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Ebola outbreak exposed the risk of pandemic and need for globally coordinated response, DARPA plans for Rapid Development of Medical Countermeasures

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From Ebola outbreak in West Africa to various strains of avian influenza to, most recently, the rapid spread of Zika has shown that even with all advances in modern medicine we are still not completely safe from pandemics. These  epidemic of infectious diseases  can spread quickly through human populations across …

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The threat of Psychological warfare moves to social media

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Psychological warfare consists of attempts to make your enemy lose confidence, give up hope, or feel afraid, so that you can win. Psychological warfare involves the planned use of propaganda and other psychological operations to influence the opinions, emotions, motives, reasoning,  attitudes, and behavior of opposition groups. Psychological operations target foreign governments, …

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Arrival of Mind Warfare technology, implantable neural devices to enhance and control Soldier’s vision, hearing and behaviour

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Researchers at the University of Zurich have identified the brain mechanism that governs decisions between honesty and self-interest. Using non-invasive brain stimulation, they could even increase honest behavior. The results of their research highlight a deliberation process between honesty and self-interest in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (rDLPFC). Researchers at Stanford …

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Synthetic Biology is the core science for future Defence Technology, according to DARPA its largest investor

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The European Commission defines synthetic biology as “the application of science, technology and engineering to facilitate and accelerate the design, manufacture and/or modification of genetic materials in living organisms.” It envisions the redesign of natural biological systems for greater efficiency, as well as create new organisms as well as molecules …

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Biological Technologies Office of DARPA to merge biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security

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DARPA in 2014 launched a Biological Technologies Office (BTO) dedicated to exploring the intersection of biology and the physical sciences. DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said, “Biology has evolved from being primarily an observational science to a science that is both predictive and quantitative. More to the point, biology today has become …

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Neural Dust implanted in the body without surgery could monitor or stimulate internal muscles, organs, nerves or brain in real time

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U C Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the technology also …

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Emerging field of Nanobionics and ePlants turn plants into sensors that can detect explosives, warn of pollutants and environmental conditions such as drought

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Engineers from MIT have turned spinach plants into sensors that can soak up explosive molecules from groundwater, detect their presence and then transmit that information to a handheld device. The plants were designed to detect nitroaromatics, which are often used in landmines and other explosives.   When one of these chemicals …

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