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Thu, 2015-06-25 01:16 PM
Washington, June 24 – The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U....
Wed, 2015-06-24 03:30 PM
Chesapeake Bay, MD, June 23 – Scientists are expecting that this year’s Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 1.37 cubic miles – about the volume...
Tue, 2015-06-23 11:08 PM
Washington, June 22 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report quantifying the economic, health, and environmental benefits that reducing global carbon pollution will have on...
Tue, 2015-06-23 10:47 PM
Washington, June 22 – The U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) is strengthening the federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from...
Tue, 2015-06-23 09:34 PM
New London, CT – The Coast Guard Academy has announced that Dr. Aram deKoven has been selected as the Academy’s Chief Diversity Officer.
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Chicago, June 23 – The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company's 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10...
Mon, 2015-06-22 08:29 PM
Liberia, July 17 – The Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership known as PREVAIL has launched a study of people in Liberia who have survived Ebola virus disease (EVD) within the past two years. The...
Mon, 2015-06-22 07:37 PM
California, June 22 – Anglers spent approximately $156 million on saltwater recreational fishing in California's four national marine sanctuaries on average, which generated more than $200 million in...
Mon, 2015-06-22 02:31 AM
Washington, June 18 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to use ground-breaking tools developed in the ToxCast program to improve testing for chemicals that have the potential to...
Mon, 2015-06-22 02:06 AM
Washington, June 19 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing standards for...
Fri, 2015-06-19 01:11 AM
Sacramento, CA, June 16 – The Department of the Interior has announced that its Bureau of Reclamation is awarding grants totaling $6.5 million for more efficient management and conservation of...
Thu, 2015-06-18 11:56 PM
Washington, June 17 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report, showing progress in consumer...

Company News

San Francisco, May 13 – Praetorian Digital, Inc., a digital media company in the public safety and local government market, has announced it has acquired Kaplan’s Fire & EMS online training unit, an online training company serving fire and EMS departments nationwide.
Austin, TX, May 15 – 1st Detect, a subsidiary of Astrotech (NASDAQ:ASTC), is pleased to announce the receipt of an initial order for its disruptive mass spectrometry technology from one of the world's leading snack food producers. The unit will be used for quality control purposes.
Washington, May 13 – A-T Solutions Inc., a counterterrorism company based in Vienna, VA, has announced that 15,000 more licenses of its 
Petah Tikva, Israel, May 4, 2015 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it intends to promote its comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) solutions at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015 event,May 5-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, USA – Booth # 2143.  At the booth, Gilat will display its BlackRay terminals, which enable connectivity for long-endurance flights while maximizing payload weight. Gilat SATCOM solutions feature:
Irvine, CA, April 28 – Getac Inc., a manufacturer of rugged computers, has released the updated V110 rugged convertible and the updated F110 rugged tablet, making Getac’s fastest-selling products even better. The second generation F110 and V110 products each feature a fifth generation Intel Processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500, an eight-megapixel rear camera, a front HD webcam and an updated LumiBond 2.0 touch screen that allows glove-on use.
San Diego, CA, April 28 – a major provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs) and advanced mass notification systems, has announced orders from the United States Navy totaling $560,000. Both orders are scheduled to ship this fiscal year. The United States Navy orders are being delivered under the multi-year $12.2 million firm-fixed-price, IDIQ contract the company was awarded in June 2013. The remotely operated LRAD-RX systems will be mounted on naval vessels for long-range communication, security and safety use.
Houston, TX, April 27 – The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. Following this tragic event, the United Nations set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and although not directly affected by the 2004 disaster, the Philippines have set up a similar early warning system.
Chicago, April 21 – Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a provider of safety services to a wide range of industries around the world, has announced a strategic alliance with the Portable Lights American Trade Organization (PLATO). Through this collaborative relationship, Intertek will provide independent third-party testing and measurement in support of PLATO’s mission to advance the industry by elevating the quality of products.

Commentary and Opinions

The security industry has a long history of protecting and saving lives, as well as a list of heroic achievements. Now, one more can be added to the list.
When an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, Japanese nuclear safety experts were quick to call for potassium iodide to be rushed to people in affected areas. Potassium iodide, or KI, lowers the risk of people developing thyroid cancer as a result of radioactive iodine exposure.
The disastrous results of the Boston Marathon bombings are testimony to the ineffectiveness of current security systems to predict and help avert devastating attacks. Although Boston’s security infrastructure was quite effective at post-disaster forensics, enabling the identification and neutralization of two suspects only days after the bombings, the community still had to suffer hundreds of injuries, loss of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in collateral damage. 
The Boston Marathon incident is an unfortunate, tragic reminder that, as citizens, we must always remain aware, alert and diligent! Individuals must hone a “sixth sense” that helps them detect, anticipate and plan for danger in advance of it happening. People innately know when something is wrong, dangerous, or just “off,” and in those situations it is imperative to take action rather than just brushing it off. 
The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.
 

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Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

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