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2010-10-14 09:55:00

Homeland security officials demonstrated a "potential next-generation" liquid and gel scanner on Wednesday that could allow airline passengers to once again bring items like shampoo bottles and carbonated beverages with them during their flights. Developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Magnetic Vision Bottled Liquid Scanner, or MagViz BLS, was put to the test at the Albuquerque International Sunport Wednesday morning. According to a LANL press release, the device employs...

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2009-06-29 14:25:00

Criminals of all kinds are digging tunnels along the U.S. border at a fast and furious pace. Of every tunnel ever discovered by U.S. border patrol agents, 60 percent have been found in the last three years. Agents spot a new one every month."All of them have been found by accident or human intelligence," said Ed Turner, a project manager with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). "None by technology."To battle these secret burrows in the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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