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Nerve agents: from discovery to deterrence

1 day 7 hours ago
Originally published on Nature Treaties might not be enough to stop chemical weapons being deployed — scientists and industry also play a part. Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents, From Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia Dan Kaszeta Hurst (2020) When the Russian former military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a ‘novichok’ nerve […]
Kevin Cresswell

2-1-1 Operators Handle COVID-19 Crisis Calls

1 day 10 hours ago
Originally published on URBAN MILWAUKEE Yolanda Coleman’s phone rings nonstop, and it’s seldom because of good news. “I get calls from elderly people who are crying because they are hungry and can’t leave their house, people suffering from stress, fear and depression, and from people who have never been in a position where they needed […]
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Looking In The Wrong Direction !

2 days 8 hours ago
COVID-19 Pandemic Raises Awareness Of Possibility of Pandemic Terrorism, either conventional or asymmetric While the coronavirus has put the international community in the crosshairs of a crisis like no other since the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago, António Guterres noted that “like the virus, terrorism does not respect national borders”.   “It affects […]
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Italy reports “biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world”

6 days 2 hours ago
Originally published on CBS NEWS Italy reports “biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world”: $1B worth of pills from ISIS in Syria Rome — Italian police said Wednesday that they had seized a world record 15-ton haul of amphetamines made by ISIS in Syria. The drug, in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets, was worth […]
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A Duffer’s Guide to Hazmat Response

1 week 1 day ago
“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught”.  Sir Winston Churchill. Resilience is the backbone of emergency management. The Nation’s ability to weather storms and disasters without experiencing loss, significantly reduces our risk.  In 2019, through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process and Stakeholder Preparedness […]
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The U.S. Isn’t In a Second Wave of Coronavirus – the First Wave Never Ended

1 week 4 days ago
Originally published on Global Bio Defence After sustained declines in the number of COVID-19 cases over recent months, restrictions are starting to ease across the United States. Numbers of new cases are falling or stable at low numbers in some states, but they are surging in many others. Overall, the U.S. is experiencing a sharp increase in […]
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The challenges of emerging biohazardous threats and global health security

1 week 4 days ago
For centuries, microbial life has proved to be a stealthy and deadly enemy of the people.From the Black Death (bubonic plague) in the 14th-century to the influenza pandemic whichwhich killed up to 50 million from 1918 to 1920, and now, in our century, the coronaviruspandemic – bacteria and viruses have dealt devastating blows against humanity […]
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The PANDEMIC is here

1 week 5 days ago
Caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, there is so much that we do not know yet about the virus causing this pandemic – despite its rampant path worldwide since it was first detected last year in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei Province in China. As of April, at least 135 out of the world’s […]
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Coronavirus Can Cause Lasting Lung Damage – But the Effects May Ease Over Time

1 week 5 days ago
Originally published on Global BioDefense We know a lot about the symptoms of severe COVID-19, but relatively little about what happens after someone recovers. Could there be long-term effects? Let’s look at what we know so far about the effect of COVID-19 on the body – particularly the lungs – and the potential for lasting […]
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TH E GUERRILLA WINS IF HE DOES NOT LOSE

1 week 6 days ago
The IED is the favoured weapon of choice in irregular warfare and will be for years to come. It threatens the safety and security not only of combatants, but increasingly of the welfare of the general population within the area of conflict and at home. It can leverage an advantage against a superior, conventional opposition […]
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How tear gas became the go-to weapon for US police

1 week 6 days ago
Originally published on BBC The riot control agent, often referred to as “tear gas”, has been used in 100 US cities since late May. While it was banned from war a century ago, it remains a vital police tool around the world. Some US law enforcement agencies said they used other gases like pepper spray […]
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Multicooker Decontamination of N95 Respirators

2 weeks ago
Originally published on Homeland Security In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is executing high-impact projects to help answer critical questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vital personal protective equipment such as filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) is in limited supply due to high demand. The Centers for […]
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This 3D Printed Bone Brick Could Transform How We Treat Bomb Injuries

2 weeks 5 days ago
Originally published on CBRNe CENTRAL For thousands of Syrian refugees who have suffered horrific blast injuries after being hit by barrel bombs and other devices of death in their war-torn homeland, the only option is amputation. When you see the damage a blast injury can do it’s a shock to the system and is so […]
Kevin Cresswell

Disease Models Suggest How to Avoid Second COVID-19 Peak as U.S. Reopens

2 weeks 6 days ago
Originally published on Global Bio Defence According to a widely cited forecasting study, relaxed social distancing rules will lead to a two-fold increase in deaths from COVID-19. Predicting how much the mortality will increase, however, is fraught with huge uncertainties, as epidemiologists like me well know. That’s because the forecast relies on assumptions about what will happen in […]
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Bioxy Decontaminant Agent Tested by DoD Shown Effective Against COVID-19

3 weeks 1 day ago
Originally published on GLOBAL BIODEFENSE A decontamination solution originally under development for use against chemical and biological threat agents has been identified by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as an effective COVID-19 disinfectant. The decon solution ‘Bioxy’ has been under testing and evaluation by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Chemical Biological Center, working with […]
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Funding for Preclinical Development of Countermeasures Against Select Pathogens

3 weeks 2 days ago
Originally published on Global Defense A new funding opportunity from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Partnerships for Countermeasures Against Select Pathogens, will support preclinical development of lead candidate therapeutics, vaccines, and related countermeasures against select emerging infectious diseases and pathogens, including coronavirus. The call for proposals encourages a broad array of preclinical activities […]
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Fire on French nuclear submarine at Toulon extinguished

3 weeks 4 days ago
(Reuters) – A fire on a nuclear submarine docked at the French Mediterranean port of Toulon was extinguished early on Saturday morning, the Defence Ministry said.  Some 100 firefighters had been called in to tackle the blaze on the Perle, which lasted 14 hours and ended at around 00:50 a.m. (2250 GMT). the ministry said. […]
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Understanding how to transport hazardous materials

3 weeks 4 days ago
Originally published on ENGINEER Live The UK climate change target for all industries is to reduce emissions by 80% (based on 1990 levels) by 2050. At the same time this needs to be achieved whilst providing safe and effective operations and delivering a high quality product. Alone these aspects present significant challenges to any business […]
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Wounded warrior recalls dark days, bright recovery

3 weeks 5 days ago
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — “I remember standing in front of formation; it was 0530 and I was leading PT, just like every other day. I yelled out the command for the overhead arm clap, ‘IN CADENCE,’ and then at that moment, I realized something was seriously wrong.” It was June 2000, and […]
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