Poisonous chemical substances, and Russia’s cyberwar techniques



What are chemical pollution doing to our our bodies? It’s a well timed query provided that final week, individuals in Philadelphia cleared grocery cabinets of bottled water after a poisonous leak from a chemical plant spilled right into a tributary of the Delaware River, a supply of consuming water for 14 million individuals. And it was solely final month {that a} practice carrying a set of different hazardous supplies derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, unleashing an unknown amount of poisonous chemical substances.

There’s little question that we’re polluting the planet. With a view to learn how these pollution is perhaps affecting our personal our bodies, we have to work out how we’re uncovered to them. Which chemical substances are we inhaling, consuming, and digesting? And the way a lot? The sector of exposomics, which seeks to review our publicity to pollution, amongst different components, might assist to provide us some much-needed solutions. Learn the complete story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

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