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A foldable material that can change size, volume and shape

A foldable material that can change size, volume and shape

Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack or a wall that could become a window with the flick of ...

Firefighting robots and drones on the rise

Firefighting robots and drones on the rise

Developments in firefighting and fire prevention robot technology, not to mention the use of drones ...

Hepatitis C and the C-Tracker

Hepatitis C and the C-Tracker

The United States – and other countries around the world – are facing an impending viral...

Italian research reveals new disaster response opportunities provided by a military-designed anti shock drug

Italian research reveals new disaster response opportunities provided by a military-designed anti shock drug

Francesco Frezzetti describes how the anti-shock drug was recently applied during the Ebola outbreak...

When used responsibly, drones provide safety measures for all

When used responsibly, drones provide safety measures for all

The use of drones has been giving rise to concerns among some citizens in the US and other parts of ...

Speeding up underwater wireless networks

Speeding up underwater wireless networks

The speed of today’s underwater communication networks is still comparable to sluggish dial-up...

Telesurgery: Danger of hacking

Telesurgery: Danger of hacking

With new technologies introduced every day, the opportunities for improving disaster response are en...

A 'black box' for monitoring explosions and gunshots

A 'black box' for monitoring explosions and gunshots

When bombing campaigns kill humanitarian staff and civilians or damage infrastructure in times of co...

Supercomputer simulates fires in mega-warehouses and distribution centres

Supercomputer simulates fires in mega-warehouses and distribution centres

Researchers from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial insurance com...

ChemTag protects first responders against unseen chemical hazards

ChemTag protects first responders against unseen chemical hazards

In 2013, over 17,000 firefighters in the US suffered an injury owing to exposure to chemical ha...

Protecting ourselves against biological and chemical warfare

Protecting ourselves against biological and chemical warfare

In the light of recent terrorist attacks, the watch for biological and chemical weapons is top prior...

A new way to communicate location information

A new way to communicate location information

When first responders respond to a disaster, they need to know exactly where to go. They need accura...

Encouraging innovation in first responder tech

Encouraging innovation in first responder tech

First responders face many challenges in the field: disasters impair communication between responder...

Software that can think - and how it could help in a crisis

Software that can think - and how it could help in a crisis

Our minds are a series of neural networks composed of interconnected neurons that store an...

Fine tuning emergency smartphone alerts

Fine tuning emergency smartphone alerts

Smartphones are increasingly used as effective means to deliver emergency alerts issued by state and...

MAPS technology automatically neutralises threats

MAPS technology automatically neutralises threats

Technologies that detect and neutralise threats can reduce the risks that frontline soldiers face, b...

Agreement signed to commercialise Ebola protective suit

Agreement signed to commercialise Ebola protective suit

In January, the CRJ R&D blog reported on a federally funded suit being designed to improve prote...

Camera that follows users could provide situational awareness for responders

Camera that follows users could provide situational awareness for responders

Often when first responders enter dangerous zones, they do not have complete or accurate inform...

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