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2008-11-05 06:00:20

By Mimi Hall WASHINGTON -- The largest private hospital in the nation's capital on Tuesday began installing sophisticated new radiation detectors in an effort to better prepare for a terrorist attack with a radiological "dirty bomb." The sensors, which will be placed out of public view at the 926-bed Washington Hospital Center, will immediately let doctors, nurses and other hospital staff know if someone contaminated with dangerous radiation enters the emergency room or other areas of the...

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2008-11-02 10:10:00

Thanks to ESA and UK technology transfer support, a British company has developed a device based on the gamma-ray detection equipment used in ESA's Integral astronomy satellite to detect and identify the radioactive material mixed with conventional explosives in "Ëœdirty bombs'. ESA has supported the development of technology for gamma-ray astronomy for more than 40 years. Integral, ESA's International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory launched in 2002, is now detecting some of the...

2008-10-14 13:00:00

A study suggests U.S. hospitals aren't adequately prepared for the medical consequences of a terrorist attack involving radioactive materials. "Hospital emergency departments will play a crucial role in the response to any terrorist attack involving radioactive materials," said study lead author Steven Becker, an associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "In fact, it is no exaggeration to say the actions of hospitals will be central to the success or...

2008-08-25 12:00:21

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Tarah Donoghue, +1-202-879-5817, media@r-tac.org, for Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise public awareness to the impact of possible radiological attacks against our nation, a new national, not-for-profit and nonpartisan coalition was launched today by a broad group of first- responders, business groups, health advocates and homeland security experts. The Radiological Threat...

2008-07-15 09:00:07

By Eileen Sullivan Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The government is taking too long to secure radioactive materials across the country that could get into terrorists' hands, according to a government report. Radioactive material used for legitimate purposes in medical equipment and food, for instance, could be used to create an explosive device known as a dirty bomb. Experts believe such an attack would be contained to a small area but could have significant psychological impact and have...

2008-07-14 09:00:55

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald Jul. 14--Ronald DeMeo places a radioactive wafer about the size of a silver dollar on his desk and waves a handheld Geiger counter over it. The machine chatters wildly, the numbers on the readout spin upward and visitors instinctively lean back. But when the Coral Gables doctor covers the disc, which is designed for materials testing and quite safe, with a thin piece of fabric, the numbers dive and the noise from the Geiger dips to a low growl. It's an...

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2008-01-22 12:00:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological "dirty bombs" and nuclear weapons.Such a system could blanket the nation with millions of cell phones equipped with radiation sensors able to detect even light residues of radioactive material. Because cell phones already contain global positioning locators,...

2006-08-21 15:30:00

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - A judge threw out a murder-conspiracy charge against former "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla on Monday on grounds that it duplicated other charges still pending against the alleged al Qaeda operative. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke dismissed a charge that Padilla and two co-defendants conspired to murder, kidnap and maim people in a foreign country. The government has accused Padilla, a U.S. citizen arrested in Chicago in May 2002, of plotting to set off a...

2006-08-02 18:49:25

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla's trial was postponed to January from September on Wednesday because his lawyers asked for more time to review secret documents and translate recorded conversations. Defense lawyers also said they needed more time to interview witnesses overseas. Some of them were trapped in Beirut last month when war broke out in Lebanon, where they had gone to conduct research and depose witnesses. U.S. District Judge...

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2006-04-21 05:15:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A radiation sensor inside a cell phone was used with a network of tiny computers spread out around Vanderbilt Stadium on Thursday to detect a fake radioactive "dirty bomb." The experiment was a test of a system that could represent a leap forward in homeland security technology, said researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory who have been working jointly on the project. On Thursday they set their equipment up in the stadium press box and...