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.
In this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Amber Garvey interviews Dr. Tonya Thornton, the Director for Extramural Projects at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. Each year, disasters cause thousands of deaths and cost billions of dollars. The United States has endured countless disasters - winter snowstorms in the Midwest and Northeast; severe tornadic weather in Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri; flash flooding in Nashville; flooding along the Mississippi River; an earthquake on the East Coast, wildfires in Texas, and Hurricane Irene. Fundamental disaster planning is regarded as an interdisciplinary approach to develop strategies and instituting policies concerned with phases of emergency management; as such, its needs are predicated on the identification of hazards and assessment of risks.
Join HDIAC tomorrow for our next webinar presentation. Wireless power beaming is the transmission of electrical energy without a physical link. In a wireless power transmission system, a transmitter device, driven by electric power from a power source, transmits power across space to a receiver device, which extracts power from the field and supplies it to an electrical load. The technology of wireless power transmission can eliminate the use of the wires and batteries, thus increasing the mobility, convenience, and safety of an electronic device for users. Follow the provided anymeeting link and please register in advance for the webinar.
New Solar Material Could Clean Drinking Water - U.S. Army Research Lab.
Providing clean water to Soldiers in the field and citizens around the world is essential, and yet one of the world's greatest challenges. Now a new super-wicking and super-light-absorbing aluminum material developed with Army funding could change that.
Blending Science and Tradition: Sharing Remote Sensing Technologies with Indigenous Communities and Their Land - NASA
Looming clouds gather in the arid desert. After several minutes of lightning and crackling thunder, abundant rain begins to fall. In traditional Navajo culture, this thunderstorm with torrential, unpredictable 'monsoon' rain is male rain. Female rain, on the other hand, is gentle, falling softly, signaling the beginning of spring with desert wildflowers blooming and baby wildlife.
E-Waste-Eating Protein Creates Rare Earth Elements - Homeland Security News Wire
Rare earth elements (REE) are essential for American competitiveness in the clean energy industry because they are used in many devices important to a high-tech economy and national security. Researchers have designed a new process, based on a naturally occurring protein, that could extract and purify REE from low-grade sources. It could offer a new avenue toward a more diversified and sustainable REE sector for the United States.
Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have produced the first end-to-end DNA sequence of a human chromosome. The results, published today in Nature, show that generating a precise, base-by-base sequence of a human chromosome is now possible, and will enable researchers to produce a complete sequence of the human genome.
As governments come to terms with the new global conditions, one of the areas affected are identity systems which rely on contact biometrics. These systems are critical to national security, border protection and community safety but attitudes have changed and people are understandably apprehensive about the hygiene of shared surfaces. This has led to an increase in attention for contactless biometrics and a re-examination of the biometric technologies employed in national projects.
Due to the nationwide Covid-19 emergency, FEMA is using remote inspections to assess damage to homes in Salt Lake and Davis counties cause by earthquakes between March 18 and April 17.
An investigational vaccine, mRNA-1273, designed to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults, according to interim results published online today in The New England Journal of Medicine. The ongoing Phase 1 trial is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The experimental vaccine is being co-developed by researchers at NIAID and at Moderna, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
While there won't be any grunts manning the rotors of a $6 million military helicopter anytime soon, there could still be some qualified to fly them. The secret is in advanced drone technology that makes the task as easy as flying an off-the-shelf quadcopter back home. All they need is a tablet device.
Digital Twins to Boost Nuclear Energy - ISS Source
When designing the next generation of nuclear power plants, the safest way to gauge new tools and technology is to test them on digital models first. Mimicking reactors, these digital twins will end up used by companies to explore novel technologies and ways to lower costs or refine designs before breaking ground.
Customizable Smart Window Technology Could Improve Energy Efficiency of Buildings - Argonne National Lab.
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
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