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New Laser Scanner Scrutinizes Every Last Inch Of You
2012-07-12 10:31:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Checking through the gate at the airport is about to get a lot more complicated for some people, and perhaps a lot easier for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), after a recent Gizmodo report revealed a new invention that allows laser scanners to read people at the molecular level. The laser-based scanner, which can be used up to 164 feet away, could give the DHS a new powerful tool in finding potential trouble before it...

2012-03-28 08:36:01

Containing a tunnel flood with an inflatable stopper Twenty years ago in Chicago, a small leak in an unused freight tunnel expanded beneath the Windy City and started a flood which eventually gushed through the entire tunnel system. A quarter-million people were evacuated from the buildings above, nearly $2 billion in damages accrued, and it took 6 weeks to pump the tunnels dry. How much more costly — in lives and infrastructure — would a flood in a heavily used, underwater...

2012-03-05 12:06:12

Make sure you know what's in the cargo containers it carries - before there's trouble Every day, thousands of cargo containers from around the world pass through our nation's sea ports carrying items we need, and possibly some that are not so welcome: drugs, explosives, chemical, biological, or radiological weapons — even human cargo. The possible concealment of such items in containers led lawmakers to call for the screening of all ocean cargo containers–thousands per port...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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