, but also for its meat and milk. Prions cause fatal and transmissible neurodegenerative diseases, with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “mad cow disease,” as the most well-known example. Prions also cause scrapies in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. READ MORE

Is this tomato engineered? Zachary Lippman, a plant biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, stood among two acres of his experimental crops, including some altered with a gene-editing technology called Crispr-Cas9, one of the most ambitious efforts yet to improve on what nature created. READ MORE

USDA data shows drop in people on food stamps: More than half a million people dropped off the food stamp rolls in a single month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA data reveals that a total of 587,792 people discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between December 2017 and January 2018. READ MORE

La Nina already causing drought: The current La Nina has already had an effect in several countries along the Pacific Rim. La Nina episodes typically lead to drought in the U.S. Southwest, and as of April 5 drought conditions stretched from Oregon south to Southern California and east to northern Missouri, with the hardest hit areas in Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Colorado. Abnormal dryness or moderate drought in other parts of the country, and the U.S. winter wheat crop grown in Plains states has been badly shorted on needed precipitation during this growing season. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Rat city: Months after Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a comprehensive strategy for killing New York City rats right where they feel most comfortable, the second “rattiest city” in the country is looking to take an even more aggressive approach to get rid of the nasty pests once and for all. READ MORE

WEIRD STUFF

A river of curry: A river in the UK city of Bradford have been stained bright yellow, thanks to curry powder. The city has many Indian restaurants serving curry dishes,  and thanks to the city’s ancient plumbing system, the water used to wash plates and pots and pans went straight into an underground river. The restaurant pipes weren’t connected to the city’s sewer system. The underground river fed into the River Aire, and the rest is history. READ MORE