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Scientific Progress Is Being Made in Reducing Explosive-Based Threats

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SINCE "9/11", AMERICAN-CITIZENS AND -SOLDIERS HAVE REGULARLY FACED THE THREAT OF EXPLOSIVES.  HOWEVER, PROGRESS IS BEING MADE TO REDUCE THAT THREAT:  THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY HAS FOCUSED SCIENTIFIC-TALENT AND -RESOURCES SPECIFICALLY ON ENHANCING EXPLOSIVES-DETECTION.  DOCTOR DAVID ATKINSON IS THE LABORATORY'S CHIEF-SCIENTIST FOR EXPLOSIVES-DETECTION...

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WHILE EXPLOSIVE-BASED THREATS ARE EVER-ADAPTING, THERE'S NO SILVER-BULLET SOLUTION.  BUT YET, BREAKTHROUGHS IN SCIENCE ARE BEING MADE.  FOR INSTANCE, SCIENTISTS ARE TAKING TRACE-TECHNOLOGY TO A WHOLE-NEW LEVEL:  WE CAN MEASURE RESIDUE RAPIDLY--AND WE DO THIS THROUGH A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE FUNDAMENTAL CHEMISTRY.  WE CAN ALSO DO THIS MEASUREMENT AT A DISTANCE--AND LOOK AT SMALL AMOUNTS OF RESIDUE.  SECURITY-ADVANCES ARE BEING DEVELOPED TO RAPIDLY IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE HANDLED EXPLOSIVE-MATERIALS, FROM THE BIOMARKERS THAT ARE PRESENT IN THEIR BODY-FLUIDS--SUCH AS SALIVA AND SWEAT.  TODAY'S ADVANCED IMAGING-TECHNOLOGY CAN IDENTIFY THREATS HIDDEN ON PEOPLE--EVEN AT A DISTANCE.  ALSO, PREDICTIVE, SOPHISTICATED SOCIAL-BEHAVIOR ANALYTICS ARE BEING EMPLOYED; THESE HELP SECURITY-AGENTS POINT OUT INDIVIDUALS IN A CROWD WHO POSE A POTENTIAL THREAT.
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