ISIS uses armed drones, again: The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) released footage Sunday of what it claimed to be one of its drones dropping bombs on an Iraqi military training facility, Newsweek reports. Throughout the fierce conflict, ISIS has used such armed drones on multiple occasions, providing the jihadists with a relatively low-tech, yet deadly method of waging attacks across enemy lines—a method that could easily be duplicated at U.S. sites.  READ MORE

Does al-Assad have more chemical weapons? The United Kingdom’s Telegraph newspaper reports that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad continues to retain hundreds of tons of his country’s chemical stockpile after deceiving United Nations inspectors sent in to dismantle it. The article cites Syria’s former chemical weapons research chief and other experts. READ MORE

Want to buy a fake ISIS bomb? Islamic State’s weaponized drones are now so ubiquitous that you can even buy, for training purposes, replicas of the bombs they drop. They look just like the real thing and even feature removable fuses and safety pins. Of course, they won’t explode — and they’re made of solid urethane. READ MORE

Georgia teen mentions ISIS in bomb threats: A 17-year-old girl remains in jail Monday after Hall County, Ga., officials say she left bomb threats mentioning ISIS in her school’s bathroom, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Destiny Kaila Sanchez faces terror threat charges after a school resource officer found more than 100 bomb threats, some referencing ISIS, on a North Hall High School girls’ bathroom wall on nine different occasions. There is no evidence the teen has actually pledged allegiance to ISIS. READ MORE


The STEM problem: Our growing dependence as a nation on technology is indisputable. Examination of this issue clearly indicates that the STEM shortage is a national security issue that must be addressed now. READ MORE


Brazilian meat scandal, continued (again): Brazil’s Federal Police has charged 63 people investigated for participating in a corruption scheme involving meat processing plants in the country on Saturday, according to, which cites reports by Brazilian news sites. The defendants were already held in preventive detention and include agricultural inspectors and staff of processing plants. They will respond for crimes such as corruption, falsification, adulteration in food products, among others. READ MORE

Potato chip crisis: Demand for potato chips has surged in Japan this week, with products on offer for six times their retail price online after Japanese snack company Calbee Inc. halted the sale of some of its most popular chip brands. Calbee’s pizza-flavored chips, for example, were going for about 1,250 yen, or $12. The crunch came after Calbee warned it would temporarily halt the sale of 15 types of potato chips because of a bad crop in Hokkaido, a key potato-producing region. READ MORE


Tyson works with authorities to investigate employee death: Tyson Foods says it is working with local authorities in the investigation of an accident outside one of its poultry processing plants in Henderson County, Ky., over the weekend. Glen Hawkins, a truck driver with the company for about 20 years, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the facility’s parking lot early Saturday morning as he was leaving work, according to local media reports. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma. READ MORE


Can bystanders be ‘medical force multipliers’? From widespread natural disasters to targeted violence and coordinated terrorist attacks, the threats in our society continue to evolve and become increasingly more complex. Historically, the standard emergency response to large-scale, high-consequence events has been firmly based on the concepts of rapid availability and technical expertise of public safety agencies, relying solely on medically trained public safety providers. This response should be reconsidered, the author argues, and civilian bystanders may be important first responders. READ MORE

Modeling the spread of infectious diseases: Modeling the population dynamics of infectious disease spread and control is a complex, multidisciplinary challenge; an increasing number of examples demonstrate its value to practical, real world problems in infectious disease management. Ongoing consultation between the modeling community, policy developers, and decision-makers is recognized as essential to maximize the working potential of modeling tools during tool development. READ MORE