30 November 2012 – NCB News (12 items)(UNCLASSIFIED)

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> Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:26:09 -0500
> Subject: 30 November 2012 – NCB News (12 items)(UNCLASSIFIED) >
> 30 November 2012
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> 1. AIR FORCE REACHES DEAL TO BOLSTER B-61 NUCLEAR BOMB’S ACCURACY: “A newly announced U.S. Air Force deal for developing B-61 nuclear gravity bomb guidance components could yield an unconventional weapon of unprecedented precision, Wired magazine reported on Wednesday.” >
> 2. U.S. RADIATION DETECTION INITIATIVE TO HALT EXPANSION: “The Obama administration has halted expansion of an initiative to deploy radiation sensors at foreign seaports as it pushes to cut the program’s budget by 85 percent in fiscal 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in an assessment made public on Wednesday.” >
> 3. NRC INTERESTED IN EASING SECURITY RULES FOR CIVILIAN PLUTONIUM: “The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is studying options for easing security regulations for the transportation of plutonium used in the civilian sector, the New York Times reported.”
> 4. PAKISTAN TEST-FIRES NUCLEAR-CAPABLE BALLISTIC MISSILE: “Pakistan on Wednesday test fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile with a range of 1,300 kilometres (800 miles), the military said.” >
> 5. GIANT 100-METER SARCOPHAGUS CONSTRUCTED AT CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR PLANT: “The milestone first stage of the new sarcophagus for Chernobyl’s nuclear power station has been completed. The unique construction to safely contain the radioactive emissions of Chernobyl for the next 100 years will be ready by October 2015.” >
> 6. NNSA COMPLETES MAJOR COMPUTING UPGRADE FOR FASTER PREDICTIONS OF NATIONAL ATMOSPHERIC RELEASE ADVISORY CENTER: “The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it recently sponsored the installation of a 336-processor computing cluster at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC). This new cluster allows consequences predictions for hazardous material releases to be completed approximately 50 times faster than with the previous cluster.” >
> 7. HOUSE PASSES HOMELAND SECURITY LEGISLATION: “The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday that strengthens homeland security by protecting first responders, improving disaster preparedness, streamlining programs and management, and more effectively securing the nation’s borders.”
> 8. FDA: INDIVIDUAL BACTERIA COULD PLAY KEY ROLE IN SPREADING ANTHRAX THROUGH BODY: “The study found that when the most dangerous type of anthrax infection – inhalational anthrax – occurs in the human body, the immune system creates a temporary bottleneck to trap the bacteria. When even a single anthrax bacteria escapes the bottleneck, the bacteria can spread throughout the body.” >
> 9. ROLE OF JOURNALISM IN PANDEMIC RESPONSE ANALYZED IN AUSTRALIA: “Three articles about the role of media coverage during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic appear in the recent issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. The articles highlight the important role public health officials place on distributing information to the public and cover relative efficiency of the flow of information between officials and journalists, according to MedicalNewsToday.com.” >
> 10. ARMY OPENS NEW PROTEOMICS CORE LAB FOR CBRNE RESEARCH: “The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) last month officially opened a new Proteomics Core Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.” >
> 11. DARPA SUPPORTS RESEARCH ON POLLEN FOR ORAL VACCINE DELIVERY: “A recipient of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award is researching a novel method for packaging and delivery of orally consumed vaccines utilizing pollen.” >
> 12. STUDY LOOKS AT POSSIBLE VACCINES DEVELOPED FROM CANINE VIRUS: “. . . researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) recently revealed that a common virus found in dogs could possibly help develop novel vaccines to treat fatal human diseases.” >
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