Updates

Federal Support to Expand National Testing Capabilities

Testing is critical to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and mitigate its threat to public health. Under President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening America Up Again, states should meet at least five metrics before proceeding to a phased reopening. The Administration’s Opening Up America Again Testing Overview and Testing Blueprint are designed to facilitate state development and implementation of the robust testing plans and rapid response programs described in the guidelines.

Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19

This operational toolkit has been developed to help business owners who are considering reopening or expanding their operations to determine their establishments’ risk of transmission of COVID-19 and how to reduce it. The Operational Toolkit consists of 3 parts: an instruction manual; a business risk worksheet; and an assessment calculator.

Second Skin Protects Against Chem, Bio Agents

A multi-institutional team of researchers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Francesco Fornasiero has developed a smart, breathable fabric designed to protect the wearer against biological and chemical warfare agents. Material of this type could be used in clinical and medical settings as well.

Coronavirus Guidance for First Responders

Sheldon Greenberg, Johns Hopkins School of Education professor and a former patrol officer for the Howard County Police Department, has developed COVID-19 guidelines for police patrol officers, security officers, and campus police. These guidelines include personal protection measures; incorporating information about COVID-19 contacts in incident reports; preparing patrol vehicles with protection and sanitation equipment; developing quarantine protocols; and considerations when protecting medical facilities and hospitals.

FLIR Wins $20.6 Million Contract to Provide Black Hornet Nano-UAV Systems for U.S. Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor Program

FLIR Systems Inc. announced it has won an additional $20.6 million contract from the U.S. Army to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet® 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS). The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will support platoon- and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor program.

Radiation-Detecting Plastic Gets Ingredient to Stay in the Clear

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have identified a straightforward change to the formula for radiation-detecting plastic. The change prevents “fogging,” which reduces the lifetime of the plastics used to detect nuclear material transiting through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s radiation detectors.

Fighting COVID With Computing

The Open Science Grid is a network of organizations that provides computing services for science research. The Department of Energy’s Fermilab partnered with the Open Science Grid to be part of a larger COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. This consortium is designed to provide access to the world’s most powerful high-performance computing resources in support of COVID-19 research.

Self-Powered X-Ray Detector to Revolutionize Imaging for Medicine, Security and Research

A new X-ray detector prototype is on the brink of revolutionizing medical imaging with dramatic reduction in radiation exposure and the associated health risks. The detector also boosts resolution in security scanners and research applications, thanks to a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory researchers.

NIH to Launch Public-Private Partnership to Speed COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Options

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Foundation for the NIH are bringing together more than a dozen leading biopharmaceutical companies, the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to develop an international strategy for a coordinated research response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S.–Israeli Robot Accessory Arm Provides Enhanced Capabilities and Precise Manipulation

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate joined Israel’s Ministry of Public Security and the Israel National Police Bomb Disposal Division to develop a new accessory arm as part of the Upgrade Explosives Ordnance Disposal Robot Project. The robot accessory arm facilitates research, development, testing, and evaluation activities and delivers enhanced capabilities to law enforcement and public safety personnel in both countries.