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Article ID: 550939

Researchers Devise a Fast and Sensitive Way to Detect Ricin

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a simple, accurate, and highly sensitive test to detect and quantify ricin, an extremely potent toxin with potential use as a bioterrorism agent. The report appears as a featured article in the April 12th issue of Analytical Chemistry.

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8-Apr-2009 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 550692

HSPI Releases Task Force Report on the Future of the Homeland Security Council

George Washington University

The report is the product of a bipartisan Task Force composed of former senior federal officials, practitioners at the state and local levels, and subject matter experts in the area of homeland security policymaking. Co-chaired by HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo and Deputy Director Daniel Kaniewski, the Task Force identified and reviewed arguments for and against merging the Homeland Security Council and National Security Council, and also assessed crucial factors that merit consideration whether or not there is a merger.

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1-Apr-2009 3:35 PM EDT
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Article ID: 550299

New Form of Destructive Terrorist Material Unlikely, Chemists Report

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Concerns that terrorists could produce a new and particularly dangerous form of the explosive responsible for airport security screening of passengers' shoes and restrictions on liquids in carryon baggage are unfounded, a group of scientists is reporting. Their study, which demonstrates that a new form of destructive terrorist material is unlikely, is scheduled for presentation at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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20-Mar-2009 3:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 550164

Information Warfare: Ideas Are Sometimes Stronger than Bombs

University of Haifa

"Information warfare" plays a crucial role in the struggle against terrorist organizations, sometimes more so than conventional weapons. Therefore, the information warfare against terrorist organizations ought to be instigated and on the attack, and should continue even when military warring has ended. Thus concludes a new study by Dr. Yaniv Levyatan of the University of Haifa.

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18-Mar-2009 8:45 AM EDT
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Article ID: 549884

"Ka-Boom!"

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Ruggedized, self-contained cameras, similar in concept to the black box used in aircraft, would record video data that could be retrieved by investigators following a catastrophic incident.

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9-Mar-2009 9:10 PM EDT
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Article ID: 549339

A Feminist Take on Terrorism

Dalhousie University

Women terrorists are not a new development"”groups like Chechnya's Black Widows and Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have gained notoriety before"”but according to Anita Singh, they represent a misunderstood phenomenon she hopes to clarify.

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19-Feb-2009 11:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 548819

Good Liquid, Bad Liquid: Researchers Successfully Test System That Detects Potentially Explosive Liquids, Gels and Lotions

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Immediately after the liquid explosive bomb plot was uncovered in London in August 2006, the Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) looked to to find ways to not only detect liquids in baggage and on passengers, but also to figure out what those liquids are. Now, S&T-sponsored scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a possible solution.

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5-Feb-2009 3:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 548293

Disabled and Other Vulnerable Groups More Susceptible to Terrorism Fears

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Research has shown that certain marginalized groups fare worse than others in the aftermath of natural disasters, suffering disproportionate impoverishment, injuries and fatalities. Now a new study finds that they also experience greater terrorism-related fears and make more behavioral changes based on those fears.

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21-Jan-2009 4:15 PM EST
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Article ID: 548162

SQUID: The Long (and Sticky) Arms of the Law

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

What's possible when a group of scientists are inspired by a famous superhero and a giant creature from the sea? How about a new technology for stopping the bad guys in their tracks?

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16-Jan-2009 8:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 547239

Expert Says Modern Pirates Same As Those in Blackbeard's Day

Wake Forest University

"In many ways, the Somali pirates bear a striking resemblance to those of the so-called "˜Golden Age' of pirates in the late 17th and early 18th centuries," says Eric Bowne, a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Wake Forest University who taught the class "Under the Black Flag: the Anthropology of Piracy."

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9-Dec-2008 3:25 PM EST
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