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Unexploded WWII bomb pulled from river Thames

A suspected second world war bomb found in the river Thames near the Houses of Parliament has been towed away for safe disposal. The operation by the Royal Navy and Metropolitan police to recover...

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Nuclear Stockpile About to Go Leaderless, Senator Warns Trump

US Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is warning the new administration that unless it acts, an agency managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile will go leaderless after Friday’s inauguration. Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed...

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Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

A coalition of governments and charities has committed $460m to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus. They are asking funders at the World Economic Forum Davos for another $500m....

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China enhances PGZ-07 capability

The PGZ-07 twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system currently in service with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been upgraded with the addition of a new sensor pod. The existing sensor pod...

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US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half...

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ONR invites proposals for swarming unmanned amphibians

Key Points ONR is co-ordinating a science and technology effort intended to provide the US amphibious community with more small autonomous vehicles Funding of USD41 million is anticipated over five years and the first...

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Did Sudan use chemical weapons in Darfur last year?

After nearly 14 years of war, the most recent violence to ravage the western Sudanese region of Darfur came in the form of a large-scale military offensive last year in the area of Jebel...

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Nigeria mistakenly bombs refugee camp, killing dozens

A Nigerian fighter jet battling Boko Haram militants “misfired” and bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing scores of people, authorities said. The attack devastated a camp that included personnel from Doctors without Borders and...

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Immunization Research Supports Military Force Readiness

Vaccinations have played a prominent role in U.S. military history. George Washington ordered smallpox vaccine for his soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Nearly 90 percent of the deaths of soldiers during that [Read more]...

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How Our ‘Pathological Lives’ Boost Pandemic Flu Threat

Rapidly rising global poultry numbers, along with selective breeding and production techniques which have dramatically altered the bodies of chickens and other poultry, have made the planet more “infectible”, says Professor Stephen [Read more]...

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Studying the Early Impact of Ebola Virus on the Immune System

Scientists from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, working with colleagues from the University of Washington and Columbia University, have published study results on a new Ebola virus (EBOV) mouse [Read more]...

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China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

BEIJING — China’s military says more than 2,500 abandoned Japanese chemical weapons collected from northern China, including Beijing and Tianjin, have been destroyed at a facility in Shijiazhuang in a four-year disposal process. Japanese...

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