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Terrorist killed, explosives-laden vehicle seized

(December, 23, 2015) The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) killed a terrorist and seized a vehicle laden with arms and explosives in Sarjani Town.

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MO hunter finds explosives, sheriff says not related to terrorism

(December, 23, 2015) Sheriff Ron Long of Pulaski County, Missouri clarified on Monday that a cache of explosives found in October was likely not linked to any terrorist activities. According to the Sheriff's Office, the explosives were discovered by a deer hunter on October 18 while he was making his way to a camp site in the Mark Twain National Forest.

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2 arrested on suspicion of terror offenses; Geneva remains on alert

(December, 23, 2015) Swiss police have arrested two people with Syrian passports and found traces of potential bomb-making chemicals in a car as security remains high around Geneva amid a terrorism alert and a hunt for suspects.

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Disneyland rolls out metal detectors, explosive-sniffing dogs in wake of terror attack

(December, 23, 2015) Disneyland is stepping up security measures in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Metal detectors were installed Thursday at the Anaheim theme park, though only some "randomly selected" visitors will be asked to walk through the detectors, according to Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown.

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Explosives story from October goes viral; local sheriff sets record straight about terror threat

(December, 22, 2015) The report led many on Facebook to share the story KY3 News did in mid-October. Then, a hunter found the explosives in the forest. The hunter is a U.S. Army combat engineer from Fort Leonard Wood. He recognized his discovery as explosives and immediately reported it to the sheriff's department.

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Terror suspects applied for explosives background checks, latest figures show

(December, 22, 2015) Three individuals on the US government's terrorist watch list that forbids suspects from flying were able to go ahead with a federal background check to buy explosives under rules that the Republican party refused to overturn in the wake of the San Bernardino attack.

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Explosives found in October, nothing linked to terrorists

(December, 22, 2015) Recently, a national news outlet printed an article about Pulaski County and the possibility of terrorist activity. In October, some explosives were discovered in a rural part of the county, but Sheriff Ron Long says there was nothing found that indicated the material was linked to terrorist activity.

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GOP blocks efforts to deny guns to those on terrorist watch lists

(December, 21, 2015) At about the time Wednesday that two shooters under investigation for potentially having terrorist ties were gunning down people at a community center in San Bernardino, House Republicans blocked legislation that would help prevent people on U.S. terrorist watch lists from buying firearms legally.

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Moment 'would-be terrorist tests explosives for planned attack on London'

(December, 21, 2015) This is the moment a would-be suicide bomber allegedly tested deadly explosives for an attack on London in his back garden. Mohammed Rehman filmed himself trying out a home-made bomb yards from a child's bicycle ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terror attacks.

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Terrorist with explosives arrested in Bannu

(December, 19, 2015) The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested a suspected terrorist and recovered explosives during a crackdown here. According to details, the CTD team responding to a secret information conducted raid in Kaski Akhwandan area of district Bannu during which a terrorist Sadaqatullah, belonging to an outlawed organization was apprehended.

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Certified multi-energy explosive detection

(December, 15, 2015) Security is, of course, an integral part of the travelling process, and with strict guidelines in place it is crucial that airports have a seamless system to identify security threats in hold baggage, while maintaining an exemplary passenger experience and efficiency. SureScan Corporation, an emerging leader and global company, brings advanced explosive detection technology to the forefront of the security marketplace.

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Prototype sensor can detect multiple explosives with a single test

(December, 15, 2015) Researchers at the University College London (UCL) have developed a new sensor with the ability to simultaneously detect five commonly-used explosives. Currently in the prototype stages, the device could one day be used to improve security in public spaces.

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New sensor to detect multiple explosives in a jiffy

(December, 15, 2015) Scientists have developed a new colour-changing sensor that can detect and identify multiple explosives such as TNT and RDX within 10 seconds. The proof-of-concept sensor is designed to quickly identify and quantify five commonly used explosives in solution to help track toxic contamination in waste water and improve the safety of public spaces.

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L-3'S ClearScan explosives detection system for cabin baggage qualifies for EU Type D/D+ Standard 2

(December, 15, 2015) Paving the way for liquids and electronics to remain in carry-on bags, L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced its new ClearScan explosives detection system (EDS) has passed the European Union Regulation Type D/D+ Standard 2 for cabin baggage under the European Civil Aviation Conference Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment.

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Explosive detection - Beyond the gateway

(December, 14, 2015) Portable, hand-held explosive detectors are extending security measures in areas beyond the 'sterile zones' defined by rigid gateways and inspection lines, enabling the routine inspection of employees, suppliers and cargo over large operational areas such as airports, container farms, industrial facilities and highways. Unveiled this week at Milipol 2015, Israel's explosive detection specialist, Laser Detect Systems, outlines how these new sensors, deployed to roadblocks and patrols, can cast an intelligence network able to track the 'evolution of bombs' and disrupt the stockpiling of precursory materials, thus preventing their transformation into devastating car bombs.

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$700 million mine-hunting drone can't find explosives

(December, 14, 2015) A mine-detection system the U.S. Navy invested nearly $700 million and 16 years in developing can't complete its most basic functions, according to the Pentagon's weapon-testing office.

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Research shows immense challenge of securing railways against terrorism

(December, 14, 2015) Transportation ranks second after retail on the list of global industries that were attacked by terrorists in 2014, according to AON, a global provider of risk management, insurance and outsourcing services.

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13th MEU Marines train for noncombatant evacuation

(December, 12, 2015) U.S. Marines and sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, simulated evacuating more than 400 U.S. citizens to Los Alamitos Airport during a noncombatant evacuation as part of Certification Exercise. During CERTEX - and in all of the MEU's pre-deployment packages since August - the 13th MEU has been conducting operations in the fictional country of Black and the regions surrounding it, actively executing missions across the range of military operations.

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Quantum science helps track explosives

(December, 12, 2015) Scientists report on a new step towards a more efficient monitoring method, using quantum dots, to quickly sniff out and identify five dangerous compounds.

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Toward a faster, more efficient way to sniff out explosives

(December, 11, 2015) Explosives detection is important for ensuring the safety of public spaces, transportation and water systems, but it can be challenging to carry out. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Nano a new step toward a more efficient monitoring method that uses quantum dots to quickly sniff out and identify five dangerous compounds, including the powerful explosive hidden in 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid's footwear.

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Abu Dhabi Int'l to bring in automated explosives detection system

(December, 9, 2015) Abu Dhabi Airports has announced several key capacity expansion initiatives, including an automated explosives detection system, at the emirate's international airport to "significantly improve overall operational efficiency".

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L-3'S clearScan explosives detection system for cabin baggage qualifies for EU type D/D+ Standard 2

(December, 9, 2015) Paving the way for liquids and electronics to remain in carry-on bags, L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced its new ClearScan explosives detection system (EDS) has passed the European Union Regulation Type D/D+ Standard 2 for cabin baggage under the European Civil Aviation Conference Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. announces IDenta's sniffer for explosives and illicit drugs is a highlight device at the current Milipol Expo in Paris, France

(December, 9, 2015) IDenta Corp. is participating at one of the most important events, the Milipol Expo in Paris France. IDenta Corp has its own booth, number 5 D 175. After two days we have already had more than 100 new leads from dozens of countries and legal law agencies. New leads from countries and agencies include Brazil, Germany, India, African countries, Middle East countries, USA, UK, and others.

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Smiths Detection launches TRACE-PRO, a revolutionary explosives detector for fast identification and evidence collection

(December, 8, 2015) Smiths Detection announces the launch of TRACE-PRO, a compact and ruggedised, non-radioactive Explosives Trace Detector (ETD) designed for mobile screening. TRACE-PRO takes the detection of trace explosives for Military, Emergency Response, Law Enforcement and Security professionals to a new level by providing fast, accurate identification of common explosives in less than 10 seconds.

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SureScan x1000 Explosives Detection System for checked baggage screening achieves ECAC EDS Standard 3

(December, 8, 2015) SureScan Corporation, an emerging leader bringing advanced technology and manufacturing to the homeland security marketplace, today announced that its x1000 checked baggage screening solution has successfully achieved European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) Explosive Detection System (EDS) Standard 3. The SureScan x1000 was the first multi-energy stationary gantry CT EDS to be TSA certified, and is now ECAC EDS Standard 3.

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Online loan may have helped couple fund their terror arsenal in San Bernardino attack

(December, 8, 2015) In the weeks before the San Bernardino massacre, the husband-and-wife assailants obtained a $28,500 loan - an advance that authorities believe may have helped them acquire last-minute firearms, ammunition and components to build explosives.

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Photonics technologies target terrorism threat

(December, 7, 2015) Two emerging US companies have developed optics-based detection systems that they say can provide protection for so-called "soft targets" that could be targeted by terrorists.

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Implant Sciences announces first shipment of ETD Systems for U.S. Airport deployment

(December, 6, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB:IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) solutions for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) applications, today reported that the Company has delivered its first shipment of QS-B220 desktop Explosives Trace Detectors (ETDs) to airports across the United States. These units are a part of the 1,170 unit order that was placed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in November, 2014.

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TSA bombs the holidays

(December, 5, 2015) If you use hand sanitizer when traveling, the Transportation Security Administration can badger you as if you were a terrorist suspect. TSA is one of the biggest hassles many Americans will encounter this holiday season. I learned that firsthand while flying home from Portland, Oregon, on Thanksgiving morning.

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VTPD's nuanced approach to crime alerts

(December, 4, 2015) "On Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Virginia Tech Police Department received a report concerning graffiti that had been left inside a bathroom stall in Price Hall. The graffiti stated 'I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all Muslims (sic).' The Virginia Tech Police Department continues to investigate this matter. We are making the community aware of this graffiti and seeking the community's assistance."

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Smiths Detection launches TRACE-PRO, a revolutionary explosives detector for fast identification and evidence collection

(December, 1, 2015) Smiths Detection announces the launch of TRACE-PRO, a compact and ruggedised, non-radioactive Explosives Trace Detector (ETD) designed for mobile screening. TRACE-PRO takes the detection of trace explosives for Military, Emergency Response, Law Enforcement and Security professionals to a new level by providing fast, accurate identification of common explosives in less than 10 seconds.

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Fake bomb detector is blamed for hundreds of deaths: it's still in use

(December, 1, 2015) The ADE 651 is a small, handled wand with a plastic grip and a swiveling antenna, designed by a British company named ATSC for the ostensible purpose of finding hidden explosives. I saw one of these devices firsthand last year while driving up to a security checkpoint at Jinnah International airport in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Fake bomb detectors used to protect Sharm Britons: Gadgets similar to novelty golf ball finders that were part of UK fraud trials are being used to check luggage at resort's hotels

(December, 1, 2015) British families in Sharm El Sheikh are being guarded with useless bomb detectors based on a bogus device produced by UK fraudsters, the Mail can reveal. Hotels are using the fake gadgets - now produced by the Egyptian army - to screen luggage amid fears of bomb attacks by Islamic State terrorists.

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Explosive Detection - Beyond the Gateway

(December, 1, 2015) Terror attacks directed at air transport have forced airport authorities worldwide to implement extensive security inspection of passengers and cargo. These measures have required the installation of large, complex and expensive, ultra-sensitive explosive detection systems at airports. Whether fully automated or manually-assisted, these systems inspect cargo, hand baggage and personnel as they move into a 'sterile zone' likely to be clear of weapons or explosive threats.

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Implant Sciences downgraded to sell at Zacks investment research

(November, 30, 2015) According to Zacks, "Implant Sciences Corporation a developer and manufacturer of products for the national security, semiconductor and medical industries, uses its patented ion beam technology to develop, manufacture and sell products through its primary business units: trace explosives detection systems for homeland security, defense, and other security related applications and state of the art services for the medical and semiconductor industries.

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DTRA CB's 'Scientist in the foxhole' program an eye opening experience

(November, 30, 2015) The latest generation of chemical and biological agent detectors available to U.S. warfighters are marvels of modern science and engineering. However, they are only useful if warfighters are able to use them at a moment's notice. In the field, it is very likely for a warfighter to be wearing full combat gear and an extra layer of protective equipment, including butyl gloves and a protective mask.

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Unclaimed baggage keep BDDS busy

(November, 30, 2015) The baggage delivery system of Mumbai airport is the major reason why the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) receives calls at the airport. According to a senior official from Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), every month Mumbai airport sees almost 38 to 42 BDDS calls and every normal check by the squad takes 20 to 30 minutes. According to sources from the airport, sometime the terminal or city side area of the airport gets blocked due to these calls, which inconveniences passengers.

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Sharm bomb scanners are fakes

(November, 28, 2015) Devices scanning for bombs at security checkpoints in Sharm el-Sheikh are "absolutely pointless", experts warned last night. Guards shielding hotels - including the five-star Savoy where Britain's ambassador holds his briefings - wafted the empty boxes yesterday over cars and luggage.

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LDS's hand-held explosive detectors debut at Milipol 2015 in Paris

(November, 28, 2015) Laser Detect Systems (LDS), a world leader in tactical explosive detection, is unveiling new models of explosive and drug detection systems at MILIPOL 2015, expanding the line of sensors supporting tactical law enforcement, homeland security and military applications.

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Implant Sciences downgraded by Zacks investment research to sell

(November, 27, 2015) Implant Sciences Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Sell (IMSC).

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Egypt plane crash: 'Fake' bomb detectors being used by hotel security guards searching for explosives

(November, 16, 2015) As British and Egyptian authorities continue to assure tourists trapped in Sharm el-Sheikh that all possible measures are being taken to ensure their safety, bomb detectors being used by some hotel staff have been exposed as fake. Security guards at hotels in the Red Sea resort have been seen using gadgets believed to be based on those sold around the world by jailed British conmen and women.

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Filling the Fowler Beach breaches

(November, 16, 2015) A wider beach with a long, low dune is taking shape at Fowler Beach, one of the most storm-damaged places along the Delaware Bay shoreline. A dredge crew on Friday started stockpiling sand that will be used to fill the largest of several breaches that contribute to flooding in nearby communities.

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New "tricorder" technology might be able to "hear" tumors growing

(November, 16, 2015) A new technology has promise to safely find buried plastic explosives and maybe even spot fast-growing tumors. The technique involves the clever interplay of microwaves and ultrasound to develop a detector like the Star Trek tricorder.

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Stanford scientists get a little closer to a medical tricorder

(November, 15, 2015) Being able to identify problems with a person's body without subjecting them to invasive procedures is the fantasy of all Star Trek doctors. There's even a prize offering a fortune to anyone who can effectively recreate the tricorder technology out in the real world. Now, Stanford scientists think that they've developed a system that, in time, could be used to spot cancerous tumors from a foot away.

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One degree of separation in the forever war

(November, 15, 2015) Captain Jaymes Collin Uriah "Yuri" Hines drank a beer with a friend at a brewery in Bruges, Belgium, and tried desperately to relax. Yuri was a Weapon Systems Officer on an F-15E, a backseater who dropped the bombs, and he was exhausted. Just back from a combat tour, he had been conducting airstrikes only two weeks before.

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TSA revelation after passenger clears security spurs Miami airport scare

(November, 14, 2015) Tens of millions put their bags on a conveyor belt, walk through a metal detector, then head to their flights at American airports each year. But what happens when a Transportation Security Administration agent misses something in those seemingly routine checks? And, when they do, what does it say about how safe American travelers really are?

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Expert: Egyptian aviation security notoriously inadequate

(November, 14, 2015) Many people have voiced concerns about inadequate security at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport where Metrojet Flight 9268 originated, however, aviation security expert Billie Vincent says that it has long been known that the Egyptian government is ineffective at providing a level of airport screening that's acceptable under Western standards.

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FLIR showcases Fido X2 handheld explosives trace detector for law enforcement at IACP 2015

(November, 14, 2015) FLIR Systems, Inc. recently announced the launch of the Fido® X2, the latest addition to its leading-edge Fido X-Series handheld explosives trace detectors (ETD). Offering high sensitivity at an accessible price, the easy-to-use Fido X2 features FLIR's proprietary TrueTraceT technology to quickly and accurately detect a broad range of chemicals used in the manufacture of homemade, commercial, and military explosives.

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Fighting crime with science

(November, 12, 2015) NIJ research and development projects hold promise for significantly improving forensic science disciplines. In crime laboratories across the country, scientists and technicians spend countless hours analyzing a never-ending flow of evidence.

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Group vows effort to tackle impact of unexploded bombs

(November, 12, 2015) The Viet Nam Bomb and Mine Action Support Association (VBMASA) vows to exert all efforts to minimise impacts of post-war unexploded ordnances (UXOs), its chairman said at an event marking its first founding anniversary in Ha Noi. VBMASA Chairman Lt. Gen. Nguyen Duc Soat, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, said the association has effectively supported the State's Steering Committee on National post-war Mine Action Programme.

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Airline passengers to be checked for explosives with new detector

(November, 9, 2015) The security checks at the airports of Helsinki-Vantaa and Oulu have utilised a new type of device to check for explosives. The manufacturer of the new tool claims that it can detect all types of explosives and materials used to construct them.

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FLIR introduces Fido X2 handheld explosives trace detector

(November, 9, 2015) FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the launch of the Fido X2, the latest addition to its leading-edge Fido X-Series handheld explosives trace detectors (ETD). Offering high sensitivity at an accessible price, the easy-to-use Fido X2 features FLIR's proprietary TrueTrace technology to quickly and accurately detect a broad range of chemicals used in the manufacture of homemade, commercial, and military explosives.

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Major gaps in security reported at Egyptian airports

(November, 9, 2015) The airport is surrounded by a wall topped with barbed wire. Armed sentries are stationed at its entrance, and passengers pass through two security screenings before reaching departure gates; before a recent departing flight, there were no fewer than eight uniformed guards standing around the checkpoint.

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Morpho to produce explosives trace detector for DHS; Karen bomba comments

(November, 8, 2015) Morpho has been awarded a nearly $1 million contract to produce explosives trace detector for the Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate. Morpho Detection will develop the company's Itemiser DX Air Cargo detector kit meant to update the threat library for new explosives, Morpho said Wednesday.

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MS Tech ships hand-held narcotics and explosives detectors to Mexico

(November, 8, 2015) MS Tech, a global developer, manufacturer and innovator of nanotechnology detection and diagnostics sensors, today announced that MS Detection, its homeland security and defense division has begun first shipments of the DUOSCAN detectors to Mexico.

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Fido X2 handheld explosives trace detector from FLIR

(November, 7, 2015) FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the launch of the Fido® X2, the latest addition to its leading-edge Fido X-Series handheld explosives trace detectors (ETD). Offering high sensitivity at an accessible price, the easy-to-use Fido X2 features FLIR's proprietary TrueTraceT technology to quickly and accurately detect a broad range of chemicals used in the manufacture of homemade, commercial, and military explosives.

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Russian plane crash: How has airport security changed?

(November, 6, 2015) A bomb is being cited as the most likely cause of a plane crash which killed 224 people. But has anything changed in recent years to make passengers safer? Thousands of Britons are stranded in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, after the UK government suspended all air links because of security concerns over the airport there.

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DHS awards R&D contract to Morpho for air cargo detector development

(November, 6, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a contract to Morpho Detection to develop the Advanced Itemiser DX Air Cargo explosives trace detector (ETD). Under terms of the contract, valued at nearly $1 million, Morpho Detection will develop and build an Advanced Itemiser DX retrofit kit for the aviation security market -- a major user of the Itemiser DX.

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Terrorists 'boasted' to Isil leaders about bombing plane, stranded Brits 'could face ten day delays' - as it happened on Saturday November 7

(November, 4, 2015) British official in Sharm el-Sheikh resort says British government is increasing the number of flights and will return about 2,000 nationals today on nine planes.

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Investigators offer reward after mysterious airborne object causes $3M business fire

(November, 3, 2015) Investigators are seeking the public's help solving a baffling fire that destroyed a telecommunications testing business Sunday, causing millions of dollars in damage.

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Explosives & Narcotics Trace Detection (ETD): Technologies & Global Market - 2015-2020

(October, 29, 2015) Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detection (ETD) is a key modality within the Homeland Security, military and public safety infrastructure. Uses of ETD include air-sea-land transportation security, force protection, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection and public safety.

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Gang-gang: War Memorial statue honours Explosives Detection Dogs and handlers

(October, 29, 2015) The genius of Ewen Coates' sculpture Evolution of the Senses dedicated at the Australian War Memorial on Thursday lies in the way in which it has a man and a dog looking lovingly into one another's eyes. The true dog lovers among the hundreds of thousands who will see the big, 700 kilo bronze artwork over the years will recognise and remember a wondrous man-and-dog loveliness about it.

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Rs7 crore down the drain as van to detect explosives lies unused

(October, 29, 2015) A mobile explosives detection van, which cost the city police around Rs7 crore in 2008, has been lying unused for several years at the compound of the office of the Commissioner of Police at Crawford Market. The police department is not sure what to do with the van as it does not have a maintenance contract. Senior officers have now asked the protection and security (P&S) branch to find out if it can be turned into a mobile command centre so that it fulfils some purpose.

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FLIR unveils new explosives trace detector built for patrol

(October, 28, 2015) Just days before thousands of police executives gather in Chicago for the 122nd Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (IACP 2015), FLIR Systems announced the launch of the Fido X2 explosives trace detector (ETD). The Fido X2 features FLIR's proprietary TrueTrace technology to quickly and accurately detect a broad range of chemicals used in the manufacture of homemade, commercial, and military explosives.

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Decision Sciences' Multi-Mode Passive Detection System: Rapid scanning for radiological threats

(October, 28, 2015) Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 Awards archive of winners. This week's flashback is Decision Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory's Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MM-PDS), which won the R&D 100 Award in 2013. The Earth's upper atmosphere is under bombardment by cosmic radiation that produces showers of pions, which rapidly decay into a constant flux of muons (some 200 m2/sec) that shower objects on Earth.

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FLIR Systems announces third quarter 2015 financial results

(October, 27, 2015) FLIR Systems, Inc. FLIR, -3.63% today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Revenue was $381.9 million, up 2% compared to third quarter 2014 revenue of $375.4 million. On a constant-currency basis, revenue for the third quarter was up 6% compared to the prior year, as foreign currency exchange fluctuations negatively impacted revenue by approximately $14 million.

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Morpho Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security R&D contract for Advanced Itemiser DX Air Cargo Trace Detectors

(October, 26, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a research and development (R&D) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to develop the Advanced Itemiser® DX Air Cargo explosives trace detector (ETD). Under terms of the contract, valued at nearly $1 million, Morpho Detection will develop and build an Advanced Itemiser DX retrofit kit for the aviation security market -- a major user of the Itemiser DX.

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TSA agents find grenade in checked bag at Charlotte airport

(October, 26, 2015) Agency officials said when items like grenades are found agents must call in explosives detection professionals to carefully handle them.

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Smiths Detection launches iCmore automatic detection software for cargo inspection X-ray systems

(October, 24, 2015) Smiths Detection today launches iCmore, an advanced software suite for the automatic identification of suspicious items or dangerous threats, concealed within vehicles and maritime containers. The software will allow border control officers to identify items such as cigarettes or dangerous levels of radioactivity precisely.

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Morpho supplies 160 Itemiser 4DX trace detectors to airports in Germany

(October, 23, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract with the German Federal Police for 160 Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD). Under terms of the contract, Itemiser 4DX is currently deployed to screen passengers and baggage at airport checkpoints throughout Germany to ensure compliance with new EU legislation for enhanced explosives screening.

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Morpho sells explosives detection units to UK airports

(October, 19, 2015) Morpho Detection, a company with a manufacturing, research and development lab on Frontage Road in Andover, has announced a contract with Manchester, England, airport for its explosives trace detectors. The company, which recently moved to Andover, makes equipment used in airports and other sensitive locations, to detect trace amounts of explosives and drugs to thwart criminal and terrorist activities.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Sales Forecast for 2015

(October, 19, 2015) CEO Yaacov Shoham today made the following announcement: "Sales for Identa Corp. products in 2015 are projected to be double or even triple the sales of 2014. We expect 2015 to be the breakthrough year worldwide for IDenta's many products."

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Standoff IED, Person-Borne & Vehicle-Borne Explosives & Weapon Detection: Technologies & Global Market - 2015-2020

(October, 19, 2015) Terrorist attacks using IEDs, Person-Borne IEDs (PBIED) and Vehicle-Borne IEDs (VBIED) have peaked in 2007 due to the U.S. & NATO wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While the withdrawal of the U.S. from these countries resulted in a decline of VBIED & PBIED attacks, we now face a new surge of suicide attacks which are growing at an alarming rate. In 2014 alone, there were 424 confirmed PBIED & VBIED suicide attacks - an increase of 90% over the 223 suicide attacks in 2011 - causing the death of 3,554 people by 2014 vs. 2,027 in 2011.

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Global MID IR sensor market at $789 million will reach $7 billion by 2019

(October, 17, 2015) A new study Mid IR Sensors Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019. Next generation Mid IR Sensors are leveraging new technology. The 2013 study has 818 pages, 340 tables and figures. Worldwide mid IR sensor markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the Internet of things creates demand for sensors.

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FLIR releases new desktop trace detector

(October, 17, 2015) FLIR Systems, Inc is showcasing its latest addition to the Griffin 800-series desktop chemical trace detector product line at AUSA in Washington, DC this week. The range is used by security officials to screen personal belongings, parcels, cargo, skin, vehicles and other surfaces for explosives and narcotics threats.

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45 guns, gunpowder and concealed items among TSA confiscations

(October, 16, 2015) 45 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 45 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and four had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below. This container of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at Denver (DEN). Gun powder is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.

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No explosives found after bomb threat at Glendale Heights school

(October, 16, 2015) No explosives were located inside a west suburban school after students and staff were taken to another location following a bomb threat.

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K-9 Coast Guard units undergo special helicopter training

(October, 15, 2015) Ever since the terror attacks of 9-11 the Coast Guard has stepped up its activity to protect San Francisco Bay. 1,445 container ships docked at the port of Oakland last year, making it the fifth busiest sea port in the U.S.

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Morpho awarded Mexico airports contract for hold baggage explosives detection systems

(October, 15, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract assigned to its local partner Segtec by Mexico airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) for 14 CTXa"c explosives detection systems (EDS).

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Smiths Detection wins contract with Spanish Airport Operator to supply new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector

(October, 14, 2015) Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract by the Spanish Airport Operator (Aena) to equip 24 of its airports with the new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector for passenger screening. Almost 300 of the recently launched systems, manufactured by Smiths Detection`s Watford, UK, facility, will be supplied through its Spanish distributor TECOSA. It is the first major aviation contract for the advanced, portable system which detects and identifies explosives from traces found on baggage or clothing.

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Morpho to install explosives trace detectors at German Airports

(October, 13, 2015) German Federal Police has selected Morpho Detection's 160 Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors for enhanced explosives screening at airport checkpoints throughout Germany. Itemiser 4DX will be used to screen passengers and baggage at airports to meet new EU regulations on security.

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Britons arrested for selling ineffective equipment to Iraq

(October, 13, 2015) Britain's Ambassador to Iraq, Peter Frank, announced that a number of British citizens have been arrested for supplying ineffective military devices to the Iraqi army Anadolu has reported. The ambassador made his comments at a press conference in Karbala; no details of the sentences were given.

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Redefining security

(October, 13, 2015) Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, general (Dr) VK Singh will inaugurate a premier specialised B2B security event South-Asia region, the 18th edition of India International Security Expo (IISE) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi today.

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Safety products: High definition thermal inspection cameras

(October, 12, 2015) FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the T1K series of premium HD thermal inspection cameras. Creating a new performance point at the top of FLIR's uncooled thermal camera value ladder, the T1K series sets a new industry standard with an HD infrared detector delivering outstanding image clarity, exceptional measurement performance, and an intuitive yet simple hybrid-touch user interface. The new cameras allow users to find problem areas quickly, measure them precisely, and document and report findings for corrective action.

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Anti-Red ops intensified before Modi's visit

(October, 12, 2015) Security forces are conducting extensive anti-Maoist operations in Khunti and Dumka ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled state visit. Modi is expected to visit Khunti for the first time on October 2 to inaugurate a solar power plant and promote Prime Ministers Mudra Yojana in in Dumka before going to Bihar for electioneering.

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A better bomb detector? Researchers develop device that can sniff explosives

(October, 11, 2015) Researchers have developed a device they claim detects bombs, drugs and other chemicals quicker and more accurately than those on the market. After living through 9-11 in New York, Ling Zang considered how he might use his material science and engineering experience to help prevent another terror attack.

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Chemring launches new handheld detector

(October, 10, 2015) A new handheld chemical, narcotics and explosives detector has been launched by Chemring Detection Systems Inc. for use by first responders and the military. The PGR-1064 handheld Raman detector system features a customizable and expandable library enabling operators to identify over 5,000 elements, including chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals in solid, powder and liquid form.

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Airport security market is anticipated to reach $12.7 billion By 2022: Report by grand view research, Inc.

(October, 10, 2015) National security is of vital importance at critical infrastructures such as airports. In recent years, the policy and aim of many authorities has shifted from potential threat identification to deploying measures that prevent infiltration of any type of threats into the infrastructure.

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TSA urged to reform screening procedures for trans passengers

(October, 9, 2015) Thirty-two members of Congress on Thursday urged the Transportation Security Administration to reform the way it screens transgender passengers. U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and others, including Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), in their letter to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger urge the agency to "complete a thorough review of its current procedures," including the use of full-body scanners based on whether officers conclude a passenger is male or female.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. introduces the next generation Z portal multi-view cargo and vehicle screening system

(September, 28, 2015) American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") ASEI, +0.05% a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today announced the introduction of the next generation Z Portal(R) system, the only drive-through cargo and vehicle inspection system that uses multiple detection technologies to provide up to six views of scanned passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and cargo.

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New technology could mean better chemical analysis on earth and in space

(September, 28, 2015) A new lightweight, energy-efficient tool for analyzing a material's chemical makeup could improve the detection abilities of various technologies, ranging from bomb-detecting drones to space rovers searching for signs of life, says a Texas A&M University biomedical engineer who is part of the team developing the instrument.

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Optical fiber system could improve chemical analysis

(September, 28, 2015) Vladislav Yakovlev, a professor in the university's Department of Biomedical Engineering, pioneered a system that's significantly lighter, cheaper and more energy efficient than conventional methods. The device builds on the process of Raman spectroscopy, in which a beam of light is analyzed as it interacts with the molecules of a material. The resulting spectrum provides researchers with a unique pattern and indicates the material's exact chemical composition.

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Arab witness disputes IDF account of fatal shooting

(September, 27, 2015) A witness disputed the IDF version of events that led to the fatal shooting of a Palestinian woman in Hebron on Tuesday. The IDF reported that the woman, 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, was passing through an army checkpoint when she set off a metal detector, alerting the soldiers. The IDF described the incident.

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Bomb disposal unit called to Mountnessing field

(September, 26, 2015) A bomb disposal team from Colchester Troop, 621 Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment Royal Logistic Corps was called out to Church Road, Mountnessing, just after 2pm. An alarm had been raised after a man using a metal detector in a recently ploughed field found a suspected item of munitions. On inspection, it was found to be a Second World War-vintage 37mm shell which still contained explosives. It was destroyed in a controlled explosion just before 4pm.

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Elite 6 for GEOINT goes to UAV-based explosives detector

(September, 26, 2015) The Elite 6 award in the GEOINT category went to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center's Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System - Hyperspectral (ACES-Hy). The payload was designed to sense explosives components by collecting data from channels in the near-visible to the edge of the mid-wave infrared spectrum, making it suitable for deciphering camouflage, as well as plumes or aerosols that would emanate from bomb-making facilities.

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Smiths Detection: Next-generation trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

(September, 25, 2015) WATFORD, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smiths Detection's newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group. ECAC ruled that the IONSCAN 600 meets the ETD (Explosives Trace Detection) EU standard for passenger and cargo checkpoint screening and is the first UK-built detector to pass the rigorous testing protocol which sets standards for the performance of security equipment throughout the EU.

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Copenhagen airport adds Smiths Detection's eqo advanced people screening system to checkpoints

(September, 25, 2015) Copenhagen Airport has installed 18 of Smiths Detection's advanced eqo millimetre-wave scanners to meet new EU regulatory requirements for enhanced passenger screening. It is the largest single deployment of eqo in Europe. The eqo portal, which can detect threat items of any material hidden beneath clothing, will be used for additional checks at central and transit checkpoints when alarms or suspicions are raised during primary screening.

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TSA takes a baby's milk

(September, 24, 2015) NEXT MONTH, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will flock like papal doves to Philly for the World Meeting of Families. Many will fly into and out of Philly International Airport. Some will have babies in tow, and those babies will get hungry on their flights back home. And they will want milk. Because they're, y'know, babies.

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Rexall Place now equipped with metal detectors

(September, 23, 2015) Anyone attending an NHL event at Rexall Place will now have to walk through a metal detector before entering the venue. Northlands and the Oilers organization revealed the enhanced security measures at the arena.

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Prague Airport installs explosives detectors at both terminals

(September, 21, 2015) The operator of Václav Havel Airport Prague is investing about 30 million crowns in a new explosives detector system. This is required by updated European security rules which came into force on 1 September 2015. The new detection devices can, to a considerable extent, replace the existing form of full-body search of passengers by touch and thereby significantly speed up the whole security check process of some people.

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Morpho to install explosive trace detectors at five airports in Portugal

(September, 21, 2015) Portugal airports operator Vinci/ANA Aeroportos de Portugal has awarded a contract to Morpho Detection's local partner MicroSegur for the supply and service of 74 Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD). Under the contract, the trace detectors will deployed at five airports in Portugal.

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Smiths Detection wins first major airports contract for its new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector

(September, 21, 2015) Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract by the Spanish Airport Operator (Aena) to equip 24 of its airports with the new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector for passenger screening. Almost 300 of the recently launched systems, manufactured by Smiths Detection's Watford, UK, facility, will be supplied through its Spanish distributor TECOSA. It is the first major aviation contract for the advanced, portable system which detects and identifies explosives from traces found on baggage or clothing.

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Swiss airports to start spot bomb checks

(September, 20, 2015) The bomb check, to start next Tuesday (September 1st), will be introduced at all airports in Switzerland as a standard procedure directly after plane travelers are subjected to a metal detector, officials at Zurich airport said on Wednesday. The security measure conforms with requirements demanded by the European Union, where the same safety checks will begin at EU airports on the same day.

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Copenhagen Airport selects Smiths Detection's passenger screening system

(September, 20, 2015) Advanced security solutions provider Smiths Detection has won a contract to supply Copenhagen Airport with 18 of its advanced eqo millimetre-wave for improved passenger screening at checkpoints. Security solutions provider Smiths Detection has won a contract to supply Copenhagen Airport with 18 of its advanced eqo millimetre-wave for improved passenger screening at checkpoints.

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'Chequers' project to develop explosives detector

(September, 19, 2015) A new project to develop technology to detect the presence of explosive and hazardous materials has been launched with ?3.35million of European funding. A group of European companies and researchers, including laser experts and law enforcement agencies, will collaborate on the CHEQUERS project to create novel technology that will detect the presence of explosive and hazardous materials.

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DHS eyes standoff car bomb detector by identifying thumbprint-size explosives residue

(September, 19, 2015) U.S. government explosives-detection experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to protect government facilities from car bombs with bomb detector technology that finds explosives concealed in or on vehicles from safe standoff ranges.

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The nuke detectives

(September, 18, 2015) As nuclear blasts go, North Korea's first test in 2006 was small. The detonation of an underground device produced an explosive force well below one kiloton (less than a tenth of the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945). Even so, the vibrations it caused were recorded half a world away in the centre of Africa. Advances in the sensitivity of seismic sensors and monitoring software are now good enough to distinguish between a distant nuclear detonation and, say, a building being demolished with conventional explosives, says Lassina Zerbo, head of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test-Ban-Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), the international organisation that seeks to enforce the agreement ratified, so far, by 163 nations.

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Smiths Detection wins contract for explosives trace detector

(September, 18, 2015) Smiths Detection said it has been awarded a contract by the Spanish Airport Operator (Aena) to equip 24 of its airports with the new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector for passenger screening. Almost 300 of the recently launched systems, manufactured by Smiths Detection?s Watford, UK, facility, will be supplied through its Spanish distributor TECOSA. It is the first major aviation contract for the advanced, portable system which detects and identifies explosives from traces found on baggage or clothing.

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Oslo Airport's security wait times among the shortest in Europe

(September, 17, 2015) Oslo Airport boasts some of the shortest security wait times in Europe with passengers on average taking just two minites to complete the screening process. Airport operator, Avinor, is justifiably proud of its record and believes that the performance of its security teams this summer will further improve customer satisfaction levels at the gateway.

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After five years of delay, WMD plan is 'nonsensical,' critics say

(September, 14, 2015) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security flag whips in the wind over the Karnes County Residential Center, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Karnes City, Texas. DHS is proposing to reorganize how it guards against an attack using weapons of mass destruction.

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Keepeing Jordan-Hare safe

(September, 14, 2015) On Saturday, the gates of Jordan-Hare Stadium will open to welcome the 2015 football season. Fans will notice changes around the stadium that have been added to enhance the nation's best gameday experience. One thing that hasn't changed.Auburn's commitment to the safety of its fans and spectators. During the 2014 season, fans may have noticed a few four-legged friends screening fans entering Jordan-Hare.

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Kids 'n Cops event at Bates College 'very successful'

(September, 14, 2015) That's the kind of enthusiasm shown by several dozen children from communities in all parts of Maine who participated Saturday in the Kids 'n Cops on Campus activities at Bates College. "It was a very successful day," said William Burney, director of the Bangor office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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ATF trains canines on Great Lawn, using residue from explosives, firearms

(September, 12, 2015) Twelve dogs with the ATF's Explosives Detection Canine Teams practiced Tuesday at Waterfront Park. They were directed to cans which contained residue from explosives and guns. Tuesday's meet up is part of the ATF's Explosives Detection Canine Teams' first Midwest region training in Louisville, overseen by the national division.

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Company shares of Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ:BRKR) rally 1.63%

(September, 12, 2015) Shares of Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ:BRKR) appreciated by 1.63% during the past week but lost 10.13% on a 4-week basis. The shares are however, negative as compared to the S&P 500 for the past week with a loss of 0.44%. Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ:BRKR) has underperformed the index by 4.15% in the last 4 weeks. Investors should watch out for further signals and trade with caution.

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Caple hired at Heritage Properties

(September, 11, 2015) Jeff Caple recently joined Heritage Properties in Lowell as a leasing consultant. His responsibilities include leasing and assisting in the management of nine apartment communities (600 apartments) in Lowell and Tyngsboro.

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Zacks: Analysts give $52.50 consensus target price to American Science & Engineering (NASDAQ:ASEI)

(September, 11, 2015) American Science & Engineering (NASDAQ:ASEI) has been given an average broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the two brokers that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a strong buy rating.

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Full Throttle Saloon blaze sparks major federal interest

(September, 10, 2015) A special Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives team is now sifting through the ashes of the Full Throttle Saloon, destroyed in an overnight fire earlier this week. The ATF National Response Team (comprised of 24 special agents and specialists), along with agents from the St. Paul ATF Field Division, were activated at the request of the South Dakota State Fire Marshall's Office.

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Inert grenade found inside checked luggage at ABIA

(September, 9, 2015) The Transportation Security Administration has said it over and over again, but it's worth repeating: do not bring realistic looking explosives to an airport. An inert (not live) grenade was found in a passenger's checked bag at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Even though it wasn't a live grenade, TSA agents still had to check the item with the explosives detection K9 team to ensure that it wasn't dangerous.

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Bus driver arrested after threatening to set off explosives, Eugene police say

(September, 9, 2015) A bus driver was arrested after police say he threatened to detonate explosives near the University of Oregon in Eugene. Alex Reutov, 56, of Eugene, was on the clock driving a Lane Transit District bus when he made the bomb threat at about 4 p.m. Thursday, Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said in a news release.

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TSA spent $160 million on body scanners

(August, 25, 2015) The TSA has spent over $160 million on body scanners at US airports since 2008, according to a classified audit leaked to the public. The agency has been under increased scrutiny by Congress over its failure to detect threats during secret internal tests.

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Russia looks to make food smuggling as serious as arms trade

(August, 25, 2015) Russian customs officials want to make smuggling banned Western foods a criminal offense as serious as dealing in radioactive materials or explosives. In retaliation to Western sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, Russia last year banned certain food imports from the European Union, the U.S. and a few other countries. President Vladimir Putin this month ordered the destruction of confiscated contraband food, with hundreds of tons of fruit and cheese steamrolled and burnt in a public display of the ban enforcement.

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Police take man's word who brought bomb to abortion clinic

(August, 25, 2015) On Monday, August 17th, a young man walked into the only abortion clinic in central Kansas with a backpack full of knives and a small, homemade explosive device. When the materials were discovered by the clinic's security personnel, the authorities were contacted. The building was evacuated, no staff or patients were harmed, and, eventually, the clinic reopened and services resumed.

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TSA spent $160 million on L-3 body scanners that don't detect weapons and explosives

(August, 25, 2015) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has spent millions of dollars on one contractor's body scanners that consistently fail to detect bombs and weapons. L-3 Communications has manufactured more than 99% of the body scanners used at airport checkpoints. About $120 million was spent on body scanners that are currently in use, but that can't seem to identify metals and explosives that would keep threats off planes.

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Massive IS Cairo car bomb underlines focus on state targets

(August, 25, 2015) A massive pre-dawn car bomb by Islamic State extremists blasted the facade off a police headquarters Thursday and rattled windows across Cairo - wounding 29 but causing no deaths. The attack reflected a strategy of the group's branch in Egypt, which has targeted authorities but avoided spectacularly bloody civilian casualties - at least for now.

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Elite 6 for GEOINT goes to UAV-based explosives detector

(August, 24, 2015) The Elite 6 award in the GEOINT category went to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center's Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System - Hyperspectral (ACES-Hy).

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NIA gets nod to conduct lie detector test on captured Udhampur terrorist

(August, 24, 2015) The NIA got permission from a Delhi court to conduct a lie detector test on LeT terrorist Mohammed Naved Yakub, who was captured by villagers after an attack on a BSF bus in Udhampur earlier this month which had left two of its personnel dead.

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MRT checks give false sense of security

(August, 24, 2015) This is a pure coincidence. Less than a week before the horrendous bombing that killed 20 and injured more than 100 innocent people at the Erawan shrine on Monday, a friend posted a question on his Facebook page about the effectiveness of security checks on the city MRT underground train system. As any commuter knows, all passengers are asked to open their bags while security guards absentmindedly flash a torch into them. For stations with more than one guard, it's likely they chat with each other as they carry out the checks.

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Transport Security Administration: Behaviour-derision officers

(August, 20, 2015) Last year, a woman travelling through Tulsa International Airport grew nervous when she saw security agents swabbing passengers' hands for traces of explosives. The woman asked if they were testing for DNA. "Yes," the agent smirked. "In a minute we will see if the DNA is OK." The detector cleared the passenger and she continued on her way, unaware of why she had actually been swabbed.

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Smiths detection: Next-generation trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

(August, 19, 2015) Smiths Detection's newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group. ECAC ruled that the IONSCAN 600 meets the ETD (Explosives Trace Detection) EU standard for passenger and cargo checkpoint screening and is the first UK-built detector to pass the rigorous testing protocol which sets standards for the performance of security equipment throughout the EU.

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Tianjin: Rainfall increases contamination after deadly explosion

(August, 18, 2015) Rainfall on Tuesday stifled recovery efforts after last week's deadly explosions and exposed Tianjin's population to dangerous chemicals, some of which could be ignited by contact with water. The warehouse held around 700 tons of highly toxic sodium cyanide, an amount that violates safety rules. Officials fear that the water could further spread the chemicals, and are cleaning up a 1.8 mile (3 kilometers) radius closed to the public.

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Expensive, annoying and worthless - the senseless TSA trifecta

(August, 18, 2015) Back in June, the nation learned that Transportation Security Agency screeners failed to detect 95 percent of the explosives and weapons planted by an undercover team. Now comes word that the TSA spent $120 million on those body-scanning machines that regularly miss security threats.

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Price for TSA's failed body scanners: $160 million

(August, 18, 2015) It's now becoming clear exactly how many tens of millions of dollars the TSA spent on body scanners that have missed airport security threats, outraged passengers and brought the agency under congressional scrutiny. The $160 million bill includes $120 million for the body scanners now in place in hundreds of airports nationwide, according to newly disclosed figures obtained by POLITICO. The rest of the money went to the agency's "naked" X-ray scanners, which it pulled from airports two years ago amid worries about health risks and the devices' detailed images of travelers' bodies.

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Pakistani terrorist Naved to undergo lie detector test today

(August, 17, 2015) Yakub was captured by villagers after an attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district earlier this month which had left two of its personnel dead.

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Uganda: IGG to probe Shs400 million bomb detector for Kadaga

(August, 17, 2015) The Inspector General of Government has received a petition from whistleblower alleging that the police ICT director received at least Shs450m to purportedly procure and install a security device called a bomb jammer into Speaker Rebecca Kadaga's vehicle following information of a plot to assassinate her, but the money was shared without buying the equipment.

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A person with an ordinary laptop can hack an airport

(August, 15, 2015) In 2013, the popular cybersecurity expert Billy Rios began traveling to airports around the world to test three of the most common security machines in security checkpoints today: an X-ray scanner, an explosives detector called an itemiser and a time clock.

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'Chequers' project to develop explosives detector

(August, 15, 2015) A new project to develop technology to detect the presence of explosive and hazardous materials has been launched with ?3.35million of European funding. A group of European companies and researchers, including laser experts and law enforcement agencies, will collaborate on the CHEQUERS project to create novel technology that will detect the presence of explosive and hazardous materials.

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I-Team: Local airports vulnerable to cyberattacks, experts warn

(August, 14, 2015) Cyber security experts warn that hackers could have the ability to shut down an airport's security network with nothing more than a laptop, according to an I-Team investigation. The cyber security systems are designed to keep airports secure, but security experts warn that the very technology used to keep us safe could also be the weak link for an attack.

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Implant Sciences adds Romanian airports to its list of customers, achieves sales to a total of 70 countries worldwide

(August, 14, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector has been selected in a Romanian airport tender. With this sale, Implant Sciences' trace detectors have been sold to customers in 70 different countries around the world, amounting to a total of approximately 4,400 units.

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Morpho receives CATSA hold baggage explosives detection systems orders valued at $6M

(August, 10, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiaryMorpho Detection, today announced the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has ordered five CTX explosives detection systems (EDS) valued at $6 million. Part of a five-year standing offer announced in 2013, Morpho Detection recently delivered two compact CTX 5800 and will supply three high-speed CTX 9800 DSi EDS to screen hold baggage at airports in Canada later this year.

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New TSA chief vows to improve 96% failure rate on weapons detection

(August, 10, 2015) If the new head of the Transportation Security Administration gets his way, all airport screeners will be retrained within 60 days to better detect explosives and spot weapons and more passengers will enroll in the agency's expedited security checkpoint program. And one day travelers will be able to use fingerprints or some other biometric identifiers instead of paper or electronic boarding passes.

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How medical imaging can help solve TSA's security challenges

(August, 10, 2015) Forty years ago, computed tomography (CT) revolutionized our healthcare system through advanced 3D imaging techniques designed to diagnose disease and save lives. CT quickly became the gold standard for medical imaging with benefits ranging from the detection of early stage cancers to helping physicians diagnose and ultimately reconstruct complex fractures and torn joint ligaments. Americans have come to depend on CT technology to detect disease and improve their health.

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Science on the Hill: Portable MRI might make the world a better place

(August, 9, 2015) Science moves forw­­ard in surprising ways. Sometimes researching one problem solves another you weren't even thinking about. Consider the winding path our team at Los Alamos National Laboratory took from brain-imaging research through explosives detection to developing a simple magnetic resonance imaging system that might help sick children in Uganda.

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55 firearms, bear mace and more found by TSA

(August, 8, 2015) Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm.

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Large inflow of money witnessed in Bruker Corporation

(August, 8, 2015) Bruker Corporation saw its share price trade relatively negative in the recent trading session. The share price was last updated to $19.94 with a loss of -0.08 points or -0.4%. The net money flow was $0.71 million and the up/down ratio was 5.67.

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Vandals spray home of lion hunter Walter Palmer

(August, 8, 2015) The Florida vacation home of Dr. Walter Palmer was vandalized by someone angry with the Eden Prairie dentist for killing a prized lion during a hunt last month in Zimbabwe.

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Morpho awarded Mexico Airports contract for hold baggage explosives detection systems

(August, 7, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract assigned to its local partner Segtec by Mexico airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) for 14 CTXa"c explosives detection systems (EDS). Under terms of the contract, eight high-speed CTX 9800 DSia"c and six compact CTX 5800a"c EDS will be deployed to enhance hold baggage screening and operational capabilities at Cancun International, Cozumel, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Merida and Oaxaca airports.

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Kenya gets US funds for counterterror war

(August, 7, 2015) The US has donated 9.5 billion Kenyan shillings (US $92.4 million) to the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) to fund soldier training and new equipment acquisitions and sustain the counterterror war against Somali militant group al-Shabab.

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TSA's behavior detection program has a newsletter, and it's ridiculous

(August, 6, 2015) The Transportation Security Administration's embattled behavior detection program has not identified a single terrorist, but it has produced glossy bimonthly newsletters poking fun at the traveling public. In these employee newsletters - six of which were obtained by The Intercept - behavior detection officers, who are supposed to help spot possible terrorists, sometimes make fun of inexperienced or nervous travelers, including one "sweet little old lady" who thought the bowl for metallic objects was a tip jar.

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President: We will not rest until those behind Bourgas Airport terrorist attack face justice

(July, 27, 2015) None of us will rest until those who have committed, as well as those whose motivated and organised the Sarafovo airport terrorist attack in July 2012 are brought to justice, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said on July 24. Plevneliev was speaking at a ceremony at which Bulgaria's state honour of the Stara Planina second class was conferred on outgoing Israeli ambassador Shaul Kamiza-Ras.

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Portuguese actor humming a prayer as he meditated on a plane on runway at Paris airport was mistaken for a terrorist and removed by police

(July, 27, 2015) A Portuguese actor reading a Tibetan text was removed from a plane in Paris after passengers accused him of being a terrorist. Heitor Lourenco, 47, was reading the text on a tablet and humming while meditating before takeoff.

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Syracuse airport worker accused of terrorism has charge significantly reduced

(July, 27, 2015) A Syracuse airport worker who was accused of making a terrorism threat in May is no longer facing a criminal charge after a court appearance Tuesday. Mohammad Salak, 33, of Gordon Parkway, was charged with felony making a terroristic threat in May after coworkers at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport told police he threatened to bring a gun to work and "shoot everyone," officials said at the time.

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Paris bomb threat forces evacuation at Charles De Gaulle Airport after terror attack

(July, 26, 2015) Charles de Gaulle International Airport outside Paris was evacuated after a bomb threat Saturday, French media outlets reported. Delaying all flights until further notice, the threat came in the wake of three terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia Friday.

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How Counter-Terrorism Unit secures Australia's international airports

(July, 25, 2015) Dozens of travellers red-flagged over national security concerns - including suspected foreign fighters - have been intercepted at Brisbane International Airport, thwarting their plans to leave for Middle Eastern conflicts, or return home. The Courier-Mail can ­reveal men - and women - are being stopped, questioned, and investigated by specially trained Customs and Border Protection officers as a result of the Abbott Government's counter-terrorism crackdown which began 10 months ago.

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Airport terror squads uncover $4m in undeclared cash

(July, 25, 2015) Counter-terrorism teams patrolling Australian airports in search of fighters bound for the Syrian jihad have detected almost $4 million in undeclared cash, a potential windfall for the Islamic State terror group. The Australian can reveal that since their inception last August, Counter Terrorism Unit teams have identified a river of undeclared money that authorities fear was bound for Syria, or was the proceeds of criminal activity.

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Russian investigators find Domodedovo Airport owners, plan to recover damages from them in terror act case

(July, 24, 2015) The Russian Investigative Committee has identified the owners of Domodedovo Airport, who are located near Moscow, and will seek to recover damages from them following a terrorist attack at the airport in January 2011. "Finally, we have found the owners of Domodedovo. They have not been hiding. They have been in Moscow. Their names are known to everyone," Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin told a meeting of the committee's board on July 24.

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Stag do joker sparks terror alert at Glasgow airport

(July, 23, 2015) A stag do joker was arrested at Glasgow airport over a fake bomb placed in the groom's hand luggage that set off anti-terror protocols. According to The Sun newspaper, as the group were going through security on their way to Berlin, the 'bomb' was spotted in the groom's hand luggage as it went through an x-ray, sparking a terrorist alert.

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Tunisia backlash against Britain as PM warns of terror 'repercussions'

(July, 23, 2015) Britain's advice that tourists should leave Tunisia because of the risk of another terror attack will "have repercussions", the country's prime minister has said. Habib Essid said he would telephone David Cameron on Friday to respond to Foreign Office advice that the North African nation was unsafe for holidays.

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Australian nurse who claims he was forced to work for ISIS 'undertook guard duty and reconnaissance' for the terrorist group in Syria - as he is extradited to Melbourne to face terror charges after landing in Sydney

(July, 22, 2015) An Australian nurse who said he was forced to work with Islamic State militants allegedly undertook 'guard duty and reconnaissance' in Syria before he turned himself in to authorities, court documents state. Adam Brookman, from Melbourne, will be extradited to Victoria to face terrorism charges after being arested at Sydney International Airport on Friday night.

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TSA-certified CTX explosives detection

(July, 21, 2015) Morpho's CTX EDS range is built on advanced Computed Tomography (CT) and is certified by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). With close to 2,000 CTX EDS units across the globe, Morpho is the world's leading manufacturer of automated EDS for luggage screening.

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Morpho awarded Mexico airports contract for hold baggage explosives detection systems

(July, 21, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract assigned to its local partner Segtec by Mexico airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) for 14 CTXT explosives detection systems (EDS).

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Morphix Technologies releases TraceX explosives detection kit instructional video

(July, 21, 2015) Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, has created an instructional video with step-by-step instructions on how-to-use the TraceX Explosives Detection Training Kit.

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L-3 boosts airport security screening with ClearScan explosives detection system

(July, 20, 2015) US-based defense contractor L-3 Communications has developed a high-throughput explosives detection system (EDS), ClearScan for enhancing screening procedures at airports. According to the company, the EDS has been developed keeping in mind the transformation in airport regulatory and operational requirements.

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DHS eyes standoff car bomb detector by identifying thumbprint-size explosives residue

(July, 20, 2015) U.S. government explosives-detection experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to protect government facilities from car bombs with bomb detector technology that finds explosives concealed in or on vehicles from safe standoff ranges.

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Morpho receives order for 40 CTX 9800 explosives detection systems from TSA

(July, 20, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ordered 40 medium-speed CTX 9800 DSiT explosives detection systems (EDS) valued at more than $40 million.

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Explosives & Narcotics Trace Detection (ETD): Technologies & Global Market - 2015-2020

(July, 20, 2015) Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detection (ETD) is a key modality within the Homeland Security, military and public safety infrastructure. Uses of ETD include air-sea-land transportation security, force protection, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection and public safety.

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Cyprus chooses implant Sciences' QS-B220 to meet upcoming EU ETD regulations

(July, 19, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB:IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today announced that it has sold 8 of its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detectors to two major international airports in Cyprus, Paphos and Larnaca, which will be subject to the upcoming EU ETD regulations.

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Standoff IED, Person-Borne & Vehicle-Borne Explosives & Weapon Detection: Technologies & Global Market - 2015-2020

(July, 18, 2015) Terrorist attacks using IEDs, Person-Borne IEDs (PBIED) and Vehicle-Borne IEDs (VBIED) have peaked in 2007 due to the U.S. & NATO wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While the withdrawal of the U.S. from these countries resulted in a decline of VBIED & PBIED attacks, we now face a new surge of suicide attacks which are growing at an alarming rate. In 2014 alone, there were 424 confirmed PBIED & VBIED suicide attacks - an increase of 90% over the 223 suicide attacks in 2011 - causing the death of 3,554 people by 2014 vs. 2,027 in 2011.

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Standoff explosives detection market propelled by 2012-2014 wave of attacks, says a new research report from Homeland Security Research Corp

(July, 17, 2015) ED, PBIED and VBIED attack threats are again a global security problem, driving a growing number of security and defense forces to acquire cutting-edge standoff IED, PBIED & VBIED detection equipment leading to a cumulative $8.4 billion 2015-2020 market.

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Morpho awarded Mexico airports contract for hold baggage explosives detection systems

(July, 13, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract assigned to its local partner Segtec by Mexico airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) for 14 CTXT explosives detection systems (EDS).

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L-3 Announces the new clearscan next-generation cabin baggage explosives detection system

(July, 13, 2015) L-3 Communications LLL, +2.24% announced today the introduction of ClearScanT - a new high-throughput explosives detection system (EDS) for screening cabin bags at leading airports worldwide. ClearScan is specifically designed to meet emerging regulatory and operational requirements and accommodates high-security checkpoint throughput and passenger demand for a streamlined screening experience.

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Sniffer mice are being trained in Israel to detect explosives at airports

(July, 13, 2015) As the cat-and-mouse tussle with terrorists intensifies, rodents could be enlisted to keep the skies safe. An Israeli security firm claims that mice can detect explosives far more effectively than humans, dogs or machines.

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Safran's Morpho supplies advanced explosives detection solutions to China

(July, 12, 2015) Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran SA's (SAFRF.PK) security business, announced Wednesday that it has supplied more than 500 Itemiser explosives trace detectors or ETD and 30 CTX explosives detection systems or EDS to screen passengers, carry-on luggage and hold baggage for explosives at airports throughout China.

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Morphix Technologies releases TraceX explosives detection kit instructional video

(July, 12, 2015) Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, has created an instructional video with step-by-step instructions on how-to-use the TraceX Explosives Detection Training Kit.

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TSA orders 9800 explosives detection systems from Morpho

(July, 7, 2015) Morpho Detection has received a contract to supply medium-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Under the terms of the $40m contract, the company will deliver 40 CTX 9800 DSi detectors.

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DHS eyes standoff car bomb detector by identifying thumbprint-size explosives residue

(July, 11, 2015) U.S. government explosives-detection experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to protect government facilities from car bombs with bomb detector technology that finds explosives concealed in or on vehicles from safe standoff ranges.

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Explosives & Narcotics Trace Detection (ETD): Technologies & Global Market - 2015-2020

(July, 11, 2015) Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detection (ETD) is a key modality within the Homeland Security, military and public safety infrastructure. Uses of ETD include air-sea-land transportation security, force protection, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection and public safety.

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New tactics to detect explosives at airports

(July, 10, 2015) As the cat-and-mouse tussle with terrorists intensifies, rodents could be enlisted to keep the skies safe. An Israeli security firm claims that mice can detect explosives far more effectively than humans, dogs or machines. If the system proposed by X-Test is adopted, airport security checkpoints of the future will deploy small, furry creatures to trap terrorists.

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TSA to test explosive detection device made in San Diego

(July, 9, 2015) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has signed an agreement to test a device designed by a San Diego technology company that may cut security screening time for travelers with electronic devices. The tabletop scanner made by One Resonance Sensors of San Diego is designed to use radio frequency waves to detect explosives hidden inside small electronic devices, such as cellular phones, electronic tablets and small laptop computers.

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DHS eyes standoff car bomb detector by identifying thumbprint-size explosives residue

(June, 29, 2015) U.S. government explosives-detection experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to protect government facilities from car bombs with bomb detector technology that finds explosives concealed in or on vehicles from safe standoff ranges.

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The $80 million fake bomb-detector scam - and the people behind it

(June, 29, 2015) When Baghdad bought tens of millions of dollars' worth of British-made A.D.E. 651s, advertised as a foolproof bomb detector, the Iraqi government thought it would be saving countless lives. But the devices were laughable-based on a toy-and, in the end, have led to many deaths. Iraq is not the only country that has been fooled.

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The $80 million fake bomb-detector scam-and the people behind it

(June, 29, 2015) The "bomb detectors" sold to Iraq-and, it would later emerge, the versions bought by security forces in dozens of other countries-were based on a gag gift that had been around for decades. When the group modified the devices to sell them all over the world, they invented technical-sounding names like the A.D.E. 651, the Quadro Tracker, the Positive Molecular Locator, the Alpha 6, and the GT200.

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Chemring launches new handheld detector

(June, 28, 2015) A new handheld chemical, narcotics and explosives detector has been launched by Chemring Detection Systems Inc. for use by first responders and the military. The PGR-1064 handheld Raman detector system features a customizable and expandable library enabling operators to identify over 5,000 elements, including chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals in solid, powder and liquid form. It requires no sample preparation, the company said, and data acquisition typically occurs in two seconds and identification of the unknown substance is revealed within about 10 seconds.

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Alert Customs officer prevents 200 explosive devices getting into SA from Zim

(June, 28, 2015) The cords were wrapped in clothing at the bottom of the bag, which allegedly belonged to the conductor of the Zimbabwe-registered bus. The SA Police Service (SAPS) explosives unit was called in and the 200 detonating cords were handed over to them.

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Israeli company training mice to be tiny bomb detectors

(June, 27, 2015) An Israeli company is training mice to be tiny, rodent bomb detectors. Much like dogs, mice have a keen sense of smell and can be trained to perform discrete activities and respond to stimuli. However, mice are not generally thought of to be trained to perform detection tasks because many think of the rodents as pests and dirty.

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Implant Sciences won the 2015 GSN Airport/Seaport/Border Security Award for "Best Security Checkpoint"

(June, 27, 2015) The QS-B220 was also a finalist in two other categories: "Best Explosives/Narcotics/Contraband Detection" and "Best Cargo/Vehicle Screening". The GSN Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards are sponsored by Government Security News, a leading publisher of government and homeland security news. Nominations were submitted by leading vendors of IT and physical security products, solutions and services used in airport, seaport, and border security, highlighting their most noteworthy programs and projects.

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Thailand's ex-police chief held in Japan: Bangkok airport didn't detect gun when he left

(June, 26, 2015) The security system at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport did not detect a handgun belonging to retired city police chief Camronwit Toopkrajank when he left the airport for Japan on June 18. Mr Camronwit is in detention in Japan after a gun was found in a bag he carried as he was about to leave Tokyo for Bangkok on Monday.

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How dozens of explosives and weapons made it through TSA checkpoints in 95% of undercover airport tests

(June, 25, 2015) An internal investigation by the Transportation Security Administration found that 95 per cent of those testing airport checkpoints were able to bring weapons through the system. Members of Department of Homeland Security Red teams were able to bring dozens of banned weapons and mock explosives past TSA agents, who failed 67 out of 70 tests.

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Listening for gunfire at school to stop the shooter in his tracks

(June, 24, 2015) It took almost an hour to stop the mayhem at Columbine High when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot 12 students and a teacher to death in 1999. The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., lasted only five minutes but took 27 lives, a toll that might have doubled in the next five minutes.

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Kuwait legalises surveillance cameras in public areas

(June, 17, 2015) Surveillance cameras will soon be installed in public places in Kuwait after the parliament legalised them. Under the new legislation, shopping centres and hotels face penalties if they do not install cameras to monitor visitors, Kuwait Times reported.

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TSA flunked its security test big time - Now what?

(June, 17, 2015) The failure of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to detect 67 out of 70 weapons or fake explosives smuggled through airport security checkpoints by the TSA's own inspectors renews questions about the agency's ability to protect the country's airlines. A failure rate of 95 percent also provides a new opportunity for attack by the TSA's many foes and rekindles the hostility many Americans have not just for the TSA, but for what they see as an increasingly intrusive and untrustworthy federal government.

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Airports could use sniffer MICE to catch terrorists and smugglers

(June, 17, 2015) Former Israeli Defence Forces bomb-disposal expert Yuval Amsterdam says the rodents have just as good a sense of smell as dogs, but are 'smaller and easier to train'.

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TSA chief out after agents fail 95 percent of airport breach tests

(June, 16, 2015) The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints.

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Tokyo police hold terrorism drill in preparation for G-7 summit, Olympics

(June, 16, 2015) Tokyo police held an anti-terrorism drill Monday in preparation for the 2016 Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At Nippon Budokan Hall in Adachi Ward, some 150 people, including members of the department's riot police and officers from stations across the metropolis, took part in a mock terrorist attack on a large-scale facility.

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A high-tech way to detect a mail bomb

(June, 15, 2015) The US Postal Service delivers more than 160 billion pieces of mail a year, so how can we tell if one of those pieces is a bomb in disguise? A new piece of technology uses harmless, low-frequency terahertz waves to scan for dangerous threats hidden in the mail.

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Terrorists apparently targeting Egypt's tourist sites, economy

(June, 15, 2015) After a violent campaign directed at security forces, Egyptian militants appear to be zooming in on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's most vulnerable point: the economy. Attacks on two prime tourist sites in the space of eight days are deeply worrying for a government that has staked much of its credibility on reviving the economy after years of political turmoil.

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Safran's Morpho supplies advanced explosives detection solutions to China

(June, 12, 2015) Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran SA's (SAFRF.PK) security business, announced Wednesday that it has supplied more than 500 Itemiser explosives trace detectors or ETD and 30 CTX explosives detection systems or EDS to screen passengers, carry-on luggage and hold baggage for explosives at airports throughout China.

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Laboratory's role in underground explosives tests will help nation's detection capabilities

(June, 12, 2015) A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team played a leading role in fielding the recent Source Physics Experiment (SPE-4 Prime) detonated at the Nevada National Security Site (link is external) (NNSS).

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Israeli company trains mice to sniff out bombs at airport security check

(June, 12, 2015) The next time you go through security at Ben Gurion Airport, don't be surprised if you get checked out by a tiny mouse. The Israeli security company, X-Test, has trained mice to respond when they detect explosives, alerting security officers at airport and mall security checkpoints.

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Bruker secures major contract for DE-tector explosives trace detector

(June, 8, 2015) Bruker announced that it has secured a contract for the supply of one hundred (100) units of the DE-tectorT explosives trace detection (ETD) system for use at selected airports in Germany, including at the international Frankfurt Airport (FRA). This contract award followed the DE-tector system having successfully met the new European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment (CEP) for airport checkpoint screening of passengers and baggage.

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Word from the TSA: Maybe you should take the bus

(June, 8, 2015) It probably isn't a good idea to put on your resume that you were a screener for the TSA. Repeat performances at our airports' ramparts continue to prove that all the back-patting being handed out like doggies treats by TSA "Blog Teams" to America's guardians at the gates are, well, less than well deserved. The supposed bloodhound abilities of TSA's finest to sniff out the bad stuff simply isn't passing the smell test.

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Bruker introduces RoadRunner, a novel high-performance hand-held explosives and narcotics trace detector

(June, 8, 2015) The Bruker Detection division introduces RoadRunnerT, an innovative, hand-held explosives and narcotics trace detector with outstanding sensitivity, selectivity, analyte coverage and ease of use. This revolutionary new product expands Bruker?s explosives trace detection (ETD) product line by providing a light-weight, hand-held ETD detector that has the same outstanding detection performance as state-of-the art benchtop ETD instruments. The rugged RoadRunner is battery-operated, weighs just 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg), and offers dual modes for 'sniffing' vapor samples directly, as well as for thermal desorption of particles captured by swabs.

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Polar scientists to peer beneath largest ice shelf

(June, 7, 2015) An ultrasensitive airborne gravity detector, that can and a few meters deep, he tamped down the explosive charges.

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8th MP's MWDs earn certification, enhance readiness

(June, 7, 2015) Dotson is a dog handler with the 520th Military Working Dog (MWD) Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. Jerry is a patrol explosive detector dog, or PEDD.

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OSHA finds 11 violations, seeks $46,900 in fines for railcar company explosion near Atchison

(June, 7, 2015) Federal labor officials are recommending a railcar company be fined $46,900 after it was found to have committed nearly a dozen serious safety violations in a December 2014 explosion that seriously injured two employees.

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U.S. airport security is worse than you thought

(June, 6, 2015) It turns out that slightly annoying, mostly time-consuming airport security system is a whole lot less effective than you might have hoped. In an undercover test conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams, whose members pose as passengers intent on beating the system, Transportation Security Administration screeners failed to detect weapons and explosives in 67 out of 70 trials.

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'Active shooter simulation' plays out in MJ

(June, 5, 2015) The staccato sound of gunfire within the walls of a Mt. Juliet elementary school sounded eerily real Tuesday morning as emergency agencies countywide partnered in an active shooter training exercise there. As the surreal scene played out in what was staged as a "real time mentality," three "armed" suspects invaded the school, attacked the SRO officer and began shooting at students and faculty, according to Lt. Tyler Chandler with Mt. Juliet Police.

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US Airport Security Chief Ousted

(June, 5, 2015) The acting director of U.S. airport security has been removed from his job after undercover agents carried fake explosives and weapons undetected through security checkpoints a staggering 67 out of 70 times in recent tests.

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IIT-B to develop smart weapons, train cops

(June, 5, 2015) During an emergency, a police team rushes to the spot wearing glasses with an attached camera that sends live stream to the control room. This isn't a scene out of a movie. These glasses are part of a technology called Etherhawk, one of the several prototypes designed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at its Powai campus for use in crisis situation.

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Suspected terrorist asked him how to make explosives, officer testifies

(May, 28, 2015) After Jahanzeb Malik and his new Bosnian War veteran friend watched some extremist videos on Oct. 28, 2014, Malik wrote on a piece of paper: "Can you make explosives?". The veteran, who was actually an undercover RCMP officer, was testifying for a second day at Malik's deportation hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board. Malik is accused of wanting to blow up the U.S. Consulate in Toronto and other buildings in the financial district.

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Various explosives, weapons found in terror arrest near Frankfurt

(May, 28, 2015) The western state of Hesse's top public prosecutor, Albrecht Schreiber, told reporters in Wiesbaden on Thursday that an array of dangerous items were seized from a couple's apartment overnight; the two suspects were arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. Schreiber confirmed the discovery of a completed pipe bomb, police found three liters of hydrogen peroxide, 100 rounds of live 9-milimeter munitions, a training projectile for a rocket-propelled grenade, methylated spirits, diesel, other "unknown fluids," and also "meaningful parts of a G3 assault rifle."

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Chemicals found in German anti-terror raid

(May, 28, 2015) A pipe bomb, an assault rifle, ammunition and chemicals that could be used to make explosives have been found in an anti-terror raid near Frankfurt. The German city's deputy chief prosecutor Stefan Rojczyk said the raid in the town of Oberursel occurred overnight after security officials learned large amounts of a chemical that can be used to make a bomb had been purchased at a hardware shop.

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Senator Feinstein's Bill: Denying firearms and explosives to dangerous terrorists act, has the endorsement of leading law enforcement organizations

(May, 28, 2015) Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced that the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has endorsed the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. Dianne-FeinsteinThe National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is a nonpartisan group of leading national law enforcement organizations, eight of which have endorsed the bill: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Police Foundation, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Police Executive Research Forum and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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Melbourne anti-terrorism raids: Police uncover explosive devices at Greenvale house in city's north

(May, 27, 2015) Several explosive devices have been found at a house during counterterrorism raids in Melbourne's north. Heavily armed police stormed the house in Greenvale about midday in a joint operation between Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

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Trial of accused B.C. terrorists to wrap up with closing arguments

(May, 27, 2015) Closing arguments are expected early this week in the B.C. trial of two alleged terrorists. The Crown alleges John Nuttall and Amanda Korody plotted to set off homemade bombs on the crowded lawn of the B.C. legislature on Canada Day in 2013.

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Police foil terror bid in Charsadda, recover explosives

(May, 26, 2015) The Charsadda Police Anti Terror Squad on Saturday foiled a major terrorism bid by recovering 15 kilograms of explosives in Charsadda. According to DPOs, unidentified armed men had a 15kg bomb planted at Khayali Bridge. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) received information regarding explosives planted near Swat River. They defused the explosives thus saving the city from a major terrorist attack.

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Cyprus holds Lebanese man over possible bomb material

(May, 26, 2015) A Lebanese man holding a Canadian passport was remanded in Cypriot police custody on Thursday after two tonnes of potential bomb-making material was found in his home, police said. They said the man, 26, whose name was not disclosed, appeared in court in the southern resort town of Larnaca for a hearing held behind closed doors "in the interests of national security".

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Former terror suspect well known to the FBI is named as one of two gunmen shot dead by cops after attack on anti-Islam 'draw Muhammad' art contest near Dallas

(May, 25, 2015) A former terror suspect has been named as one of the gunmen shot dead by police after the two attackers blasted an unarmed security guard in the ankle during an anti-Islam art contest in Texas on Sunday night. Elton Simpson, 30, who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, and his roommate Nadir Soofi, 34, were armed with assault rifles when they were killed by a quick-thinking traffic officer after opening fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Dallas.

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State Department to develop security center at Fort Pickett

(May, 13, 2015) The U.S. Department of State is moving forward on its plan to build a $461 million Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County, 50 miles southwest of Richmond.

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Airport security advances clash with privacy issues

(May, 18, 2015) At a mock airport in an underground laboratory here at Northeastern University, students pretending to be passengers head through a security exit in the right direction, while a young man enters going the wrong way. On a nearby computer screen, a newly developed video surveillance software program flags the wayward person and sounds an alarm. In a lab across the street, researchers are developing a new way to detect explosives using radar.

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Privacy, cost clash with airport security's cutting edge

(May, 18, 2015) The video surveillance software was developed by Octavia Camps and Mario Sznaier, both engineering professors, to detect passengers going the wrong way through exits, and it has been tested since April 2014 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The software is used at one exit, which handles 50,000 people a week, and has a 99 percent detection rate with only five false alarms a week, according to local officials.

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Report: U.S. airport security equipment improperly managed

(May, 18, 2015) Maintenance of explosive detecting scanners and x-ray machines at the U.S. airport security checkpoints are not being managed properly, according to a new government report. And the Department of Homeland Security can't even definitively say they are all working properly. "The Transportation Security Agency is not properly managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment," according to an inspector general report.

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Should airport security screeners be armed? Gun debate pits screeners' union versus airport police

(May, 16, 2015) A debate over how to safeguard airport security checkpoints is pitting Transportation Security Administration screeners against airport police. The screeners' union is lobbying for legislation to create an armed TSA force, and want police officers posted at TSA checkpoints as visible deterrents in the interim.

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Airline pilots, employees slip through security loophole

(May, 16, 2015) A new government report is calling into question whether bomb detecting scanners and X-ray machines at the nation's airports are properly maintained. That's one concern, but there is another. Why are airline employees sidestepping the security equipment and walking right onto the planes? This is happening at all Bay Area airports.

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How safe is that flight? Auditors question airport security

(May, 16, 2015) A government spat between Congress and the Transportation Safety Administration yesterday raised a question: Is the TSA trying to stonewall a congressional committee looking into reports suggesting the agency may be failing in its $7 billion-a-year mission to safeguard airports and air travel from terrorist threats?

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California airport security tightened amid ISIS fears

(May, 15, 2015) Officials are extending security precautions in Los Angeles and other locations in Southern California, including area airports, as a new wave of ISIS-related calls for attacks on uniformed personnel rolls in, federal authorities told NBC News Friday. A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State.

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I-Team: Airport program bypasses security lines

(May, 15, 2015) At RDU Airport, security lines are often long and people are waiting to go through the TSA screening process. They take off their shoes and jackets, unpacking their electronic gadgets and making sure bottles of liquids fit in a small zip-lock bag. But if you look through the frosted glass on the side of the security line, you'll see pilots and airline crew members with their baggage going around the entire passage screening process walking right into the secure area.

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Biometric Tech lets Miami travelers breeze through airport security

(May, 14, 2015) A membership is $179, but an additional family member can enroll for $50. Children under 18 can accompany members for free. A two-month free trial is offered for travelers enrolling at MIA. Enrollees still must go through the usual drill of removing their shoes and belts, putting their laptops in bins and pushing their carry-on luggage through the xray machine.

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How to prevent a bad experience at airport security

(May, 13, 2015) A reader suffered an asthma attack during an airport security inspection and couldn't get access to her inhaler. Here's how you might prevent your own alarming moment in the security line.

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'Chequers' project to develop explosives detector

(May, 11, 2015) A new project to develop technology to detect the presence of explosive and hazardous materials has been launched with ?3.35million of European funding.

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Implant Sciences' hot technology brings in two large European explosives detection tenders

(May, 11, 2015) Implant Sciences of Wilmington, MA has, in the past week, won significant orders in Europe for the company's QS-B220 explosives and drug detection system.

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Automated scanners soon for vehicles at Central station

(May, 11, 2015) Manual checking of vehicles would come to an end soon at the Chennai Central Railway Station as the Southern Railway is installing under-vehicle scanning system (UVSS) at its premises. The move is aimed at avoiding unnecessary frisking of passengers.

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Bruker's (BRKR) CEO Frank Laukien on Q1 2015 results -- Earnings call transcript

(May, 11, 2015) Bruker delivered solid growth in non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow, despite lower revenues in the first quarter of 2015. The lower revenues were largely expected and were the result of significant currency headwinds, our product line divestitures from our CAM division and weaker NMR demand throughout 2014.

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Cutting-edge technologies launched at Airport Show

(May, 10, 2015) An impressive portfolio of cutting-edge technologies, systems and solutions is being showcased at the 15th edition of the Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

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AS&E''s latest innovation extends capabilities of the proven ZBV Product line for enhanced threat detection

(May, 10, 2015) American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today announced the introduction of the ZBV® with Tx-ViewT dual-energy transmission option for its industry-leading line of Z Backscatter® Van (ZBV) mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems.

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Technology to detect drugs, explosives, metal, and weapons - ZBV with Tx-View dual-energy transmission option

(May, 10, 2015) American Science and Engineering, Inc.'s ZBV with Tx-View dual-energy transmission option for its line of Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems features innovative detector technology.

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Investment in airport security to reach $12.67 billion by 2023

(May, 9, 2015) Frost & Sullivan released a report entitled 'Global Airport Security Technology Market Assessment' early in March 2015, which found that the airport security market earned revenues of $8.22 billion in 2014 and estimated that this could reach $12.67 billion by 2023. Covering perimeter security, command, control and integration, cybersecurity, communications, surveillance, access control, and screening the report found that cutting-edge technologies in the screening, big data and integration markets are particularly driving upgrades and new investments in the airport security market.

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Turkey, Saudi Arabia set aside differences to act against Assad

(May, 8, 2015) Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have converged on an aggressive new strategy to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. The two countries - one a democracy, the other a conservative kingdom - have for years been at odds over how to deal with Assad, their common enemy.

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Top spy agency and union share terror fears over airport security

(May, 8, 2015) Australia's top spy agency believes that airlines will remain a high value terrorist target for the "foreseeable future" in a submission to a government inquiry due to report later this month. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation reported that terrorists understood the widespread economic and social damage that a successful attack against civilian targets could inflict.

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Implant Sciences' hot technology brings in two large European explosives detection tenders

(April, 27, 2015) Implant Sciences of Wilmington, MA has, in the past week, won significant orders in Europe for the company's QS-B220 explosives and drug detection system. The company sold 75 detection systems to The Netherlands and 66 systems to Norway, according to Dr. Darryl Jones, Implant's Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing.

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The Giant Rats That Save Lives

(April, 27, 2015) This is a Gambian pouched rat, a breed almost 3 feet from nose to tail, the kind of rat that gives cats nightmares. Yet this rat is a genius as well as a giant, for it has learned how to detect land mines by scent - and it's doing its best to save humans like me from blowing up.

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No magic 'single bullet' to combat airport security threats

(April, 27, 2015) Following recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled 'Global Airport Security Technology Market Assessment', which found that the airport security market earned revenues of $8.22 billion in 2014 and estimated that will reach $12.67 billion by 2023, we reached out to leaders in the sector to find discover their thoughts on the report's findings.

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Anger over Russia's Ukraine actions could spill over to Arctic Council

(April, 26, 2015) Will top ministers confront Russia at the April 24 ministerial in Iqaluit about its actions in Ukraine? Or won't they? That's the question circulating the day before the ministers, including United States Secretary of State John Kerry, are set to meet in the Nunavut capital.

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Next-generation trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

(April, 26, 2015) Smiths Detection's newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group.

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Decision sciences completes testing and evaluation of its revolutionary cargo scanning system by U.S. Department of Homeland Security

(April, 25, 2015) Decision Sciences International Corporation (DSIC), a U.S. based advanced technology provider of security and detection systems, today announced it has recently completed the final phase of the five phase system characterization of its Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) located at the Freeport Container Port (FCP) in the Bahamas. The system testing was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) under a contract awarded to DSIC to assess system readiness and effectiveness for the passive detection of unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear materials.

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'We're in an Isis minefield and the next step could be our last'

(April, 25, 2015) The slightest error of judgment - one careless moment - would kill them. Yet, if the five-man bomb disposal team were frightened, they masked their fear well, stepping from the roadside and striding into a field sown by Islamic State with explosives.

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Cologne sets off explosive detector at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

(April, 24, 2015) A Massachusetts man says the end to his South Florida vacation was anything but pleasant when TSA agents targeted him because of his cologne. Jean Marie Occean, his wife, and young daughter were at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport preparing to fly back to Boston.

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L-3 Security & Detection Systems' MV3D explosives detection system receives TSA certification

(April, 23, 2015) L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced today that its MV3D® explosives detection system (EDS) has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The MV3D incorporates a stationary gantry design and a large rectangular tunnel for high system availability, maximum throughput and cost-effective operation. The system is now both TSA- and EU Standard 3-approved.

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Liquid explosives detectors entering service at airports

(April, 22, 2015) An end to carrying a plastic bag filled with tiny bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and other liquids through airport security could be in sight, thanks to new analytical equipment being rolled out around the world.

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Rapid onsite explosives detection by HPLC

(April, 21, 2015) Czech researchers have developed a portable detector for nitro-based explosives that can operate non-stop for 12 hours and give results within 8 minutes. The new HPLC system relies on the established procedure of converting nitrate to peroxynitrite by UV light in a photolytic converter then reacting the product with luminol to create a chemiluminescent product that is detected.

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Carbon nanotube breakthrough could lead to super-small drug, bomb detector

(April, 21, 2015) A new type of carbon nanotube could allow researchers to create handheld sensors that could sniff out bombs and drugs more quickly. Carbon nanotubes are extremely strong and have high electrical conductivity, they are often used in sports products such as baseball bats and touchscreen computer displays, the University of Utah reported.

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Suspected Columbus terrorist to remain in federal custody, pleads not guilty

(April, 21, 2015) A man described by his attorney as "a normal 23-year-old kid" pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison.

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Why IIT Bombay wants to become a more inclusive incubator for entrepreneurs

(April, 20, 2015) Purple Squirrel is not a very well-known startup. But it has one killer advantage that Ola Cabs, Housing.com, Flipkart and Zomato did not have. Although the four were founded by IITians, none were incubated in an IIT.

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Plea innocent in terror case

(April, 20, 2015) A man described by his attorney as "a normal 23-year-old kid" pleaded innocent Friday to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison. Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a U.S. citizen originally from Somalia, wanted to "kill three or four American soldiers execution style," according to an indictment.

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Mobile, Raman and NMR drive new technologies

(April, 20, 2015) At the 66th annual Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) this past March 7 - 13 in New Orleans, the spectroscopy- based new product introductions covered, quite literally, the entire analytical spectrum from the far-infrared to x-rays, along with Raman and mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) products.

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60 landmines found in Bihar, plan to attack forces foiled

(April, 19, 2015) Police unearthed 60 landmines connected in a series from Bhimbandh forest in Munger district, foiling an attempt by Maoists to attack security forces engaged in anti-naxal operations in the area. Munger SP Barun Kumar Sinha said the landmines were recovered during combing operation in the dense forest after receiving intelligence inputs.

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The second most dangerous country for land mines begins to de-mine

(April, 19, 2015) "My father was 79," says Donaldo Gomez, who lives in the steep Andes Mountains of Colombia. "He wasn't sick a day in his life. And then he gets killed by a mine! Gomez, whose father died in 2003, lives in an area that was once swarming with guerrillas. When the Colombian army moved into the region a few years ago, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, planted land mines to try to stop them. The same thing happened in many parts of the country.

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Explosives found on machete-wielding New Orleans airport attacker

(April, 18, 2015) A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff's deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans' international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say.

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Researcher explains laser explosive detector

(April, 18, 2015) Interview with Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering. He spoke with us regarding research showing a small laser could detect some types of explosives not seen by current inspections. Here, he explains why the laser works and when it might become available.

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ECAC approves Smiths Detection portable explosives detector

(April, 6, 2015) Smiths Detection said Tuesday that its IONSCAN 600 device was approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) to be used to detect portable explosives.

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Next-generation trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

(April, 6, 2015) Smiths Detection's newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group.

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Implant Sciences ships $750,000 of explosives trace detector systems to Asia

(April, 6, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation, a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today reported the shipment of more than $750,000 in explosives trace detection systems to various customers in Asia. The shipments include a mixture of QS-H150 and QS-B220 systems, and will be deployed in military, aviation security, and critical infrastructure protection applications.

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Rapid onsite explosives detection by HPLC

(April, 6, 2015) Czech researchers have developed a portable detector for nitro-based explosives that can operate non-stop for 12 hours and give results within 8 minutes. The new HPLC system relies on the established procedure of converting nitrate to peroxynitrite by UV light in a photolytic converter then reacting the product with luminol to create a chemiluminescent product that is detected.

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Scintillator detectors with integrated nanophotonics for medical imaging

(April, 5, 2015) Combining the principles of integrated nanophotonics with traditional scintillator materials will greatly improve the development of radiation detection. Strong evidence exists that integrated nanophotonics innovations will have an evolutionary - and revolutionary - impact on this field, especially for next-generation high-performance medical imaging instruments.

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After militant attack on university, armed guards shield Kenyan churches

(April, 5, 2015) After al Shabaab gunmen massacred nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university on Thursday, singling out Christians for point-blank executions, churches in Kenya are turning to armed guards to protect their Easter Sunday congregations. Four masked gunmen from the Somali Islamist group went on a shooting rampage, hunting down students to kill and take hostage during a day-long siege at a university in Garissa, some 200km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

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A better bomb detector? Researchers develop device that can sniff explosives

(April, 5, 2015) Researchers have developed a device they claim detects bombs, drugs and other chemicals quicker and more accurately than those on the market. After living through 9-11 in New York, Ling Zang considered how he might use his material science and engineering experience to help prevent another terror attack.

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The story of the fake bomb detectors

(April, 5, 2015) The sentencing of a British couple for making fake bomb detectors marks the end of a series of trials after a global scam which saw the devices end up in conflict zones and used by governments around the world. From the battle against suicide bombers in Baghdad, to the drug wars in Mexico and the campaign against poachers in Africa, the "magic wand" detectors were used to search for explosives, cocaine and smuggled ivory.

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Israeli scientists develop nano-tech explosive detector

(April, 4, 2015) Israeli scientists have developed an electronic chip with microscopic chemical sensors that can detect explosives in the air at concentrations as low as a few molecules per 1,000 trillion. Developed by a Tel Aviv company called Tracense, the groundbreaking, nano-technology-based sensor was revealed in the journal Nature Communications.

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Moscow in fear of terrorism

(April, 4, 2015) In Moscow the threat of a terrorist attack is never far away. There have been 10 such attacks in the Russian capital in the past 15 years. City authorities are striving to prevent future attacks with a veritable army of police officers and metal detectors in metro stations, shopping centers and airports.

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Implant Sciences ships $750,000 of explosives trace detector systems to Asia

(March, 23, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today reported the shipment of more than $750,000 in explosives trace detection systems to various customers in Asia. The shipments include a mixture of QS-H150 and QS-B220 systems, and will be deployed in military, aviation security, and critical infrastructure protection applications.

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OSI Systems wins $11 million contract for explosives detection systems

(March, 23, 2015) OSI Systems' security division, Rapiscan Systems, has won $11 million contract from an international customer to provide multiple units of RTT 110 (Real Time Tomography) explosives detection system (EDS). Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems CEO said in the company's press release on Thursday, "We look forward to providing this customer with an EDS solution based on RTT technology, which offers a generation leap in design, performance and reliability, utilizing its innovative stationary gantry design."

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Smiths Detection: next-generation trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

(March, 23, 2015) Smiths Detection's newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group.

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ECAC approves Smiths Detection portable explosives detector

(March, 21, 2015) Smiths Detection said Tuesday that its IONSCAN 600 device was approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) to be used to detect portable explosives.

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Next-Gen trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

(March, 21, 2015) Smiths Detection's newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group.

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Police removing explosives from Vaughan home

(March, 20, 2015) York Regional Police is advising the public of a heavy police presence, due to the removal from a home of explosive materials, in the area of Willis Road and Riverside Drive in Vaughan.

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Wireless, battery-free sensors can detect explosives and chemical threats

(March, 20, 2015) Researchers at GE Global Research, working with the Technical Support Working Group, a U.S. interagency program for research and development into counter-terrorism measures; Quantum Magnetics, a subsidiary of Morpho Detection; and KemSENSE, have developed a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) sensor that can be used to wirelessly detect even faint traces of specified chemicals, such as those used in explosives. Intended uses for the sensors include rail centers, seaports, and airports - anywhere cargo containers are present.

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What you need to know when considering automation in drill and blast

(March, 19, 2015) The use of automation for drill and blast is fast becoming an area of great focus for mining companies who are looking for ways to significantly improve productivity and increase profit margins. But many organizations often underestimate the automation journey and the requirements needed to successfully optimize drill and blast operations.

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Implant Sciences extends credit agreements

(March, 18, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB:IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today announced the extension of its March 2014 secured credit agreements with DMRJ Group, LLC and the group of investors represented by BAM Administrative Services, LLC.

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Smiths Detection to provide advanced detection equipment for Abu Dhabi airport

(March, 18, 2015) Advanced security solutions provider Smiths Detection has inked a $125m contract to install a range of advanced detection equipments for Abu Dhabi Airport's new terminal. These systems will be installed at Midfield Terminal Building Project that is expected to be completed in 2017.

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Munich Airport selects new explosives detection system

(March, 17, 2015) Morpho Detection has announced a contract with the District Government of Upper Bavaria for the deployment of its high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection system (EDS) at Munich International Airport. The computed tomography (CT)-based CTX 9800 will be used to screen all passenger checked baggage - referred to as Level 1 screening - for select high-risk flights. The CTX 9800 will also be used to help Munich Airport prepare for full transition to Standard 3 explosives screening capabilities in accordance with approaching European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) mandates.

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SureScan Corporation's tomography explosives detection system achieves TSA certification

(March, 16, 2015) SureScan Corporation, which brings advanced technology and manufacturing to the homeland security marketplace, has announced that its x1000 CT EDS has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The SureScan x1000 is the first TSA certified multi-energy stationary gantry CT EDS for checked baggage screening, representing a next generation solution of CT EDS design and detection technology.

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Implant Sciences to move forward with explosives trace detection bid

(March, 16, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, announced today that it has received notification that the bid protest filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding the Company's recent 1,170 unit ETD award under Solicitation HSTS04-14-R-CT2050 has been denied. The stop work order has been lifted and the TSA order, initially issued on November 10, 2014, will ship according to TSA's delivery schedule.

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This stamp-sized sensor can sniff out explosives using RFID tags

(March, 16, 2015) Detecting explosives is, obviously, an important task-but many of the sensors are large and require manual operation. So GE's tiny and affordable new RFID sensor could help automate the process, to help keep us safe without much in the way of man power. Developed in collaboration with the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG)-a task force dedicated to anti-terrorism-the device repurposes RFID tags as sensors, by applying a lick of sensing material to their side.

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ChemImage to present explosive detection system

(March, 15, 2015) ChemImage Sensor System's senior scientist will present data Tuesday at Pittcon from development work on a Raman system that could potentially detect and identify explosives.

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L-3 Security & Detection Systems' MV3D explosives detection system receives TSA certification

(March, 15, 2015) MV3D was designed to the highest level of detection performance without the use of a rotating gantry. The system utilizes a series of fixed X-ray sources and multiple detector arrays to create high resolution 2D and 3D images.

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Abu Dhabi Int'l inks $124m security deal for new terminal

(March, 14, 2015) Abu Dhabi Airports on Monday announced that it has signed a AED458 million ($124.6 million) contract with Smiths Detection, to equip its Midfield Terminal project with a range of systems aimed at detecting chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats.

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Top BIFF official, 5 men fall in General Santos City

(March, 14, 2015) Combined Army and police operatives arrested here on Sunday night one of the three wanted founders of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Imam Mohammad Tambako, who hails from Barangay Libutan in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao, was nabbed exactly three months after he launched a more radical BIFF faction, the Justice Islamic Movement (JIM), during a gathering of his followers in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

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TSA discovers 39 firearms this week, 35 of them loaded

(March, 12, 2015) Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.

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Morpho's Itemiser 4DX Trace Detector approved for airport security screening in Australia

(March, 10, 2015) As a result, Itemiser 4DX is now approved for airport screening of passengers and baggage in Australia. Built on the industry-leading Itemiser ETD platform, Itemiser 4DX delivers advanced explosives detection and screening capabilities powered by a non-radioactive ITMST (Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer) source. Optimized for ease-of-use and mobility, Itemiser 4DX eliminates the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements associated with a radiation-emitting trace detection source.

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GE RFID tech turns stickers into explosives detectors

(March, 2, 2015) A global economy brings many benefits, but it also makes international terrorism extremely difficult to combat. With more goods passing through the world's shipping terminals and airports than ever before, hunting explosives with large, static detectors or teams of inspectors armed with detecting devices and reagents is a bottleneck that increases the chances of evasion.

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L-3 Security & Detection Systems' MV3D explosives detection system receives TSA certification

(March, 2, 2015) L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced today that its MV3D® explosives detection system (EDS) has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The MV3D incorporates a stationary gantry design and a large rectangular tunnel for high system availability, maximum throughput and cost-effective operation.

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Elephants are being trained to detect explosives

(March, 2, 2015) Robots and drones are not the only ones making a name in the military industry. Elephants are now being trained for bio-detection in South Africa. The elephants are being tested to see if they can utilize their heightened sense of smell to look for poachers, landmines and explosives. The project, which is showing great results, is supported by the United States Army Research Office, according to RT.

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Modified laptop, airbag, knives and guns found by TSA

(March, 2, 2015) This modified laptop appeared as a potential threat item on the X-ray monitor, and a result, the airport incurred a 49 minute evacuation of the checked baggage screening area while explosive detection professionals cleared the item. In addition to packing electronics properly to avoid a delay during screening, we recommend that you pack laptop computers and other valuables in checked baggage.

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LANL unveils detection technology collaboration project

(March, 2, 2015) Scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last week unveiled a collaborative project aimed at enhancing detection capabilities of explosives. The Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED) online website serves as a information hub for the latest technology innovation and education in the detection field. The site has been active since January.

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Battery-free, wireless RFID sensors used for explosives & chemical detection in cargo ships

(March, 1, 2015) GE Global Research, GE's (NYSE: GE) technology development arm, today announced a significant technological achievement in a project to develop next-generation, cost-effective sensors for cargo shipping for detecting chemicals used in explosives or other hazardous materials at shipping ports.

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TSA worried about 'greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation'

(March, 1, 2015) According to an FBI report, the use of Thermite on an aircraft is the "greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation." Worse yet, the Transportation Security Administration said it would be extremely hard to detect during security screenings and once ignited, there's no way to extinguish it using conventional methods without making the reaction worse.

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FBI calls thermite the greatest potential risk to aviation and the US TSA says it cannot be detected or extinguished

(March, 1, 2015) THE FBI calls Thermite "the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation."The US Transportation Security Administration states in a secret document, obtained by The Intercept, that it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish it. Thermite - a mixture of rust and aluminium powder - could easily be could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a December 2014 document, marked secret.

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New method for trace detection of explosives from fingerprints uses nanoextraction and open air analysis

(March, 1, 2015) With the increased frequency in the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), there is a growing need for crime scene investigators to rapidly detect minute traces of explosive materials as well as link the devices to a person of interest. Whenever a latent fingerprint is found at the scene, most analytical techniques would involve use of a swab to take a sample, destroying the fingerprint in the process, however.

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New RFID tag detects explosives

(March, 1, 2015) GE Global Research has announced a significant technological achievement in a project to develop next-generation, cost-effective sensors for cargo shipping for detecting chemicals used in explosives or other hazardous materials at shipping ports.

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This wireless explosives detector is the size of a postage stamp

(February, 23, 2015) For public safety agencies, sniffing out explosives and other contraband is a tricky task. Handheld explosive detectors can be as small as a purse, but still must be manually operated. Permanently mounted sensors need to be even bigger. Dogs are useful in some scenarios, but they're expensive to deploy en masse and must always have a handler.

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GE's new postage stamp size wireless battery free RFID explosives detector

(February, 23, 2015) GE's Global Research Team has invented a stamp sized Radio Frequency 134.0.11.113 spreading worldwide at breakneck speed and U.S. is no exception.

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Inventor turns bomb detector into cancer breathalyser

(February, 23, 2015) A new breathalyser device that can detect lung cancer will be trialled in two NHS hospitals in a £1m clinical study. The device was invented by engineer Billy Boyle and was originally employed to detect explosives in airports and on the battlefield.

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Army Rangers get top valor awards for heroism on deadly day in Afghanistan

(February, 22, 2015) The situation was dire: A team of Army Rangers had swooped into an enemy compound in southern Afghanistan, only to find that the area had been rigged with numerous booby traps. At least 10 improvised explosive devices went off within minutes, mortally wounding four soldiers and catastrophically injuring several others.

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Bomb scare on Jetstar flight

(February, 22, 2015) Police are speaking to a man over an alleged bomb threat on a flight from Christchurch to Auckland this morning. The Jetstar plane left Christchurch about 8am and landed at Auckland Airport an hour and a half later. A Jetstar spokesman said a passenger on flight JQ246 "made some inappropriate remarks".

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Implant Sciences reports second quarter fiscal 2015 financial results

(February, 21, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for the homeland security market and related industries, today announced financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2014.

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Nano-sized Tess smells explosives better than a dog

(February, 21, 2015) All over the world, security forces depend on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and trained dogs in order to safeguard airports and other public places against the attacks of terrorists. A new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job a lot easier.

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1SOSFS Airman first to complete ATF Odor test

(February, 20, 2015) Staff Sgt. Terrell Beasley, 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, is the first Air Force Special Operations Command military dog handler to complete the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive, National Odor Recognition Testing.

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Israeli scientists develop nano-tech explosive detector

(February, 20, 2015) Israeli scientists have developed an electronic chip with microscopic chemical sensors that can detect explosives in the air at concentrations as low as a few molecules per 1,000 trillion. Developed by a Tel Aviv company called Tracense, the groundbreaking, nano-technology-based sensor was revealed in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday.

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Spies eyed man allegedly linked to convicted jihadi

(February, 20, 2015) A paid informant told Canadian spies Awso Peshdary was in bed with a trained terror plotter and committed jihadi who pleaded guilty to terror charges last year. Tuesday's charges against Peshdary are his first set of terror raps but by no means the first time he's come to the attention of the law. Peshdary, 25, is a leftover from Project Samossa, a months-long RCMP terror probe that climaxed with four arrests in July 2010.

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The marines are building robotic war balls

(February, 14, 2015) Establishing a beachhead on enemy-held turf is historically one of the most dangerous jobs in warfare, just ask Achilles. But the robotic age may make it slightly less so. A research team from Stamford, Conn. has developed an amphibious drone that they are currently testing with the Marines.

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TSA week in review: 49 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week

(February, 14, 2015) We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.

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Collaboration project defeats explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies

(February, 13, 2015) Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies.

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Fake bomb detectors still endanger Iraqis

(February, 13, 2015) Though widely used at Iraqi checkpoints, these devices have not helped stop the bombings in Baghdad and many Iraqi provinces that have caused massive destruction and casualties. According to a report published by Alsumaria TV Dec. 31, 2014 saw a high level of bloodshed, with most casualties in Iraq being caused by car bombs.

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49 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week

(February, 12, 2015) We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.

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Implant Sciences to announce second quarter fiscal 2015 financial results

(February, 12, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for the homeland security market and related industries, will host a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM ET to discuss the financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

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A security boost from tiny sensor

(February, 11, 2015) Scientists at General Electric Co.'s research lab in Niskayuna have channeled their inner Ron Popeil with a new postage-stamp-sized sensor that can detect explosives and dangerous chemicals anywhere and at any time.

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Pakistan opens first explosives' handling centre in KP

(February, 11, 2015) Pakistan today opened its first explosives' handling centre to train Bomb Disposal Unit officials in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as part of its counter-terrorism effort in the province most affected by terrorism. The country's first-ever explosive handling centre for capacity building of Bomb Disposal Units (BDU) has been set up in Nowshera district in the province.

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MOF sensor sniffs out ammonia

(February, 10, 2015) An electronic device that exploits the semiconducting properties of a two dimensional metal-organic framework (MOF), a material analagous to graphene, has been made for the first time.1 The device - a chemiresistive sensor - reversibly detects ammonia and boosts hope that conductive MOFs could be used for a variety of further applications, including electrocatalysis and renewable energy storage.

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Khattak opens explosives handling school in Nowshera

(February, 10, 2015) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday visited the Shuhada Memorial of Bomb Disposal Unit and formally inaugurated Police School of Explosive Handling in Nowshera on Monday. On this occasion, he awarded shields to Additional IGP Headquarters Mian Asif, Bomb Disposal Unit AIG Shafqat Malik and Nowshera District Police Officer Rab Nawaz Khan.

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18 can bombs recovered in Jharkhand

(February, 6, 2015) Eighteen can bombs planted underneath a kucha road have been recovered in naxal-affected Khunti district, a police officer said today. The security personnel detected wire lying on the road between Fadinga-Turang villages during routine long-range patrolling in the naxal-infested area yesterday, Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta said.

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Security personnel trained to become conversant with modern gadgets

(February, 6, 2015) A three-day basic security checking training for untrained private security personnel, organised by Commissioner of Police, Mysuru, began yesterday at City Armed Reserve (CAR) grounds on Maharana Pratap Road in city. While theory classes are being held in the morning, practical training and demonstrations are being held in the afternoon.

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Fake bomb detectors still endanger Iraqis

(February, 6, 2015) Though widely used at Iraqi checkpoints, these devices have not helped stop the bombings in Baghdad and many Iraqi provinces that have caused massive destruction and casualties. According to a report published by Alsumaria TV Dec. 31, 2014 saw a high level of bloodshed, with most casualties in Iraq being caused by car bombs.

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A giant security gap at U.S. airports? Most workers not screened daily

(February, 5, 2015) The vast majority of airport employees with direct access to the tarmac and airplanes do not go through any daily security screening, and only two of the country's major airports have systems in place that require all employees with secure access to pass through metal detectors, a CNN investigation has found.

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A better bomb detector? Researchers develop device that can sniff explosives

(February, 5, 2015) Researchers have developed a device they claim detects bombs, drugs and other chemicals quicker and more accurately than those on the market. After living through 9-11 in New York, Ling Zang considered how he might use his material science and engineering experience to help prevent another terror attack.

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Spies eyed man allegedly linked to convicted jihadi

(February, 5, 2015) A paid informant told Canadian spies Awso Peshdary was in bed with a trained terror plotter and committed jihadi who pleaded guilty to terror charges last year. Tuesday's charges against Peshdary are his first set of terror raps but by no means the first time he's come to the attention of the law. Peshdary, 25, is a leftover from Project Samossa, a months-long RCMP terror probe that climaxed with four arrests in July 2010.

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Handheld chemical detector can now sniff out explosives

(February, 4, 2015) With the threats from improvised explosive devices and other ordnance all too common, the Army has seen the need for a portable explosives-detection device that soldiers could carry with them in the field. After years of work, scientists at the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are making it a reality-not by building a new device, but by adapting a device already in wide use.

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Another giant security gap at airports: Lack of criminal background checks

(February, 4, 2015) The day after a CNN investigation uncovered airport employees access airplanes and tarmacs without undergoing daily security screening, officials admitted that no one checks criminal backgrounds after workers are hired.

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Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports after AQAP calls for lone wolf plane bombers

(February, 2, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security is increasing security checks at American airports because of concerns over new bomb-making instructions released by al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP), the terrorist group which U.S. intelligence agencies believe may have been behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, U.S. officials tell CNN.

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White House budget: Homeland Security agenda includes airport security and plugging gaps

(February, 2, 2015) President Obama strongly backs the often-criticized Department of Homeland Security in his budget request, urging a 9 percent increase in DHS's budget that would include a hike in airport security to combat a growing terrorist threat and additional funds for the White House complex following a series of security lapses. Under the president's proposal, the Transportation Security Administration's aviation security efforts would rise from the current $4.9 billion to $5.8 billion.

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Deputies search for man who rammed vehicles and fled

(January, 26, 2015) A Charleston man wanted after a domestic incident Saturday night is again sought by authorities, after he rammed a patrol vehicle head-on Sunday.

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Council approves new paws for public safety

(January, 26, 2015) The Lebanon City Council approved, on first reading, a resolution that would add an additional gun and explosive detection canine and handler course for the Public Safety department during its meeting Tuesday.

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Sheriff's department adds three explosives, trailing dogs

(January, 26, 2015) Three new pups have been added to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department team, increasing the level of service to the county communities, including the Santa Clarita Valley community.

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Attack fears spur tighter airport security

(January, 26, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security is increasing security checks at American airports because of concerns over new bomb-making instructions released by al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP), the terrorist group which U.S. intelligence agencies believe may have been behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, U.S. officials tell CNN.

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Morpho selects AGNITiO to strengthen criminal ID biometrics solutions by including voice ID

(January, 26, 2015) Today, AGNITiO, the world's leader in voice biometrics, and Morpho (Safran), a global leader in security solutions, announce a technology partnership that is intended to help law enforcement agencies around the world identify criminals and protect the lives of citizens through the use of voice biometrics.

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3 more planes evacuated in Seattle, Dallas after bomb threats

(January, 25, 2015) There seems to be no stopping of fake bomb threats directed at US airlines: two passenger jets landing in Seattle, Washington were evacuated and searched for explosives, while another flight was diverted to Dallas, Texas for similar safety procedures.

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Africa: Manipulation in Paris - Racism, Islamophobia and the capitalist crisis in Europe

(January, 25, 2015) Whether with the jihadists in Libya, working on both sides of the dirty war in Algeria, manipulating the Tuareg in Mali, or working with the Saudis, the French intelligence and security have worked closely with branches of US intelligence and military to keep the flames of war and insecurity burning.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. announces Q3 fiscal year 2015 results conference call and webcast

(January, 25, 2015) American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI) will announce its third quarter (ended December 31, 2014) fiscal year 2015 results on Thursday, February 5, 2015 after the market closes. Chuck Dougherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ken Galaznik, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss the results and respond to questions. The conference call and webcast will include a presentation and are scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

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Amateurism: the new terrorist strategy

(January, 25, 2015) The attacker in the December 2014 Sydney hostage crisis was not a 'lone wolf', but an amateur, part of a growing trend that international terrorist groups have encouraged. This strategy works because it uses the amateurism itself to evade standard counterterrorist practices, expands potential targets, and takes advantage of governments' overreaction to terrorism.

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New DHS S&T explosives detection lab breaks ground

(January, 24, 2015) Groundbreaking for a nearly 13,500 square foot extra reinforced laboratory space for conducting tests of explosives detection systems by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate took place this week. The new Independent Test & Evaluation (IT&E) Certification Laboratory building at the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) is located at the William J. Hughes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

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More airport security measures coming, DHS chief says

(January, 18, 2015) It might take a little more time to get through the airport. Additional security measures are coming. It's all part of an ongoing effort to thwart possible terroristic acts. "We've evolved to a new phase in the global terrorist threat," said Jeh Johnson, the head of Homeland Security. The head of Homeland Security revealing on Friday that even more airport security measures are on the way.

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Iran builds detector of explosives and narcotics

(January, 18, 2015) In an interview to Mehr News, Seyed Ali Hosseini, the inventor of the radar tracker in Gilan Science and Technology Park and Mazandaran Medical Sciences Center, said that the radar tracker was designed and built to detect drugs, explosives, bodies alive and dead under the rubble, addictive drugs and alcoholic beverages.

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Hopewell's A&P supermarket re-opens after bomb threat evacuation

(January, 18, 2015) The A&P supermarket on Route 82 in Hopewell Junction is open again, following an evacuation for a bomb threat Sunday afternoon, said East Fishkill police Chief Kevin Keefe.

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Mumbai: MSRDC too broke to install explosives scanners at Sea

(January, 17, 2015) Pecuniary troubles have stopped the installation of devices to detect presence of explosives on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL). The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), realising it is up to its neck in losses and borrowings, has decided not to float tenders to get the detectors installed.

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Boko Haram kills in the name of religion

(January, 16, 2015) On Saturday, a 10-year-old girl walked into a crowded Nigerian market with a bomb strapped around her body. She walked through a metal detector, and the bomb exploded, killing her and dozens around her. The device reportedly was controlled by Boko Haram terrorists.

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Tampa expert: Not difficult to make bomb from kitchen ingredients

(January, 16, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security has ordered more protection for certain government buildings around the country after a call by Islamic extremists for followers to attack more western targets.

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What explains the differing media coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga massacre?

(January, 16, 2015) A small cell of Islamic terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris supermarket, killing 17 people and sparking international outcry, solidarity and support. The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie trended globally, and world leaders took to the streets to march in support of Parisian resilience.

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Smiths Detection launches new portable trace explosives detector

(January, 15, 2015) Ask any aviation security professional to make a list of the biggest threats facing their industry and near the top of almost all of those lists will be the potential of explosives being smuggled onto a jetliner. Just last week, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters that an al Qaida-linked group was close to being able to develop an explosive device that could go undetected through airport security.

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A better bomb detector? Researchers develop device that can sniff explosives

(January, 15, 2015) After living through 9-11 in New York, Ling Zang considered how he might use his material science and engineering experience to help prevent another terror attack. More than a decade later, Zang and several other scientists at the University of Utah say they have created a device that detects explosives, drugs and two dozen different toxic gases quicker and more accurately than what is currently used at airports.

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Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports after AQAP calls for lone wolf plane bombers

(January, 15, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security is increasing security checks at American airports because of concerns over new bomb-making instructions released by al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP), the terrorist group which U.S. intelligence agencies believe may have been behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, U.S. officials tell CNN.

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Kenya: KQ receives explosives detection kit from the UK

(January, 12, 2015) Kenya Airways has received an Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machine from the United Kingdom as part of on-going co-operation between Kenya and the UK in combating terrorism. The Sh3.65 million ETD machine was handed over by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner on Tuesday to KQ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze.

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Spotlight: One-step detection of narcotics, explosives, and gunshot residue

(January, 12, 2015) The company has successfully productized various technologies into field-ready systems. RedX products range from our field-proven ruggedized, portable, trace explosive detectors that are ideally suited for hard-use military applications to our lightweight, hand-held units that detect narcotics, homemade and high explosives, and gunshot residue.

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NYPD ordered to reveal details of its secret bomb-detecting X-ray vans that patrol the city

(January, 11, 2015) A state judge has ordered the NYPD to turn over records about an X-ray van program the department has kept shrouded in secrecy. New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan wrote in a decision back in December that radiation used in the vans raised concerns over health risks and said the department's claims about information being used by terrorists to evade detection was 'mere speculation.'

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Morpho's Itemiser 4DX receives ECAC approval for explosives screening

(January, 11, 2015) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the Itemiser® 4DX explosives trace detector (ETD) has successfully completed European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process (CEP). As a result, Itemiser 4DX is now approved for airport screening of passengers and baggage throughout ECAC's 44 member nations.

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Al-Qaeda publishes recipe for easy-to-make bomb that would evade airport check that 'any determined Muslim can prepare'

(January, 10, 2015) AL-Qaeda has published detailed instructions on how to build a 'hidden bomb' to use to blow up a passenger jet. The terror group's Arabian Peninsula branch in Yemen, which has been linked to the attacks in Paris, has also told its members that Britain is a higher priority target then France - second only to America.

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Aurangabad bomb disposal squad works sans protective suits

(January, 9, 2015) The elite police squad that detects explosives in the city has been working for over five months without a bomb suit, much to the concern of the authorities as the city has always remained on radar of extremists.

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PNP monitors suspected 'sleeper' agents

(January, 8, 2015) MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is tracking the movements of foreigners suspected to have links with terrorist groups as part of heightened security for the arrival of Pope Francis this week.

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Amazon evacuates Seattle headquarters due to bomb threat, police find no deadly package

(January, 8, 2015) Police conducted a search for explosive at the Seattle headquarters of Amazon, last Monday, after a threatening note was discovered at one of the company's buildings located north of Seattle's downtown district.

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OSI systems receives order for RTT inspection systems

(January, 7, 2015) OSI Systems' security division, Rapiscan Systems, has received an order worth approximately USD 5 million to provide multiple units of its Rapiscan Real Time Tomography (RTT) 110 screening system to an international customer.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 named "Best Explosives Detection Solution" for the 2nd consecutive year

(January, 7, 2015) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, announced today its QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector has won the 2014 GSN Homeland Security Award for "Best Explosives Detection Solution". This marks the second year in a row that the QS-B220 has been given this award

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Smartphone bomb detector made simple using electronic shopping tags

(December, 19, 2014) HALF a billion smartphones could be transformed into sophisticated gas detectors through a simple modification to cheap electronic shopping tags. US chemists have found a way of harnessing near-field communication technology to fill a need for portable chemical sensors that can detect explosives, chemical weapons and gas spills.

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Bombs away: EOD disposes of explosives threats

(December, 19, 2014) Thick gray smoke filled the air after the loud bang. But, don't worry; explosive ordnance disposal technicians actually produced the blast to make the area safer. Marines from EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, participated in their end of the year field training exercise Dec. 8-17, 2014, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, combining everything they've learned throughout the year into one final exercise.

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Morpho's Itemiser 4DX receives ECAC approval for explosives screening

(December, 19, 2014) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detector has successfully completed European Civil Aviation Conference Common Evaluation Process. As a result, Itemiser 4DX is now approved for airport screening of passengers and baggage throughout ECAC's 44 member nations. Built on the industry-leading Itemiser ETD platform, Itemiser 4DX delivers advanced explosives detection and screening capabilities powered by a non-radioactive Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer source.

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Spanish man crashes car into Popular Party HQ

(December, 19, 2014) A man has driven a car carrying gas cylinders into the front of the ruling Popular Party's headquarters in Madrid, police say. The car did not explode and no-one was hurt, but the attack triggered a major security alert. The man, 37, was said to have blamed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government for his problems. The central Madrid street was cordoned off as police investigated whether explosives were inside the car.

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Spotlight: One-step detection of narcotics, explosives, and gunshot residue

(December, 18, 2014) Founded in 2005 with Corporate Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, RedXDefense is focused on novel security solutions that address the unique needs of law enforcement, homeland defense, military and businesses. The company has successfully productized various technologies into field-ready systems. RedX products range from our field-proven ruggedized, portable, trace explosive detectors that are ideally suited for hard-use military applications to our lightweight, hand-held units that detect narcotics, homemade and high explosives, and gunshot residue.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a chemical, explosives detector

(December, 17, 2014) The original JCAD was developed and fielded to U.S. Forces nearly 25 years ago, to serve as a portable, automatic chemical warfare agent detector. Currently there are approximately 56,000 chemical warfare agent detecting JCADs in service within the Department of Defense. Recent needs have required scientists to find ways to create a similar portable technology to detect explosive materials.

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"Inventor" of fake bomb detector headed to jail, finally

(December, 16, 2014) For years, Iraqi security forces have been using the ADE-651, a device its inventor said could detect humans, elephants, 100-dollar bills, explosives, and practically anything else, if the right detection card was inserted. Iraqis used the devices to find bombs, paying $85 million to purchase hundreds of them at $40,000 apiece.

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Downtown courthouse getting security upgrade

(December, 16, 2014) It was a balmy March afternoon in 2012 when Bartholomew Granger opened fire with an assault rifle outside the courthouse in Beaumont, killing a grandmother and injuring three other people. Granger later was sentenced to death for the shooting spree, but the events of that day and similar incidents around the country remain with Harris County Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen, who is busy upgrading security for courthouses in downtown Houston.

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The science of airport bomb detection: mass spectrometry

(December, 14, 2014) You've probably had your hand luggage swabbed after walking through the metal detector at the airport. Whatever molecules were picked up by the swab have been separated using gas chromatography. So how do airport staff know if those molecules are traces of explosives or simply a wayward dribble of tomato sauce?

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Rare nerve-agent shell wounded U.S. troops in Iraq

(December, 14, 2014) The attack began like many others. Early on May 15, 2004, a U.S. patrol was sweeping a highway in Baghdad, trying to clear the route for a convoy. An attacker in hiding, watching a spot where a roadside bomb had been hidden, detonated the bomb as the patrol neared the anticipated kill zone. There was a small blast, but something was clearly different from the typical explosions that accompanied roadside bombs.

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New DHS S&T explosives detection lab breaks ground

(December, 12, 2014) Groundbreaking for a nearly 13,500 square foot extra reinforced laboratory space for conducting tests of explosives detection systems by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate took place this week.

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Security and defense: Always out in front

(December, 12, 2014) A dangerous and essential role is uniquely filled by Beduin, who serve as IDF trackers on every border and across the West Bank. This month, the trackers received recruits from across the country during the November draft cycle, and senior Beduin trackers provided The Jerusalem Post with an inside glimpse into life as a tracker on the front lines of Israel's security.

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Standards: The superglue for security systems

(December, 12, 2014) If you think about it, without standards to govern the products and services we manufacturer and buy, whole industries would collapse. Cars wouldn't run. Buildings would crumble. Service people would be at a loss as to how to fix things or even get the correct replacement parts.

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Middle East Updates / Iran's parliament moves to tax bodies overseen by supreme leader

(December, 11, 2014) The death of an Al-Jazeera correspondent in Syria Wednesday night has brought the number of journalists killed in the country this week to four, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Mahran al-Deeri, a Syrian journalist who had worked with Al-Jazeera Arabic since October 2013, died after his car, which he was driving at night without headlights to avoid detection by Syrian government forces, collided with a vehicle carrying rebel fighters.

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SureScan explosives detection system achieves TSA certification

(December, 11, 2014) Keeping pace with emerging threats to security identified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), SureScan Corporation announced that its x1000 computed tomography explosives detection system for checked baggage screening has achieved TSA certification, setting a new industry standard as the first TSA certified multi-energy, stationary gantry EDS.

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SureScan Corporation explosives detection system achieves TSA certification

(December, 10, 2014) Endicott, NY-based SureScan Corporation, a provider of advanced technology and manufacturing to the homeland security marketplace, has announced that its x1000 CT EDS has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The SureScan x1000 is the first TSA certified multi-energy stationary gantry CT EDS for checked baggage screening, representing a next generation solution of CT EDS design and detection technology.

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Navy surveys industry for new technologies to detect trace amounts of explosives on surfaces

(December, 10, 2014) U.S. Navy explosives-detection efforts are asking industry for ideas on non-vapor-collecting ways of detecting trace amounts of explosives by contacting sample surfaces directly.

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TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

(December, 9, 2014) U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials in Washington needed an effective method of detecting explosive materials at multiple airports across the U.S. They found their solution at Implant Sciences Corp., a high-technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets in Wilmington, Mass. TSA officials have placed an initial order for 1,170 QS-B220 Desktop Explosive Trace Detectors and ancillary supplies.

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The International Drug and Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. has released marketing and sales figures regarding its new sniffer

(December, 9, 2014) In recent months, IDenta Corp. has presented its new sniffer to several countries and audiences worldwide. The new sniffer was warmly welcomed by the audience in all presentations. The immediate results of those presentations are reflected in orders that have already been placed from: Ukraine 13 sniffers (for different agencies), Argentina 1 sniffer (to be tested by the Argentinian Airports Authority), Indonesia 20 sniffers (for the police).

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Morpho Detection's Itemiser 4DX non-radioactive trace detector

(December, 6, 2014) November 25, 2014 - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the launch of its next-generation desktop explosives trace detector (ETD), Itemiser® 4DX.

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Handheld chemical detector can now sniff out explosives

(December, 5, 2014) With the threats from improvised explosive devices and other ordnance all too common, the Army has seen the need for a portable explosives-detection device that soldiers could carry with them in the field. After years of work, scientists at the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are making it a reality-not by building a new device, but by adapting a device already in wide use.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 named "Best Explosives Detection Solution" for the 2nd consecutive year

(December, 5, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, announced its QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector has won the 2014 GSN Homeland Security Award for "Best Explosives Detection Solution". This marks the second year in a row that the QS-B220 has been given this award.

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IONSCAN 600 portable desktop explosives trace detector

(December, 5, 2014) Smiths Detection today introduces its next generation explosives trace detector for use in global aviation and infrastructure security. Its small, portable design, combined with ease-of-use, reduces the cost and time of screening for a range of high-threat explosives.

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New bomb detector launched

(December, 5, 2014) A new type of bomb detector which uses a carbon nanotube has been produced. The detector is said to be superior to others on the market in terms of speed and the range of explosives that it can detect.

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Nigeria: Suspected female terrorist arrested with bomb in food flask

(December, 4, 2014) IT was a defeat of the power of evil secrecy Thursday as security agents arrested a suspected female suicide bomber who would have blown up the General Shuwa Memorial Hospital, Maiduguri and killed the health workers and the patients they labour hard to treat.

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Examining a rare nerve-agent shell that wounded american troops in Iraq

(December, 4, 2014) The attack began like many others. Early on May 15, 2004, an American patrol was sweeping a highway in Baghdad, trying to clear the route for a convoy. An attacker in hiding, watching a spot where a roadside bomb had been hidden, detonated the bomb as the patrol neared the anticipated kill zone. There was a small blast, but something was clearly different from the typical explosions that accompanied roadside bombs.

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Land mines aren't killing as many people as they used to

(December, 4, 2014) Land mine casualties, perhaps the most brutal and indiscriminate residuals of wars past, fell 25 percent in 2013, marking the lowest number of recorded injuries and deaths by buried explosives since a global disarmament group began tracking these numbers in 1999.

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TSA approves first non-radioactive explosives detectors for airports

(December, 3, 2014) A demo is given of Implant Sciences QS-B220, the first non-radioactive explosives trace detector approved for passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports, at a news conference on November 17, 2014 in New York City. Implant Sciences Corporation, which specializes in systems and sensors for homeland defense, has just received an order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for over a thousand of their explosive trace detectors known as the QS-B220.

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Scientists hack a 25 year old chemical sensor into dual-use explosives detector

(December, 2, 2014) Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Centre (ECBC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground assisted by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Smith Detection, demonstrated recently how a standard chemical agent detector can be hacked into an explosive material detection sensor. The modified device can already detect roughly a dozen compounds including TNT, RDX and EGN. Future efforts could increase the number of detectable compounds.

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Eight 'terrorists' with explosives, arms arrested in Hangu raid

(November, 22, 2014) The police on Friday seized high quality explosives and deadly weapons and ammunition from a house in Doaba area of Hangu district and arrested eight suspected terrorists. The deputy inspector general, Kohat division, Dr Ishtiq Marwat, told Dawn by telephone from his residence that all the eight suspected terrorists were members of banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. He said that a Hangu police team raided the house after getting information that TTP men were hiding there and planning terrorist attacks.

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British explosives expert joins ISIS in Syria

(November, 21, 2014) A former car mechanic who fled Britain and joined the Taliban after serving a prison sentence for fraud has joined the Islamic State and is now fighting in Syria, it has been claimed.

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Intercepted: Explosive material, detonators seized in Abbottabad

(November, 21, 2014) The counter-terrorism department foiled a major terrorism bid and seized explosive material near Shimla Hill on Thursday. Two suspects were also arrested. Police said they received an intelligence report about a bid to smuggle explosives, following which they beefed up security.

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Bruker explosives trace "DE-tector" meets new European civil aviation standard for airport screening

(November, 19, 2014) MA-based Bruker Corporation has announced that its De-tector explosives trace instrument has successfully met the new European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment (CEP) for airport checkpoint screening of passengers and baggage.

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CTA adds random screening for explosives

(November, 19, 2014) CTA passengers are now subject to random screening for explosives at train stations across the city. There is no known threat to the CTA, but Chicago police said the precautionary measure is another layer of security. The screenings went into effect Monday morning.

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IONSCAN 600 portable desktop explosives trace detector

(November, 19, 2014) Smiths Detection today introduces its next generation explosives trace detector for use in global aviation and infrastructure security. Its small, portable design, combined with ease-of-use, reduces the cost and time of screening for a range of high-threat explo­sives.

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Chicago police to check CTA riders' bags for explosives

(November, 17, 2014) With hundreds of thousands of riders streaming through 145 stations each day, the CTA's sprawling rail system presents a needle-in-a-haystack challenge when it comes to stopping a would-be terrorist from bringing explosives onto a train.

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TSA now uses handheld explosives detector at airports

(November, 18, 2014) Todd Silvestri, vice president of Technology at Implant Sciences, holds a QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector during a press event in New York on Monday, November 17. The detectors are in use by the Transportation Security Administration at airports around the United States.

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New bomb detector launched

(November, 18, 2014) A new type of bomb detector which uses a carbon nanotube has been produced. The detector is said to be superior to others on the market in terms of speed and the range of explosives that it can detect.

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TSA approves first non-radioactive explosives detectors for airports

(November, 16, 2014) A demo is given of Implant Sciences QS-B220, the first non-radioactive explosives trace detector (ETD) approved for passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports, at a news conference on November 17, 2014 in New York City.

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1st detect announces successful introduction of iONTRAC technology at the Gulf Coast Conference

(November, 15, 2014) 1st Detect, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation, a commercial aerospace company that provides spacecraft payload processing and government services, designs and manufactures space hardware, and commercializes space technologies for Earth based applications, has launched its disruptive mass spectrometry technology into the petrochemical industry at the esteemed Gulf Coast Conference.

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Firearms and cocaine concealed in meat found in baggage

(November, 14, 2014) TSA Discovered 35 Firearms. Of the 35 firearms, 29 were loaded and 7 had rounds chambered. Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis.Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited.

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New DHS S&T explosives detection lab breaks ground

(November, 13, 2014) Groundbreaking for a nearly 13,500 square foot extra reinforced laboratory space for conducting tests of explosives detection systems by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate took place this week.

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Implant sciences receives order from TSA for 1,170 explosive trace detectors

(November, 13, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has placed an initial order for 1,170 QS-B220 Desktop Explosive Trace Detectors and ancillary supplies. The systems will be deployed at multiple airports across the country.

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The International Drug and Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. will attend a huge tender in India during November 2014

(November, 12, 2014) IDenta Corp. will attend the Airports Authority of India (AAI) tender for Explosive Trace Detectors to be used in various airports. The tender is for explosives-detecting sniffers. It is a five-year contract with a total value of USD 11.5 million. IDenta Corp. will attend the tender though the local Indian representative company.

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Carbon nanotubes could find use in improved bomb detection device

(November, 10, 2014) Along with flame-retardant clothing, flexible supercapitors and a stronger alternative to carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes may soon have yet another application. Led by Prof. Ling Zang, a team of researchers at the University of Utah has integrated the tiny tubes of carbon atoms into a prototype explosives sensor.

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U Engineers design better bomb detection devices

(November, 10, 2014) Engineers at the U have created a new technology to detect gases, explosives and drugs. The science behind the technology utilizes carbon nanotube materials that are handheld and will be used during detection. Miao Xu, a postdoctoral fellow in materials science and engineering, first proposed the project and played an active role in its development.

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Bruker DE-tector explosives trace detector meets new European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) standard for airport passenger and baggage screening

(November, 10, 2014) Bruker Corporation BRKR, -1.04% today announced that the DE-tectorT has successfully met the new European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment (CEP) for airport checkpoint screening of passengers and baggage. The DE-tector is the first European-built explosives trace detection (ETD) instrument to pass the demanding ECAC testing protocol which was established to set standards for the performance of security equipment across the forty four member nations of ECAC.

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A better bomb detector? Researchers develop device that can sniff explosives

(November, 10, 2014) Researchers have developed a device they claim detects bombs, drugs and other chemicals quicker and more accurately than those on the market. After living through 9-11 in New York, Ling Zang considered how he might use his material science and engineering experience to help prevent another terror attack.

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Incheon Buys eXaminer Detection Systems

(November, 9, 2014) L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) has announced that Korea's Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) has purchased 14 eXaminer XLB explosives detection systems. To cope with increases in traffic and to strengthen its competitiveness as a hub airport, IIAC is constructing a new terminal by 2017. L-3 SDS is supplying eXaminer XLBs, an OptiNet networking infrastructure, and on-site maintenance and support.

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CTA explosives testing draws mixed rider reviews

(November, 7, 2014) Nate Long was among dozens of random commuters detoured on their way into the CTA Red Line's Grand stop Thursday morning: to have their bags checked for explosives. Long, 24, was about to catch a train at the Near North Side station just before 9 a.m. when a Chicago police officer told him he had been randomly selected for the screening-part of a counterterrorism initiative launched this week at some the CTA's 140-plus rail stations.

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170 kg of explosives destroyed in Russia's Dagestan

(November, 6, 2014) Russian security forces have prevented a series of potentially "resonant" terrorist attacks, destroying almost 170 kg of explosives in the southern Republic of Dagestan. Two policemen and a militant were killed in the operation. A gunman hiding in a private home in the village of Kirovaul opened fire on law enforcement officers, fatally wounding two of them.

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SEEQR Security debuts continuous wave explosive detection at AUSA 2014

(November, 5, 2014) SEEQR Security, the world's most advanced solution for explosive detection, today debuted its latest unit, which can detect all of the most frequently used explosive materials in fewer than four seconds with 99 percent accuracy. The SEEQR executive team announced the device during the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

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Implant Sciences to exhibit at Airport Council International's 2014 Airport Exchange in Paris on November 3 - 5, 2014

(November, 4, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it will exhibit at booth C9 at Airport Council International's ACI Europe & ACI Asia-Pacific Airport Exchange 2014. ACI Airport Exchange is an important event in the air transport industry, with an expected attendance of more than 2,500 aviation business executives from Europe, Asia Pacific and around the world.

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UK intellegence boss: U.S. tech firms command and control for terrorists

(November, 4, 2014) Some U.S. technology companies are "in denial" about the misuse of the Internet by terrorists, the head of GCHQ has claimed. The director of UK intelligence and security organisation GCHQ, says services online "have become the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals", and that security agencies need the support of large tech firms.

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NYPD scanning the sky for new terrorism threat

(November, 4, 2014) For the last year, the country's largest police force has been increasingly concerned about a potential terror attack from the air by a drone armed with a deadly weapon. "We look at it as something that could be a terrorist's tool," New York Police Department Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said.

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Chicago police to begin random explosives screenings at CTA stations

(November, 3, 2014) New security measures have been announced to improve safety on CTA trains, under a federal counter-terrorism initiative. CBS 2's Susanna Song reports, starting Nov. 3, if you ride the "L," prepare to be asked to hand your bags, purses, or suitcases to a Chicago police officer to be screened for explosives at some stations.

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Man charged with terrorism offences after explosives found in flat

(November, 3, 2014) A carpenter has been charged under terrorism laws after police found explosives and various explosive manuals in his flat. Benjamin Harris, 29, of Highcroft Crescent, Heathfield, has been charged by police after a raid on his home uncovered explosive black powder, oxidising agents, pyrotechnic fuses, chemicals, improvised exploding devices and manuals relating to explosives.

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National Investigation Agency poorly equipped; Shortfalls hamper India's fight against terrorists

(November, 2, 2014) When a bomb went off last month in West Bengal state, police at India's leading counter terrorism organisation had to hail taxis to get to the scene because they did not have enough cars.

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When terrorists need rehab: inside the world of jihadist deradicalisation

(November, 2, 2014) In the summer of 2007, the Saudi extremist Ahmed Al Shayea became the poster boy of deradicalisation. Born in the town of Buraidah, capital of the conservative central northern farming region of Al-Qassim, by the age of 19 he was bored, jobless and disillusioned - and easy prey for Al Qaeda recruiters seeking cannon fodder for the Iraq insurgency.

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Fruit flies can sniff out explosives with their acute sense of smell

(October, 27, 2014) The detection of explosives is a heavy burden to place on the small wings of a fruit fly, but scientists at the University of Sussex believe the creature's acute sense of smell could more than make up for the many times it has been nothing but a nuisance. The small insect has a nose so powerful it can accurately sniff out illicit drugs and explosive substances, according to paper published today in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

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Implant sciences to sponsor session on the future of aviation security at AVSEC World 2014 Conference in Washington D.C.

(October, 27, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation announced its participation in the 23rd Annual AVSEC World 2014 Conference on October 27 - 29, 2014 in Washington D.C. The Company will exhibit its QS-B220 explosives trace detector (ETD) at booth #17. The QS-B220 is the only ETD in the world that has been placed on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Qualified Product List and passed the Common Evaluation Process (CEP) defined by the 44 member nation European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).

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IAI unveils new advanced IED-Detection System (VIDEO)

(October, 26, 2014) Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled its latest technology to fight against Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Known as the Counter IED and Mine Suite, the system designed to identify and locate mines and IEDs from a safe distance. The system, which took two and a half years to develop, was created by Elta, on of IAI's subsidiaries, at its own initiative. CIMS is a large, rectangular multi-sensor system that is places directly in front of armored vehicles, allowing it to search and destroy for hidden explosives from a distance.

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SEEQR security debuts continuous wave explosive detection at AUSA 2014

(October, 24, 2014) SEEQRT Security, the world's most advanced solution for explosive detection, today debuted its latest unit, which can detect all of the most frequently used explosive materials in fewer than four seconds with 99 percent accuracy. The SEEQR executive team announced the device during the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

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Rapiscan Systems launches DETECTRA HX hand-held explosive trace detection system

(October, 24, 2014) Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a global supplier of security inspection systems, has announced the launching of its RAPISCAN DETECTRA HX, a lightweight and low-cost handheld, explosive trace detection solution. Featuring rapid and accurate detection capabilities, DETECTRA HX is designed with high throughput and high detection capabilities that are essential for law enforcement, event and border protection professionals, among others.

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DARPA wants to detect chemical weapons with fine-toothed laser combs

(October, 24, 2014) Through a number of different programs and technological advances, scientists, engineers and war fighters can easily detect biological or chemical agents from various sources. However, DARPA wants to make it easier. These agents are often detected through spectroscopic chemical sensing - a measure of how matter absorbs or scatters light in order to pinpoint its molecular identity - but those devices are often tied to a desk in a lab or have measurements affected by other agents in the atmosphere, like ozone or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

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CIDG nabs fake Army major charging 'intel recruits' P7,500 each

(October, 24, 2014) A man posing as a Philippine Army officer recruiting "intelligence personnel with mission orders" for an entrance fee of P7,500 was arrested in a raid before dawn Friday morning at his house in Kasiglahan Village, Barangay San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the raid led by Supt. Danilo Macerin was conducted at around 2:30 a.m.

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IAI reveals 'groundbreaking' defense against IEDs

(October, 23, 2014) The IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has unveiled the latest defense against the threat facing armored vehicles from Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and mines-a large rectangular multi-sensor system that is placed on the front of an armored vehicle, which can detect and then destroy hidden explosive devices from long distances.

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Implant sciences ships over $600,000 in explosives trace detectors to customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

(October, 23, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today stated that it has shipped over $600,000 in previously unannounced orders of QS-H150 and QS-B220s to multiple customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Customers for the handheld and desktop explosives trace detectors include airports, cargo companies, hotels, and petroleum industry facilities.

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Smiths Detection intros new explosives trace detector

(October, 22, 2014) A next-generation explosives trace detector for aviation and infrastructure security has been introduced by Smiths Detection of Maryland. The IONSCAN 600 features a proprietary non-radioactive Ion Mobility Spectrometry source which eliminates the need for special licensing, handling or disposal requirements.

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New report looks into global security screening market analysis and forecast to 2020

(October, 19, 2014) Scanning of people and their belongings is done on a large scale at airports due to the large numbers of people passing through airports every day. The products involved in security screening are X-ray imaging systems, explosive trace detectors, electromagnetic detectors, and biometric systems.

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New high-tech device to detect T&T contraband

(October, 19, 2014) The Customs and Excise Division has stepped up its border security measures with the acquisition of a TT$500,000 hand-held device which can detect drugs and explosives the size of a rice grain. In a matter of seconds the Multi-modeThreat Detector determines the contents of a package.

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SEEQRT security debuts continuous wave explosive detection at AUSA 2014

(October, 16, 2014) SEEQRT Security, the world's most advanced solution for explosive detection, today debuted its latest unit, which can detect all of the most frequently used explosive materials in fewer than four seconds with 99 percent accuracy. The SEEQR executive team announced the device during the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

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New cargo inspection and explosives trace detection systems from smiths detection

(October, 16, 2014) HI-SCAN 180180-2is pro is an advanced dual-view X-ray system for screening large-scale freight, air cargo and mail. It is an advanced version of the HI-SCAN 180180-2is. The new 'pro' version meets the current global legal requirements for 100% inspection of air cargo on passenger flights.

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Morpho's Itemiser DX trace detector approved for air cargo screening in Canada

(October, 16, 2014) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the desktop Itemiser® DX explosives trace detector (ETD) has been qualified by Transport Canada for air cargo screening. As a result of this approval, the seventh by a global regulatory agency, Itemiser DX is now available for the quick, accurate detection of explosives at air cargo facilities throughout Canada.

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The International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. is releasing pictures showing the success of using its products in different countries worldwide

(October, 14, 2014) CEO Yaacov Shoham made the announcement if the company are proud to release some of the pictures that receive from end users.

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India Civil Aviation Misses Court of CCPD notice deadline on frisking

(October, 12, 2014) India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) missed the deadline to reply to a notice issued by the Court of CCPD on frisking of passengers with disabilities. Last month, the Court of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities issued notices to both Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to ensure they do not harass passengers with disabilities, giving both governmental entities 30 days to respond.

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Fake bomb detector husband jailed for three years

(October, 12, 2014) A man who claimed plastic devices he made in his garden shed could detect bombs and find missing Madeleine McCann has been jailed.

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Smiths detection debuts next-gen explosives detector

(October, 12, 2014) Smiths Detection introduces its next-generation explosives trace detector for use in global aviation and infrastructure security. Its small, portable design, combined with ease-of-use, reduces the cost and time of screening for a range of high-threat explosives.

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TSA chief: Passenger pre-screening to be new standard

(October, 12, 2014) Almost half of U.S. airline passengers this summer passed through expedited security, a sign that pre-screening is becoming the norm, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday in Chicago. And the current 3-ounce limit on liquid containers at security checkpoints won't become a permanent measure, TSA Administrator John Pistole said during an appearance before the Tribune Editorial Board.

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IED Training Kit & Knife in a Laptop found in carry-on bags

(October, 11, 2014) A military training kit containing inert blasting caps, inert detonators, inert detonating cord, and inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu. The baggage room was evacuated causing a delay in screening. For example, a realistic replica grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Fargo.

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SLO airport's new scanner checks bags for explosives

(October, 10, 2014) The Transportation Security Administration has installed a new, high-tech scanner to check baggage for explosives at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The scanner replaces a process in which TSA officers opened each checked bag to swab it for traces of explosives.

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Researchers create plasmonic paper for detecting chemicals and biologically important molecules

(October, 10, 2014) Using a common laboratory filter paper decorated with gold nanoparticles, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a unique platform, known as "plasmonic paper," for detecting and characterizing even trace amounts of chemicals and biologically important molecules-from explosives, chemical warfare agents and environmental pollutants to disease markers.

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Bismarck Airport to install new baggage check system

(October, 9, 2014) Bismarck Municipal Airport Manager Greg Haug said: "Normally, you drop off your baggage at the ticket counter and they throw it in the belt in the back. It runs into the walls and it disappears." By law, the TSA is required to screen all checked baggage for explosives. The new equipment will utilize the latest explosives detection technology.

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Implant Sciences sells 43 QS-H150 explosives trace detection systems in China

(October, 9, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today it has sold 43 of its QS-H150 Explosives Trace Detection systems to customers in China. Organizations purchasing the systems include a police department and a mass transit authority.

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The International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp.'s portable sniffer is penetrating a new large market

(October, 8, 2014) IDenta has dispatched a first cargo to its local representative company in Panama. The cargo contains two sniffers and several thousand drug and explosives detection kits, which will be used by a private security company to examine the cars and passengers traveling on a ferryboat sailing between Panama and Colombia.

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Smiths Detection launches new portable trace explosives detector

(October, 4, 2014) Ask any aviation security professional to make a list of the biggest threats facing their industry and near the top of almost all of those lists will be the potential of explosives being smuggled onto a jetliner. Just last week, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters that an al Qaida-linked group was close to being able to develop an explosive device that could go undetected through airport security.

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Bruker introduces roadrunner, novel high-performance hand-held explosives and narcotics trace detector

(October, 3, 2014) This revolutionary new product expands Bruker's explosives trace detection (ETD) product line by providing a light-weight, hand-held ETD detector that has the same outstanding detection performance as state-of-the art benchtop ETD instruments. The rugged RoadRunner is battery-operated, weighs just 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg), and offers dual modes for 'sniffing' vapor samples directly, as well as for thermal desorption of particles captured by swabs.

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The story of the fake bomb detectors

(October, 3, 2014) The sentencing of a British couple for making fake bomb detectors marks the end of a series of trials after a global scam which saw the devices end up in conflict zones and used by governments around the world. From the battle against suicide bombers in Baghdad, to the drug wars in Mexico and the campaign against poachers in Africa, the "magic wand" detectors were used to search for explosives, cocaine and smuggled ivory.

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Rapiscan launches new explosives trace detector

(October, 2, 2014) Rapiscan Systems Inc. has launched a new handheld explosive trace detection system called DETECTRA HX. The device features high-throughput and high-detection capabilities for detecting trace explosives in both particulate and vapor form on surfaces that may have directly or indirectly absorbed explosive residues.

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Chicago airports rebounding from air-traffic system shut down

(September, 27, 2014) Flights scheduled at O'Hare International and Midway airports continue to have cancellations this morning, but both airports appear to be on a rebound from Friday's air-traffic system shut down. The Chicago Department of Aviation reported more than 500 flights have been canceled at O'Hare and about a dozen flights have been canceled at Midway.

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Identifying explosives at a distance

(September, 25, 2014) Being standoffish is usually frowned upon-that is, unless what you're standing off from might be an explosive or a cloud of anthrax spores. That's why efforts have accelerated to develop standoff detection techniques that use lasers to identify chemicals and biological substances from a safe distance.

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Unexploded bomb found by Llanelli father and son

(September, 24, 2014) A father and son from Llwynhendy who found an unexploded bomb while out with their metal detector had "thrown it against a rock" before realising what it was. Ian and Samuel Huish discovered the Second World War bomb on the beach near Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park last week.

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High-end security system in place at cial

(September, 23, 2014) CIAL managing director V J Kurian inaugurated the high-end robotic security and safety system with a bomb detection and disposal squad on the premises of the CIAL MRO hangar on Sunday. The security system worth `12 crore would ensure that Nedumbassery becomes the first facility in South Asia to implement such a high-end security system.

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EMCO high voltage corporation launches new line of micro-power high voltage power supplies

(September, 22, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced its CEO Glenn D. Bolduc is scheduled to present at the National Investment Banking Association's (NIBA) 132nd Investment Conference on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:55 am ET. The conference takes place in New York City on September 15th through 17th at the Roosevelt Hotel.

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Implant sciences to present at NIBA Conference in New York City on September 16, 2014

(September, 22, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced its CEO Glenn D. Bolduc is scheduled to present at the National Investment Banking Association's (NIBA) 132nd Investment Conference on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:55 am ET. The conference takes place in New York City on September 15th through 17th at the Roosevelt Hotel.

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Explosives trace detector approved for passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports

(September, 21, 2014) MA-based Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector has completed the certification process for the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) qualification requirements for aviation checkpoint and checked baggage screening.

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Cologne sets off explosive detector at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

(September, 21, 2014) A Massachusetts man says the end to his South Florida vacation was anything but pleasant when TSA agents targeted him because of his cologne. Jean Marie Occean, his wife, and young daughter were at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport preparing to fly back to Boston.

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Morning movers to watch-implant Sciences Corporation

(September, 20, 2014) Marking a major milestone for the company, Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector has successfully completed the certification process for the United States Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) qualification requirements for aviation checkpoint and checked baggage screening.

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IDenta Corp. is releasing an announcement regarding a first large order for the retail market in South Africa

(September, 20, 2014) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham today made the following announcement: "Today, we have received from a company representing IDenta Corp. in South Africa a first large order of drug detectors kits for the South African retail market. The total value of this order is 60,000 USD. The kits will be sold in South Africa through two well-known South African drugstore chains.

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Air Force, Army work together for explosives detection training

(September, 15, 2014) When the military needs to dispose of explosives or detect bombs in buildings, they call the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, technicians. Each branch's EOD techs are different. For example, the Air Force EODs typically offer base support and investigate suspicious packages in buildings. On the other hand, the Army's EOD techs work to diffuse explosives in the battlefield.

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Britain hands over bomb detection kits to KAA

(September, 15, 2014) The United Kingdom will continue to support Kenya in its effort to eliminate terrorist threats. High Commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner says terrorism remains a global challenge that requires concerted efforts if it is to be eliminated. Turner has assured that the UK Government will continue enhancing the capacity of Kenya's security personnel, especially those manning key installations like airports and border points.

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Has Hezbollah built tunnels under the border with Israel?

(September, 15, 2014) The recent war in Gaza and the discovery of the extent of Hamas' underground infrastructure has raised concerns in Israel that Hezbollah may have dug tunnels under Lebanon's southern border with Israel. Even before the latest war on Gaza, the Israeli military reportedly undertook an operation this year to hunt for Hezbollah tunnels running beneath the United Nations-delineated Blue Line, spending $8.5 million so far on the search. According to Israeli media reports, the Israeli army has yet to find any tunnels, although it is unclear whether it would publicize any discoveries.

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Astrotech wins contract for next-gen chem detection solution

(September, 14, 2014) 1st Detect, a subsidiary of Astrotech, announced its breakthrough technology has reached a key milestone in the military's test and evaluation process for Multi-Sample Identifier Detector (MSID) solutions, by being awarded one of the competitive prototype contracts for the Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) program.

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Explosive device detonates under camper trailer in Highland Township

(September, 14, 2014) An investigation is ongoing after a 34-year-old Highland Township discovered an explosive device had detonated under his camper trailer. An Oakland County Sheriff's Office Investigator, fire investigator, and explosives K-9 deputy responded to the 2400 block of Jackson Blvd. at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday after a homeowner said he believed there was an explosion in his yard the previous evening.

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How great is threat posed by Islamic State?

(September, 13, 2014) Hours before President Obama announced a new U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, one of his top counter­terrorism officials testified to Congress that the al-Qaeda offshoot had an estimated 10,000 fighters. The next day a new assessment arrived from the CIA: The terrorist organization's ranks had more than doubled in recent months, surging to somewhere between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria.

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How the T works to prioritize safety in post-9/11 world

(September, 11, 2014) MBTA Police Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Maynard joined Boston Herald Radio's "Morning Meeting" from South Station yesterday to talk about post-9/11 security and more. Here are excerpts.

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Implant Sciences sells 12 QS-B220 explosives trace detectors to South Korea's largest airport

(September, 11, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today it has sold 12 QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detectors to Incheon International Airport Corporation, operator of Incheon International Airport, the largest airport in South Korea. Implant Sciences' ETDs will be deployed for airport security and will replace existing systems the airport had in place from a competitor.

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IDenta Corp. is releasing a very positive comparison and assessment of field test kits for commonly seized drugs of abuse

(September, 11, 2014) IDenta Corp. made the announcement of in the past year, the Forensic Science Institute of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and the Forensic Science Center of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) have conducted a detailed and intensive assessment of field test kits for commonly seized drugs of abuse.

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Security beefed up at local airports on Sept. 11 anniversary

(September, 11, 2014) At South Florida's major airports Thursday, passengers should expect delays. As America pauses to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, airports have beefed up security and added additional security checkpoints.

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IAEA report on past Iranian nuke research may hamstring deal

(September, 8, 2014) International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano addresses a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. As nuclear negotiations enter a decisive phase, Iran is making halting progress addressing what is likely to be a key element of a long-term agreement: resolving international concerns about past research that would be necessary to develop the most common form of nuclear weapon.

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The International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. is resuming press release activity

(September, 6, 2014) IDenta Corp. (PINKSHEETS: IDTA) CEO Yaacov Shoham today made the following announcement: "In the past weeks, IDenta Corp. has come to the conclusion that the time is ripe to resume press release activity.

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Colorado Springs airport adds modernized security scanning machine

(September, 5, 2014) Colorado Springs Airport added a security scanning machine that brings it up to date with airports nationwide. The Advanced Imaging Technology unit, which will be ready for full use Sept. 10, allows for easier and more localized detection of metallic and nonmetallic items, said Sam Sheesley, an assistant security director for the Transportation Security Administration, at an airport news conference Thursday.

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Implant Sciences announces China sales

(September, 4, 2014) Implant Sciences Corp. said Thursday it has sold 43 of its handheld QS-H150 Explosives Trace Detection systems to customers in China. Financial terms were not disclosed, although Implant Sciences said customers include a police department and a mass transit authority.

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Implant Sciences QS-B220 explosives trace detector approved for passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports

(September, 3, 2014) Marking a major milestone for the company, Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector has successfully completed the certification process for the United States Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Explosive Trace Detection qualification requirements for aviation checkpoint and checked baggage screening. The QS-B220 becomes the first ETD with a non-radioactive source to be added to the TSA's Qualified Product List.

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Tomographic Explosives Detection Systems - EDS & BHS: Industry, Technologies & Global Market - 2014-2020

(September, 3, 2014) Tomographic Explosives Detection Systems - EDS & BHS: Industry, Technologies & Global Market- 2014-2020 US Explosive Detection & Baggage Handling Systems Market Share [%] - 2011-2020 Homeland Security Research Corporation analysts forecast a comeback for the Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) & Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) industry, generating a refreshing 4.2% CAGR for the 2014-2020 period.

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U.S. hands bomb detection technologies to ISF

(September, 3, 2014) Lebanon's police received Wednesday three bomb detecting robots as part of a $2-million U.S. donation to enhance the security forces' counter terrorism capacities. A package of new technological equipment to detect and deactivate explosive devices that was given to the Internal Security Forces also included five bomb suits, which are heavy suits of body armor designed to protect the wearer from an explosion.

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Report: Global market for detection equipment in airports worth more than $740M globally

(September, 2, 2014) According to a research note released earlier this week by Jared Bickenbach, security and building technologies analyst at IHS, a new study by the research firm found that the market for explosives, weapons and contraband (EWC) detection equipment for airports was more than $740 million globally and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of six percent over the next four years.

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Infantry continues mission to 'force protection'

(September, 1, 2014) CAMP CLARK, Afghanistan - Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment is working as security for Steel Squadron on Camp Clark in Khost province, Afghanistan. The infantrymen have taken on the role of guardians. This includes tasks ranging from tower guards to border patrols. The safety of the Steel Squadron troopers on Camp Clark is what Apache Troop has dedicated itself to.

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Marrakesh Airport to install high-speed hold baggage explosives detection system

(September, 1, 2014) The international Marrakesh Menara Airport will install the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a high-speed hold baggage explosives detection system, which willdetect explosives in luggage, according to AsiaTraveltrips. The same source said that the Smiths Detection Group has just been awarded a contract by the Morocco Civil Aviation Authority to install this new security system in the international airport of Marrakesh, one of the busiest airports in the kingdom.

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Morphix Technologies offers officers TraceX explosives detection training kit

(August, 28, 2014) Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, has created the TraceX Explosives Detection Training Kit. The kit was developed for military, law enforcement and intelligence personnel training facilities and schools in response to the increasing need for homemade explosive material detection training.

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Radar barrier could detect Gaza tunnels, experts say

(August, 27, 2014) Finding and neutralizing underground terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip has become a top priority as the result of Operation Protective Edge, and experts say ground radar could help. The Israel Defense Forces acknowledges that it is testing some systems without describing them - and the "wall of radar" might be one of them.

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Laser device can detect explosives from a distance

(August, 26, 2014) An experimental laser system is able to distinguish chemicals from hundreds of metres away and could be able to identify explosives and other dangerous compounds from a safe distance. The system can distinguish different white powders that are optically and chemically similar from 400 metres off, the research team led by Brett Hokr of the A&M University in College Station.

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Marrakesh Airport to install high-speed hold baggage explosives detection system

(August, 26, 2014) The international Marrakesh Menara Airport will install the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a high-speed hold baggage explosives detection system, which will detect explosives in luggage, according to Asia Traveltrips. The same source said that the Smiths Detection Group has just been awarded a contract by the Morocco Civil Aviation Authority (ONDA) to install this new security system in the international airport of Marrakesh, one of the busiest airports in the kingdom.

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Airport scanners failed to detect guns, knives, explosives

(August, 20, 2014) Rapiscan Secure 1000, the full-body scanner deployed at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013, was so unreliable that a team of researchers with no terrorist training were able to smuggle guns, knives and explosives past the machine without detection. The researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University were also able to manipulate the operating software so that the operator got an "all clear" image even when a banned item was detected.

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Tomographic explosives detection systems - EDS & BHS: Industry, technologies & global market - 2014-2020

(August, 19, 2014) The report, granulated into 27 sub-markets, offers for each sub-market 2011-2013 data and 2014-2020 forecasts and analyses. In 470 pages, 125 tables and 169 figures, the report analyzes and projects the 2011-2020 market and technologies from several perspectives.

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Texas A&M researchers develop laser for explosives, drug detection

(August, 18, 2014) Technology developed by Texas A&M University researchers to detect explosives and hazardous materials could be used in fighting terrorism, for drug enforcement and for agricultural purposes. Using lasers, Vladislav Yakovlev, a professor in the department of biomedical engineering and the department of physics and astronomy, and a team of researchers have found a way to identify dangerous materials within powders that often act as carriers for explosives and biological agents from at least half a mile away.

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Scientists made a laser that can detect explosives from half a mile away

(August, 18, 2014) Imagine a plane that can fly over large areas of land while identifying hidden stockpiles of drugs or explosives - that's the idea driving the development of remote laser sensing technologies. But until recently that goal had really only been achieved over short distances. Now, a new study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, brings us that much closer to chemical-detecting planes, as researchers were able to use a single shot of laser light to detect individual chemicals located 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away.

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Air Force, Army work together for explosives detection training

(August, 16, 2014) Each branch's EOD techs are different. For example, the Air Force EODs typically offer base support and investigate suspicious packages in buildings. On the other hand, the Army's EOD techs work to diffuse explosives in the battlefield.

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Technology developed at Texas A&M helps probe explosives from afar

(August, 16, 2014) Antiterrorism efforts could receive a major boost from technology developed at Texas A&M University that enables the identification of explosives, biological agents or hazardous chemicals from distances of a half mile and farther.

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4 airports to get scanners that can detect concealed cash, drugs, explosives

(August, 12, 2014) Eight new scanners that can detect concealed cash, drugs, and explosives under a passenger's clothing and even underneath the skin are set to be installed in major airports in the country by the end of the year ahead of the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit to be held in Manila in 2015.

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Ordnance technicians take a shot at Hanford cleanup

(August, 9, 2014) Specially trained workers have been scouring 115 acres near Gable Mountain in the summer heat for bullets, rifle grenades and other debris left from an early Hanford firing range. The Hanford Patrol used the north side of the mountain from World War II through the early 1950s, firing into its slope for target practice and other weapons training.

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New nano-sensor 'Sniffs Out' explosives

(August, 7, 2014) A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to change the way security forces worldwide safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. The Israeli-designed nanotechnology-inspired sensor, devised by Prof. Fernando Patolsky of Tel Aviv University's School of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and developed by the Herzliya company Tracense, picks up the scent of explosives molecules better than a detection dog's nose.

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Nano-sized chip "sniffs out" explosives far better than trained dogs

(August, 7, 2014) Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier.

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Army drive to remove unexploded shells from firing ranges

(August, 7, 2014) As part of its "humanistic approach" towards residents of border villages, the Army has launched a drive to clear firing ranges in the Jammu region of unexploded shells. The drive has been named 'Mission Humsafar'. "As part of its humanistic approach towards people residing in the border villages, Army has launched 'Mission Humsafar', a major clean-up drive for unexploded shells in Kalith Field Firing Ranges in Akhnoor, Kalith and Chinota area of Jammu district," PRO (Defence) Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

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Army launches 'Mission Humsafar' to remove unexploded shells from firing ranges

(August, 7, 2014) As part of its "humanistic approach" towards residents of border villages, the Army has launched a drive to clear firing ranges in the Jammu region of unexploded shells. The drive has been named 'Mission Humsafar'.

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Physicists use lasers to collect weak signals

(August, 6, 2014) University physicists working in the Intense Laser Matter Interactions group have made two breakthroughs in recent months: One allows them to send high-powered lasers through atmosphere, and another uses this technology to collect weak signals from a distance.

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Monitors key to LNG safety

(August, 6, 2014) Operators at remote liquefied natural gas (LNG) production sites who rely on portable or skid mount vapouriser production equipment will find General Monitors provides comprehensive gas and flame monitoring to prevent accidental explosions and fires.

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Metal detector finds WWII explosive in Guam

(August, 5, 2014) Unexploded ordnance was found on a Guam beach yesterday, by a man who was searching the waters with his metal detector. The Marianas Variety reports that the man found an 18-inch-long American Navy projectile with an MK18 armed fuse.

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Facial scanners to screen potential terrorists: Australians will be scanned leaving and arriving in the country, under sweeping new laws

(August, 5, 2014) Facial recognition and biometric screening will be rolled out at airport departure gates across the country in response to potential new threats. A crack team of 80 national security officers, tapped into spy and counter terrorism agencies, will be deployed to every major airport to deal with potential threats and ensure suspected terrorists neither leave nor enter the country.

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5 tips for getting through airport security

(August, 4, 2014) Not everybody loves flying. From the long drive to the airport, to the overpriced food at the terminals, there are hardly any redeeming qualities about air travel. However, for most people, by far the worst part of the entire flying experience is getting through the mandatory security checkpoint - the single part of your traveling experience with the most rampant inefficiency and the most uncomfortable exposure to strangers.

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Researchers develop new bomb-detecting technology

(August, 3, 2014) New technology is in the works to make it easier to detect bombs at airports and other public places. Air travelers are familiar with bomb detection technology that's being used to screen baggage and passengers.

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Training enhances Marine Corps chemical defense

(August, 2, 2014) Marines with various units assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force attended Reconnaissance Survey Detection Decontamination training July 14-18 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The main function of the training is chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazard prediction and defense. After completing the training, Marines are certified to gather information from a contaminated site and pass their findings on to a subject matter expert.

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Israel: where it hurts most

(August, 2, 2014) The death of three kidnapped Israeli men was the catalyst for the current Israeli air and ground offensive in Gaza. The initial Israeli assessment that this was Hamas' doing is now undergoing a change but not before almost a thousand Palestinian lives have been consumed. Israel's media has been in overdrive to suggest that its forces are sensitive to civilian causalities but the sheer number of Palestinian civilian deaths prompted US Secretary of State John Kerry to exclaim inadvertently in a hot mic, "This is one hell of a pin-point operation".

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Chromatography instruments win at 2014 R&D 100 awards

(August, 2, 2014) Several chromatography instruments were winners at this year's R&D 100 awards. Run by R&D Magazine, the awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced onto the market over the past year. Thermo Fisher Scientific won for its Dionex ERS 500, as well as for two other analytical instruments. The Dionex ERS 500 is the first electrolytically-regenerated, high-capacity membrane suppressor that eliminates the need for chemical reagents during ion chromatography, and is designed for use in the environmental, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Laser detector can pick smallest traces of even non-metallic explosives

(August, 2, 2014) Minute concentrations of explosives can now be detected using the Plasmon laser detector developed by UC Berkeley researchers. It can even be used to sniff out a hard-to-detect explosive, popular among terrorists. The Plasmon sensor can pick airborne molecules of DNT and ammonium nitrate at concentrations below one part per billion. One part per billion compares to a blade of grass on a football field.

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New bomb sensor could make soldiers safer

(August, 1, 2014) Israeli researchers have developed a nanotechnology-powered sensor that they say "sniffs out" explosives with 100 to 1,000 times more sensitivity than specially trained dogs, like those the Israeli army is using in the Gaza Strip to uncover Hamas tunnels. The sensor is also more reliable and provides more specific information than dogs or existing technologies, the researchers say. Research on prototypes, published in the journal Nature Communications in June, shows that it is able to identify faint traces of explosives even in air already thick with cigarette smoke.

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Couple sold worthless homemade bomb detectors for £1,170 while claiming they could be used to hunt for Madeleine McCann

(August, 1, 2014) A husband and wife have been found guilty of selling bogus bomb detectors which they made in their garden shed while claiming the machine could help find Madeleine McCann. Samuel and Joan Tree were set to make £100 million from the fake devices due the 'outlandish claims' they could track down explosives and drugs. But the detectors, known as Alpha 6 and marketed through their company Keygrove, were just plastic boxes with an antenna strapped on to them and bits of torn-up paper inside.

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Lasing plasmon nanocavity detects deadly explosives

(August, 1, 2014) Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have made a "surface plasmon" laser detector that can sense minute concentrations of explosives. The device might be used in applications such as security screening at airports and in biosensing. The new detector contains a lasing nanocavity that is a coherent light source, explains team member Renmin Ma. It consists of a 50 nm-thick layer of semiconducting cadmium sulphide atop a sheet of silver with an 8 nm-thick layer of magnesium fluoride in between.

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Implant Sciences Corporation Grows on Expected TSA Deal

(August, 1, 2014) On October 18, 2013, the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put Implant Sciences Corporation's SQ-B220 explosives and narcotics detector in the "Qualified" section of the Air Cargo Screening Technology List. This was, without a doubt, a major milestone for the company. It meant that their benchtop detector had been put through its paces and it had passed the test with flying colors.

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Fears terrorists will target planes with computer and human bombs

(July, 26, 2014) Terrorists are plotting to use new stealth bombs in laptops and even humans to bring down a US-bound passenger plane, it is feared. Airport security was increased across the UK, US and other countries amid fears al-Qaeda bomb experts have successfully designed a new explosive that can bypass current checks.

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Airlines on high alert in face of new terror threats

(July, 25, 2014) Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said.

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U.S. provides anti-terror equipment for Kenyan airports

(July, 25, 2014) The U.S. government on Tuesday donated security equipment to be used by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) as it steps up the war against terror and other emerging security threats in airports across the country. The donated equipment worth 700,000 U.S. dollars includes Desktop Explosive Trace Detector (ETD) machines and one year's supply of consumables.

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Nano-sized chip 'sniffs out' explosives far better than trained dogs

(July, 24, 2014) Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier. The groundbreaking nanotechnology-inspired sensor, devised by Prof. Fernando Patolsky of Tel Aviv University's School of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and developed by the Herzliya company Tracense, picks up the scent of explosives molecules better than a detection dog's nose.

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Lasers make fiber optic tubes out of thin air and can be used for communication, sensing and weapon applications

(July, 24, 2014) These air waveguides could have many applications, including long-range laser communications, detecting pollution in the atmosphere, making high-resolution topographic maps and laser weapons. Because light loses intensity with distance, the range over which such tasks can be done is limited. Even lasers, which produce highly directed beams, lose focus due to their natural spreading, or worse, due to interactions with gases in the air. Fiber-optic cables can trap light beams and guide them like a pipe, preventing loss of intensity or focus.

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Chip sensitivity heightens detection of explosives

(July, 23, 2014) Security forces that rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs could soon receive assistance in the form of an electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors. The nanotechnology-inspired sensor, devised by Prof. Fernando Patolsky of Tel Aviv University's School of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and developed by the Herzliya company Tracense, is said to detect explosives molecules better than a detection dog's nose.

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National labs snare 9 innovation 'Oscars'

(July, 23, 2014) The National Nuclear Security Administration national laboratories - Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore - have landed nine of R&D Magazine's 2013 R&D 100 Awards, also known as the "Oscars of Innovation." The awards recognize a variety of technologies created by researchers, scientists and engineers from throughout the nuclear security enterprise, NNSA said in a news release.

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US airline security screening requirements miss the mark

(July, 22, 2014) The new international airline passenger screening requirements coming out of the US seem to be an over-reaction to intelligence that al-Qaeda and like-minded groups are focused on perfecting an explosive device that could be hidden in shoes, electronics or cosmetics. Explosives can come in various states and be hidden in a range of items.

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US adds Norwegian AQAP bomb maker to list of terrorists

(July, 22, 2014) The US State Department added a Norwegian who serves as a bomb maker for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Anders Cameroon Ostensvig Dale, a Norwegian who converted to Islam and quickly joined AQAP in Yemen, was added to the list of global terrorists today. "Dale has received terrorist training and was taught to make bomb-belts, improvised explosive devices, and larger explosives used in car bombs," State said. Dale traveled back and forth between Norway and Yemen multiple times from 2008 to 2011.

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Plasmon detector finds minute traces of chemical explosives

(July, 21, 2014) New plasmon sensor technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley could lead to more sensitive explosives detectors.

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Sensing solutions for soldiers

(July, 17, 2014) Military vehicles and soldiers are being equipped with a greater number of sensors for threat detection in an effort to keep soldiers safe - the SPIE Defence, Security and Sensing show in Baltimore, USA, which ran from 5 to 9 May, showcased some of this sensing technology. But with several countries, including the UK and USA, recently announcing budget cuts to the armed forces, cost is becoming much more of a concern - adding an extra factor to existing requirements of reduced size, weight and power consumption for imaging systems used by the military.

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Terrorists are teaming up in Syria to create bombs that are harder to detect

(July, 16, 2014) It's a merger that has security experts on edge: terrorist groups teaming up to make new kinds of bombs that we haven't seen before. At this point there's no specific target, but the intelligence that's streaming in to the U-S is pretty alarming. There's an alliance taking place between terrorists in Syria and Yemen, and they're working together to build the next generation of bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.

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Belgians share their land with war's reminders

(July, 16, 2014) A century after hundreds of thousands died around Ypres, their remains are still being found, and shells are still exploding. The padlocked cage beside the driveway on the Butaye family farm near this town in western Belgium is almost full of rusting bombs again. Since January, Stijn Butaye has collected 46 mortar shells on his family's 100 acres, World War I munitions he found among the sugar beet and potato fields, sometimes with the help of his metal detector.

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Iraqi insurgents circulate the lie that they killed the judge in Saddam's trial

(July, 14, 2014) Rumors have been flying that ISIS has executed the judge who presided over Saddam Hussein's 2006 trial. The lies are just the latest attempt to destabilize a fractured country.Insurgents learned that by releasing stray cats, they could frustrate the dogs trained to detect explosives. The delays would cause chaos and snarl traffic at checkpoints, frustrate orderly schedules, and make tempers short.

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Airport security may tighten due to terrorist bombs that escape detection

(July, 14, 2014) The U.S. is concerned about reports that radical Muslim terrorist groups are getting more and more creative with their bomb making capabilities. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which monitors terrorist chatter, there has been some intelligence that terrorists in the Arabian Peninsula have been building bombs designed specifically to target commercial air flights.

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Super-sensitive chip can sniff out bombs from 16 feet away

(July, 14, 2014) Let's face it: the theatrical security procedures at airports aren't going away any time soon. However, they might just get more tolerable if a team of Israeli researchers bring a new, extremely sensitive bomb detection chip to an inspection line near you. The prototype sniffs for explosives by using groups of nano-scale transistors that react to tiny electrical changes when certain chemicals pass by.

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US airline security screening requirements miss the mark

(July, 14, 2014) The new international airline passenger screening requirements coming out of the US seem to be an over-reaction to intelligence that al-Qaeda and like-minded groups are focused on perfecting an explosive device that could be hidden in shoes, electronics or cosmetics. Explosives can come in various states and be hidden in a range of items.

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Grim search for answers as officials comb over fire scene, community works to recover

(July, 12, 2014) Investigators continued combing through the rubble Friday trying to determine the cause of the fire in a Branch Street apartment building that left seven dead, while those survivors who lived in the building and others in the neighborhood tried to recover from the tragedy.

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Vietnam War legacy lives on in unexploded bombs

(July, 12, 2014) A demining team carefully removed a pile of rusty explosives - each one still able to kill or maim - from a quiet ploughed field where fierce fighting once raged in the Vietnam War. Shortly after the lethal mortars and grenade launcher rounds were taken away, an anxious farmer in her 50s marched over to the team during their recent mission.

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Airport security tightened beyond recognition in last 40 years

(July, 12, 2014) In the early 1970s, it was possible for passengers to board a plane with no more than a ticket and a confident smile. Today's airports are almost unrecognisable, as passengers are forced to pass through multiple layers of security and comply with a host of regulations on everything from shoes to toothpaste.

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Canada to enhance airport security

(July, 8, 2014) Transport Canada confirmed Monday that it will implement "enhanced" security measures at airports in the near future, amid reports that U.S. intelligence officials are becoming concerned about the possible use of hidden explosives. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said this weekend it has asked certain overseas airports to beef up the screening of passengers on direct flights to the U.S. Changes will include more scrutiny of electronic devices, the agency said in a statement.

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PSA: Charge your camera pre-flight; the TSA could take it if it doesn't power on

(July, 8, 2014) The TSA announced that those flying to the US from certain parts of the world may be asked to power on their electronics to make sure they are not hiding explosives as part of new security measures. If the gadget doesn't turn on, you'll have to leave it behind and could be subject to additional screening.

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Phoenix Nuclear Labs develops system to detect hard-to-find explosives

(July, 8, 2014) Phoenix Nuclear Labs says it has completed successful preliminary tests on a system that can root out so-called "undetectable explosives." The Monona company says its neutron-based technology senses the explosive material itself, not the components such as a metal casing or a trigger mechanism.

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Airport terror alert: 'charge phone before flying'

(July, 7, 2014) Passengers facing more stringent checks at airports amid fears al-Qaeda terrorists are preparing attack. Security in UK airports is being stepped up amid fears that an al-Qaeda "master bombmaker" has trained European jihadists to become suicide bombers. Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri has allegedly been developing explosives that can be smuggled onto planes and spreading his expertise to foreign fighters in Syria.

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Laser gas detection firm spots £1m profit

(July, 6, 2014) A SCOTS laser technology firm has posted a £1 million profit after recording dramatic growth in sales boosted by success overseas. Cascade Technologies, whose products can be used to detect gas leaks, surged into the black in the year to March when it grew turnover to a record £6.1m from £3.5m in the preceding year. The firm's success has put it on the radar of potential buyers, one of whom made a multi-million pound approach.

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Indian scientists develop new technique to detect hidden explosives

(July, 4, 2014) Scientists from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore have developed a new non-invasive technique to identify dangerous and hazardous chemicals hidden inside any container; this technique, in addition, can also be used as a medical diagnostic tool for detection of tumors. This novel technique is based on Raman spectroscopy - Universal Multiple Angle Raman Spectroscopy (UMARS) and is based on illuminating the sample with the light source, which provides scattered light, offering molecular specific signatures to identify the chemical substance. The finding was published in research paper in the journal Nature Scientific Reports journal in June.

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Al Qaeda explosives that airport scanners can't detect are new security threat

(July, 4, 2014) The bombs, which have no metal parts, are the brainchild of Saudi bomb maker Ibrahim Al-Asiri, the chief explosives creator for Al Qaeda. Homeland Security on Wednesday ordered tighter security at airports with direct flights to the U.S., while the U.S. embassy in Uganda warned of a threat by an unknown terrorist group to attack the country's international airport.

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Chemical explosives: Two main categories

(July, 3, 2014) Scientists point to several ways to make an explosion, from a nuclear bomb and compressed gas to chemicals. Common chemical explosives fall into two broad categories.

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Implant sciences announces shipment of $400,000 in explosives trace detectors to customers in Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle East

(July, 1, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today stated that it has shipped over $400,000 in previously unannounced orders of QS-H150s and QS-B220s to multiple customers in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Customers for the handheld and desktop explosives trace detectors include critical infrastructure, air cargo facilities, VIP protection details, and national military organizations.

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Airports could beef up security because of new explosives threat

(July, 1, 2014) Federal authorities may direct airports across the country to update security screening procedures amid concerns that terrorists are developing explosives to defeat current detection methods. A Department of Homeland Security official told The Washington Times that security procedures are often updated to address current threats.

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House summons key figure in missing firearms scam

(Jun, 30, 2014) Isidro Lozada, owner of Caraga Security Agency, would have to appear at a House hearing on 1,004 firearms that he allegedly sold to the New People's Army (NPA) or else he would be arrested. According to a statement issued on Sunday, the House Committee on Public Order and Safety, chaired by Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, has approved the summon of Lozada, a key figure in the missing firearms issue.

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Mid IR sensors: market shares, strategies, and forecasts, worldwide, 2013 to 2019

(Jun, 29, 2014) WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new study Mid IR Sensors: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019. Next generation Mid IR Sensors are leveraging new technology. The 2013 study has 818 pages, 340 tables and figures. Worldwide mid IR sensor markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the Internet of things creates demand for sensors.

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MacDill, TSA joint explosives training goes off with a bang

(Jun, 27, 2014) They sometimes take on the consistency of oatmeal, while other times they're pliable like putty. Sometimes they are like toothpaste, hidden in hygiene containers, or tucked into an individual's underwear or the sole of their shoe. Because of these adaptive and inconspicuous traits, MacDill Air Force Base's explosive ordinance disposal team joined forces with the Tampa Transportation Security Administration recently to raise awareness of the many different explosive threats.

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Astrotech's 1st detect unit introduces its latest technology breakthrough

(Jun, 27, 2014) 1st Detect, a subsidiary of Astrotech ASTC +1.23%, is pleased to pleased to announce a strategic alliance with SparkCognition, developers of MindSpark, the award winning Cognitive Analytics platform for the industrial internet. By embedding novel Data Science algorithms and advanced neural network powered analytics in our MMS-1000 instrument, 1st Detect will be well positioned to bring the first adaptive and predictive data analysis solution to the chemical detection and monitoring industry.

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Chairwoman Mikulski announces committee approval of FY15 Homeland Security bill

(Jun, 27, 2014) The Committee on Appropriations today approved a fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security bill that provides $47.2 billion, $643 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Of this total, $45.65 billion is for discretionary programs, including $213 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations and $6.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund. After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $39 billion.

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New chip uses nanosensors to detect even smallest traces of explosives

(Jun, 26, 2014) Airport security might just get even tougher with a new discovery that allows the detection of the slightest amounts of chemicals used to make explosives.

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Big, bad explosives detected by tiny nanosensor

(Jun, 25, 2014) A new electronic chip with microscopic chemical sensors can detect explosives in the air at concentrations as low as a few molecules per 1,000 trillion, say its Israeli developers. The nanodevice can identify several different types of explosives in real time, even at a distance of several meters from the source. The gadget, still in the prototype phase, is small enough to be portable yet so sensitive it can pick out explosives traces that would otherwise be masked by stronger chemicals.

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IISc develops tool to detect explosives

(Jun, 25, 2014) Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here have developed a new and ‘effective’ technique to identify explosive and hazardous chemicals hidden in containers. It can be used as a medical diagnostic tool to detect tumours. The technique - based on Universal Multiple Angle Raman Spectroscopy (UMARS) - relies on illuminating the sample with the light source, which provides scattered light molecular specific signatures to identify chemical substances.

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Four-footed veteran sniffs out explosives for Prince George’s

(Jun, 25, 2014) Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Services Department’s newest recruit is a four-footed workaholic — a trait he may have picked up after four tours of duty in Afghanistan, according to his partner.

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Israeli scientists develop nano-tech explosive detector

(Jun, 25, 2014) Israeli scientists have developed an electronic chip with microscopic chemical sensors that can detect explosives in the air at concentrations as low as a few molecules per 1,000 trillion. Developed by a Tel Aviv company called Tracense, the groundbreaking, nano-technology-based sensor was revealed in the journal Nature Communications.

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Electronic chip zooms in on explosives

(Jun, 24, 2014) A new electronic chip with microscopic chemical sensors can detect explosives in the air at concentrations as low as a few molecules per 1,000 trillion. The nanodevice can identify several different types of explosives in real time, even at a distance of several metres from the source, they wrote in the journal Nature Communications.

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Airport scanners of the future could be much smaller

(Jun, 24, 2014) Machines that can see through objects and inside the human body in real time have been around for decades. But because of their bulk and cost, they’re mostly found in airports, where they’re used for screening, or medical buildings, where MRI facilities —comprised of multiple rooms—can cost upwards of $3 million. But a collaborative effort between scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, Rice University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology is aiming to make this kind of imaging much more portable and affordable—a change that could have major implications for medical imaging, passenger screening and even food inspection.

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L-3’s ProVision 2 security scanner chosen for primary passenger screening by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

(Jun, 24, 2014) L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced that it has received an order for 65 ProVision 2 checkpoint security scanners from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Schiphol is implementing new checkpoint security screening aimed at streamlining and improving the passenger experience. The ProVision 2 will perform primary screening at the airport’s five new central security stations located at the main terminals and transfer areas.

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Liquid explosives detectors entering service at airports

(Jun, 22, 2014) An end to carrying a plastic bag filled with tiny bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and other liquids through airport security could be in sight, thanks to new analytical equipment being rolled out around the world.

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Behind the baggage: Screening luggage is a big deal, but TSA does far more

(Jun, 22, 2014) The U.S. Transportation Security Administration: Keeping our skies safe, one piece of luggage at a time. Don’t be mistaken. Airport screeners are a vital link in the transportation safety chain. They seek out explosives and other dubious materials, X-ray baggage and screen nearly 2 million passengers a day. But that’s not the only way to serve. In fact, TSA has a range of careers available to those who want to help safeguard the nation’s airports, rail cars and subways.

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A dispatch from the cutting edge of TSA innovation

(Jun, 19, 2014) Something unexpected happened earlier this week when I arrived at LAX for my flight to Washington, D.C. Two lines diverged in Terminal 3, where a TSA staffer held an iPad with what purported to be a random selector. It generated an arrow pointing right or left. I stood for a moment looking down one line as far as I could. But I'd been selected for the other.

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Police: Man calls in Sea-Tac bomb threat to delay ex-girlfriend’s flight

(Jun, 18, 2014) Police arrested a 26-year-old Lake City man whom they believe directed a bomb threat at a Sea-Tac flight boarded by his ex-girlfriend Wednesday morning, according to a Port of Seattle statement. Someone called in a threat against Southwest Airlines flight 149, scheduled to depart at 5:30 a.m. for Las Vegas, reports indicate. Authorities decided to clear the plane of passengers at 5:49 a.m., shortly after passengers boarded. The passengers were loaded onto a bus, returned to the terminal and re-screened by security.

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Princeton police department’s newest recruit’s first day of duty

(Jun, 18, 2014) The Princeton Police Department has acquired its first K9 Unit. The Department’s newest recruit, K9 Officer Harris, a 16-month-old Czech Shepherd, served his first day of active duty on Friday, June 13. K9 Harris has been in training since March and is a recent graduate of the New Jersey State Police K9 Academy, where he trained in specialty scent detection.

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Smiths detection to provide cargo security at Addis Ababa Airport

(Jun, 18, 2014) The systems, which will start to be installed in July, include the HI-SCAN 6040i, HI-SCAN 9075 units for scanning freight, HI-SCAN 10080 EDX 2 for the automatic detection of explosives and the HI-SCAN 145180 for palletized cargo. Re-inspection rates at the airport, which handles more than 52,000 passengers a day, should fall sharply as the advanced systems provide additional layers of security and quality images that reveal detailed contents of freight and baggage.

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Mid IR sensors market to reach $7 billion by 2019

(Jun, 18, 2014) Mid IR Sensors Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019 new report in its store.Mid IR sensors can measure chemical composition of materials and gas. The efficiency is unmatched by any other technology, cost is increasingly competitive. Mid IR is extending use beyond military applications to commercial systems, including the Internet of things where sensors become part of network systems.

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Atlanta police arrest man wanted in Banks County

(Jun, 17, 2014) Atlanta Police Department arrested a wanted Banks County man early Tuesday morning. Banks County Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday that officers had arrested 45-year-old Chester Thomas Akins of 419 Purcell Road, Homer, said Sgt. Carissa McFaddin.

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K-9s work to sniff explosives at Tampa airport

(Jun, 16, 2014) The decoy waited behind closed doors for a crowd to emerge from Tampa International Airport's airside shuttle. Taking up a backpack and carrying a water bottle, he melded with the crowd heading toward security screening. In the long, winding maze leading toward the checkpoint, John Forbes, a Transportation Security Administration employee, made his way toward the X-ray machines.

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IISc unveils exciting new technique to spot explosives hidden in ANY container

(Jun, 16, 2014) Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, have developed a ground-breaking non-invasive technique to identify explosive and hazardous chemicals hidden inside any container, including non-metallic ones like envelopes, plastic and colored glass bottles.

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Nigeria: Making checkpoints serve the purpose

(Jun, 13, 2014) The House of Representatives recently passed a resolution calling on the federal government to consider the use of explosives detection mechanisms at the various security checkpoints that dot Nigerian highways. This followed the adoption of a motion on the matter introduced by Emmanuel Jime (APC, Benue) expressing concern over the cumbersome and time-consuming method of stop-and-check that often causes serious traffic congestion, especially on the major highways.

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If Karachi airport used fake bomb detectors, they should have known better

(Jun, 12, 2014) The devastating Taliban attack at Karachi’s Jinnah airport this week was shocking not just for the loss of life, but for the sheer brazenness of the assault. Pakistan is no stranger to terrorist attacks, so it seems remarkable that a heavily armed band of ten people could make it anywhere near the supposedly secure locale of a major international airport.

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Morphix technologies TraceX explosives detection kit demonstrated at NSWC event

(Jun, 12, 2014) Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, was invited to participate in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division Explosive Detection Equipment Program’s week-long, user based scenario evaluation of colorimetric explosive detection kits.

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Behind the baggage: Screening luggage is a big deal, but TSA does far more

(Jun, 10, 2014) The U.S. Transportation Security Administration: Keeping our skies safe, one piece of luggage at a time. Airport screeners are a vital link in the transportation safety chain. They seek out explosives and other dubious materials, X-ray baggage and screen nearly 2 million passengers a day. But that’s not the only way to serve. In fact, TSA has a range of careers available to those who want to help safeguard the nation’s airports, rail cars and subways.

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Smiths detection wins SR65.9m order from Key Saudi Arabian Security Establishment

(Jun, 10, 2014) Smiths Detection, a global leader in providing government- regulated systems to detect CBRNE threats, has won a $17.6m (SR65.9m) contract to supply a range of advanced equipment to one of the key government security institutions in Saudi Arabia.

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Why are countries still using the fake bomb detectors sold by a convicted British conman?

(Jun, 9, 2014) Pakistani security personnel still guard Karachi's Jinnah airport using versions of Jim McCormick's phoney bomb detector. They are not alone in having a seemingly unshakeable belief in the ADE 651.

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YSU is one of three state universities receiving an explosives detection dog through federal grant funding

(Jun, 9, 2014) Gino is a rookie with the Youngs-town State University Police Department, but his superiors are confident that his presence will serve to make the campus and the community safer places. The department introduced Gino, its new explosives-detection dog, Monday morning. YSU is one of three state universities receiving a dog through federal grant-funding by the Ohio Department of Homeland Security.

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Tell Mel: TSA is only good guy in this column

(May, 26, 2014) The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning of two scams vacationers staying in hotels, motels and resorts need to be know about. The first, which I've written about, is the "fraudulent front desk call." In this case the phone rings in your room and the person claims to be someone from the front desk.

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Juggling explosives takes focus

(May, 23, 2014) A U.S. Army reservist recently participated in a competition to test his skills at locating land mines. The National Sapper Stakes Competition took place May 5–8 at Fort McCoy in Juneau County. This was the first time Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Clark participated in it even though he has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years.

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The U.S. has its eye on this very pricey radiation detector

(May, 23, 2014) The Department of Homeland Security, the military and local police forces are all exploring the viability of a more advanced way to detect radiation because, according to multiple experts, misplaced radioactive material is everywhere. At least one branch of the U.S. government is looking at the possibility of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new type of radiation detection equipment.

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NPS, International Special Forces Groups, NATO collaborate to counter CBRN threats

(May, 23, 2014) Naval Postgraduate School Professor Alex Bordetsky recently brought together an international team of students; U.S., Polish and Norwegian Special Forces, NATO observers and industry representatives to conduct an international Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance experimentation program at sites throughout Northwest Poland, May 6-12.

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Award-winning letter bomb detector

(May, 21, 2014) Thorsten Sprenger from Hübner GmbH and René Beigang from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques receive the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2014. Spotting letters and parcels containing explosives has just gotten easier thanks to the T-COGNITION system from Hübner GmbH, a global company headquartered in Kassel, Germany. The system uses terahertz technology to detect illegal substances without having to open the mail item.

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Wins explosives detection contract for minsk national airport

(May, 21, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that it has won a competitive bid for 14 of its next-generation explosives trace detectors including its QS-H150 handheld unit and QS-B220 system to Minsk National Airport in Belarus. Minsk National Airport, the largest airport in Belarus, can accommodate nearly 3.6 million passengers a year.

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New sensor can detect tiny quantities of explosives

(May, 21, 2014) (May, 21, 2014) Researchers have developed a new sensor that can detect even tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibres. The novel optical fibre sensor can detect explosives in concentrations as low as 6.3ppm (parts per million) in only a few minutes.

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Using fluorescent light to detect bombs

(May, 21, 2014) Scientists have developed a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives using fluorescent light and special glass fibers, offering a sensitive means of bomb detection. The research has been published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.

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Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light

(May, 19, 2014) (May, 20, 2014) University of Adelaide research may help in the fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibres.

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Implant sciences to exhibit at 86th Annual American Association of Airport Executives Conference

(May, 19, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it will exhibit its QS-B220 explosives trace detector at booth # 256 at the 86th Annual American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Conference & Exhibition on May 19th through 21st, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Engineers acquire needed skills, prepare for new mission

(May, 15, 2014) Combat engineers with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion "Spartans," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took to the field to learn firsthand the importance of using handheld detection devices at Fort Hood May 1.

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30 militants, 8 soldiers dead in Yemen fighting

(May, 15, 2014) The Yemeni army killed more than 30 Al Qaeda insurgents in heavy fighting yesterday, a senior military commander said, after the Islamists attacked military posts in a southern province where the government launched an offensive two weeks ago. A military source said the militants had surprised troops at military outposts in the Azzan and Gol al-Rayda districts of Shabwa province, killing at least eight soldiers and sparking a battle that raged for hours.

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Delays And Cost Challenges Beset Airborne ASW

(May, 12, 2014) Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. Initial testing in 2013 "revealed unexpected performance shortfalls that are still being investigated," the report stated, predicting that tests "to understand the effects different threat types and environments have on performance" would continue through 2019. The time taken to field MAC is an example of what some observers see as disarray in the development of ASW in the U.S. "On ASW, the Navy's in trouble," says Norman Polmar, naval author, historian and consultant. "The Navy spent 45-55 years figuring out how to counter Soviet subs in the deep blue Atlantic and the threat now is a Venezuelan or Korean or Chinese submarine in relatively shallow waters."

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Laser diodes combat cross-gas interference

(May, 11, 2014) Flame Ionisation Detectors (FIDs) traditionally use hydrogen cylinders which can often require refills, and regularly costly servicing. They can also prove ineffective in adverse weather conditions and are unsafe to use in potentially explosive environments due to the flame. FIDs can also suffer from cross-gas interference, unlike the TDL-500 laser diode methane detector.

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Smiths Detection to showcase next generation security solutions at Dubai's Airport Show 2014

(May, 10, 2014) In line with its commitment to continuously invest in introducing its latest security system innovations in the Middle East, Smiths Detection, a global leader in the provision of Government regulated systems to detect and identify CBRNE materials, will showcase its next generation security solutions at the Airport Show 2014.

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CAARU at SQU expanding analytical services outside university

(May, 10, 2014) The Central Analytical and Applied Research Unit (CAARU) is a research, analysis and training division under the College of Science Dean's office. Since its inception, CAARU strived for excellence in all types of quality analytical services, possible 'in-house' under SQU campus. The unit's aim is to form a compliant and internationally accredited functional facility to serve research and consultancy at SQU and formulate business links with Omani and overseas companies in both private and public sectors.

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PositiveID Teaming Partner, Leidos (SAIC), Awarded Department of Defense Agency Contract Valued Up to $4 Billion

(May, 9, 2014) PositiveID Corporation, a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, announced that its teaming partner Leidos (Science Applications International Corporation) was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to conduct research and development to combat weapons of mass destruction. The multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a five-year base period of performance, a five year option, and a total value of approximately $4 billion for all awardees, if all options are exercised.

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New theory could reduce number of sensors required for terahertz imaging systems

(May, 9, 2014) Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications-from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image by comparing measurements across an array of sensors. Those arrays have to be very dense, since the distance between sensors is proportional to wavelength.

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Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking

(May, 8, 2014) According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the greatest danger to nuclear security comes from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU) to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also notes that most cases of illicit nuclear trafficking have involved gram-level quantities, which can be challenging to detect with most inspection methods.

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Universal K9 Unveils Plan to Thwart Explosives, Weapons and Narcotics in Schools

(May, 7, 2014) Universal K9, a well-known Texas-based explosives, gun and drug dog training company, has an answer to the frightening, growing problem of guns and explosives in public schools. Schools around the nation continue to be rocked by violence - CNN recently reported on a planned massacre in Minnesota that would have included the murder of an entire family, a massive fire set as a distraction, and then a shooting spree at a nearby high school. Texas schools have been rocked by similar waves of violence.

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European Commission proposes to boost defence efforts against terrorism

(May, 6, 2014) The European Commission is proposing to strengthen Europe's efforts to better detect explosives and dangerous materials, intensify research across Europe, and build awareness in member states. These actions are aiming at preventing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials and explosives (CBRN-E) ending up in the hands of terrorists.

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ChemImage Sensor Systems to introduce Portable Raman Analyzer with Dual Excitation Wavelength Capability at SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2014

(May, 5, 2014) ChemImage Sensor Systems announces that it will be introducing the Agility Dual Band Portable Raman Analyzer at the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing meeting in Baltimore. This instrument, developed in partnership with BaySpec, Inc. is the first Raman analyzer to allow the operator to select an excitation wavelength that is appropriate for the sample matrix being analyzed. In particular, effects of sample fluorescence and luminescence can be minimized by using excitation at 1,064 nm when necessary, yet sensitivity and sample throughput can be maximized by excitation at either 532 nm or 785 nm.

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Boosting Europe's defence against terrorism

(May, 5, 2014) How can the EU work to prevent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials and explosives (CBRN-E) from ending up in the hands of terrorists? Today, the European Commission is proposing to strengthen Europe's efforts to better detect explosives and dangerous materials, intensify research across Europe, and build awareness in Member States. Terrorist attacks such as those in Madrid, London, Moscow and at the Boston Marathon illustrate the high level of innovation of attackers, and the relative ease with which some CBRN-E materials and components can be obtained.

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Smiths Detection wins first order for high-speed checked baggage scanner

(May, 5, 2014) MD-based Smiths Detection has been awarded its first order for its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System, a recently launched scanner for checked baggage. The order, granted through its regional authorized partner Aerotech, is from Santiago International Airport in Chile.

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Patented research remotely detects nitrogen-rich explosives

(May, 3, 2014) A Kansas State University engineer has developed a patented technique that improves military security and remotely detects improvised explosive devices. The same technique could help police during drug searches. Theede chair in engineering and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team have created a template-based system that identifies explosives hidden underground or in car trunks.

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Chennai blasts: Delay averted bigger disaster

(May, 3, 2014) The twin blasts on Bangalore-Guwahati Express would have caused a major fire had the bombs gone off when the train was moving. Once the train leaves Chennai Central, it travels at an average of 65kmph during its journey in Tamil Nadu.

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TSA Demonstrates New Automated Explosives Detection System For Checked Bags

(May, 2, 2014) Luggage moves through a new explosives detection system at the Newark Liberty International Airport on May 1, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), now uses the automated in-line baggage system at the airport's Terminal C. The system uses about a mile of conveyor belts to automatically screen, sort and track baggage.

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GAO: TSA not making most of imaging tech

(May, 1, 2014) Even though the Transportation Security Administration has pushed hard to get less-intrusive security screening technology in place at the nation's airports, the agency is not fully testing it or compiling data that might help in future procurements, according to a government watchdog report.

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Laser technology could deep-six air travel's '3-1-1 rule'

(May, 1, 2014) In 2006, the United States and United Kingdom disrupted a terrorist plot to blow up several airliners crossing the Atlantic to America. The conspirators planned to fill containers of everyday items like water and soda bottles with deadly explosives that they could detonate in midflight. The plot could have killed hundreds or thousands of people on board those planes in a single day.

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Underwater Drones to Hunt for Explosives

(April, 25, 2014). Groups of American college students are help making the seas safer - one less explosive at a time. The Department of Defense gave $15,000 last February to the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and four other schools to develop underwater drones that can detect unexploded bomb, missiles and mines off U.S. shores.

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How Nanoexplosives Could Help Solve One of the Biggest Mysteries of Astrophysics

(April, 24, 2014) One of the great mysteries of modern astrophysics is the nature of dark matter. This is the mysterious stuff that astrophysicists say must exist to provide the gravitational forces necessary to hold galaxies together. The general consensus is that there is around five times as much dark matter as visible matter in the universe. And this raises obvious questions: what is this stuff and how can we detect it? These questions have triggered an almighty race among physicists to detect dark matter and measure its characteristics.

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Artificial nose is so sensitive it can detect cancers in your breath

(April, 24, 2014) The nose is an amazing organ. It can smell around corners, through walls, and in pitch darkness. It can look back in time to detect traces of objects that are not even present any more. It can distinguish between many thousands of different aromatic molecules and their various combinations, allowing us to associate our strongest memories with smells, rather than sights or sounds.

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JetBlue Airways Selects Morpho's MobileTrace For Enhanced Passenger Screening

(April, 24, 2014) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, announced a contract with JetBlue Airways for 14 handheld MobileTrace explosive trace detectors (ETD). Under terms of the contract, MobileTrace will be deployed this year to meet enhanced Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening mandates for US-bound flights from select JetBlue global locations. A powerful, user-friendly handheld, MobileTrace can simultaneously detect residue from explosives and narcotics in seconds on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces.

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Cambodian experts deactivate mudslide minefield in Cyprus

(April, 24, 2014) Cambodian experts investigating a minefield that moved in a mudslide in late 2012 have found the first migrating anti-tank mine in an area some 15 km (9 miles) west of Nicosia, Colonel Angus Loudon, chief of staff at the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

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PositiveID Corporation Teaming Partner Leidos Awarded Defense Threat Reduction Agency Contract Valued at Up to $4 Billion

(April, 22, 2014) PositiveID Corporation, a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, announced that its teaming partner Leidos was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to conduct research and development to combat weapons of mass destruction. The multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a five-year base period of performance, a five year option, and a total value of approximately $4 billion for all awardees, if all options are exercised.

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Smiths Detection Announces $20M Chemical Detector Order from the US Army

(April, 22, 2014) Smiths Detection today announced a $20 million follow-on production order from the U.S. Army under the Department of Defense's Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) program. The JCAD is based on Smiths Detection's Lightweight Chemical Detector (LCD) product line of advanced, easy-to-use and lightweight threat detection devices that are handheld or easily strapped to a belt. The LCD is a cost-effective and reliable solution that protects military personnel, police and hazmat responders by alerting operators if toxic substances and dangerous chemicals are detected.

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Spanish technology to identify people by olfactory bouquet

(April, 22, 2014) In the future a new technology could identify different people by his corporal odour, thanks to the research of the Centro de Domótica Integral of Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) and the company SEADM.

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Obama administration tightens grip on intelligence

(April, 22, 2014) The Obama administration has tightened its control over intelligence - including unclassified information - by setting limits on officials' interactions with the media. A March 20 directive issued by the director of national intelligence states that only certain intelligence officials are authorized to talk to the media, and everyone else must report all intentional or unintentional contact with reporters. Violating this rule could result in an employee losing his or her security clearance and job.

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Mohamed Hersi searched online for guns, explosives before allegedly trying to join Somali terrorist group: RCMP

(April, 20, 2014) A Toronto security guard on trial for allegedly attempting to join the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab had searched the Internet for information on buying guns, an RCMP officer testified Thursday. In the weeks before he was arrested at Toronto's Pearson airport, Mohamed Hersi had gone online to search the terms "shotgun Somalia," "Somalia AK-47 cost" and "gun market in Mogadishu Somalia," said Cpl. Chris Lonnee.

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Anti-sabotage teams on alert in Tiruchi

(April, 12, 2014) Security in the city has been scaled up following an intelligence input alerting the police about possible attacks in Tiruchi, Madurai, and Chennai in the coming days. Anti-sabotage teams of the Tiruchi City Police have been placed on alert with Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) personnel deployed at vantage places to deal with any emergency.

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Royal Air Force's II(AC) Squadron foils insurgent bombers in Afghanistan

(April, 11, 2014) The following event demonstrates the force protection role of Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 strike fighters supporting ground forces in Afghanistan. On a recent mission in Afghanistan, twoTornado GR4s from II (AC) Squadron have yet again protected civilians and Afghan-led international forces on the ground by scattering insurgents who were attempting to plant a roadside bomb ahead of an ISAF convoy.

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Report: Biometrics market worth $23.5 billion by 2020

(April, 10, 2014) A new report claims that the biometrics market will be worth $23.54 billion by 2020 and have a compound annual growth rate of 17.6%. The MarketsandMarkets report analyzes fingerprint, palm, face, iris, vein, voice and signature biometric modalities between 2014 and 2020. This report describes the different types of biometric markets such as face, fingerprint, iris, voice, signature, vein, and DNA recognition that are being used for different applications. Out of all the modalities, face, fingerprint, and iris recognition are commonly used in most of the applications.

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International assistance helps reduce IED threat in Nigeria

(April, 10, 2014) Nigeria's security forces have managed to reduce the number of casualties caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Haruna Ismaila.

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Detecting Things That Go Boom

(April, 10, 2014) Assuring the safety of airline passengers is as much of an art form as it is a science. And when convenience and passenger satisfaction are figured into the equation, this art form becomes an unstable science experiment. Over time, both the mindset and accompanying technology regarding aviation safety have changed. Today, at a time when it is feasible to put plastic explosives into the soles of shoes or create plastic firearms on a three dimensional printer, the once tried and true metal detectors have become as obsolete as a medieval suit of armor against bullets.

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Mid IR Sensors: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts to 2019

(April, 10, 2014) Next generation Mid IR Sensors are leveraging new technology. Worldwide mid IR sensor markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the Internet of things creates demand for sensors. Mid IR sensors can measure chemical composition of materials and gas. The efficiency is unmatched by any other technology, cost is increasingly competitive.

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Boston Marathon Bombing: Homeland Security's 'Lessons Learned'

(April, 10, 2014) The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday revealed what it has learned in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, just a week shy of the deadly attack's first anniversary. In a 19-page report, written in response to a "hot wash" review ordered by then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and titled "Boston One Year Later: DHS's Lessons Learned," the department outlines three areas of focus: the "importance of partnerships," the "need for effective and reliable communications" and the need to further boost anti-radicalization efforts. The report also revealed that immediately after the attack, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center went back and "re-vetted" all flights that had departed earlier in the day from Boston, New York and Newark to identify any potential suspects.

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EU approves liquid explosives detector

(April, 10, 2014) The European Civil Aviation Conference has approved an advanced baggage X-ray scanner by Smiths Detection for liquid explosives detection in Europe. The HI-SCAN 6040-2is, which met Standard 2 Type C requirements for liquid explosive detection systems, is a dual-view X-ray inspection system for automatic detection for use at security checkpoints.

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Smiths Detection providing explosives detector to Chilean airport

(April, 9, 2014) Smiths Detection of Maryland reports it has received its first order for the company's new large tunnel explosives detection system for checked luggage. The order for the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT explosives detection system was made by the Santiago International Airport in Chile through Smiths Detection's regional partner, Aerotech.

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'Explosives detection scanners failed us'

(April, 9, 2014) Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday revealed that two scanners were imported by the previous government to detect explosives but they turned out to be a complete failure. Talking to media at the bombing scene, he said the former government had sought to import four scanners, of which only two were brought to the country, and those too failed to detect explosives.

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Four youth held with bombs

(April, 7, 2014) Four youngsters from the Kolhapur district were arrested for carrying four bombs in the MIDC area of the Karvir tehsil in the district on Saturday night. They have been remanded to police custody and a probe is on to find the source of the bombs and the purpose for which they were made. The Kolhapur police has ruled out the possibility of the youths being terrorists or Naxalites. According to the Kagal police, it had received a tip-off that some persons are going to bring bombs in the MIDC area.

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Nanotube Coating Helps Shrink Mass Spectrometers

(April, 6, 2014) Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, the voltage required was 1,000 times reduced, the signal was sharpened and the equipment was able to capture far more delicate molecules. The dramatic decrease in power required means a reduction in battery size and cost to perform the experiments.

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At least 20 Iraqi soldiers killed in attacks

(April, 5, 2014) At least 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed on Saturday, most of them upon entering a house rigged with explosives northwest of the capital, security officials said. Militants last week overran the house in the town of Garma, 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, which had previously been used as an army post, officials said. The army moved in on Saturday morning after militants retreated, but when they entered the house, a powerful blast tore through the building.

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'Landmines more dangerous the older they get'

(April, 4, 2014) In nearly 60 nations worldwide, landmines buried underground remain a deadly threat to people. Former German Army Captain Gunder Pitzke works clearing mined areas and told DW about the hazards of the job.

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Combat engineers prove resilient during minefield clearing operations

(April, 3, 2014) A Soldier faces many threats on the battlefield: enemy combatants, machine-gun fire, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and even hand-to-hand combat, but one threat lies hidden and waits patiently for its unsuspecting victims, often killing or maiming them with no warning. The enemy is landmines.

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Robot detects gas leaks

(April, 2, 2014) Detecting dangerous gas leaks in industrial facilities can be a time-consuming task and it is also susceptible to human error and interpretation. In a bid to provide a safer, more efficient and more reliable detection solution, RoboGasInspector was created by a consortium of nine companies and research institutions under the German technology program AUTONOMIK.

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Crowcon's IRmax now detects up to 29 hydrocarbon gases and vapours

(April, 2, 2014) Crowcon's IRmax infra-red gas detector detects up to 29 different hydrocarbon gases and vapours. As well as common hydrocarbons, such as methane, ethanol and LPG, the IRmax can now be calibrated for more obscure gases and vapours like styrene, cyclohexane, toluene and paraxylene.

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Implant Sciences Receives Product Approval in Germany for Its QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector

(April, 1, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector (ETD) has received regulatory approval from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for aviation security applications at German airports. The QS-B220 fulfills specifications set by the German Federal Police.

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Hacked X-Rays Could Slip Guns Past Airport Security

(April, 1, 2014) Could a threat-simulation feature found in airport x-ray machines around the country be subverted to mask weapons or other contraband hidden in a traveler's carry-on? The answer is yes, according to two security researchers with a history of discovering flaws in critical systems, who purchased their own x-ray control machine online and spent months analyzing its inner workings. The researchers, Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle, say the so-called Threat Image Projection function could someday backfire.

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NIITEK Nets Australian Handheld Dual Sensor Contract

(April, 1, 2014) NIITEK, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemring Sensors & Electronics Systems (CSES), part of Chemring Group PLC, in partnership with Minelab Australia was awarded the Australian Defence Capability Group's Rapid Prototyping, Development & Evaluation (RPDE) Task 54 Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) handheld Device Detector prototype program with the GROUNDSHARK handheld dual sensor.

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Teenage Taleban gunmen kill 9 in Kabul hotel

(March, 24, 2014) People, including four members of the same family, were shot dead when four teenage Taleban assassins attacked a luxury hotel once considered the safest place in the Afghan capital. The attackers were later killed in a gunbattle with police. They appear to have simply walked into the Serena Hotel, entered the restaurant, pulled out hidden handguns and started shooting people dining at ­tables there.

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Meet G4S, the Contractors Who Go Where Governments and Armies Can't-or Won't

(March, 24, 2014) In the April issue of Vanity Fair, William Langewiesche embeds with warrior/investigators from G4S, the world's third-largest private-sector employer-men and women overseas who are keeping you safe, even if you don't know it. In this excerpt from his profile of G4S, Langewiesche watches as contractors from the security behemoth clean up after an explosion in a crowded souk in South Sudan-and learns that even small victories, in the face of horror, can be cause for encouragement.

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Implant Sciences to Exhibit at Key Conference & Trade Show: Air Cargo 2014

(March, 21, 2014) - Implant Sciences Corporation , a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it will exhibit its QS-B220 explosives trace detector at booth # 802 at Air Cargo 2014. Air Cargo 2014 will take place from March 30 through April 1, 2014 at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida.

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E-dogs Can Replace Real Dogs For Detecting Explosives - IIT Bombay

(March, 20, 2014) Professors from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay are on their way to develop e-dog which is an ultra-sensitive low cost explosive detector. This e-dog will be able to sense the traces of Royal Demolition explosive (RDX) from a distance of 1.5 feet, which the existing machines are unable to do.

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Ultraviolet Explosive Detector For Better Airport Screening

(March, 19, 2014) When it comes to air travel, most customers want to get to their destination as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, long security lines are a big barrier to smooth travel. Now scientists at the University of Florida in Gainesville have developed a new detection system that could improve safety in airports and on flights without extra security lines. The detection system is the first to use ultraviolet light to identify traces of dangerous explosives like TNT.

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Metal-detecting helicopter helps Navy clean up Ocala National Forest bombing range

(March, 19, 2014) The space-age-looking contraption attached to the belly of a helicopter that swoops into the heart of the Ocala National Forest is helping the Navy fulfill a routine cleanup in an unusual way. The head-turning features essentially make the helicopter a flying metal detector capable of finding bomb debris in the Navy's Pinecastle Bombing Range.

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Bionic plants could sniff out explosives and pollution

(March, 19, 2014) A team of biologists and engineers want to turn plants into chemical warfare detectors that can sniff out sarin gas or explosives. For now, though, they've succeeded in turning the flowering Arabidopsis thaliana into a pollutant detector using carbon nanotubes. The MIT team of researchers has published the novel method in the journal Nature Materials, claiming it paves the way for an entirely new realm of scientific research it has called "plant nanobionics".

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Engineer Company Marines learn C-IED fundamentals

(March, 19, 2014) More than 100 Marines with Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, conducted counter-improvised explosive device training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11 - 12. During the training, the Marines learned the necessary skills to recognize and help eliminate IEDs in a combat environment.

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Morpho Launches Secure, Multifunction Biometric Tablet

(March, 19, 2014) Morpho (Safran), the world leader in biometric recognition technologies, announced the introduction of MorphoTablet, a compact touchscreen device that guarantees secure mobile data operations using biometrics (fingerprint and facial recognition) and cryptographic functions. MorphoTablet combines mobility, versatility and security in a single platform, for trusted services in any sector, anywhere and at any time.

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Enhanced airport security may waste money, study says

(March, 19, 2014) Are airports too safe? Analysis finds costly security measures may not increase safety at airports, which are low-priority targets for terrorists. Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector Selected by Fine Arts Shipper for Air Cargo Screening

(March, 17, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that San Francisco-based Lawrence Fine Art Services has purchased the QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector (ETD) for air cargo screening. A high-end transportation, crating, storage and installation company for art and antiques, Lawrence Fine Art Services has been providing expert fine arts services to museums, galleries, and corporate and private collectors since 1984. As a Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF), Lawrence Fine Art Services is required to use TSA qualified systems when screening air cargo packages for explosives before they are loaded onto airplanes.

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Army hero's remarkable admission: I misled public over the REAL reason why my soldiers were killed in action

(March, 17, 2014) A British Army officer whose emotional dispatches from Afghanistan moved millions of radio listeners has hit out at penny-pinching politicians who he says cost the lives of his heroic troops. Major Richard Streatfeild, whose broadcasts, dubbed The Sangin Diaries, revealed the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers from the Rifles Regiment, says that a woeful lack of equipment led to the deaths of many men.

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Optical gas imaging camera from FLIR for remote gas leak inspection and detection

(March, 16, 2014) A FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera is being used in an innovative robot system developed in Germany for remote detection and localisation of gas leaks. Detection of gas leaks in industrial facilities is not only dangerous and time-consuming, but also susceptible to human error and interpretation. The RoboGasInspector was conceptualised as part of the German technology program AUTONOMIK by a consortium of nine companies and research institutes to provide a safer and more efficient and reliable detection solution using a FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera.

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19 killed in two bomb attacks in Pakistan

(March, 14, 2014) Two separate bomb attacks targeting security forces in Pakistan killed 19 people on Friday, officials said, the latest violence to hit peace talks between the government and Taliban militants. A suicide attack in the suburbs of the northwestern city of Peshawar, close to the lawless tribal areas that are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, was followed a few hours later by a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta.

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War room maps path for counter-IED systems

(March, 14, 2014) Counter-improvised explosive device systems come in many shapes and sizes, all of which have saved lives in Southwest Asia. Now the changing face of the fight and budget constraints demand paring down the array of C-IED systems to those that prevent the most bang for the buck. The task for taking a hard look at the explosive detectors is in the analytical eyes within the C-IED War Room formed at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va. There, specialists ranging from cost analysts, systems engineers, database developers and C-IED analysts take inventory of what systems best protect Marines and merit carryover to future conflicts.

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IIT professor creates 'E-dog' to sniff bombs

(March, 12, 2014) On its way to developing an ultra-sensitive low cost explosive detector, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, will soon unveil an "e-nose" that will be several times stronger than a dog's olfactory power. This device, which is also informally called 'E-dog' by the developing team, will find out traces of RDX that existing machines fail to point out. It will be able to detect RDX from 1.5 feet.

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Peshawar bomb disposal teams suffer heavy toll

(March, 11, 2014) Bomb disposal experts in north-western Pakistan are suffering a heavy death toll as they counter an intense bombing campaign by Islamist militants. M Ilyas Khan reports from Peshawar on the men who lost their lives in the struggle to defuse thousands of bombs planted throughout the region.

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Japan is creating an enormous pile of plutonium. Should you be worried?

(March, 11, 2014) A generation after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the world is rediscovering the attractions of nuclear power to curb the warming pollution of carbon fuels. And so a new industry focused on plutonium-based nuclear fuel has begun to take shape in the far reaches of Asia, with ambitions to spread elsewhere - and some frightening implications, if Thomas Cochran is correct.

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Former CIA official: New shoe bomb alert suggests screening flaw found

(March, 11, 2014) The federal government is asking airlines to watch out again for shoe bombers. Homeland Security officials say there's no specific threat, but an intelligence source told CBS News the alert is based on recent terrorist chatter. The new warning applies to flights to the United States from other countries. It focuses on explosives that can be hidden in shoes, liquids or cosmetics.

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Checking Bags at Lambert St. Louis Airport Just Got Easier

(March, 6, 2014) Good news, jet-setters. For the first time in twelve years, passengers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport can now check their baggage at the ticket counter instead of wheeling it across the terminal to an explosive detector. Lambert officials, along with Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley, announced the near-completion of the $50.7 million baggage system overhaul Tuesday.

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UNR Joins With NevadaNano for Flying Robot Sensor Project

(March, 6, 2014) With a new contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Nevada, Reno is partnering with NevadaNano to develop a robotic flying vehicle that can be used for environmental health and safety monitoring of large areas. The project combines the autonomous systems expertise of the University with the unique sensor technology NevadaNano has developed for chemical sensing.

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Company Fined For Deadly Blast

(March, 6, 2014) A U.S. District Court judge has approved a negotiated settlement that resolves the federal government's civil case against New Cumberland metal recycler AL Solutions Inc.

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New York Security Conference Adds Dr. Clay Wilson, Program Director for Cybersecurity at American Public University System

(March, 5, 2014) Investorideas.com, an investor research and news portal covering leading sectors including technology and defense, announces new speakers and presenters for its upcoming Security and Defense Conference, "Game Changing Technologies: The Face and Future of Security," to be held both live in New York and online on March 11, 2014.

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Pacific Air Cargo Purchases Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector for Air Cargo Screening

(March, 4, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that Pacific Air Cargo has purchased its first QS-B220T desktop explosives trace detector (ETD). This sale is the most recent in a series of orders resulting from Implant Sciences exhibiting its QS-B220 explosives trace detector at Air Cargo 2013.

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Cyber a priority in DHS spending blueprint

(March, 4, 2014) President Barack Obama's $38.2 billion discretionary budget for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2015 includes more than a half-billion dollars to support continued implementation of the Einstein managed security service. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the topline figure for the department represented a 2.5 percent reduction compared with the fiscal 2014 enacted spending level.

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Lambert airport announces new roof and updated checked-bag screening system

(March, 4, 2014) Lambert airport soon will be a little easier on the eyes and the nerves with the replacement of the weathered copper roof on Terminal 1 and the streamlining of passenger luggage screening.

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Egypt's 'AIDS Curing Device' May Be A Fake Bomb Detector

(March, 3, 2014) On Saturday, the Egyptian army unveiled a "miraculous" device it claims will detect and cure AIDS and Hepatitis. But the device, named C-Fast, looks eerily similar to a fake bomb detectorsold by a British company to Iraq in the late 2000s.

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Tantasqua High evacuated after bomb threat

(March, 3, 2014) A bomb threat at Tantasqua Regional High School Friday emptied the school while police and fire personnel searched for any sign of an explosive. The nearly 1,200 students and faculty in the high school were evacuated to the junior high, which is across the street, after a note was discovered indicating a bomb could be in the building.

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Speedier screening may be coming to an airport near you

(February, 24, 2014) In the near future, airline passengers may be screened for weapons without having to stop walking or remove their coats and shoes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for private contractors to create a screening machine with "screen and walk" capability for use at the nation's 160 international airports and thousands of federal facilities.

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K-9 explosive detection training

(February, 24, 2014) Penn State is hosting training exercises in explosives detection for police and their canine partners Feb. 20 at Beaver Stadium and Feb. 21 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Penn State University Police, Pennsylvania Capitol Police and Pennsylvania State Police are participating in the monthly exercises that are hosted on a rotating basis by each agency.

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Privacy concerns swirl around TSA Pre-check program

(February, 24, 2014) The Transportation Security Administration is greatly expanding its expedited airport screening program called Pre-check for millions of passengers, although security and privacy experts continue to raise concerns about the program.

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Iraqi Terrorist Uses Live Explosives During Training Lesson, Blows Up Himself And 21 Others

(February, 21, 2014) An Iraqi terrorist group leader accidentally killed himself and 21 students as an explosive detonated killing the group, reports the NY Times. The Islamic militants belonged to a network now known as the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida linked group that controls the Sunni insurgency in Iraq. BBC reports the explosives-filled vehicle was being escorted from the insurgents' compound to a main road when it blew up. The leader unwittingly used a belt packed with live explosives.

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ChemImage Sensor Systems Presents on Shortwave Targeted Agile Raman Robot for Explosive Detection at Pittcon 2014

(February, 21, 2014) ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS) announces that Nathaniel R. Gomer, Ph.D, Senior Scientist will be presenting innovative results of the company's work on a robotically controlled Raman system for detecting and identifying explosives at Pittcon 2014 in Chicago, IL.

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L-3 Security & Detection Systems Successfully Installs Hold Baggage Scanning Solution For New Terminal At Kosovo Airport

(February, 22, 2014) L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced that it has successfully completed installation of explosives detection systems (EDS) for the new international terminal building at Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari in the Republic of Kosovo.

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Greek anti-terrorist police raid nets weapons

(February, 20, 2014) Greek anti-terrorist police raided apartments in the Athens area, seizing weapons and explosives believed to be linked to a Turkish group allegedly responsible for assassinations and bombings in Turkey.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector Selected by Fine Arts Shipper for Air Cargo Screening

(February, 19, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that San Francisco-based Lawrence Fine Art Services has purchased the QS-B220T desktop explosives trace detector (ETD) for air cargo screening.

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Mumbai Police in talk with US firm for explosive detection device

(February, 19, 2014) The Mumbai Police is in talks with a United States-based company regarding purchase of a system that can detect explosives, radiological material and narcotics. The system detects these substances through muons.

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Mobile phone or bomb detector: End to Terrorism Soon?

(February, 18, 2014) It was a major development in mobile technology to detect a bomb with your handset and also a silverline in our trait to end terrorism in the world. Abhilash Semwal, An engineering student in his third year in Uttarakhand has come out with what he says was a simple chip that can detect bomb or explosives and it can be inserted in a mobile phone for everybody's use.

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In Sochi, Olympic Security Increasingly Uneven

(February, 17, 2014) Hotel guests are walking, unchecked, past unused metal detectors. Security guards are no longer poking around at the pockets and ankles of every single person entering Olympic facilities. Tangerines and bottles of Coke are making it through security barriers that banned them two weeks ago.

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ANA train to defeat Taliban's most deadly weapon: the IED

(February, 16, 2014) When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2002, one of the lesser-known weapons of war came center stage, as terrorist groups made use of the easily constructed, highly versatile, improvised explosive device- better known as the IED. Fast-forward more than a decade, and the Taliban is now being backed into a corner by Afghan National Security Forces, as they remain the lead force in providing security and stability to the people of Afghanistan.

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Local land mine removal initiative showcased at UN headquarters

(February, 15, 2014) A local company is improving the quality of life for people in war-torn countries, one device at a time, and its efforts are on display for millions to experience. A demining instrument created by the Schonstedt Instrument Company in Kearneysville has been added to a permanent display at the visitors' center at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

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TSA seeks technology to scan through coats, shoes

(February, 14, 2014) The DHS's Science and Technology Directorate has released a request for proposals to develop advanced security checkpoint imaging that can see through shoes and multiple layers of clothing. DHS also hopes the technology can scan 250 people per hour.

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Smiths Detection IONSCAN 500DT Explosives Detector on 2014 TSA Air Cargo Screening 'Qualified' Technology List

(February, 11, 2014) Smiths Detection's IONSCAN 500DT is included among "qualified" technologies for Explosive Trace Detection on the TSA Air Cargo Screening Technology Lists (ACSTL) and meets new procurement guidelines that took effect on January 1, 2014. A reliable trace detection system used to screen cargo, packages or baggage, the IONSCAN 500DT uses Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (IMS) to perform material analysis in seconds helping to expedite inspections.

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Explosive Detectors HEDD1 and SniffexPlus Performed Very Well in a Series of Tests and Presentations

(February, 11, 2014) A spokesperson for the HEDD1 and SniffexPlus explosive detectors has just announced that the two devices once again performed exceptionally well locating explosives and ammunition during a series of tests and presentations that were conducted in different countries throughout the world. This outstanding report probably does not come as a surprise to the many organizations that have used both the HEDD1 and the SniffexPlus. The devices are used by private and governmental organizations, including the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, police departments, airports, S.W.A.T's, E.O.D's and private bodyguard and security companies.

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Morpho's Itemiser DX Trace Detector Selected By United Airlines For Air Cargo Screening

(February, 11, 2014) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, announced that United Airlines has ordered a total of 54 Itemiser DX desktop explosives trace detectors (ETD) to screen air cargo for explosives. Under terms of the contract, all systems were deployed domestically and internationally at United Cargo locations to replace legacy systems and maintain compliance with enhanced Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cargo screening mandates.

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Colombian Designers Develop Landmine-defeating Shoe

(February, 11, 2014) Landmines are one of the more controversial weapons of war. Hidden from sight, they maim and kill and remain long after conflicts end. According to the United Nations, 110 million active landmines are scattered over 70 countries. For five decades, Colombia has been plagued by insurgencies and countless, planted landmines. But, one company there may have found a way to defeat the explosives our eyes can't see.

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Explosives detector gains TSA approval

(February, 10, 2014) An explosive trace detector from Smiths Detection meets new Transportation Security Administration guidelines and is on TSA's approved equipment list.The company's IONSCAN 500DT is for screening cargo, packages or baggage. It uses Ion Mobility Spectroscopy to perform material analysis in seconds.

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Anti-terrorist sqaud finds car laden with arms, explosives in southern Athens

(February, 9, 2014) Authorities appeared to have discovered a significant clue on Saturday in their attempt to track down domestic terrorists when a car laden with firearms and explosives was searched in a southern Athens neighborhood. Anti-terrorist squad officers had the silver Opel found in Palaio Faliro under surveillance for around two weeks following a tip-off.

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IAF strikes Gaza terrorist to thwart 'imminent threat'

(February, 9, 2014) IAF strike critically wounds a Popular Resistance Committee operative affiliated with global jihad who was involved in attacks against Israel both from Gaza and Sinai. Netanyahu: Whoever attacks us or plans to attack us -- will bear the consequences.

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Officials: 'Air pirate' claims bomb on board, tries to have plane go to Sochi

(February, 8, 2014) A passenger announced "that there was a bomb on board" his plane and wanted it diverted to Sochi -- the Russian city hosting the Winter Olympics amid terrorism fears -- Turkish officials said.

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Countries unite to disrupt terror threats to Sochi Olympic Games

(February, 8, 2014) U.S. authorities are working with Russia and other countries to try to disrupt possible threats related to the Sochi Olympics, in addition to the toothpaste tube terror concern, a U.S. intelligence source said. The official said the threats varied in credibility.

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Competition begins at Winter Olympics after DHS issues toothpaste tube explosive warning

(February, 7, 2014) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on Russia-bound planes using toothpaste tubes. The threat was passed on to airlines that have direct flights to Russia, including some that originate in the United States, according to a law enforcement official speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the warning, which came hours before competition began at the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Russia.

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Implant Sciences Sells 20 Handheld QS-H150s for Construction Security

(February, 6, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation announced it has sold 20 QS-H150 explosives trace detectors (ETD) to a construction company in Asia. The handheld QS-H150s will be used to protect construction sites, including perimeter security, for the construction company which is building secure infrastructure-grade facilities.

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TSA bans liquid from carry-on baggage on flights between US and Russia

(February, 6, 2014) he TSA ordered that liquids be banned from carry-on baggage on all flights between the US and Russia. Security concerns are ramping up before the Olympics, and it was all sparked by a warning from US Homeland Security regarding terrorists who might try to smuggle explosives into Russia in tiny travel-size toothpaste tubes. So, the TSA has banned liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on luggage on flights between the US and Russia. However, it's not always enforced

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Morpho's Itemiser DX Trace Detector Selected by United Airlines for Air Cargo Screening

(February, 5, 2014) Under terms of the contract, all systems were deployed domestically and internationally at United Cargo locations to replace legacy systems and maintain compliance with enhanced U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cargo screening mandates.

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Explosive Detectors HEDD1 and SniffexPlus Performed Very Well in a Series of Tests and Presentations

(February, 3, 2014) A spokesperson for the HEDD1 and SniffexPlus explosive detectors has just announced that the two devices once again performed exceptionally well locating explosives and ammunition during a series of tests and presentations that were conducted in different countries throughout the world.

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Security stepped up at Moi International Airport, Mombasa

(February, 2, 2014) Security in and around Kenya's second largest airport has been beefed up, with passengers now required to undergo thorough screening using advanced equipment. The move at the Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa has been precipitated by nationwide intelligence reports that Al-Shabaab militia could be planning a new wave of attacks at strategic installations in the country.

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Russia names Volgograd bombers as arrests continue

(January, 31, 2014) Two suicide bombers who killed 34 people in the south Russian city of Volgograd have been identified as Islamist militants based in Dagestan. Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said Asker Samedov and Suleyman Magomedov were members of a group based in the town of Buynaksk.

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Pacific Air Cargo Purchases Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector for Air Cargo Screening

(January, 31, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation announced that Pacific Air Cargo has purchased its first QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector. This sale is the most recent in a series of orders resulting from Implant Sciences exhibiting its QS-B220 explosives trace detector at Air Cargo 2013.

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Giant rats race to eliminate landmines from Mozambique

(January, 29, 2014) A small army of landmine-detecting rats is to be redeployed in Mozambique in a push to meet a deadline to have the country declared free of mines this year. Belgian non-governmental organisation APOPO trains African giant pouched rats to sniff out the explosives in landmines by conditioning them to associate the scent with rewards of food.

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Explosives detector gains TSA approval

(January, 29, 2014) An explosive trace detector from Smiths Detection meets new Transportation Security Administration guidelines and is on TSA's approved equipment list. The company's IONSCAN 500DT is for screening cargo, packages or baggage. It uses Ion Mobility Spectroscopy to perform material analysis in seconds.

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Block Engineering Releases Ultra-Miniaturized Quantum Cascade Laser Products

(January, 28, 2014) Block Engineering, the leader in Quantum Cascade Laser instrumentation, announced the release of two ultra-miniaturized QCL products, the Mini-QCL (TM) Module and the new LaserTune (TM) Infrared Source. The Mini-QCL is a widely-tunable QCL module for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), weighing only 75 grams (~2.5 oz). Block's next-generation LaserTune has been miniaturized to a compact (16.5 × 12.7 × 11 cm), wirelessly-controllable system, while offering the widest contiguous tuning range available on the market (greater than 1000 cm-1).

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Laser Diode Combats Cross-gas Interference

(January, 28, 2014) Knowing exactly where methane (CH4) emissions are occurring on site is essential in order for AD biogas plants to comply with environmental enforcement agencies and save valuable energy, yet cross-gas interference can often cause a problem in identifying accurate emission locations and the gases present. Flame Ionisation Detectors (FIDs) traditionally use hydrogen cylinders which can often require refills, and regularly costly servicing. They can also prove ineffective in adverse weather conditions and are unsafe to use in potentially explosive environments due to the flame.

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TSA gives fliers a bad feeling

(January, 28, 2014) If airport security is so good, why do passengers feel so bad? That's a valid question, considering how the Transportation Security Administration seems to be spinning its performance lately. The agency wants you to believe the dark days of body scans and pat-downs, of liquids, gels and shoes obediently placed on the conveyor belt, are well on their way out, thanks to its vaunted new Pre-check system.

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Wilmington Company Sells Explosive Detector to Cargo Handler

(January, 28, 2014) A Wilmington supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets announced they would be continuing business with a customer who uses their technology at Los Angeles International Airport.

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How UK soldiers and ambassador were enlisted to help sell fake bomb detectors

(January, 27, 2014) Gary Bolton paid just £500 for the UK's ambassador to Mexico to write to state government officials introducing his wares

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9/11 responder keeping careful watch over ACY airport security

(January, 27, 2014) Still disturbed by memories of Flight 93, Coury is determined to stop terrorists or anyone else from threatening airline passengers in his current role as federal security director at Atlantic City International Airport.

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Hilly helps keep Republic Day celebrations in Jamu and Kashmir safe

(January, 26, 2014) It was a hectic day for Hilly, a trained sniffer dog of Explosive and Detection Wing of the Indian army, and he worked tirelessly to ensure incident free Republic Day celebration in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Since early morning he was deployed along with his trainers in the vicinity of the venue of the main Republic Day function to sniff out any explosive device.

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TraceX Explosives Kit

(January, 26, 2014) Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, announces a new solution for the detection of homemade explosive material with the TraceX Explosives Kit. The new, affordable and easy-to-use product aids in detecting the major explosive material threats and their precursors in a single test without exposing the user or kit to contamination or dangerous chemicals. Explosives remain the weapon of choice for terrorists around the world.

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Airport security thought pipe bomb was filled with marijuana

(January, 24, 2014) Edmonton airport security personnel opened a pipe bomb after they failed to recognize the explosive device because they believed it was a "wacky tobacco holder" filled with marijuana instead of gunpowder, according to search warrant documents.

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Edmonton airport screener opened pipe bomb

(January, 24, 2014) RCMP search warrant documents detail a shocking degree of ineptness and dangerous handling of a potentially lethal pipe bomb at Edmonton International Airport by nearly everyone involved in the screening process. The search warrant, obtained exclusively by CBC News, describes how an airport security manager actually opened the pipe bomb and dumped the contents, apparently oblivious to the potential for triggering a deadly explosion.

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Science project mistaken for a bomb, causes evacuation of Gladstone train station and homes

(January, 23, 2014) A suspicious package found on a train and initially thought to be a bomb drew a large police response and caused the evacuation of area homes - but turned out to be a harmless science project, according to Peapack-Gladstone Police Chief Gregory Skinner. The package was found by a NJ Transit employee who thought it could be an explosive device.

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Police to Deploy Explosive Detection Devices to Airports, Seaports

(January, 23, 2014) As part of measures to counter terrorism, the Special Anti-Bomb Squad (SABS) of the Nigerian Police Force, has taken delivery of some Explosive Detection Canine (EDC), which is to be deployed to all airports and seaports in Nigeria.

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Schumer announces long-sought 'explosive detection system' for baggage screening at Ithaca-Tompkins Airport

(January, 22, 2014) at the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport, New York Senator Charles E. Schumer was joined airport officials and local leaders to unveil that the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) will receive a long-awaited, high-technology baggage screening system, to replace the current manual bag-check system.

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Turkey flesh inspires bomb detectors that can be installed on smartphones

(January, 22, 2014) Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have successfully used the same properties that allow a turkey's flesh to change color while searching for a mate to create technology that will eventually allow officials to detect explosive. The scientists used a bacteria-attacking virus that doesn't adversely affect humans to create a sensing material, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Staying to standard and securing our safety

(January, 22, 2014) The certification tests the dog teams' proficiency in patrol and detection work. In order to pass the dog teams have to complete a series of tasks: an odor recognition test, a demonstration that the dogs can respond and identify particular odors; obedience, an evaluation of the handler's ability to control the dog off leash while going through an obstacle course; response to gun fire, an assessment to see if the dogs show any signs of fear around gunfire; and building and road searches, which comprise of searching for personnel or explosives.

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Sacramento police robot shows off bomb detection techniques

(January, 16, 2014) When civilians gather around a Sacramento crime scene, it's not always the officers they're looking at. More likely, eyes are on the toughest member of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit: Ozbot. Ozbot is a battery-powered police robot designed to disrupt explosives and assess high-risk situations.

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Interior Ministry Announces Tender for Suicide Bomber Detector

(January, 13, 2014) Amid the search for new ways to prevent terrorist attacks, the Interior Ministry has announced an open tender to develop a device able to remotely detect explosives worn by suicide bombers. The gadget would have to detect explosive devices concealed on the human body from up to 10 meters away with 98-percent reliability, according to the order by the ministry's special equipment division.

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Security and Defense: Israel's eyes and ears

(January, 11, 2014) The IDF's chief combat intelligence officer talks to the 'Post' about watching the enemy in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Syria. As Israel prepares to encounter increasingly unstable borders and a chaotic region, the IDF's Combat Intelligence Collection Corps is about to receive a set of hi-tech surveillance capabilities that should, according to army brass, make it far more difficult for terrorists to infiltrate Israel.

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Liquids overboard

(January, 11, 2014) The Federal Air Transport Agency has banned to take any liquids aboard aircrafts. Earlier, the ban did not cover amounts of less than 100 milliliters. Now, after a special examination, it is only possible to take medicines and baby food aboard as hand-carried items. The Federal Air Transport Agency refers this measure to the threat of terrorist acts on air transport with the use of improvised explosive devices.

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Two Portuguese detained at Madrid airport

(January, 9, 2014) Two Portuguese women were detained at Madrid airport in Spain on 3 January after trying to smuggle drugs hidden in wigs. The arrests were made mainly because of outstanding arrest warrants, possession of illegal weapons, drunk-driving, driving without a licence and theft. As well as the drugs three vehicles and 19 documents were confiscated, along with four guns and 0.25 kilos of explosives.

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Flawed explosives detection: Sniffer dogs fail to detect C-4 components

(January, 9, 2014) The use of dogs to sniff out explosives is becoming more common and relies on extensive training programs to ensure that the animals can detect low levels of the explosives. In some cases it is clear that it is not the explosive compound itself that is being recognized, but the accompanying components of the explosive mixture. This is the case for RDX, a nitro-based explosive which has a very low vapour pressure and is difficult to detect at room temperature.

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New Explosives Detection K9 At Erie International Airport

(January, 9, 2014) There's a new addition to police and security at Erie's International Airport. His name is Smoke, and he plays a big role in keeping travelers safe. There's a new officer at the Erie International Airport, he's been on the force for just a few months now.

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Nigeria: Govt. deploys explosive detectors in 15 airports

(January, 8, 2014) The Nigerian Federal Government has deployed hi-tech explosive screening equipment at 15 of the 22 airports in the country, the local PUNCH newspaper reported Wednesday, quoting the spokesperson for the aviation parastatal, Mr. Yakubu Dati. Dati said the remaining seven airports will get theirs shortly, according to the paper.

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Report: Russia suicide bombings shows need for increased rail security measures

(January, 2, 2014) A pair of suicide bombings that occurred earlier this week in Volgograd, Russia, have stoked security fears across the country just weeks ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics that are scheduled to be held in Sochi in February. The bombings, which targeted a bus and rail station, claimed the lives of more than 30 people.

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NATO holds first Train-the-Trainer explosives detection course for Iraq

(January, 2, 2014) In response to the increasing prevalence of improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced that it held a Train-the-Trainer course for Iraqi explosive responders. The Iraq Body Count website calculates that more than 41,600 civilians were killed by explosives between March 20, 2003 and March 14, 2013.

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Implant Sciences explosives detection equipment to be used at 2014 Sochi games

(January, 1, 2014) Implant Sciences Corporation said that eight QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors will be used in the Media Center during the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. The Sochi Media Center will feature 98 events and serve as the primary media venue for the games. The center will host multimedia events and provide around-the-clock presence for the media.

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Port Authority's $300M airport security system fails again

(December, 26, 2013) The Port Authority's pricy perimeter-protection system failed again when it failed to detect that a man - dressed as woman - had hopped a fence at Newark Airport and wandered across two runways, sources told The Post.

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Questions about airport security? Here are the answers

(December, 18, 2013) We wrote about the opening of three local centers where people can apply to join the Transportation Security Administration's Pre-Check program, which lets fliers keep their shoes, belts and sweaters on and not have to pull their laptops from cases or display their bags of liquids in special airport checkpoint lines.

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TSA opens enrollment centers for expedited airport security program

(December, 18, 2013) A program intended to zip people through airport security lines expanded in the Washington area Monday as the Transportation Security Administration opened three enrollment centers. The move is part of TSA Administrator John S. Pistole's drive to lessen the burden and focus on average passengers so that security workers can spend more time looking for people who pose a genuine threat.

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In airport security scanning, ultra-rare items are harder to catch

(December, 15, 2013) In a simulation of airport luggage scanning, a team of researchers has found that the rarer an item is, the less likely a scanner operator is to spot it-that is, if fewer people come through with bomb materials or guns, it will be harder for the operator to spot them when they do.

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Photodiode-Driven Infrared Sensors: Shining New Light on LEL Gas Measurement for Oil and Gas and Confined Space Entry Applications

(December, 15, 2013) Oil and gas production and work in confined spaces exposes field personnel to a variety of toxic and explosive gases in every day drilling, processing, transport and municipal operations. Explosive gas build-ups can endanger not only the workers nearby, but also a widespread area beyond the working area, making fast, accurate measurement of combustible gases below LEL levels critical to maintaining safety.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Named "Best Explosives Detection Solution"

(December, 11, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that its QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detection system has won the 2013 GSN Homeland Security Award for "Best Explosives Detection Solution".

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New Bombs Pose New Threat

(December, 11, 2013) With top U.S. lawmakers warning of new terrorism threats, intelligence officials in the U.K. say there remains an enduring threat from bombs made by terrorists in Yemen. The threat comes from the type of bomb that failed to explode on a plane over Detroit in 2009 - the so-called underwear bomber.

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Landmine detection systems receive £1m of funding

(December, 10, 2013) Two projects for landmine detection have received together £1m of funding to develop low cost systems to help clear landmines in developing countries. University College London (UCL) and Cranfield University (CA) will work together on a portable ground penetrating radar system capable of searching for land mines in various terrains while a team from the King's College will further develop their quadrupole resonance system to allow remote detection of landmines in the field with a significant reduction in the risk to the demining teams.

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Senate approves 10-year extension of ban on plastic guns

(December, 10, 2013) The Senate voted Monday to extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns for 10 years just hours before the act was scheduled to expire, but advocates lamented that it didn't go far enough and vowed to push forward to expand it in the near future. By unanimous consent, the Senate approved a House-passed bill to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act, but Republicans objected to a push from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, to expand the legislation and require certain nonremovable metal parts to be placed in guns.

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Invisible, lethal, legal

(December, 8, 2013) For the cost of an Internet connection and some relatively cheap materials, anyone with access to a high-end 3-D printer can make a lethal handgun that can be slipped past security checkpoints - into schools, sporting events and government offices. That's fine with some Republicans in Congress. A blueprint for such a weapon was posted online last spring and downloaded more than 100,000 times before federal officials demanded that the website be taken down. Needless to say, anyone with a yen to find the design can do so.

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Vietnam's untrained aviation officers overlooked heroin haul

(December, 7, 2013) A Vietnamese official has said that local aviation security officers overlooked 229 kilograms of herion hidden in a shipment to Taiwan last month because they were not trained to detect drugs. Lai Xuan Thanh, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), told Thanh Nien in an interview on Friday, a few days after the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department said the consignment of empty loudspeakers where the drug was hidden was sent from the city's Tan Son Nhat International Airport on November 16 without being checked by customs.

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Man makes bomb threat to get friend out of work

(December, 6, 2013) An Orange County, FL, man has given new meaning to the phrase "I got your back" after getting arrested by Lake County police for calling in a bomb threat to a restaurant to get his friend out of work. Police evacuated the building and a bomb detection dog was called in to search for explosives.

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TSA buys two 'reduced size' explosive detection systems from Morpho Detection

(December, 5, 2013) TSA has announced that it will make a sole source award to Morpho Detection Inc., of Newark, CA, to supply two "reduced size standalone" explosive detection systems (RSEDS). One of the units will be for first article testing and the other will be the company's first production unit, said a TSA award notice.

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International alert: truck stolen with highly radioactive cargo

(December, 5, 2013) A couple of thieves in Mexico have triggered an international alert after they stole a truck carrying highly radioactive cobalt-60. The nuclear watchdog the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) issued the alert overnight and it's helping Mexican nuclear officials who are concerned that what might happen to the material.

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ChemImage Sensor Systems Presents on Shortwave Targeted Agile Raman Robot for Explosive Detection at SciX 2013

(December, 5, 2013) ChemImage Sensor Systems announced Nathaniel R. Gomer, Ph.D, Senior Scientist at CISS received positive responses from the spectroscopy community at the Great Scientific Exchange (SciX) 2013 in Milwaukee, WI for his presentation on the company's work on a robotically controlled Raman system for detecting and identifying explosives.

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Streamlining security: Next generation screening and detection

(December, 4, 2013) Security screening and detection processes have historically given rise to challenges for airport operators; the requisite for unfailing safety and accuracy being met in equal measure by the need to deliver a seamless and convenient journey through security for passengers.

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UN: Israel to allow some materials into Gaza again

(December, 4, 2013) The United Nations said Monday that Israel has agreed to again allow imports of construction materials into Gaza after a two-month clampdown following the discovery of a tunnel dug by militants from the coastal strip into Israel. Israel restricted items that can enter Gaza Strip since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized the territory in 2007, fearing Palestinian militants could use construction materials like metal and concrete for military purposes.

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Morpho Nets Explosives Detection System Contract

(December, 4, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced it has received a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Transportation Security Administration for its reduced-size CTX 5800 explosives detection system with a maximum value of $133 million.

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Leidos tapped for future radiographic imaging systems

(December, 3, 2013) A $49 million follow-on contract to produce future radiographic imaging systems for detecting explosive ordnance has been received by Leidos. The single-award, firm-fixed-price contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.

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Plastic guns bill: Is Congress overlooking a fatal flaw?

(December, 3, 2013) The House on Tuesday reauthorized a bill regulating the manufacture of plastic guns. The Senate could follow next week. But 3-D printing of plastic guns is not addressed, so the issue is likely to resurface.

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House extends ban on plastic guns without tightening rules against 3D-printed weapons

(December, 3, 2013) The United States House of Representatives has approved a 10-year extension on a law that prohibits gun manufacturers from making firearms invisible to metal detectors, but 3D printing technology might soon render even that provision obsolete.

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With 3D Printed Guns Ban In Spotlight, Some Place Focus On Positives Of 3D Tech

(December, 3, 2013) In less than three weeks, a longstanding ban on firearms that can't be seen by metal detectors may lapse. A Florida senator is trying to see that doesn't happen, but lawmakers aren't the only ones worried. Artisans who use a new type of digital printer are worried what large-scale printing of firearms might mean for their craft.

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Hind High Vacuum develops 'fluorescence filter' for bomb detectors

(December, 2, 2013) Bangalore based Hind High Vacuum Company, has developed 'fluorescence filter' for bomb detectors. Prasanth Sakhamuri, Managing Director of HHV said, "The fluorescence filters from HHV will meet the challenging task of detecting the explosive in surface/ land mines with handheld bomb detectors." HHV's 'fluorescence filter' which is integrated with the explosive detecting device, allows to a particular wavelength of fluorescence light and this will be enhanced for accuracy of the detection process.

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Public Safety strengthens security

(December, 2, 2013) The Public Safety Department has been undertaking new measures to strengthen the university's security after recent local and nationwide events such as the violence in New Haven, the burglaries in Village and the Boston Marathon bombings.

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15 Islamist militants detained with explosives in Moscow

(December, 2, 2013) Russian authorities have detained a group of alleged extremist militants in Moscow, along with a cache of weapons and explosives, including an explosive belt used commonly in terrorist attacks. Police say that 15 people belonging to the militant Islamist At Takfir Wal-Hijra organization were caught in a raid in eastern Moscow.

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Biosensor Detects Protein Biomarker Tied to Brain Injury

(December, 2, 2013) To create this sensor, materials scientist [Howard E. Katz, a Whiting School of Engineering professor] turned to an organic thin film transistor design. In recent years sensors built on such platforms have shown that they can detect gases and chemicals associated with explosives.

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Leading Regional US Airline Adopts Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector for Air Cargo Screening

(December, 1, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that it has sold its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector to a leading regional US airline with growing air cargo revenues. The seven units will be deployed across five locations in the airline's network.

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The TSA: What you get when you say 'Someone should do something'

(December, 1, 2013) The last time a bomb exploded on an airplane in the United States was in 1967. The plane landed safely with no injuries. The last bombing with fatalities was in 1962. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration in 1972 instructed airlines to install more airport security than just the sky marshals they'd been using.

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Americans are less safe than two years ago: Intelligence agency claims terror threat is rising

(December, 1, 2013) The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren't as safe as they were a year or two ago. Senator Dianne Feinstein says there are more terrorist groups than ever, with more sophisticated and hard-to-detect bombs.

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The Airport Passenger Screening Systems Market 2013-2023: Technologies for Aviation Security

(November, 26, 2013) Impetus for large-scale growth of the airport passenger screening systems market remains buoyed by rapid expansion of airport infrastructure to accommodate substantial projected growth in global air traffic. Evolving security needs post 9/11, both within the leading U.S aviation security market and throughout the world, will ensure long-term viability of the market for airport passenger screening systems.

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New Airport Screening Method May Finally End The Absurd Liquid Ban

(November, 25, 2013) It looks like the days of shampoo bottles striking fear into the hearts of airport security everywhere might be numbered. Thanks to Los Alamos scientists, a new type of detection technology could give airports the tools they need to finally tell if a liquid is a potential threat - all with one simple scan. Today, a large part of the reason we have such a limited on-board liquid allotment is that it's nearly impossible for airport security to tell the difference between liquids in-bottle.

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Bomb-detecting security scanners introduced at two Scottish airports

(November, 25, 2013) Security scanners to detect explosive devices are to be used at two more Scots airports as the threat level remains "substantial" with an attack "a strong possibility". In addition to the ten airports across the UK already with these types of scanner, another 11, including two in Scotland, are to have them installed.

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Scanners to detect improvised explosives to be installed at Newcastle airport as threat level remains "substantial"

(November, 24, 2013) Special security scanners to detect improvised explosive devices are to be installed at Newcastle Airport as the nationwide threat level remains substantial with an attack a strong possibility. The 11 airports include Stansted, Luton, Cardiff, Belfast City and Aberdeen.

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Researchers Unveil Carbon Nanotube Jungles To Better Detect Molecules

(November, 23, 2013) Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich have developed a new method of using nanotubes to detect molecules at extremely low concentrations enabling trace detection of biological threats, explosives and drugs. The joint research team, led by LLNL Engineer Tiziana Bond and ETH Scientist Hyung Gyu Park, are using spaghetti-like, gold-hafnium-coated carbon nanotubes (CNT) to amplify the detection capabilities in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).

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Sniffing out explosives: Scanner would allow police to locate bomb factories from sewers

(November, 23, 2013) An EU-funded research group is working on a project that could allow police to track bomb-making labs from below. The $6 million project involves sensors installed in sewers that detect chemical waste dumped in the production of explosives.

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Leading Regional US Airline Adopts Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector for Air Cargo Screening

(November, 22, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that it has sold its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector to a leading regional US airline with growing air cargo revenues. The seven units will be deployed across five locations in the airline's network.

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Engineer showcases first remote explosive detection system based on sound

(November, 22, 2013) The first remote acoustic detection system to identify homemade bombs was showcased on Oct. 23 at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Stanford. The development of the detection system is part of a $7 million research initiative funded by Office of Naval Research grant N00014-10-1-0958 and led by North Carolina State University.

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New portable radar scanner to detect hidden explosives

(November, 22, 2013) A high-tech portable radar scanner which detects hidden bombs and guns on people can revolutionize security at airports, shopping centres and other public places, scientists say. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University have developed scanners that find concealed weapons in real-time using radar waves and complex computer programmes.

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Leidos tapped for future radiographic imaging systems

(November, 21, 2013) A $49 million follow-on contract to produce future radiographic imaging systems for detecting explosive ordnance has been received by Leidos. The single-award, firm-fixed-price contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.

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Feds target threat posed by firearms made by 3-D printers

(November, 18, 2013) Officials of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives warn that a possible proliferation of plastic firearms made from 3-D printers poses a threat to public safety. Such weapons "create a public safety concern for the American public because (they) can defeat metal detection," said Richard Marianos, ATF assistant director for public and governmental affairs.

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TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

(November, 15, 2013) The TSA's behavior-profiling program at airports has been in effect for seven years, but has yet to identify any potential terrorists who pose a threat to aviation. Still, John S. Pistole, chief of the Transportation Security Administration, said that if Congress halts the program, he will have to order his agents to do more pat-downs and lines at airports will get longer.

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3D plastic guns: US lawmakers seek ban on national security grounds

(November, 15, 2013) As America's undetectable firearms ban is expiring within less than a month, the country's law enforcement united with lawmakers to label 3D-printed arms a national security threat - with over 300 million steel-made guns scattered throughout the US. The Undetectable Firearms Act, due to expire at midnight on December 9, was passed in 1988 and renewed twice, in 1998 and 2003. The law demanded all gun manufacturers producing firearms with plastic to ensure that at least a part of the weapon contains enough steel to trigger a metal detector.

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TSA to test OptoSecurity checkpoint detector systems

(November, 14, 2013) The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has ordered advanced software and hardware for uncovering liquid explosives and other threats. The systems, which can be retrofitted into existing checkpoint X-ray detection devices, are from Optosecurity Solutions and will be tested at various TSA locations around the country.

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Europe to start easing liquids back onto planes

(November, 14, 2013) Airline passengers in Europe will soon take a step toward bringing larger bottles from duty-free shops with them in carry-on luggage. Restrictions in Europe and the USA limit passengers to carrying liquids in 3.4-ounce containers in the cabin because of the threat of explosives. The European policy change in January is modest, applying basically to travelers connecting on flights at an airport while carrying a bottle of liquor or perfume from a duty-free shop.

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Dolphin sonar inspires coin-sized bomb detector

(November, 12, 2013) Dolphin clicks have inspired the development of a cheap, coin-sized radar gadget that can sense hidden electronics. The device could be used to find covert surveillance bugs, bomb triggers or timers - even if they are hidden in large piles of clutter or garbage. While watching a nature show, acoustics engineer Timothy Leighton of the University of Southampton, UK, wondered why dolphins blow clouds of bubbles from their blowholes to corral fish.

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NATO and Russia unveil bomb-detection system that works in crowds

(November, 12, 2013) Bomb detection that works at a distance and can pinpoint threats unobtrusively in masses of people: NATO, together with five of its biggest members plus Russia say they have developed a new system. With the release of video of secret testing at a commandeered underground location in a European capital, officials said the Stand-off Detection of Explosives and Suicide Bombers system (STANDEX) "could help NATO allies and Russia prevent terrorist attacks".

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector Receives "Designated" Status for SAFETY Act

(November, 9, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation , a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that the QS-B220 explosives and drugs trace detector has been issued a SAFETY Act Designation (as defined in Section 25.2 of the Regulations) from the Department of Homeland Security. The QS-H150 handheld explosive trace detector also holds a SAFETY Act Designation.

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FAAN Deploys Explosives Detector at Lagos Airport

(November, 8, 2013) The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has deployed modern and sophisticated security machines, known as Advance Threat Identification X-Ray (ATIX), at the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. The explosive detector has high performance walkthrough metal detector, capable of checking passengers and their hand luggage for explosives, illegal weapons, contraband, narcotics and related items.

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Implant Sciences Sells QS-H150 Explosives Trace Detectors for Nuclear Power Plant Protection in China

(November, 7, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation , a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today it has sold multiple units of its QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a customer in China. The units will be deployed across several locations for the purpose of protecting nuclear power plants in multi-layered security environments.

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Using sound waves for bomb detection

(November, 6, 2013) A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability, never before reported in a remote bomb detection system, was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conference on Oct. 23 in Stanford, CA.

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Technique improves detection of bio-threats, explosives, drugs

(November, 6, 2013) Using nanotubes to detect molecules at extremely low concentrations could improve detection of biological threats, explosives and drugs, U.S. scientists say. Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, working with Swiss colleagues, report a new technique of using spaghetti-like carbon nanotubes to amplify the detection capabilities of a technology known as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy or SERS.

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Japan to install explosives detection systems at major airports

(November, 3, 2013) Japan has agreed to install explosives detection systems (EDS) with computed tomography (CT) at the three major airports in the country. The country will extend a $20 million (Rs2.1 billion) grant to improve security at the Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports. Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata, and Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Nargis Sethi, signed an agreement for the provision of grant assistance worth 1,946,000,000 Japanese Yen (approximately equivalent to $20 million or PKR 2.1 billion).

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Perth counter-terrorism unit investigating explosives discovery

(November, 2, 2013) Police from Perth's counter-terrorism unit are investigating the discovery of several kilograms of explosives. AM understands the substance is TATP (triacetone triperoxide), a material used in suicide attacks around the world, including the London bombings.

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Improvised Explosive Device: Terrorists' weapon of choice

(November, 2, 2013) It is the perfect weapon for asymmetric warfare and urban militant groups. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED), or crudely homemade bomb, has increasingly been used by insurgents on both sides of the Durand Line. Reason: It's cheap and easy to make. More than 51,000 people have lost their lives as a result of IED blasts since the war against terrorism began, said Director-General Military Operations Major General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad at the C-IED symposium in Rawalpindi.

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NATO, Russia say device used to scan crowds for explosives near completion

(November, 1, 2013) NATO and Russia announced that they have achieved the ability to target and locate bombs planted in large crowds, such as commuter hubs and sporting events. The Stand-off Detection of Explosives and Suicide Bombers system (STANDEX) "could help NATO allies and Russia prevent terrorist attacks such as those carried out on the public transport systems in London, Madrid and Moscow" in the past decade, NATO said in a video news release that included Russian partners.

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Smiths Detection wins innovation award for explosives detector

(November, 1, 2013) Smiths Detection, an international advanced security solutions company, announced that it won the Best Innovator award from the Airport Operators Association for the development of its automatic explosives detection X-ray system. The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is a next generation, high-speed checked baggage detection system meant to fulfill security and airport requirements. The device is the only system that received both Transportation Security Administration laboratory certification and European Union Standard III approval.

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Kenya receives US-made bomb detection and disposal equipment

(November, 1, 2013) The Kenyan Police Service (KPS) has taken delivery of United States-made bomb disposal equipment for use in anti-terror operations by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Bomb Disposal Unit. The equipment includes a digital X-ray scanner, three mobile bomb detecting robots, bomb disposal suits and other specialised detection and disposal tools.

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SAFRAN : revenue grew 10% in the third quarter 2013

(November, 1, 2013) The full-year 2013 adjusted revenue and adjusted EBIT outlook is confirmed. Regarding free cash flow, cash flow linked to business performance is likely to be consistent with objectives, while uncertainty remains concerning the rhythm of payments (including advance payments) by State-customers in the fourth-quarter.

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Microsemi Announces Next-generation Handheld People Screening Solution for Security and Loss Prevention Applications

(October, 18, 2013) Microsemi Corporation announced its next-generation, AllClear® handheld screener with enhanced metal detection capabilities for security and loss prevention applications. The enhanced AllClear screener now has an integrated metal detector that allows users to more accurately detect metallic objects, as well as ceramics, plastics, liquids, gels, powders and paper that may be concealed on a person's body. Microsemi's patented passive millimeter technology is a safe and effective alternative to radiation-based screeners and protects the privacy of people being screened. It allows the operator to detect a far broader range of objects than conventional metal detectors, including non-metallic contraband such as narcotics, plastic explosives, electronics and more.

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Massachusetts sensor technology company competes for local help

(October, 16, 2013) A New England technology firm possessing patents for technology that can sense explosives is in the running for Sustainable Valley Technology Group's iGrant. Marina Katayeva and Igor Levitsky of Emitech Inc., a Fall River, Mass., company founded in 2002, met with SVTG members this week to discuss how their hand-held and robotic technology could be advanced in Southern Oregon.

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Alert! Terrorists posing as pregnant women may enter Indira Gandhi International Airport with explosives

(October, 16, 2013) Security agencies have issue an alert that terrorists posing as women may try to enter the airport with drugs or explosives. Now, pregnant women may have to undergo a double security check at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. The alert came after a woman was arrested in Colombia in Sourth America last month for trying to smuggle cocaine in a fake bump.

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DHS awards Morpho Detection contract to develop new checked baggage EDS

(October, 16, 2013) Morpho Detection, Inc. has announced that it has received a contract valued at approximately $10 million from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for the development of a next-generation checked baggage explosives detection system (EDS). Morpho began working on the project in 2011, and to date has received approximately $7 million in incremental funding.

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Last of five conspirators in Ohio 82 bridge-bombing plot sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

(October, 14, 2013) The last of five men convicted of plotting to blow up a bridge spanning the Cuyahoga Valley National Park was sentenced Monday to 10 years in a federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Dowd Jr. rejected defense arguments that Joshua Stafford, 24, of Cleveland, was too mentally ill to realize the seriousness of the mayhem his four anarchist friends were plotting, didn't participate in the planning, and should have received a lighter sentence.

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Autoclear's Security Screening Equipment Deployed for Copper Mine Security

(October, 14, 2013) Autoclear, a global designer and manufacturer of leading security screening systems, today announced that it recently fulfilled a substantial order for checkpoint screening equipment at a copper mining production center in Mexico. Each of the seven stations includes an Autoclear 6040 X-ray system, 8000C metal detection portal and Model 20 HandWand metal detector.

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Implant Sciences to Exhibit its Explosives Trace Detectors at Inter Airport Europe in Munich, Germany

(October, 14, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that it will exhibit its QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector and QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector at Inter Airport Europe, The 19thInternational Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services. Implant Sciences will be exhibiting in conjunction with its German distributor, D-TeC System Consulting GmbH, at Hall B6, Stand #122, on October 8-11, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

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Nice Côte d'Azur Airport in France Selects Morpho's CTX 9800 EDS for Hold Baggage Screening

(October, 12, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced that Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport in Nice, France has purchased four high-speed CTX 9800 DSiT explosives detection systems (EDS) to screen hold baggage. As a result, the airport will become the first in the continental E.U. to screen all passenger checked baggage-referred to as Level 1 screening-with an advanced EDS.

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Researcher Creates World's Most Sensitive Bomb Detector

(October, 12, 2013) Tim Swager, from MIT, is the 2013 winner of the ACS Award for Creative Invention for his work on the world's most sensitive explosive detector to date. Known as FIDO, the handheld detector has been used to detect roadside bombs in Iraq, as well as homeland security operations and in airport security. It is named FIDO as, much like tradition bomb sniffing dogs, it "sniffs" for bombs.

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U.S. Government agencies buy Implant Sciences' QS-B220 explosives trace detector

(October, 12, 2013) Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced On September 23 that, in recent weeks, U.S. Government agencies purchased multiple QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detectors.

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String of terror: Blasts sweep all provincial capitals

(October, 11, 2013) On a day when Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif toured terror-ravaged Peshawar to review the security situation there, bombs went off in all four provincial capitals of the country, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 70. The most powerful and deadliest of these explosions took place in the restive Quetta city, where an improvised explosive device (IED) outside a police station killed at least eight people and injured 50 others.

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Report: Terror Network Bombs Prepared in Syria

(October, 11, 2013) The bombs that a 12-member terrorist network were planning to use in their plots for bombings and assassinations had been transported to Lebanon from Syria, investigators said. The bombs were prepared in Syria and transported to Lebanon through illegal crossings. The State Commissioner to the Military Court, Judge Saqr Saqr, has charged the 12 suspects, including a Lebanese and 2 Syrians who are in custody, with plotting terrorist activities and planning assassinations.

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Fake bomb detector contract symbolizes Iraqi corruption

(October, 10, 2013) Five months ago, a British fraudster called James McCormick was jailed for 10 years for selling novelty hand-held golf-ball detectors (cost $20) to the Iraqi government as bomb detectors (cost $40,000). Yet, the Iraqi security services are still using the preposterous devices, which don't even have a power source.

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Smiths Detection goes Elite with next-gen chemical detector

(October, 10, 2013) Smiths Detection has released the HazMatID Elite, a next-generation handheld device that detects and identifies explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrials and narcotics.

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Scanner looks through visitors' vehicles

(October, 9, 2013) All vehicles entering the Nusa Dua complex in Bali, where most of the venues of the APEC Summit are located, might not be aware that security personnel have just scrutinized almost everything inside their cars or motorcycles, including the contents of their pockets. Military Mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems (VACIS) is one of the most advanced security technologies provided by the Indonesian Military (TNI) deployed to ensure that no explosives slip between the cracks.

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Terrorism bell rings

(October, 9, 2013) Banned militant outfits plan to carry out terrorist attacks in the country once political turmoil over the polls-time government takes a turn for the worse after October 24. These elements made attempts to carry out terrorist attacks but couldn't succeed due to the government agencies' constant watch and crackdown on militants over the past few years.

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What do you think of airport security?

(October, 9, 2013) Departing passengers at Heathrow are being asked to rate their experience of airport security, with options including green with a smiley face and red with a glum one. How would you respond? What are your experiences of airport security around the world? Do Britain's compare favourably with those in Europe or the US? Have you suffered from rigid enforcement of rules concerning liquids, shoes or laptops? What changes would you like to see?

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Implant Sciences to Exhibit its Explosives Trace Detectors at Inter Airport Europe in Munich, Germany

(October, 8, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that it will exhibit its QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector and QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector at Inter Airport Europe, The 19th International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services. Implant Sciences will be exhibiting in conjunction with its German distributor, D-TeC System Consulting GmbH, at Hall B6, Stand #122, on October 8-11, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

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New England firm is candidate for Inspiration Grant

(October, 8, 2013) A New England technology firm holding patents used to sense explosives is in the running for an Inspiration Grant from the Sustainable Valley Technology Group. Emitech, one of two finalists for the grant, developed a bomb-sniffing technology for use as a hand-held device or installed in a remote-controlled robotic unit. It could be used to detect land mines or airport security could wand it over passengers and packages

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Autoclear's Security Screening Equipment Deployed for Copper Mine Security

(October, 8, 2013) Autoclear, a global designer and manufacturer of leading security screening systems, today announced that it recently fulfilled a substantial order for checkpoint screening equipment at a copper mining production center in Mexico. Each of the seven stations includes an Autoclear 6040 X-ray system, 8000C metal detection portal and Model 20 HandWand metal detector. They will be used to screen for weapons and explosives as people enter the mine area and for copper theft upon exit.

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Morpho Launches World's Fastest Iris Capture Device

(October, 4, 2013) Capable of acquiring iris images in just one second, it is the fastest device available on the market. Morpho will unveil this innovation at GITEX 2013 in Dubai from October 20 - 24 hall S2-C1. It provides effortless, non-intrusive acquisition as the user simply needs to stand within the designated zone and look at the device. With an iris capture distance of one meter, this advanced system is suitable for both enrolment and verification.

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Exclusive: Iraq still using bogus bomb detectors - and thousands pay the price

(October, 4, 2013) Bogus bomb detectors are still being used in Iraq five months after a British businessman who supplied the devices was found guilty of fraud. More than 4,500 people are estimated to have been killed in Iraq - 979 of them in September alone - since James McCormick, a former policeman, was convicted at the Old Bailey in April.

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Afghan military faces surge in roadside bombs

(October, 3, 2013) Raqam Jan was at home on furlough after two years of fighting for the Afghan army when he stepped out of his house and onto a homemade mine. It had been planted not just to kill him but to send a message to his fellow villagers about the perils of serving in the Afghan security forces. Recovering from shrapnel wounds to his legs in a military hospital in Gardez, near the border with Pakistan, the 24-year-old private vented his frustration with the Taliban's increasing use of what the U.S. military calls IEDs, or improvised explosive devices.

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British soldier dies as US troops miss roadside bomb

(October, 2, 2013) Sergeant Lee Davidson, 32, died on September 9 last year when an armoured vehicle was blown up in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand. The convoy was travelling along a route that had been swept an hour earlier by US bombexperts in special detector vehicles.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector Receives STAC Certification in France

(October, 1, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation , a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that its TSA-approved QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector has been certified by Service Technique de l'Aviation Civile (STAC) in France. The QS-B220 is now certified for purchase and deployment to screen passengers, cargo, cabins, and baggage for explosives in airports throughout France.

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New American Chemical Society video on the world's most sensitive explosive detector to date

(October, 1, 2013) A new American Chemical Society video focuses on the world's most sensitive explosive detector to date. Known as FIDO, the handheld detector has been used to detect roadside bombs in Iraq, as well as in homeland security operations and airport security.

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Explosive trace detector gets French approval

(October, 2, 2013) A U.S.-made desktop explosives trace detector has been approved for use by France, opening the door for marketing opportunities throughout Europe. Certification of Implant Sciences Corporation's QS-B220 was given by Service Technique de l'Aviation Civile (STAC) and follows its approval this year by the U.S. Transportation Security Agency for air cargo screening.

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Bomb scare at council building

(October, 1, 2013) Police have found nothing suspicious at the Horowhenua District Council building following a bomb scare earlier at the morning. The cordon put in around the building is still in place, but will come down shortly.

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Syria conflict brings attention to chemical detection

(October, 1, 2013) In a world of tanks and fighter jets, chemical hazard detection devices aren't exactly high profile. But nothing brings them into the light like a sarin gas attack.Officials at Smiths Detection, which makes detectors locally and overseas that are small enough to take into the field, said they have spotted the firm's units used in Syria as international peacekeepers search for more details about attacks that killed civilians in the war-torn country.

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Morpho and Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam Sign Agreement on Strategic Collaboration

(October, 1, 2013) Morpho (Safran) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), the leading state-owned bank in Vietnam, announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote and develop strategic collaboration to enhance IT security and relevant skill development of BIDV and its personnel. Within the scope of this agreement, Morpho will promote the use of biometrics, payment and digital identity management technologies and solutions. "By choosing Morpho's high-tech solutions for integration in our current systems, BIDV has gained a strategic partner, allowing us to give our clients and employees state-of-the-art, high-security biometric-based solutions," said Tran Bac Ha, Chairman and CEO of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

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Bombings and Terrorists

(September, 24, 2013) THE explosions in Davao have alerted the Philippine National Police in our province. What happened in Duterte Country could happen anywhere in the Philippines. It is not over reaction but I saw recently some policemen roving in the malls. They are just responding to what V.I. Lenin said, "The purpose of terror is to terrorize." I do not say that there are terrorists in our area. The Americans believed that there were no terrorists in America until the 1,200 pound explosive cargo in the underground garage beneath the World Trade Center Complex caused a domino-like disaster in 1993. The Americans started to ask question, "Is America under siege?"

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Nairobi mall attack was waiting to happen

(September, 23, 2013) Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, part Israeli-owned and often crowded with well-to-do Kenyans, expatriates, diplomats and UN workers, has long been seen as a soft target for Islamic militants.

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Lebanon: The Great Explosives Detector Hoax

(September, 19, 2013) After the recent car bombs that killed dozens in Beirut and Tripoli, Lebanon's public and private security forces armed themselves with a simple device that allegedly can detect explosives in a car. Al-Akhbar put the detectors to the test. Here are the results. All over Beirut, you inevitably come across security guards carrying a plastic device, with what looks like an antenna extending from it, much like an old radio.

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Sidon police start to use new, German bomb detectors

(September, 19, 2013) Municipal police in Sidon began to use bomb detection devices from Germany , in a bid to reassure the public over the efficacy of security measures. As The Daily Star previously reported, explosives detection devices widely used in commercial establishments and some government installations have been exposed as inoperative.

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Bomb-detecting Lasers Could Improve Security Checkpoints

(September, 19, 2013) Michigan State University research has put the possibility of bomb-detecting lasers at security checkpoints within reach. In the current issue of Applied Physics Letters, Marcos Dantus, MSU chemistry professor and founder of BioPhotonic Solutions, has developed a laser that can detect micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage.

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Morpho becomes first RuPay-certified vendor for chip card manufacturing in India

(September, 18, 2013) Morpho (Safran) announced that its Indian subsidiary Syscom has been certified as the first and to date only payment card manufacturer in India for the manufacturing and personalization of chip cards for RuPay, the Indian payment card network by National Payments Corporation of India. The RuPay chip card is based on the D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) platform, which is the EMV technology of Discover Financial Services.

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Multiple U.S. Government Agencies Place Orders for QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector

(September, 18, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced that, in Government agencies purchased multiple QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detectors. These purchases were made possible due to Implant Sciences' QS-B220 successfully completing Independent Testing & Evaluation (IT&E) with the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL).

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Implant Sciences to Demonstrate TSA-Approved QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector at Miami International Airport West Cargo Area

(September, 17, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced the Company will host explosives trace detection briefings and demonstrations of its TSA-approved QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector at the Miami International Airport on Thursday.

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TSA to buys explosive detection system equipment and services from L-3 for airport in Portland

(September, 17, 2013) TSA has decided to award a sole source contract to L-3 Communications Corp., of Woburn, MA, the incumbent supplier of medium speed explosives detection systems at the Portland International Airport in Portland, OR, for the supply of "ancillary equipment items and services" to support those detection systems.

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Bioimaging Laser Branches Out to Bomb Detection

(September, 12, 2013) A method originally developed for biomedical imaging puts the possibility of bomb-detecting lasers at security checkpoints within reach. Michigan State University chemistry professor Marcos Dantus has developed a laser that senses micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage.

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Bomb hoax calls delayed 22 long-distance trains starting from Mumbai in two years

(September, 16, 2013) Most passengers running late to board a train have clung to one hope irrespective of the consequences to delay the train by hook or by crook. Hoax bomb calls have delayed 22 long-distance trains departing from Mumbai in the past two years.

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Coghlin Companies Builds Explosives Detectors Used at Queen's Birthday Celebration

(September, 14, 2013) Coghlin Companies was contracted by Wilmington, Mass.-based Implant Sciences Corporation to manufacture the Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector. This explosive detector was used to protect the more than 600 people who attended the birthday celebration of Queen Elizabeth II at the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in June.

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Bioimaging Laser Branches Out To Bomb Detection

(September, 12, 2013) A method originally developed for biomedical imaging puts the possibility of bomb-detecting lasers at security checkpoints within reach. Michigan State University chemistry professor Marcos Dantus has developed a laser that senses micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage.

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K9 Bomb Detection Unit heads to Saugerties Police Department

(September, 12, 2013) It's the first of its kind for Ulster and Green counties. A K9 Bomb Detection Unit is headed to the Saugerties Police Department, thanks to a Homeland Security grant. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on how the police dog will serve more than just the town.

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Kromek hopes to raise £15m on Aim to support growth

(September, 11, 2013) Kromek, a world leader in materials identification using X-ray and gamma rays, will on Thursday announce its intention to list on the Alternative Investment Market. The company, a pioneer in developing digital colour and 3D X-ray imaging technology using cadmium zinc telluride crystals, hopes to raise about £15m to support its growth. It is currently valued at about £75m. Panmure Gordon are the nominated advisers.

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Amphion Innovations surges as Kromek prepares to fly

(September, 12, 2013) Shares in Amphion Innovations surged as one of its portfolio companies, Kromek Group, revealed it is to list on AIM. Amphion, which specialises in backing medical and technology businesses, has a 13.3% equity stake in Kromek, a digital colour x-ray imaging technology company. The size of the stake in the company may change, however, as a result of new capital being issued by Kromek.

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SAFRAN : Morpho Detection Partners with Angel Flight Northeast

(September, 12, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced it has partnered with Angel Flight Northeast, a nonprofit that coordinates free air transportation for patients to access life-saving medical care. As a result, Angel Flight Northeast will be able to coordinate more than 60 additional flights for patients who need to access life-saving medical care that would normally be out of their reach. Angel Flight Northeast coordinates approximately 90 flights each week.

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Scanner firm plans £15m stock market flotation

(September, 12, 2013) An ambitious North-East technology firm hopes to raise £15m from a stock market flotation to fuel future expansion. Kromek, based at NetPark, near Sedgefield, County Durham, plans to join the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) as it targets growth opportunities in the medical imaging, security screening and nuclear detection sectors.

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Using Silicon Nanowires to Detect Explosives

(September, 11, 2013) The sensor, called Silicon Nanowires in a Vertical Array with a Porous Electrode, or SiN-VAPOR, is a small, portable, lightweight, low power, low overhead sensor that NRL researchers hope can be distributed to warfighters in the field and to security personnel at airports across the globe.

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New bomb-detecting laser may improve airport security, say researchers

(September, 11, 2013) Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have developed a laser that can detect extremely minute traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage. The new technology could be used to improve bomb-detection at security checkpoints.

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Simple compact laser system could detect presence of explosives

(September, 10, 2013) A simple, compact system could bring laser technology to the task of bomb detection at security checkpoints, researchers at Michigan State University say. University scientists report they've developed a laser that can detect micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage.

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Researching new detectors for chemical, biological threats

(September, 10, 2013) Sandia National Laboratories scientists are thinking small, building on decades of sensor work to invent tiny detectors that can sniff out everything from explosives and biotoxins to smuggled humans. Their potential seems unlimited. The military needs to find low concentrations of chemicals, such as those used in roadside bombs or chemical warfare agents, before they hurt anyone.

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American Science gets government contract worth up to $12.4M

(September, 9, 2013) Maker of X-ray detection technology American Science & Engineering has been awarded a security contract by the U.S. government. The Billerica, Mass.-based business, which makes X-ray inspection device and systems that detects hidden objects, including guns and knives, plastic and liquid explosives and composite weapons, will initially receive $4.2 million to support what explosive detection technology or what the company says are "critical security initiatives."

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Navy to purchase MMP-30 bomb-disposal robots from The Machine Lab for use in Afghanistan

(September, 9, 2013) GE Intelligent Platforms ADEPT3100 is a cost effective SWaP optimized automatic video tracking and image stabilization solution for platforms where size, weight and power consumption are severely constrained, such as in the cramped space of small autonomous vehicles and man portable devices.

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Anti-Shia Suicide bomber arrested, 3 terrorist groups dismantled in Baghdad

(September, 9, 2013) The Ministry of Interior declared dismantling three Qaeda networks and arresting a suicide bomber in Baghdad. The Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Saad Maan, reported in statement on Sunday ''The Federal Police/ Third Regiment of the Intelligence Directorate managed to dismantle three terrorist networks that belong to Qaeda terrorist Organization in Baghdad.''

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Terrorism in America since 9/11

(September, 8, 2013) We are about to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Since then, al Qaeda and its affiliated groups haven't launched a successful attack in the United States. The Boston Marathon bombings in April, however, serve as a reminder that the United States still faces a terrorism threat from disaffected U.S. citizens and residents who are influenced by al Qaeda's ideology.

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Coghlin Companies Builds Explosives Detectors Used at Queen's Birthday Celebration

(September, 5, 2013) Coghlin Companies was contracted by Wilmington, Mass.-based Implant Sciences Corporation to manufacture the Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector. This explosive detector was used to protect the more than 600 people who attended the birthday celebration of Queen Elizabeth II at the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in June.

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Explosive detection at your fingertips

(September, 3, 2013) Forget lab-on-a-chip, US nanoengineers have now developed lab-on-a-finger, which they have used to detect explosive and gunshot residues. Termed a Forensic Finger, this lab-on-a-finger device consists of two plastic finger coverings worn on the index finger and thumb. A system of three electrodes for conducting voltammetry, in which analytes are detected by the current they generate when oxidizing or reduced at a working electrode, are printed onto the index finger covering.

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New Detectors Could Turn Smartphones into Explosive Detectors

(September, 2, 2013) Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a technology to fabricate a sensor that could detect chemical substances traces in gaseous or liquid form, at unprecedented low concentrations. The new detector employs a new silicon fabrication technique called 'Silicon Nanowires in a Vertical Array with a Porous Electrode' (SiN-VAPOR); this technology has demonstrated detection capability on the parts-per-billion (PPB), and even parts-per-trillion level of sensitivity.

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Morpho Detection And Nexus Select Kaon's Interactive 3D Virtual Products and Marketing Tools

(September, 2, 2013) Kaon Interactive® announces that Morpho Detection, a subsidiary of Morpho, Safran's security business, and advanced technology provider Nexus IS ("Nexus") have selected Kaon® interactive 3D virtual products to dramatically enhance the way the two companies market and demonstrate their products to prospects at trade shows and in sales meetings. Morpho Detection, a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics detection systems, needed a more innovative and effective way for its global sales team to quickly convey the key features and benefits of its multi-ton checked baggage explosives detection systems (EDS) without having the physical products present.

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East End Marine Task Force christens high-tech boat

(August, 24, 2013) A 41-foot aluminum boat commissioned last week has a wide range of rescue, enforcement and firefighting capabilities. But what makes the craft unique on Long Island is its ability to test for radioactive, chemical, biological and explosive hazards without endangering the crew.

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Surveillance and Monitoring of Explosive, Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Hazards - Focus on Biological Hazards

(August, 23, 2013) This report concentrates on the global and regional markets for technologies involved in the manufacture of different types of biological hazard monitoring equipment and their application markets.

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ECoR moves to next security level, system to be in place in 4 stations

(August, 23, 2013) Come January and East Coast Railway (ECoR) will have installed Integrated Security System (ISS), a comprehensive multi-screening and surveillance of passengers, at four of its major stations. The Indian Railways has already commissioned ISS across 51 stations in the country. Under ECoR, the Integrated Security System will be installed at Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and Visakhapatnam.

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Sensor Electronics - Toxic Gas Detectors

(August, 23, 2013) Sensor Electronics, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has over a quarter-century of experience engineering, designing, installing, and maintaining toxic and explosive gas detection systems. The company's detectors are at work on offshore platforms, pipelines, sterilization chambers, steel mills, bottling works, sewage-treatment plants, supermarkets, airports, semiconductor facilities and methane districts, and highway tunnels all over the world.

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Implant Sciences Sponsors Global Sports Summit

(August, 22, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation (otcqb:IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that it sponsored and attended The Global Sports Summit, the first and only private meeting designed for leaders and owners of sports franchises from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, European Football and other professional sports globally. On August 4th through 6th in Aspen, Colorado, Implant Sciences was a Session Host Sponsor where the Company met with the key decision makers and owners of global sports franchises.

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Using Silicon Nanowires to Detect Explosives

(August, 22, 2013) Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a technology, using silicon to fabricate a sensor that may revolutionize the way trace chemical detection is conducted. The sensor, called Silicon Nanowires in a Vertical Array with a Porous Electrode, or SiN-VAPOR, is a small, portable, lightweight, low power, low overhead sensor that NRL researchers hope can be distributed to warfighters in the field and to security personnel at airports across the globe.

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New Detectors Could Turn Smartphones into Explosive Detectors

(August, 22, 2013) Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a technology to fabricate a sensor that could detect chemical substances traces in gaseous or liquid form, at unprecedented low concentrations. The new detector employs a new silicon fabrication technique called 'Silicon Nanowires in a Vertical Array with a Porous Electrode' (SiN-VAPOR); this technology has demonstrated detection capability on the parts-per-billion (PPB), and even parts-per-trillion level of sensitivity.

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No explosives found at site of alleged Skidway Lake bomb threat

(August, 22, 2013) The Skidway Lake community got a bit of a scare when several emergency responders from multiple departments were on-scene at the Food Pride in Skidway Lake Aug. 17 in response to an alleged bomb threat.

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Maker of Undetectable Underwear Bomb Still at Large, Spawning Proteges

(August, 22, 2013) l Qaeda has developed a new bomb, built to blow up passenger planes, which cannot be detected at airport security checkpoints by trained dogs or bomb detection machines, according to John Pistole, chief of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Smiths Detection Launches Threat Identification Module for Liquids

(August, 22, 2013) Smiths Detection launches a Threat Identification Module (TIM) for liquids, allowing an easy and inexpensive upgrade of its standard X-ray baggage screening systems to enable the detection of liquid threats. Designed as a simple add-on, TIM can be readily attached to Smiths Detection's widely used HI-SCAN 6040i and HI-SCAN 6046si scanners. The module will automatically upgrade their detection standards to those approved as Liquid Explosives Detection Systems (LEDS)

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Breast implant explosives could be used in terrorist attack

(August, 20, 2013) Heathrow Airport staff have been warned that women could conceal dangerous explosives in their breasts. Al-Qaeda's chief bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri is thought to have developed explosives that can be concealed in implants or bodily cavities and escape detection from airport scanners.

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Australia apologises to Solomon Islands PM for airport swab

(August, 20, 2013) Australia has apologised to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo after a lapse in protocol saw him swabbed for explosives at Brisbane airport. "He should have been exempt from the random explosive trace detection test," the spokeswoman said.

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Contraband smuggling cases up by 17% in first half of 2013: ICA

(August, 20, 2013) The terrorist employed different systems to smuggle dangerous materials such as weapons or explosives into Singapore. Therefore, ICA takes a serious view on any smuggling attempt and appropriate actions will be taken against the smugglers.

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Surveillance and Monitoring of Explosive, Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Hazards

(August, 19, 2013) The global market for ECBN hazard monitoring, decontamination and personal protective equipment was valued at $148.3 billion in 2012 and is expected to increase to $193.7 billion in 2014 and then to $387.9 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.9% over the five-year period from 2014 to 2019. A hazard is a real or potential condition that can cause injury, illness or death to personnel; damage to or loss of equipment or property; or damage to the environment. Hazards can be caused by hostile forces (e.g., terrorists, conventional military force) or accidental release of chemical or biological agents (e.g., natural disaster, accidental release by governmental or commercial sectors). Hazardous material is a substance that due to its explosive, chemical or biological nature causes safety, public health or environmental concerns that require an elevated level of effort to manage.

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GA-ASI demonstrates Predator B electronic attack capabilities

(August, 19, 2013) General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA ASI), maker of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, demonstrated the Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV's) electronic attack capability.The purpose of the demonstration was to evaluate the viability of an RPA to conduct electronic warfare missions against enemy air defenses in support of tactical strike aircraft. GA-ASI participated with a company-owned Predator B RPA equipped with a jamming pod containing a Northrop Grumman Digital Receiver/Exciter and controlled by a GA-ASI Ground Control Station (GCS).

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ALERT renewed as homeland security Center of Excellence

(August, 19, 2013) The Depart¬ment of Home¬land Secu¬rity Sci¬ence and Tech¬nology Direc¬torate has announced the renewal of Northeastern's Aware¬ness and Local¬iza¬tion of Explo¬sives Related Threats Center as a DHS Center of Excel¬lence. This dis¬tinc¬tion, given to just 12 research cen¬ters in the nation, is accom¬pa¬nied by a five-year funding com¬mit¬ment, including $2.5 mil¬lion in the first year.

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Pipe Bombs Found At Local Campgrounds

(August, 18, 2013) The Ross County Sheriff's office reports that they were called to the Paint Creek State Park Camping Area located on Taylor Road outside of Bainbridge after a bomb went off at around 2:30 a.m. Shortly before 10 a.m., a camper found a plastic pipe near their campsite and took it to the campground's store where police were notified after park officials believed the item was another explosive.

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Earth-observation sensor adapted to hunt explosives

(August, 9, 2013) Satellite technology intended for Earth observation has been adapted to create an instrument that can recognize explosives remotely. Developed by a team of scientists in the UK, the system uses an infrared laser to detect volatile compounds given off by explosives and other dangerous materials.

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Reversing the flow of technology, DRDO sells know how to US

(August, 8, 2013) In a first, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India has globally commercialized a home-grown technology. A portable explosive detection kit, made in a lab in Pune, has been sold by the DRDO to an American company. Till three years ago, this was completely unthinkable as the DRDO was on the technology denial list of America.

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India's DRDO launches explosive detection kit in US

(August, 7, 2013) Widely used in India by bomb detection squads and the armed forces since 2002, the handy kit would be manufactured and sold in the US. It looks like a little pocket sized cigar box, but it packs a mighty punch in the fight against terrorism. And now this nifty explosive detection kit, developed by the India's Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), is all set to play its part in the US too.

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Chargers, NFL prepare for new public safety measure

(August, 6, 2013) To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into all NFL stadiums, this offseason the National Football League introduced a policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium.

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Turkey receives Husky mine detection vehicles

(August, 6, 2013) Turkey's military has taken delivery of four Husky mine detection vehicles from DCD Protected Mobility. The two-seat vehicles were shipped to Turkey a month ago and will replace manual mine detection systems. A number of Turkey's borders are mined, notably those with Syria, Iraq and Iran. The vehicles will be used primarily in areas where Kurdish rebels have been fighting for autonomy.

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US grabs wallet-sized bomb detector created by Indian scientist

(August, 3, 2013) When Reny Roy was assigned a project 15 years ago, she had no idea it would one day get a Washington DC debut as India's first defense technology transfer to the United States. The project headed by Roy, a scientist at DRDO's explosives lab in Pune, led to the creation of Explosive. Detection Kit (EDK), which makes it easy to detect all kinds of explosive, especially those used by terrorists.

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Small airports across India face major security threats

(August, 2, 2013) Inadequate surveillance devices, broken X-ray machines, shortage of wireless sets and illegal constructions make a mockery of the security arrangements in several smaller airports across the country. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has found some major faults in the security systems at airports in Bhuj, Aurgangabad, Bhopal, Juhu, Kanpur and Imphal. The bureau recently wrote to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman flagging the issue.

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DRDO could sell its explosive detector in US

(August, 1, 2013) It won't be a blow-out entry that will sweep America's famed military machine off its feet. But for an organization that was once sanctioned by Washington, derided by New Delhi's import lobby, and mocked even by frustrated swadeshi partisans, India's long-suffering military-technology outfit Defense Research and Development Organization is taking baby steps this week towards enhancing its reputation with the launch of an explosive detection kit in the United States.

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Bomb detector conman convicted of fraud

(August, 1, 2013) A conman who made millions of pounds selling useless bomb detectors and duped officials including Jeremy Paxman's ambassador brother has been convicted of fraud. His detector in fact had its origins in a novelty golf ball finder and was nothing more than a retractable antenna mounted on a plastic box. The lucrative scam saw him turn over up to £3 million a year.

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Radio host says TSA agents inappropriately touched, embarrassed her

(August, 1, 2013) A popular local radio host says a recent security screening at Orlando International Airport left her feeling humiliated because she is confined to a wheelchair. Real Radio 104.1 FM's "Jana Banana" said she was touched inappropriately by TSA agents and it isn't the first time she's had problems at the airport. A picture posted on her public Facebook profile shows her seemingly distraught after the screening, with an explanation saying, "I was detained, interrogated and molested by 6 TSA agents and 3 bomb explosive experts for over and hour...I've never felt so humiliated."

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Implant Sciences Moves Into 58,000 sq. ft. Manufacturing & Office Facility to Accommodate Anticipated Demand

(August, 1, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced that it has moved its headquarters and manufacturing operations to 500 Research Drive Unit 3, Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887. The new 58,000 square foot facility, located in the same technology park as its prior location, offers the Company more than double its previous space.

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Soldiers learn counter-improvised explosive device tactics

(August, 1, 2013) Improvised explosive devices, the No. 1 threat for coalition forces in Afghanistan, killed 104 U.S. troops and injured more than 1,700 in 2012. Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, are building skills to detect and counter IEDs during a two-week, dismounted, counter-IED tactics master-trainer course.

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Morpho Detection Appoints Karen Bomba President and CEO

(August, 1, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., today announced the appointment of Karen Bomba to President and CEO, effective immediately. Bomba succeeds Brad Buswell, who has served as President and CEO since 2011. Following his resignation, Buswell will continue to help grow the business in his new role as Executive Vice President for Business Development.

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Implant Sciences' Quantum Sniffer Explosives and Drugs Trace Detection Systems to Be Exhibited at 11th Annual Expo Seguridad Mexico

(July, 27, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced that it will exhibit its TSA-Approved Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector and its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector at Expo Seguridad México from April 23th through 25th, at the Banamex Center in Mexico City, Mexico. Implant Sciences will be showing its systems in booth 3501 of local security equipment supplier, Share y Asociados SA de CV.

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US Navy Goes Fishing After Great Barrier Reef Bombs

(July, 27, 2013) Last week, US officials confirmed that four inert bombs had been dropped on the Great Barrier Reef from two US AV-8B Harrier aircraft. The bombs were originally meant to be dropped onto Townshed Island as part of a training exercise, but an unclear drop zone prompted the pilots to jettison their deadly cargo after running low on fuel. The bombs were unarmed and did not explode but still contain around 1000kg of high explosives between them.

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Earth-observation sensor adapted to hunt explosives

(July, 26, 2013) Satellite technology intended for Earth observation has been adapted to create an instrument that can recognize explosives remotely. Developed by a team of scientists in the UK, the system uses an infrared laser to detect volatile compounds given off by explosives and other dangerous materials. Home-made chemical and explosive weapons pose a significant risk to people in many places around the world. Most improvised devices have some kind of volatile material associated with them.

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Military contractor to pay $2M in whistle-blower deal

(July, 26, 2013) Defense contractor CyTerra Corp. - a big maker of Improvised Explosive Device sensors for the U.S. military - has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to resolve civil-fraud allegations by two former Orlando officials who turned whistle-blowers, according to a government settlement made public recently.

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Pay to speed through airport security?

(July, 25, 2013) The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand a program that lets travelers pay a fee to get through airport checkpoints faster. Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar: People will not be going through airport security faster if more people have PreCheck. Then no one will be in the regular line.

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Smiths Detection Wins Approximately $7M Chemical Detector Order

(July, 25, 2013) Smiths Detection announced a follow-on production order worth approximately $7 million from the U.S. Army under the Department of Defense's Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) program. The JCAD is based on Smiths Detection's LCD product line of advanced, light-weight, threat detection devices that can be easily strapped to a belt. The LCD is a cost-effective solution that protects military personnel, police and hazmat responders by testing the air and providing an immediate warning if dangerous chemicals such as warfare agents and toxic substances are detected.

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Gary Bolton trial: Jury out in 'fake bomb detector' trial

(July, 24, 2013) The jury in the trial of a businessman accused of creating a company that sold bomb detectors that did not work has retired to consider its verdict. The Old Bailey heard the devices made by Gary Bolton, 47, were nothing more than boxes with handles and antennae.

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Kurdish Security Forces Shield Region From Iraq's Security Woes

(July, 24, 2013) At the last checkpoint on the road leading into the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, a driver rolls down his window and a uniformed officer peers into the car. Strict control of access to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has helped insulate it against the violence that plagues the rest of the country, where bombings and shootings are a daily reality that has driven thousands of Arabs, including Christians, north seeking refuge.

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Wireless Technology Transforming Fixed Point Gas Detection

(July, 24, 2013) Fixed gas detection systems now feature some of the most advanced technologies available. They offer numerous benefits that have improved the functionality of the gas detection system, improving their reliability and offering increased confidence in their purpose of offering protection against. Today, wireless communication is one of the most recent technologies that is transforming fixed point gas detection. Wireless fixed point gas detectors are strategically placed in locations where there is a danger of a potential build up of hazardous gases. The detectors send a signal to the control system to alert the facility and people working nearby that the area is no longer fully safe to operate in.

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TSA Grounds Gag Gift Gone Wrong, Knives, Fireworks and More

(July, 23, 2013) There is no shortage of traveler complaints when it comes to TSA. But there is a blog that shows another side of the government agency and the challenges they face when it comes to airline passengers. From fake bombs to pumps with heels designed to look like miniature pistols, there is seemingly no end to the objectionable things people will try to get through an airport security screening.

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Suspect identified in bomb threat

(July, 16, 2013) The Albany County Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect in connection with other bomb threat south of Laramie. Deputies responded to a business on Fort Sanders Drive after receiving a report that a vehicle was possibly rigged with explosives. After locating the vehicle, deputies requested the assistance of the University of Wyoming bomb detection K-9 team, Wyoming Highway Patrol and a special response team comprised of Laramie Police Department bomb technicians and Laramie Fire Department vehicles and personnel.

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FLIR Systems Announces $16 Million Order to Support International Counter-Terrorism

(July, 15, 2013) Flir announced today that it has received a $16 million order for its Recon B2-FO integrated dual-channel thermal binoculars from an Asian government customer strategically allied with the United States. This longstanding FLIR customer is one of the largest users of the company's successful Recon product line. Work under this order will be performed out of FLIR's facility in Billerica, MA, with shipments expected to be completed in the next 12 months.

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Scientists, police study effects of suicide bombs

(July, 14, 2013) Federal government scientists are studying how to best to deal with a suicide bomber targeting Canadian city buses, according to documents obtained by the Citizen. In a test conducted in October 2011, scientists from the Ottawa-based Defence Research and Development Canada, along with specialists from various police forces, detonated an explosive vest on board a city bus in Temagami, Ont.

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Explosives-detection research for airport security is topic of DHS briefings next month in D.C.

(July, 14, 2013) Explosives-detection experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will brief industry on research efforts in explosives-detection equipment and strategies of finding explosives hidden in checked baggage and carried by airline passengers at airport security checkpoint screening systems next month in Washington.

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Port Security Grants put to work

(July, 14, 2013) Safeguarding a portion of the state known for its large petrochemical industry and busy waterway is a major undertaking and one that can be costly as well. Port Security Grants can help alleviate some of the cost of a project by requiring a 25 percent match to the federal government's 75 percent.

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Implant Sciences' explosive trace detection system clears a key TSA testing hurdle

(July, 12, 2013) Implant Sciences Corp., a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced on July 9 that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detection system has successfully completed Independent Testing and Evaluation (IT&E) by TSA. The device still has several more hurdles to clear before it can be added to TSA's approved product list for use in passenger screening.

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In Iraq, the Bomb-Detecting Device That Didn't Work, Except to Make Money

(July, 11, 2013) Major General Jihad al-Jabiri, head of the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior's bomb squad, held a press conference at the ministry officer's club in Baghdad. Car bomb attacks in the city had killed 127 people and wounded at least 400 more the previous day, and al-Jabiri had come to answer criticism of the explosives-detection devices deployed at the city's 1,400 checkpoints. To prove the effectiveness of the equipment, known as the ADE 651, al-Jabiri had arranged a live demonstration before the world's TV cameras.

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Terrorist cells cooking up liquid explosives

(July, 10, 2013) The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) of Indonesia revealed that more and more terrorists are resorting to undetectable liquid explosives like nitroglycerin. The warning came as the government steps up security ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali in October. The forum will be attended by the heads of 21 Pacific rim economies, including US President Barrack Obama and China President Xi Jinping.

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Navy and FBI cross-train on bomb detection

(July, 10, 2013) The FBI and Navy began cross-training ten years ago during the U.S. War on Terror to share each organization's unique skill-set and knowledge to better protect the country from explosive threats. The FBI has extensive experience in investigating improvised explosive devices, while the military has frequent encounters with IEDs. The Navy explosive ordinance disposal unit technicians have learned how to better analyze evidence at a crime scene from the FBI.

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Standoff Detection of IEDs - with DARPA's MEDS Program

(July, 9, 2013) In October 2012 The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) published a call for technology developers to come up with innovative ideas for explosive detection technologies capable of detecting and identifying explosives from standoff distance. The 'Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff' or MEDS program is seeking to rapidly develop and demonstrate non-contact methods to detect explosives packaged in opaque cases, or embedded with high water content.

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307th Engineers assume teaching role during partnership operations

(July, 6, 2013) Afghanistan is changing, and so is the way U.S. and coalition forces are fighting and maneuvering on the battlefield. The 704th Clearance Company, 307th Engineer Battalion, Task Force SAW, Arkansas Reserves, has been conducting route clearance and partnership operations since they arrived in Regional Command West in January 2013. The 704th has not only embraced their current mission, but they have gone above and beyond to also train Afghan soldiers on their clearance techniques. One U.S. soldier in particular has taken his job to heart.

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Bomb threat delays Vaigai Express in Tiruchi

(July, 4, 2013) An anonymous call claiming that a bomb had been planted in the Chennai-bound Vaigai Express from Madurai kept security personnel on tenterhooks. The call, which turned out to be a hoax, delayed the departure of the train from Tiruchi Junction more than an hour and a half. The prank call caused hardship to travellers who alighted from the train upon being alerted by the security personnel to enable them to carry out thorough checks.

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Safran: Morpho Detection Awared Brazil Airport Contract for Desktop Explosives Trace Detecion

(July, 4, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced that Infraero, Brazil's national airport operator, has purchased 45 Itemiser® DX desktop explosives trace detection (ETD) systems. A lightweight, portable desktop system, Itemiser DX can detect residue from explosives on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces. Under terms of the contract, all systems will be deployed to airports in Brazil later this year to support passenger and baggage screening efforts.

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Security: No issues at Peachtree Road Race

(July, 4, 2013) Security for this years' Peachtree Road Race was tighter than it has ever been before. More than 50 different law enforcement agencies came together to make sure this years' race ran without any problems.Those who participated in Atlanta's annual Independence Day event said security was on their minds. They remembered what happened at the Boston Marathon, but they were not worried.

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Smiths Detection Provides Handheld Explosives Detectors to Protect Pittsburgh Marathon

(July, 3, 2013) Smiths Detection has supplied the Pittsburgh UASI Urban Area Working Group with 15 SABRE 5000 handheld trace detectors, first used to help protect attendees and participants at the Pittsburgh Marathon on 5 May, 2013. The SABRE 5000 is the smallest, lightest tri-mode handheld system available for detecting trace amounts of explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals or narcotics. Its miniaturized detection technology is programmed to detect and identify over 40 threat substances in about 20 seconds, including common chemicals often used in Improvised Explosive Devices and Home-Made Explosives.

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NIITEK awarded $2.13 million DARPA contract to help detect hidden explosives

(July, 2, 2013) NIITEK, Inc., part of the Chemring Sensors and Electronics business unit and a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC, and its academic and small business partners, have received a $2.13 million dollar contract from DARPA for the development of a new method for detection of hidden explosives.

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TSA to buy TDP for an explosives detection system exclusively from Morpho Detection

(July, 2, 2013) TSA has decided to award a contract worth almost $1 million to Morpho Detection, Inc., one of the two qualified manufacturers of "medium speed explosive detection systems" (MSEDS), for the technical data package for the specific system that Morpho supplies.

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Implant bomb detection tech used at Queen Elizabeth's birthday bash

(July, 1, 2013) Explosives trace detectors developed by Implant Sciences Corp. were used at screening points at Queen Elizabeth II's birthday bash recently. The Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 technology is portable and provides quick and accurate detection of trace amounts of explosives.

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Detecting Homemade Explosives, Not Toothpaste

(July, 1, 2013) Sandia National Laboratories researchers want airports, border checkpoints and others to detect homemade explosives made with hydrogen peroxide without nabbing people whose toothpaste happens to contain peroxide. That's part of the challenge faced in developing a portable sensor to detect a common homemade explosive called a FOx (fuel/oxidizer) mixture, made by mixing hydrogen peroxide with fuels, said Chris Brotherton, principal investigator for a Sandia research project on chemiresponsive sensors.

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Afghans rush to learn risky art of defusing bombs

(June, 24, 2013) Each day on average, two to three roadside or buried bombs explode somewhere in Afghanistan, according to numbers compiled by the United Nations, which says that the explosives killed 868 civilians last year, 40 percent of the civilian deaths in insurgent attacks. Also, buried or roadside bombs accounted for 64 percent of the 3,300 international coalition troops killed or wounded last year, the NATO force says.

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Cops recover 44 IEDs from Jhumra foothill

(June, 24, 2013) Security men thwarted a major attack by recovering 44 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted in a series using special kind of wires (codex) on a muddy stretch of 150 metres between Purnapani and Hurdag in the Jhumra foothill. This was the second big trap laid by Maoists against the security personnel in the past six months.

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Morpho and BAC sign aviation security deal

(June, 24, 2013) Morpho (Safran) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) for co-operation in aviation security. The agreement was signed by Morpho chairman and chief executive Jean-Paul Jainsky and BAC aviation marketing manager Waleed Fakhro. The MoU establishes the framework of a two-phase project involving Morpho's participation in the Bahrain International Airshow 2014 (BIAS 2014) and the operational testing and evaluation of aviation security solution MorphoPASS by BAC.

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Media Placement at Examiner.com for Identa's Touch and Know Detection Kits

(June, 21, 2013) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham released the last Media Placement at Examiner.com, that provides hyper localized content and serves as a daily news and entertainment hub comprised of several regional editions.

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When Hijackers Ruled the American Skies

(June, 20, 2013) Lengthy and intrusive airport security procedures, disquiet over the TSA's more elaborate innovations notwithstanding, are largely accepted as a matter of routine nowadays, even when one is subjected to phone-tapping, garbage-sifting-level scrutiny. Last year, I took a flight from Germany to Israel on the latter's flag carrier, El Al-known as the world's most secure airline, with no successful hijackings since their first and only more than four decades ago-and I was "selected" as a suspicious passenger.

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Morpho Detection announces purchase from Brazil

(June, 20, 2013) Morpho Detection, Inc., announced that Brazil's national airport operator, Infraero, has purchased 45 Itemiser DX desktop explosive trace detection systems.The Itemiser DX is a portable, lightweight desktop device which detects residue of explosives on skin, bags, clothings, parcels, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces. The manufacturer's contract with Infraero states Morpho will be delivering the systems to Brazil airports later in the year, to help the airport support its security efforts among passenger and baggage screening areas.

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Holograms Greet Fliers at Airport Security

(June, 18, 2013) The future is here folks. And her name is Carla. The reportedly $26,000 holographic avatar instructs travelers in line at Boston Logan International Airport in how to prepare for security screenings. Similar "virtual assistants" work 24-7 at airports in Istanbul, Long Beach, Dubai, Washington Dulles and Macau.

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Implant Sciences Sells QS-B220 Systems to Major European Airport for Air Cargo Screening

(June, 17, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced the sale of Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detectors to a major international airport in the European Union for use in air cargo screening. The Company has been serving the aviation security market since 2007 and to date has delivered hundreds of units to customers in 17 countries across 4 continents.

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Russia Faces Security Challenges at Sochi Olympics

(June, 15, 2013) Drones hovering overhead, robotic vehicles roaming Olympic venues to search for explosives, high-speed patrol boats sweeping the Black Sea coast - Russian officials say they will be using cutting-edge technology to make sure the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will be "the safest Olympics in history."

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Detector Finds Homemade Explosives, Not Toothpaste

(June, 14, 2013) Sandia National Laboratories researchers want airports, border checkpoints and others to detect homemade explosives made with hydrogen peroxide without nabbing people whose toothpaste happens to contain peroxide.

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Combat engineers teach sweeping technique

(June, 14, 2013) Combat engineers assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, taught a course on locating improvised explosive devices for the Marines assigned to Company I, BLT 3/2, during Exercise Eager Lion 2013 in Al Humaymah, Jordan, June 10, 2013.

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Proffering Ways to Improve Safety in Air Transport

(June, 13, 2013) The major challenge in air transport in Africa is how to improve safety so that aircraft will stop falling from the sky. This challenge was brought to the front burner again recently at the League of Aviation and Airport Correspondents (LAAC)-organised conference. The whole world is worried about safety of air transport in Africa. The anxiety could be felt among the top echelons of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) during its annual general meeting that was held last week in Cape Town. IATA have the statistics of passenger movement in Africa and it knows that after the Middle East, the next big thing that would happen in the world in terms of growth of air transport will be in Africa.

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Tomographic Explosives Detection Systems (EDS): Technologies & Global Market - Up To 2016

(June, 13, 2013) The EDS market that experienced a decline in 2005-2010 sales entered a decade of new business opportunities. The recent report, Tomographic Explosives Detection Systems (EDS): Technologies & Global Market - 2011-2016 is the only EDS technology and market research available today.

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Westminster Group PLC : New Contract Award - Hand Held Explosives Detector Equipment - Nigerian Franchisee

(June, 11, 2013) Westminster Group Plc announces that its subsidiary company Westminster International Ltd has secured a contract for the supply of a significant quantity of Hand Held Explosives Detector equipment through our Nigerian Franchisee.

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Smiths Detection's Multi-Mode Threat Detector Meets All TSA Portable Explosive Trace Detection Requirements

(June, 11, 2013) Smiths Detection's Multi-Mode Threat Detector (MMTD) has passed stringent quality tests carried out by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for portable Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technologies. The hand-held MMTD now meets all portable ETD requirements identified in the TSA's Explosive Trace Detector Functional Requirements Document.

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How It Works: The Mechanical Bomb Sniffer

(June, 08, 2013) Last fall, David Atkinson and a team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they had "sniffed" certain explosives in ambient air for the first time. Most common explosives-RDX, PETN, blasting gels-exist in very low ambient concentrations, often in the parts-per-quadrillion range. Existing detectors are not that sensitive, meaning security forces need to test suspects directly, as in airports. A version of Atkinson's machine could simply sniff targets, speeding the process.

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Teen invents cheap, small device to detect cancer, explosives

(June, 07, 2013) Last year, 16-year-old Jack Andraka invented a cheap, accurate test for pancreatic cancer that won him first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This year, Andraka is back with another crazy-cool invention: a $15 cell-phone-sized device that can detect cancer, explosives or even environmental contaminants. Using an off-the-shelf laser pointer and an iPhone, Andraka says his device can tell the composition of a sample based on how the light interacts with it.

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Fluorescent IED-Detecting Polymer Could Replace Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

(June, 07, 2013) When it comes to ferreting out explosives in public places, bomb-sniffing dogs still rule, though scientists are trying to find a way to reproduce their expertise with tech. Now, Cornell University's William Dichtel and graduate student Deepti Gopalakrishnan have created a polymer that could one day replace the canine bomb squad, as they describe in a recent paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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Stand-off bomb detector proven

(June, 07, 2013) An EU-funded project has successfully developed and tested a portable prototype device based on optic technology capable of detecting extremely small quantities if explosives at a distance of 20 meters.

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Implant Sciences to Feature QS-B220 Explosives and Drugs Trace Detector at International Drug Enforcement Conference in Russia

(June, 05, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced that it will exhibit its Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector at the International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) 2013 in Moscow, Russia on June 5th through 7th. Implant Sciences will exhibit at booth #11 in conjunction with its Russian distributor, Borlas Security Systems.

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Bomb detection: Traces of terror

(June, 05, 2013) Detecting explosives from a distance is difficult. But a device developed by Optix, a consortium of European companies led by Indra, a Spanish technology consultancy, may have cracked the problem. Optix's detector uses two types of spectroscopy in parallel, to seek out trace amounts of chemicals that may have come from explosives.

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Certification: 'IS' or 'XP' - understanding the technology

(June, 05, 2013) There are many international regulations and requirements which dictate how products are designed, developed, certified and manufactured for use in IS environments. Exact requirements can differ slightly country by country and range from the effects of static build-up on non-metallic castings and the assessment of cells through to the test parameters themselves.

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THz-Raman spectroscopy technique improves pharmaceutical analysis, explosives detection & forensics

(June, 05, 2013) Raman filters, laser sources and Raman spectroscopy systems, presented new results showing significant improvements in pharmaceutical analysis, as well as enhanced spectral measurements of explosives and hazardous materials at the Laser World of Photonics Trade Fair on May 13-17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The company will also be demonstrating their new THz-Raman spectroscopy products in the exhibition hall.

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Bomb threat evacuates St. John's School

(June, 05, 2013) St. John's School in Hollywood was evacuated in response to a bomb threat, school and police officials said. No one was in custody at press time, the detective said, as the law officers continued their investigation.

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Morpho baggage scanner is more accurate, quicker

(June, 05, 2013) Safran's Morpho subsidiary is here in Farnborough (Hall 4 Stand B12) exhibiting a mockup of its CTX 9800 machine for detecting the presence of explosives in passenger baggage, which was approved just last year by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Olivier Andries, Safran's executive v-p for defense and security, claims the system is much faster and has better detection performance than other explosive detectors.

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Smiths Detection's HI-SCAN 145180-2is Approved as TSA Qualified Product for Air Cargo Screening

(June, 04, 2013) Smiths Detection's HI-SCAN 145180-2is has been formally approved for air cargo screening in the U.S. after successfully completing stringent qualification testing by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). The HI-SCAN 145180-2is joins 20 other Smiths Detection inspection systems already approved and included in the ACSTL (Transportation Security Administration's Air Cargo Screening Technology List).

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Bomb detector scam: Three people go on trial

(June, 01, 2013) Three people have gone on trial at the Old Bailey charged with making and selling fake bomb and drug detectors. Husband and wife team, Samuel and Joan Tree, aged 66 and 61, from Bedfordshire, are accused of making the totally ineffective device in their back garden.

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DHS to brief industry on beefing-up explosives trace detection on 25 and 26 July in Washington

(June, 01, 2013) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington is sponsoring a two day technical industry meeting ontrace explosives detection for facilities and airport security, as well as for mass-transit security, on 25 and 26 July 2013 at the William J. Cohen Building, 330 C Street SW, in Washington.

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TSA removes body scanners criticized as too revealing

(June, 01, 2013) The harshest critics labeled them "virtual strip searches." Airport passenger screening that produced particularly realistic full-body images using backscatter technology. Others also expressed health concerns about low doses of radiation from the X-rays underpinning those scans.

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World's most sensitive bomb detector designed

(May, 27, 2013) Bomb detection and disposal is set to get a lot easier with greater precision. European researchers have developed and tested a light-weight device, capable of detecting extremely minute quantities of explosives from up to 20 metres away, providing an invaluable law-enforcement tool in the fight against bomb attacks.

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BDDS armed with improved explosive detection gadgets

(May, 25, 2013) A host of explosive detection equipment with improved features has been provided to the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) of the city police to reinforce its capability while carrying out anti-sabotage missions. The new gadgets have been supplied to the BDDS under the Modernization of Police Force scheme on a request from the city police authorities.

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4 Stocks Set to Gain from Rising Security Needs

(May, 24, 2013) The images, released days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, seemed to depict young men who could be two of the many thousands of college students in the area. How much help could those pictures be in solving the crime? A great deal, it turned out, as the suspects were identified in a matter of hours. It's a sharp reminder that surveillance technology is dramatically improving - and that the companies that sell it and other "homeland security" products continue to have opportunities in a world where terror can strike at seemingly any time.

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Hunt for car bombs using lasers

(May, 22, 2013) A system uses lasers to detect traces of explosives left on car door handles by would-be bombers. At some roadside checkpoints in Iraq there are still guards who will point a handheld device at people, cars and trucks in the hope its antenna will twitch to reveal the presence of a bomb. But the contraption doesn't work; it's just a radio aerial swinging on a handle. Unfortunately, the message about its deadly ineffectiveness hasn't reached all its users.

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Use of export controls to limit export of defective bomb detectors

(May, 22, 2013) UK Businessman James McCormick has been found guilty on three counts of fraud for the sale of bomb detector devices worth over £55m, after admitting to the court he knew the devices did not work. The ADE651device, modelled on a novelty golfball finder, was claimed to detect explosives and narcotics at long range or deep underground using a "programmed" card reader, powered solely by the user's static electricity.

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Five New Technologies for Inspection

(May, 21, 2013) Quality is assured by the tools of inspection, and food and beverage manufacturers are beneficiaries of a steady progression to bring inspection closer to the point of production. In-line and at-line inspection is a long-running objective in food processing, although higher throughput rates have turned it into more of an imperative than a goal. As production speeds ramp up, lab testing looks more and more like a luxury the industry can ill afford.

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TSA Pre-Check Now Speeds International Travelers Through Airport Security

(May, 21, 2013) About the best news - OK, about the only good news - for air travelers in the last few years has been TSA Pre-Check, which allows passengers to speed through security at dozens of U.S. airports without removing shoes, laptop bags and light outerwear. Domestic travelers love it, but international travelers were stuck in the slow lane. Thankfully, that's changed.

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Implant Sciences Ships 8 Explosives Trace Detection Systems to Mexico City International Airport

(May, 20, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has shipped eight Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors in a follow-on order to the Mexico City International Airport. The units will be used for aviation security including the screening of hand luggage and passengers at security checkpoints.

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Airport security

(May, 19, 2013) Some detectors are specifically aimed at air travelers, emitting x-ray or other electronic emissions to reveal concealed items. Others employ bomb-sniffing dogs or scanners. The same detector, with slight modification, is used to scan pieces of luggage for the same purpose, to detect weapons and explosive before these find their way into the inside of an airplane. Called explosive detection system (EDS), many have found their ways into banks, embassies, and other "sensitive institutions," both public and private. EDS is a non-destructive way or process of determining whether a luggage, container, or a person possesses explosive materials.

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B&W Tek portable Raman spectrometer features a 1064 nm excitation laser

(May, 19, 2013) B&W Tek, Inc., an advanced instrumentation company producing optical spectroscopy and laser systems, is proud to announce the i-Raman EX portable Raman spectrometer. The i-Raman EX is an extension of their award winning i-Raman portable Raman spectrometer featuring a 1064nm excitation laser, which allows for the measurement of biological substances and other highly fluorescent samples.

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Innovation in spectroscopy could improve greenhouse gas detection

(May, 15, 2013) Detecting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could soon become far easier with the help of an innovative technique developed by a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have overcome an issue preventing the effective use of lasers to rapidly scan samples.

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New security checkpoint at Hancock International Airport

(May, 14, 2013) The next time you fly out of Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, security won't be the same. The airport unveiled its new central security check point. Previously, there's always been two check points at the airport. The move to one location is designed to help speed up the process and also give visitors a great view of the airfield as they pass through.

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Implant Sciences Ships 8 Explosives Trace Detection Systems to Mexico City International Airport

(May, 13, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has shipped eight Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors in a follow-on order to the Mexico City International Airport. The units will be used for aviation security including the screening of hand luggage and passengers at security checkpoints.

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Building a better detector: Tech that 'listens' for explosives

(May, 12, 2013) A Grand Haven company is getting ready to field test a walk-through checkpoint for airports and large sporting events that it says would have detected the pressure-cooker-type bombs used as an instrument of terror at the Boston Marathon.

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DHS To Host Industry Days On Explosive Trace Detection

(May, 11, 2013) Researchers at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced industry days for assessing explosive trace detection (ETD) systems. The two-day event on advanced trace detection instrumentation and methodologies will occur in Washington, DC, on July 25-26, DHS' Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate said in a notice. By sponsoring the event, the S&T Directorate hopes to explore the latest research in trace explosive detection for aviation, facilities and mass transit security applications.

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Explosives Trace Detection Market: ETD to Grow at 14% CAGR Say New Research Report at ReportsnReports.com

(May, 11, 2013) The multibillion dollar Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) market is to undergo an accelerated growth period.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp is bidding on a second important French tender

(May, 10, 2013) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham made the announcement that, "in the last weeks IDenta Corp has submitted through our representative in France - ISIS ANALYTICS, the official papers and the prices to an additional large tender in France. The new tender is for the French custom, a very large tender estimated to 4 million Euro. The tender is for a 4 years period (2013-2017) and is to supply drug detectors, for all the French custom stations.

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Urge More Frequent Use of Anti-Terrorism Technology at Public Events

(May, 10, 2013) In the wake of the shocking bombing attacks at this year's Boston Marathon and heightened concern about future threats to public events, transportation systems and critical infrastructure, a spokesman for Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC has issued a statement calling for an enhanced anti-terrorism technology presence at high-profile public events.

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Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention by 45 per cent, says former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary

(May, 10, 2013) Barack Obama's administration has cut the budget nearly in half for preventing domestic bombings. Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

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Device Sniffs out Black Powder Explosives

(May, 11, 2013) The Boston marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly purchased several pounds of black powder explosive before the bombing. Used in fireworks and bullets, the explosive substance is both deadly and widely available. It's also very hard to detect. Now, researchers have modified one bomb-sniffing device to accurately spot very small amounts of black powder, an advance that could make us safer from future attacks.

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A Living Sensor Inspects Explosives, Narcotics

(May, 07, 2013) Next time, whoever tries to conceal on his body explosives or other contraband material, it will be detected by a sensor, but this time it may not be an artificial one, but rather, a living sensor - no other than a well trained lab mouse.

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The NRC's notable innovations

(May, 07, 2013) Crop researchers at NRC and Agriculture Canada in 1950 teamed up to create an edible and nutritional rapeseed plant. The new plant, renamed canola, reduced the Prairies' dependence on wheat crops and created a multibillion-dollar export industry.

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Implant Sciences Sponsors Global Sports Management Summit

(May, 07, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it is a supporting sponsor of the Global Sports Management Summit, which will take place on May 8 to 10 in Chicago. The Global Sports Management Summit is the premier invitation-only meeting created for senior executives from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, European Football and other professional sports globally. As a sponsor, Implant Sciences' executives will have the opportunity to engage with the key decision makers managing sporting events, venues and associated security matters.

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Checkpoints: The Truth Behind Crossings Throughout Yehuda & Shomron

(May, 07, 2013) The crossings and IDF checkpoints in Judea and Samaria have been the source of much confusion and debate worldwide. Crossings and checkpoints, while both provide important security benefits, are different. Crossings are facilities used by Palestinians to enter from Judea and Samaria into other regions of Israel. Checkpoints, on the other hand, operate during times of heightened security risk to prevent terrorists from executing their plans to harm civilians.

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Analysis: How can homemade terror be detected ... and prevented?

(May, 05, 2013) Aware that intensified American counterterrorism efforts have made an ambitious Sept. 11-style plot a long shot, al-Qaida propagandists for several years have called on their devotees in the United States to carry out smaller-scale solo attacks and provided the online education to teach them how.

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A Homemade Style of Terror: Jihadists Push New Tactics

(May, 05, 2013) Aware that intensified American counterterrorism efforts have made an ambitious Sept. 11-style plot a long shot, Al Qaeda propagandists for several years have called on their devotees in the United States to carry out smaller-scale solo attacks and provided the online education to teach them how.

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Officials from 13 Thai govt agencies investigated over bomb-detector fraud

(May, 02, 2013) The GT200 "bomb detector" is back under the media spotlight after a British court found wealthy businessman Jim McCormick guilty of three charges of multimillion-pound fraud in relation to three types of fake bomb detectors he sold to state security agencies across the world - including Thailand.

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Fake bomb detector conman jailed for 10 years

(May, 02, 2013) A fraudster who sold more than £55m worth of fake bomb detectors toIraq and other security hot spots has been jailed for 10 years. Jim McCormick, 57, was found guilty of three counts of fraud over the sale of bogus explosive and drug detection devices for as much as £10,000 each when they were based on £15 novelty golf ball finders.

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Raptor Detection Technologies Urges More Frequent Use of Anti-Terrorism Technology at Public Events

(May, 02, 2013) In the wake of the shocking bombing attacks at this year's Boston Marathon and heightened concern about future threats to public events, transportation systems and critical infrastructure, a spokesman for Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC has issued a statement calling for an enhanced anti-terrorism technology presence at high-profile public events. Easy-to-use incident prevention technology exists today that can be employed on site by military, law enforcement and security details with minimal training. Recent advances in nanotechnology enable us to determine whether or not a person, package or vehicle, is carrying or has come in contact with dangerous or explosive materials within seconds.

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Bomb-sniffing handhelds already reality

(May, 01, 2013) Bomb-sniffing technology is already portable, already in use at airports and athletic events, and already has some advantages over bomb-sniffing dogs, according to several manufacturers.

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Bombings may increase demand for police K-9s

(April, 25, 2013) Nitro, a bomb-detection dog with the Brimfield Police Department near Canton, alerts authorities to a possible explosive device during a training exercise. As word of the Boston Marathon bombings spread across the United States, police officers around the country relied on dogs to search for hidden explosives in and around potential targets. That's why K-9 trainer and Canton Police Officer Eric Stan-bro said he wouldn't be surprised if the demand for bomb dogs increases.

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Implant Sciences hopes to bring explosives detection to Boston Marathon

(April, 24, 2013) The Boston Marathon blasts have left runners, spectators and supporters throughout the world wondering what will become of the more than century old Patriots' Day tradition. President Barack Obama provided one major answer when he said the world will return to race in next year's Boston Marathon.

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The Growing Bomb Detection Industry: 7 Technologies That Could Stop a Backpack Bomb

(April, 24, 2013) The resources deployed since 9/11 to stop terrorist attacks have worked on a variety of levels-better human intelligence, additional cameras, more electronic snooping, and more alert citizens. But part of ending the kind of mayhem that happened at the Boston Marathon last Monday will involve better high-tech systems for detecting explosives. Despite billions spent every year by the Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to develop better bomb detection, when it comes to sensitivity in ferreting out bomb-making material.

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Why Explosives Detectors Wouldn't Have Stopped Boston Bombs

(April, 23, 2013) The recent bombings in Boston have highlighted how vulnerable people are to terrorism. Police even swept the area beforehand to check for anything unusual, using the time-honored tools of sharp eyes, ears and a bomb-sniffing dog.

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Gov't Awards $467,755 Contract to Research 'Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff'

(April, 18, 2013) In what may be just an eerie coincidence, the Defense Department posted a contract award notice today to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for research into "Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff." Of particular concern are Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that have become a favorite among terrorists and gained widespread attention during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Morpho Detection Awarded CATSA Explosives Detection Systems Contract With Maximum Value of $100M

(April, 17, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced a five-year standing order from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) valued at up to $100 million. Under terms of the agreement, Morpho Detection will supply high, medium, and low-speed and Over-length explosives detection systems (EDS) in support of CATSA's next-generation baggage screening program. The first delivery order will deploy eight compact CTX 5800T and four high-speed CTX 9800 DSiT to airports in Canada this year. High-Speed and Compact EDS Part of Five-Year Standing Order to Deploy Next-Generation Detection Capabilities at Airports Throughout Canada.

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British millionaire sold Iraq fake bomb detectors

(April, 16, 2013) A London court has found a British man guilty of fraud for selling thousands of fake bomb detection devices to Iraq and several other countries. The court heard that devices, which were modelled on a cheap golf-ball finder, had no working parts.

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ORNL scientists developing high-tech bomb detection system

(April, 16, 2013) Authorities still don't know who's responsible for Monday's deadly attack at the Boston Marathon.The attack highlights again the fears many have shared since Sept. 11, 2001, but there is new technology being developed in East Tennessee to help law enforcement sniff out a bomb.

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UCSB Scientists Create Device Capable of Detecting Narcotics and Explosives

(April, 16, 2013) Researchers at UCSB recently created a device that can detect and differentiate between explosives, pollutants and various airborne chemicals via a microfluidic nanotechnology that mimics the mechanism behind canine chemo sensation. The portable vapor-distinguishing "Trace Chemical Vapor Detection Cartridge" is patented by SpectraFluidics, a Santa Barbara-based company that aims to use the device to improve security, food and research industries.

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Canadian airports receive new explosive detectors

(April, 16, 2013) Smiths Detection, a technology company that provides security solutions to civil and military markets, has begun delivery of over 100 advanced explosive trace detection systems to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. The IONSCAN 500DT is a device made by Smiths to detect explosives. It is a desktop device and will be used, in conjunction with X-ray scanners, for carry-on luggage at Canadian airports.

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Why Your Body Lotion Could Set Off the Airport Explosives Detector

(April, 15, 2013) Except that the machine then beeped a few times, flashing an angry red screen that read, in all caps, "EXPLOSIVES DETECTED". The explosives detectors look for a compound called ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate is commonly used in fertilizers and occasionally used in cosmetics as a buffering agent.

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Mine audit finds safety problems

(April, 13, 2013) An audit conducted by provincial mine inspectors found safety shortcomings at the underground New Afton Mine, including insufficient oxygen levels in some areas and exposure to silica dust "above the safe working limit".

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Explosives detector as sensitive as a dog's nose

(April, 12, 2013) As any canine lover will tell you, you'd be hard pressed to find a true replacement for a dog. But for the past few decades, researchers have been attempting to mimic a dog's sense of smell, especially when it comes to sniffing out explosives. Fortunately for military personnel, airport security, and bomb squads, advances in explosives detection technology has led to remarkable advances. Today, a handheld device called the Fido explosives detector can sense TNT vapors at a parts-per-quadrillion concentration, on par with the sensitivity of a dog's nose.

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Lowestoft: Beach 'explosive' alert was a false alarm

(April, 12, 2013) Army bomb disposal experts were called from Colchester after reports of a wartime shell being discovered on Lowestoft beach. A metal detector enthusiast raised the alarm after discovering a 6in metal object in the sand near Links Road.

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Canadian Border Security will soon use Smiths Detection portable radiation detectors

(April, 11, 2013) Smiths Detection was recently awarded an order from the Canada Border Services Agency for its RadSeeker portable radiation detector. RadSeeker will be used along the Canadian borders to enhance security and ramp up screening measures, especially at key entry points like Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal. It is used by governments around the world and helps to resolve nuclear threats and screen cargo.

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Implant Sciences' CEO Presents at Update Conference (Transcript)

(April, 11, 2013) A group of researchers from Florida Institute of Technology's Department of Physics and Space Science recently asked the somewhat unusual question: "What are the radiation doses to airplane passengers from the intense bursts of gamma-rays that originate from thunderclouds?". Faculty members Joseph Dwyer, Ningyu Liu and Hamid Rassoul discussed the question and their answers concerning terrestrial gamma ray flashes at a press conference meeting of the European Geosciences Union.

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A Breathlyzer for your smarthphone

(April, 10, 2013) As the sensing technologies for smartphone accessories advances, we might even see numerous chemical noses adopt similar strategies to the Breathometer, such as the Fido detector which senses explosives as sensitively as a dog. A keychain device that plugs into a smartphone that helps detect landmines would be a true game changer in developing countries.

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Pentagon Protection signs distribution agreement

(April, 9, 2013) Pentagon Protection has signed a distribution agreement with RedXDefense to distribute the XCAT Explosive and Contraband Handheld Detectors in the UK, Nigeria, Jordan and Lebanon. Ideal for use by the military, police, forensic experts and businesses, the XCAT represents the very latest in lightweight, handheld detection unit designed to analyse and identify contraband like drugs, explosives and gunshot residue within seconds.

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Vessel intercepted by coast guards off Mumbai coast

(April, 5, 2013) A dhow suspected to be involved in smuggling activities was seized off Hay Bunder in south Mumbai, hours after a coast guard vessel intercepted the signals of a banned satellite phone from the vessel 15km off the coast.

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NC National Guard CST conducts valuable CBRN training

(April, 5, 2013) Civil Support Teams (CSTs) are a relatively unknown asset to the citizens of our state as it pertains to chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear incidents.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Names Seasoned Corporate Executive and Board Advisor Jennifer Vogel to Board of Directors

(April, 5, 2013) American Science and Engineering, Inc., ("AS&E") a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced the appointment of Jennifer L. Vogel, a seasoned corporate executive and board advisor, to AS&E's Board of Directors. Ms. Vogel was most recently Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc., which was the fifth largest airline in the world and a Fortune 200 company.

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Lawyer for TSA baggage screeners says punishment was unjust

(April, 2, 2013) Suspensions meted out last week to 22 baggage screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport were face-saving measures by the Transportation Security Administration after the agency tried to fire the workers for doing precisely what they had been trained to do, a lawyer for the screeners said.

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Detroit Metro Airport's North Terminal reopens after evacuation, device removed by bomb squad

(April, 1, 2013) A suspicious object found by TSA screeners caused authorities to evacuate passengers from Detroit Metro Airport's North Terminal for more than two and a half hours Monday morning. One person was detained and a bomb squad responded.

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Advances in Standoff Detection Make the World Safer

(April, 1, 2013) An abundance of new research and development in optical detection at a distance is increasing the ability of governments and military organizations to more efficiently identify and categorize explosives, biological agents and other threats. Worldwide, government agencies and military branches are tasked with the formidable job of identifying evolving threats to national security such as concealed explosives, improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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Implant Sciences Wins Contract for Seven Quantum Sniffers to Africa

(April, 1, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it has sold seven Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a new customer in Africa. The units are to be deployed for security screening at court buildings and facilities.

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Vidisco's Portable Digital X-ray Systems Awarded Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection by GSN

(April, 1, 2013) Government Security News has announced the Winners -- including Vidisco Ltd. -- in its Border Security Awards program. Awards were formally announced and handed out at the Border Security Expo, which took place in Phoenix, AZ, on March 12-13, 2013. In the Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection category, GSN identified Vidisco Ltd.as a Platinum Winner.

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Cops will ask Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad to trace cannonballs

(March, 30, 2013) The Pune rural police will seek the help of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) for tracing British era cannonballs hidden in Vadgaon Nimbalkar. Attempting to break open a British era cannonball had, proved fatal forgarage mechanic Suhas Kute.

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The Worst Gadget: Iraq's Favorite Bomb Sniffing Detector Is a Novelty Golf Ball Detector

(March, 30, 2013) The ADE 651 is a small device the Iraqi military uses at checkpoints to detect bombs in and underneath cars. There's just one problem: these little wands were proven to be ineffective three years ago. During a fraud trial in the UK earlier this month, prosecutors claimed that the founder of the company that makes the ADE, James McCormick, had not only not invented the device: he had developed them based on the Gopher, a golf ball finder that runs for about $19.

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Cheaper way to detect ammonia

(March, 21, 2013) A simpler, more portable method to detect ammonia continuously has now been developed. Ammonia is an important component of explosives, fertilizers, and industrial coolants. Scientists at the Smart Materials Section at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) have developed a simple technique to detect the presence of ammonia using optical sensors. The results of their work were published on March 12 in the Applied Physics Letters.

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Security Defense Technologies Announces Nigeria Market Launch For Dual Use Technology

(March, 21, 2013) Security Defense Technologies announced the launch of a new business development initiative for Trace Detection Sciences. Focused on key markets in EMEA with high profile security challenges, SecDefTech will function as a trusted agent resource for a client that manufacturers trace detection equipment. The company will complement its client's broader global sales efforts for its narcotics and explosive trace detection technology.

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MOU signed for mobile container screening system

(March, 21, 2013) A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Port Authority of Guam and the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency as a major step in beefing up the security at the island's only seaport. The document was signed to utilize a mobile container vehicle screening system and allows seaborne detection, biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection, that's a major point. The machine will bring the Guam port up to par with other seaports nationwide. The equipment is set to arrive in January next year.

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Nanotech meet begins

(March, 20, 2013) The Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM University, joined hands with the Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University, Japan, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand and Asian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association, Japan to host the Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2013). The Department of Electronics & IT, as part of Nanotechnology initiatives, have developed a bio-sensor platform for cardiac diagnostics suitable for integration with a complete lab-on-chip development and nano-particle based piezo-resistive polymer composite cantilevers for a range of applications, focusing on the detection of explosive molecules such as TNT/RDX.

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Fox News Airs Segment on Implant Sciences' Quantum Sniffer Technology Nationwide

(March, 20, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security markets, announced the nationwide airing of a story featuring the Company by Fox News. The report, which aired Sunday, March 17, 2013, notes that Implant Sciences' Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 was recently approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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TSA agent with fake bomb gets past screeners at Newark airport

(March, 17, 2013) An undercover TSA inspector with a fake bomb stashed in his pants passed through a metal detector and a pat down and was cleared to board a commercial flight at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport. The Transportation Security Administration told ABC News that the exercise was one of the "red team" tests that take place across the country each week.

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Proposal for metal detectors at airport gathering dust

(March, 16, 2013) The discovery of gold biscuits in the rectum of a Sri Lankan national on Monday has once again highlighted the high security risk at airports in the absence of doorframe metal detectors and body scanners that can spot metals as well as explosives and drugs. Currently, the Customs have doorframe metal detectors in the departure area but no body scanners, sources in the department said.

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'Bomb detectors' sold by Briton were novelty ball finders, court told

(March, 15, 2013) A British businessman sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq, a country at war, for up to $40,000 each, the Old Bailey heard. Other governments around the world were also supplied with the device which was based on nothing more than a novelty "golfball finder" for huge sums.

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Implant Sciences Wins $585,000 Contract for QS-H150 Explosives Trace Detectors to U.S. Government Agency

(March, 15, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it has won a contract valued at approximately $585,000 for the sale of its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 explosives trace detectors to a U.S. Government agency.

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Boy, 6, playing with his new metal detector finds a 100-year-old BOMB

(March, 15, 2013) A six-year-old treasure hunter sparked panic when he discovered a 100-year-old BOMB - with the first sweep of his new metal detector. Oliver Hudd was hoping the new metal detector his dad Jason, 42, bought him on Ebay would uncover some old coins in his grandmother Sheila Hudd's garden. But he was amazed when his first sweep with the £50 contraption uncovered a 8lb First World War bomb.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Wins Gold in GSN Border Security Awards Competition

(March, 14, 2013) American Science and Engineering, Inc. a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today that the Company's breakthrough Z Portal cargo and vehicle screening system has won Gold for Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection at the GSN: Government Security News 2013 Border Security Awards.

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SAFRAN : Japan's Narita International Airport Selects Morpho's CTX 9800 EDS for Hold Baggage Screening

(March, 12, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced the Narita International Airport Corporation in Japan has purchased 13 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems for hold baggage screening. The latest evolution of Morpho's industry-leading CTX family of EDS, CTX 9800 is U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-certified as high-speed, capable of screening more than 1,000 bags per hour.

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Implant Sciences to Present at Global Security Asia 2013 Conference

(March, 11, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation , a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that the Company will be an exhibitor and presenter at Global Security Asia 2013 from April 2nd to 4th, 2013, in Singapore. Global Security Asia is Asia Pacific's premier conference on internal security and counter terrorism. The conference brings together leading experts and specialists in the fields of counter terrorism, internal state security, and civil defense.

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Despite opposition, TSA sticks with decision on knives

(March, 11, 2013) The nation's aviation security chief is sticking to his decision to permit small knives on planes, despite increasing pressure to reverse course. There was immediate opposition from some pilots and flight attendants to the decision. Experts believe hardened cockpit doors and engaged passengers minimize chances that hijackers using small knives would be successful. Bombs, however, can be hard to detect and can get aboard planes in a number of ways, including cargo.

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Cobham wins £16m NATO bomb detection contract

(March, 11, 2013) The contract to provide vehicle mounted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) will be delivered by Cobham Antenna Systems in the UK. Cobham will deliver enhanced Counter-IED detection capabilities, which can be safely deployed from within the protection of mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles.

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Afghanistan a minefield for the innocent

(March, 11, 2013) Efforts to clear Afghanistan of landmines have been painfully slow. At least 45 people on average lose their limbs every month to deadly anti-personnel mines, according to the Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan, formerly a project of the UN Mine Action Service, and now a national entity.

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Indra will present its most advanced security solutions at Homsec

(March, 11, 2013) The company will exhibit its unmanned aerial aircraft, emergency management systems and NRBQe systems. Likewise, the company will participate in professional forums to analyse the latest advances in cybersecurity, C4ISR, simulation, logistic systems and smartcities Indra will present its state-of-the-art solutions at the IV Edition of the Homsec, International Trade Show dedicated to Technologies for Defense and Security, which will be held in Madrid from the 12th to the 15th of March.

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Morpho Detection Launches Online Store for Enhanced U.S. Trace Customer Service

(March, 8, 2013) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran's security unit, today announced the launch of Shop.MorphoDetection.com, an online store where U.S. customers can directly order consumables for their trace detection systems. With the launch of Shop.MorphoDetection.com, the top-quality consumables that help Morpho Detection's trace detection solutions deliver maximum uptime and performance may now be conveniently ordered online in seconds, including sampling traps and calibration and verification components.

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Businessman's bomb-detection kits 'were based on novelty golf gadgets'

(March, 7, 2013) A British businessman imported novelty golf-ball finders and used the design to develop expensive devices that he claimed could detect explosives and drugs, the Old Bailey has heard. James McCormick, who worked from a cramped office in Somerset, sold the devices to countries around the world, including Iraq, for as much as $40,000 each.

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IED detection incredible: Soldier

(March, 7, 2013) Sniper attacks are now a bigger threat to troops in Helmand province than home-made bombs, according to the man who runs the morgue at Camp Bastion. The detection of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) have a lot of good kit out on the ground so guys are detecting them. Plus, the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are taking the lead.

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L-3's eXaminer EDS earns new certification from TSA

(March, 6, 2013) L-3 Security & Detection Systems (SDS) announced that itseXaminer 3DX and 3DX-ES explosives detection systems (EDS) have been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These are the first systems to pass the TSA's rigorous new certification standard, said the company in a news release.

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TSA Announces Changes in Airport Security

(March, 6, 2013) The Transpiration Security Administration announced changes in airport security. Small knives and sporting equipment will soon be allowed on airplanes for the first time since 2001.

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African Aviation Security Customer Purchases Three More Quantum Sniffers From Implant Sciences

(March, 6, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has sold three more Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors in a follow-on order to a customer in Africa. The units are to be deployed for aviation security.

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Japan's Narita International Airport Selects Morpho's CTX 9800

(March, 6, 2013) Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., announced the Narita International Airport Corporation in Japan has purchased 13 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi(TM) explosives detection systems (EDS) for hold baggage screening.

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Explosives vapor detection technology: the new "sniff test"

(March, 4, 2013) A quick, accurate and highly sensitive process to reliably detect minute traces of explosives on luggage, cargo or travelling passengers has been demonstrated by scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The vapor detection technology accurately detects and identifies the vapors of even very low-volatility explosives in real time at ambient temperature and without sample pre-concentration.

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Winners of GSN's 2013 border security awards to be announced on March 11

(March, 4, 2013) After receiving word from border security awards program chief judge Chuck Brooks that final judging decisions have been completed, Government Security News has announced that the names of the platinum, gold and silver award winners will be unveiled in GSN's Border Security Weekly e-newsletter on Monday, March 11, the day before the opening of the 2013 Border Security Expo in Phoenix.

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K-9 detection training: Using simulants, pseudo scents, and real odors

(March, 4, 2013) There is a lot of discussion about training aids for detection, both in the area of explosives detection and narcotics detection. Many trainers and canine handlers do not know what the differences are between what are commonly referred to as pseudo scents and simulant scents, and how they relate to the "real" samples of explosive compounds or narcotic compounds we are ultimately trying to detect.

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Another bomb threat spurs evacuation of Collin College Plano campus

(March, 1, 2013) A caller threatening to have planted a bomb led to the second evacuation in less than two weeks at the Spring Creek campus at Collin College in Plano.

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Bomb analysis system seen to expand sales

(March, 1, 2013) A bomb analysis system developed in Britain and bought by a U.S. company is looking to expand markets worldwide. The Dfuze system began as an extensive database of all components that go into explosive devices at Britain's Scotland Yard crime detection service, which operates a Bomb Data Center.

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TSA needs to work closer with airport

(February, 24, 2013) The effort this week by the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration to try and remove the new millimeter-wave scanners at the Helena Regional Airport has sparked a stand off of sorts between the airport and the agency. Lines at security checkpoints have decreased substantially and the new scanners are less intrusive.

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New technology may replace bomb-sniffing dogs

(February, 23, 2013) Technology being developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could put explosive-sniffing dogs out of business. It shows promise to provide a quick, accurate and highly sensitive evaluation process to detect minute amounts of explosives. The technology could be used to screen passengers or luggage at airports or to assess large cargo containers at ports.

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Real-Time Vapor Detection Key to Better Explosives Screening

(February, 22, 2013) A quick, accurate and highly sensitive process to reliably detect minute traces of explosives on luggage, cargo or traveling passengers has been demonstrated by scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The vapor detection technology accurately detects and identifies the vapors of even very low-volatility explosives in real time at ambient temperature and without sample pre-concentration.

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French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Visits Safran Morpho's German R&D Center for Advanced Detection Technology

(February, 22, 2013) Accompanied by Safran Chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Herteman and Morpho Chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Jainsky, the Prime Minister viewed a demonstration of XDi, Morpho's breakthrough airport checkpoint solution which allows passengers to take liquids through checkpoints and have them screened without divestiture.

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Travelers to speed through airport security with TSA pre-check program

(February, 21, 2013) The TSA will soon start their pre-check program which allows travelers to be pre-screened in order to get through security quicker. Those who register would be able to keep their shoes and jackets on. Passengers will be able to even keep laptops and liquids in their luggage, which they expect will shrink wait times.

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Implant Sciences Sells Desktop and Handheld Explosives Trace Detectors to New Customer in Middle East

(February, 20, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced the sale of its Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 and QS-H150 explosives trace detectors to a new customer in the Middle East. Quantum Sniffer's continues to help Implant Sciences gain new customers in the security-conscious Middle East.

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Warning: Expect air travel delays if budget cuts hit

(February, 20, 2013) The travel industry is bracing for significant disruptions starting March 1, if automatic federal spending cuts reduce staffing of air-traffic controllers and checkpoint security officers as scheduled.

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Hamburg airport security staff to strike

(February, 19, 2013) Workers at the Hamburg, Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports recently have staged several so-called "warning strikes," which are used regularly as a tactic to increase pressure in German wage negotiations. Hamburg was hit by a two-day walkout last week that caused dozens of flight cancelations.

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Easier X-ray detection of concealed drugs and explosives

(February, 19, 2013) Drugs and explosives hidden internally by body packers can be detected more easily by energy dispersive X-ray diffraction using novel feature extraction techniques developed by Chinese scientists. The full potential of EDXRD in this area has not been fully realised due to interference from the body packer's own body, limits on detection time and poor spectral quality, particularly low signal-to-noise ratios.

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Explosive detection

(February, 17, 2013) Researchers from University of Alberta's Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering have found a method of using receptor-free nano-mechanical infrared spectroscopy (NIS) to increase recognition of chemical molecules in explosive mixtures.

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TSA officers go to college to learn to counter terrorism

(February, 16, 2013) 70 security officers at South Florida's three major airports are getting college credit for learning to be extra alert. The TSA officers either have completed or are enrolled in a college-level program that focuses on Homeland Security strategies to counter terrorism.

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Passengers affected as German airport security strike continues

(February, 16, 2013) Thousands of travelers faced a second day of disruption at German airports as a strike by security guards over pay continued, causing more than 100flight cancellations.

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Travelers left more than $500,000 at airport checkpoints last year, TSA keeps the change

(February, 16, 2013) Frazzled and forgetful passengers left more than a half million dollars in spare change in the plastic bowls and bins at airport security checkpoints last year. That's about $45,000 more than the amount left behind in 2011, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Sequestration Could Delay Redeployment for Soldiers in Afghanistan

(February, 15, 2013) The lack of an appropriations bill coupled with sequestration could eventually cause soldiers to be delayed in their redeployment home from Afghanistan, the Army's top officer said. Sequestration will mean an additional $500 billion in defense cuts, and shifting funding for improvised-explosive-device detection and electronic warfare equipment from overseas contingency operations budgets to service operations and maintenance budgets will mean an additional $100 billion in cuts.

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Smiths Detection Wins Major Spanish Airports Contract

(February, 15, 2013) Smiths Detection has won a major contract to supply 10 Spanish airports, including Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga with more than 120 high-speed X-ray scanners to check hold baggage for explosives and other threat items.

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New method to detect explosives

(February, 12, 2013) Some people still get past security with explosives on them, but this may no longer be possible with scientists revealing a foolproof method to detect molecules linked to explosive mixtures. Researchers from University of Alberta's Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering have found a method of using receptor-free nano-mechanical infrared spectroscopy (NIS) to increase recognition of chemical molecules in explosive mixtures.

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AS&E sees drop in Q3 revenues, plans job cuts

(February, 12, 2013) One of the region's largest defense contractors, American Science and Engineering Inc., is seeing the impact of federal defense budget cuts. The Billerica, Mass.-based maker of X-ray detection devices to detect explosives, weapons, dirty bombs and nuclear devices saw a drop in revenues and bookings for the third quarter 2013 and plans to cut staff in preparation for fiscal 2014.

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Bomb threat forces evacuation of College Place Walmart

(February, 11, 2013) Walmart customers and employees were evacuated from the store, after an employee received a bomb threat over the phone, according to College Place Police Chief Dennis Lepiane.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 to Be Featured at Security Conference in Russia

(February, 11, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation announced that its new Sales Director for Russia, Natalya Hall will be presenting the Company's TSA-approved Quantum SnifferT QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector at the Security and Safety Technologies conference in Moscow on February 12th through 15th, 2013. Implant Sciences' distributor for Russia, Strateb LLC will feature the QS-B220 at booth #C23.

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Scanners at rly station an 'eyewash'

(February, 10, 2013) All passengers visiting New Delhi railway station have to stand in a long queue to get their luggage screened. But the baggage scanners at the busy station appear to be mere eyewash.

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Smiths Detection Wins £18m UK Military Order for Bio-Consumables

(February, 7, 2013) Smiths Detection announces an £18.5m bio-consumables contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to support its fleet of Integrated Biological Detection Systems (IBDS). The two-year contract involves the procurement, storage and management of components essential to the biological testing process in the advanced technology system.

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ChemImage Promotes Dr. Matthew P. Nelson to Threat Detection Line of Business Director

(February, 5, 2013) ChemImage Corp. is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew P. Nelson has been promoted to Director of the company's Threat Detection Business. He will also provide focused leadership during the development of all current and future line of business products including ChemImage's real-time standoff explosive detection systems.

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TSA shows off new security program and its four-legged officers

(February, 5, 2013) The Transportation Security Administration demonstrated its new "managed inclusion" passenger screening program for the media and introduced some of the TSA officers guarding Tampa International Airport.

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Implant Sciences' Desktop Trace Detector Purchased by Asian Postal Service for Explosives & Drugs Screening

(February, 5, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it had received an order for its Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector from the national postal service of an Asian nation.

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NYC's Ring Of Protection - Tools In The Fight Against Dirty Bombs

(February, 5, 2013) New explosives detectors are hidden in sport utility vehicles the NYPD places around the city.

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Strengthening security at the nation's airports

(February, 4, 2013) Most people think of airport security as their walk through the metal detector and the eyeballing by transportation security officers (TSOs). As important as it is to use X-ray machines and explosive trace-detection equipment and to have the correct rules and procedures in place.

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Thermal Matrix Technology Designed to Prevent Attacks Similar to Suicide Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey

(February, 3, 2013) Just outside the U.S. Embassy building in Ankara, Turkey, a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body, killing himself and a security guard, and destroying the entrance. The U.S. State Department condemned the attack, and says several U.S. and Turkish staff members were also injured. Thermal Matrix develops technologies that improve the stand-off capabilities of infrared sensors, giving greater ability to detect explosives that a terrorist may conceal beneath clothing.

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MSA Security to Host Active Shooter Symposium for School Officials at New Jersey Institute of Technology

(February, 4, 2013) MSA Security (MSA), an industry leader in high consequence threat protection and specialized training dedicated to helping schools enhance their security measures, is hosting a free symposium to help school officials better understand and address the active shooter threat impacting the nation's schools. The symposium will take place on February 22, 2013 in Ballroom A of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Nanotechnology sensors for the detection of trace explosives

(February, 1, 2013) Trace detection of explosives generally involves the collection of vapour or particulate samples and analyzing them using a sensitive sensor system. Various factors, such as wide variety of compounds that can be used as explosives, the vast number of deployment means and the lack of inexpensive sensors providing both high sensitivity and selectivity have made trace detection a very complex and costly task.

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Spanish Army buys Husky mine detection vehicles

(February, 1, 2013) The Spanish Army has purchased the Husky Mounted Detection System to detect landmines and improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Critical Solutions International (CSI) was awarded the contract and has already delivered six Husky vehicle systems as well as spares and training support for fielding this year. The contract was awarded to CSI and its supply chain partners DCD Protected Mobility, NIITEK (Non-Intrusive Inspection Technologies) and Eleycon 21.

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Removed Full Body Airport Scanners Being Redeployed By Military, Law Enforcement

(January, 22, 2013) Many of the controversial full-body airport security scanners that generated images of passengers described as "naked," or "nearly naked" by critics and the press, will be removed from U.S. airports as of June, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced , ending a $5 million contract.

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Has The TSA Opened The Door For Implant Sciences To Make $500mm And Maybe More?

(January, 21, 2013) After the horrific attacks of 9/11, The Bush Administration created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which originally fell under the umbrella of the Department of Transportation, but subsequently got moved to the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As most of you know the TSA (amongst its many responsibilities) provides security at airports in the USA. In this capacity, they contract a lot of work to equipment providers to assist them in achieving their goals.

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Aviation Anti-Terrorism Techniques Seminar begins in Nassau, Bahamas

(January, 21, 2013) The Ministry of Transport and Aviation assisted the US Embassy in Nassau to open an aviation security seminar to screen anti-terrorism techniques. The seminar was held January 21 at SuperClubs Breezes Oceanview Conference Room and attended by representatives from local and US airline companies.

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Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2013 edition of its market research report on military infrared detectors and systems markets

(January, 21, 2013) Military budgets worldwide are under pressure - especially in the U.S. and Europe where budget deficits are forcing reductions in military expenditures.

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Pyroban launches explosion prevention system

(January, 21, 2013) UK safety equipment manufacturer Pyroban has launched an explosion prevention system for mobile equipment. The Gascheka Duo system uses infrared and pellistor gas sensing heads to alert an operator of a potentially explosive situation.

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SecArmy McHugh gains hands-on look at Rapid Equipping Force

(January, 18, 2013) Secretary of the Army John McHugh spent the afternoon of Jan. 15, gaining a first-hand look at the latest and most innovative capabilities being placed into the hands of Soldiers by the Army's Rapid Equipping Force, known as REF, at Fort Belvoir. Based on Soldier-defined priorities, the projects on hand during the visit included improvised explosive detection and reconnaissance in the form of multiple robots.

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A Speculative Explosives Detection Micro Cap That Could Be Set For Strong Gains

(January, 18, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation is a company that develops scanners to detect explosives and drugs. IMSC stock caught the attention of many traders, when news was released stating that the TSA had notified the company that their Quantum SnifferT product had met the necessary requirements for acceptance into the Air Cargo Screening Technology List.

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New Metamaterial Camera Has Super-Fast Microwave Vision

(January, 17, 2013) A small, microwave-detecting camera that can see through solid materials in real time has been developed. Soon, the device could be adapted and used in law enforcement and security where, among other uses, its inventors envision airport scanners that screen passengers for weapons or explosives as they walk by.

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Civil Engineer Squadron trains for IED detection

(January, 14, 2013) 628th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, uses a metal detector to scan for improvised explosives.

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Corps seeks to improve explosives detector

(January, 12, 2013) The Marine Corps is surveying war fighters from across the force to collect feedback on improving the Holley stick, a well-known tool used to detect improvised explosive devices.

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AS&E awarded $2.2M service contract

(January, 11, 2013) American Science and Engineering Inc. announced Thursday that it received a $2.2 million order from an unnamed international defense agency for the service and maintenance of various X-ray inspection systems.

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Chance detection at sea derails IPKF strategy

(January, 11, 2013) The much talked about surrender of weapons by the LTTE to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in line with the Indo-Lanka Accord (ILA) within 72 hours was nothing but a farce. Although the LTTE had handed over some weapons following the cessation of hostilities, the group retained its 100 per cent fighting capability and a range of weapons acquired over the years.

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Lockheed Martin shutting down gyrocam plant

(January, 10, 2013) Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems plans to lay off 57 people and shut down its Sarasota manufacturing plant. The company makes gyro-stabilized surveillance systems for land, maritime, airborne, expeditionary and commercial applications. The systems are used by U.S. troops for detection of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Enhances Handheld Raman Chemical Analyzer Software

(January, 10, 2013) Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced software enhancements to its Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM and FirstDefender RMX handheld Raman chemical identification instruments. The software enhancements allow for faster results, detection of chemicals at lower concentrations and a first ever Tagging feature that enables users to prioritize and tag individual chemicals of interest.

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Faster screening program being tested at Tampa airport

(January, 9, 2013) Federal security officers are quietly testing a new program at Tampa International Airport that selects passengers based on their behavior and lets them use a special lane to more quickly get through security screenings. The Transportation Security Administration's "Managed Inclusion" program builds on an earlier program called PreCheck that enables low-risk passengers to pass through checkpoints without having to take off their shoes, belts and light jackets.

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Technology Enters the Gun Debate

(January, 9, 2013) The applications for biometric technology remain vast. Government, banking and finance, travel and immigration, defense, consumer electronics, home security, commercial security, and healthcare are some of the targeted markers. Government applications alone include voting, personal ID, licensing, building access, border access control, immigration, and detection of explosives at airports.

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US Lawmakers Warning Of Dirty Bomb Threat To US Ports

(January, 9, 2013) GateKeeper USA Inc. announced that in a recent Bloomberg article, it was reported by Jeff Bliss that the US Backs Off All Cargo Scanning Goals. As reported by Customs & Boarder Protection, officials' port X-ray and Gamma-ray machines were only able to facilitate scanning 4.1% of the millions of containers that arrive in US ports each year. That percentage is consistent over the last several years.

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Easier detection of explosives with new metal detector

(January, 8, 2013) A new Letter Bomb Metal Detector is being supplied to Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS) for easier detection of explosive substances concealed in parcels. The device using magnetic induction principle, resembles a small box and can function on battery fitted inside the kit. If any suspicious parcel is sent through the detector, it emits a loud beep sound and a light comes on.

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Bomb threat for flight turns out to be hoax

(January, 7, 2013) A bomb threat call sent airport authorities into a tizzy. An anonymous caller warned the police control room at 9.30am that a terrorist would trigger a blast on a Chennai-Trichy flight. It later turned out to be a hoax.

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Implant Sciences Wins Contract in Nigeria for Explosives Trace Detectors

(January, 3, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has won a competitive contract for the sale of Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a corporate customer for critical infrastructure protection in Nigeria.

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Gas detectors to be distributed soon

(January, 2, 2013) The 76 gas detectors that will be installed by either Middletown or Monroe firefighters or members of the county's fire and arson investigation team. The Butler County EMA will contact homeowners for installation appointments.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company Identa Corp Hires Internet Marketing Company

(January, 1, 2013) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham announced that Agency Four has been hired to increase public awareness of our retail product the Touch and Know drug detectors. Agency Four is based in USA and Israel.

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Bomb threat false alarm in San Luis

(January, 1, 2013) A bomb threat turned up no hazard at Advanced Call Center Technologies in San Luis, Ariz. According to the San Luis Police Department, an ACT employee got a call from an unidentified person saying there was a bomb in one of the computers inside the building, 580.

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New product: Turret Simulator

(January, 1, 2013) L-3 WESCAM launched its MXTM-Sim, a training product that simulates the complete operations of WESCAM's MX Series of electro-optical and infrared imaging turrets.

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FLIR Systems Awarded Contract Valued at $12.5 Million to Support Brazilian Government

(January, 1, 2013) FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract from Brazil's Special Secretariat for the Security of Major Events (SESGE) valued at $12.5 million for StarSAFIRE(R) 380 HD and StarSAFIRE(R) 230 HD Systems. These StarSAFIRE(R) advanced imaging systems will primarily be used to support the security plan for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics sporting events as developed by the SESGE, which includes a mission to provide state-of-the-art airborne surveillance.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Awarded Order for Sentry Portal Cargo Inspection System From Government Agency in Asia to Scan Air Cargo

(January, 1, 2013) American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced the receipt of an order for one Sentry Portal cargo screening system from a government agency to protect an airport in Asia. Aviation security officials will use AS&E's Sentry Portal cargo inspection solution to inspect air cargo pallets and containers prior to being loaded onto the aircraft.

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Implant Sciences Sells Quantum Sniffer to Spanish Government for Critical Infrastructure Protection

(January, 1, 2013) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced that it has sold its Quantum SnifferT QS-H150 to a new government customer in Spain for use in critical infrastructure protection. Implant Sciences' Quantum Sniffers are already in use in Spain for the protection of critical infrastructure and seaports, as well as for force protection and aviation security.

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FLIR Systems Announces Acquisition of Traficon International for $46 Million

(January, 1, 2013) FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that it has acquired the stock of Traficon International NV, a leader in video detection technologies for traffic applications, for approximately $46 million in cash. Traficon, based in Wevelgem, Belgium, is a global leader in video image processing software and hardware for traffic analysis. Traficon produces intelligent technology that makes traffic safer and more efficient through solutions for automatic incident detection, traffic data collection, and intersection vehicle and pedestrian presence detection.

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TSA will steer OEMs to independent, third-party testing organizations

(January, 1, 2013) TSA is mulling a plan under which it would ask original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of security devices to have their equipment tested by commercial third party testing n organizations before they bring their equipment to TSA to undergo its more formal test and evaluation process.

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IMS Research indicates extreme volatility for cargo and vehicle scanning equipment market

(January, 1, 2013) In its latest study of the $2.6 billion market for explosives, weapons and contraband detection equipment, IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc., found recent political and economic events are causing extreme volatility in demand for cargo and vehicle scanning equipment at the world's ports and borders.

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Airport security training center to be up and running in 2013

(December, 18, 2012) Interior Minister Marwan Charbel and Transport and Public Works Minister Ghazi Aridi put the final touches on an arrangement for the management of the Training Center to Reinforce Airport Security (CERSA) at Rafik Hariri International Airport at Lebanon.

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Implant Sciences Ships Three Additional Quantum Sniffers to Japan for Protection of Nuclear Power Plants

(December, 18, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it has sold and shipped three more of its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a current customer in Japan.

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Security for Karachi airport insufficient

(December, 18, 2012) Against the backdrop of a terrorist attack on the Peshawar airport, security measures for the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi seem insufficient, exposing the negligence of the security agencies as the authorities are constantly receiving threats by the militants.

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Airport Security In Charlotte Is Getting An Upgrade

(December, 17, 2012) At Charlotte Douglas International Airport there are more officers on motorcycles, bikes and in patrol cars near the security checkpoints, along perimeter fences and in long term parking lots.

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Explosive weighing over 35kg found

(December, 17, 2012) An explosive known as RT gola was found lying near the jungle area in Daria village on Sunday evening. One of the residents of the village saw the explosive, which was nearly 20-inch long and weighed over 35 kg, at around 5pm and called the police.

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Air passenger admits false statements in LAX grenade case

(December, 17, 2012) The airline passenger who was initially charged with bringing a smoke-grenade on his flight into Los Angeles pled guilty to making false statements to Customs and Border Protection officers.

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TSA Detains 'Explosive-Laced' Girl In Wheelchair

(December, 14, 2012) A 12-year-old girl who suffers from a bone disorder and uses a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at DFW International Airport after TSA agents said they found explosive residue on her hands.

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Man arrested over bomb watch at Chicago airport

(December, 14, 2012) Earlier this month transport security officers stopped a passenger at Oakland International Airport because of his watch (pictured). It is no ordinary watch. It has a toggle switch, wires and what looks like tiny fuses attached to the wristband.

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Terrorism, Threat to Cargo Operations at Airports, Says Demuren

(December, 14, 2012) The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, has said acts of terrorism create threats and more efforts are needed to provide improved security at the various airports in the country. Demuren stressed that since the volume of cargo being carried has increased hugely on passengers' aircraft, that there was need by the appropriate authorities at the airports to put counter measures in place at the airports in making it more difficult for terrorists to access passengers and also prevent their tactics by targeting the cargo.

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Laser device to detect explosives

(December, 14, 2012) Scientists have developed a new 100 times more faster and sensitive laser device capable of detecting tiny traces of explosive vapour in a jiffy. The prototype - a pulsed, quantum laser-based, cavity ring-down spectrometer - is being tested at the US government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

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New vehicle scanner at Trichy station

(December, 13, 2012) Trichy Junction station has got a pre-fabricated under vehicle scanning system (UVSS) facility to detect explosive objects kept underneath vehicles entering the station.

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General Dynamics Unit Awarded Contract For Data Collection Network At TSA Facility

(December, 12, 2012) A unit of General Dynamics received a contract from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement a network for the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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SST, Inc. Strengthens Secure Data Access & Delivery for Integration with Its Industry-Leading ShotSpotter Solutions

(December, 12, 2012) SST, Inc., the world leader in wide-area acoustic surveillance and gunfire location, alert and analysis technology, announced the release of Version 2.6 of the ShotSpotter Notification API and Notification Engine software, compatible with both ShotSpotter Flex, its industry-leading gunfire alert and analysis solution and ShotSpotter OnSite, the company's capital equipment solution for customers outside North America.

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Scientists Developed a 100 Times Faster and Sensitive Laser Explosives-Detection Device

(December, 12, 2012) Scientists of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the second week of December 2012 developed an all-new 100 times sensitive and faster laser device than any other explosives-detection device, for detecting even the minor traces of explosives.

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Another Major European Airport Selects Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Explosives and Drugs Trace Detector for Aviation Security

(December, 12, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation announced it has sold and shipped its Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector to a major European airport. This marks the third major European airport to select the QS-B220 for aviation security within the last four months.

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'No Hassle Flying Act' Passes House, Gives TSA Authority To Waive Rescreening Requirements For International Flights

(December, 12, 2012) Passengers arriving in the U.S. from international airports who miss connecting flights because their checked bags have to be rescreened could get some relief under legislation passed by the House and sent to the president for his signature. The "No-Hassle Flying Act" gives the Transportation Security Administration the authority to waive rescreening requirements for flights from international airports that install U.S.-equivalent baggage scanning processes and equipment.

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Black market for nuclear material endures

(December, 10, 2012) On the gritty side of this casino resort town near the Turkish border, three men in a hotel suite gathered in secret to talk about a deal for radioactive material. The Georgian seller offered cesium, a byproduct of nuclear reactors that terrorists can use to arm a dirty bomb with the power to kill. But one of the Turkish men, wearing a suit and casually smoking a cigarette, made clear he was after something even more dangerous: uranium, the material for a nuclear bomb.

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CSIRO sensor detects explosives at sea

(December, 10, 2012) Clearing explosives is a major operation and removing the deadly residue of over a century of warfare is a never ending task. The problem is that before you can remove explosives you have to find them. That isn't always easy - especially underwater, so Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new sensor that uses high-temperature planar gradiometers to seek out explosives in the sea.

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TSA To Re-Compete Contract To Network Together Screening Technologies

(December, 10, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is planning to re-compete a contract held by General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, Va., to network together is passenger and baggage screening technologies. TSA asked industry to provide input on structuring a new program to move the effort forward. The current contract held by General Dynamics runs from September 2010 through May 2013 with a value of about $17 million.

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Laser prototype improves bomb detection

(December, 9, 2012) Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed a prototype laser device capable of detecting tiny traces of explosive vapour, an invention that has the potential to put bomb sniffer dogs out of a job. The prototype - a pulsed, quantum laser-based, cavity ring-down spectrometer - is being tested at the US government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

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Crude explosive found near Tiruchi shopping mall

(December, 6, 2012) A crude explosive substance containing about 200 grams of gun powder was reportedly found lying near a shopping mall at a short distance from the Cantonment police station. The explosive in a plastic container used for ice cream cups was taken to an open ground and diffused by a team attached to the city unit of Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad.

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Device could offer more accurate baggage screening

(December, 5, 2012) A checked baggage screening device that overcomes limitations of 2D X-ray or CT scanning systems is being developed by University College London (UCL) and 3DX-RAY. Checked baggage inspection is designed to eliminate false alarms from threats through a series of inspections and the first line of defence is 2D X-rays, which are prone to delivering high false-alarm rates.

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Implant Sciences Ships 18 Quantum Sniffers to Transportation Customer in China

(December, 5, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has shipped eighteen Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detection systems to an existing customer in China. This sale was made through Beijing RitchieLink Technology, the Company's in-country distributor.

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Dighton-Rehoboth High evacuated due to bomb threat; nothing found

(December, 5, 2012) Students at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School were evacuated after a note containing a bomb threat was found. Dighton police and fire responded to the school, and students were evacuated in accordance with school policy, police said. Dighton police and fire departments along with the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad and an explosives detection K-9 unit from the Bristol County Sheriff's Office conducted the search.

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Sommer Gentry Does The Math For The TSA

(December, 4, 2012) Explosive Trace Detection (ETD): The ETD technology is designed to detect materials used in explosives, though identical chemical compounds could be detected in medications, lotions, fertilizers, and other innocuous sources.

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Safran to buy rest of GE's Morpho Detection stake

(December, 4, 2012) French aerospace supplier Safran SA said it has agreed to buy the remaining 19% stake held by General Electric Co. in Morpho Detection Inc., a U.S. company specialized in systems that can detect explosives, narcotics and chemicals.

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Airport security agency asks Canadian travellers to follow carry-on rules

(December, 4, 2012) According to surveys done quarterly by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, perceived wait times vary depending on who is doing the perceiving. CATSA tries to keep security wait times under 10 minutes, but small hiccups in the queue can accumulate and cause big delays.

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Implant Sciences Wins Contracts for 12 Explosives Trace Detectors to U.S. Government

(December, 3, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced the sale of a combination of twelve Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detectors and Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to several U.S. Government agencies. The twelve units will be deployed for both civilian and military applications in building and facility security.

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Morpho Detection moves two centers to Santa Ana

(December, 3, 2012) Morpho Detection has opened an 18,000-square-foot research and development center in Santa Ana, where the company will develop and test systems that detect explosives and narcotics. The new facility will house the company's mass spectrometry center, which began in Tustin as Syagen Technologies, Inc. Founder Jack Syage sold that business to Morpho Detection in 2011.

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Developing the 2020 airport security model

(November, 27, 2012) The security process has proved to be most difficult aspect of the airport experience to improve over the course of the last decade. With the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) still in place, privacy issues surrounding the use of full-body scanners, and the debate still ongoing concerning the proposed use of passenger profiling techniques, significantly changing the existing process has proved to be arduous.

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Policeman uses metal detector to check for possible explosives during Muharram procession in Peshawar

(November, 27, 2012) A policeman uses a metal detector to check for possible explosives during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, which marks the death of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in Peshawar.

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State cops not fully prepared to handle IEDs, say experts

(November, 26, 2012) Four years after 26/11, experts feel preparedness of the Maharashtra police in dealing with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) still remains questionable. The response during the JM Road blasts showed that police approach is still 'reactive' in absence of a counter-IED strategy, say police officers and counter-terror experts.

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Police defuse pipe bomb in Chesapeake

(November, 25, 2012) Emergency officials in southern Virginia evacuated a neighborhood Sunday while authorities investigated a possible pipe bomb in a yard. Scott Saunders, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Fire Department, said a bomb squad from the Virginia State Police rendered the device harmless within a few hours of its detection.

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Traveler with unusual wristwatch gets TSA's attention

(November, 25, 2012) This month, federal security officers stopped a traveler at the Oakland International Airport because of an unusual wristwatch he was wearing. When word got out, critics of the Transportation Security Administration blasted the agency, calling the incident an example of the TSA overreacting.

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SpectraFluidics' Fundamentally New Chemical Detection Technology Sniffs Out Explosives with Canine-Like Precision

(November, 22, 2012) SpectraFluidics, the innovator in high performance trace chemical vapor detection and analysis systems, has demonstrated the repeatable performance capabilities of their novel sensor platform when used to detect DNT, an important chemical marker associated with TNT explosives.

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Dog-inspired scent detector sniffs out explosives and narcotics

(November, 22, 2012) A team of UCSB researchers have mimicked the anatomy of a dog's nose to build a highly effective scent detector that could be used to sniff out explosives and narcotics .

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New Sensor Helps Detect Underwater Explosives

(November, 21, 2012) A new sensor has been developed to help detect whether or not a boat may be floating on top of a bomb laying on the sea floor. The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Sky Research joined together with CSIRO in a project to develop the bomb sniffer.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Receives Patent for New Sniffer

(November, 21, 2012) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham announced some news regarding the new IDenta Sniffer. IDenta's business plan projects sales in the next 3 years (2013-2015) of approximately 10,000 cases with the new Sniffer.

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Bodkin Develops Homemade Explosive Detector

(November, 21, 2012) Terrorism and homemade explosive devices are nothing new. They tend to go hand in hand, and are steadily gaining momentum in their deployment all over the globe. IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device), pipe bombs, and other homemade incendiaries are showing up in places other than the battlefield

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Nanotechnology device mimics dog's nose to detect explosives

(November, 21, 2012) Portable, accurate, and highly sensitive devices that sniff out vapors from explosives and other substances could become as commonplace as smoke detectors in public places, thanks to researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Researchers improve technology to detect hazardous chemicals

(November, 20, 2012) Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a system to quickly detect trace amounts of chemicals like pollutants, explosives or illegal drugs. The new system can pick out a single target molecule from 10 000 trillion water molecules within milliseconds, by trapping it on a self-assembling single layer of gold nanoparticles.

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NY subway bomb plotter sentenced to life

(November, 19, 2012) Adis Medunjanin, 34, who planned to conduct suicide bombings at high-profile locations in New York City in 2009 with Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, was sentenced on multiple terrorism charges in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, NY.

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CSIRO creates underwater bomb-sensor

(November, 18, 2012) America's Sky Research and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) have teamed up with CSIRO scientists to create a more sensitive detector for unexploded bombs in the ocean.

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Photonics Prism Awards Finalists Offer Solutions for Pollution, Security, Healthcare, and More

(November, 16, 2012) Sensors for monitoring environmental toxins and detecting explosives, powerful new lasers for manufacturing, and tools for non-invasive imaging deep inside the brain are among finalists in nine categories for the 2013 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The awards are sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

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Bomb-sniffing mice could be the next big thing in airport security

(November, 17, 2012) Forget the drug-sniffing dogs. A security company in Israel has opted to call in the mice when it comes to detecting bombs and other hazardous materials in the airport security line BioExplorers has developed a system in which mice are conditioned to react adversely to the odors of target substances such as explosives, drugs, agricultural products, spoiled food, and markers of disease.

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KP BDU gets two more robots for explosive detection, defusing

(November, 15, 2012) The bomb disposal unit (BDU) of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police got two more explosive detecting and defusing robots. An official of the BDU said they received the two robots, gifted by the European Union, after which the number of such devices with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police reached six.

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Japan's Nuclear Power Plants Continue to Purchase Implant Sciences' Explosives Trace Detectors

(November, 14, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced a follow-on order from a nuclear power plant in Japan, which has ordered an additional Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector.

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Airport baggage scanners didn't detect explosives: panel

(November, 12, 2012) New-generation baggage scanning machines installed at major Indian airports have become a bone of contention between aviation authorities and security agencies with the latter claiming that the scanners failed a test to detect explosives as specified.

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Morpho Detection Opens New U.S. R&D Center for Advanced Explosives Detection Technologies

(November, 10, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced the opening of a new research and development (R&D) center in Santa Ana, California. Dedicated to the development and testing of next-generation detection technologies, Morpho Detection's new Santa Ana facility will focus on the application of advanced Mass Spectrometry (MS) and Quadrupole Resonance technologies for the quick and accurate detection of current and emerging threats, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and liquid, aerosols and gel (LAG)-based explosives.

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U.S. Army Selects Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC to Develop a Homemade Explosive Detector

(November, 9, 2012) Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC (BD&E) has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the Department of Defense to develop an advanced home-made explosive (HME) detector. The sensor will use BD&E's patented HPA technology to provide spectral images of the scene under observation, allowing determination of the chemical constituents. The rugged, portable instrument allows for outdoor and indoor use.

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TSA Awards Passenger, Baggage Screening Contracts To L-3, AS&E, Morpho Detection

(November, 7, 2012) L-3 Communications Inc., New York, NY, confirmed Tuesday it was one of three companies awarded a contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide next generation advanced imaging technology (AIT) for passenger checkpoints at US airports. With the new contract, L-3 Communications will provide its ProVision 2 system to TSA. L-3 called the new system an improvement over the first generation of the systems, which did not have automated threat detection (ATD).

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ALLPRO Imaging's ScanX Scout Digital Imaging System Named Finalist in 2012 GSN Homeland Security Awards Program

(November, 7, 2012) ALLPRO Imaging, a leading digital imaging manufacturer of solutions for healthcare, industrial, military and security applications, is pleased to announce the selection of their ScanX ScoutT Digital Imaging System as a finalist in the 4th Annual Government Security News Homeland Security Awards Competition. The ScanX Scout was named a finalist in Category 2: Best Explosive Detection Product or Solution.

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Cogility gets $500K contract for IED detection software

(November, 6, 2012) R.I.-based Cogility Software Corp. (OTCQB: AQSP), which offers complex Big Data fusion, mining and analysis capabilities, has beenawarded a $500,000 extension of a contract from the Department of Defense to develop software-based technology that can detect improvised explosive devices.

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India: Explosives materials seized at hill

(November, 2, 2012) Police have seized explosive materials from atop the Tiruparankunram hillock in the outskirts of the city. The personnel found petrol bombs, ammonium nitrate, wires, batteries and detonators from a secluded spot. The BDDS personnel diffused the explosives immediately and brought them down.

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Marks 5th Sales Contract to Nigeria in the Past Six Months

(November, 2, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has sold three more Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a corporate customer for critical infrastructure protection in Nigeria.

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UK: State-Of-The-Art Freight Scanner To Detect Future Airport Bomb Threats

(November, 1, 2012) IMPROVED x-ray technology has been installed at East Midlands Airport to help detect suspect packages, after an incident two years ago in which a bomb was found on an aircraft. The state-of-the-art "threat detection system" has been supplied to international cargo screening firm East Midlands Airport Handling, which is based at the Castle Donington airport.

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Darpa Wants to Find Hidden Bombs the Way Doctors Find Breast Cancer

(November, 1, 2012) To find hidden bombs, the U.S. military has tried everything from sniffing their chemical scent to shooting lasers into the ground. The Pentagon's blue-sky researchers think they have a better paradigm: search for them the way physicians locate tumors. Darpa recently launched a program called Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff, or MEDS.

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Somerset businessman denies fraud charges over bomb detectors

(October, 25, 2012) A South Somerset businessman accused of selling apparently useless bomb detectors to security forces on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan has denied fraud at the Old Bailey. Jim McCormick, 56, of Park Farm, Hambridge, allegedly raked in £50 million by trading devices destined for use in war zones around the world.

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Flaw seen in TSA boarding-pass security

(October, 25, 2012) Widely available smartphone applications can scan airline boarding passes to see if passengers are scheduled for additional screening by the Transportation Security Administration, which a security expert flags as a flaw in the system.

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K-9 units have long served Army in peace, war

(October, 25, 2012) During the unit activation ceremony Oct. 24, Special Troops Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Thomas Bayer II reminded the audience that throughout the history of warfare, militaries and dogs have always had a very special bond.

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DARPA seeks human-like robots for disaster response

(October, 24, 2012) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks human-like robots for disaster response. DARPA says that it has handpicked seven teams in Track A of the DRC to create new robotic system comprising both hardware and software and 11 teams in Track B to develop software only. DARPA's Methods of Explosives Detection at Standoff program seeks technology that can identify IEDS that are buried deep in opaque substances.

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Delhi Police blamed for excess purchase of bomb kits for CWG

(October, 24, 2012) Delhi Police has been blamed for the procurement of 176 excess bomb detection kits in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in a Home Ministry note submitted to a Parliamentary panel.

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DARPA seeks new technologies to combat IEDs

(October, 24, 2012) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking new technologies to combat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of its Methods of Explosives Detection at Standoff (MEDS) program.)

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Pentagon to fund new ways to detect explosives

(October, 19, 2012) The defense venture wing wants to put money into developing contactless technology that detects explosives embedded in opaque, water-heavy objects such as "mud, meat [and] animal carcasses," contract databases show. The slated funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could seed devices to speed up detection and disposal of improvised explosive devices

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New DHS Program Wants to See If Your Hand Sanitizer Explodes

(October, 18, 2012) The X-ray machine that scans your small plastic bag of carry-on liquids isn't actually testing the Ziploc for explosives. Neither is the Transportation Security Administration agent who swabs down the bag, seemingly as an extra precaution. The Department of Homeland Security wants to change all that with an ambitious new program.

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MRIGlobal continues bio-threat detection

(October, 18, 2012) The U.S. Defense Department's Pentagon Force Protection Agency has contracted MRIGlobal to continue work to detect biological threat agents. The contract is for five years and is worth $17.9 million.

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Seeking tools for identifying hidden explosives at standoff

(October, 17, 2012) The threat to U.S. warfighters from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is as varied as the makers of IEDs are resourceful in how they design and conceal the explosives. The Department of Defense has developed and deployed detection and counter-measures for many types of IEDs

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Wolverine Energy finds second niche in explosives detection

(October, 17, 2012) The company launched a remote and safe explosive detection device, wich offers an integrated wide-area surveillance solution with relatively high sensivity and low cost.

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Airport left without security screeners

(October, 17, 2012) People boarding flights at the Prince Albert Glass Field Airport haven't been screened by security since April, and they shouldn't expect to be any time soon. All five Garda Security Screening Inc. positions at the Prince Albert Airport were terminated, effective Oct. 19.

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AS&E Receives $5.2 Million Order for VIP Security in the Middle East

(October, 17, 2012) American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced the Company has received a $5.2 million order for multiple parcel and vehicle X-ray screening systems for VIP security in the Middle East.

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U.S. Navy, Allies Find Less Than Half the Sea Mines Planted in Key Exercise

(October, 15, 2012) A major international naval exercise last month in and around the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, led by the U.S. Navy with more than 30 other nations participating, located fewer than half of the practice mines laid at sea.

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From Lectures to Explosives Detection: Green Laser Pointer Identifies Traces of Dangerous Chemicals in Real-Time

(October, 10, 2012) The new sensor's compact design makes it an excellent candidate for rapid field deployment to disaster zones and areas with security concerns.

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Corps seeks detector for low-metal IEDs

(October, 9, 2012) Marine officials are searching for the Corps' next-generation mine detectors, capable of locating explosives with little or no metal in them.

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TSA Lapses Preceded Honolulu Failures, Audit Concludes

(October, 9, 2012) Transportation Security Administration mistakes, including leaving explosive-detection equipment in a warehouse for more than two years, contributed to unscreened baggage being loaded onto planes at Honolulu International Airport for several months in 2010, a report said.

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Yet another hoax or a dry run?

(October, 8, 2012) Tension mounted on busy Mangaldas Road after a contraption of red-coloured plastic pipes assembled together with some wires and a timer-like object was found on a compound wall along the road near upmarket Koregaon Park area.

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Prototype boarding gate with built-in explosives detection

(October, 3, 2012) Hitachi, in collaboration with The Nippon Signal and the University of Yamanashi, have successfully prototyped a boarding gate with built-in explosives detection equipment as part of efforts to increase safety in public facilities such as airports.

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Daylight Reveals 6000nm MIRcat Tuneable Laser

(October, 3, 2012) Daylight Solutions, a manufacturer of molecular detection and imaging solutions in the mid-infrared, has launched a laser system for the Scientific Research market. Company officials say that MIRcat's performance brings new capabilities to a broad range of applications, including molecular spectroscopy, standoff explosive detection, hyperspectral imaging and microscopy.

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Orbital Sciences seeks foreign-trade-zone status

(October, 3, 2012) Space-systems manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corp. is working to bring Gilbert its first "foreign trade zone," a technical designation that would help the company keep up with overseas competitors. Fire Department officials are proposing an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to bring an "accelerant-detection canine program" to Gilbert.

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UK experts help Libya with IED detection

(October, 2, 2012) A British team has completed repair work on specialist equipment to detect and dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), the British Embassy in Tripoli has said. The embassy said it was a successful visit, launched in cooperation with the United Nations Special Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) that "helped to restore the Libyan operational capability and identify future equipment needs."

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Airport Scanner Appeal

(October, 2, 2012) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Michigan man's attempt to challenge the use of full body scanners at airports. The appeal was filed by Jonathan Corbett, who challenged the Transpiration Security Administration's use of the scanners as well as pat downs at airport security checkpoints.

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DHS and academic researches build a better shoe bomb. detector

(October, 2, 2012) The Homeland Security Department has funded a $1.1 million project at Northeastern University to advance the technique of using medical CT scans for bomb detection. The research will be aimed at modifying computer tomography systems to automatically recognize explosives and items that can be used for detonation, according to federal business databases.

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'Bogus' bomb detector lands hundreds of Thais in lock-up

(October, 1, 2012) Yala Implicated by the wand of a "bogus" bomb detector, Hassan became one of hundreds detained in Thailand's insurgency-racked south because of equipment that experts say is useless. Scandal over the Thai army's use of the GT200 detectors has deepened rancour towards the authorities in the Muslim-majority border region, where nearly 5,300 people have died in an eight-year conflict that shows no sign of abating.

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Implant Sciences Ships Explosives Trace Detectors to the Arabian Gulf to Protect Petroleum Infrastructure and Transport

(October, 1, 2012) Continuing its sales to the oil and gas industry for critical infrastructure protection, Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that it has sold seven units of its Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detectors and Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a new corporate customer, a petroleum facility located in the Arabian Gulf.

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TSA awardscontract for explosives detection systems

(September, 27, 2012) Defense contractor L-3 Communications has nabbed an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to supply explosives detection technology to the Transportation Security Administration.

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L-3 Awarded TSA Contract for Explosives Detection Systems

(September, 26, 2012) L-3 Communications announced that its Security and Detection Systems division has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply medium-speed explosives detection systems. This five-year acquisition program has a revenue potential of $549.6 million for L-3.

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Reagan National Airport strained by rising number of passengers

(September, 23, 2012) Sometimes it's the little things that tell the larger story, like the sign about 40 yards from the security checkpoint at Reagan National Airport. The design of the airport requires 3 security stations because there isn't a single central terminal leading to the gates.

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Bomb squad officer injured in Gadchiroli

(September, 22, 2012) An officer of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was injured when a detonator exploded while defusing land mine explosives in Gadchiroli.

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Coming to terms with terrorism in Indonesia

(September, 21, 2012) Indonesia's special counter-terrorist unit, Densus 88, is appealing for greater co-operation from citizens.

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Smiths signals detection revival

(September, 20, 2012) The airport scanners and bomb detection arm of conglomerate Smiths have weathered the impact of government budget cuts with a 13% rise in full-year profits. The company, which makes sensors used in finding explosives, weapons and drugs, said this was driven by ports, borders and transportation and in protection for government buildings, utilities and prisons.

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Hundreds jailed by 'fake' bomb detectors in Thai south

(September, 20, 2012) Implicated by the wand of a "bogus" bomb detector, Hassan became one of hundreds detained in Thailand's insurgency-racked south because of equipment that experts say is useless. Scandal over the Thai army's use of the GT200 detectors has deepened rancour towards the authorities in the Muslim-majority border region, where nearly 5,300 people have died in an eight-year conflict that shows no sign of abating.

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Bodkin Design And Engineering Awarded SBIR Contract From The Dept. Of Homeland Security To Detect Explosives And Chemicals At Airport Security Checkpoints

(September, 19, 2012) Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC (BD&E) has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a stand-off explosives detector based on photothermal emission.

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Fixed Detector Uses Infra-red Technology to Detect Explosive Gases

(September, 19, 2012) Safety plays a large factor in the case for gas detection. There is not only the safety of employees to consider but also plant, environmental and public safety.

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Apple's secret plan to join iPhones with airport security

(September, 19, 2012) Apple -- still basking in the afterglow of last week's iPhone 5 curtain raiser -- is also unveiling Passbook, an app which organizes e-boarding passes, flight reservations, coupons and other documents.

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Controversial 'naked' airport body scanners to be scrapped after failing to receive European approval

(September, 19, 2012) Scanners use X-ray technology to show up hidden explosives or weapons. Fears machines could emit harmful levels of cancer-causing radiation. European report said risk 'close to zero' but bosses still failed to give go-ahead.

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Airport security costs go beyond TSA budget, report says

(September, 19, 2012) The roughly $6.5 billion Washington spent last year alone to make air travel safe from terrorists is not the only expense being shouldered by taxpayers. There are lesser-noticed costs that factor into the total bill, according to a new report from the Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corp.

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Army asks industry to develop complex algorithms for handheld explosives detectors

(September, 18, 2012) U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies able to create complex computer algorithms to help deployed soldiers detect explosives such as land mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and unexploded ordnance with handheld detectors.

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Anti-mine robots used by US Army set to join anti-Naxal forces in Chhattisgarh

(September, 18, 2012) The Chhattisgarh government has decided to take help of smart robotic machines that could detect and defuse explosive devices used by the Naxalites against the security forces.

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Security has evolved at Southwest Florida International Airport

(September, 17, 2012) Sept. 17 marked the 10th year since the Transportation Security Administration assumed responsibility for aviation screening operations at Southwest Florida International Airport, one year and six days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Then, as now, the dedicated men and women of TSA in Southwest Florida are committed to providing both world class security and world class customer service to the traveling public.

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Controversial 'naked' scanners scrapped at Manchester Airport over cancer scare

(September, 17, 2012) Airports across the European Union will reportedly abandon the use of X-ray scanners, as health concerns led bureaucrats to deny approval for their widespread use. Last November, the European Commission blocked further trials of the device, which displays a naked image of the person being scanned - like a hospital X-ray. Experts warned that the scanners, which use X-ray technology to detect hidden explosives and weapons, could emit dangerous levels of cancer-causing radiation.

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West businessman denies selling fake bomb detectors

(September, 14, 2012) A businessman is to stand trial for selling useless bomb detectors to security forces on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan. His firm, ATSC, based in Yeovil, Somerset, sold 6,500 devices at between £1,000 and £40,000 each, claiming they could detect not only explosives but also drugs, ivory, diamonds and cash.

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Cubic Concludes Public Transit Security Pilot In Edmonton

(September, 13, 2012) Cubic Security Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), announced it has completed a Canadian government pilot to evaluate new radiological and explosives detection technologies for public transit security. The pilot took place at the Churchill light-rail transit station in Edmonton, Canada, and involved the CLEAR-USE(TM) radiological and explosives detection system developed by Cubic Security Systems and prime contractor Mobile Detect, Inc. of Ontario.

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Computer chips that can detect explosives

(September, 13, 2012) Israeli and German researchers have developed an affordable and portable detection technology to meet everyday security needs using small, radiation-enabled chips that can see through packaging and clothing.

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Chemring Detection Systems Awarded $49M For Biological Detection Systems

(September, 13, 2012) Chemring Detection Systems a Chemring Group ("Chemring") company, announced a $49M contract award to supply biological detection systems to the US Army and US Navy. The systems will be installed on Navy ships such as the USS Ross (DDG 71) and in the Stryker Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle.

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TSA's Chat-Downs Being Examined Amid Racial-Profiling Charges

(September, 13, 2012) The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, responding to complaints of racial profiling by airport behavior-detection officers, has hired a consultant and will alter performance measures to deter the practice.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives $19.9 Million Service, Maintenance, and Spare Parts Order to Support X-ray Detection Systems

(September, 12, 2012) American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today the receipt of a $19.9 million service, maintenance, and spare parts order from an undisclosed customer to support its fleet of AS&E® detection systems.

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Transec (Transport Security Expo) celebrates 10th anniversary, next edition 14-15 November at London Olympia

(September, 11, 2012) Taking place on 14-15 November at London Olympia - Transport Security Expo comprises an extensive conference and workshop programme, supported by one of the largest dedicated technology exhibitions held internationally each year.

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Bomb Threat Delays Southwest Airlines Flight

(September, 11, 2012) A Dallas-bound flight was delayed for about an hour Monday night after a bomb threat was called in while the plane flying to San Antonio.

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Smiths Detection Baggage Scanner Gains Key EU Approval

(September, 10, 2012) Smiths Detection's new scanner for screening checked airport baggage has been tested under the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Programme (CEP) and met the EU's EDS (Explosives Detection Systems) Standard 3, required for all new EDS aviation applications from September 2014 onwards.

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Criticisms plague airport security program

(September, 10, 2012) Between the hustle and bustle of making flights and grabbing bags, Transportation Security Administration officials are searching for the subtle. They're trying to spot small, nearly undetectable signs that a traveler may be up to no good.

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Improving upon status quo in airport security

(September, 10, 2012) Since 9/11, ASTA has been at the forefront of the debate over how best to protect our nation's aviation system while facilitating the movement of business and leisure travelers alike. Every person ahead of you, regardless of how often they fly or what risk they might pose, must present their identification; take off their coat, shoes and belt; empty their pockets; and remove their laptop, among many other things.

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Indra designs the strategic plan to implement Smart Grids in Peru

(September, 5, 2012) It has been selected by the Supervisory Body of Investments in Energy and Mines (OSINERGMIN) to carry out International Consultancy that covers diagnosing and implementing Smart Grids in the country. Indra's analysis has assessed the main areas of application for smart grids, including the integration of distributed generation, demand management, distribution automation, smart meters and electric vehicles.

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Implant Sciences Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detectors to Be Shown at Major European Police Exhibition

(September, 5, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced that its Quantum SnifferT QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector and QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector will be exhibited at the 7th GPEC General Police Equipment Exhibition and Conference®, scheduled for September 11-13, 2012, at the Leipzig Trade Fair Center in Leipzig, Germany.

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Implant Sciences sells 25 explosives detectors to Africa

(September, 5, 2012) Homeland security and defence company Implant Sciences Corporation has sold 25 Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 explosives trace detectors for use in infrastructure protection in Africa. Last month the company sold the device to ASL Airline Services in Nigeria.

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Police foil Maoist strike in Gadchiroli

(September, 4, 2012) A big tragedy was averted on Monday when the Gadchiroli police recovered powerful explosives from a canal on the Bhamragad- Lahiri road in Gadchiroli. These explosives were recovered during the visit of Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Suvez Huque and district collector Abhishekh Krishana to Bhamragad, according to some sources.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company Identa Corp Announces Major Breakthrough in Development of the Sniffer

(August, 28, 2012)  Identa Corp. (OTC Pink: IDTA) CEO Yaacov Shoham announced the development of Identa's new Sniffer detection method. The Sniffer can be used by any law enforcement agency anywhere in the world that is involved in the detection and identifying of suspected substances.

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All clear at Auburn movie theater after bomb threat

(August, 28, 2012) The "all clear" was given at an Auburn movie theater after police conducted an intensive search of the Wynnsong, authorities announced. The search, assisted by a K-9 unit, was prompted by a threat of explosive devices being placed at several theaters owned by cinemas. 

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TSA reprimands bag screeners over job performance at Boston airport

(August, 28, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of firing six checked-baggage screeners and suspending 14 others at Boston's Logan International Airport.

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Worthless 'bomb detectors' put Iraqi lives at risk

(August, 28, 2012) An Iraqi soldier walks past a line of cars at an entrance to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, looking for the silver antenna of the bomb detector he holds to swing left, indicating a threat.

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Logan Airport TSA agents face termination

(August, 27, 2012) Six bag screening officers at Logan Airport received notice that the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has moved to fire them. Fourteen other workers are on track to be suspended. TSA officials say the workers did not follow protocol to hand-inspect bags which had set off the alarm of an explosive detection machine.

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TSA spends millions on failed shoe scanning devices

(August, 27, 2012) The US government has tested several scanning devices meant to detect explosives and weapons in passengers' shoes at airports. Millions of dollars later, the Transportation Security Administration has concluded the devices are ineffective. The TSA has been testing shoe scanners made by companies in the US and abroad since 2007.

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives $34.4 Million Service and Maintenance Order to Support X-ray Detection Systems

(August, 27, 2012) American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced the receipt of a $34.4 million service and maintenance order from an undisclosed customer to support its fleet of AS&E® detection systems.

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Glowing flowers for ultra-trace analysis of TNT

(August, 27, 2012) Highly sensitive and highly selective tests are important for the early detection of disease, the detection of environmental toxins, or for the detection of explosives at airports. Increased selectivity for the target analytes helps to avoid false-positive results. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Indian scientists have now introduced a specific detection method for the explosive TNT that can be used to detect even a single molecule.

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Cadets develop IED detection software

(August, 27, 2012) The U.S. Army reports the development of software that can identify weapons caches and predict the location of improvised explosive devices.

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Pipe bomb on rail track

(August, 26, 2012) A pipe bomb meant to possibly derail a train with an explosion was detected on the railway track at Velloor near Kottayam.  Its timely detection averted a major mishap but train traffic along the route was held up for over two hours.

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UK: Train passengers to be scanned for 'dirty bombs'

(August, 26, 2012) The UK Government wants to scan at least a quarter of rail and tube passengers for explosives, knives and guns to protect railways and London Underground from terrorists, a new government proposal has revealed. 

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Is eye scan technology the future of airport security?

(August, 26, 2012) Will the airport of the future be able to verify the identity of passengers with a quick eye scan? Aoptix Technologies Inc., a Campbell-based high-tech company, has developed iris scan technology the company hopes can be used by the Transportation Security Administration to verify passenger identification in a matter of seconds.

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Nigeria: Seme Border to Get Weapon Detection Scanner in October

(August, 25, 2012) As a means to control the influx of arms and ammunitions into the country through the land borders, the federal government will in October install a multi-million dollars fixed scanner capable of detecting explosives and drugs in a container. Ther scanner is expected to be brought in by Global Scansystems Ltd., one destination inspection firm, contracted by government to provide scanning service at the border.

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Killeen Police Investigating Small Explosions

(August, 24, 2012) Killeen Police are investigating an incident as a possible assault on public safety personnel after small water bottle explosives were set off. The Fort Hood Explosive Ordinance Detachment was called and the Killeen Police Department Explosive Detection K9 was brought to the scene. The K9 did not alert on the cooler being explosive.

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Worthless Junk Purchased By The TSA

(August, 22, 2012) Great post by Bruce Weber at TSANewsBlog on some of the wasteful crap we're paying for in the name of "security." Officially known as Explosive Trace Portals (ETPs), these machines are supposed to be stationed at the security checkpoint for passengers to enter before proceeding through the metal detector. 

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No explosives found at SDSU

(August, 22, 2012) An area of the San Diego State University campus was evacuated because of a bomb threat, but no explosives were found.

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Implant Sciences' QS-B220 Benchtop Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detector Completes Certification Readiness Testing and Moves to Final TSA/TSL Independent Testing

(August, 21, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that its QS-B220 Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detector has successfully completed the certification readiness testing with the Transportation Security Laboratory, the testing body of the Transportation Security Administration.

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TSA awards huge baggage screening contracts to L-3 and Morpho Detection

(August, 21, 2012) TSA has awarded contracts, each potentially worth more than half a billion dollars, to L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems, Inc. andMorpho Detection, Inc. to supply "medium speed" explosive detection systems that can screen checked baggage turned over by airline passengers.

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Implant Sciences announces new sales of explosives detectors to Nigeria

(August, 14, 2012) Implant Sciences Corp announced new sales of its explosives trace detection systems in Nigeria for aviation security. The supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets said the latest shipment is to ASL Airlines Services in Lagos

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Advanced explosives detector to sniff out previously undetectable amounts of TNT

(August, 14, 2012) With the best explosive detectors often unable to sniff out the tiny amounts of TNT released from terrorist bombs in airports and other public places, scientists are reporting a potential solution. Their research in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry describes development of a device that concentrates TNT vapors in the air so that they become more detectable.

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Decision Sciences Awarded $400,000 U.S. Defense Department Contract for Explosives Detection Technology

(August, 10, 2012) Decision Sciences International, an advanced technology provider of security and detection systems, announced it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office to test muon tomography based scanning systems capable of detecting explosives. The contract has an estimated value of $400,000 over eight months.

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Explosives Detector to Sniff Out Undetectable Amounts of TNT

(August, 9, 2012) Yushan Yan and colleagues point out that TNT and other conventional explosives are the mainstays of terrorist bombs and the anti-personnel mines that kill or injure more than 15,000 people annually in war-torn countries. In large, open-air environments, such as airports, train stations and minefields, concentrations of these explosives can be vanishingly small - a few parts of TNT, for instance, per trillion parts of air.

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ChemImage Awarded Contract to Integrate Standoff Explosive Detection Technology Into a Multi-Sensor Vehicle Screening System 

(August, 9, 2012) ChemImage Corporation announced Aug. 9 that the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command awarded the company an $811 Thousand contract for integrating its real-time sensor technology used for standoff detection of explosives into a multi-sensor vehicle screening system. The comprehensive screening system is currently being designed to screen vehicles for explosives. 

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Nanofibrous film detects vapors from buried landmines and explosives

(August, 3, 2012) Engineers at the University of Connecticut have developed a fluorescent nanofibrous film capable of detecting ultra-trace levels of explosive vapors from landmines and other buried explosive devices. In the presence of explosive molecules, the film's fluorescence is suppressed when exposed to ultraviolet light. In this way, the lightweight film, which is similar to paper, could be rolled out over suspect areas to mark the location of explosive devices.

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Army source: Thai military to buy new bomb detectors

(August, 1, 2012) In the aftermath of UK fraud charges being brought against the seller of the GT200, the Thai military's use of GT200 is back in the spotlight. As noted in the previous post, Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has defended the effectiveness of the GT200. 

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OSI Systems Receives EU Security Certification for Liquid Explosives Detection with Carry-On Baggage Scanner

(August, 1, 2012) OSI Systems, Inc, a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronics and services, announced that its Security division Rapiscan's 620DV (Dual View) advanced baggage scanner has passed the European Civil Aviation Conference's common evaluation process Standard 2 threat detection test for Liquid Explosive Detection Systems. The 620DV has also been approved for use by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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OSI Systems Receives EU Security Certification for Liquid Explosives Detection with Carry-On Baggage Scanner

(July, 31, 2012) BUSINESS WIRE-OSI Systems, Inc., a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronics and services, announced that its Security division Rapiscan's 620DV (Dual View) advanced baggage scanner has passed the European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) common evaluation process (CEP) Standard 2 threat detection test for Liquid Explosive Detection Systems (LEDS). 

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UK MOD Scientist Develops Multiple-Substance Detection Device

(July, 31, 2012) A new biological device that can sample and detect a range of hazardous substances and explosives at the same time has been created by a UK Ministry of Defence scientist. The device, developed by Dr Peter White of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), could soon be used by first responders in the forensic and security sectors in the UK and abroad. 

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Wichita airport to expand security checkpoints

(July, 31, 2012) Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita plans to increase its security by installing four new X-ray machines. Airport officials say they hope the new machines will speed security checks and reduce long waiting times at the airport, particularly in the mornings.

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Chemical nanofiber sensor finds landmines and buried IEDs

(July, 31, 2012) A chemical sensing system developed by engineers at the University of Connecticut is believed to be the first of its kind capable of detecting vapors from buried landmines and other explosive devices with the naked eye rather than advanced scientific instrumentation.

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EL AL Airlines Selects Morpho Detection's Compact CTX 5800 EDS for Hold Baggage Screening

(July, 31, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced that EL AL Airlines has purchased two of its high-performance, reduced-footprint CTX explosives detection system, the CTX 5800. 

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Implant Sciences Awarded Follow-On Order to China for Aviation Security

(July, 31, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it has sold additional units of its Quantum Sniffer H150 handheld explosives trace detector to a customer in China for use in aviation security. 

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Military urged to help counter IEDs at home

(July, 29, 2012) Devilish improvised explosive devices that have claimed the lives and limbs of thousands of American soldiers across Iraq and Afghanistan pose a growing threat across Texas and the United States, inciting calls for urgent cooperation between U.S. military experts who are familiar with the devices and civilian law enforcement officers who are not.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Updates First Order to Drug Store Chain

(July, 25, 2012) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham today released the following picture of the kits in the warehouse that are being dispatched to the American drug store chain. It is a very large order, the largest order received by IDenta from one customer so far.

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Implant Sciences Wins Contracts to Supply Additional Explosives Trace Detectors to China for Use by China Police and Bomb Squads

(July, 25, 2012)  Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has sold 11 more Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to various police departments and bomb squads in China. 

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Israel says new robot in the works

(July, 25, 2012) Israel's military is developing a robot that will move on its own and detonate explosive devices. The operator will identify a suspicious area and the robot will be able to calculate and carry out a series of necessary operations in order to get to the spot.

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DSI to file case over useless bomb detectors

(July, 20, 2012) The Department of Special Investigation will seek legal redress against those responsible for the procurement of imported bomb detectors proven to be useless. The DSI would give the agencies a little more time before it would submit the report on its probe to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

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Five in court over 'bomb detectors'

(July, 20, 2012) Five people charged by City of London Police are expected to appear in court charged with selling bogus bomb detection devices to foreign countries. The five, who will appear at City of London Magistrates' Court, are accused of the alleged manufacture, promotion and sale of a range of fraudulent substance detector devices to foreign jurisdictions between January 15 2007 and July 12 this year.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company Identa Corp to Dispatch First Order to Drug Store Chain

(July, 20, 2012) Identa Corp CEO Yaacov Shoham announced that the company will be dispatching within the next few days the kits for the American drug store chain. It is a very large order, the largest order received by Identa from one customer so far.

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Defence minister of Thailand insists GT200 works

(July, 19, 2012) The GT200 bomb detectors, which are used in the far South, do work and they have detected explosives many times, Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat said. ACM Sukumpol said this after Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director general Tarit Pengdit said that the GT200 and Alpha 6 bomb detectors were procured at excessive prices and the devices might not work.

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Nuclear research screeners checked for explosives at 'populated' areas, putting lives at risk, report says

(July, 17, 2012) Workers at Department of Energy nuclear research centers have been putting lives at risk by incorrectly storing explosives, improperly labeling bunkers and even inspecting explosives at "populated" main gates, according to a newly released internal report. 

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Implant Sciences Advances Global IP Protection With Award of Patent Covering Explosives Trace Detection in Russia

(July, 17, 2012) As it continues to increase the global reach of its explosives trace detection equipment, Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it has received the grant of a new patent by the Patent Office of the Russian Federation.

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Advanced bomb detection device boosts security at HC

(July, 16, 2012) The police sniffer dog Raja walked around the High Court premises and after ten minutes identified a bomb kept in a suitcase. Soon after this, the policemen brought in equipment and in just two minutes, were not only able to confirm the presence of the explosive but also the type and the quantity.

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Chennai: Bomb detection goes hi-tech

(July, 16, 2012) In the wake of orders to beef up security in the High Court premises, the security police of the campus has acquired the latest in bomb detection technology. To train 200 policemen on how to use the equipment, a demonstration was held at the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority.

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Smiths Detection Wins Security Orders for UK Airports

(July, 16, 2012) Smiths Detection has won a range of UK airport security contracts including the installation of advanced detection systems at a temporary terminal in Heathrow Airport set up specifically for athletes and officials attending the London Olympics. X-ray systems, which scan hand-luggage for weapons, explosives and more, will help Heathrow handle the expected surge in passenger numbers.

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'50-50 chance' explosives could be sneaked into London Olympics

(July, 13, 2012) Despite spending more than £1.5 billion on security, the London Olympics face a safety crisis, after a whistleblower revealed malpractice at its main contractor, which has created severe "security loopholes." A secret source in charge of training security guards for the Games told UK channel Sky News that recruits are given"completely insufficient" training, and failed to conduct body searches or operate scanners. He also noted that despite the low standard of recruits, the company operates a "no-fail" policy, and anyone who attends is certified to provide safety at the Olympics.

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UK men 'sold fake bomb detectors' to Iraq

(July, 13, 2012) Police have charged six people over the sale of allegedly fake bomb detection equipment to foreign countries.

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K9s, bomb-detection team searching Detroit-Windsor Tunnel for possible threat

(July, 12, 2012). Detroit Police Inspection formally announced the conclusion of a multi-national, multi-agency bomb sweep at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

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The End of Privacy: Government to Deploy Laser-based 'Molecular Strip-search' Devices Across Airports and Roadside Checkpoints

(July, 12, 2012). Within the next two years, a spooky, powerful and invisible new technology will be deployed by the U.S. government that can instantly scan and identify every molecule on your body or person: the cocaine residue on your dollar bills, prescription drugs in your purse, marijuana in your pocket and even trace powder residue from your practice session at the gun range.

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Morpho Detection Receives TSA Service Order for Deployed Itemiser DX Explosives Trace Detectors

(July, 11, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, announced it has received an order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for maintenance of its deployed Itemiser® DX desktop explosives trace detection units. 

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Implant Sciences Described as "An Attractive Pure-Play in Explosives Detection" in Gene Marcial's Blog on Forbes.com

(July, 10, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced it has been featured in Gene Marcial's 'Street Beat' blog on Forbes.com.

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Bomb Detection Research at Synchrotron

(July, 8, 2012) Research from the Canadian Light Source synchrotron could change the ways bombs are detected at airports or in war zones, studying mesoporous silicon and how it reacts to molecules floating in the air.

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Smiths Detection and Optosecurity Offer Upgrades for Airport X-Ray Scanners

(July, 6, 2012) Smiths Detection has signed a distribution agreement with Optosecurity to provide airports with advanced EU standard upgrades to Smiths Detection's X-ray baggage scanners without the need to replace existing equipment or hardware.

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GIs detect more homemade bombs in Afghanistan

(July, 6, 2012) Almost afraid to say it out loud, lest they jinx their record, U.S. troops in Afghanistan are finding and avoiding more homemade bombs meant to kill and maim them, thanks to a surge in training, equipment and intelligence. Bomb planters have picked up the pace during the summer months, setting improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, along roads or footpaths.

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Indra develops a system for detecting radioactivity in ports and airports

(July, 5, 2012) Indra has developed a new radioactivity detection system that makes it possible to efficiently monitor the containers that enter large ports. The company also has an adapted version for use in airports and industrial settings. European ports currently perform radiological inspections on a high percentage of containers, and this will be a mandatory measure for ships with the United States as their destination. The objective is to ensure that contaminated goods do not enter and to prevent the illegal trafficking of small amounts of uranium to be used in terrorism.

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Smiths Detection and Optosecurity Offer Upgrades for Airport X-Ray Scanners

(June, 27, 2012). Smiths Detection has signed a distribution agreement with Optosecurity to provide airports with advanced EU standard upgrades to Smiths Detection's X-ray baggage scanners without the need to replace existing equipment or hardware.

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New threat detector unveiled

(June, 27, 2012) A remote screening system that detects and isolates people in a crowd carrying weapons, explosives and drugs has been introduced in the United States. Suspect Detection Systems Inc. said its C300R is a remote, mass themal-based screening system that adds a new security layer to existing proprietary threat detection product line.

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Implant ships $150,000 worth of orders to clients in China

(June, 27, 2012) Implant Sciences Corp., an explosive trace detection maker, said Monday it shipped orders worth $150,000 to customers in China. The Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld device rapidly detects and identifies trace amounts of a number of military, commercial and homemade explosives.

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New Airport Security Screening Rules Make Travel Easier

(June, 26, 2012) Based on the number of people I come across who still seem surprised about the restrictions on liquids and the requirement to take off shoes, it appears that unless you fly frequently, many TSA regulations can catch you unprepared.

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Synchrotron researcher using silicon to deter bomb threats

(June, 26, 2012) The synchrotron allows researchers to isolate beams of intense light, providing researchers an effective way of understanding a material's structure. Airport detection mechanisms often have the tendency to detect harmless compounds, mistaking them for real explosives.

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False alarm for bomb squad at Trading Post

(June, 25, 2012) A suspicious briefcase found in the Kittery Trading Post parking lot Saturday prompted response by a Maine State Police bomb squad trooper before authorities determined the briefcase was empty.

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Foiling Qaeda threats starts with intelligence: Napolitano

(June, 22, 2012) Janet Napolitano said in an interview with Reuters that a "multi-layered" strategy against militant groups included cooperation between spy agencies, good intelligence as well as looking at travel patterns and the behavior of passengers at airports.

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Dealing With Airport Security And The TSA

(June, 22, 2012) Now that school is out, many families will be heading off to summer vacation, and if you're flying that means dealing with security and the TSA. John Pistole, the TSA administrator is on the hot seat while passengers deal with airport insecurity. Earlier this month, TSA's top administrator sat in front of Congress while our representatives grilled him saying TSA lacks common sense. 

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Sweden on alert, explosives found near nuke plant

(June, 21, 2012) Sweden ramped up security at its three nuclear power plants Thursday after a small amount of explosives without a triggering device was found on a forklift on the grounds of the country's largest atomic power station, authorities said. Police were investigating possible sabotage, but insisted that even if there had been a blast it would not have posed any great danger.

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RedXDefense Launches XCAT Narcotics, Explosives, and Gunshot Residue Detection System

(June, 20, 2012) RedXDefense, a leader in the field of trace explosives detection since 2005, announced the release of the XCAT handheld detection system. This system fills the capability gap in the market by offering users a one step, one platform narcotics, explosives and gunshot residue detection system that weighs less than 1.5 lbs. and costs $1500.

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Security problems at Dublin Airport have been fixed

(June, 18, 2012) A security problem identified by a recent EU audit at Dublin Airport has now been fully resolved, the Dublin Airport Authority has confirmed. The DAA said that the issue had been a technical one and had not related to the screening of passengers or their luggage at the airport. 

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Aviation security overdone?

(June, 18, 2012) From July 1, regional airports with planes with a maximum takeoff weight of 20 tonnes or above, will have walk through metal detectors, x-ray machines for carry-on and checked baggage, explosives trace detection and hand held metal detectors.

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Bend Man Arrested for Explosive Device at Redmond Airport

(June, 18, 2012) Some flights at the Redmond Municipal Airport were delayed for a short time after a possible explosive device is found in a passengers' possession.  Joseph Seeley, 24, of Bend was detained by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners and then arrested by Redmond Police.

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Government Announces New Program to Enhance National Security

(June, 17, 2012) The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Public Safety's Parliamentary Secretary, Candice Hoeppner, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced the establishment of the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) in Regina, Saskatchewan. This program harmonizes the security work of different organizations and makes Canada safer.

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TSA dismisses seven at Philadelphia airport

(June, 16, 2012) TSA management at the Philadelphia airport removed 10 employees from security duties in November pending results of an investigation of bribery by the Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General.

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Garda wants to convince Washington to adopt Canadian model for airport screening

(June, 15, 2012) Garda World wants to convince Washington to imitate Canada by giving private security companies control of screening at airports. In the United States, the job is generally performed by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees, while in Canada the work is subcontracted to companies like Garda, the industry leader in airport pre-clearance screening.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Announces New Consultant

(June, 15, 2012) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham announced that IDenta Corp. have hired Mr.Robert Bianchi, from Bianchi Consulting 12728 Penguin Drive, Bradenton, FL 34212, to be a consultant for the company. Mr. Robert Bianchi is a retired DEA-Drug Enforcement Administration-official who was in many different high positions with the DEA, including Director of the New York DEA Laboratories. 

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Morpho Detection's CTX 5800 Compact Hold Baggage EDS Certified by Israel Security Agency

(June, 12, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced its compact-design CTX explosives detection system (EDS), the CTX 5800(TM), is now certified by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) for aviation hold baggage screening in Israel. 

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Lighting the way to explosive detection

(June, 12, 2012) A mesoporous material functionalised with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) luminogens serves as an efficient and recyclable fluorescent sensor to detect picric acid (PA) in water. A reusable fluorescent sensor that detects explosives in groundwater or seawater could aid antiterrorist activities and environmental protection, say scientists in China.

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Orlando Airport Looks To Replace TSA With Private Security Firm

(June, 12, 2012) The federal government gave Orlando Sanford International Airport permission to seek bids from private security companies that would screen passengers before they boarded a flight.

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'Papad bomb' takes an entire airport hostage

(June, 06, 2012) An absentminded female passenger's unattended luggage created heightened panic as security staff suspected of a bomb in the bag. However, the explosive situation cooled down when the bag was found to contain only some papad, homemade snacks and undergarments.

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B400 series radars by Blighter improve perimeter security at London's Heathrow Airport

(June, 06, 2012) Blighter electronic-scanning ground surveillance radar system, announced that its Blighter radars have been deployed to enhance Heathrow's perimeter security. Plextek Ltd. is the market design house of Blighter. The Blighter B400 series electronic scanning radars - with Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) and Doppler processing - form part of an integrated perimeter security system at Heathrow, developed and supplied to BAA plc, the airport operator, by Touchstone Electronics, a specialist security provider to the UK airport industry. 

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Airport Police May Prove Unprepared For Terrorism In The Terminal

(June, 06, 2012) Terrorists haven't ignored U.S. airports, either. On July 4, 2002, a gunman killed two people at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport. More recently, in 2007, federal authorities broke up a plot to blow up fuel tanks at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Soldier-worn sensor that measures the destructive power of explosives uses MEMS accelerometer from Analog Devices

(June, 05, 2012) Infantry technology experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) needed a small, low-power accelerometer second generation of DARPA's Blast Gauge to protect U.S. Armed Forces personnel. They found their solution from Analog Devices Inc. in Norwood, Mass.

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Israeli Airport Security Now Checking Emails

(June, 05, 2012). What's new here isn't the ethnic profiling, which is S.O.P. for Israeli security and, though justifiably controversial, is credited with efficiently (albeit on a very small scale) preventing acts of terrorism. The news is the email component, which feels like a new type and degree of invasiveness. Officials search for keywords like "West Bank" and "Palestine," the AP reports, and take down names and information that they find.

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Silkmoth inspires novel explosive detector

(June, 04, 2012) Imitating the antennas of the silkmoth, Bombyx mori, to design a system for detecting explosives with unparalleled performance is the feat achieved by a team from the ''Nanomatériaux pour Systèmes sous Sollicitations Extrêmes'' unit (CNRS / Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis), in collaboration with the Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse (CNRS / Université de Strasbourg).

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives $3.1 Million Service and Maintenance Order From U.S. Government for ZBV Military Trailers

(June, 04, 2012) American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today the receipt of a $3.1 million order from the U.S. government for the service and maintenance of ZBVT Military Trailers.

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Morpho Detection's Itemiser DX Trace Detector Certified for Air Cargo Screening by U.K. Department for Transport

(May, 31, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced its next-generation Itemiser(R) DX desktop explosives trace detection system has been certified for air cargo screening by the U.K. Department for Transport. This certification from U.K. DfT is an important recognition of Itemiser DX' ability to protect the air cargo supply chain. 

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NIST Test Samples Aid Explosives Detection

(May, 31, 2012) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released anotherstandard reference material to help in detecting two explosive compounds known to be used by terrorists; this is the third such SRM to date from the agency. The new test samples simulate the size and behavior of residues left after handling the explosives PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) and TATP (triacetone triperoxide). 

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company Identa Corp Reports on Successful Mexico Security Exposition

(May, 29, 2012)  Identa's kits were successfully demonstrated at the Expo Security Mexico. Identa's products were seen by many high ranking Mexican officials and the kits generated much interest.

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TSA Sets Cargo Screening Deadline

(May, 24, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it has set a deadline for passenger air carriers to conduct 100 percent cargo screening on international flights bound for the United States. Beginning December 3, 2012, all cargo shipments loaded on passenger aircraft must undergo screening for explosives, fulfilling a requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act.

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Electronic Control Security, Inc. Announces Entry Into Teaming Agreement With STS Security, LLC

(May, 23, 2012) Electronic Control Security, Inc., a global leader in entry control and perimeter security systems, announced it has teamed with STS Security, LLC, a veteran-owned small business with extensive experience providing weapons, munitions, ballistic protection, tactical training and physical security services. Together, the two companies are offering a total solution to piracy at sea.

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Kyrgyztan, NATO sign land transit agreement

(May, 23, 2012) Kyrgyzstan and NATO have signed an agreement on the transit of cargo by landthrough Kyrgyzstan for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan,the Foreign Ministry said.

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SAPER app turns a smartphone into a mobile bomb sniffer

(May, 23, 2012) Some students at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw have sought to use an existing one in a new way with the development of their SAPER explosives detection app for smartphones..

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Implant Sciences Expands Global Presence With Sale to Romania

(May, 22, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced it has sold 10 units of its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detector to a customer in Romania.

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Synthetic Scent Hounds: Nanotechnology to Detect Explosives

(May, 22, 2012) To prevent terrorist attacks at airports, it would be helpful to detect extremely low concentrations of explosives easily and reliably. Despite the development of various sensor technologies, at the moment, dogs continue to be the most efficient detectors.

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Timely detection of explosives prevents disaster in Andhra village

(May, 19, 2012) Timely detection and seizure of explosives underneath a railway bridge in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh has prevented a major disaster, police said. Acting on information given by a passerby, railway police recovered five detonators, five gelatin sticks and fuse wire planted under a railway bridge at Tellapur village, police said.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Signs an Important Agreement in USA

(May, 15, 2012) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham announced that IDenta Corp. has signed an agreement with a large drug store chain to sell the General Screening Drug Testing Kits and Marijuana Kits in all of the chains thousands of stores.

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Snags render mobile X-ray & explosive-scanner van useless

(May, 14, 2012) A mobile X-ray-and-explosives-scanner van procured at a cost of Rs 8 crore after the 26/11 terror attacks is proving a white elephant for the Mumbai Police, as it has been unused for nearly a year owing to technical snags.

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Ibrahim al-Asiri: The Body Bomb Menace

(May, 14, 2012) The would-be assassin had claimed he was giving himself up. He had said he would try to persuade others to surrender as well-but only if he could meet the prince in person. The Saudis flew the "repentant" terrorist from near the border with Yemen to Riyadh. 

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Bomb plot raises questions over European security

(May, 13, 2012) In the wake of a foiled al-Qaeda plot to bomb a jet heading to the US, it's unclear whether cash-strapped Europe has the latest security equipment to thwart an airliner attack, or whether machines will be able to keep up with determined terrorists. Terror groups bent on blowing up US-bound jetliners are experimenting with explosives that use non-metal detonators. 

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Polestar Technologies Wins Government Contract to Develop Explosive Sensing Technology as part of War on Terrorism

(May, 12, 2012) Polestar Technologies, a leader in optical sensor research and technology development, recently won a $2.5M government contract from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Deterrent Organization (JIEDDO) to develop a system for the stand-off detection of explosives hidden on a person. 

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FAU researches ways to thwart roadside bombs

(May, 11, 2012) An FAU professor and student are part of a team working to develop tiny sensors that can improve the detection of Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, which have been responsible for a large number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Why bomb plots fail

(May, 11, 2012) Bomb plots fail even without an informant for a number of reasons, explosives experts say. They discuss those safeguards and explain how the authorities work stay ahead of creative bomb-makers.

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Explosive Detection Research to be Presented at ASMS Conference

(May, 10, 2012) The detection of trace quantities of explosives is critical to defending civilian populations from terrorist attacks. In order to survey and protect high-risk areas, police and security personnel often rely on the heightened olfactory sense of dogs to detect trace quantities of volatiles, or chemicals with a tendency to vaporize, released by explosives. 

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Bomb plot ahead of Olympics raises questions about need for full body scanners in Europe

(May, 10, 2012) With the summer Olympics expected to draw millions of visitors to London, airport security has taken on renewed urgency. There are two types of full-body scanners in wide use in U.S. airports. Backscatter X-ray scanners employ advanced imaging technology and small doses of ionized radiation to detect objects concealed underneath a person's clothing. 

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CIA thwarts new al Qaeda underwear bomb plot

(May, 10, 2012) The CIA thwarted a plot by al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a new design, a U.S. counter-terrorism official tells CBS News. Officials, however, deny there was ever any immediate threat to the public.

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Implant Sciences sniffing out new markets for Quantum detectors

(May, 10, 2012) Implant Sciences Corp. is looking to expand the markets where its Quantum Sniffer explosive and narcotics detectors are deployed, as the company continues to pursue and win key contracts. The company successfully introduced its first handheld explosive trace detection product in 2003 and has sold over 1,500 systems to more than 30 countries around the world, generating over $25 million in revenues. 

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Announces Upgrade in Status at OTC markets

(May, 3, 2012) CEO Yaacov Shoham announced that the listing status of IDenta Corp. at OTCMarkets has been upgraded to "OTC Pink Limited Information."

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Implant Sciences Signs Extension to $6 Million Contract for Quantum Sniffer Sales to Government of India

(May, 3, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced an amendment to extend and complete its contract with the Government of India for the sale of approximately $6 million worth of its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives detectors and associated support.

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Morpho Detection Awarded U.S. DHS R&D Contracts for Shoe Scanning Device Prototypes

(May, 3, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, announced it has received two research contracts from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate for the development of shoe scanning device (SSD) prototypes.

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New Waverly bomb threat false alarm

(May, 3, 2012) A phone call claiming there was a bomb inside New Waverly High School turned out to be a hoax. Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said with the help of a detection dog from Conroe ISD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the entire campus was searched and found to be clean.

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NIITEK tapped for counter-IED radar

(May, 3, 2012) Ground-penetrating radar used to detect mines and improvised explosive devices are being supplied to the U.S. Army by NIITEK Inc. of Virginia.

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Sniffing out explosives

(May, 2, 2012) Flir Systems has recently made a prototype multi-channel device to sense up to eight different explosives vapours at once. The device contains polymer 'tapes' that can be changed depending on what you are looking to detect. 'At the chemical level we can design fluorescent materials to respond to a specific analyte,' says Rose. .

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BANC3 tapped for sensor technology support

(May, 2, 2012) Technology and engineering firm BANC3 Inc. has been named a prime contractor for sensor technology support by the U.S. Army.

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Design set to improve airborne chemical detector sensitivity

(May, 2, 2012) Researchers at Michigan University are developing technology that improves the way different chemicals in a cloud of gas are separated before they are identified. This could create devices that are more sensitive to the kind of chemical gases given off by explosives or chemical weapons, or that are present in a patient's breath when they are diagnosed with certain medical conditions.

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Nanotechnology could help reduce shrink

(May, 2, 2012) A chemistry professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is using his background in the detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents to help reduce fresh produce shrink. The sensors consist of an array of tens of thousands of carbon nanotubes, which are sheets of carbon atoms rolled into cylinders that act as superhighways for electron flow. 

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TSA Produced Weak Cost Estimates For New Checked Baggage Explosives Screening, GAO Warns

(April 30, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has estimated the lifecycle costs for explosive detection systems for checked baggage at US airports through 2030 at roughly $50 billion, but that cost may be low because the agency has not fully followed best practices for estimating the costs of the systems.

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4 Ways to Protect Your Stuff at Airport Security

(April 23, 2012) Here are four  tips to help keep your belongings safe as you pass through airport security checkpoints, whether you're tapped for a secondary screening or just passing through the security line.

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ATF NRT Activated To Investigate Massive Business Fire

(April 23, 2012) The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from the Dallas Field Division were requested by the Amarillo Fire Department to investigate a fire located at the Best Signs Systems, 3007 Pierce St., Amarillo. 

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Military says troops foiled another bomb plot

(April 22, 2012) Maguindanao-Authorities said they foiled yet another bomb plot in North Cotabato when several suspects transporting a bomb were forced to flee upon seeing police and soldiers, according to the military on Saturday. Colonel Prudencio Asto, spokesman of the Army's 6th Infantry Division here, said the men, riding in two motorcycles, were on their way to Kidapawan City from Makilala town, also in North Cotabato, to plant the improvised explosive device (IED), when intercepted by the police.

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North East Frontier Railways awarded Integrated Security Systems project to Transline

(April 20, 2012) North East Frontier Railways zone of Indian Railways has awarded Integrated Security Systems for the zone to Transline Technologies Pvt Ltd. . The entire project comprises of 1) IP based CCTV surveillance system 2) Explosive Detection System 3) Personal & Baggage Screening system. The entire project is very complex in nature as it includes complete integration of the security equipments with IT & network equipments & software.

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Morpho Detection Receives TSA Delivery Order for 32 CTX 9800 Explosives Detection Systems

(April 19, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced it has received a delivery order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for 32 CTX 9800 DSi (TM) explosives detection systems (EDS) valued at more than $38 million.

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Israeli Airports Authority Chooses Morpho's Advanced Technology CTX/XRD Explosives Detection "System of Systems" for Hold Baggage Screening

(April 18, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced the Israeli Airports Authority (IAA) has selected its advanced technology "System of Systems" to help meet its stringent hold baggage screening requirements at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.

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Implant Sciences Adds Printing Capability to QS-H150 Explosives Trace Detector

(April, 16, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, today announced a key product enhancement for its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors. Using the QS-H150 Printing Kit, users will be able to print detection results, creating a permanent record of the explosives screening activity.

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DRDO to launch explosive detection and swine flu diagnostic kits at DEFEXPO

(April 16, 2012) The spirit of self-reliance and national pride will come alive in vibrant colours with the display of state-of-the-art military systems and technologies by DRDO during the DefExpo India 2012. Designed and developed by the Indian brains, produced by Indian hands, customized for India's diverse and often extreme conditions, with Indian soldiers at focal point. 

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Implant Sciences' explosives detection equipment to be used at Summit of the Americas

(April 16, 2012) Implant Sciences reported late Tuesday that its explosives and narcotics trace detectors will be used at the Sixth Summit of the Americas. The Colombian National Police chose the company's explosives trace detection equipment as part of its security plan at the summit, the company said. Both the Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 and the Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 will be used at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, where 34 heads of state and government of the Americas will convene in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14 and 15, 2012.

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Bomb scare leads to evacuation Westchester County Airport terminal

(April 16, 2012) Checked luggage that was being screened by TSA personnel at Westchester County Airport late Sunday afternoon saw a suspicious item on x-ray and when the item tested positive for the presence of a potential explosive material, the passenger terminal was evacuated..

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Smiths Detection Equips New Airport Outside London

(April 16, 2012) Smiths Detection has completed the aviation security contract for the newly opened terminal extension at Southend Airport, east of London. The project includes Smiths Detection's high-speed automatic explosives X-Ray detection systems for checked baggage, carry-on baggage scanners and trace detection equipment.

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Iraq hosts arms expo nine years after fall of Saddam

(April, 16, 2012) Iraq is hosting its first arms fair, replete with warplanes, tanks, missiles and telecommunications gear, since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein which saw the U.S. completely dismantle the country's military. Iraq is still rebuilding its security forces, which today number some 900,000 people, including 650,000 employed by the interior ministry.

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Ultra Fast Laser-Based Explosive Scanner Accelerates Airport Security Checks

(April 15, 2012) he new Israeli scanner called LDS 5500D is a desktop laser-based explosive scanner enabling accurate and reliable detection of explosive materials and hazardous compounds in liquid, gel or powder form. The scanner employs advanced laser gated Raman spectroscopy scanning methods, enabling the scanner to achieve a high level of detection, and superior processing speed.

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DND will trim 242 civilian scientists and researchers

(April 15, 2012) Just months after Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk credited them with saving the lives of soldiers in Afghanistan, hundreds of civilian employees of the Department of National Defence science and research branch have been told their jobs no longer exist. Documents leaked to the Ottawa Citizen show that Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is taking a significant share of the government's cuts at DND; its budget has been slashed by 13 per cent and its workforce will be reduced by 15 per cent, or 242 full-time jobs.

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Why Airport Security Is Broken- And How To Fix It

(April 15, 2012) Airport security in America is broken. I should know. For 3? years-from my confirmation in July 2005 to President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009-I served as the head of the Transportation Security Administration. More than a decade after 9/11, it is a national embarrassment that our airport security system remains so hopelessly bureaucratic and disconnected from the people whom it is meant to protect.

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Cuts a threat to air, port security: union

(April 13, 2012) Transport Canada will cut aviation security inspectors at Canada's large airports and reduce its marine security operations. In an internal memo to staff about the 10.7 per cent in cuts required by the federal budget, Deputy Minister Yaprak Bal-tacioglu and Associate Deputy Minister Anita Biguzs outlined how Transport Canada will slash costs by $61.8 million within three years.

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Top 125 Airport Security Equipment Manufacturers (Global)

(April 12, 2012) Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Top 125 Airport Security Equipment Manufacturers (Global) http://www.reportlinker.com/p0832959/Top-125-Airport-Security-Equipment-Manufacturers-Global.html #utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Airport

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LDS Unveils an Ultra Fast Laser-Based Explosive Scanner for Airport Security and Check Points

(April 11, 2012) The Israeli Electro-Optics Company, LDS (Laser Detect Systems Ltd) is launching its new state of the art liquid explosives laser scanner. The LDS 5500D is a desktop laser-based explosive scanner enabling accurate and reliable detection of explosive materials and hazardous compounds in liquid, gel or powder form. The scanner employs advanced laser gated spectroscopy scanning methods, enabling the scanner to achieve a high level of detection, and superior processing speed.

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Law & Order: On a mission to detect and defuse threat

(March 22, 2012) Armed with anti-sabotage device, the BDDS lost no time in springing into the task of diffusing crude live bombs hidden inside a building under construction.Three live country bombs, each weighing about 500 grams and stuffed with shrapnel, concealed in a bag were found hidden on the premises.

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Bomb detection team shows us how it's done

(March 21, 2012) ATF bomb experts have to be ready for anything when investigating a possible improvised explosive device. They put their skills to the test here in San Diego. Bomb experts here in San Diego average about one call per day, and not all for explosives. Sometimes it's simply grandpa passed away and left a garage full of hand grenades. It's proof they have to be prepared for everything at every moment.

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Implant Sciences gets patent for narcotics and explosives particle removal system

(March 21, 2012) Implant Sciences  announced that it has been issued a US patent which covers a method for removing particles from a target surface to increase sample collection. The company, which supplies detection systems for homeland security and defense markets, said it was issued patent number 8,122,756 "Narcotics and Explosives Particle Removal System" from the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) market growing worldwide

(March 21, 2012) The mult-billion dollar Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) market is undergoing a growth period, driven by the turmoil in the Arab world, Indian and Chinese internal security investments, the European Union's 2012 mandated enhanced screening regulations and U.S. legislation calling for 100 percent cargo screening for scheduled passenger flights, according to the Homeland Security Research Corp.

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Pulse Discharge Detector

(March 21, 2012) Valco Instruments Co. Inc.'s pulsed discharge helium ionization detector (PDD)-Model D-3-1-HP-extends the detection capabilities of the Agilent 6890 and 7890 gas chromatography (GC) systems. The basic operating mode of the PDD can replace many detectors currently used by GC manufacturers.

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Morpho Detection and Cargobox Team to Enhance Air Cargo Security

(March, 21, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced it has entered into a teaming agreement with Cargobox, a provider of flexible air cargo solutions, to facilitate the development of integrated technology solutions to enhance air cargo security. The agreement will focus on Morpho Detection's industry-leading explosives detection systems and Cargobox' innovative, state-of-the-art collapsible intelligent shipping container technology, with the goal of creating comprehensive solutions that enhance safety and security for air shipment of products and goods from shipper to final destination. 

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Airport screening

(March 17, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration will begin testing new procedures that could save elderly airline passengers unnecessary embarrassment at airport checkpoints. The TSA has established a PreCheck program that allows prescreened fliers to keep their shoes on and leave liquids and laptops in their bags.

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TSA to test modified screening of older fliers at Denver airport

(March 15, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will test modified screening procedures for passengers age 75 and older at Denver International Airport and three other airports. The procedures enhance security and may improve travel for older passengers, the federal agency said. Testing will be done at select security lanes at DIA, Chicago O'Hare, Orlando and Portland international airports.

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Plug-&-Play Discharge Detector

(March 14, 2012) VICI's Pulsed Discharge helium ionization Detector (PDD) extends the detection capabilities of the popular Agilent 6890 and new 7890 GCs.  According to the company, features include the basic operating mode of the PDD can replace many of the detectors currently used by GC manufacturers and pulsed discharge detector Model D-3-1-HP is now designed for plug-and-play installation on Agilent GCs.

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New robot to detect bombs

(March 14, 2012) Developed by the Kerala Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, the robot can detect bombs from 100 meter range through its arm guide and sensor camera and it can be remotely operated. The robot, with 100 kg base, has a lifting capacity of 600 kg and can rotate 360 degree clockwise and anti-clockwise.

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Police see risk in lollipop ads

(March 5, 2012) Lollipops, the box-type advertisement boards located in the central medians (road dividers) in Hyderabad will disappear soon. Police and traffic experts have advised the state government to ban lollipop advertisements on central medians as they constitute a security threat.

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Home-made bombs a new threat

(March 3, 2012) Malaysian bombers are showing they can also strike terror not only in public places, but also at your doorstep. Sick minds are at work, and they are learning from terrorists in neighbouring and faraway countries. The discovery of a pipe bomb in Penang, a bomb blast at a political rally in Kuala Lumpur and the explosion of a parcel bomb at a woman's house signal the new terrifying dimensions that may unfold in the near future.

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How to Peek Inside Containers and Detect Bombs? Try Lasers

(March 2, 2012) Using a laser, a super-strong telescope, and some physics know-how, researchers say they have impressive power to look through solid barriers. Scientists have developed a technique to do so using Raman scattering, which is the change in energy of photons bouncing off a material. The technique could be used to detect hidden explosives or do geological analysis.

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When your ship comes in

(March 2, 2012) 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.

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No Explosives Found On United Plane After Bomb Threat

(March 1, 2012) Authorities said no explosives were found after a bomb threat was reported involving a United Airlines plane at Denver International Airport. The FBI said the bomb threat was called in at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, but officials said they did not know who took the call.

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The Cle Elum schools evacuated due to bomb threat; No explosives found

(February 29, 2012) The Cle Elum-Roslyn School District evacuated its schools at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after a bomb threat was left on a computer screen in a Cle Elum-Roslyn High School classroom. No explosive devices have been found.

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Implant Sciences sells explosives detection equipment to Chinese airport

(February, 28, 2012) Implant Sciences Corporation sold seven Quantum Sniffer(TM) QS-H150 portable explosives trace detectors to an airport in China. The Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 is a handheld explosives trace detector that uses Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) to rapidly detect and identify trace amounts of a wide variety of military, commercial, and homemade explosives. 

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Standoff detection of explosives with external cavity quantum cascade lasers

(February 28, 2012) A new standoff system enables detection of various trace explosives by backscattering IR laser spectroscopy. There are a number of different security techniques for observing scenes, such as airports, or assessing the safety of inanimate objects, such as suitcases. For example, luggage is typically subjected to x-ray analysis at airports. This type of 'portal solution' requires the cooperation of the owner of the luggage. By contrast, 'standoff detection' can be non-cooperative and carried out by an operator and instrument that are a significant distance from the object under measurement. 

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TSA finds inactive mortar fuse, explains ripple effect

(February 27, 2012) TSA agents at Salt Lake City International Airport found a nosecone fuse for a mortar shell in a passenger's luggage the week of Feb. 20, but even though the object had been rendered harmless, the agency said such items can drastically slow passenger screenings.

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45kg explosives unearthed in Gondia

(February 23, 2012) Gondia: In a 12-hour joint operation, the anti-Naxal branch of Gondia police, C 60 commandos, the bomb detection and disposal squad and Gadchiroli police unearthed 45kg of gelatin and four detonators, packed in a plastic drum and buried about four feet underground in Baswi ghat, about 4km from Chichgarh police station on Tuesday.

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Implant Sciences extends maturity for credit line

(February 23, 2012) Security systems and sensors supplier Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB:IMSC) said it has renegotiated its credit agreements with its senior secured investor, DMRJ Group. DMRJ agreed to extend the maturity of all Implant Sciences' debt to September 30, 2012. No other terms of the credit facility were changed, the company said.

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Full-body scanner in operation at Abilene Regional Airport

(February 22, 2012) Transportation Security Administration officials Tuesday showed off Abilene Regional Airport's latest technology designed to keep the airport and airline passengers safe. The airport earlier this month received what the TSA calls "advanced imaging technology," equipment with "automatic targeting recognition software."

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A very unusual bomb attack and India's tightrope

(February 22, 2012) In a very daring attack that foxed Indian intelligence agencies, the wife of the Israeli Defence Attaché in New Delhi, her Indian driver and two bystanders on the road were injured on February 13, 2012, when what was believed to be an explosive-cum-incendiary device attached to the rear of her car exploded

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Police sniffing out dogs to be drug and cash detectors

(February 22, 2012) It is looking for labrador or springer or cocker spaniel type dogs to be trained as drug and cash detection dogs. The animals need to be of a good temperament, aged between 12 and 24 months old, and have a high drive to both search for and play with a ball.

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Report: TSA falsely claimed traveler had explosives at OIA

(February 21, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration falsely claimed that a traveler had explosive components in his luggage at Orlando International Airport in 2008, clickorlando.com reports. The claim was used to support the hiring of behavioral-detection officers, who have never caught a terrorist in the program's nearly five-year existence, according to the website.

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El Paso Intelligence Center report says contraband-detection device Mexico uses doesn't do its job

(February 20, 2012) The GT200 hand-held scanner used by law enforcement in Mexico, a device that led to El Pasoan Shohn Huckabee's arrest on marijuana possession charges, does not work, according to an El Paso Intelligence Center report.

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U.S. bound cargo remains vulnerable to terrorists, WMD

(February 20, 2012) It's been more than a decade since Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S., yet the agency created to protect the nation from another strike is asleep at the wheel, failing to adequately screen the monstrous amounts of cargo that enter the country each day, according to a government report issued this week.

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Saudi Arabia Customs Inaugurates AS&E's OmniView Gantry at King Abdul Aziz Seaport in Dammam

(February 20, 2012) American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, in conjunction with Al Zamil Group, a global leader in industrial, petrochemical, and service sectors, announced that Saudi Arabia Customs debuted AS&E's OmniView(TM) Gantry cargo and vehicle X-ray inspection system at King Abdul Aziz Seaport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

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How safe is the cargo on passenger flights?

(February 19, 2012) This report is based on a one-year investigation by CNN into air cargo security in light of a thwarted plot by al Qaeda in October 2010 to blow up cargo jets over the United States. CNN's Nic Robertson's report "Deadly Cargo" airs on CNN Presents.

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Bomb-Detecting Rats Join Colombia's Police Force

(February 15, 2012) Lab rats are being trained at a Colombian National Police base near Bogota to become the region's top bomb-sniffers, CNN reports. That's because in Colombia, conflicts involving guerrillas and paramilitary groups aren't uncommon - and their explosives pose a threat to public safety.

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Airport security makes married mother go through body scanner THREE times... after telling her she had a 'cute' figure

(February 15, 2012) A married mother was subjected to repeated body scanning at an airport after being told by one employee that she had a 'cute' figure. Ellen Terrell was travelling with her husband Charlie when she was stopped by airport security and told she had been 'randomly selected' for screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Airport scans ring alarms: Rand Paul run-in, studies raise questions on accuracy

(February 15, 2012) Brandon Chapman had just been joking about U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's run-in with Nashville International Airport's body scanners when one of those very same machines sounded an alarm on him recently. He laughed it off at first - it was a false positive - until the machine did it again a few days later in Raleigh, N.C., as he tried to return home.

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Using social media to improve airport security

(February 14, 2012) Have you ever wondered what you can and cannot carry on an airplane? How about knitting needles, a wedding dress, ski poles or fried rice?. Lynn Dean has the answers. In her communications role at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Dean has deployed social media tools to help better inform and prepare passengers to navigate the airport screening process and to give TSA employees a voice in improving how they do their jobs.

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Body scanners arrive at Southwest Florida International Airport

(February 14, 2012) Body-scanning machines - with new software that won't put your real shape on display - are coming to Southwest Florida International Airport. The local airport is getting imaging units with automated target recognition software, a Miami-based Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman confirmed.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Launches Worldwide Retail Marketing Campaign

(February 14, 2012) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham made the announcement of worldwide campaign to market and sell our drug detectors for the retail-consumer markets, focusing especially on the General Screening and Marijuana Hashish detectors. The possibility to introduce IDenta's unique drug detectors into the retail consumer markets are especially in the following countries: USA, UK, FRANCE, BRAZIL, CANADA, AUSTRALIA and in the other European countries.

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PFSO trains port security officers on bomb detection

(February 10, 2012) THE Lagos  Maritime Security zone of the Port Facility Security Officer Forum  has concluded plans to hold a bomb detection training for  port security officers following the recent  security challenges in the country. Disclosing this to Vanguard in Lagos last week, the PFSO' Chairman  Mr. Subaru Anataku said that   Bomb Disposal Unit of the Nigeria Police has been  contacted for that purpose.

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TSA contracts for more explosive detection systems

(February 10, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration has purchased additional explosives detection systems for small and medium-sized airports nationwide. The EDS units are automated systems that scan checked baggage and analyze the contents to determine whether explosive threats might be present. 

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Air-cargo handler fined $1M over bomb screenings

(February 08, 2012) A company that handles air cargo has agreed to pay a $1 million fine after investigators found that some of its workers failed to perform explosives screenings on all cargo destined for passenger planes at Indianapolis' airport, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Implant Sciences says QS-B220 device gets ASTM E2520 certification

(February 06, 2012) Security systems and sensors supplier Implant Sciences said Monday that its trace explosives and narcotics detector has received ASTM E2520-07 certification, meaning the device performs to the required standards of performance. The tests confirmed the Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 device performed to the required standards in the detection of trace amounts of explosives, including TNT, RDX and PETN, the company said.

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Smiths Detection Supplies Mobile Weather Systems to U.S. Marines

(February 02, 2012)  Smiths Detection today announced a $9 million contract to supply the U.S. Navy with mobile weather information systems that support mission planning and military operations. The METMF(R) NEXGEN systems, which provide tactical meteorological support by continuous observations, satellite imagery and forecasts, will be operated by the U.S. Marine Air Ground Task Force. Manufactured in Smiths Detection's Edgewood, Md. plant, they are due for delivery by January 2013.

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Using Lasers to Find Land Mines and IEDs

(February 02, 2012) Today we rely on dogs to sniff out hidden explosives. The problem is, you can't debrief a dog, so you can't identify the kind of explosive or even be sure that the animal is smelling explosives rather than packaging material. And who wants to risk the lives of dogs and their handlers? If you had an instrument that could safely identify any explosive at a distance-with the doglike power to detect molecules at concentrations of just one part in billions-you could get around these difficulties.

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Anatomy Of An Airport Security Breach

(February 02, 2012) The shutdown of the A-2 terminal at Newark International Airport is probably typical in many ways. But a Port Authority police report gives a detailed account of the breach and of the TSA's response, and of some behind-the-scenes confusion that led to the two-hour closure. According to the TSA, an X-ray machine detected a suspicious object in a bag.

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New full-body scanner changes airport security

(February 02, 2012)  TSA introduced a new piece of technology to passengers. Passengers will walk into the full-body scanner, hold their arms above their head for a few seconds, and walk out in about the same amount of time as usual. The scan will "only" show officials an outline of the persons body and will only alert on a specific area of the body where a prohibited item was detected, eliminating the need for a complete body pat-down.

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Airport Security hassle a fair trade for safe flights

(February 02, 2012)  It's getting more common to read about people who experienced bad service at the airport, at the security check or even on the airplane. USA Today published recently a report about passengers who felt humiliated by the way security staff treats them. Passengers described the awkward way in which they've been touched at pat-downs, how the staff asked nonsensical questions and even how they have ordered passengers to leave the plane.

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Implant Sciences sells QS-H150 units to be deployed in Africa

(February 01, 2012) Security systems and sensors maker Implant Sciences Corp said Monday it has sold units of its portable explosives trace detector to the embassy of the Rwanda in Washington, D.C. The sale of the Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 units are to be deployed in Rwanda for use by the country's presidential guard unit, Implant said.

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Morpho Detection's Solutions Help U.K. Police Forces Identify Cash from Illegal Drug Activity

(February 01, 2012) Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced that Operation International, a collaborative program with police forces throughout the U.K., has to date resulted in several hundred thousand pounds generated by cocaine dealing being repossessed.

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A freudian slip over Australian aviation safety

(February 01, 2012) Melbourne Airport will benefit from a boost to security through the Gillard Labor Government's $2.6 million Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) Program. The program will provide $143,000 for three additional explosive trace detection machines at Melbourne's international terminal. The ETD equipment is a security screening machine which is already used throughout Australia to detect traces of explosives on people and objects.

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More explosives detectors for TSA

(February 01, 2012) The U.S. Transportation Security Administration ordered explosive detection systems from Morpho Detection Inc. for use at four airports. The units ordered were for Morpho's CTX 9800 DSi and CTX 9400 DSi, which use Computed Tomography imaging technology to create images of each bag and then compare the contents with the properties of explosives through a series of algorithms.

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MSA Security Acquires T&M Protection Resources, LLC Explosive Detection Canine Contracts

(February 01, 2012)  MSA Security (MSA), the largest, private provider of single purpose, single handler explosive detection canine (EDC) services in the United States, entered into an agreement with T&M Protection Resources, LLC (T&M), a global security and investigations firm with headquarters in New York City, to acquire its EDC contracts.

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Security systems at McCarran's Terminal 3 will be second to none, officials say

(January 27, 2012) When McCarran International Airport's $2.4 billion Terminal 3 opens in June, it will have the most advanced security and port-of-entry technology in the country, Department of Homeland Security officials said in a briefing this week at the airport.

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TSA: Advanced Imaging Technology coming to Columbus airport

(January 26, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced 23 airports which are set to receive recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units. 

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Bomb scare suspends Clinton/Mukilteo ferry service

(January 26, 2012) A man was arrested Thursday morning for making a bomb scare that suspended service on the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route. The bomb scare canceled service on the busy ferry route.

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Only 70 sniffer dogs in city to ensure security

(January 25, 2012) For a city teeming with a population of 1.24 crore population, the number of sniffer dogs pressed into service by various security agencies is an abysmally low 70. Data accessed through the Right to Information Act showed the severe shortage of canines used for tracking offenders and sniffing out explosives and narcotics. Annually, the expenses on dogs run up to Rs 40 lakh collectively-for their diet, medicine and upkeep, the statistics showed.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Announces Orders and Marketing Agreements

(January 24, 2012) IDenta Corporation has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development of proprietary on-site drug, drug precursor and explosive detection kits. IDenta develops, manufactures and distributes products for both the professional and civil markets which consistently pass the highest qualifications and testing procedures of law enforcement and security agencies around the world.

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Hi-tech gear to sniff bombs

(January 23, 2012) In an attempt to strengthen counter-terrorism measures, the police are procuring state-of-the-art explosive detectors. A global tender has been floated for 10 such devices, which will be used in case of blasts and terror threats.

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Cold, wet sensors: Dogs have nose for defense

(January 23, 2012) The U.S. Air Force is the most technologically advanced fighting force in the history of the world. However, some of the sensors used to defend technology and people here date back to the Stone Age: the noses of military working dogs. 

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Implant Sciences delivers QS-H150 units to major Middle-East international bank

(January 19, 2012) Implant Sciences, a maker of sensors and security systems for homeland security markets, said Thursday it delivered units of its portable explosives trace detector to an international bank in the Middle-East. The Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 is a hand-held explosives trace detector that detects trace amounts of several military, commercial and homemade explosives.

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Mujuru inquest: No traces of explosives found

(January 17, 2012) THE inquest into the death of General Solomon Mujuru opened at the Harare Magistrates Courts yesterday with six witnesses testifying and the State presenting forensic evidence that no trace of explosives or inflammable liquids had been found.

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Melbourne Airport is to acquire additional explosive trace detection machines 

(January 14, 2012) Melbourne Airport is to acquire three additional explosive trace detection machines for the international terminal, courtesy of the Federal Government's $2.6 million Explosive Trace Detection Program.

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Integrating TLC and the liquid microjunction surface probe

(January 16, 2012) The new generation of mass spectrometric techniques that allow ionisation in the open air at atmospheric pressure has created a great degree of excitement in the scientific community, largely due to two principal characteristics. The ability to analyse samples in situ and without any pre-treatment has opened up new avenues of investigation. For instance, the surfaces of intact fruit can be screened for pesticides; clothing and baggage for traces of drugs or explosives

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Fliers leave thousands in change behind at airports

(January 16, 2012) Airline passengers at O'Hare International Airport leave about $15,000 a year in coins they forget to - or choose not to - take with them as they scramble to catch flights, according to the Transportation Security Administration. People who leave money behind may be rushing through a checkpoint for a variety of reasons, and travelers heading to foreign countries may simply feel they have no use for U.S. change, said David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers Association.

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TSA to test its airport scanner operators for radiation exposure

(January 16, 2012) The agency will not retest the machines or airline passengers. Also, a survey says 2012 will be a good year for the travel industry, and a man wants to help Spirit Airlines passengers avoid baggage fees.

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Increased airport security opens up contracting opportunities

(January 15, 2012) Since the Department of Homeland Security was founded and traveler security ramped up, local contractors have found new opportunities in biometric technology used for airport screenings and at border crossings. Now, some of these firms are expanding the work they have while looking outside the United States for more opportunities.

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New counter-terrorism technology to be tested on Edmonton transit riders

(January 14, 2012) A counter-terrorism security company believes a pilot project that will test Edmonton light-rail transit riders for radiation and explosives likely won't get any hits. Chris Clarke, president of Mobile Detect Inc. of Toronto, says the system simply needs to be tested outside the lab in a real environment and the company has been developing the technology for the $1.7-million project.

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Edmonton Transit to pilot bomb-scanning technology

(January 11, 2012) A federally-funded pilot project will soon begin testing technology on Edmonton's LRT system which can screen passengers for explosive or radioactive material. The mechanical validators will read color changes on a special polymer coating applied to the tickets to detect any potential threat. The scanning technology designed by Cubic Corporation, based in San Diego, California.

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Sense for scents: Airport security in good paws

(January 10, 2012) Terror attacks around the globe are being prevented every month thanks to furry security experts with sharp senses for detecting explosives and weapons. Man's four-legged friends can be found on the front line in the fight against terror.

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Swiss Post Solutions Launches Offsite Secure Mail Screening Services

(January 10, 2012) Swiss Post Solutions, Inc., a premier global outsourcing solutions and information logistics provider, announces the opening of its new secure mail screening facility. The 24/7 facility, located in the New York City metropolitan area, is run in partnership with MSA Security and provides screening for explosives as well as chemical and radiological weapons.

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Cubic Joins Canadian Government in Public Transit Security Pilot

(January 9, 2012) Cubic Security Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, is providing an advanced fare media-based real-time threat detection technology to help law enforcement teams to identify and respond to threats from chemical, radiological and explosive weapons in public transit settings under a Canadian government-funded pilot program to be launched this year in Edmonton, Canada.

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TSA to Expand PreCheck Scheme

(January 5, 2012) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its PreCheck Expedited Screening programme to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Salt Lake City International Airport. This will allow some passengers flying out of the airports to keep their shoes and belts on as they pass through checkpoints.

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Soldier arrested 'trying to take explosives on plane' was demolitions expert and served in Afghanistan 

(January 3, 2012) A soldier arrested on New Years Eve at a Texas airport with explosives is an Army-trained demolitions expert and member of the elite Green Berets who served in Afghanistan. Trey Scott Atwater, 30, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was being held in the Midland, Texas County Jail on a federal charge of attempting to board an aircraft with an explosive, the FBI said.

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There are few shockers in airport security

(January 3, 2012) Over the last few years, the federal government imposed a series of confidential security measures on Canadian airports in response to the threat of terrorism. They were kept secret because revealing them, in the opinion of the minister of transport, would have compromised aviation security.

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Airport Security: A Decade of Madness

(January 2, 2012) Airport travel has changed more in the 10 years than in the half century that went before it. Passengers have become inured to being poked, prodded, scanned and stripped (physically and with the nude-a-tron) as a matter of course. Getting past airport security without setting off klaxons or a minor security alert has been elevated to something akin to playing an unbeaten season or pitching a perfect game.

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System detects threats via vapors

(January 2, 2012) The US Department of Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration (DHS/TSA) has awarded a $1.3 million contract to SpectraFluidics (Goleta, CA, USA) to enable it to develop and validate a vapor detection system that detects homemade explosives. SpectraFluidics' patented technology works through the use of a microfluidic chip that is interrogated by surface-enhancedRaman spectroscopy (SERS).

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US serviceman stopped at Texas airport with explosives in bag due for first court appearance

(January 2, 2012) A member of the U.S. military allegedly found with explosives in his airport luggage on New Year's Eve is expected to make his first court appearance. Trey Scott Atwater was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court. Authorities say the 30-year-old tried going through a security checkpoint at Midland International Airport in Texas with explosives in military-grade wrapping.

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TSA Nabs Serviceman in Texas for Carrying Explosives in Airport

(January 1, 2012) TSA inspectors found explosives at Midland Texas International Airport on Saturday morning. The TSA officers successfully detected a suspicious item in a man's carry-on bag during the x-ray screening. The man detained is a U.S. soldier that was carrying explosives in military wrapping. The type and quantity of the explosives has not been clarified. The soldier is in custody of the FBI and under investigation.

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IATA's "streamlined" security

(January 1, 2012) IATA, the trade group for the world's big airlines, has good reason (at least in theory) to support less ridiculous security procedures. After all, airport security is one of the reasons why many people hate flying. But IATA's proposals belong more to the realm of fantasy than the reality that business travellers face every day. 

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Looking to Streamline Airport Security Screenings

(December 31, 2011) Travelers in the midst of another holiday season of shuffling shoeless through seemingly interminable airport security lines may find it difficult to imagine a future where screenings are not only speedy but thorough.

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TSA funding up in 2012

(December 30, 2011) Although overall appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are down slightly this year from Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) remains a consistent winner in the battle of the budget. In the FY 2012 consolidated spending act (Public Law 112-074) signed by President Barack Obama last Friday, TSA received about $7.85 billion, up $153 million from 2011.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Receives Order From France

(December 27, 2011) IDenta Corp. is the winner of the French tender to supply precursor detectors for the French Law enforcement agencies (customs, police etc).The tender is for a four year period, 2012-2015. The total for the 4 year, about 400,000 USD. The first order is for 10,000 kits and will be followed each year by many other orders.I want to emphasize that this tender will open the possibility for IDenta Corp. to make sales of the precursor detectors to many other markets also. French authorities are leading the world in the fight against the illegal precursors.

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Bank courier's plastic bags unusual

(December 23, 2011) A courier that lost more than $100,000 of a bank's money when it spilled from a van's open rear door could have taken simple security precautions to prevent the mishap, according to bank security experts interviewed by the Tribune-Review.

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Phone Rings In Bomb Squad

(December 23, 2011) A cell phone tone meant to alert the user its battery was dying sparked alarm of a different sort Thursday, prompting officials to close a portion of the Ohio Valley Mall for about five hours. The incident began before 9 a.m., when Belmont County 911 received a call from a mall maintenance employee who expressed concern about a "beeping" or "ticking" sound coming from inside a blue, outgoing mailbox located just outside the main entrance of the mall.

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Public consciousness on bomb explosions

(December 22, 2011) In the opinion of the author, it is very vital to plan ahead of time by putting the necessary preventive measures in place so that we can effectively handle bomb threats as well as minimize damages to property and loss of lives whenever they occur. This is achievable if we sustain the systematic vehicle search and build barricades at the entrance to public offices and parks. These include installation of scanner and detector- X-ray machine, employing metal detectors, and using Inspection Mirror to help detect explosive devices if fixed in a vehicle.

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Just How Good Are the TSA's Body Scanners?

(December 22, 2011) The TSA had begun deploying hundreds ofbody scanners to prevent suicide bombers from smuggling explosives onto planes. But Mica, the Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee, had asked the Government Accountability Office to test the machines. The results, he said, showed the equipment is "badly flawed" and "can be subverted".

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Implant Sciences' Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 Achieves CE Certification

(December 21, 2011) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security markets, announced that its recently launched Quantum Sniffer (TM) QS-B220 benchtop explosives and narcotics trace detector has received CE certification.

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TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore

(December 20, 2011) Roving security teams increasingly visit train stations, subways and other mass transit sites to deter terrorism. Critics say it's largely political theater.

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. to Begin Reporting Financials

(December 19, 2011) IDenta Corp. CEO Yaacov Shoham made the announcement that are starting the process of making IDenta Corp. a listed company by releasing current financial numbers. This will change the current status of IDenta Corp. on the pink sheets stock market.

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Baghdad car bomb attack rips through Iraq's already failing hopes

(December 19, 2011) In the wake of the pullout of American troops, Iraq had been braced for a new atrocity. It arrived on Thursday with devastating familiarity. Just before 9am, a first bomb thundered across Baghdad. Less than 30 minutes later, 16 explosions had ravaged the city, toppling buildings, slaughtering civilians and leaving a toll of dead and wounded by shattering a calm that had lasted a mere week since the US army left. The bombers were able to reach all corners of the city, bypassing a network of concrete checkpoints manned by war-weary police holding bomb detectors that were once again found wanting. 

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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Awarded $8.8 Million Order to Secure Middle East Critical Infrastructure with its Advanced Cargo Inspection Systems

(December 19, 2011) American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today it has received an $8.8 million order for a combination of cargo and vehicle screening systems to secure critical infrastructure in the Middle East. This order includes the first deployment of Sentry (TM) Portal high-throughput, high-energy cargo inspection systems in the Middle East.

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Nigeria: Security - FG to Spend Billions On Weapons

(December 19, 2011) The Federal Government's jumbo budget for the Security sector is to be partly used to buy advanced weapons and security gadgets, including armour tanks, bomb detectors, cellphone tracking system, and arms and ammunition, according to details of the 2012 budget. President Jonathan last week unveiled the budget, in which the Security sector is allocated more than N920 billion, apparently in response to the rising security challenges around the country.

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Yuna Proving Ground training military dogs for deployment overseas

(December 17, 2011) The dog is one of several dozens that just arrived from Indiana, where they embarked on a military working dog training program. At YPG's Mine Detection School, the dogs will train in detecting explosives in buildings, vehicles, buried in the roadway or somewhere in the field, probably in Afghanistan.

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Implant Sciences Sells Over $200,000 of Quantum Sniffer Portable Explosives Trace Detectors for Building Security in Mexico

(December 15, 2011) Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security markets, announced it has received an order worth over $200,000 for multiple units of its Quantum Sniffer(TM) QS-H150 portable explosives trace detector to be deployed for building security in Mexico.

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Homeland approves detection technology

(December 15, 2011)  A nanotechnology-based product line that detects microscopic amounts of explosives and chem-bio agents has won U.S. approval as anti-terrorist technology. The official designation of Qualified Anti-terrorism Technology was given to Raptor Detection Technologies' Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology product line by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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SpectraFluidics Inc. Receives $1.3M Award from Transportation Security Administration

(December 14, 2011) SpectraFluidics Inc., a company that specializes in developing and manufacturing trace vapor chemical detection and analysis technology, was recently awarded a $1.3 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. The scope of the award is to develop and validate a vapor detection system that quickly and efficiently detects homemade explosives, and can be used as an orthogonal detection system  with imaging equipment.

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US Department of Homeland Security Designates Raptor Detection Technologies SAFE-T Products as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology

(December 13, 2011) Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC announced that its line of "Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology" explosive detection products have received official "Qualified Antiterrorism Technology" designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The designation comes as part of the government's Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (the "SAFETY Act"). The Designation is effective immediately and will terminate December 31, 2016 unless extended. The SAFE-T technology, currently supplied by Raptor to the United States Army Armament, Research, Development, and Engineering Command and the US Navy's Explosive Ordnance Division, is based on a patented nanotechnology called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). 

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Tiffin box bomb found in bus

(December 8, 2011) Madurai rural police recovered a tiffin box bomb fitted with a timer from inside a state-owned bus. The explosive device was found inside a town bus that was proceeding from Tiruvathavur near Melur to Periyar bus stand in the city. It carried about 30 passengers. V. Nishanthan, 28, who was travelling in the bus detected the device. Police said he found an abandoned plastic carry bag beneath his seat. 

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International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Signs Marketing Agreement With Company From China

(December 7, 2011) IDenta Corp. have recently signed a long term agreement with a company from China regarding China, Hong Kong and Macao. The local company has investigated the market size for their kits in China, and the different ways to market them. The results of the investigation were that the markets in the Homeland Security industry in China are huge for IDenta's drug detectors in a 'virgin' market currently using a very small quantity of drug detectors manufactured by other companies. 

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Morpho Detection Receives TSA Explosives Detection System Service Contract with Not to Exceed Value of More than $400M

(December 6, 2011) Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, announced it has received an Integrated Logistics Service contract from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for maintenance of its explosives detection systems. Under the contract, Morpho Detection will deliver significant cost improvements on legacy EDS systems while increasing operational performance and reliability. Minimum value is $71 million with a not-to-exceed amount of $466 million.

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The collateral damage of over-reaching fixes

(December 5, 2011).- Lenore Zimmerman, an 85-year-old grandmother who uses a walker and wears a defibrillator, says she was strip-searched at Kennedy Airport on her way home to Florida. During 11 minutes at the hands, literally, of Transportation Security Administration agents, her walker slashed her shin and caused bleeding so profuse she had to be treated by a medic.

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TSA Agents Detain Pregnant Florida Teen Over Purse With Design Of A Gun 

(December 4, 2011).- Vanessa wasn`t packing heat, she go into trouble because her purse included the design of a gun. The only thing terrifying about Vanessa`s purse is its gaudy design. I can understand if the fashion police had nabbed Vanessa for her questionable taste, but the TSA goons had no right to harass her.

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Report Blasts TSA Revolving Door; Agency Defends Security Measures

(December 2, 2011).- Ten years after it began operations, the Transportation Security Administration has devolved into "bureaucratic morass and mismanagement," according to a scathing new congressional report. The report was promptly rejected by TSA officials, who called the nation's aviation system "safer, stronger and more secure" than it was a decade ago. 

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Explosive Growth

(December 2, 2011) In 2001, Craig Johnson launched his company, Field Forensics Inc., out of his garage with the help of $250,000 he received from angel investors. Now anchored at a 6,500 square-foot lab in Largo, Johnson forecasts the firm to hit $50 million in annual revenues by 2015. It's a big leap for the company that uses licensed technology and patented chemistry to create test kits for explosive and drug detection.

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Airline passenger screening misses the real terrorist threat: report urges more scrutiny of aviation 'insiders'

(December 1, 20112).- Exploiting information found in Osama bin Laden's computers after he was killed in Pakistan might have done more to defend international airline passengers than the billi