DASA UK Competition Update: Telexistence

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), aims to develop and demonstrate the components of a telexistence solution to the defence and security community. There is the potential for Read More …

Fire damages German infectious disease institute

Bottles and incendiary devices were thrown at the facade of a building belonging to the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. The government agency has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 in Germany. A Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Read More …

U.S. Army researchers collaborate with university alliance to advance protection materials

BALTIMORE – The U.S. Army continues to focus on priority research areas through its alliances with universities and industry. The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance, or MEDE CRA, conducted its 2020 fall meeting Oct. 15. This meeting Read More …

Glowing engineered bacteria point out explosive landmines

New molecularly engineered E. coli bacteria emit a bioluminescence visible to the naked eye, enabling detection of landmines from afar. Researchers who discovered how to utilize fluorescent E. coli bacteria to locate landmines have recently further mutated them so that Read More …

Dstl’s new counter-terrorism facility opened by The Queen

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, officially opened Dstl’s new state-of-the-art Energetics Analysis Centre and met specialist scientific staff. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been given a rare Royal visit during the COVID-19 pandemic Read More …

Selecting Dogs for Explosives Detection: Behavioral Characteristics

Detection dogs are widely considered the most effective and adaptive method for explosives detection. Increases in emerging sophisticated threats are accelerating the demand for highly capable explosives detection, causing a strain on available supplies of quality canines worldwide. These strains Read More …

DHS S&T Transitions Next-Generation Explosives Trace Detection Technology to DARPA

Explosive materials pose a threat whether they are used by domestic bad actors or in a theater of war and staying ahead of our adversaries is a job that the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense share. Our research and Read More …

New landmine detection method to reduce false alarm rates

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Landmines pose a serious threat in conflict areas, yet modern detection systems struggle to discriminate between explosives and clutter. A project funded by the Army developed a new method for landmine identification that will greatly Read More …

NATO boosts scientific cooperation with Ukraine

The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme provides the Ukrainian scientific community with a platform to work side-by-side with NATO Allies and partner countries on security-related issues. Ukraine is currently leading 27 ongoing activities, one of which is Read More …

A model to detect explosions big and small

Combining the data from a multitude of geophysics sensors across the globe could enable automated monitoring for low-yield nuclear detonations. When an oil refinery in Philadelphia exploded in June 2019, physicist Joshua Carmichael was at home in Los Alamos, New Read More …