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Webinar – Biostasis - HDIAC.org
Join HDIAC Thursday, October 29, from 1200 to 1300 EDT for our next webinar presentation.
Please register in advance for the webinar at: https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EF55DC85814E39
This webinar provides an overview of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Biostasis program. The Biostasis program aims to extend the time for lifesaving medical treatment, often referred to as "the Golden Hour," following traumatic injury or acute infection, thus increasing survivability for military personnel operating in far-forward conditions with limited access to medical professionals or trauma centers. To do so, Biostasis is developing novel chemical biology approaches that reversibly and controllably slow biological systems without cold-chain to stabilize and protect their functional capacity until medical intervention is possible.
Finger Veins-Based 3D Biometric Authentication Almost Impossible to Fool - Homeland Security News Wire
Biometric authentication, which uses unique anatomical features such as fingerprints or facial features to verify a person's identity, is increasingly replacing traditional passwords for accessing everything from smartphones to law enforcement systems. A newly developed approach that uses 3D images of finger veins could greatly increase the security of this type of authentication. Combining light and sound adds depth information that boosts security of biometric authentication.
The U.S. Army announced Friday that it is shutting down two of the specialized organizations it stood up after the 9/11 attacks to quickly identify and perfect new tactics and equipment for combat units.
Replacing Aging Thermonuclear Warheads - Homeland Security News Wire
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers passed their first program level key milestone in the W87-1 Modification Program (W87-1 Mod) on Sept. 24, keeping the program on schedule despite work stoppages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The W87-1 Mod will replace the W78 thermonuclear warhead with a modified design of the W87 warhead.
In July 2019, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released Open Operational Assessment (OpenOA), an open-source software tool for working with renewable energy plant operational data. The first tool of its kind, OpenOA included a built-in method for calculating annual energy production and aimed to foster collaboration among wind industry professionals and facilitate more efficient knowledge sharing and deployment of resources.
Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton jointly won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a major source of liver disease that affects millions worldwide.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is partnering with the University of New Mexico's ECHO Institute in Albuquerque and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston to establish a National Nursing Home COVID Action Network. The network will provide free training and mentorship to nursing homes across the country to increase the implementation of evidence-based infection prevention and safety practices to protect residents and staff.
The U.S. Army awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison a four year, $11.5 million contract for research that's expected to lead to new designs of multi-fuel capable hybrid-electric engines for future Army air and ground vehicles. Researchers expect to begin work this fall.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Better Buildings, Better Plants partners have cumulatively saved more than $8 billion in energy costs and 1.7 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs).
Most of the wind available on land is too gentle to push commercial wind turbine blades, but now researchers have designed a kind of 'tiny wind turbine' that can scavenge wind energy from breezes as little as those created by a brisk walk. The method is a low-cost and efficient way of collecting light breezes as a micro-energy source.
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