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Australia Shark Technology

Laser Prototype Improves Bomb Detection 59

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-more-boom dept.
angry tapir writes "Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have developed a prototype laser device capable of detecting tiny traces of explosive vapor, an invention that has the potential to put bomb sniffer dogs out of a job. The prototype – a pulsed, quantum laser-based, cavity ring-down spectrometer – is being tested at the US government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico."
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Laser Prototype Improves Bomb Detection

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @03:20PM (#42244749)
    Yeah, now legitimate, law-abiding gun owners can be arrested and labeled as terrorists for attempting to board an airplane after going to the gun range several days earlier.
  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Monday December 10, 2012 @03:58PM (#42245185) Homepage

    It hasn't happened because it doesn't need to yet. I hate being one of those guys who says the terrorists have already won, but the terrorists have already won. An aspect of American daily life is interrupted by a constant reminder of how we pissed off somebody else. Once the privacy advocates fight enough, and enough time has passed to calm the politicians, the ridiculous security theater will relax... then there will be another incident to remind us that we will never be safe, and never really were.

    The only way to return to normal convenient-yet-insecure life is to let attacks happen with no reaction, but that goes against human instinct.

  • Really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by nospam007 (722110) * on Monday December 10, 2012 @04:50PM (#42245731)

    "...pulsed, quantum laser-based, cavity ring-down spectrometer..."

    A fucking PQLBCRDS ?

    You guys need a better marketing team.

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