The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is looking at virtual reality training systems that would allow troops to rehearse scenarios involving “radiological threats.” Officials are soliciting info for potential future acquisitions and responses are due August 12.
The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) is hosting a roundtable on understanding and mitigating the cybersecurity risks associated with radioactive sources this September in Vienna to review best practices.
On Thursday, April 4th 2019, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on Radiological Material Security. Report experts along with the National Academies of Sciences found the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not consider all relevant factors when considering the effects of a dirty bomb. In fact, a large radiological dispersal device (RDD)could […]
George Moore in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist highlights the dangers of dirty bomb technical inaccuracies in Hollywood: “If a terrorist group really did use a cesium dirty bomb, the public might take the wrong lessons from ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.’ That could lead to undue panic and injury.”
New technology from North Carolina State University assess “radiation exposure in about an hour using an insulator material found in most modern electronics” and can identify those with acute radiation syndrome. This technology can facilitate expedited treatment and also de-stigmatize areas thought to have radiation.