US backs PH vs biological, chemical security threats

THE United States has pledged to support the Philippines in addressing biological and chemical security threats, its embassy in Manila said on Thursday. The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program recently met with concerned Philippine government officials to discuss current and future biological threat reduction and chemical security capacity-building initiatives … Read more

U.S. to Support Philippines in Addressing Biological and Chemical Security Threats

DTRA representatives and members of various government agencies discuss the creation of a national training center to support national security and the environment. Manila, August 11, 2022—From July 27 to August 2, the United States government, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, held a series of meetings with … Read more

China Adds Science Lab to Its Orbiting Space Station – The Diplomat

China Power | Security | East Asia The 23-ton Wentian laboratory is designed for science and biology experiments. In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Long March 5B Y3 carrier rocket, carrying Wentian lab module blasts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China’s Hainan Province Sunday, July 24, … Read more

Energy Security Bill factsheet: Licensing of Geological Disposal Facility beneath the seabed

Why are we legislating? A Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is vital to the successful decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear legacy and our new build nuclear power program which will support the Government’s net zero ambitions and its Energy Security Strategy. There is interest from communities in locating a GDF off the coast deep below … Read more

UK biological security strategy: public consultation response indicates increased threat

The UK government has recently published a summary of public responses to its Call for Evidence, which it launched in February with the intention of collating multi-disciplinary input from health and security experts to help shape the UK’s biological security strategy (see further here). The response closed on April 1, with 118 responses received from … Read more

Competition: Engineering Biology for Defence and Security

This Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel and innovative high risk-high reward projects finishing at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3/4. The technologies developed will be based on innovative engineering biology solutions that address defense challenges in one or more of the three topics: Materials Power and Energy Sensing This competition will … Read more

Study shows that getting pesticide reduction policies right is crucial for food security – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The term peri-urban agriculture is generally used to describe the cultivation of plants and livestock on the fringes of large population centers. However, factors such as urban expansion, rising labor costs and limited labor supply are putting peri-urban agriculture under increasing pressure. As a result, agribusinesses are seeking ways to minimize workloads and increase yields; … Read more

Scientists offer solutions to global phosphorus crisis that threatens food and water security – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Phosphorus is an essential but often overlooked resource, which is vital for life on Earth and is extracted from phosphate rock for use in crop fertilizers, livestock feeds and food additives. A major new report by scientists warns that global mismanagement of this finite nutrient is causing twin crises, brought into sharp focus with fertilizer … Read more

Heinrich, Stansbury Water Security, Drought Package Gains Momentum During Key Committee Hearing

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced by US Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) to address drought and water security in New Mexico and across the United States is gaining momentum after it was considered during today’s hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water & Power Subcommittee . US Representative Melanie Stansbury (DN.M.) … Read more

Making Science More Open Is Good for Research—but Bad for Security

Of course, just because research is published in a journal instead of a preprint server doesn’t mean it’s inherently risk-free. But it does mean that any glaring dangers are more likely to be picked up in the reviewing process. “The key difference, really, between journals and the preprint server is the level of depth that … Read more