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Over the next two weeks, HDIAC will be premiering a wealth of new materials that will be available directly to all registered members of our website, www.hdiac.org. Many of these podcasts and webinars will be available to all our members for the first time, including webinars and podcasts covering: Infectious Disease, PTSD Treatments, Implantable Medical Nanosensors, Critical Infrastructure, Resilience, Culture in the Context of Military Operations, and Alternative Energy.
HDIAC Webinar, Wednesday, Mar 25th @ 1200 EDT: A Comprehensive Introduction to Medical Simulation - HDIAC
This webinar will present a comprehensive overview of medical simulation, to include "what's new," history, proposed system taxonomies, devices, and techniques for representing external and internal anatomy and physiology for medical interventions. It will also review the role of team training and criteria for current simulation accreditation programs. The overview will conclude with a predictive view into the future of medical simulation devices and practices, as outlined by forward thinkers in the field.
Health officials said Monday that as testing shifts from public labs to commercial labs the number of coronavirus cases will increase. The insufficient testing capability has been a major criticism of the disease response.
Kiva and Gravity.Earth granted first ID2020 certifications for empowering users of digital ID technology - Biometric Update
The inaugural class of ID2020-certified digital ID solutions has been announced by the organization, which holds up the Kiva Protocol and Gravity.Earth as the products adhering "to the highest standards for user-management, privacy-protection, portability, and interoperability," according to a LinkedIn post.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the grand prize winner of the Escape Respirator Prize Challenge. Launched in December 2018, the challenge invited the innovation community to develop a compact, discreetly-carried escape respirator that can be used quickly for safe egress from smoke-filled, oxygen-deficient, and chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) environments.
COVID-19-Virus Isolated: Better Testing, Treatments, Vaccines Near - Homeland Security Newswire
Canadian researchers have isolated SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus 2), the agent responsible for the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, bringing the world closer to developing better diagnostic testing, treatments, and vaccines, and gaining a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology, evolution, and clinical shedding. Researchers in North Carolina said Thursday that they produced a Virus-Like Particle (VLP) of the novel coronavirus, marking the first step in Covid-19 vaccine development.
Safe, Fast Radionuclide Detection - Homeland Security Newswire
In the event of a radiological release, such as from an improvised nuclear device, immediately assessing the threat to public safety would be critical. Rapid detection of radioactive materials can save lives, reduce the environmental impact of such an event and save taxpayer dollars. Current hand-held detection methods, however, are unreliable at detecting very low levels of alpha radiation from actinides, such as uranium, due to environmental influences.
Boosting Stability of Perovskites Helps Silicon Solar Cells - Science Daily
A change in chemical composition enabled scientists to boost the longevity and efficiency of a perovskite solar cell.
Ultrathin Organic Solar Cell is Both Efficient and Durable - Science Daily
Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have succeeded, in collaboration with international partners, in creating an ultrathin organic solar cell that is both highly efficient and durable. Using a simple post-annealing process, they created a flexible organic cell that degrades by less than 5 percent over 3,000 hours in atmospheric conditions and that simultaneously has an energy conversion ratio a key indicator of solar cell performance of 13 percent.
How a Virus Forms its Symmetric Shells - Science Daily
Viruses have been well studied, but many mysteries linger. One such mystery is how a spherical virus circumvents energy barriers to form symmetric shells. A research team has made progress is solving this mystery. The team reports that an interplay of energies at the molecular level makes the formation of a shell possible.
Integrated Biometrics Fingerprint Scanner Featured in Multi-modal Blockchain Identity Kiosk - Biometric Update
The FBI-certified Kojak fingerprint scanner from Integrated Biometrics has been deployed into a new multi-modal biometric "Identity ATM" kiosk from DAL-Global and Aertight Systems to provide a full range of digital identity services for financial services, retail, and healthcare businesses.
A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.
What’s the Difference Between Pandemic, Epidemic and Outbreak? - Homeland Security Newswire
The coronavirus is on everyone's minds. As an epidemiologist, I find it interesting to hear people using technical terms - like quarantine or super spreader or reproductive number - that my colleagues and I use in our work every day. But I'm also hearing newscasters and neighbors alike mixing up three important words: outbreak, epidemic and pandemic. Simply put, the difference between these three scenarios of disease spread is a matter of scale.
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