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


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


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


DroneShield Successfully Protects 30th SEA Games

DroneShield Ltd  is pleased to report the combined elements of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and PHISGOC Games Safety & Security Counter-Drone Team from Safer PH Innovations (DroneShield’s Philippines partner) successfully disabled seven


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. 

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


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


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


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


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


Ebola Bombali Detected in Guinea

Researchers from The University of California, Davis, have recenctly publsihed their findings regarding the discovery of the sitxth ebolavirus, Bombali, in Angolan free-tailed bats roosting inside people’s houses in Guéckedou and Kissidougou, Guinea. 

The team from UC


Children Attacked with "Irritant Gas"

Ten children and their teacher were attacked at a train station in Germany by a perpetrator using what has been referred to as an "irritant gas".

A 39 year old man apparently approached the group and sprayed them with a yet unnamed substance. The children were initially treated at the


Dropping CFATS Program Could be Dangerous

David Wulf, who oversees chemical security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has warned congress that dropping The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program could leave chemical plants vulnerable to attacks. 

CFATS, which is due to come


Defence Minister calls Bioterrorism a Contagious Plague

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) First Military Medicine Conference this week, India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh referred to bioterrorism as a 'contagious plague', and called upon the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) of the SCO countries to


Man Pleads Guilty to Ricin Plot

A man from Los Angeles pleaded guilty this week to Federal charges of attempting to obtain ricin for unlawful purposes, namely to poison his wife!

Over a two-month period late last year, Steve S. Kim attempted to obtain ricin from what he thought was an online seller, but in fact was an


Iran Installs More Than 30 New Centrifuges

On Monday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran has installed more than 30 advanced centrifuges to accelerate uranium enrichment. 

A spokesperson for the IAEA has said that inspectors confirmed the new centrifuges, which include 30 advanced


Radioactive Water from Fukishima to be Dumped into Ocean

According to reports emerging in the past week, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO), will have to dump vast quantities of radiaoctive waste water from the site into the Pacific Ocean. 

Tepco has reportedly been struggling


EDF checking anomalies in nuclear component manufacturing

(Reuters) - France’s EDF said on Tuesday it was investigating anomalies reported by engineering and construction firm Framatome in its manufacturing of some nuclear reactor components, which did not meet technical standards.

“Framatome has informed EDF of a deviation from technical


It's my country, you can't tell me what to do!

This week Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been up in arms (no pun intended) about nuclear-armed states trying to forbid Turkey from owning their own nukes, this comes amid a row with the US over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems.

On Wednesday


Tearaway Tularemia

UPDATE: Case numbers have now reached over 800. 

Sweden is continuing to see an increase in the number of people affected by Tularemia this year.

At present there have been around 700 cases reported, and we are only just entering September. This is a much higher number than


Bargee on the beach

Reports have emerged from reporters in northern Russia who say they have measured high levels of radiation near two abandoned barges, which they say were towed ashore after the mysterious explosion at an Arkhangelsk region military testing range. 

Journalists in the


Los Alamos Waste Denied Shipment to WIPP

According to reports, nine containers of transuranic waste are currently stuck at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL) Plutonium facility after the Carlsbad Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) refused to take them in July. 

The containers are said to hold waste items such as


Don’t Blow It! Phase 2 Launch Event.

DASA is inviting expressions of interest for a launch event on 1 October 2019 for our 'Don’t Blow It! Safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield' competition.

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DARPA announce Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program.

X-rays and gamma rays have a wide range of applications including scanning suspicious maritime shipping containers for illicit materials, industrial inspection of materials and processes, and medical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Current technologies, however, are not ideal. X-rays


Train carrying explosives and hazardous materials derails

A train carrying munitions and hazardous material derailed in Elko County, Nevada, on June 19.

Nevada Highway Patrol said the derailment involved around nine flat cars, two tankers and three box cars, but the number that went off the tracks has not been confirmed. No injuries were


Pesticide incident douses 63

An incident involving pesticide in Tulare County, California, has resulted in 63 people being treated or hospitalized. 

The pesticide Hexythiazox was being applied to an orchard using a truck with a spray rig attached when winds suddenly blew the spray towards dozens of field


FBI investigates as Ricin scare prompts evacuation

The FBI is investigating the circumstances around an evacuation at a University of Minnesota apartment building this week due to reports of Ricin.

It was reported by CBS Minnesota that a student who lived in the complex called 911 on Tuesday, May 7th, saying she had eaten Ricin,


Cyanide Letters Sent in Name of Aum Shinrikyo

On Friday January 25th a total of nine companies in Japan received blackmail letters containing a white powder substance which was later confirmed to be Cyanide. 

The letters were sent to various companies including pharmaceutical manufacturers and a newspaper publisher. The


India test-fires its longest range nuclear capable ballistic missile

India has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. According to defence forces, this is the seventh trial of the surface-to-surface missile.

Deadly stampede caused by pepper spray?

Six people have been killed and dozens have been injured, 12 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy.

Witnesses have reported that a teenage boy sprayed an irritating substance leading to the mad rush by the crowd to flee the area. Police have confirmed that a


DroneShield launch DroneNode

DroneShield is pleased to announce a launch of the additional product DroneNodeTM, in response to end-user requirements.

DroneNodeTM is an evolution of the Company’s existing DroneCannonTM product, a portable, compact and inconspicuous counterdrone jamming device which can be utilised at...

S&T is Creating a Market for Affordable International Responder Tech

First responders around the globe share a common mission to ensure the safety and security of the people they serve, as they often respond to complex and evolving natural and manmade disasters. To respond more effectively, safely and efficiently to both small and large-scale emergencies, the


UK to procure nuclear and radiological detection vehicles

Counter terrorism officers in the UK are to be equipped with a fleet of 10 nuclear and radiological detection vehicles in a bid to trace weapons-grade materials in the UK.

The Home Office lodged a procurement notice last month stating that ministers are inviting bids for between five and 10...

Groundbreaking Research Shows Potential to Detect Opioid Exposure

By looking at biomarkers in blood, scientists may be able to diagnose low-level opioid exposure as long as two weeks after the event, according to groundbreaking research at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (RDECOM


ASPR expands corporate partnership

A strategic partnership will expand between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Johnson & Johnson of New Brunswick, New Jersey. The expansion will focus on the development of innovative products to combat


New 1064nm handheld Raman analyzer

Rigaku ResQ CQL offers first responders, border protection, and law enforcement with an advanced method for identifying potential threats in an improved tactical form factor, thus improving functionality particularly in high stress environments. By combining the 1064nm Raman advantage with


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