May 4, 2007
Nuke detectors could be placed in cell phones
The government is researching whether the best defense against a chemical, biological or radiological attack might one day be right in everyone's hands, or in their pockets. News Tribune Online reports [via USA Today]
"Homeland Security Department officials are looking into outfitting cell phones with tiny, sensitive detectors that would alert the government and emergency responders to the presence of radiological isotopes, toxic chemicals and deadly biological agents such as anthrax.
"If it's successful, it'll change the way chemical, biological and radiation detection is done,'' says Rolf Deitrich, deputy director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, which invests in high-tech solutions to secure the nation against terrorist attacks. ''It's a really, really neat thing.''
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