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Inspired by natural signals in living cells, researchers design artificial gas detector

September 16, 2019

A cube one-fortieth the size of a human red blood cell can glow when it detects flammable gas.…
A drone sniffs for methane leaks in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge at the test site in Colorado. Image credit: Sean Boggs/Environmental Defense Fund
Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly

September 11, 2019

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in…
Can a High-Tech Sniffer Help Keep Us Safe?

September 11, 2019

Science stinks. So thought Megan Harries as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that…
Fast and reliable detection of smoke and flames

September 10, 2019

Video-based fire detection AVIOTEC from Bosch optimized for tunnels provides early and reliable detection of smoke and flames…
Going small can help determine where nuclear material came from and how it was made

August 30, 2019

Until recently, the analysis and identification of nuclear fuel pellets in nuclear forensics investigations have been mainly focused…
New method assesses lead hazard in soil

January 21, 2019

As Milwaukee, Flint, Michigan and other cities grapple with the toxic impact of lead water pipes, another lead-contamination…
Light expansion principle. Image credit: Credit: Sean Kelley/NIST (YouTube screenshot)
New Device Widens Light Beams by 400 Times – Boosts Sensitivity in Medical Imaging, and Toxins Detection

November 28, 2018

By using light waves instead of electric current to transmit data, photonic chips—circuits for light—have advanced fundamental research…
Airborne allergens identified by mobile device based on deep learning

November 6, 2018

UCLA researchers invented a portable device that uses holograms and machine learning to identify and measure airborne biological…
Gas-detecting laser device gets an upgrade

October 26, 2018

University of Michigan researchers have refined a gas-sniffing device so that it can detect poisonous gases and explosives…
Airport Runway Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection Systems Market to Grow at 4% CAGR through 2028

October 22, 2018

Airport runway foreign object debris (FOD) detection systems market revenues are likely to witness a decline in 2018,…
Don’t Blow It! Safely Eliminating Chemical and Biological Munitions on the Battlefield

September 14, 2018

DASA has launched a new competition seeking low technology readiness level proposals for innovative technologies in accessing, disabling…
Theory aids analysis of nuclear materials

August 24, 2018

Nuclear emergency teams, safeguards specialists and others may one day benefit from an expanded nuclear fission chain theory…
Improving nuclear detection with new chip power

August 23, 2018

A cross-disciplinary team of chemists and physicists from Washington University in St. Louis is building a better computer…
Technology turns smartphones into on-the-spot detectors for foodborne illnesses, other dangerous contaminants

May 15, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed detection technology that allows a typical smartphone to analyze produce for foodborne pathogens…
Space Radiation is Increasingly More Hazardous

March 19, 2018

It might sound like something from a science fiction plot – astronauts traveling into deep space being bombarded…
New radiation detectors developed at Sandia used for New START inspections

February 2, 2018

Sandia National Laboratories designed, tested and delivered new radiation detection equipment for monitoring under the New START Treaty.…
Detecting tsunamis

January 30, 2018

The sound waves, known as acoustic gravity waves (AGWs), are naturally occurring and can be generated in the…
A shoe-box-sized chemical detector

December 18, 2017

A chemical sensor prototype developed at the University of Michigan will be able to detect “single-fingerprint quantities” of…
Hidden Signals Challenge

October 22, 2017

Can you identify biothreats in real-time? Biological threats (otherwise known as “biothreats”) are everyone’s concern. Whether you’re a…
Researchers develop technique that could detect explosives, dangerous gases rapidly and remotely

October 4, 2017

University of Michigan researchers have developed a laser-based method that could be used to detect chemicals such as…
Radiation analysis software makes emergency responders’ jobs quicker, easier

September 6, 2017

InterSpec helps decision-makers determine source, type, amount of radiation in real time When law enforcement officers and first…
When Disaster Strikes, NASA Brings the Power of Space

September 6, 2017

It’s an unsung NASA program that started quietly nearly a decade ago with the promise to save lives…
IARPA Morgoth’s Crown Challenge

September 4, 2017

IARPA is conducting the MORGOTH’S CROWN Challenge to invite the broader research community of industry, academia, and individual…
Using real-world data, scientists answer key questions about an atmospheric release

August 24, 2017

In the event of an accidental radiological release from a nuclear power plant reactor or industrial facility, tracing…
Scintillating discovery at Sandia Labs

June 30, 2017

Taking inspiration from an unusual source, a Sandia National Laboratories team has dramatically improved the science of scintillators…
New Real-Time Tsunami Detection System Relies on GPS and Other Satellite Systems

May 22, 2017

A team of researchers from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena,…
Annual Robot Rodeo offers bomb squads an unbeatable experience

May 19, 2017

Sandia National Laboratories is hosting the 11th annual Western National Robot Rodeo, a thrilling four-day event where civilian…
A unique kind of surveillance technology privacy groups would welcome

February 21, 2017

Surveillance technology has invariably been regarded with suspicion by the general public. It triggers fears of privacy invasion…
Sniffing Like a Dog Can Improve Trace Detection of Explosives

December 3, 2016

By mimicking how dogs get their whiffs, a team of government and university researchers have demonstrated that “active…
NASA Office to Coordinate Asteroid Detection, Hazard Mitigation

January 8, 2016

NASA has formalized its ongoing program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) as the Planetary Defense Coordination…
New graphene-coated “e-fabrics” detect noxious gases

October 14, 2015

The researchers from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and Konkuk University in the Republic of Korea coated…
Harsh conditions can’t contain researchers’ efforts to test radiation detection systems

September 22, 2015

Researchers from five laboratories and a private company recently spent two days in blistering 100 degree heat testing…
Nuclear physics technique helps companies detect dangerous compound

August 18, 2015

For decades, a particular class of toxic chemicals was added to everything from clothing to carpeting to fire-fighting…
New 3-D camera technology to uncover hidden landmines

July 15, 2015

The research funding was awarded via a competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)…
Computer scientists combine computer vision and brain computer interface for faster mine detection

May 5, 2015

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer…
New technology provides superior ability to rapidly detect volatile organic compounds

April 15, 2015

Over the past several decades, the progress in micro fabrication technology has revolutionized the world in such fields…
Nanocscale snitch

March 23, 2015

Explosives, narcotics, and toxic substances in foods are just three examples of cases where the identification of just…
A different Big Bang theory: Los Alamos unveils explosives detection expertise

February 12, 2015

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists…
Detecting chemical weapons with a color-changing film

January 29, 2015

In today’s world, in which the threat of terrorism looms, there is an urgent need for fast, reliable…
TZOA The Environment Tracker

December 15, 2014

Tzoa is wearable device that measures air pollution and UV exposure in your  environment using sensor technology. Sunshine…
Detecting gases wirelessly and cheaply

December 9, 2014

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple…
Researchers develop new acoustic sensor for chemical and biological detection

November 18, 2014

Testing for ovarian cancer or the presence of a particular chemical could be almost as simple as distinguishing…
Better Bomb-Sniffing Technology

November 7, 2014

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will…
Detecting leaks in biogas plants by laser

November 4, 2014

Servicing biogas plants is challenging. Leaks from which methane escapes are particularly problematic – from a security, a…
NRL Video Game Could Help Dog Handlers Train for Detecting IEDs, Illegal Drugs

October 29, 2014

Adam Moses is practicing dog command gestures with an Xbox Kinect in his office at the U.S. Naval…
Using Light Frequencies to Sniff Out Deadly Materials from a Distance

October 9, 2014

DARPA yesterday issued a solicitation for proposals responsive to its Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT) program,…
NASA Aeronautics Research Tests New Tool for Early Wildfire Detection

October 8, 2014

NASA’s research in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) may soon provide a means for early detection and mitigation of…
Mars Rover Technology Adapted to Detect Gas Leaks

October 3, 2014

In collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that…
Fukushima accident underscores need for US to seek out new information about nuclear plant hazards

July 25, 2014

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academy of Sciences concludes that the overarching lesson learned from…
Bionics: Copying Mother Nature

July 23, 2014

Mankind has been long observing its surroundings – from the molecular choreography in the living cells to the glorious planetary…
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