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Researchers develop bird flu diagnostic device

Bird flu outbreaks cause disruption for farmers Credit: ITV Anglia

Norfolk scientists have been given a grant to help create new technology to help diagnose bird flu.

The disease has caused major problems for the region's poultry farmers, leading to restriction zones and culls. It's hoped researchers at Iceni Diagnostics want to create a hand held diagnostic machine.

The device could be used by a vet on-farm. The device would use a carbohydrate-based chemical, developed in ID's Norwich Research Park laboratories, which latches on to the avian influenza virus, providing an instant diagnosis and speeding up a process that currently requires samples to be sent off for testing. It's hoped this new method might reduce the need for precautionary mass culls of poultry in the future.

The work has been made possible thanks to a £60,000 grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.

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Pollution satellite built in Stevenage launches from Russia

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A pollution monitoring satellite built in Stevenage is being launched today from Russia to monitor pollution levels across the globe.

It comes after a World Health Organisation warning that pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV.

The satellite, Sentinel-5 Precursor, will be able to map a number of gases including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols.

Scientists hope it will give a global picture of where the situation is worst, and which countries and industries our pumping out the most pollution.

No woman, no hi-tech: Exhibition on women's role in computing

A major new exhibition has opened in Cambridge - highlighting the often untold story of women in computing and technology.

Called Where Did All the Women Go? the exhibition at the Museum of Computing History in Cambridge runs until the end of the month.

As well as highlighting hidden figures there's also a major events programme. It's hoped it might encourage girls to consider a career in computing.

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