Month: March 2022

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30 March 2022 Blow flies can be used to detect use of chemical weapons, other pollutants (ChemEurope.com) Researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI have found that blow flies can be used as chemical sensors, with a particular focus on the detection of chemical warfare agents.

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25 March 2022 OPCW Executive Council briefed on chemical weapons destruction progress in the United States (OPCW) Members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council attended a chemical demilitarisation transparency event hosted virtually by the United States of America and held at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague from 21 to …

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23 March 2022 U.S. Makes Contingency Plans in Case Russia Uses Its Most Powerful Weapons (The New York Times) The White House has quietly assembled a team of national security officials to sketch out scenarios of how the United States and its allies should respond if President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia unleashes his stockpiles …

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23 March 2022 Biden, Stoltenberg Warn of Threat of Russia Using Chemical Weapons In Ukraine (RadioFreeEurope) U.S. President Joe Biden says the threat of Russia using chemical weapons against Ukraine was “real” as NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned of “far-reaching consequences” if Moscow were to use armaments.

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22 March 2022 No indication of imminent Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine – U.S. defense official (Reuters) The United States has not yet seen any concrete indications of an imminent Russian chemical or biological weapons attack in Ukraine but is closely monitoring streams of intelligence for them, a senior U.S. defense official said on …

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20 March 2022 Letter from Ukraine to OPCW Requesting Bilateral Assistance to Protect Against Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ukraine submitted a request to the OPCW for “bilateral assistance from States Parties in order to protect against chemical weapons,” invoking Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention. 

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19 March 2022 Drug-discovery AI can be inverted to create chemical weapons, scientists find (The Morning Brew) A machine learning-powered molecule generator designed 40,000 molecules that scored within Collaboration’s “desired threshold” of toxicity, including known nerve agents, like VX, but also potentially new compounds that are even more toxic than well-known chemical agents.

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19 March 2022 1995 sarin attack victims go online to inform, warn young people (The Japan News) For the first time since the Aum Supreme Truth cult carried out its deadly sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system almost 27 years ago, an online event was held to connect survivors with young people born …

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19 March 2022 A legacy of ‘secrecy and deception’: Why Russia clings to an outlawed chemical arsenal (The Washington Post) Washington Post journalist Joby Warrick provides a brief history of Russia’s chemical weapon program, “gray warfare,” and what experts are saying about the potential for chemical weapons use in Ukraine.

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11 March 2022 Lawmakers press intel officials over possible Russian chemical, nuclear attacks (The Hill) CIA Director William Burns said intelligence leaders “take very seriously” the threat of a chemical weapons attack in Ukraine and said the decision to declassify and release intelligence previewing Putin’s likely moves has served to deter action and unify a global response.