Tag: bomb detection

How to Peek Inside Containers and Detect Bombs? Try Lasers

By Sarah Zhang | March 2, 2012 7:56 am

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The Raman spectrometer emits a laser beam.

What’s the News: Using a laser, a super-strong telescope, and some physics know-how, researchers say they have impressive power to look through solid barriers. Scientists have developed a technique to do so using Raman scattering, which is the change in energy of photons bouncing off a material. The technique could be used to detect hidden explosives or do geological analysis.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Technology, Top Posts

Bees Not Bombs: Venom Protein Makes Fluorescing Explosive Detector

By Veronique Greenwood | May 10, 2011 3:24 pm


What’s the News: The next generation of bomb detectors may come from an unusual source: bee venom, the stuff that hurts like all get-out when you get stung. A team of researchers at MIT have used fluorescent carbon nanotubes and venom proteins called bombolitins that bind to single molecules of explosives like TNT to create an exquisitely sensitive detector.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World, Technology

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