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2016 HONG KONG International Conference on Chemical, Biological and Medical Sciences (CBMS-16) May 16-17, 2016

2016 Hong Kong International Conference on Chemical, Biological and Medical Sciences (CBMS-16) scheduled on May 16-17, 2016 at Hong Kong is for the scientists, scholars, engineers and students from the Universities all around the world and the industry to present ongoing research activities, and hence to foster research relations between the Universities and the industry. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. The conference is sponsored by Universal Researchers (UAE). All the submitted conference papers will be peer reviewed by the program/technical committees of the Conference. All accepted papers of the conference will be published in the printed conference proceedings with valid International ISBN number that will be registered at: London, UK.
The Proceedings of the Conference will be published by UR-CPS (Conference Publishing Services) and will be will be archived in UR’s Engineering & Technology Digital Library. Each Paper will be assigned Digital Object Identifier(DOI) from CROSSREF. Later, the Proceedings of the conferences will be submitted to ISI Thomson/SCOPUS for review and possible indexing. In addition the proceedings will be indexed at Google and Google Scholar and all major search engines.

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Grass mattresses used at sewerage treatment plant to help purify sewage

ABC News Elly Bradfield 26 March 2016

A trial at a Lockyer Valley sewerage treatment facility hopes to change the way waste water is treated by using mattresses to reduce chemical and electricity use.  The plant at Forrest Hill, west of Brisbane, is using floating mattresses to purify sewage.

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Legionella found at Longreach Hospital, Winton health service ‘nothing to be concerned about’

ABC News Sharnie Kim 24 March 2016

Authorities have removed showerheads and flushed the water system at two hospitals in Queensland’s central west after detecting legionella.
They found traces of the bacteria during routine tests at the Longreach Hospital and Winton Multipurpose Health Service.

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Bacterial biofilms in hospital water pipes may show pathogenic properties

(Georgia Institute of Technology 14 March 2016) The human microbiome, a diverse collection of microorganisms living inside us and on our skin, has attracted considerable attention for its role in a broad range of human health issues. Now, researchers are discovering that the built environment also has a microbiome, which includes a community of potentially-pathogenic bacteria living inside water supply pipes.

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Human toll of pollution: WHO says 12.6m die from unhealthy environments each year

Brisbane Times Ariana Eunjung Cha March 17 2016

The World Health Organisation has put a number on the people estimated to have died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment and it’s big -12.6 million.
That number represents one in four of all deaths globally and underscores the devastating impact of the chemicals and waste we’ve been putting into the air, water and earth since the end of World War II.

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Elizabeth Quay: [WA] Department of Health knew bacteria in water playground week before shutdown, report shows

ABC News 16 March 2016

The Department of Health knew a potentially dangerous bacterium was present at the Elizabeth Quay water park eight days before it moved to shut it down, a report has revealed.

Cardwell, Kennedy water supply flushed after low levels of E. coli found

ABC News Frances Adcock 11 March 2016

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council in north Queensland says it will continue flushing the Cardwell water supply over the next few days amid concerns about E coli.  Mayor Bill Shannon hopes the water will be declared safe to drink sometime next week.

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