Forensic examination of Wuhan Institute of Virology COVID-19 patient specimens from December 2019 reveals extensive laboratory contamination

Physician-Scientist Steven Quay and a group of international scientists have published a paper, available here, regarding the contamination of Covid-19 patient samples at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) with a variety of unexpected substances, including an undisclosed H7N9 influenza vaccine and the BSL-4 pathogen Nipah. 

The paper makes for a fascinating read,

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Kromek gets the Royal nod

Kromek Group plc, the Sedgefield-based technology company, has formally been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon.

Kromek received the award in April 2020 for its contribution to international trade, the company now exports expanded to more than 40 countries. Due to...

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US Pentagon Force Protection chooses Telerob Telemax Evo Hybrid

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AeroVironment, Inc a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, announced yesterday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Telerob, successfully delivered the United States Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s (PFPA) telemax™ EVO HYBRID unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) order in July 2021. Designed to be operated by PFPA explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and hazardous materials handling...

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Centaur makes overseas debut

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Teledyne FLIR will display its Centaur UGV at DSEI 2021 in London from 14-17 September — the first time that the UGV will be seen in public outside the US.

David Viens, ex-US Army officer and VP for business development at Teledyne FLIR Unmanned Integrated Solutions, told Shephard: ‘The UGV was originally designed...

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French student builds homemade bombs with uranium oxide from eBay

Originally published in the Daily Sabah

Police in northeastern France have arrested a student accused of building homemade bombs using uranium oxide allegedly purchased from auction site eBay, media reports said Wednesday.

According to French humor magazine Canard, the 26-year-old man who suffers from psychiatric disorders was arrested and indicted...

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Can't keep a good man down...

CBRNe World was delighted to hear that our old Deputy Editor has managed to achieve the lofty heights of SO1 CCBRN in the British Army. This is a new role that will assist in providing leadership to the Army CCBRN campaign and provide greater assistance to the UK in working with...

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Two more cases of novel Alaskapox virus reported

Following on from the detection In 2015 and 2020 of two novel orthopox cases in the Fairbanks area of Alaska, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has recently reported that two additional infections were detected in July and August, of this year. 

The orthopox, named Alaskapox virus, isn't related to...

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GE Research Developing Handheld, Wearable Detector

Scientists at GE Research have won a five-year award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to develop a Compact Vapor Chemical Agent Detector (CVCAD) to provide first responders with an early warning of the presence of dangerous chemicals in all-weather and field-operational conditions.

GE’s handheld, wireless detector will instantly...

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