OPCW chief decides to continue Syrian-attack probe

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Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on Wednesday that the organization’s fact-finding mission will continue in the wake of an alleged chemical attack recently in Syria. On March 16, barrels of chlorine … Read More »

Sandia begins work on ASIC chips for nuclear weapon systems

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Sandia National Laboratories said on Wednesday that production of silicon wafers for nuclear weapon modernization has begun at their Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex. Sandia said this is the largest production project that the facility has ever seen. … Read More »

Arkansas seeks public health preparedness coordinator


The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is seeking a public health preparedness coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for the regional management and administration of initiatives and projects from the Office of Preparedness and Response, in addition to the department … Read More »

Situational awareness course comes to Loveland, Colo.


Midwest Fire Equipment and Repair recently brought a situational awareness course to the Loveland Fire and Rescue Authority based in Colorado. The two-day training course took place in Loveland, Colorado, with approximately 70 individuals in attendance including some from neighboring … Read More »

Vandenberg AFB conducts successful Minuteman III missile test


F.E. Warren Air Force Base officials in Wyoming said an unarmed Minuteman III Intercontinental missile was successfully tested on Monday. The test took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The test missile had been stationed at the Warren … Read More »

FDA approves anthrax treatment Anthrasil


The Food and Drug Administration approved the anthrax treatment Anthrasil from Emergent BioSolutions, the company said on Wednesday. The treatment is an Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (AIGIV) solution that consists of polyclonal antibodies that target the damaging portions and toxic … Read More »

Ki-moon thanks exiting U.N. disarmament chief for service

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After United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) High Representative Angela Kane said she was stepping down, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement expressing his gratitude for her tenure on Tuesday. The secretary-general also said Kim Won-soo will act … Read More »

Ebola diagnostic receives emergency use authorization


The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the Xpert Ebola test from Cepheid to be used through an emergency use authorization, the company announced on Tuesday. The test is specified for the Zaire strain of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and … Read More »

Armed Services Committee chair releases defense reform

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Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), announced a proposal to reform defense policies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday. His plan, the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act, would ideally be incorporated … Read More »

Jeff Drocco becomes a biosecurity fellow

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The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced on Tuesday that Jeff Drocco, an analyst and scientist at the lab’s Bio-defense Knowledge Center, participated as a fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Bio-security Initiative. He participated among 27 other fellows in the … Read More »

Britain calls for probe into alleged Syrian chemical attack

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In the wake of recent reports of a chemical attack on the Idlib province of Syria, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called on the international community to investigate the matter. The alleged attack occurred on March 16, when witnesses reported … Read More »

Martin named Accelerate VP


Accelerate Diagnostics has named Juan Martin executive vice president and head of Europe, Middle and Africa operations, the company announced Monday. “We are delighted to welcome Juan to the Accelerate team,” Accelerate Diagnostics President and CEO Lawrence Mehren said. “With the upcoming … Read More »

Tru-D, HealthTrust reach agreement


HealthTrust has reached an agreement with Tru-D Smart UVC, LLC, to provide its network of health care facilities with disinfection robots, the latter announced Wednesday. The network consists of 1,359 facilities in over 15,000 locations nationwide that include surgery centers, … Read More »

Elsevier unveils new edition of toxicology handbook


Elsevier, Inc., released the second edition of its widely acclaimed “Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents” and other related books on Monday during ToxExpo. The textbook covers toxicants and their effects on humans and animals. The book also details other … Read More »

OPCW begins subregional training for African nations

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday began sub-regional training in Dakar, Senegal, for North, Central and West African nations. This training is specialized for customs officials who are charged with the implementation of the transfers regime … Read More »