Butterfly landmines mapped by drones and machine learning

IEDs and so-called butterfly landmines could be detected over wide areas using drones and advanced machine learning, according to research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. The team had previously developed a method that allowed for the accurate Read More …

Why do some terrorist organizations use suicide bombing while others do not?

Whether by carbomb or hijacked airplane, why terrorist groups carry out suicide attacks, or attacks that necessitate the death of their perpetrators, remains puzzling to counterterrorism experts. These attacks require bombmaking expertise and strenuous effort to plan. The necessary death of Read More …

Purdue quantum research receives Department of Defense funding

Research into quantum techniques to more quickly detect explosives and exotic types of quantum camouflage have received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2020 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The four faculty members who have been awarded projects Read More …

Cyborg grasshoppers have been engineered to sniff out explosives

Move over, sniffer dogs: now there are explosive-sensing grasshoppers. Barani Raman and his colleagues at Washington University in Missouri have tapped into the olfactory senses of the American grasshopper, Schistocerca americana, to create biological bomb sniffers. In insects, olfactory receptor neurons in their Read More …

Glyndwr University researcher seeks real world data to develop AI landmine clearance

A landmine research project which aims to develop an artificial intelligence approach to mine clearance is being developed at Wrexham Glyndwr University. The project – which is currently in its developmental stages – is being developed by Computing PhD student Read More …

Soldiers could soon use VR to practice recognizing IEDs

While UCF staff member Shane Reynolds leads his avatar with his iPad through a virtual minefield, small beeps and whistles reveal the plague of the modern war zone: improvised explosive devices or IEDs. He has to take his time to Read More …

“Innovation Checkpoint” and “digital dog nose”: TSA tests new security technology

The Transportation Security Administration is bracing for a record number of people at airport security checkpoints around the country this Thanksgiving. Nearly 27 million passengers are expected to be screened during the holiday period, meaning travelers could face long security lines. But Read More …

Why explosives detectors still can’t beat a dog’s nose

As of 2016, the US military counted over 1,740 military working dogs among its ranks. At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the military breeds its own sleek puppies—mainly German shepherds and Belgian Malinois—who are groomed for military service Read More …