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South Korea requests record defence budget

Key Points South Korean Ministry of National Defense requests record defence budget. Request comes as North Korean threat increases. South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has requested a record defence budget of KRW43.7...

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Biodefense Headlines – June 11, 2017

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including funding for biopreparedness (or not), bivalent anthrax-plague vaccine, and a look at how big data is transforming epidemics. POLICY, PRACTICES [Read more]...

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Pandora Report 6.7.2017

Hunting For Ebola and The Outbreak In The DRC The hunt for Ebola’s hiding place has eluded scientists since its identification in 1976. Believing that bats are a natural reservoir, many are tracking them...

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Japan nuclear workers inhale plutonium after bag breaks

Five workers at a Japanese nuclear facility have been exposed to high levels of radiation after a bag containing plutonium apparently broke during an equipment inspection. Contamination was found inside the nostrils of three...

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Radiation Alarm Prompts Order for Workers to Seek Cover

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of...

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Orbital ATK firms up AARGM ER design concept

Orbital ATK is finalising its design concept solution for an extended-range (ER) upgrade of the AGM-88E Block 1 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). The Orbital ATK AARGM ER design concept is specifically intended to...

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Delta Peptide Helps Rapid Spread of Ebola Virus

Tulane University researchers and collaborators have discovered a new biological activity in a small protein from the deadly Ebola virus. A compound known as the “delta peptide” is produced in large amounts [Read more]...

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A Bold Step toward the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Image by The Official Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Photostream – Ambassador Sergio Duarte The importance of the humanitarian considerations that are at the root of the international movement favoring the elimination of nuclear...

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FLIR launch portable GCMS

FLIR Systems today announced the Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), its first person-portable chemical identifier. The FLIR Griffin G510 enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter, including solid,...

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MV-CHIKV Chikungunya Vaccine Clinical Trial Begins

A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine to prevent infection with chikungunya virus is now enrolling healthy adult volunteers at sites in the United States. The Phase 1/2 trial, which is sponsored [Read more]...

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DARPA Awards ‘Safe Genes’ Contract to Mass Gen

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a cooperative agreement to Massachusetts General Hospital for research and development supporting the Safe Genes program. The Safe Genes program aims to deliver [Read more]...

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