Korea too!

Lee Sang-woo, chief of the South Korean Presidential Committee on Defence Advancement said that South Korea needed to to 'secure weapons capable of incapacitating the North’s WMD.” Sang-woo went on to say that South Korea needed the precision attack systems capable of defeating North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

Not over yet…

While we wait for the National Academy of Scientists report into the FBI’s scientific methods for indictment of Bruce Ivins the GAO has decided, after a prod from Representative Holt, that they will have a look at the case too. Holt has long been a critic of the FBIs methods...

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Ker-ching!

Emergent Biosolutions announced a $51 million contract from BARDA for the development of a new anthrax vaccine utilising their protective antigen rPA. This antigen stimulates a protective immune-response that neutralises the anthrax toxins – which has long been an element of concern.

Meanwhile Cleveland BioLabs snagged a $45 million contract from...

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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 Counter-Terrorism Bureau stated that Syria’s Scientific Studies...

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Confirmation of Schoolgirl poisoning

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the many attacks on schoolgirls in Afghanistan had been through some form of organophosphate – and not mass hysteria as some suggested. Blood tests taken from a range of individuals in the attacks, which now span over two years, confirmed traces in...

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Pride of Missouri!

Innovaprep, manufacturer of the Bobcat and owner of the Spincon line, were presented with Missouri’s Technology Company of the Year Award by Governor Jay Nixon. Innovaprep’s sample collection technique was invented by AlburtyLab and Andrew Page Applied Research and became Innovaprep in 2009.

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 Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/Biological...

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You can have a bit too…

While the GAO gets its teeth sunk into the FBI the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was also handing out some whup-ass to the DHS for over-spending and delaying efforts in next generation radiological detection. Senators Liebermann and Collins chastised DHS for failing to have a strategic plan...

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Can’t wait for the field trials…

In a work of random genius, Ig Nobel Winning Scientist Dr Elena Bodnar emergency escape bra is now on sale online! The scenario is that should there be a release or gas attack in the office the owner of the bra would unhook it, remove the two cups, which have...

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A virtually close shave.

Idaho Technology released their Razor Simulant training kit, for their popular PCR field based detector. The 'Sim 10 Kit’ is designed to look like the 10 Target Screen Kit, that is used with the Razor, but instead has assays for yeast and BG, allowing trainees to practise their sample collection...

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Aircraft decon

Cristanini have been performing a range of tests on decontaminating a C130J and this has allowed them to announce that each 'J’ required 20kg of BX40, and that it took two hours to do a complete decontamination.

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Cristanini have been performing a range of tests on decontaminating a C130J...

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