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AR Chemical Plant Blast Hurts 3

Three workers performing maintenance suffered injuries at the United Initiators chemical plant in Helena-West Helena, AR after an explosion involving benzoyl peroxide occurred in one of the site’s production units, officials said. The incident Dec. 8 was in one of the site’s production areas by decomposing benzoyl peroxide, a white, odorless powder or granules used in a […]

2 Charged in Capital Police Camera Hack

Two Romanians are facing charges of hacking into computer systems which controlled surveillance cameras for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, right before the presidential inauguration earlier this year, officials said. A criminal complaint unsealed in Washington said Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28, who ended up arrested in Bucharest on December […]

‘Brain-on-a-Chip’ Predicts Chemical Effects

A “brain-on-a-chip” device is now in development that focuses on testing and predicting the effects of biological and chemical agents, disease, or pharmaceutical drugs on the brain over time without the need for human or animal subjects. The device, part of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) iCHIP (in-vitro Chip-Based Human Investigational Platform) project, simulates […]

Digital Forensics Tool: Enhancing Autopsy

Autopsy, which is an open-source, digital forensics platform used by law enforcement agencies across the globe to determine how a digital device was used in a crime and recover evidence, is undergoing enhancement. Nearly every crime committed today involves some type of digital media, such as computers and cell phones. RELATED STORIES Smartphones to Fight […]

Toxins Release in TX Plastics Plant Fire

No one suffered an injury when a fire broke out at the Formosa Plastics plant in Point Comfort, TX, officials said. A “process upset” in the Olefins I production unit produced a large initial flame about 3 a.m. Dec. 22. RELATED STORIES Chem Blast Injures 2 in NY Bakery Malting Plant Fire Reignites 1 Hurt […]

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