DHS S&T Launch Online SARS-CoV-2 Airborne Decay Calulator

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) added an online calculator last week that estimates the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 in the air.

The calculator is based on research still underway at S&T’s National Biodefense Analysis and

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START developing tools to identify potential CBRN threats

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is creating a process to identify potential CBRN threats from non-state actors.

Advancing U.S. CWMD/CWMT Capabilities in Support of the SIGMA+ Program through Development of Anticipatory Human Social

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Vaccine made from mosquito spit could help prevent epidemics

In a new study published this week in The Lancet, NIAID scientists describe the results of a small Phase 1 trial of a vaccine designed to provide broad protection against mosquito-borne diseases. The trial indicated that the vaccine is safe and induces a strong immune

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IAEA Launches Initiative to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, launched an initiative today to strengthen global preparedness for future pandemics like COVID-19. The project, called ZODIAC, builds on the IAEA’s experience in assisting countries in the use of

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Innovative PAPR from Sweden

The Tiki Respiratory Protection Mask

Tiki was developed in Sweden, intended for use in demanding settings with the highest requirements of protection against airborne particles and bacteria. The Tiki mask is reusable, has self-adjusting ventilation and is operated with batteries. The

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Russia Signs In New Nuclear Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new government policy for nuclear deterrence yesterday that apparently allows the use of nuclear weapons in response to conventional arms attacks.  

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Hash Oil Factory Explosion Injure Firefighters

An explosion in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters, with more than 230 sent to put out the blaze in what has been described as a factory making cannabis oil.

Captain Erik Scott of the Los Angeles fire department said “one significant explosion” shook the neighborhood

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Czech Mayors in Hiding Due to Mystery Russian Poison Plot

Three Czech political figures have gone into hiding after it was believed they were being targeted by a Russian assasin in retaliation for affronts to Moscow. 

It was reported that a Russian man had entered Prague a few weeks ago with an unspecified quantity of ricin in his

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DroneShield Release RfPatrol MKII

DroneShield Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the next generation version of its body-worn drone detection device, RfPatrol MKII™.
 
The original RfPatrol™ was released in May 2019, having proven to be a well-regarded product, with purchases by a number of high

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USAF Testing Newly Developed System to Fly Infectious Patients

On April 21 a joint Air Force team, led by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Air Force’s CBRN Defense Systems Branch, delivered a rapidly developed containment system prototype that will enable as many as 28 COVID-positive patients to be transported aboard a C-17 in response to

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Less Than Patient Zero

We’ve been fairly quiet about COVID here, largely because any reporting is quickly over taken by events. Scientific advice has remained fairly consistent, but how that is applied nationally and the impact of rising rates of infection is hugely variable.

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More Radioactive Substances Found at Jakarta Housing Complex

In a follow up to the story we posted on March 2nd the National Police’s criminal investigation department (Bareskrim) in Jakarta have discovered more radioactive materials at the Batan Indah housing complex, one month after authorities made a similar discovery in the same residential

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CEPI grants $9M to Inovio to develop coronavirus vaccine

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, USA has announced the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has awarded Inovio a grant of up to $9 million to develop a vaccine against the recently emerged strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This initial CEPI funding will support Inovio's

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Doomsday Clock 2020

Doomsday Clock Now Closer to Midnight Than Ever in Its History; Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Cite Worsening Nuclear Threat, Lack of Climate Action & Rise of “Cyber-Enabled Disinformation Campaigns” in Moving Clock Hand; Bulletin Joined by The Elders in Announcement

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Emergex Vaccine Candidate for Francisella Tularensis

Emergex Vaccines Holding Limited (‘Emergex’), a biotechnology company developing set-point vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases, has  announced the successful completion of the first step in the development of a candidate vaccine for the Gram-negative intracellular

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Port Neche Chemical Plant Fire Continues to Burn

An explosion rocked a chemical plant early this morning in Texas causing extensive damage across the small city of Port Neches, leaving at least three employees injured, and a mandatory evacuation of everyone within half a mile of the plant. 

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Pneumonic Plague Diagnosed in Beijing

Two people have been diagnosed with Pneumonic Plague in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, both are currently in an unamed hospital and receiving treament. 

Chaoyang Hospital, where the two patients were initially treated, has taken the measure of replacing all the chairs at its

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Kindergarteners Attacked with Caustic Soda

Fifty-four people, including 51 children, were injured after a man sprayed corrosive liquid at them in a kindergarten in Kaiyuan City, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as a 23-year-old man surnamed Kong, broke

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Bringing the HEAT

Story from Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance ( BBK ), in close cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute ( RKI ), carried out an exclusive Hostile Environment Awareness

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Indonesian Security Minister Stabbed in ISIS Inspired Attack

Wiranto, Indonesia's current security minsiter, and former military chief and ex-presidential candidate, was getting out of a car in a town square in Banten province when he was attacked by a man who is reported to have carried out the attack after being exposed to IS

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Florida woman arrested with pipe bombs in her bedroom

Acting on a tip from her parents, Tampa Bay area authorities said Friday they arrested a 27-year-old woman obsessed with the Columbine and Oklahoma City mass killings and discovered pipe bombs, weapons and bomb making materials in her bedroom.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad

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