Alms. Alms for the GCMS…

Almsco, a division of Markes International, announced that they had launched their TargetView Software package, which has been designed to automate and improve detection and measurement of multiple target chemicals in complex GCMS data sets. The software will allow users to shorten the

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Toxic sludge kills in Hungary

Seven died, with many houses affected, when a heavy metal rich sludge affected a 19 mile stretch of the river Danube in Hungary. MAL Hungarian Aluminium’s chemical reservoir burst, resulting in miles of pollution, the company has made 110,000 Euros available as immediate aid to the affected

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Is that a canoe in your pocket?

Smiths Detection, perhaps in timely response to the attempted ass-assassination of Prince bin Nayaf (see below) announced that their B-Scan provided fast, non-intrusive internal and external search for hidden weapons and other contraband. The device uses a smaller dose that backscatter x-ray

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You CAD!

General Dynamics Armaments and Technical Products (GDATP) announced that they have launched their I-SCAD, stand off chemical detector. Based on the US Military’s JSLSCAD the I-SCAD will provide customers with on-the-move passive IR detection capability in 360 degrees. Covering a wide spectrum

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Halfway house

Russia clained that nearly half of their chemical weapons stockpile has been destroyed. Itar-Tass announced that the Ministry for Trade and Industry had destroyed 19,300 tons of chemical weapons and that two more facilities were going to be commissioned shortly. Under the OCPW Russia needs to

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Israel prepares…

There have been signs of increased CBRN defence capability towards a, currently, nebulous (but no doubt intelligence driven) threat, but a Summit in Herzloya has perhaps given a further insight into their concerns. Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel, director of the National Security Council's

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Hold me. I’m feeling PROTECTed

Smiths Detection announced that they had been awarded a five year contract from the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) for a continuation of detection systems and an upgrade of their libraries and radiological detection. The system forms part of PROTECT, Program for Response

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Smiths news

Smiths announced that it has been awarded multiple contracts for the expansion of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) chemical detection programme - PROTECT. This programme has been running for five years in DC, New York and Boston, and this expansion will see an upgrade

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Russian moves ahead?

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that they had destroyed 45% of the chemical weapon stockpile – as required under the CWC – and they felt confident of destroying the rest by 2012. It’s a big hope.

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25 years later

Indian officials denied that Union Carbides Bhopal facility is still leaking dangerous toxins into the drinking water. 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate, in what was the world’s worst chemical disaster, and Bhopal Medical Appeal are adamant that the damage is still being done -

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Royal protection

The UK’s Royal Society published a new report – Making the UK Safer: detecting and decontaminating chemical and biological agents – with recommendations to protect the UK against CBRN threats. Copies of the review are available here:

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No news is good news?

The Iraqi Supreme Court named and shamed 460 foreign companies of selling chemicals to the Hussein regime, yet despite this there have been no law suits against them. An Iraqi Parliamentary Committee is lobbying for action, yet, it would seem that the government/Supreme Court is seeing the

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War C(brn)rimes

The Netherlands was expected to press that the International Criminal Court expanded its definition of war crimes to include the use of CB weapons. The Netherlands was backing a Belgian measure to include chemical and biological weapons in War Crimes, as opposed to a Mexican proposal that

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ER

Israel has created their first secure ER facility that will protect patients from suspected Hizbullah chemical, and conventional, weapon attacks. The $14 million project is part of a plan that includes a complete underground hospital – including cardiac and cancer care, a children’s hospital

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Bill Passed

The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill intended to improve security at the nations biological research facilities. The panel voted 8-1 in favour of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2009, it is not apparent when the

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Libya joins the ‘Demil is harder than we thought’ Club

Libya has been forced to ask for more time to destroy their chemical stockpile of 25 tons of mustard. They already have until April 2012, but their decision not to have the US high-temperature incinerator, or it could be further Libyan finangling over the amount of financial assistance that it

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th the Raven – sarin!

Smiths Detection, meanwhile, has its eyes set on loftier heights as they work on UAV chemical detection. Working with ECBC and AeroVironment, manufacturer of the Raven UAV, they will contend with other companies in this field (such as Environics) to allow airborne early warning of chemical

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Oh god, he didn’t say foolproof did he?

Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal was breezily confident when discussing the preparations for the international 'Commonwealth Games’ in 2010: “'Delhi has successfully organized various international meets. […] Not only [for the] Games but we are looking at the security of the city

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You Ponce!

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have developed what they think it a high speed test to deal with biological contamination detection. Adrian Ponce within JPL has used a method using dipicolonic acid as a trigger for a luminescing effect on terbium - terbium is the chemical that generates the

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