Glowing engineered bacteria point out explosive landmines

New molecularly engineered E. coli bacteria emit a bioluminescence visible to the naked eye, enabling detection of landmines from afar. Researchers who discovered how to utilize fluorescent E. coli bacteria to locate landmines have recently further mutated them so that Read More …

Competition Update: Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking innovative proposals to develop and improve explosives and weapons detection capability. The Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection is funded and supported by the Home Office, Department Read More …

Miami International Airport: Fly through security with new screening technology

Security screening at Miami International Airport in the post-COVID-19 era just got easier, thanks to the installation of seven state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners at six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT scanner Read More …

Russian Army develops system to detect suicide bombers in crowds using Syrian experience

Servicemen of the Russian Ground Forces’ Fifth Scientific Regiment developed a system to detect the so-called suicide belts in crowded areas, using experience gained in Syria. The new system is presented at the Army-2020 international military and technical forum. The Read More …

DHS S&T Transitions Next-Generation Explosives Trace Detection Technology to DARPA

Explosive materials pose a threat whether they are used by domestic bad actors or in a theater of war and staying ahead of our adversaries is a job that the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense share. Our research and Read More …

Bomb-sniffing ‘cyborg locusts’ advance under Navy-funded research

Navy-funded researchers have discovered that a locust’s sensitive “horns” can distinguish between the scents of TNT and other explosives — a development that one day could herald the deployment of bomb-sniffing, electronically augmented bug swarms. The research by a team Read More …

Army researchers develop breakthrough sensors for small drones

ADELPHI, Md. — Imagine a small aerial drone navigating a field with electrical power lines. How will it see them? More importantly how will it avoid this significant obstacle in its flight path? At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Read More …

New landmine detection method to reduce false alarm rates

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Landmines pose a serious threat in conflict areas, yet modern detection systems struggle to discriminate between explosives and clutter. A project funded by the Army developed a new method for landmine identification that will greatly Read More …

Liberia: World Customs Organisation donates precursor chemicals and explosives testing kits to Revenue Authority

The Customs Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has received a donation of testing kits for precursor chemicals and explosives from the World Customs Organization (WCO). The LRA says the equipment will be used by Customs to uncover smuggling Read More …