The Homeland Defense (HD) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary from worldwide sources, showing headlines of innovative, emerging technologies in HDIAC's eight focus areas.
HDIAC Webinar, TODAY Dec 18th @ 12:00 EST: DTRA and Future Directions for Nuclear Detection R&D - HDIAC
Responding to today's nuclear threat environment requires a commitment to developing technologies that enable effective deterrence, detection, survivability, and dominance in the nuclear domain. This presentation provides an overview of the evolving mission of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in nuclear technology research and development. The current nuclear threat environment and DTRA's resulting top priorities will be discussed. The presentation will also review relevant new technologies and their applications to the warfighter.
Bacterial biofilms that develop around golden staph infections make treatment difficult and prolonged, but researchers have shown in laboratory work that the hybrid antibiotics they have developed can destroy staph biofilms.
The Nexus Between Nuclear Energy & Nuclear Security - Homeland Security News Wire
Despite the plentiful and relatively cheap energy available in the upper-income countries, nearly one billion people worldwide have no consistent access to electricity, with another one billion having reduced access to healthcare due to energy poverty and a further 2.7 billion relying on biomass as their primary source of energy. Any program hoping to ameliorate these challenges would almost certainly require a radical expansion in global electricity generation. While renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, will inevitably play a role in any low-carbon future, any genuinely sustainable energy future would also require a massive investment in nuclear energy.
Prize Winners Announced in $1.55M Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids in International Mail - Homeland Security
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced the grand prize winner and runner-up in the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55 million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail.
Paper-Based Sensor Detects Potent Nerve Toxins - Homeland Security News Wire
Chemist developed a new, paper-based sensor that can detect two potent nerve toxins that have reportedly been used in chemical warfare. The toxin, paraoxon, is thought to have been used in chemical warfare during the 1970s in what is now Zimbabwe, and later by the apartheid regime in South Africa as part of its chemical weapons program.
Chemists have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight.
Safe Skies: How Air Cargo Security Evolves to Protect Passengers and Boost the Economy - Homeland Security Today
Keeping our nation's economy vibrant generates jobs, promotes wealth creation, and makes our country prosperous. But we also know that there is a need to protect Americans from the threat of terrorism. In 2007, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to screen 100 percent of cargo transported on any passenger flights. With 1.5 million pounds of cargo carried on passenger air carriers daily, the mandate was fully implemented in 2010.
Scientists have used sunlight and a catalyst largely made of copper to transform carbon dioxide to methanol.
Apple Granted Patent for Biometric 3D Face ID System With Eye Tracking - BiometricUpdate
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple 59 new patents including one of a biometric 3D Face ID system that uses eye and head tracking for advanced facial analysis in iDevices, Macs, and gaming, writes Patently Apple.
Red flags have been erected across Samoa to mark unvaccinated households as the government shuts down Thursday to deploy all resources to reining in a deadly measles outbreak.
New Technology Can Help Wounded and Ill Veterans Regrow Skin - Military.com
MTF Biologics, a global nonprofit and the world's largest tissue bank, is unveiling both an injection that promotes fat cell growth under the skin and a epidermis-like bandage at a limb salvage conference in Phoenix this week. The first product, called Leneva, lets doctors create skin cell growth below the surface with an injection. The other, SomaGen Mesh, is a breathable cover that promotes rapid skin regrowth to speed up healing for open wounds like diabetic ulcers.
Snapshot: S&T and CBP Host the Havre Sector Field Experiment - Department of Homeland Security
One of the ongoing challenges for the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) is to improve our security vulnerabilities along the U.S./Canadian border, some of which include a lack of persistent surveillance, inadequate communication links to share relevant tactical data, and unavailability of secure mobile devices to view this data.
DHS Walks Back Controversial Facial Recognition Plan - Government Technology
A published plan to require facial recognition scans of American citizens entering or leaving the U.S. is being walked back by officials with the Department of Homeland Security after concerns were raised.
A novel MRI-guided procedure that uses therapeutic ultrasound effectively treats prostate cancer with minimal side effects, according to a new study. Researchers said the incision-free technique could also be used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate gland.
Human-Machine fusion technologies predicted to be readily available by 2050 for military enhancement capabilities.
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