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Radiation levels from X-ray scanners that screened airport travelers were safe, says report

Weapons-detecting X-ray scanners that were removed from U.S. airports two years ago due to privacy concerns met federal safety limits for radiation exposure, accoridng to a new scientific report funded by the Homeland Security Department.

New report recommends US strategy to prevent Americans traveling overseas to fight for ISIS

More than 250 Americans are going overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups and the United States has largely failed to stop most of them, in part, because it lacks a national strategy, the House Homeland Security Committee said in the new bipartisan report.

DHS developing 3-D, real-time X-ray scanning rover to help first responders detect IEDs

The Science and Technology Directorate said that its integrating the detection technology into existing, commercially available midsize robots widely used by civilian bomb squads, by mounting the X-ray generator onto a robotic arm's sensor-tool bracket.

NSF launches experimental research facilities to better understand impacts from natural hazards

With $40 million, the National Science Foundation is building a network of state-of-the-art experimental research facilities to better understand the impacts from earthquake, wind and water hazards and bolster community resilience.

New study finds snowpack level in California's Sierra Nevada mountains lowest in 500 years

About 80 percent of the state's precipitation occurs during winter months and the snowpack level is typically measured on April 1 every year when it's at its peak, which is used to predict the amount of runoff during the summer.

Audit finds security vulnerabilities in CBP's internal intelligence analysis system

While Customs and Border Protection deployed an analyst intelligence platform on time and within budget, the Homeland Security Department's watchdog found security problems that could expose the system to "unnecessary risk."

Unaccompanied Coast Guard cutter reaches North Pole in historic scientific expedition

The boat, which is typically ported in Seattle, carried 145 people to the Arctic for a National Science Foundation-funded expedition in support of GEOTRACES, an international project that seeks to better understand the world's oceans.

FEMA should provide resources, goals to help states improve their readiness, GAO says

FEMA's Logistics Capability Assessment Tool, which helps state, tribal and local governments better assess their logistical strengths and weaknesses in response to disasters, could be standardized and more effectively implemented. 

NSF awards $27.5M to research prediction, prevention, recovery efforts to natural hazards

The goals of the grants include improving capabilities to forecast hazards, lessening their impacts and boosting response and recovery efforts. The agency also wants to gain a better understanding of the processes related to natural hazards, among other areas.

Research paper describes new methodology for identifying potential school shooters

One of the researchers, Prof. Yair Neuman, a member of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Homeland Security Institute, said that both forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies have difficulty identifying potential school shooters since there's no agreed-upon clinical diagnosis nor screening.