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.
This video podcast focuses on using alternative energy technologies to enhance resilience. Eliza Hotchkiss, Technical Lead for Disaster Recovery and Resilience at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), explains the importance of energy resiliency and how alternative energy systems can be designed to enhance resilience. She will also discuss how alternative energy solutions are currently being used for resilience.
This webinar will cover the Information Analysis Center program and the capabilities and mission of the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center. It will include and overview of Information Analysis Center activities, core functions, research and analysis capabilities, and a description of the services and products produced by the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center.
CSIAC Webinar, Tuesday, Nov 26th @ 12:00 EST: Machine-Learning Techniques to Protect Critical Infrastructure From Cybersecurity Incidents or Equipment Incidents - CSIAC
Join CSIAC and DSIAC for a live webinar presentation on "Machine-Learning Techniques to Protect Critical Infrastructure From Cybersecurity Incidents or Equipment Incidents."
Iron-based Solar Cells on Track to Becoming More Efficient - Lund University
An international study led from Lund University in Sweden shows that 30 per cent of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner. By closing this loophole, the researchers hope to contribute to the development of more efficient solar cells using this iron-based solar cell.
Copper Hospital Beds Kill Bacteria, Save Lives - American Society of Microbiology
A new study has found that copper hospital beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) harbored an average of 95 percent fewer bacteria than conventional hospital beds, and maintained these low-risk levels throughout patients' stay in hospital.
New Reactor Designs Will Degrade Waste More Rapidly - Homeland Security Newswire
Renewed interest in nuclear power as a viable option for generating electricity has been accompanied by steady progress in reactor design. Advanced reactors offer the promise of greater fuel efficiency and less radioactive waste generation compared with the water-cooled models that have dominated the nuclear power landscape for decades. Newer designs, however, will operate at higher temperatures and use highly corrosive coolants - like liquid metal, molten salt, or high-temperature gas - all of which would rapidly degrade many of the materials used in conventional nuclear reactors.
According to a call for proposals released Friday, the agency aims to award up to $12 million for projects that will support both research and development, as well as education and workforce development, to boost U.S. manufacturers reuse and recycling of plastic and other materials.
NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.
Critical Protein That Could Unlock West Nile/Zika Virus Treatments Identified by Researchers - Georgia State University
A protein that is critical in controlling replication of West Nile and Zika viruses - and could be important for developing therapies to prevent and treat those viruses - has been identified by a Georgia State University biologist and his research group.The researchers found Z-DNA binding protein 1 (ZBP1) is a sensor that plays a significant role in triggering a robust immune response when it detects a viral infection within cells.
With extended stays in space becoming more commonplace and longer missions to the moon and Mars planned, scientists say there is a need to better understand the effects of microgravity on the heart. Past studies have shown that spaceflight can reduce the heart rate, lower arterial pressure and increase cardiac output. But new research examines how microgravity -- or zero gravity -- influences the human heart at the cellular level.
It's laser versus drone in the latest round of testing for directed-energy weapons. And according to Lockheed Martin, the lasers won. The defense contractor said Thursday that, in recent testing with the US Air Force, its Athena system locked onto and shot down multiple small drones, of both the fixed-wing and rotary-lift variety.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Scholarships Are Now Open - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers undergraduate and graduate level scholarships totaling over $100k for AIAA student members. The deadline for these scholarships is 1/31
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