At least every other day, there’s a new breakthrough in nanotechnology that promises to harness the tiny, uber-complex tech to improve the world as we know it.
Mostly because this latest one has a chance, as small as it may be, to reduce the amount of time we all spend in TSA lines, I’m going to help publicize it.
It’s an improvement in detecting explosives—even the clandestine, plastic kind favored by terrorists like the underwear bomber—that will allow the manufacture of handheld, exceedingly accurate sensors that can pick a bomb out of a crowded room like a single blade of grass out of a football field.
The UC Berkeley researchers, who published their work in Nature Nanotechnology, have found a way to “dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives,” according to the university’s release. “The engineers put the sensor to the test with various explosives—2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), ammonium nitrate and nitrobenzene—and found that the device successfully detected the airborne chemicals at concentrations of 0.67 parts per billion, 0.4 parts per billion and 7.2 parts per million, respectively. One part per billion would be akin to a blade of grass on a football field.
The Latest on: Detecting explosives
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The Latest on: Detecting explosives
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