Bio-terrorism / Terrorism News

News From Annals Of Internal Medicine: Oct. 4, 2011

1. Key to Thwarting Bioterrorism Threat Lies in Clinicians' Ability To Recognize Signs

Ten Years Later, Doctor Who Identified Anthrax Case Reflects on Lessons Learned

New Materials Hold Promise For Better Detection Of Nuclear Weapons

Northwestern University scientists have developed new materials that can detect hard radiation, a very difficult thing to do. The method could lead to a handheld device for detecting nuclear weapons and materials, such as a "nuclear bomb in a suitcase" scenario.

"The terrorist attacks of 9/11 heightened interest in this area of security, but the problem remains a real challenge," said Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, who led the research. "We have designed promising semiconductor materials that, once optimized, could be a fast, effective and inexpensive method for detecting dangerous materials such as plutonium and uranium."

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