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Buckyballs Become Bucky-Bombs

In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene – soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years later,...


Funding: Ebola Biosafety and Response Training

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, is offering supplemental funding for ‘Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreements.’ The funding is to support...


Proliferation and the PKK

ARMS CONTROL WONK – Why on earth would Turkey prevent a NATO ally from prosecuting a suspected Iranian nuclear smuggler who had been arrested in Turkey? Police found that companies Hossein Tanideh controlled were...


Battelle to Help EPA Examine Chemical Exposures

Battelle scientists and chemists will work on a new, $24 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help protect public health and the environment. There are thousands of...


Improving CBRN Forensics Can Stop War Crimes

CICERO – Investigating criminal acts involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials presents a number of unique challenges. A crime scene involving a CBRN attack could manifest itself in many forms: An actual...


Dutch To Develop Counter-IED Labs for EU

DEFENSE NEWS – The Netherlands is the lead nation in an EU effort to build two mobile counter-IED labs for use by EU countries at a cost of about €10 million (US $10.6 million)....


DoD Award – Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network

The DoD’s Critical Reagents Program (CRP) has announced intentions to procure laboratory assessments on five Who Health Organization (WHO) Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN) locations in Africa. The assessment includes transfer of...


BAA – Novel and Rapid Toxin and Antigen Detection Methods

The Department of Homeland Security is soliciting proposals via Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to develop new or improved diagnostic tests to rapidly screen and detect high consequence biological pathogens and toxins that can have...


A ‘Warhead’ Molecule to Hunt Down Deadly Bacteria

Targeting deadly, drug-resistant bacteria poses a serious challenge to researchers looking for antibiotics that can kill pathogens without causing collateral damage in human cells. A team of Boston College chemists details a new approach...


PositiveID Files Additional Patent for Firefly Dx System

PositiveID Corporation today announced that it has filed an additional U.S. patent for its Firefly Dx real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) pathogen detection system titled, “A Cyclical PCR Device with Reusable Heat Zones.” This...


Tunis attack: Gunmen kill tourists in museum raid

BBC – At least seven foreign tourists and a Tunisian have been killed after gunmen targeted a museum in the Tunisian capital, officials say. British, Italian, French and Spanish nationals were among those taken...

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