• Death of fourteen bomb dogs sparks $1 million lawsuit

    A firm that trains bomb sniffing dogs for law enforcement and military personnel is suing a transportation company for more than $1 million over the deaths of fourteen highly-trained canines bound for Afghanistan

  • Implant Sciences sells $200,000 in explosives detectors to Mexican government

    Last week Implant Sciences announced that it had received an order for more than $200,000 worth of its portable explosives detectors from the Mexican government

  • Safer fertilizer technology

    Honeywell will build a facility in California to produce a fertilizer with the agronomic benefits of traditional nitrate-based fertilizers, but with significantly lower explosive potential; the new fertilizer was independently tested, with guidance from the DHS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and demonstrated significantly less or no explosive power

  • Inmates help train bomb-sniffing dogs

    In an interesting turn of events, prison inmates are being used in a pilot program designed to train future law enforcement officers; inmates at the Panama City- Bay County jail will help train two future bomb-sniffing dogs

  • Wearing shoes at airport checkpoints could be a new reality

    As part of its continuing efforts to make security procedures at airport checkpoints easier for travelers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is actively seeking technological solutions that would allow passengers to keep their shoes on

  • Graphene foam detects explosives better than gas sensors

    Researchers demonstrate that graphene foam can outperform leading commercial gas sensors in detecting potentially dangerous and explosive chemicals; the discovery opens the door for a new generation of gas sensors to be used by bomb squads, law enforcement officials, defense organizations, and in various industrial settings

  • TSA chief says no new study needed on airport body scanners

    Weeks after agreeing in principal to an independent study on the health effects of full-body scanners, TSA administrator John Pistole told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that a new study is not needed to confirm the machines’ safety

  • Examining shoes for trace amounts of explosives – discreetly

    NIST has been developing a prototype shoe sampling system that relies on aerodynamic sampling as the primary mechanism for liberating, transporting, and collecting explosive contamination

  • Europe bans the use of backscatter body scanners

    In its approval of full body scanners for use at airports last week, the European Union banned the use of scanners that relied on backscatter radiation due to safety concerns; these types of scanners are widely used in the United States and have been source of sharp criticism, yet the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has continued to insist that they are safe

  • DNDO progressing on Helium-3 alternative

    DHS is one step closer in its quest to find an alternative to Helium-3, a key element used in radiation scanners that detect illegal nuclear or radiological materials; DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) recently announced that it had completed its final analysis on Helium-3 alternatives

  • EU to allow full-body scanners at airports

    In response to the continued threat of terrorism, the European Union (EU) recently passed legislation that would formally European airports to use full-body scanners; prior to Monday’s announcement, trial usage of full-scanners was limited to a period of thirty months; under the new rules, member states will have the option for unlimited deployment of the scanners, but will not be required to use them

  • Researchers develop printable explosive detectors

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a low-cost explosives detector that can be printed on an inkjet printer; the explosive detector uses a wireless sensor to detect trace amounts of ammonia, a key chemical used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the deadliest killer of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • New detector can identify homemade explosives in under a minute

    A new technique could help investigators identify the type of explosive used in an attack in less than sixty seconds; the new technology is designed to aid security personnel in detecting homemade explosives, which are more difficult to detect

  • Paper-based wireless sensor detects explosive devices

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of a key ingredient found in many explosives; the device, which employs carbon nanotubes and is printed on paper or paper-like material using standard inkjet technology, could be deployed in large numbers to alert authorities to the presence of explosives, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs)

  • Smiths Detection makes Argentine prisons safer

    Smiths Detection yesterday announced the deployment of more than 150 security systems to help prevent the smuggling of narcotics, weapons, explosives, cell phones, and other dangerous materials into Argentine federal prisons