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Washington, D.C., April 21 – The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recognized four...
Tue, 2015-04-21 08:14 PM
Las Vegas, NV, April 21 – Artificial intelligence, which has been used to entertain through toys such as Tamagotchi, as well as to reap profit from picking investments, is now being used by Houston-...
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Silver Spring, MD, April 20 – The Deepwater Horizon Trustees and BP have identified approximately $134 million in projects to be included in the next proposed phase of early restoration. This...
Thu, 2015-04-16 10:11 PM
Silver Spring, MD, April 15 – The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
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Gulf of Mexico, April 15 – Five years after the nation’s largest off-shore oil spill, the leaders of three aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery effort, including the Gulf Coast...
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Washington, April 13 – One former security guard for Blackwater USA has been was sentenced to a term of life in prison, and three others were each sentenced to prison terms of 30 years and one day...
Tue, 2015-04-14 10:36 PM
By Lorrie Barclay Earlier this month Garissa University College in Kenya, Africa was the scene of a brutal attack by Al-Shabaab militants who killed 147 people, including 142 students and five...
Tue, 2015-04-14 09:14 PM
by Jason Tieman Today’s marine pipeline incident now costs an average of at least $1 million to repair, not counting reputational damage and the incalculable costs of injury or death, making...
Tue, 2015-04-14 08:39 PM
Washington, April 9 – The “summary grant” process the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently used to issue 30 Section 333 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is another example of how the agency...
Tue, 2015-04-14 12:12 AM
Washington, April 13 – In response to the findings of investigations into the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, and following a thorough evaluation of recommendations from industry groups,...
Mon, 2015-04-13 11:22 PM
Washington, April 13 – The annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will take place April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. This year’s competition will...
Mon, 2015-04-13 01:37 AM
Silver Spring, MD, April 8 –  Starting April 10, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer  began a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and...

Company News

West Hollywood, CA, March 13 – The City of West Hollywood is implementing a pedestrian safety plan and installing a series of new sidewalk art illustrations. The three-dimensional (3D) artworks feature vibrant characters from the City’s Alice in WeHoLand crosswalk safety video, which was released in October 2014. The video is part of a multi-faceted campaign aimed at encouraging drivers and pedestrians to act safely.
Canton, MA, March 18 – LoJack Corporation, a provider of safety, security and protection for an ever-growing range of valuable assets and people, has appointed Alan L. Bazaar to its board of directors, effective immediately, under an agreement with shareholder Engine Capital LP.
San Mateo, CA, March 18 – Sonim Technologies, a manufacturer of smartphones for extreme environments, has created a communications and information platform for first responders and public safety agencies who face mission-critical situations every day. To date, nearly 100 Android application developers and accessories vendors have joined the newly formed Ultra-Rugged Developer Network.
Chelmsford, MA, March 16 – For the first time ever, State of Maine agency users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency communications network, powered by Harris Corporation’s proven VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) Network technology.
Woolwich Township, NJ, March 13 – In recognition of K9 Veterans Day, the Angels for Animals Foundation is launching the Guardian Angels K9 Fund, which will raise money to ensure that service animals such as police and military dogs receive life-saving medical care while on active duty and in retirement.
Alexandria, VA, March 12 – The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) will join poison centers and poison prevention partners across the country in celebrating National Poison Prevention Week March 15-21, 2015. Since 1962, the President of the United States has proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
Borne, MA, March 12 – Onset, a provider of data loggers and weather stations, has announced the HOBO RX3000 Station, the company’s next-generation data logging weather station that provides research scientists, meteorologists, and others with instant access to site-specific environmental data anywhere, anytime via the Internet.Ideal for agricultural research, ecology studies, climate research, and other applications, the new station combines the flexibility and sensor quality of more expensive systems with the convenience of plug-and-play operation.
Phoenix, AZ, March 11 -- Redflex Traffic Systems, a provider of road safety technology throughout North America, launched a mobile app this month informing drivers of fixed red-light, rail and speed-camera locations.Available for iOS, Redflex Locator App identifies approximately 900 intersections and roadways with fixed camera systems in 18 states utilizing the technology to combat dangerous driving.

Commentary and Opinions

By Esther Ndichu and Dale Herzog  Meteorologists sometimes can predict disasters with a high degree of certainty days, if not weeks, before they make landfall. Other times, however, the public is warned within mere minutes; and then there are those events that can’t be predicted at all. 
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. 
 

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