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The Nuclear Powers

Nine countries currently have nuclear weapons: The United States, Russia, France, United Kingdom, China, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea. Of these powers, North Korea presents the most imminent threat due to the hostility of its leaders. In the event … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Anniversary

August 6, 2016 Today is the seventy-first anniversary of the atomic explosion that led to the end of WWII. The Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 bomber, released the Uranium-235 bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It … Continue reading

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CDC Report on West Africa Ebola Outbreak

The CDC reports 1975 cases of Ebola with 1069 suspected deaths in the West Africa outbreak as of August 13. Guinea accounted for 510 of the patients with 670 in Liberia, 783 in Sierra Leone, and 12 in Nigeria. Although … Continue reading

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ZMapp treatment for Ebola

The Ebola Virus epidemic that began in March in West Africa now involves patients in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria. Of the 1,603 cases, there have been 887 deaths, giving a mortality rate of 55 percent. The two Americans … Continue reading

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EMP Effects of a Nuclear Weapon

According to the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, North Korea has the capacity at this time to deliver a nuclear weapon via ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) to the United States. Obviously the U.S. could … Continue reading

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

For anyone interested in a brief, easy-to-read summary of weapons of mass destruction, Fox News published Weapons of Mass Destruction Handbook at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,76887,00.html. This site gives a brief summary of the three main categories of WMD: Biological, Nuclear, and Chemical … Continue reading

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Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

Viral hemorrhagic fever is a title given to a spectrum of diseases caused by viruses that affect the vascular bed. Fever, myalgia, and prostration occur early; and petechial hemorrhages, hypotension, and conjunctivitis are common findings. Bleeding from mucous membranes, shock, … Continue reading

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Smallpox

Smallpox was a highly contagious, often fatal, disease caused by the variola virus. Over five hundred million people died from it during the twentieth century. Due to efforts of the World Health Organization, the disease was eradicated with no cases … Continue reading

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Tularemia as a biological weapon

Tularemia is a bacterial disease caused by Francisella tularensis. It occurs primarily in North America and Eurasia. Spread does not occur from human to human. The disease is contracted by contact with infected animals, eating infected meat, and from arthropod … Continue reading

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Botulism

Botulinum toxin causes paralysis by blocking the release of acetylcholine from neurons at the neuromuscular junction. It is one of the most poisonous substances known to man. The bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum, C. baratii, and C. butyricum, produce this substance, which … Continue reading

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