• NIST tighten rules after plutonium spill in lab

    On 9 June about 1/4 gram of powdered plutonium spilled from a vial at a NIST lab in Boulder, Colorado; an investigative committee found that a failure in the safety management system was exacerbated by a “casual and informal research environment that appears to have valued research results above safety considerations”

  • TSA testing shoe scanning technology

    he Transportation Security Administration is testing show scanning machines from L2 Communications; this is a step toward eventually allowing passengers to keep their shoes on when they go through the security checkpoint

  • People power is new weapon against Olympic terrorism

    In addition to the latest anti-terrorist technology, the city of Beijing is enlisting the city’s 15 million citizens as anti-terror eyes-and-ears for the coming Olympic Games

  • Smiths Detection expands German facility

    To meet growing demand for its Advanced Threat Identification X-ray (aTiX) systems, Smiths Detection opens a 4,000 m2 production facility in Wiesbaden, Germany

  • WHO, IAEA is simulated nuclear accident drill

    The World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency collaborate in a nuclear accident drill at the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant in Mexico

  • GAO strongly criticizes DoE over Hanford clean-up

    More than 210 million liters of radioactive and chemical waste are stored in 177 underground tanks at Hanford in Washington State; most are more than fifty years old; GAO says there now “serious questions about the tanks’ long-term viability”

  • French authorities ban water use following nuclear leak

    Safety agencies in France are playing down the risk to public health from Tuesday’s uranium leak at the Tricastin nuclear plant, but water-usage bans have worried skeptical residents and environmental organizations

  • UC researcher helps develop device to detect explosives

    Researchers from the University of California-Riverside and the University of Connecticut develop hand-held electronic device that can detect the presence of explosives in high-risk areas where bomb-sniffing dogs are now the best tools for detection

  • Breakthrough: Universal detection system

    Livermore researchers work on developing a universal detection system — a system that can monitor the air for virtually all of the major threat agents that could be used by terrorists: biological, chemical, explosives, and radiological — along with illicit drugs

  • Smith Detection shows peroxide vapor detector

    Peroxide is used in many household chemicals — and by terrorists; Smith Detection shows a hand-held detector which allows for fast detection of IEDs; military and airline industry are primary markets

  • Super-sensitive explosives detector

    Innovative explosives detector can detect explosives at distances exceeding 20 yards; the technology is a variation of photoacoustic spectroscopy but overcomes a number of problems associated with this technique

  • MoD: The risk of nuclear warheads' "popcorning"

    Light-weight but extremely sensitive high-explosives are use to envelop the plutonium core of nuclear warheads; these explosives trigger the implosion which causes a nuclear reaction to happen; U.K. Ministry of Defense is worried that these explosives are so sensitive, they may explode if warheads are dropped to the floor or bump each other, triggering “popcorning”

  • New X-ray technology order of magnitude brighter

    The electron pulse enters an undulator and generates an X-ray which is reflected back into the undulator entrance by crystals and connects with the next electron bunch and again travels back along the undulator

  • Unmanned Ground Systems Summit: Early Bird Special

    Unmanned systems perform more and more missions that used to be performed by humans; the Pentagon plans to spend about $4 billion on robots by 2010; IDGA holds ground robots summit in D.C. this August

  • Universal biosensor would detect disease, bioterror attack, pollution

    A consortium of U.K. research institutions, in collaboration with a Chinese University, work on developing a universal biosensor which would help in many types of detection — from home diagnosis of disease to chemical plant monitoring, anti-bioterrorism, and pandemic outbreak